New House Tour with Jenna of Small Bird

Remember Jenna of Small Bird Jewelry from  last week’s felt garland tutorial? Well, this week, I am chatting with Jenna again. But this time, its for a holiday house tour and mini interview. How fun!

I really want to share Jenna’s beautiful home, so let’s just jump right in. Oh, but before we do, let’s take a moment to “awww” over Jenna’s cat. Adorable. Okay, are we good? Let’s get going than…

Tell us a little about yourself .

Im an art teacher and jewelry maker in Rochester, NY. My handcrafted jewelry can be found at

What kind of home do you live in?

My house was built in 1928. Although it had been updated over the years, it still had enough of its original charm to make me fall in love with it.

What is your favorite project that you completed in regards to your home?

My favorite project (although I have to give all the credit to my dad) was installing the sliding glass door in the dining room. It added so much more light to the space and created a perfect connection to the outdoors. With the recent addition of the deck (um, thanks again, Dad!) I use my outdoor space constantly throughout the spring and summer months.

How has having such a creative career inspired you in decorating your home?

Being a part of the independent craft community has really influenced the look and feel of my living space. Staying connected through blogs and Flickr contacts allows me to be inspired by other indie artists with whom I share a similar aesthetic. I love seeing what other people are making or finding or repurposing; often incorporating those ideas into my own home. Not surprisingly, most of my art and accessories are either vintage finds or have been made by independent artists. I love surrounding myself with objects that have meaning and make me feel “at home.”

Thanks so much Jenna for sharing your home with us and answering a few questions. Please visit Jenna’s shop, Small Bird, to view Jenna’s lovely handcrafted jewelry collection. And receive 10% off your purchase now through January 9th when you use the code papernstitch at checkout.

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What color is on your fireplace brick? That is absolutely gorgeous and I’ve been looking to spruce up my fireplace, but did not want to spend money tileing.

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I absolutely love her home! I also live in Rochester, NY, so I’m always happy to hear about other creative minds dwelling in our little city.

Maria G.

Loving this cozy vintage home- especially the fireplace!


Jenna has such great style! I love how everything she creates and decorates is so thoughtfully put together. She is definitely an indie artist icon!! get it girl!!!

Shannon P.

I really enjoyed seeing Jenna’s house with the Christmas decorations. Wish I would have decorated my house more this year. Oh well, there is always next year. I suppose.


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My wife will absolutely love the picture of the cat on the bed. She loves cats!

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