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jen o’neill’s modern genealogy charts

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i’ll never forget stumbling upon an old family tree when rummaging through my grandfather’s above-garage storage space one day. i was really young, but remember staring at all the bonney names listed and marveling at the types of names people had and the elegant handwriting that wrote each one. ever since i’ve been dying to find an original copy and frame it at home, but lately have been tempted by something slightly more modern. so when i saw these pieces from vermont designer jen o’neill i had to smile.

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jen started researching her family history when she became a mother, but couldn’t find a contemporary way to display the genealogical information she uncovered. so she decided to start “my tree and me” a business she runs that designs and customizes modern genealogy charts. each piece is a custom giclee print of on acid free watercolor paper, but there’s also an option to purchase a blank pre-made chart to fill in yourself. the older i get the more i appreciate the history behind both sides of my family, and designs like this are a great way to honor the people that shared your name years, decades and centuries before you. click here for more information on ordering a modern genealogy chart from jen.

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Bonnie

Those are amazing! I would love to have the one in the second photo for my home. Beautifully simple and colorful work.

rachel

I just ordered “Birds of a Feather” and can’t wait to give it to my girlfriend at her baby shower. Jen’s art is so unique and fresh, and working with her was a pleasure!

-rachel/Dd

Amy

I think my heart just stopped–these are AMAZING. Would also make great wedding or milestone birthday gifts (or, um, just a cool gift to myself and my living room wall). Thanks for the post!

Regina

FABULOUS! Thanks for introducing us to this work. I’m filing it away and hope to buy one eventually.

sara

Her work is beautiful — I like Rachel’s idea of family-tree-as-baby-shower-gift. Very sweet.

Karen

So happy to see Jen’s work shown here. I have seen her work in person and it is flawless! I received one as a gift and it was seriously the best gift I have ever got. I have since ordered two for family. Her modern tree is my favorite but I love all of her designs.

kate

these are so great!!!
Perfect for gifts and for yourself (of course). I hope to buy one soon!

Ashley

I love them all! What a great piece to put in a nursery – thanks for sharing this great find. Beautiful work Jen!

Moriah

Just like one of the comments above, I was thinking this would make an awesome baby gift. Love many of them. So hard to choose!

S.N. Carpeaux

LOVE LOVE LOVE Them!
My family is very much into geneology and this is such a smart, well designed way to display it.
Thanks for sharing!

Anna

These are beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I’ve been looking for a way of displaying my genealogy and these are perfect

Bess

These are great. I especially love the bird. We have a family tree sitting around somewhere, this would be a great reason to dust it off and display our history. Thanks for sharing :)

Melanie

What a brilliant idea. These are gorgeous. It makes me want to do a bit of research on my family history.

Darby

These are STUNNING! Great for gifts – new couple, new baby, anyone! Beautiful, beautiful work!!! Love them!!!

Terri

I have been looking everywhere for an idea on how to display all the family tree information I’ve been collecting over the years!! These are beautiful!!

Maaike

Hands down the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen, and so much clearer than the traditional tree we have in my family…. I’m 8 generations of excited.

Victoria

Thanks, D*S! I just found xmas gifts for a few family members…. :)

Jen Soykan

Love it when my worlds collide. Have been checking out Design* Sponge for awhile… have know Jen’s talented family even longer! Everyone keep up the inspiring work!

Jen M

What an ingenious way to display your family lineage – so beautiful, timeless and elegant. Kudos, Jen!!! I’ve been recommending these to everyone for Christmas, baby showers, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and birthdays all around. An incredible gift, by and incredibly gifted designer…

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