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Hi guys!  We’ve decided to change our blog name due to personal reasons.  No, I’m kidding, that just sounded like it went there.  ;)
Anyways, the truth is that we felt like “Jack and Jill” was a bit impersonal and honestly, I was getting tired of referring to my husband as “Jack”.  (Imagine, I was calling him Jack around the house!)  So, please continue to follow us on our new blog that we’re calling @theSuso’s; it’s just us, with no fancy names, just Danny and Jenny.  Love you guys!



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Helloooooo!!!!  We know, we know…we’ve been a bit distant lately.  But we are now back in full effect! We have some awesome projects coming up (refurbished side table, repurposing mirrored closet doors, refurbishing vintage dresser, outdoor  projects, etc.) so stay tuned!
Lately we’ve been wanting to share little tips and tricks on home decorating that we’ve picked up along the way; from HGTV, to blogs, to friends that are “in the know”…here is what we’ve learned.
Let’s talk about COLORS, no not the ‘98 party at Amnesia, we’re talking about splashes of colors in your house! When we first started shopping for home stuff, we decided to go for an apple greenish accent color.  The only other 2 colors in our house were neutrals…brown and white; so our house was looking a bit one-dimensional.  Finally, someone mentioned something about using the color wheel to choose your colors!  So we set off on our famous Google searches to find exactly how to do it.  Basically, we learned that one of the ways to choose colors is by finding the direct complement color to your original color.  Ok, that sounds confusing.  For example, we started off with a lime-ish green, and then we looked on the color wheel for the color that was on the exact opposite side, and that will give you your complementary color. 

Ours happened to be a purple-ish hue.  So, we went shopping for a few purple accessories and voila!  We’ve got complementary colors up in here ladies and gentlemen!

Now, here’s a tip that we learned a long time ago.  Always try to keep your accent colors (like our green and purple) away from main furniture pieces and walls.  It’s usually a better idea to restrict the colors to throw pillows, accessories, wall art, etc.  The reason behind it is just so that when the day comes that you are sick and tired of the green and purple, for example, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to change your whole color scheme.

So, the same person that taught us about colors also schooled us on wood finishes.    Before this person “showed us the light”, we always figured that you should keep the same wood finish on all your furniture.  I mean, when you go to Rooms To Go, or most other furniture stores, all the furniture pieces in the room are the same exact wood finish, so we automatically assumed that that’s the way to go.  Well…au contraire mon frère…the exact opposite is true!  We learned that mixing and matching is the way to go! 

All you have to remember is that if you’re going for a modern feel, then you have to stick to “modern” woods like zebrawood, wenge, or walnut.  And if you’re more of a traditional furniture person, then you stick to oak and cherry wood.  There are plenty of other wood finishes out there that you could and should experiment with!  Make your home fun and eclectic and make it YOURS!

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I know I’m not the only one that deals with this problem. These nasty, yellow, cloudy headlights drive me crazy. It makes your car look older than it really is and if you’re like me you’ve tried it all; from the sprays, to the creams, and even paying someone to buff out your lights. But then after just a couple of months the cloudiness comes back. I’ve tried sooo many different products and nothing has worked.

Well, I came across this new one from Turtle Wax and according to the guy at Advance Auto Parts this one is different because it comes with a sealer that protects your headlights after you clear them.

Now, I’m not sure if it works but I just tried it today and I’m bringing you guys along for the journey. In a couple of months I’ll post an update entry and let you know if this really is the “miracle restorer”. I can tell you this much, the product initially does work. Check out the before and after pics below.

I know what you’re thinking and no! that beautiful car is not for sale. lol And for those of you who have known me for a while… Yes, that is the same Maxima I have had for the last 11 years. It’s scratched, dented, cracked and has over 200,000 miles BUT its my baby and I looooooove that car. So if anyone has any hook ups with TLC and can get me on Overhaulin PLEASE hook it up!

Well I hope you guys enjoyed the first “Just Jack” edition of our blog. Peace out!

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Hey there!  Today we want to discuss a problem that many of us deal with in our homes…STORAGE SPACE!  For us, moving into a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home, this problem became quite relevant very quickly.  We had to start coming up with ways to utilize ALL the space we had. So let us take you on a little field trip around our home…

Let’s start off with the bathroom.  Seeing as we only have one small bathroom, this posed a problem.  We had to fit a bunch of stuff under the sink and it was looking like a hot mess down there, until we found Roll-Out (read in a Ludacris voice) Under-Cabinet Drawers at Bed Bath and Beyond.  Hallelujah! These suckers are awesome because you can make use of the vertical space under the sink.  Now everything has its own spot, in its own compartment.  For us anal retentive people, it’s so nice to see things organized.  =)

Now let’s move on to the kitchen.  The space under the kitchen sink is home to all of our cleaning products; this includes about 5 spray bottles.  This area is our hot mess zone #2!  The minute you start using products and you don’t put them back exactly where they belong, the area slowly evolves from perfectly aligned rows, to complete and total under-sink pandemonium.  So we found this very clever solution on Pinterest.  Basically, you install a tension rod towards the top part of the cabinet space so that you can hang all of your spray bottles! Genius I tell you!

Ok, so now let’s shift our eyes over to the cabinet where we keep all of our spices.  We’ve all been in the situation where you’re looking for a specific spice and you have to lift each and every bottle to read the label because they all look the same from the top.  Well, that’s where we got sucked into an infomercial!  Have you ever seen the one for the Swivel Store Spice Rack?

Well, yea…we bought it.  And guess what?  It’s the greatest thing ever!  You just slide it into your cabinet and load it up with up to 20 bottles!  You even still have enough space on the sides to store larger bottles.  Really guys…it worked for us!

So you might be asking yourselves, “what the heck are those red things on the door?!”  Well, my friends, this is another little idea we found on Pinterest.  (I must stop here and do a little plug for this fabulous website…if you haven’t been on it yet, you MUST…after you read our blog of course….it’s the best idea for organizing all of the awesome things you find online…ok now back to our regularly scheduled programming).  So, while pinning my life away, I stumbled upon a great idea from Family Handyman and decided to try it out.  All you need are some 3M plastic hooks and a label maker, and you’ll have yourself the most organized measuring cups/spoons in town!

Finally, let’s talk about our pantry.  When we first bought the house, this area used to be an actual pantry closet; but the smartest thing we ever did was knock it down and turn it into a big ol’ cabinet with pull-out drawers!  The top part has 2 monstrous shelves that are still half empty, and the bottom part has 4 pull-out drawers that house everything from cans, to pots/pans, to even our printer.

Yes folks, you heard read right…our printer is in there too!  Since we don’t have the space for a real home office, we had to make do with what we had.  So we bought ourselves a wireless printer and connected our laptops to it.  Now we can be sitting on the sofa, working on our laptops, and hit “print” and our papers will be sittin’ pretty, waiting for us to pick them up from the pantry drawer!  Crazy, huh?

So these are just some of the adjustments we had to make in our home to have everything fit comfortably.  And it’s actually becoming a bit addictive.  Your creative juices really start flowing when necessity strikes! So, party on Garth! (yes…feelin’ Wayne’s World-ish right now).

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Recently we’ve run into the problem of where to keep our keys.  Most people would just throw them on the coffee table, but ours isn’t exactly conducive to that.

So, we had to come up with a solution.  Now, any other normal person would’ve gone shopping for a key holder and solved the problem in a day.  But no sir, not us.  If you know us, you know that we are faaaaar from “normal” and we like to go above and beyond (aka complicate ourselves) in everything we do!  So, here’s our version of a key holder….
First we bought a very ornate brown-ish colored frame from Michaels.
Jack found a pretty cool website that shows you how to give anything a faux pewter finish and he went to town on it!  The frame came out a.ma.zing.
Then we had to figure out what to put inside.  Jack found a pic on istockphoto that we fell in luf with!  It’s a close-up pic of a purple wooden door with a worn-out silver lock.  Not seeing it?  Yea, I figured…here’s a picture…

Quick plug for istockphoto:  This is an awesome website where you can purchase an image for a few bucks, and get it printed professionally (we went to FedEx Office).  This is a very cheap way of bringing great artwork into your decor…but we’ll leave that for another day…)

Ok, so once we mounted the picture to the frame, the only thing that was missing was a hook for the keys, so we stopped by Walmart and bought some screw hooks.  When we got home, Jack spray-painted the hooks the same color as the frame and screwed them into the bottom of the frame. And, voilà!!! We had ourselves a custom key holder!  Ain’t it fab?!?  We think it is!
This mini project definitely took some time, but it was well worth it and it was really not that hard at all.  You should try it sometime.  ;)

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Moving into a small home, we knew we were going to have to take on the “storage” challenge.  Questions like, “how are we going to share a closet?” started to arise.  Well, that’s where we had to get creative…

At first, the idea of sharing a standard reach-in closet had us ­­­­­­bummed.  We thought we were going to have to get rid of half of our stuff!  But once we installed shelves and created separate hanging spaces, the closet that once made us cringe…

…now made us smile!   Jack had his space and Jill had hers. (plus a little of Jack’s space, too…)

Before you go and tear down any closet doors, keep in mind that the largest bi-fold door they make is 3 ft. So if your closet opening is larger than 6 ft you’ll have to divide the closet into 2 even parts. For example, our closet opening was 8 ft so we had to get 4 separate 2 ft doors. See picture above.

Creating closet space is a simple project that anyone can do.  Jack has built quite a few closets in his life, and he has a fail-proof plan of making it work.

Step 1:  Head on over to your nearest home organization store.  These places usually give you a free consultation on how to maximize closet space.  You give them the specs, they give you detailed plans for your project.  Simple as that.

Disclaimer: If you have no problem spending like a thousand dollars to re-do your closet, then stop reading…this is not for you, but thanks for visiting! :) But, if you’re like us and a) you don’t have that luxury, and b) you don’t mind wire shelving, here’s what you do.

Step 2:  Take those plans, and visit your local Home Depot.  Show those plans to someone in the closet section, and they will cut every piece of wire shelving down to the exact measurements for you!  And guess what?  It only costs you a fraction of what you would’ve paid at the other place!
Step 3:  Now that you have all your materials, go home and get to installin’!  In no time you’ll have yourself an awesomely spacious closet! (Or you can just call Jack, and he’ll install it for you) ;)

Hardware tip:
Bolt anchors are more reliable than screw anchors especially with the amount of weight your closet shelves will experience. (If your closet wall happens to be on the exterior wall of the house then you will have no choice but to use screw anchors. They work just fine, dont worry.)

Once we finished our closet, we went on a storage-craze around the house… 2nd closet? Check!  Linen closet? Check!  Pull-out drawers?  Double check!!

Don’t judge.  Do one closet and you’ll see! ;)

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