Our Chat with Kinfolk Magazine Co-Founder Amanda Jane Jones

Abigail Sawyer | 11 Jun 2015 | Home Tours

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We’d like to introduce you our lovely friend Amanda Jane Jones. She was a co-creator of Kinfolk Magazine and is now a gifted freelance graphic designer working with international brands and publishers. If you follow her on Instagram @AmandaJaneJones you know her Chicago apartment is a minimalist midcentury dreamland.

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This weekend (6/12-6/13) Amanda is making over her sunroom/office and taking over our Instagram account @BlindsDotCom to share every step of the way. You can follow along at #AJJxBLINDS. We’re also giving away 3 $100 Blinds.com Gift Cards! This giveaway has ended. Thanks for playing and congrats to our winners!

We were excited to catch up with her about her decor style, life as a mother and the inside scoop on her office makeover.

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What are 3 words that describe your décor style?

Simple. Clean. Modern.

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What do you love most about your home?

It was built in 1914 or 15 – so it has so much character. The crown molding is huge and the beautiful wood floor creaks. It’s only a two bedroom apartment, but it is set up in the railroad style, so it feels more spacious than it actually is. 🙂

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Do you and your husband decorate together, or does one of you take the lead?

I take the lead, mostly because I’m home more than he is, but we really have very similar styles. Cree is very handy, so he made my desk and has really fixed up our home over the last couple years.

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How has being a mom influenced your design choices?

Having a baby has brought a lot more color into our home. Her toys are bright and fun and always scattered around, but on the whole, my style has pretty much stayed the same.

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How did you get your start with Kinfolk Magazine?

Nathan needed a designer, and he’d seen my work online. It came at the perfect time.

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What projects are you working on now professionally?

I work freelance, so I do an odd assortment of jobs. I just finished up a German cookbook and am currently working on a new logo for a bakery and new packaging for a Japanese tea to name a few. It’s all over the design spectrum and I love that no two design days are the same. I feel pretty blessed in that regard.

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You and your husband have lived many places (Philadelphia, The Philippines, Switzerland and Chicago). What’s one thing you do to make a new place feel like home?

This is something my mom taught me. Anywhere we traveled or moved too, she always had a knack for making it feel like home quickly. When we travel, even if we have limited space, we bring our favorite throws or blankets, an apron or two, good music and good books. Just little tokens that remind us of home.

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What room have you been focusing the most attention on lately?

My office. We’ve been married 6 years and I’ve never really had an office space. Now that I have a toddler running around, it seems all the more important for me to have a space of my own.


What Blinds.com window treatments did you consider, and which did you decide on in the end?

We went back and forth between a roman shade style and our light filtering ones. In the end we loved how concise and simple our current blinds feel, so we went with those (Blinds.com Light Filtering Cellular Shades in Glacier). So glad we did!


What was your favorite part of the shopping experience?

I love looking through samples and it was so nice to have them mailed directly to me. I didn’t have to go anywhere! And for a busy mom, the less errands I have to run, the better.


How did the room come together?

I’m so happy with it! It is still light and airy like it was before, but I feel like I have a bit more privacy. The blinds only add to the aesthetic and don’t detract at all. It’s like they were designed for the space.

Get Amanda’s Look

Amanda and Cree selected Single Cell Blinds.com Light Filtering Cellular Shades in Glacier. They chose a SmartFit lift for a clean look. This allows their shades to lower from the top and raise from the bottom with the lift cords close to the edge of the window for a clear view out.

See More of Amanda’s Office Makeover

All of us at Blinds.com (especially designer Josh!) are thrilled we could partner with Amanda for her office makeover. Follow along on Instagram at @BlindsDotCom and #AJJxBLINDS to see her room come together live, and enter for a change to win a Blinds.com Gift Card!

Like what you’ve seen? Learn more about Amanda at AmandaJaneJones.com and follow her @AmandaJaneJones. You won’t regret it!

Photos used with permission via @AmandaJaneJones.

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw