Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thrifty Thursday: Accent Tables

Hello everyone! Today I am bringing you a Thrifty Thursday showcasing 6 stylish accent tables for under a $100 each. Any of these tables would be a great addition to just about any room in a home. With a price tag of less than $100, you can be sure you are getting your money's worth! Enjoy!

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Monday, June 25, 2012

2012 Utah Valley Parade of Homes

It's Parade of Homes Season here in Utah. During June and July every year, Northern Utah's home builders enter their homes into the parade to showcase some of their best work. All the homes are staged by professional interior decorators. It is so fun to see the wide range of styles of architecture and decor that can be found in these homes. The Parade homes can be such a source for inspiration. This year's parade featured 19 homes. Here are some images from just a few of the homes in this year's Utah Valley Parade of Homes, which showcases homes and homebuilders in Utah County, located just south of Salt Lake County.

Cadance Homes

Ivory Homes

Just Right Homes

All images above courtesy of Utah Valley Parade of Homes

Like I said...tons of inspiration. Do you have a favorite?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Making it Work...

No, this isn't a fashion post, but all of you Tim Gunn fans will surely appreciate the reference! Anyhow, I've mentioned a couple of times that the decorating budget for our new home is pretty tight. As a result, I am reusing and repurposing as many furniture and  decor items as I can from our previous home. It's not often that I walk into a client's home and they want me to start a room completely from scratch. There is usually the need to reuse some item(s) from the space and make them work in the new design plan. That is exactly what I'm doing in my new house!

You might recognize the picture below as the family room from my previous house.

I really loved the mirrors and botanical prints that hung on our sofa wall. We don't have a "sofa wall" in our new home, but I did find the perfect place to reuse these items in my new home...with a few small changes.

The large blank wall in the hallway to our bedroom was the perfect spot to reuse the mirrors and framed botanical prints.

I decided to use six botanicals instead of the ten I had on my sofa wall. I also decided to switch out the frames for some larger ones. I already had 3 of the frames from Hobby Lobby. I went and picked up 3 more when they were 50% off. Each frame cost me less than $10. I also matted the prints with mattes I picked up for $2 each.

As I've mentioned before, I have incorporated some coral into my new family room. Since this hallway is adjacent to the family room, I added a few brighter hued botanical prints into the gallery.

The prints themselves are actually book pages from this book which I purchased for about $15.

Jenny introduced me to this book and it has been such a great resource for me. I have used it for inexpensive art, not just in my own home, but in many client projects as well. The botanicals are quite beautiful up close.

I am really happy with how the wall turned out, and my hubby is really happy that I filled an entire wall in our home using things we mostly already had!

Monday, June 18, 2012

My New Home: Family Room Board and Batten Wall Reveal

The board and batten wall I designed for our family room is complete! I love the way it turned out. The room feels so crisp and bright.

I had the fabricator add Quarter Round moulding inside each box. Doing this adds a bit more detail and makes the treatment feel a tiny bit more formal.

The faux half column provides a separation point for the Entry and Family Room and also allows for a clear start/stop point for the woodwork. 

 Eliminating the need for any media storage (all the components are housed in the office closet, which sits behind this wall), gives the room a clean uncluttered feel.

This little project came with very high impact! If I were more of a DIYer, I think I could have tackled this myself, but this time I left it to the professionals! What do you think? Would you do this in your own home?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

My New Home: Recent Purchases

With all the expenses that have come with purchasing our new home, especially the cost of putting in landscaping, there isn't much left in the budget for furniture. The people who bought our old home, did purchase some of our furniture, so I was able to use that money to put toward some new items for our new place. As you will see, I'll definitely be reusing many of the furniture pieces from before, but here are some recent purchases that I made for our new abode that I am pretty giddy about!

We purchased 3 of these counter height bar stools for our island. 
I am obsessed with the them. Spindle legs, burlap seat, nail head trim...LOVE!

 Two of these metal drum tables for the family room.

 Love the texture on the top of them.

I fell in love with this tray table the moment I saw it. I knew it would be perfect for our new family room.

I adore the weathered finish!

The tray actually lifts off the base!
I also purchased the West Elm Jute Chenille Rug. It is so much softer than you would think and pattern is perfection.

 This Zuna rug from Surya's Jill Rosenwald collection is a new addition to my entry.

 This pillow cover made from Schumacher's Avebury in Citrine was purchased from Elegant Touch for the Master Bedroom.

The corner of our Master Bedroom is being graced by this wingback chair with nail head trim upholstered in Pindler & Pindler's Alegra fabric in Silver.

So there you have it! I can't wait to show you pictures of the new house with all of these pieces in them. I am slowly pulling rooms together. I wanted to wait to post pictures of the rooms until they were all "camera ready", but if I did that, you wouldn't see any pictures for a LONG time. So, I'll be keeping it real and showing you the rooms in my home in their current "unfinished" state. After all, it's more fun showing you how my home evolves over time! If you have any recent purchases you are excited about, I'd love to hear about them!

All of the furniture shown is available through me. Please email me at for info and pricing.

Friday, June 8, 2012

DIY Mary McDonald Lamp Knock Off

Happy Friday! I hope you have all had a fantastic week. It was the first week of summer break and I am adjusting to having all three kids home, all day long. I am already worn out! We have spent lots of time at the pool and with friends and we are looking forward to enjoying the warm weather that comes with summer as a family!

I did manage to find some time to do a little DIY project and I wanted to share it with you! I have decided to add a little hue of coral into my new family room decor. When I purchased our new sofa table, I knew that I wanted these Mary McDonald Annika table lamps to accent it, but the price tag of almost $500 each was going to prohibit me from making my dream a reality. Especially since I would need two of them. I searched high and low for a suitable substitute and came up empty. This week I was at my local Target, when I spotted this lamp base...

Not an exact match, but the shape was close enough and with a $34.99 price tag, I quickly snatched up two of them. I knew that with a little spray paint, Rubb n Buff and some elbow grease I could transform it.

I am not great at tutorials, but I basically followed the steps outlined by Janell, in her blog post.

Two coats of spray paint primer

Two coats of Krylon indoor/outdoor spray paint in Pimento

I then, added the gold accents, by taping off the desired sections and applying Rubb N Buff in Antique Gold.

Lastly, I sprayed the lamp with a coat of Protective Enamel in a glossy finish, and here is the finished product...

It may not be the original, but my lamp came in at $55.00. $34.99 each for the lamp bases, $15.00 each for the shades and $5.00 worth of spray paint! Multiply that two, and I'll get two lamps for $110.00 as opposed to $960 dollars!



Now I just need to go paint the other one! I guess you know what I will be doing this weekend!
I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My New Home: Family Room Wall Progress

Last week I shared with you that we were adding some trim work to our new home. Here are a few pictures of the progress on our family room wall.

 A faux column was built to create a start/stop point for the board and batten as well as a point of separation from the entry.

Getting prepped for paint...

Our family room in not huge, so I knew immediately that I didn't want any built - ins or a media unit eating up valuable space in the room. I opted to have a floor to ceiling board and batten treatment done on the wall as a way to create interest as well as brighten up the room. We will have a flat screen television mounted on the wall. Luckily, the Office closet sits behind this wall and all of the components are housed in it. Everything is controlled through an infrared signal. When the wall is painted white, it will create a great balance to the white cabinetry in the kitchen, which is open to the family room. Pictures of the finished wall coming soon!

PS - I'm not in love with the ceiling fan, but hubs wins this one and it gets to stay...for now. ;)