At Home With Jennifer Bewerse

Dream living roomWe are happy to welcome Jennifer Bewerse to the blog today to share her lovely home with us!At Home With Jennifer Bewerse via A Beautiful MessAt Home With Jennifer Bewerse"My husband Tim and I live with our chubby cat, Maggie, in our San Diego rental.  It’s a beautiful two-story detached house full of light and is just a short bike ride from the ocean. We have a wonderful landlord (that even lets us paint!) so we count ourselves as super lucky ducks. We spend most of our time in the main living space on the first floor, which includes the living room, dining nook, kitchen, and a half-bathroom. A few of the features that sold us on this rental were the wood floors, nice kitchen (especially for a rental!), and tons of natural light." Little plants in the window Those oversized scrabble pieces are great"Our best projects have come from working together, like the Scrabble tiles hanging in our kitchen. For a while I was obsessed with decorative letters, but Tim thought it was strange and random. As a compromise, he suggested we make an art piece based on Scrabble, one of his favorite board games. I get to enjoy my letters and he gets to enjoy the nostalgia of one of his favorite games—we both love it!" Love the vintage details in this home In love with the large house plant"I would have to say my favorite find in our space is our 1930s Philco Radio. When Tim found it in an antique store on Cape Cod, it was in really bad shape with missing knobs, a ripped grill, and completely ruined electronics. We made it our goal to help the old guy sing again. Tim ordered reproduction knobs online, I replaced the grill with some burlap, and we replaced the speakers together. The best part? We were able to install Bluetooth, so now it can stream music from laptops or iPhones. It’s an especially fun feature for parties – we love surprising our friends when we turn on our vintage radio with our phones ;)" Plants make everything betterLove the dotty wall"As a freelancer, I work from home a lot. Several days of the week you’ll find me nested on our couch typing away on the computer. I also have a little space in the living room where I practice—our living room has nice acoustics and (thankfully) our neighbors love the cello!  Once Tim comes home from work, we spend most evenings together in whatever room fits our mood, whether it’s the living room for a movie night or to listen to records, or the kitchen for a cocktail. 

For us, if something isn’t easy to use, it will probably collect dust or create a mess. In fact, if there’s a consistent mess in our home, trying to be neater doesn’t usually make a difference. For a long time jackets and shoes were a constant mess—they didn’t have a designated place, so we tended to throw them wherever. When we finally got a coat rack and a little crate for our shoes it was easy to keep things clean. I guess it’s an obvious solution, but we spent a lot of time trying to be 'more clean' before it dawned on us!" Adorable dining nook"For us, decorating our home has been about balancing style, function, time and money. I’m so grateful Tim has a strong opinion about how we live in our space and that we’ve been able to communicate and find solutions neither of us would have thought of on our own. I can’t begin to describe how happy it makes me when Tim comes home, sinks into our couch and says, 'I love our space…'” Jennifer Bewerse"When we moved into our rental about a year and a half ago it was big, bright, clean and exciting, but also basically a plain beige box without any personality. Initially, I was anxious to 'finish' all the rooms right away, but with a busy life as a freelance cellist that just wasn’t realistic. Instead, we’ve slowly made changes that have worked with our schedules and budget. Patience is paying off with a space that is totally 'us', filled with treasures we'll be able to enjoy for years to come. Slowly bringing in beautiful plants, paint colors, and vintage or second-hand furniture allows us to savor every little improvement."

Thank you so much for sharing your home with us, Jennifer! You can find more of Jennifer over at her blog Insideways or on Instagram! xo.

  • I am lucky to know Jen and Tim personally. Their home just reflects how AWESOME they are as individuals, but also how balanced and wonderful they are as a couple.

  • Wow, it’s amazing what can be done even in a rental space! How inspiring 🙂 I love the combinations of greens/blues.


  • I am so drawn to your rooms, and oddly enough, I live 10 doors from the beach in San Diego! I love your work.

  • What a great space, It’s definitely decorated better than any other rental I’ve ever seen.


  • One of my many dreams is to be a free lance Oboist. All I need to do is kick my bottom into gear and get my Oboe fixed. Nice to see someone making their own on music.


  • This home is gorgeous! I’m especially interested in finding out the name of the tall plants with the broad leaves. They’re so beautiful, I’d love to have one of my own!

  • How lovely!!


  • Hands-down my favorite space featured so far!!! Jennifer & Tim have such a lovley eye for detail. The shark art (both in the living room on the shelf and hanging in the dining area) made me smile so hard my cheeks had cramps! And the cello had me swooning! Thank you for sharing such an amazing home!

  • Wow!!! All furniture looks amazing. In every corner of this house is decorated with different furniture pieces. They are really awesome. In living room, Blue sofa looks beautiful.

  • What a charming home! I love the restored radio, and those gold dots in the bathroom are so fun! You’ve done such a nice job of turning a house into a home. I’m off to check out the blog 🙂

  • The place is a real beauty. Love the idea of having top hung shelves in the toilet area to put beautiful pictures and stuffs. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    xo Zesi

  • You are a star at taking the normal to the wonderfully irresistible!! Love your style in the house here. So simplistic yet so warm and livable. Kudos!!! Keep blogging!!!

  • such a lovely home with vintage vibe and creative atmosphere. Every details and elements are gorgeous. 🙂

  • love the bathroom! can she share where the QR code piece came from?

  • I’m so jealous! ;)I love the polka dotted bathroom!

  • Oh my goodness that bathroom! How fun. I LOVE the radio situation. That is so great. What a lovely, creative and unique home 🙂

  • Wow! great home 🙂 seems so peaceful. thank you for sharing your lovely home!

  • Wow. The scrabble pieces and the embroidered qr code! Super cool

  • Loving the polkadot toilet wall and the scrabble tiles. Inspirational 🙂

  • Oh my goodness.. If I ever get a home like that I’ll die happy.

  • The shelf at the comfort room and the scrabble details are my absolute favorites!

  • Loving those Scrabble tiles and the polka dot wall!

    -Allie @ LunaVida

  • Wow! I love the scramble letters,where can I buy them? Thanks for this beautiful idea.

  • A beautiful post with enchanting and inspiring photos Jennifer! You have a fab home !

  • The place is just sooo beautiful. Love the bathroom.

    xo Janaki

  • Wow I what a gorgeous home!!!

  • Hi there! This is completely off topic, but I would like to know if there is any way to attend just your keynote at TXSC without paying $155. I honestly cannot spend $155, but would love to hear what you guys have to say. Will it be open to the public? I am okay if I don’t attend anything else, I would just love to hear your advise, and maybe the advise from other bloggers. Please let me know, I live in Austin and it would be super easy for me to go just to hear you speak!:)

  • Another GORGEOUS home! Really enjoyed all of the nautical influence in this one..the whale print:)

  • These house features are all groovy, but they very rarely venture out of the white walls/industrial decor/midcentury furniture formula.

  • You know what, this is the home in my dream. So beautiful! 🙂

  • I love this space. All the details: that side table, the bathroom, the mustache! YES x1000000.

  • this is one of my favorite spaces youve showed. so light and nautical and beautiful 😀 it looks like emily henderson designed it! 😀 <3

  • the scrabble letters and te dots in the bathroom… just great ideas!

  • what a gorgeous and ultra-fun space! thanks for sharing!

  • i love the greenery and abundance of plants everywhere – it reminds me of my mother’s place!


  • That couch is SO glamorous. I’d love to sink into that after a long day too! And I love the shark print 🙂 Super cute space

    xo Ashley

  • I am in LOVE with the Scrabble tiles!

    And the polkadots in the bathroom are adorbs! And I don’t usually say adorbs, but I mean it. Beautiful home!

  • One of my favorite places of all time! (Love the Seychelles boots too)

  • What a lovely creative space! I love those scrabble tiles!

  • I love how light and bright the entire house is. I’m always afraid to decorate in whites for fear of getting things dirty/covered in stains, but with colored furniture I think it’s really lovely and still bright and clean 🙂

    <3 dani

  • What a beautiful space!! I love how things are mismatched yet sit next to each other so well.

    Blonde in this City

  • What a beautiful home! It’s one of my favourites to date, if not my favourite! So stylish and yet so cosy and homely. Just makes me smile looking at the photos somehow. I love the seats in the living area especially 🙂

  • great photos
    great blog

    do you want follow each other?


  • I love the two diy projects they did together! Scrabble is one of my favorites! We had large scrabble letters as our cake topper 🙂

  • I love the colour palette in the space – it’s so pretty. And there is so much light!! The gold polka dotted bathroom is so cute 🙂

    Alex from

  • This is the cutest toilet! People should share more photos of toilets (ahem, ok, that sounded a bit odd now, lol; but it’s the kinda space that’s often tiny and could use some nice decorating and inspiration is welcome). xx

  • LOVE the scrabble letters. ADorable. and the polka dot bathroom walls!!!!

    xo, Lily on Fillmore

  • What an inviting, cozy, clean place! That couch! The accent wall! Love it!

  • I am having a real hard time deciding what is my favorite. I love the bathroom!! Love the letters in the kitchen (great place for them). My all time favorite is the girl with the cello:)

  • So creative! Everything goes together so well

  • What a lovely place to call home! Any chance someone knows the source for the rug in the living room (seen in the photo with the cellist)? Thanks for sharing!

  • san diego looks like the perf place to live! She is sooo beautiful!

  • What a home! I don’t think I could ever have a bad day in a home with a blue velvet sofa : )

  • I love the Scrabble letters, I think it’s such an unusual but clever idea and I’m glad they can both enjoy it, beautiful home!

  • I LOVE the scrabble tiles in her kitchen and the polka dotted bathroom 🙂

  • San Diego is one of my favorite places and Jennifer’s home is gorgeous. I’m so jealous! 😉

  • such a great space! i love how light and bright it is and all of those plants!

  • My favorite parts where the giant shark print and the old radio. I wish my neighbors played the cello instead of blasting their base!

  • This house is so ridiculously awesome. I love it. It’s so bright and airy and filled with character. It reinforces my need for more plants in my house.

    Molly @ Mint Atelier

  • Many thanks for showing their great home! And I´m really impressed that even the lavatory is decorated and painted perfect 🙂

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Ahh true love! Your place looks amazing but still live-able and not overly styled. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

  • What a beautiful home! I love the colors and light. It looks very serene. The scrabble letters are pretty darn awesome! It’s great that you both came to a compromise. I have wonderful memories of playing scrabble with my parents! I will be checking your blog out as well! Thanks for sharing your home!

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