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…

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the other had this lovely settee and a giant round mirror. I love the elegance added to a space for shoes and coats.

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There were so many awesome textures and details in the homes this year. I love this style of railing, a little modern cape cod.

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And this room of wall paneling, so much work!theprojectgirl-paradehome-5

These lovely paneled cabinets in the craft room…

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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.
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Pretty much everything about this room I love. Of course its similar to my boy’s bathroom, so of course I do!
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A paneled shower door was a new feature. Love the look, not sure how practical it is to squeegee!
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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.
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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. 
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Ceiling wallpaper!theprojectgirl-paradehome-13

A lumberjack-y room! (check out my son’s lumberjack room)

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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.

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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. 

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This modern kitchen with black glass-door cabinets and pipe shelving.

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I love this little vignette mostly because i’m digging round mirrors, brass, and black doors. 
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And I’ll end on my favorite bedroom. An attic of course, and I love all the details including the giraffe sheets.

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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:
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 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!

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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!

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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!

 

How to make log slice wall art from the Lumberjack Room

February 6th, 2015

*** This tutorial linked to the Cricut Design Star Contest. The project girl is a top 5 finalist. Check the room out and vote for her here ***

Hi, It’s me, Mr Project again, hot on the heels of my last post, bringing you another AMAZING tutorial. Okay, not a tutorial per-se, but rather a glimpse into the fun I had making some log slice wall art for my wonderful wife, The Project Girl.

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When we set out to do the lumberjack room I knew I’d be signing up for a few unique woodworking projects. If you haven’t yet, check out my walkthrough on how I went about building the lumberjack bunk beds. I even threw in some free plans and tips on how to build something similar.

Step 1 – Plan of attack

Logs are funny things. They’re usually pretty round, heavy and unwieldy and I had no idea how on earth I was going to get some logs and how I was going to cut them after I got them. We were looking for something around 16-24 inches in diameter that we could cut into slices or “cookies” as they’re sometimes called in woodworking. A friend of mine recently renovated their home inside and out, and fortunately, I was able to bum a few logs off him, with the condition that I make something for him. The logs I got are about 22 inches in diameter, so I’d need to get a chainsaw big enough to handle slicing through those beauties.

Step 2 – Procure Chainsaw

I then made a few phone calls and borrowed a monster chainsaw with a long enough bar on the front that could slice through those logs. Okay, it’s a monster to me, because chainsaws are, well, terrifying at first until you get the hang of it, and cut your face off. I kid.

Always wear face/eye/ear protection!

Step 3 – Cut Logs

Maneuvering and cutting the logs was fun. Fortunately, when we were building the canyon view house, I built a dolly to move the massive cabinets for our kitchen as I was building them. I used that to flop down the heavy logs and haul them on to the driveway where I’d do all my cutting.  The project girl wanted slices that were about 2 inches thick, so after some eyeballing, I measured out and cut three slices to use in our project. Now, here’s the challenging part, cutting a log is somewhat easy, but flattening the slice of wood took a little craftiness.

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Step 4 – Flatten Cookies

Using a router and a GIANT router bit called a surface planing bit (You can find one here on Amazon and if you click this link, you’ll be supporting more projects by The Project Girl!), I flattened out the cookies one by one.

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What you see in the photo is what’s called a router sled. The idea is simple, and you can find out more of the technical side of how to make one here. Basically it’s a carriage and guides that allow you to slide a router back and forth over a piece of wood on a parallel plane, so that the bit flattens the side of wood you’re working with, This is SUPER useful when you’re working with big or awkwardly shaped pieces of lumber.

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Step 5 – Bake

After cutting and surfacing the cookies, it was time to bake them. burning the wood with fire makes the grain show up improving the look of the slice. I’ve always been intrigued by Japanese wood burning as a finishing technique, so I decided to give it a try…. Kind of. I don’t have pics of me doing this because it was hella hot and noisy as I was using a roofing torch (You can find them online here). I placed the cookie on something non flammable and torched it so that the front was semi-burned. It’s pretty quick if you’re using a roofing torch, but be careful. it is crazy hot and a little nerve racking to light. You’ll also need a propane tank to get the party started if you decide to burn your wood.

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You could use a smaller butane torch, like I did for the edges, but on the front flat surface, it’s better to have a big flame to cover a larger area so that things don’t end up too splotchy.

Step 6 – Finish

I finished the cookies in the same way I finished the bunkbeds (see post for products and technique). After the finish dried, I was a little concerned about stabilizing the cookie, so I glued a piece of MDF I cut out to match the shape of the log on the back, so that even if it did split, It would stay together. I use this awesome Pro 200 Glue Gun from Adtech for all my projects and it was perfect for applying industrial strength hot glue to the back of the log.

Step 7 – Apply graphics and Hang Cookie

Next, I installed a small keyhole plate for hanging. You can find one here through this amazon link. To install it, I needed to drill a small hole and just screw in the plate. If you want the log flush on the wall, you could route a recess for the plate in the back of the wood like I did and mount that way. A little more technically challenging, but will get you flush on the wall.

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With all that done, Jen completed the artwork and cut it out on the Cricut Explore. I don’t have a picture or video of it cutting, but here’s a shot of the file that The Project Girl created to be cut. She cut it out of regular Cricut white vinyl, and then applied it usingCricut Transfer Tape.

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It really all came together and it fits in the room perfectly!

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