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I’ve been a follower of Little Green Notebook for a long time, enviously watching Jenny Komenda transform an old chair here, a buffet there or create a stunning vignette from spruced-up thrift store finds. It’s to the point where I can’t even walk into my home without sighing in pure frustration. (I still haven’t painted my almost two-year-old entertainment center. It’s on “The List.”) She’s certainly talented and I’m 100 percent jealous of her skills. BUT I am lucky to have her blog as daily inspiration, so when I do wrangle up enough time to tackle that mile-long list of DIYs for my home, I have Little Green Notebook as my immediate go-to.

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Jenny started both her interior design business, Jenny Komenda Interiors, and Little Green Notebook in 2007. She currently lives and works in downtown Manhattan where she shares a cozy loft with her husband and three daughters. She updates her blog daily with design inspiration, DIY projects and info from her daily life. Over the past few years her blog and business have expanded, and to top it off she was recently named by Elle Decor as a rising talent in the interior design field and someone to watch in 2012. We’re definitely watching, and here’s why we love her.

Jenny Komenda Interiors = Beautiful Interiors

You should totally take advantage of the flat-rate, one-day design consultation services offered by Jenny Komenda Interiors. For an entire day, you’ll spend time decorating and design planning with Jenny and one of her assistants in your locale. After, she’ll send you a complete plan for your space with suggestions and sources for paint colors, fabrics, window treatments, flooring, lighting, accessories, furniture modifications and more. Then, you can transform your room all on your own, becoming your own designer.

Unfortunately (for us), Jenny’s full-service design work is booked through 2013, but you can be added to a waiting list. Just send her an email…and try to be patient. While you’re waiting you can at least experience some love-at-first-sights like I did by scrolling through her portfolio. Just look at that purple tufted headboard – swoon!

jenny komenda interiors eclectic living room

jenny komenda interiors loft workspace

jenny komenda interiors colorful girls room

Eye Candy + Handy Design Tips, Too

Who doesn’t love dreamily scrolling through beautiful and inspiring interiors/exteriors? What’s even better is when the person who posts those dreamy images also throws in tips and ideas so you and I can recreate the look in our own homes. I may love that high-end designer bookshelf and all of its decor, but sometimes I’d really like to know how to copy the arrangement or get the artwork propped up just right. Thanks to Jenny, you can scroll through images in awe and steal some design secrets along the way. Her tips are super helpful and easy to follow so you can add a designer touch to your home in a snap.

House Tours You May Never Want to Leave

It’s true, sometimes I take a virtual tour of someone’s home and I start debating on whether it’s appropriate to comment on the post and ask if their guest bedroom is available for immediate move-in. Jenny picks the most stunning spaces to share and the homeowners always seems just as excited to open up their homes by offering information on where they found that antique bamboo table and even what inspired them to choose that particular design style. And if you fall in love with their garden stool side table, for example, a detailed source list at the end of the tour will surely help you find one just like it.

This is also the place to check out some of Jenny Komenda Interiors’ finished spaces. I loved peeking into one of her client’s bedrooms once it had been redecorated. Let’s just say I wouldn’t mind working from home one bit if I had that master bedroom to call my own. The Roman shades, the bedding, the art and photography display – all amazing.

jenny komenda interiors bedroom

jenny komenda interiors bedroom closet

jenny komenda interiors bedroom fabric

jenny komenda interiors bedroom nightstand artwork

DIYs I’m Dying to Try

If you’re like me, you probably spend too much time on Pinterest adding projects to your ever-growing DIY to-do list. Well, I have some good/bad news: your list is about to get even longer. Little Green Notebook isn’t just a source for inspiration, it’s also where Jenny posts step-by-step instructions on how she creates many of the amazing projects for her clients. So, if you’re interested in making a tufted headboard, transforming thrift store artwork or updating a dated lampshade with some paint, then you’ve found the perfect place. Here are some of my favorite projects that have been officially bookmarked (and daydreamed about).

jenny komenda tufted headboard diyDIY Tufted Headboard

jenny komenda sputnik lamp diyDIY Sputnik Chandelier

jenny komenda lampshade update diyLampshade Update

jenny komenda tortoise shell tabletop diyDIY Tortoise Shell Resin

So, have you officially fallen for Little Green Notebook? Or, have you been following Jenny and her blog for years? Let us know in the comments below! And fill us in on some of your favorite design blogs, too.

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  3. Liz_HGTV says:

    Love this beautiful blog. I would love to have a design consultation with Jenny, but I'm not sure I can wait till 2013!

  4. Merlyn Bost says:

    What a wonderful blog! Practical too! She is one creative, energized woman!

  5. Jessica says:

    Jenny is my favorite! I love her work and her blog. I think the thing that keeps me reading her blog (daily!) is not the fact that she can do amazing things with furniture or rooms, but that she and her design work seem so approachable. She makes it seem easy and doable for everyone. I don't know her personally but she is so great that I believe she deserves every bit of the good stuff coming her way. I'm happy to see her get recognition!!! Yay Jenny!

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