Dream Tree Challenge – White Christmas Tree 2015

November 1st, 2015


My favorite part of being a Michaels Maker last year was designing a tree for the Dream Tree Challenge 2014. So I was so excited when a new tree appeared on my front porch a few weeks ago.

I wanted to create a tree that felt light and airy this year and I was inspired by the Christmas Mantel I created for my house last year and wanted to keep it simple and all white.

So I went shopping at Michaels and found so many lovely white ornaments to get me started.


One fun thing I did this year was add globe lights to my tree. This is the first year I’ve seen them available at Michaels and they are super affordable compared to buying them at Pottery Barn. I love how they light up the tree and brighten the room up at night. theprojectgirl-white-christmas-tree-1

The pom pom garlands are the same ones that I used on my Christmas mantel last year, they are in the kids craft section. I used 14 of them on my tree.

The geometric ornaments added the perfect touch of modern. I created them with lollipop sticks from the candy making section of Michaels – and a lot of hot glue!

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theprojectgirl-white-christmas-tree-8For my wall decorations I wanted some extra-large geometric stars. I used mat board from the framing section at michaels. The big one is 30″ tall and the small ones are 20″ tall. 

My favorite part of decorating for Christmas is the magical feel at night when all the lights are out and the christmas tree lights are glowing softly. theprojectgirl-white-christmas-tree-15Now that Halloween is over I can get excited about all the fun parts of Christmas!

Inspired to start decorating your own tree? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the other 49 Michaels Makers’ dream holiday trees that were created this year.

2015 Utah Valley Parade of Homes

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!theprojectgirl-paradehome-5

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. theprojectgirl-paradehome-8

This adorable, feminine, mint green vanity.

theprojectgirl-paradehome-10And 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. theprojectgirl-paradehome-29

And this lovely classic master bathroom. Again in love with the mirrors. theprojectgirl-paradehome-23Here are a few bedrooms that stood out. I love how not just the master bedrooms are thought of in these homes. 

Ceiling wallpaper!theprojectgirl-paradehome-13

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. theprojectgirl-paradehome-32

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…theprojectgirl-paradehome-15


I love the casual open shelving (and styling) in the wet bar area. theprojectgirl-paradehome-14

And this desk area is so lovely. The cabinetry in this house was flawless.theprojectgirl-paradehome-17

More painted white brick in the family room. theprojectgirl-paradehome-16
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,theprojectgirl-paradehome-27

And a little seating nook with a lovely pendant light. theprojectgirl-paradehome-30I hope you liked my favorites from the parade! If you went, I’d love to hear what your favorites were.


Favorite new items at IKEA – Office edition fall 2015

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!