House{WEARS}

Occupation :: {House Manager}

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So…for quite some time now, I have been a {House Manager} for a lovely family – two busy doctor’s, their 20+ year old daughters & two amazing Havanese puppies!  I often get asked- “How did you find that job?” My answer- “Craigslist.” Seriously, it is the best job that I have ever had! 3 days a week, I run their household, so on any given day I can wear a number of creative hats; Dog trainer for two pups, chef, errand girl, personal shopper, interior designer, stylist, event planner, decoration committee…and the list goes on! This current occupation as a House Manager takes the knowledge I have gained from the past two decades as a stylist/designer/personal shopper/professional organizer and then sprinkles it with my passion for food & animals! Whatever you want to label it,  It is my dream occupation!  Who would have thought? {Not me!}

No one is micro-managing me and I sometimes amaze myself with what I can accomplish on any given day. There are a few motivators; One,  I love what I am doing & it brings me happiness to know that my presence in their lives creates a sense of ease! Second, they are thoughtful & appreciative people, that seem to love everything I do! This was their text to me last Thursday- “Do I have to keep telling you what a great dinner it was, how much we loved it! Halloween decorations are stunning, we went berserk over the wine cellar that you organized! All we could really ask was… how does she have the energy!?” {I get text messages like these all the time!} Each day I go there & report for duty…I am so grateful!! Thanx Craigslist!

Right now, I am styling the world in exactly the manner that works for me!  It ends up being a win-win for both me and the client!  I am happy, they are happy!  Here is to creating positive change in the world…one family at a time!

I sense there are more of you out there! Do you need help with creating an organized living environment? Need assistance with the week-to-week management of your busy life? Call in the trained forces, the professional… ME!  Shoot me an e-mail, let’s get the conversation started- allison@allisonjonesdesign.com!

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-Imagine Hiring A Stylist To Create Ease In Your LIfe-

Happy {Life} Everyone!

xoxo allison jones

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The Daily Dose

F O O D  ::  A {Fork} In The Road

I Know This Kitchen Keeps Making Its Way On To This Site :: It Is Just Layered With Inspiration For Me On So Many Levels

I Know This Kitchen Keeps Making Its Way On To This Site :: It Is Just Layered With Inspiration For Me On So Many Levels

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Kitchen Gadgets :: I'm in love with a particular garlic crusher right now!

Kitchen Gadgets :: I’m in love with a particular garlic crusher right now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Is a {Modern} Thing Baby :: Clean, Crisp & Sparse

It Is a {Modern} Thing Baby :: Clean Crisp & Sparse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a name for the room shown above – {Command Central} – it is my favorite room in any house! In my own house some days it is a toss up between the kitchen & the bedroom but the kitchen usually wins! Because ya’ gotta eat, right?

I have learned many things as a House Manager & the skill set that is performed  certainly comes natural to me. It is something that I would love to expand on; Personal chef, dog trainer/walker, interior design project manager, professional organizer, residential stylist, personal shopper for groceries & household items and the list goes on. This occupation oddly takes the freelance work that I have done over the past 2 decades and rolls it all into one.        {Who would have thought!?}

Being a house manager has me analyzing the road to your dinner table! {Lucky You!} After cooking for a lovely family of 4, I found that budgeting, meal planning & cooking were nourishing me as well, only creatively! {When the soul speaks, one must listen!} I have had a passion for food my whole life & these days am I on a quest to learn how to be an influence in people’s lives by providing good, wholesome, organic meals. Providing a service that utilizes a high percentage of foods that move from farm to table, instead of 1,500 miles through the industrial food system.  I don’t claim to be perfect, each opportunity I have though  I try to be a conscious shopper and source food that supports local farmer’s markets & food co-op’s. I truly believe, we as a community all profit from healthy eating!  The better we eat, the better we can perform at our jobs, we are of better service to our families/communities and we are more willing & able to partake in healthy play and exercise.

I live in a city called Seattle, it is the fastest growing concrete landscape in the nation! “Let me be the one to provide you with something of value;  Home-cooked meals tailored to your specific dietary needs, using only the freshest of ingredients.”  I mean seriously, isn’t this what we all want after a long, busy day at work? You Need Me!! 

CONTACT :: {allison@allisonjonesdesign.com} or give me a ring at {971} 212.6447 

W O R D

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- Imagine Hiring Me To {Personal Chef} For You -

xoxo allison jones

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HOUSE{WEARS}

HOUSE MANAGER :: Clear Intentions

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Life is in the details! The splash of red against the gray is not half bad!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WOW…this is really all I can say when I look at this image!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This wall treatment is exquisite!

This wall treatment is exquisite!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I described my life to a friend the other day, like this; “I am putting a new & exciting puzzle together, one I have never done before. I need to practice patience while creating where the pieces go!”

It is exciting, on any given day I am qualified to {wear} any one of these creative hats; Hanging private residential art collections, experiencing food as an art form cooking for private clients.  The art of creating EASE in people’s lives, utilizing my god given {Virgo} talents as a professional organizer & house manager! The art of living & practicing conscious consumerism in relationship to this living earth as a personal shopper.  

So… while wandering down this semi-new path of three years,  I ask myself certain questions daily; “Is what I am doing contributing  to the greater good today!?”  “How can I create healthy, positive, inspirational change in my life & therefore with-in my community of people?” I believe one needs to be clear about what they wish to create in this life, so one can put the proper action behind their intention{s}. This is the magic, where “the true unfolding of life” happens.  The intent, paired with proper action, creates the life you imagine! It is as simple & as difficult as that! SO… dream big people, this ain’t no dress rehearsal and find what you love to do & do it!  I know I am!

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- Imagine Hiring {Me}To Keep Your Life on Task – 

Happy {Day} Everyone!

xoxo allison jones

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The Dose

Some Days Are Like This

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Happy Day Everyone! 

xoxo allison jones

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House{WEARS}

Organized Clutter

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Everything In Its Place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honor The Things That you "Choose" To Put In Your Space

Honor The Things That you “Choose” To Put In Your Space

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stylishly Arranged :: Space To See What You Have

Space To Move & Breathe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wear several creative hats that intertwine with consumerism, organization & how to live and create a stylish life. You know the life…Your life, the one life that has deep meaning, where you have a relationship with the things you own.  This way the things you own don’t end up owning you. It is easy in our busy lives to have areas/rooms that become the catch-all for the things we  don’t want to deal with or put away. Sooner or later it is best if we clean the “dead energy”  spaces out,  to create new energy & room for the things that truly matter in life.

Let me help you make sense out of your environment by organizing, arranging & styling your home.

allison@allisonjonesdesign.com

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- Imagine Hiring Me To {Organize}  Your LIfe -

Happy {Day} Everyone!

xoxo allison jones

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The Daily Dose

The Walls Speak :: Look {LEARN} Apply

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Elegant & Sophisticated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Not For The Faint Of Heart :: Great In A Boys Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Touch Of Whimsy :: Soft & Fresh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ravens :: I Am A Raven Junkie- I Would Covet These Walls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nothing says- “POW” like wallpaper with an attitude, it is the perfect way to add flair to any room!  Having difficult sifting through all of the endless options in the market place, can’t figure out which way to turn…call me in, I would love to help you make sense out of your design project!

allison@allisonjonesdesign.com 

W O R D

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Happy { DAY } Everyone!

xoxo allison jones

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Food Talk

She {Cooks} With Wild Adandon 

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I want to use “Food  Talk” as a platform to sort out the details of this complex food system, the system that one has no choice but to navigate on a daily basis. I have been influenced by food my entire life; I’ve studied it, cooked it, grown it, researched it, lived it- “Food Is Medicine.” I  feel this pull, a calling so to speak, to commit to the food train for a bit & see where this dedication takes me {Us}.

WHAT I AM LEARNING

I keep hearing individuals say- “I am trying to eat in a more healthy fashion,” and from what I hear this is their trajectory of  trying to create a healthier lifestyle. The novelty of  healthy eating begins to wax & wane and ennui sets in. The healthy eating monk retreats to his cave feeling bored &  frustrated and in need of suggestions on what to cook next. These  FOOD TALK  posts are for those weary food travelers, the person who needs an infused spark of inspiration in the kitchen. I recently began cooking for a new client/family in the Seattle area, too busy to cook and  feeling a bit worn out by the options at their disposal they called me in! {Lucky me!}  The menu’s that I share with you here are the meals I prepare for private clients.

More on this later…..

THIS IS WHAT SHE COOKED  

MONDAY CLASSICS ::  Main- Slow-cooked yankee pot roast with pearl onions, yukon gold potatoes & carrots, served with a red wine reduction sauce. Veg-  Roastedglazed acorn & butternut squash with a brown sugar butter. Braised greens {collards, chard & kale} with shallot & crushed red pepper.

THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK  ::  Main-  Lemon, herb chicken breast baked in an ethiopian simmer sauce. Veg-  Roasted Broccoli with harissa, oregano, & cumin, finished with raw kale marinated in olive oil, lemon and s&p.  Salad - Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with kalamata olives, feta, cucumber, roma tomato, red pepper & chick peas {soaked & boiled fresh. No can in this kitchen!} drizzled with a tahini lemon parsley dressing.

THURSDAY :: Main- Picadillo- Cuban stew with hamburger, onion, stuffed green olives, raisins, tomato, cinnamon, cumin & a pinch of clove and nutmeg.  {Super Yummy & quick to make!} Dirty Rice with herbs & crushed red pepper. Veg- Marinated/pan sauteed zucchini with lemon zest, olive oil & fresh basil.  Salad-  Shallot, mustard, champagne, vinaigrette with crisp romaine, chick peas, grated carrot, red pepper & feta.

My hot pads are put away…..until next week….

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- Imagine Hiring {Me}To {Cook} In Your Life -

Happy {Day} Everyone!

xoxo allison jones

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THE DOSE

 Discipline :: Living a {W I D ER} life

 The Rooster :: Amazing Shape & Form

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Puzzle Piece #2 with Water Fall of Color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I ask myself daily; “What can you do today to keep the energy moving forward towards living, creating, a happy & fulfilling life?” That question is then followed by, “Take a step, any step, even if you feel unsure of where it may lead you?!”  TAKE NOTE: This method should definitely be exercised & practiced when you feel like you don’t know what the hell you are doing with your life!! For the eyes see & the puzzle pieces to a deep & meaningful life show up, piece by creative piece & show you exactly what needs to be done. One must be wise & brave and then  move in that direction, otherwise we end up standing in the way of our own true happiness. Always remain open to the opportunities & the people that present themselves in your life, you never know where it may lead you {us}.

At this point in my life, my soul-spirit is wide open to opportunities that may present themselves. All of the daily rituals I have around my intentions are essential to creating a life that is not only l-o-o-n-g  but also  W I D E  !!  I have this quote in my kitchen, over the cutting board…it is the first thing I see each morning when I stumble out of bed to make tea.  I wrote it on a page torn out of an old  art book, written in dark blue, fine-point Sharpie- “Discipline is a way of {re}inforcing our intention to live a wider life.”  There is something about that word w i d e that ignites my spirit! Therefore, I must practice discipline around my intentions, I believe this is where I have the opportunity to experience that delicious expansion of life.

until next time…

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I can be found here-  allison@allisonjonesdesign.com

P.S.  I landed the most amazing job as a House Manager, for an incredible family! I am so grateful!  The patience of waiting for the “perfect fit” paid off.  More on that later…

- Imagine Hiring {Me}To Assist You In Your HOME -

Happy {Day} Everyone!

xoxo allison jones

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Daily Dose

Consumerism :: Finding {Our} Place 

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Daria Werbowy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Dashing Pair Of Sunnies With An Up Do- Smashing

A Dashing Pair Of Sunnies With An Up Do- Smashing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{Consumerism}: It is a topic that I have been trying to find my place in since walking away from the advertising world as a freelance wardrobe/prop stylist. The work I was doing seemed to clash with this newly emerging, deep connection I was feeling towards living a sustainable life. I remember clearly & distinctly, looking around on set one day & having one of those moments where I realized I was an orchestrator in the madness of consumption. A key player in creating the illusion, the illusion of needing more “stuff.” This turning point left me adrift, confused & questioning my place in this corporate industrialized society in which we live. Where will this new path lead me, I will make sure to share it along the way!

W O R D

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Happy { Day} Everyone!

xoxo allison jones

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Daily Dose

Beauty :: Audrey Hepburn

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W O R D

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- Imagine Hiring A Personal Stylist For Your Busy LIfe -

Happy {Halloween} Everyone!

xoxo allison jones

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