May 8, 2012 - Design Steps    15 Comments

American Beach Summer Mantle

To me there are two decorating seasons, Winter and Summer (OK, three if you include my Christmas overhaul).  Well I've been antsy to put up my Summer theme mantle so here it is.  As usual, I gathered anything that might work with my theme.  This year I am going for a Ralph Lauren meets Pottery Barn beachy nautical collected look. To me, this included items that were: American (the flag) Cotton Wood Stainless Steel Galvanized Rusted Red, White, or Blue Glass Sand, Shells, & Rocks Nautical Decor Here is how I layered all the junk. My mantle and the space above it are very large.  The American Flag does a great job of filling the space.  Then with lifts and levels created with blocks of wood, a favorite book, a cake stand and an old piece of luggage help to give height to the smaller items Read more [...]
May 4, 2012 - Design Steps, Open House    17 Comments

Black and White Gallery Wall

Last week I posted about my Summer Chalkboard and I figured you'd all like to see where I hung it!  This is my new entry layout with my black and white summer gallery wall.   This layout cost me exactly $3.19.  Here is how it all went down.  I started by gathering any and every frame that I had that was black.  After rearanging another part of my house, I realized I also had this black little chest that I added to the pile.  I started working on the arrangement and weeding out the frames I didn't have room for (there were a lot, I was willing to take art out of old frames from years ago and put my own photos in them but they were too big in the end).   Start by removing everything from the space Check your space limitations including door openings Arrange the largest items first Begin to layer Read more [...]
May 2, 2012 - Planted, Recycle & Reuse    52 Comments

Toilet Paper Roll Seed Starters

Spring is in the air and I've been ready to plant my garden for at least a month.  Fortunately, I remember all the times I've been burned (or really frozen) planting too early.  Here in Utah there is often a crazy snow storm that shows up just after I have planted my garden, but not THIS year!  I decided to harness all of that Spring fever into planting seeds INDOORS and taking them outside when the coast is clear.  I started saving toilet paper rolls after I saw a bunch of beautiful art projects people had pinned on Pinterest.  Well I tried making one...FAIL.  Instead I thought up this little project that doesn't need to be pretty, just practical (NOTE: After a search for toilet paper rolls as seed starters, I found I wasn't the only one with this idea but I figured I'd share my version,so here goes). Supply List: Empty Read more [...]
Apr 23, 2012 - Planted    26 Comments

Triple Succulent & Wood Centerpiece

A few months ago my sister Amy and I went thrifting while working on another project.  That's when we came across an awesome wood planter.  It looks like a home made project.  One large piece of wood cut slightly at an angle on each side with 12 holes drilled in the top.  I'm not sure what the makers intent was, possible to hold candles (thanks to James at, I now know it is an antique Mexican Sugar Mold that is often used with candles now)?  As soon as we saw it, we knew it would look awesome in my house.  We bought it for $4.  It needed some work, so I got out my sanding block and went to town.  Then I wiped it down and re-stained it with a wax stain I had on hand.  It really brought out the character of the wood and added depth to it if that makes sense. I knew I wanted succulents in each of Read more [...]

Summer Chalkboard Art

I've been kind of obsessed with chalk board signs lately (check out my Pinterest board).  While creating a gallery wall in my entry, I decided to add a large chalkboard that I have.  I wanted to create a temporary piece of art for the summer in black and white to match the gallery (I posted about the gallery wall HERE).  First I gathered the necessary supplies: paper towels, chalk, Q Tips, and Aqua Net (also needed but not pictured: ruler, tape measure, and level).  Then I measured the board and created a layout that I liked.  About the beachy layout:  I love the art (by Katie Daisy) with the quote "I long for Salt Air in my hair", we take a road trip from UT to Laguna Beach every summer, and we love to sit on the sand or surf in the ocean as a family. I added an orange grid and printed off the template. With a Read more [...]
Apr 17, 2012 - Crafts, From Scratch    35 Comments

Deconstructed Sofa

Last weekend was spring break for our kids.  We dropped them off at their grandparents home for a few days of fun for them, and relaxation and shopping for my husband and I.  It started with some antiquing and then a trip to a beautiful new shopping center in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.  City Creek has been under construction for quite some time and I couldn't wait to see it.  They had a beautiful new Restoration Hardware store that I couldn't wait to check out.  It was amazing, a huge store with several rooms, each presenting a different line of furniture.  I had recently received my HUGE catalog and enjoyed looking through it, but the deconstructed furniture line looked even more impressive in person.  It is made to look like each piece is in the middle of construction.  Unfortunately the price tags Read more [...]

$50 Studio5 Cubicle Makeover

I was recently asked to do a cubicle makeover for Brooke Walker of Studio5 for just $50.  This may seem like an impossible task, but with a little thought and a lot of effort I think it turned out awesome! I was on Studio5 today, here is the video of Brooke, Darin and me talking all about it: Here is what the cubicle looked like Before we started. Pretty typical.  Middle of the building, no windows, basic gray and maple. Here is the After. Let me show you how we did it.    Feeling First, it is important to start with the feeling you want the space to have when it is finished.  After communicating with Brooke, we understood that what she was really looking for was a fresh, feminine, and simple look for her space.  We started with the background and found a clean and funky damask fabric with a small Read more [...]
Apr 11, 2012 - From Scratch, Organization    2 Comments

Monogrammed In/Out Hanging Bags

One more project from the cubicle project, and then the big reveal! In a small work space, desk top space is at a premium.  I decided that two hanging bags would serve as great In/Out boxes.  I found these great brown bags, perfect for the cubicle on clearance at TJ Maxx.  Unfortunately the design on the the front was hideous, hence the $3 price tag.  I bought two of them anyway and made over the back side. I found two craft paints that matched the design and started taping off the edges.  A border of blush and a home made monogram stencil filled in with a soft aqua freshen up the dark brown. Because I knew I was going to have bird accents in other parts of the space, I couldn't pass up these earings from Forever 21.  I just fished the ring through the fabric and attached the earring back on the inside. Here Read more [...]
Apr 9, 2012 - From Scratch    3 Comments

Tool Cart Diaper Changing Table

The other day I was browsing one of my favorite shops Harbor Freight when I came across this awesome tool cart.  It's on sale for $69.99 right now.  I tried to think of a place to use it in my house but came up blank.  That's when the idea for turning it into a changing table came to me.  Now, I am not pregnant, nor do I plan on becoming pregnant (this is just a fun idea board for anyone out there that might be in that situation).  Isn't it adorable? Especially for any boy nurseries. I started poking around Amazon and found this pad that would fit perfect in the top tray of the cart ($25.99, click HERE for details). Then back on Harbor Freights site I found the following magnetic accessories to hang on the side of the cart. First: This is a Spray Paint and Screwdriver holder, but I think ointments and powders would Read more [...]
Apr 6, 2012 - Recomendations    5 Comments

Huffington Post’s “5 Pinners to Follow” (guess who made the list!)

Huffington Post selected my Pinterest boards as one of this week's top 5 Pinners to follow!  I'm kind of freaking out over here...soo grateful! Thanks Huffington Post!  Look close at the highlighted!   Here is a sneak peak of my Pinterest Boards page (click on the image to go directly to my Boards) "Follow All" with the click of one button, or just follow the boards that interest you! I have a serious love of Pinterest and a passion for how it can connect creatives all over the world! If you aren't sure what Pinterest is or How to Use it click the button below: Read the entire list of Huffington Post's Pinners to follow HERE Read more [...]
Apr 5, 2012 - Linked Up Goodness    4 Comments

Linked Up Goodness #5

Thanks to all who participated in our fifth link party.  I am excited to show you my faves from this week.  Unfortunately due to the small amount of link ups, I am going to suspend my Party on Monday's.  But don't worry, I will be having specialty link parties when the season arises and I'll let you know when those will be.  Here are the top picks of the week. Note: Please do NOT pin these from my site.  Visit the creator's site and pin from there.  Lets give credit where credit is due.  Thanks! Stencil Project Crafted Niche Numbered Grain Sack Chair Reclaimed Olde Farmhouse on Windmill Hill DIY Barnwood Door Easter Uncommon Design Online Our Carrot Patch Organization Our Pinteresting Family Functional Cabinet Storage If you were featured, feel free to grab a button to post on Read more [...]
Apr 1, 2012 - Party On Mondays    5 Comments

Party on Mondays #5 {Stencils}

I love hosting these link parties!  It is so great to see all the amazing things everyone has been working so hard on, so THANKS for linking up! This week's party is brought to you by your Stencils.  As much as I like to think I am the creative type, I can not free hand anything to save my life!  That is where my love of stencils comes in.  For a short while I had a Sillhouette stencil cutting machine and loved it.  When it broke, I did not want to invest the money to buy another one (that may change really soon).  I've come up with many different tecniques for making my own in orfer to get the job done.  Here are a few of my favorite Stencil projects (click on the link party button to see more): Numbered Chest of Drawers Bleach Out Pillow Shams Burlap Chair Covers Show me what you have done with a stencil! Burlap Read more [...]
Mar 31, 2012 - Open House, Printables    2 Comments

Woodland Easter Tablescape

Easter is coming, I can't believe it is already next Sunday!  Here is a Woodland Easter Tablescape I laid out in prep for family coming over. The runner is actually my Chevron Rug, washed up fresh for the table.  Below you can see a chunk of wood left over from my wood block lamp excursion.  I layered it with a piece of burlap ribbon, some paper grass and candies with a nest my kids found on the street in front of our house a few years back. How cute does that chocolate bunny look in the pocket of my burlap slipcover?!  A few peeps (bunnies, cause let's face it, they are cuter) tucked in paper grass and an empty cardboard egg holder sit ready to be snacked on.  The little ducks in the pond was an applique from a Baby Gap t-shirt 11 years ago.  I love the image and have kept it in storage till the right project Read more [...]