A loving mother to an adorable baby girl, Jenna is also a mother figure to a larger “extended family” that includes the children in the basketball team her husband coaches. Family has always been the foundation of Jenna’s growth, and being surrounded by people who love her has helped her develop a caring and giving heart. Her family is her main source of valuable life lessons. Jenna attributes her flair for southern living and style to her grandmother.
Jenna’s blog Rain on a Tin Roof is her way of sharing her ideas that inspire others to take the first step in transforming their house into a home their family will cherish. Home transformation begins with little DIY projects; Rain on a Tin Roof is a source of DIY inspiration and the launching pad of many design and home décor projects, big and small.
Jenna was kind enough to answer a few questions for us. Her insightful answers are below.
TC: Describe the Christmas tree you had as a child and how you used to decorate it.
Jenna: My favorite memory of Christmas trees from my childhood is my grandmother’s Christmas tree. She used to put stuffed animals on it to act as ornaments and as gifts for me each year. It was always so fun to have them on the tree and then get them after Christmas was over. I still have some of the stuffed animals she put on her tree for me and they go on our tree every year along with some others that my daughter has added.
TC: How did you find the process of setting up our tree compared to your old one?
Jenna: Oh my word—it was a BREEZE! Seriously, the rolling tree stand and the tree itself is just amazing. After setting up the stand, I put each section of the tree on, fluffed out the branches a bit and was done. I had it up and ready for decorations in half the time it took with my old tree.
TC: When does it start to feel like Christmas in your home and why?
Jenna: I am one of those people who usually decorates for Christmas right after Halloween. Please don’t throw tomatoes at me! We just really love Christmas around our house and want to enjoy the holiday decorations as long as possible.
TC: Do you have an heirloom Christmas decor item?
Jenna: I have a few! Of course, the animals I noted above are very special to me. I also have my grandparent’s old, vintage Christmas lights that I insisted on putting up on their porch each year, much to my grandfather’s dismay – I think he secretly liked them though. Each year those lights show up somewhere in our Christmas decor.
TC: What was your most ambitious DIY Christmas project?
Jenna: Honestly, I don’t tend to do many overly complicated or huge Christmas DIY projects. I like to enjoy the holidays as much as possible, so I lean toward easy DIY projects and decorating.
TC: Over all the years of celebrating and decorating for the holidays, what has changed and what has stayed the same?
Jenna: We tend to put out just about the same decorations each year, no matter their age or if they are in style. If we love them and especially if they have some sort of special significance to us, then we don’t care if they look dated or tacky or anything else – we put them out to enjoy them and bask in the special memories. There was one year where I opted to do a color coordinated Christmas tree and while it was pretty, I hate it because it lacked any character or personal touch – I’ll never do that again!
Visit Rain on a Tin Roof for design and DIY ideas based on Jenna’s signature “baby-proofed vintage-modern-rustic” style.