November 7th, 2013
I’m so excited to finally share all of the pictures and details of our fabulous Mary Poppins blogger party! If you’ll recall, 12 utah bloggers had a giveaway where 10 blog readers and a guest were invited to attend a fun party at Toni’s home (Design Dazzle). We had an amazing day filled with perfect weather, gracious guests, wonderful hosts, delicious food and amazing sponsors & vendors! We hope you enjoy browsing through the beautiful pictures of the event taken by Lyndsey at Lyndsey Fagerlund Photography.
The darling invitations were sent out to our guests. Chalkboard art, daisies, cherries and, of course, Mary Poppins was the theme of our party! Invitations and printables by Design Dazzle.
Welcome to Cherry Tree Lane!
A temporary party structure was made to hold all the umbrellas.
All the red gingham fabric and black and white polka dot fabric was donated by Online Fabrics. Thank you to those who helped sew the tablecloths!
Kite chair tieback with Mary Poppins sayings!
Black and white polka dot ribbon with daisies and wild flowers make for a cute napkin ring holder to secure the bright yellow napkins.
Large paper daisies, wild flowers, red mesh and ribbon create a darling tie back for the black polka dot fabric.
All the food was made by the blog team! We seriously had a lot of compliments on how yummy the food was!
Appetizers, strawberry spinach salad and gourmet sandwiches – all delicious! Love the mason jars and daisy cut lids!
“And never smell of Barley water” lyrics from the song The Perfect Nanny. Our water just happened to be good old cold water ; )
Loving the dessert table backdrop and all the desserts! So many talented gals made these AWESOME desserts!
Make sure to check the bottom of the post for our dessert vendors. These gals are so talented!!
A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!
Red glitter cake pops!!
Super amazing cookies!! Can you believe the art on these? Makes you almost not want to eat them!
Love the talented skills of our fondant makers!
Each guest was given a favor bag filled with AMAZING gift swag from all our sponsors.
All the guests and bloggers received a Mary Poppins Necklace. So fun!
Our Mary Poppins blog reader party wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our FABULOUS sponsors and vendors! We would especially like to thank our Head Sponsors who each contributed over $500 worth of prizes and products to our event! Please be sure to visit each of our sponsors’ websites to see all of the wonderful items they have to offer.
Clear Bags offers remarkable packaging at unbeatable prices. Visit their website to see their vast selection of over 4,000 items which are designed to help people & companies promote, protect & preserve their products. Stop by their Facebook page to see creative ways to use their products.
NS Minerals is an all-natural cosmetics line created to make every woman beautiful at an affordable price. Visit their website to see their full cosmetics line and Facebook page for great tutorials and special events.
NoVae Clothing was created to offer its customers current fashion combined with modest style. Visit their website to see their full line of clothing, shoes & accessories and check out their Facebook page for new products and special offers.
Vintage Rose Wraps sells beautiful, hand made in the USA, fabric headbands for women and girls of all ages. Visit their site to see the headbands and other fun accessories they sell in their shop and be sure to check out their Facebook page for special offers and events.
Design Dazzle decor shop offers bedding, art, rugs, lighting and accessories to help you create beautiful rooms for kids. Stop by their Facebook page to see creative room design ideas and fabulous kids parties.
Party design and styling by Toni Roberts, Design Dazzle. All Mary Poppins party printables available here.
Gift Bag Sponsors
American Crafts – Crate Paper fabric frames for each guest + Project Life album
Bake It Pretty – 2 sets of sprinkles + favor bags for each guest
Brilliant Nutrition – vitamin supplement packs for each guest
The Chocolate – gift certificate for each guest
Vinyl Wall Art – chalkboard label sets for each guest
Kara’s Party Ideas Shop – gift certificate for each guest
Pick Your Plum – set of ric rac trim for each guest
Jessie Steele – gift basket – pajamas, apron and goodies
Design Dazzle – Mary Poppins necklaces and Mary Poppins printed favor bags
Jane – necklaces for each guest
The Wood Connection – gift certificates + paint brushes for each guest
My Mind’s Eye – rolls of washi tape for each guest
Online Fabric Store – all fabric for tablecloths + umbrella stands + $50 gift certificate
Lowe’s – supplies to make the dessert table backdrop & temporary party structure that held all the umbrellas
Bake It Pretty – glassine bags, mini & regular cupcake liners, straws
Kara’s Party Ideas Shop – mason jars & daisy cut lids
Dessert Table Sponsors
Cupcake Chic – mini & regular cupcakes + bonbons
The Cookie Jar – royal icing cookies
Le Petit Macaron – macarons
Sweeten Your Day – fondant toppers
Autumn Lynn’s Chocolate Sins – cake pops
Sugar Rush Stuff – mini cherry pies
Jamie Roberts – bowler hat fondant toppers & spoonful of sugar chocolates
A big THANK YOU goes out to the 12 bloggers who helped make this event happen! Toni from Design Dazzle, Kara from Kara’s Party Ideas, Holly from Paisley Petal Events, Tara & Wendy from The Dating Divas, Jen from The Project Girl, Brittany from One Charming Party, Michelle from Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust, Jonie from Just Between Friends, Tauni from SNAP!, Debbie from Made From Pinterest, Sara from Confetti Sunshine, and Wendy from The Shabby Nest.
October 28th, 2013
It’s taken me a long time to finalize my design plans for the master bathroom. I’ve waffled between a rustic style (lots of wood), a warm look (gold tones in hardware), and an elegant style (crystals, marble, and lots of white). I realized that all of the images I kept coming back to were really elegant white bathrooms. So I just decided to go for it and have a really elegant space. The nice thing about this white bathroom is that it is directly adjacent to the master bedroom which is going to be a very dark navy-toned gray color (French Beret by Benjamin Moore). So it will be a striking contrast from the dark master to the light master bath.
Okay so some quick inspiration first… This bathroom is from the UV Parade of homes this year. The home was built by Millhaven Homes, and designed by the amazing Caitlin Creer. Some components are the same – white walls, elegant sconces, marble floors/shower. I wanted the cabinetry to contrast a little so I chose a pale gray, and went with solid white quartz countertops instead of marble.
(more images of this home)
Here is the layout of our master bathroom/closet:
Right as you walk in (lower left), there is a make-up vanity with a chandelier over it. Here is my elevation:
I’m going to go with a desaturated navy for the vanity color. I’m trying to decide between BM’s Hale Navy and Baby Seal Black… This placement was inspired by the Life In Grace Master bathroom. I love the concept of seeing a pretty area instead of seeing all the utility spaces of the bathroom. Also allows for a bit more privacy when no one in your house ever closes doors!
As you turn the corner you’ll see a double vanity. I designed a furniture-style vanity that will be the pale gray:
Then across from that is the bathtub etc. You get the idea. So imagine those images with lots of white, shiny silver and sparkling crystals.
Here’s my style guide (source links at bottom of the post).
Some of these items we found as local and online close-out type places and the Restoration Hardware outlet in Vacaville, CA. We got some really great deals, and have already saved several thousands by doing some bargain shopping. I’ve been also shopping online sales for knobs/pulls and lighting to save even more. The marble flooring/shower surround and mosaic shower floor is from BuildDirect. They are my go-to for bargain-priced flooring. I haven’t found anywhere else with 12×24 marble tiles that comes close to their pricing.
So what do you think? Do you like the bright white bling bathroom? Or would you prefer something more subtle, warm, or rustic?
Oh I just remembered this image – I’ve been loving the paneling in this bathroom:
I’m trying to decide if I should give Mr. Project even more stress and tell him I’d like our master bathroom to be paneled out like this. I think it would be a nice way to frame out the mirror without doing a “frame” and give the sconces some framing etc. There really isn’t a lot of open wall space to do… It could look amazing and bring in a more farmhouse feel. What do you think?
Obrien Wall Sconce – Visual Comfort
Marble 12×24 tile – BuildDirect
Marble 1″ hexagon tile – BuildDirect
Single Hole Faucet – Hansgrohe
White Quartz Countertop – Hanstone
Square Undermount Sink – Kohler
Canley Crystal Pendant – Horchow
Antique Tub Faucet – Kohler
Hydro Systems Lacey Soaker Tub – Mountainland Design Closeout Section
Tresham Toilet – Kohler
Grafton Hardware – Restoration Hardware
Manor Court Chandelier – Restoration Hardware Kids
Glass Knob – Restoration Hardware
October 14th, 2013
Because the house is moving forward so quickly, I’ve been working feverishly to design all the closets, built-ins, and storage niches. One of the best parts of being married to a carpenter is having awesome custom closets. The layout in our master closet is kind of tricky. At the last minute we decided to add a washer/dryer hook up, so that makes for some odd spaces. I spent some time the other night figuring out how to maximize the space, and here’s my semi-final master closet layout:
I wanted to go with an “executive depth” for the clothes hanging cabinets. So that they hold the full depth of the clothes providing more of a built-in look. I looked at about a million closets online, but my favorite were by Sawdust Girl. Her master closet is a sight to behold, and exactly the kind of ambiance I’d like to have in my closet. Here’s her pretty closet:
Following her general direction/style, I designed this side of the closet with 1 cabinet for long coats/dresses, 3 cabinets for shirts/pants, and 1 cabinet for shoes/baskets/sweaters. To leave some room to access the washer/dryer, and accompanying laundry cabinet, I put hooks on the wall for hoodies, purses, and anything else we’d like to quickly hang.
On the opposite side of the closet there is the doorway to the bathroom so there is only room for 4 cabinets. I designed it the same as the other side but with one less shirt hanging cabinet.
Then finally, the side of the closet where the washer/dryer is in a recessed part of the wall. Mr. Project will build a cabinet that will house laundry supplies and most likely cleaning supplies for the bathroom, and things like toilet paper etc. It will be the “utility” part of the closet.
So thats the general idea for our master closet. I know things will change up a bit when building the final product, and working through layout issues etc. But for now it’s an awesome start, and i just can’t wait to actually use the space!!
On to the linen niche! When we were designing the house, our drafter kept throwing in linen closets. But I didn’t want just a little closet with a door or two that would inevitably hide a bunch of junk just shoved in there. I wanted a beautiful built-in cabinet with glass doors.
Below you can see the linen niche in the hallway (you can also see the master closet layout below that).
And here is my design for the space:
Plenty of cupboard and drawer space on the bottom, and then above, open cabinets for decorations and folded towels flanked on each side by a counter-to-ceiling cabinet with 2 small drawers and a glass door where there will be more folded linens and probably patterned baskets.
The countertop will be a solid walnut slab of wood, and the cabinets will be painted white. I’m really excited for the idea of having a beautiful built-in cabinet in the in the hallway to house linens and accessories.
October 6th, 2013
My week 4 update ended with the main floor framing being completed, and the garage framing started.
We are still waiting for our Trusses to come in (hopefully this week), however, The front and rear gable are all stick framed in:
And the garage is now framed up as well.
From the inside of the garage you can see Mr. Project’s shop (kind of hidden back in the breezeway)
Also all of the internal walls are all framed out. This is a view of the main hallway.
A view into the family room and kitchen. If you look close you can see PLUMBING sticking out of the ground.
Pretty much all of the plumbing is done. now, just have to put it through the roof once all the trusses are on.
The plumbers even got all the bathtubs in – here’s our master soaker tub and they did a dry fit with our beautiful bath faucet (that we got for a killer deal).
And my pretty view out the windows above the tub:
Here’s the kid’s bathroom bath installed as well. It’s so fun to see actual stuff in the house!
The entry space looking towards the front porch (which they should pour tomorrow).
A cool shot of Mr. Project’s Office – all the studs are supporting the ceiling while they pour the concrete over the top. We call this the Sketch Bunker.
This week we also got our window wells for the front part of the basement. We only have 3 windows that are buried!
Thats pretty much the progress on the house itself. Tomorrow should bring concrete pouring of the deck/porch areas, and HVAC starting in the basement spaces. We’ve measured for all of our cabinets and built-ins, so I’ve got a lot of final planning to do on the design front. The build is going so fast, we’re both so nervous about getting everything done/bought/picked out etc. in time! Lighting and paint colors are what stress me out the most.
Speaking of designing though, Mr. Project is hard at work building the cabinets for the pantry space. Here’s the sink part of the pantry with a pull out garbage, and 4 cute little drawers. We decided to do a V-groove style door on all the doors in the pantry. I wanted the space to feel a little bit more country than the rest of the house.
Here’s the rest of the grooved drawer fronts waiting to be put on:
And here’s the rest of the base cabinets waiting for drawer fronts:
I’ve always wanted these fancy pull-out baskets. They are perfect for storing produce, and extra perfect for a pantry space.
I’m still trying to decide what color to paint the pantry cabinets… Right now I’m back and forth between a golden yellow and an aqua blue.
Here’s some yellow inspiration photos:
Or maybe I should just go crazy and do this awesome jade green:
What color would you paint your pantry if it had cabinets and open shelving?
September 24th, 2013
In preparation for our framers, I combed over our floor plan to make any last minute internal framing changes. Initially we had the playroom downstairs with just an opening instead of a door – I want to be able to hear whats happening down there – and sometimes kids get rowdy with doors. Anyway we decided to go ahead and frame it for a door and then thought barn doors would be a fun solution for when we do want to close the space off (guests staying in the room, or kids grounded from the toys!). We’ll make sure they aren’t easy to move – so a grownup has to close and open them. I still wanted a large opening, so we framed for a 60″ space. This leaves me space on each side for barn door – something like this:
(via west elm)
I personally love the pop of color that you can get from a feature like a barn door, This citron is gorgeous:
(via southern living)
But a subtle gray is beautiful too:
And I always say that aqua/turquoise is the answer to any question… These doors can be both playful and elegant, right?
(via meyer davis studio)
Or a lighter more beachy blue looks super fresh and homey.
And here is an even brighter version, which I definitely LOVE. I’d say something like this is a front runner for me:
I like the boldness of the red, but don’t think I could go that bright!
Now this is an old fire door (what I wouldn’t do to get my hands on one of those!), but it could be somewhat replicated by finding an old chippy door – or going crazy with a sander. I love the wall in the back with the traditional green chalkboard. I can’t get away with that in our main living space… but maybe on the other side of the doors inside the playroom. Where does one even find old-timey green chalkboard paint??
(via country living)
And since I’m completely in love with black painted things right now, I know a set of gorgeous black doors would really pop in the space. I’m doing all of my interior doors black though – so it’s a bit redundant. Still love it in this photo though.
And then there are all those other colors – these melon doors are so sweet, and who knows a perfectly chosen shade of orange or emerald might be just what the room needs!
But…. the house is going to be somewhat rustic – a lot of reclaimed wood. I know Mr. Project would prefer wood doors. This one is great – just simple vertical planks with supports. A barn door like this would look amazing on any wall of the house.
This one is framed out, and the wood is oiled to bring out all those rich hues.
This one is just super simple – we could use our pallet wood for it. I love how the thicknesses of the wood changes from one row to the next and how smaller pieces are patched in etc. This is probably my favorite. Very industrial looking.
Or for something a bit more refined and stable-esque, these ones are just the right mix of rustic and elegant.
So which doors do you prefer? I definitely prefer a bright fun painted door, but the rustic/industrial doors also get me pretty excited. I’m going to have a really hard time choosing!