Notes From the Janery Studio

Charlie Cushions

  • Spotted: Janery's Charlie Cushion in Southern Living!

    That moment flip open the current issue of Southern Living and see one of your own products gracing its pages.

    Welcome to my week.

    This is exciting on a few levels. One, it’s Southern Living--a magazine I’ve been pinning to bulletin boards for years. Two, it features our fantastically brilliant Yellow Ginkgo print, which basically spreads happiness by osmosis. And three, SOUTHERN. LIVING.

    The magazine touts our unique modern style, but what the page didn’t mention is that our Charlie Cushion is as fashionable as it is functional; no other dog bed on the planet looks this good while resisting stains, odors, fur, and funk.

    We’ve come a long way since Charlie first found her way into my heart and inspired the legacy that would become a soft place for so many other loved and rescued pets to land. Each Charlie Cushion is infused with her charm: strong, playful, resilient, and worthy of a prominent spot in the home. The Yellow Ginkgo captures that in spades, and you can, too, while this limited-edition print is still available.

    I couldn’t wait to frame this next to her picture in my inspiring, new sewing studio.

    Here’s to making real life really beautiful.


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  • One Room Challenge Reveal: The Office

    It’s the final day of the One Room Challenge, and I’m thrilled to be revealing two finished rooms here on the blog!

    The Challenge is created by Calling It Home in conjunction with House Beautiful, and over six weeks many bloggers work to makeover a space (or two) in their home. It’s my first time participating and I’m so thankful I did. I needed something to motivate me to not just start, but complete the projects and this did the trick!

    While I do link to my sources for items,nothing in my space was sponsored.  Photography is by Laura Metzler, who does all my product photography for Janery.

    Janery One Room Challenge Black and White Office Reveal Paper Flower Bouquet / Nefertiti Print / Black Deco Dog Bed / Deco Diamonds Wall Stencil

    Am I happy with my new office?  Yes, I think it is fabulous - with the exception of my white rug being too small :)

    My goal was to create an elegant, art-deco inspired corner office nook to complement the larger makeover of our long basement rec room.  The makeover is happening in three phases:  Office, TV room, Playroom.  I also wanted to push my interior design skills and try new things, such as a bold black and white statement.

    The wall stencil challenged me the most - read more here and here - but I do love the result. I spent hours touching up the stencil with tiny artist brushes, and could do more.  It makes my office fabulous, there’s no doubt about that.

    Let's peek at what I had before.  The image on the left is what is now my office, and the image on the right is my old office corner:  

    Janery Office Before One Room Challenge

    What a world of difference!!!  This is honestly the best before and after I've ever done.

    Janery Black and White Art Deco Office Stenciled Wall

    In addition to stenciling I removed some bigger items, moved the Janery storage, and purged a lot of office clutter. Both my old office shelves and a random dresser stored a lot of office supplies, most of which I didn’t need.

    Janery One Room Challenge Black and White Office Desk Detail

    I built a wooden riser for my desk so that my monitor would be at a healthy height. I can use the space underneath to charge my phone, my tablet, etc. I also tried several fancy gold or brass lamps before deciding I preferred a fun zebra lamp! I’ll share more about that in another post.

    Once the new wall was stenciled and I moved my desk and computer in, I realized that the decorative shelves I’d planned for would just cause visual clutter. I pared down my office supplies and stored them in my new filing cabinet and the beautiful white box on my desk.

    Janery Black and White Office Art Deco Wall Stencil File CabinetLamp / Sydney Hale Candle / Box - Homegoods / Waterproof Mug Mat / File Cabinet

    I initially envisioned big, lush hanging plants all over the space, but during the last week I realized the space was too small for all my ideas. Instead, I jumped on the terrarium bandwagon and had a lot of fun making them! The chains are anchored into the ceiling beam so there is no risk that they’ll fall on my computer.

    Janery Art Deco Office Gold Hanging Terrarium Boobs Art by Funnelcloud Studio

    Now, let’s talk about the art!

    I’m slowly collecting pieces I love for the house, and the office is no exception. See that small painting hanging with my terrariums? It’s part of the BOOBS! series by Rachel Roellke of Funnelcloud Studio. The boobs are gold leaf and so much fun in person. She also did the Things That Are Awesome print that is hanging by my studio doors below.

    Janery Office Things That Are Awesome Illustration Art Funnelcloud Studio

    The paper flower bouquet in the vase is by Paper Rose, and I'm blown away by the quality.  

    My two departed pets, Charlie and Doctor, look over me while I work.  The pink portrait of Charlie was painted by Kim Vargo of Yellow Brick Home.  

    Janery Office Juniper Briggs Art Nefertiti Print Yellow Brick Home Pet Portrait

    And finally, the biggest piece in the space is that large bust of a woman, the Nefertiti print by Juniper Briggs.  Words can’t describe how much I love it. My mom always told me she wanted to name me Nefertiti because, as a baby, I had a long neck.  The memory of her telling the story cracks me up.  When I decided on the black and white theme for my office, I knew this painting had to be in it.

    Before you go, let’s discuss the design elephant in the room:

    Janery Black and White Modern Dog Bed Art Deco Office

    My white rug is too small to completely cover the tile floor and it bums me out.  I decided to order a custom cut and bound carpet, but there’s a delay. At the last minute I ordered this this cheap area rug for the photo shoot, which I will save and use for future product shoots.

    The one room challenge may be over, but the fun continues with phases 2 and 3.  I’ll be finishing the TV area next, followed by the playroom corner for my toddler. I hope you’ll stick around to see the basement come to completion!

    Here's a sneak peek of the furniture we're using in the rest of the basement.  Click here to score the new Black Deco Charlie Cushion (waterproof dog bed), inspired by my office, here. 

    Janery Charlie Cushion Waterproof Dog Bed Wassily Chair Chrome Lamp Juniper Briggs Art

    PS: My office only represents about a third of my work in the One Room Challenge.  I hope you’ll view the reveal of my professional sewing studio as well, which is right off my office!  Just step through the french doors, or click here. :)

    Janery Art Deco Office Sewing Studio Entrance

    Also, thank you again to Linda for hosting this challenge.  It feels so good to have this space started!  Please be sure to visit the other guest participants - you can find them all here!

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  • As Seen In: A Colorful Master Bedroom Makeover

    Charlie Cushions are designed to blend seamlessly into even the most fabulous spaces, and it always makes my day to see one in use!  I was so thrilled to spot Janery’s Navy Herringbone Charlie Cushion on the Hi Sugarplum blog, when Cassie shared her Master Bedroom Refresh.

    Janery Charlie Cushion Navy Herringbone HiSugarplum Master Bedroom

    I love a good pop of color and strong pattern mixing, so of course I love Cassie’s bedroom.  She has the incredible ability to mix unique patterns and colors to keep her space interesting, rather than just blindly following trends.  

    Hi Sugarplum Blog Master Bedroom Sitting Area

    Head over to Hi Sugarplum and check out all the details of her fabulous master bedroom makeover!  

    PS: If your pup needs a fabulous waterproof dog bed that won’t cramp your style, you can check out all of Janery’s modern dog beds right here.

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  • How Charlie Cushions Inspired the Launch of Janery

    Charlie Cushions are here! 

    I'm so excited to launch these plush, waterproof pet beds.  There's a story behind every product I create, but the story of the Charlie Cushion may be the most important of them all.

    Charlie Cushions are the reason I started Janery.  

    Charlie Cushion Waterproof Designer Dog Bed
    In 2003 I rescued a hairless and emaciated dog and named her Charlie.  She was a Rottweiler mix with a bullet in her leg, and with a lot of love and a little training she quickly became an irreplaceable part of my family. 

    Charlie on Merlin Mat
    Charlie loved any and all soft beds, probably after years spent sleeping on the streets.  But if she ate something she shouldn't, Charlie would have incontinence issues, leaking on her beds as she slept.  I was constantly buying and throwing out cheap dog beds.  

    I finally got a high end pet bed for Charlie, thinking it would last longer and be less wasteful.  I was so disappointed when Charlie had an accident on it, and the dog bed insert came out of the washer all lumpy.  When Charlie curled up on it the stuffing piled up in the corner leaving a hard spot in the middle.  Plus, the smell hadn't come out.

    For years I wondered why there were no durable dog beds that also looked fabulous.  Why weren't all dog beds protected by a waterproof liner so their cushions weren't ruined by an accident?

    When my husband gave me a sewing machine for my birthday, I started sewing.  And a year later I decided to create and sell waterproof dog beds.  Beds that complement your decor but are durable and practical.  

    I had a corporate day job, but on nights and weekends I sewed for hours, honing my skills and testing different designs, but ran into roadblocks finding a quality American-made supplies.  While the Charlie Cushions hit road blocks, I developed other pretty-but-practical products - washable throw pillows for humans, Merlin Mats and Catnip Cuddlers for pets, and more.  

    Now Janery is my full-time job, I've found the right suppliers, and my Charlie Cushions are ready to shine.  I said goodbye to my beloved Charlie on Christmas day two years ago, but my other dogs and my cat have tested the beds for her.

    See all the Charlie Cushions right here


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