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French Cottage Kitchen {Flashback Open House}

With all of the love that we put into the exterior of our little French house, the interior received just as much attention.  I wanted the look of an old farmhouse kitchen with old cabinets.  I actually got a great compliment once from my brother in law Jeremy when he asked "how did you get all of those salvaged cabinets to fit perfectly in the new kitchen" (this was in the year 2000 when rubbed off cabinetry was a newer idea).  Style Note: I opted not to have a glaze on the cabinetry because, like the exterior, I didn't want it to look dirty, just used. Wood Floor:  As for the wood floor...I LOVED this one.  It was a pre sanded but unfinished floor from Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring.  We installed it, distressed it, stained it and coated it in tongue oil.  If you look close you can see the antique style nails that Read more [...]
Jan 18, 2012 - From Scratch, Open House    10 Comments

French Cottage Exterior {Flashback Open House}

For our first house Justin (my hubs) and I jumped in with both feet, off a cliff, with blind fold on!  Translation-We bought a lot, drew up our own plans, acted as the general contractor, finish carpenter, network specialists, painters, designers, landscape architects, the works.  Here is how it all went down. Justin served an LDS (Mormon) mission in Bordeaux, France.  After we were married we went back and visited the region where he spent those two years.  We were touring an adorable little village and came across an adorable little cottage.  I told him right there that I could move in to that little cottage and be happy.  We took a photo and finished up our trip.  A few months later we decided (CRAZY!) to build that little house, or at least our interpretation and modern version of it.  It was a lot of blood and Read more [...]

10 Tips for Buying the Perfect Sofa

This last week I made my first "blog" money purchase...a sofa!  OK, not all of the money covered it, some of it was left over from the Costco Leather Chairs that we returned.  Needless to say, this was a huge moment for me!  I haven't bought a new sofa for like 7 years!  (I've inherited a few, but that will be another post for another day.)  It was quite a process to find the perfect sofa so I thought I'd share my 10 Tips for buying the perfect Sofa.  These are in the order important to me, your order may be different, but consider all 10.   1. Investment-Have you ever known someone who spent a fortune on a sofa and therefore felt they had to keep it in the front room three decades later?  You know, because it was built so well.  Disregard the seventies fabric, the bold vintage over sized flowers, etc. Read more [...]
Dec 16, 2011 - Christmas, Open House    13 Comments

Red, Gold and Burlap Christmas Open House

So it's about time I put up a few shots of my Christmas decor for this year.  It's been a crazy season this year with the kids last day of school today!  I cleaned up enough to take some photos but I don't anticipate it staying this way for long.  That's life with four boys in the house.  Here goes this Christmas open house.   This is my tree in the corner of our family room.  Instead of a star I gathered a few feathers, gold shiny stuff and coppery glitter leaves and strapped them to the top of the tree.  For the second year in a row I gave my tree a boost!  Since I have a toddler, I put the tree on top of a children's table.   I stuff my tree with anything and everything I can find.   These are a few of my favorite ornaments including my Advent Calendar Boxes. I LOVE these gold flat Nativity ones.   I Read more [...]
Dec 14, 2011 - Christmas, Open House    3 Comments

Pink and Red Christmas Open House

My sister Amy has a house full of girls, four daughters to be exact.  She loves pink and her husband is man enough to be surrounded by it!  Christmas in the Felin's house is unlike any other.  Ornaments in pink,  a splash of Scandinavian (the hubs is from Finland), and oodles of charm make her house worth checking out at Christmas. Here are a few vignettes of her styling. How cute is that white feather wreath?  Maybe a future tute! Amazing wardrobe dressed up for the holidays. And don't you love the trophy. The sparkly green silver leafed garland with red berries is so fab. Her everyday chandelier is dressed with red ribbons, berries, and a precious bird in a cage. Check out this adorable pink bird ornament my grandmother made 30+ years ago.  Each sequin is hand sewn on with a clear bead in the middle. It Read more [...]
Dec 7, 2011 - Christmas, Open House    6 Comments

XL Merry Christmas Mantle

If you didn't know already I LOVE Christmas!  Here is my XL mantle this year. (check out my Hula Hoop Barrel Shade Chandelier in the mirror, oh how I love it!) I didn't want anything to over shadow my tree this year, so it is very neutral.  Love how my NOEL banner looks in this photo! I threw a huge chalk board up there with a note to Santa,  a large mirror and of course some Merry Christmas burlap ribbon. I found this great angel (resin with a dark bronze finish) at Ross a few years ago and bring her out every Christmas.  Extra pine cones from my Pine Cone Wreath were scattered on fresh greens (I dug from the trash after a church party!).   I also peppered in a few candied fruit ornaments for color.  A beautiful Christmas book called "When Jesus Was Born in Bethlehem" has a place of honor, where it belongs (this Read more [...]
Dec 5, 2011 - Christmas, Open House    3 Comments

Update: A Very Merry Christmas

(Updated) A Very Merry Christmas Table I was a bit rushed putting out my Christmas tablescape post.  I have come up with a few updates.  I gathered up some fresh greens after a church party (they were throwing them away!), made a bunch of snow globes (I'll post those later), and added a Santa and Elf to the mix. The giant jar holds my Ornament Advent Calendar. A few years ago my friend LaRee brought this beautiful Santa back from her travels in Russia.  It fits my house and table perfect!  I LOVE this Santa (thanks LaRee)! I also moved my Vintage Jewelry Christmas Tree into my dining area so guests would have some eye candy when they looked up from eating. Each place setting has it's own snow globe.  Guests choose where to sit based on which snow globe they want to take home! I kept the details from the Read more [...]
Nov 30, 2011 - Christmas, Open House    13 Comments

A Very Merry Christmas Table

I love a beautiful tablescape for Christmas.  This is what I have pulled together this year with a few jems from years past. The Nitty Gritty Red and Cream Toile Plates (Home Goods), Gold Chargers (Target 2 for $3), Wine Glasses with gold lip (Big Lots 6 for $10), Table Runner (Target), Silverware (Costco) Reindeer with gold bow (Robert's $1.50 each),  Burlap Merry Christmas Ribbon (Burlap & Denim), Sand Ultrasuede Napkins (Burlap & Denim) Red Berry Napkin Rings (Michael's Christmas greenery) R for Richards Coasters (Michael's 4 for $1), Pine Cone and Bow Chair decor (Burlap & Denim) I wanted a little height with the color so I threw mini apples in each goblet.  Besides, we are probably going to be drinking Martinelli's anyway! The tiny boxes in the vase and on the table are from my advent calendar Read more [...]

Midnight Beach Kitchen

Welcome to my kitchen open house!  I call it Midnight Beach.  Growing up in San Diego, and then moving away for college, I love and miss the ocean.  I decided to bring it to my Utah home.  This is the color palette for our kitchen.   Black, Dark Dusty Blue, White, Warm Wood, Stainless Steel, Light Blue, Cream, and Dark Chocolate An inspiration for the scheme came from the black rocks found on the beaches of So. Cal.  While at first glance they appear solid black, when dry, they have beautiful gray and blue tones. The color scheme rolls on into the nook as you can see in this photo.  I actually painted the entire space a light blue but when mixed with the warmth of the cabinets, it looked ice cold and cheap. It only took a couple of days before I couldn't stand it enough and had to repaint the entire Read more [...]
Oct 13, 2011 - Open House, Recomendations    10 Comments

Carnival Birthday!

My friend Amy from Remember This Photography had a great Carnival party for her daughter's 9th birthday.  This makes me wish I had a daughter, look at all the pink!  So cute!  Here are some great photos of that special day. The Birthday Girl's Concessions. Prize Patrol with fans, paddle ball, and more! Carnival Cotton Candy for everyone! Cute photo op for guests with cute props! Pink Punch, Striped Straws,Prizes, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Cake and Peanuts.  Who could ask for more? Great party Amy!  She also left a treat for you!  Hop on over to Remember This Photography for more details and free pdf downloads for your own Carnival Party! Amy is a fantastic photographer and creative in everything she does.  Thanks for sharing your talents with us Amy. Linked Up with: Tattor Tots & Read more [...]
Oct 7, 2011 - Open House    25 Comments

Giddy Up Cowboy Nursery

My little cowboy is turning 2 this month and I wanted to show off his Cowboy Nursery.  When we built this house I knew I wanted to do Ralph Lauren's Indigo Denim wall treatment. Yep, that is paint, not wallpaper.  It is a simple but time consuming process (totally worth it).  My husband installed the white trim shelf and hooks around the room.  We left the ceiling and upper wall the base sand color of the rest of the house.  A sheep skin rug warms up the berber carpet. The white crib in the corner of the nursery was purchased in '99 when I had my first boy.  It came with a light wood finish.  I had it sprayed white and scuffed it up a bit. Shout out to my mom for letting me "borrow" her vintage ride on horse.  Giddy up! A few accessories help pull the look together.  Baby Gap sold a t-shirt and bandanna blanket Read more [...]