Utah Valley Parade of Homes 2014

June 20th, 2014

Last year we went to the 2013 Utah Valley Parade of homes for the first time. It was a great experience because we were getting ready to build our house. Going this year was fun but more in a spectator sort of way. I especially loved seeing what new trends were showing up, and what old trends were sticking around.

The thing that I loved seeing the most was brightly colored cabinetry. Mostly in laundries and bathrooms.

I loved this minty vanity:


And, while not my favorite version of yellow cabinets, I love when people take chances and pick fun colors.

This aqua laundry room reminds me of our old aqua laundry roomaqua-laundryoom

I couldn’t get a great picture of this laundry room, but I died over the gorgeous navy cabinets and the brass pulls.


And this blue was perhaps my most favorite. I don’t even know what  the name of this blue is – Cerulean maybe. I’m definitely going to use this color  in one of our unfinished bathrooms.


And last but not least, this brave designer did upper coral cabinets in the craft room with a pale mint wall! I love it, but even I’m not that brave!craft-room-coral-cabinets

Painted cabinetry is here to stay, and hopefully not just whites and grays!

I still love white cabinets and love when cool details are added for some spice:


Built-ins are always part of the parade. These were some of my favorites:

I loved this pink girls bedroom, the built in has shelving on one side and closet storage on the other.


In this boys bedroom has the dark-painted built-ins against a white wall (love!), and I’m a sucker for ceiling work and mirrored vaults.

This recessed bed nook with shelving is almost exactly what I wanted to do for my boy’s bedroom, but alas it didn’t work out because of space issues. I’m sad about that, but I love the concept and execution.

Built-in bunk beds are like a dream. This house had 4 bays – so 8 total beds. They were gorgeous and the bedding was all different but similar. One day I’ll get to design something like this.

I wasn’t over the moon about any of the mudroom areas in the homes this year, but I did think this was a unique idea — where the bench is they added an upholstered back. Such a great little detail!


And speaking of details… this master closet takes the cake. The whole room is ridiculous… I don’t even have words to describe it, here’s two photos, but I could have taken 20 of just this room.wood-closet wood-closet2


This house had gorgeous fireplace built ins, but my favorite part was…mantleThe coffered ceiling that has pale aqua in the recessed parts. I die!



Lets talk play rooms for a minute.

Some houses had crazy play rooms like this:


With amazing dress-up rooms:




And mini movie theaters with trees:


But my favorite play room was this simple under-the-stairs bistro. Sometimes simple is just as good if not better.


A few ceiling features that I loved – In this home, there was a drop ceiling in the main hallway of the house. So stunning.

I have an affinity for attic bedrooms because of all the fun ceiling lines. This room was perfection with the attic ceiling covered in wood slats (and who doesn’t love a chandelier?).
attic-bedroom-ceilingAnother slatted ceiling, This one is done with real wood so it has more character than the MDF style slats. I can’t even imagine how much work it would be to install it though!

And while not actually a ceiling feature, I love the triple-chandeliers in this room.


Here are just a few other little details that I liked.

I love these mirrored panels made to look like windows in an interior space.





This was my favorite shower of the parade. Amazing hardware, tile, and glass.


This tile had these cute penny tiles in the center of all the squares. Loved it in person.tile-style
I fell in love with this cute blue dresser with a wood top. I so need to refinish a dresser like this.

And then something I’ve never seen in a suburban home… exposed HVAC. This might not be the best photo of it, but it looked really cool in the house!

Those are a few of my favorite things in the Utah Valley Parade this year. Anyone else visit the parade this month? What were your favorite things?

Black and Gold Powder Bathroom Reveal and Tile Details

May 12th, 2014

Mr. Project has been super busy with work lately (imagine that), and hasn’t had a lot of time to work on house projects. So we’re kind of living in this limbo state right now. And I want to share pictures of the house, but at the same time, I want to wait for everything to be finished and perfect. But it’s not finished and perfect yet, so I haven’t really been posting anything.

There are a few rooms that are done and ready to go, so I figured I might as well start there! I’m going to have a professional photographer come and do the whole house when it’s done, but for now you’ll have to enjoy my photography. The photos in this post were taken with my Nikon DSLR and a wide-angle lens.

Okay, onto the bathroom! Here’s the Powder Room Style Guide that I created for this bathroom. I got pretty close except the color pallet changed. And here is the bathroom from the black ceiling to the basketweave tile floor.


And a little closer view:


Originally I had planned on painting the vanity a brighter color, but towards the end of the build, decided that I was in love with the color black. So I painted the upper half of the room black (Restoration Hardware Obsidian), and balanced out the black with a white 3×6 subway tile wainscot (tile from BuildDirect). I finished off the tile with a piece of trim that had a dadoed edge to cover the top of the tile. I did this because it was so much cheaper than buying a specialty tile to finish it off with. I also like how it’s just a little more cozy feeling than a tile border. The wainscot is 44″ tall.


On the floor I wanted a beautiful marble and basket weave tile. When I was pricing out all my tile, I realized I could save quite a bit of money by creating a border of field tiles (in this case 12×24 marble tiles from BuildDirect) on the outside of the room. Then the inside could be the more expensive mosaic tile. To bring some definition to the space, I found some skinny black pencil tiles at Lowes.


I love the effect and think it looks more custom than if the whole floor was basket weave.

Because I wanted the black walls, I decided at the very last minute to paint the vanity off white. Mr. Project had undertaken the task to strip the whole thing in preparation for the new paint, and when I saw how beautiful the original wood was, we decided to stain (to make the color/grain look more uniform) and seal the top, and then paint the bottom for contrast. I would have loved to have the whole thing be the original wood, but I was a little worried with all the fine details that we would run into paint stripping issues and an uneven finish. I love the final product though, it really is a gorgeous and unique vanity.


Behind the door is a hidden pocket or closet shower. I had seen pictures of showers with door entrances like this while I was looking for house inspiration, but I didn’t think I would have a spot for one in the house. When our framing was being done, we changed this space from a supply closet (accessible from the pantry) to a shower. I just love how it turned out.


The jamb is made of marble (cut from 12×24 tiles), and the exterior casing is just regular flat door casing.


We used the same 3×6 white subway tile for the walls and ceiling. And the marble basketweave for the floor.


And a little bit of the marble on the inside of this recessed shelf. The bench top is from a remnant piece of quartz.


I’m so in love with how elegant and unique this room is. Also, I totally spray painted the chandelier gold/brass!


Mirror (24″x48″) – Ballard Designs

Vanity (22″x41″x36″) – found at local vintage market

Wood Stain – Minwax Espresso

Sink – Overstock.com

Wall Faucet – Elements

3″x6″ Subway Tile – BuildDirect

Marble Basketweave Mosaic Tile – BuildDirect

Marble 12″x24″ Tile – BuildDirect

Black Pencil Tile – Lowes

Toilet – Kohler Tresham

Paint – Restoration Hardware Obsidian (we had it color matched)

Sconces – Restoration Hardware

Chandelier – Lamps Plus (no longer available)

Grafton Train Rack, Towel Bar & Paper Holder – Restoration Hardware


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Gold Foil Prints and Gold Foil Vellum now available in my etsy shop

May 7th, 2014

If you’ve been following my Instagram (@theprojectgirl), it’s no secret that I’ve been loving obsessed with all things gold foil. I designed these art prints, and had so many people ask how to get them, that I decided to sell them in my shop. Here’s a few quick images:






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