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 room.
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!
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.
This house had gorgeous fireplace built ins, but my favorite part was…The 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?).
Another 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.
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?
June 19th, 2014
After 2 years away from the digital scrapbooking scene, I’ve decided to JUMP back in! With my littlest now being 19 months old, I have a little bit more time to work on digital scrapbooking kits and designs. I’ve been missing the community and feedback of the digital world, as well as all my designer friends. So I’m back and opening up my new shop at Pixels & Co.
There’s going to be a HUGE launch on Wednesday June 24th with some great new products and I’m bringing back some of the classic best sellers as well. I’ll be posting more about that as it happens, but for now, I wanted to introduce my brand new JenAllyson Digital Creative Team! I couldn’t have put together such a stellar team without a lot of help from my good friend Katherine Hansen who is also leading the team for me. Without further ado, let me introduce the team:
Natacha Elia is a happy scrapper in the South of France. She’s got hooked into digital scrapping in 20009 when we was simply looking for some embellishment to add to a greeting photo card. Natacha started to participate in several forums and enjoyed learning new techniques; she creates just for fun and finds the forums a great way to discover many talented designers and scrappers. Natacha is especially fond of the clean and simple style, and is a member of a French scrapbooking forum that specializes in this style.
Natacha’s forum name, Solysombra, represents her love of light and shadows (her forum name is Spanish). She scraps to catch a beautiful moment, a precious place, or a lovely expression; she likes to see symbols on her pages, and often refers to a quote, a poem, or a song. Natacha cherishes scrapbooking because it gives her the opportunity to express her feelings, and create pretty things.”
As you will see in Natacha’s pages, she’s a lucky Mum of two healthy children, a huge boy of eight and a small girl of three. She shares her life with a loving, patient man, who likes gardening. One of the family’s hobbies is geo-caching; they enjoy walks and treasure hunting.
From Natacha, “I’m honored to be creating for Jen, and I’m thrilled to join her creative team. I will share with joy my pages inspired by Jen Allyson Digital Designs, and hope it will inspire you to explore and discover more of her creations.”
You can find Catherine Wagner in most digital scrapbooking forums as crazycat1126. Catherine lives in California with her husband; they’ve been married for seven years – no kiddos yet. Catherine works full-time as an administrative assistant for a small commercial property owner/manager. She’s lucky to have a lot of downtime at her job, so she can sneak in some scrapping there – and it’s completely okay with the boss! (How awesome is that?!) Catherine discovered digital scrapbooking last summer and finds it hard to believe it’s been almost a year now. She’s addicted – and loving it!
Carolyn Amson started digital scrapbooking nearly nine years ago to be able to tell stories about her to her daughters. For Carolyn, the “me” was hidden for many years, but is no more. Scrapping is her voice. Sometimes it is the voice of joy, other times of frustration and sadness. Typically, Carolyn’s pages start with photos as she is a passionate photographer.
Carolyn’s life revolves around her daughters, her partner, her rescue greyhounds, and photographing beach sunrises and sunsets. In Carolyn’s words, “Life is good!”
Samantha Bellerose is originally from Melbourne on the East coast of Australia, but she is currently residing in Perth, 3,000 km away on the West coast. It was a big move and everything happened in about a month (in November 2013), from making the decision to arriving there! It wasn’t a move under the happiest of circumstances, in that the family moved so Samantha’s husband and children could spend more time with their Pepe, who has Myeloma. Fortunately, they were there to support him through intense chemo and have many more years to spend with him as he is in remission.
When Samantha was younger, she wanted to be a dancer in musicals and pursued this dream and had some success before meeting her husband, which was when her priorities changed. The two decided they wanted to get working visas and live in London and travel and see Europe, after which they thought it would be cool to live in Canada, spend a winter in Whistler, and then travel through North America before returning to Australia. When they did arrive home – three years later – Samantha realized she could no longer kick her leg so high it would hit my nose. So, Samantha did what others do in their later 20′s – went to University to get a degree. Four years later, Samantha was a primary school teacher and, after taking maternity leave to have two beautiful children, has been teaching ever since.
Samantha found digital scrapbooking mid-2013 while scrolling through Pinterest. A link took Samantha to Pixels and Company, she subscribed to the newsletter and downloaded the free kit, opening up a very old, unused version of Photoshop (CS2, Samantha thinks). From there, Samantha taught herself how to do digital scrapbooking. On that day, Samantha fell in love and became totally addicted to the world of digital scrapping and, as a bonus, fairly blind to other jobs such as housework and cleaning. Her poor husband is getting used to an empty bed late at night and Samantha is totally see the benefits of an unkempt house now, especially when she is archiving so many memories for her children to look back on in the future.
Katherine Hansen, or Kat as she is known on most digital scrapbooking message boards, has been crafting, in one form or another, since a very young age. Around the age of seven of eight, her mother and grandmother taught her to knit. She also learned embroidery, tapestry, and even tatting (Katherine wishes she could remember tatting again for the oh-so-beautiful lace it would make). As a teenager, Katherine discovered a love for drawing, even setting up her own business, From a Photograph, drawing pets of family and friends. Her favorite mediums were pencil and charcoal. Strangely, though, she never could get the hang of painting …
Katherine started her foray into scrapbooking with traditional albums, mostly as a way for her and her husband to share with their soon-to-be-adopted son a snapshot of the daily life they’d hope he would enjoy with them. She wanted him to remember the transition from an orphanage to having a home and a family, so even the littlest things were huge milestones for him. There were no baby photos, no first steps, no first words (he was adopted at eight years old), but there were many new things, nonetheless. Katherine came across digital quite by accident, shopping at a store for traditional supplies. They had a tab on the page called “Digital”. A self-confessed computer geek, this was all she needed: a computer and software and voila! Digital scrapbooking. She’s never looked back.
Katherine loves recording a good story, be it a happy memory or even a not-so-happy one; she believes in keeping memories of the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly as these all shape who she is as a person. I mean, who else would immortalize getting head-to-toe hives in a scrapbook layout? Katherine would – and did.
Katherine’s scrapbook style morphs from modern and graphic, to highly clustered, to minimalist, to … well, just about anything. Her son and dog tend to be the most scrapped subjects; vacations overseas also feature pretty highly (Katherine is from Australia). Katherine also dabbles in [digital] Artist Trading Cards and art journaling.
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