August 18th, 2015
Since moving to Utah, I’ve attended the Utah Valley Parade of homes each year (see my posts for 2014/2014 B & 2013). I’m a bit late sharing my favorites from this year, but looking through them a month later was so much fun. These aren’t in any particular order (I can’t remember the house numbers either), but if you have questions, I’ll do my best to remember what I can!
There were two mudrooms that I loved. The first had these lovely reclaimed wood ceilings and black lockers with house numbers and recessed pulls…
the other had this lovely settee and a giant round mirror. I love the elegance added to a space for shoes and coats.
There were so many awesome textures and details in the homes this year. I love this style of railing, a little modern cape cod.
And this room of wall paneling, so much work!
These lovely paneled cabinets in the craft room…
I photographed more bathrooms than anything else. I love the mix of textures in this one. Triangle tile, reclaimed wood chair rail, and monochrome wallpaper.
Pretty much everything about this room I love. Of course its similar to my boy’s bathroom, so of course I do!
A paneled shower door was a new feature. Love the look, not sure how practical it is to squeegee!
Another bathroom that reminds me of my boy’s bathroom. I love no cabinets in bathrooms. Counter and sinks look so nice.
This adorable, feminine, mint green vanity.
And my favorite color cabinet. Love this style including the pull out stool.
One of my favorite bathrooms was this one. I loved how oversized everything felt and those mirrors are just to die for, along with the large hex tiles on the walls. I might have to rethink the styling in one of my unfinished basement bathrooms.
And this lovely classic master bathroom. Again in love with the mirrors. Here are a few bedrooms that stood out. I love how not just the master bedrooms are thought of in these homes.
A lumberjack-y room! (check out my son’s lumberjack room)
I couldn’t get a great shot of this room, but there are two alcoves with two matching beds. I love attic rooms because of all the dormers and ceiling changes.
Now to my favorite exterior. Hard to tell from this photo, but the majority of this house is white painted brick. It looks amazing. I love the symmetry as well, and just how unique the whole thing is.
The decor in this house was lovely. This is the kitchen…
I love the casual open shelving (and styling) in the wet bar area.
And this desk area is so lovely. The cabinetry in this house was flawless.
More painted white brick in the family room.
And now here are a few random rooms that I loved. This cheery yellow and white laundry room.
This modern kitchen with black glass-door cabinets and pipe shelving.
I love this little vignette mostly because i’m digging round mirrors, brass, and black doors.
And I’ll end on my favorite bedroom. An attic of course, and I love all the details including the giraffe sheets.
A little desk/vanity,
And a little seating nook with a lovely pendant light. I hope you liked my favorites from the parade! If you went, I’d love to hear what your favorites were.
August 17th, 2015
I had the awesome opportunity to attend a blogger event at IKEA (the location in Draper Utah) where they gave us a preview of all the lovely new products that were just released. All of my favorites were office/desktop items and I’m super excited to show you my picks:
magazine holder / paper boxes / pencil boxes / copper task light / pendant light / document box / desk / stool / glass jar / charging desk lamp
I got to take one item home with me, and I chose this chic desk lamp with a base that wirelessly charges my cell phone! I was thrilled to get it all set up and test it out, and it works great!
And now looking at my picks above, I seriously want to hang that chandelier above my desk. I wonder if Mr. Project would go along with that…
Here’s what the base looks like on my lamp. Your phone has to have a special ikea phone case that functions as a receiver and charges your phone through contact with the base. So far I’m loving it! And there are other wireless charging items as well, even a nightstand that wirelessly charges your phone!
If you’ve been to Ikea lately, I’d love to hear about your favorites too.
Oh and I haven’t talked about this here, but Mr. Project is going to be assembling and installing an Ikea kitchen in a home that he’s working on. I’ll be updating soon on that process!
February 16th, 2015
If you’ve been into a Michaels store lately, you’ve probably noticed some big changes. I know my local Michaels has so many cool products right now, and one of my favorite new resets is this “Make Market” which is a combination of home décor and DIY products made of on-trend surfaces and textures, like chalk, denim, burlap, galvanized, cork and metal.
All of the Michaels Makers were asked to create a craft using denim. I love the look of denim in projects especially for the 4th of July. So I guess now is a good time to stock up!
For my denim project, I thought it would be fun to create a little needlepoint project. I’ve never hand-embroidered before, but there’s always a first for everything! I love the idea of alternative fabrics for needlepoint, and I found these denim squares that fit a 3.5″ embroidery hoop perfectly.
3.5″ Embroidery Hoop
I created a simple pattern on my computer with some basic stars and a cursive font. I printed it out and used it as a guide for my stitches (I’m pretty sure this isn’t really how you do needlepoint,ha! So if you’re more of a craft purist, maybe look for some more technical instructions). This worked fine for me, I freehanded some of the stars and all the french knots at the end though because those were super easy. The lettering was the hardest, I used a stem stitch for those.
Here you can see before I trimmed off the excess denim.
And the final mini embroidery. I created the Little Star design to match my son’s room decor. I love the look of the dark denim and the bright embroidery floss.
Such a fun little project and great to get my feet wet trying out some embroidery! Have you crafted with Denim? I’d love to see any fun projects you’ve created using denim or other dark materials. Check out the links below to see what all the other Michaels Makers created this month!
Also, you’ll want to check back on my blog March 2 to get all the details on how to enter an upcoming craft contest that will send one lucky participant on the trip of a lifetime to Paris!
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