Kemley Design featured in J-14 Decorate Magazine!

Ok people… To say I’m excited about this would be an understatement!  I was approached by an editor of J-14 Decorate Magazine in January asking to feature some photos of Shelby’s Teen Desert Modern Room I designed!  Of course I said yes.  This room remains one of my favorite projects to date.  The editor asked if J-14 could use a couple of pictures for a “Trend Report” that would be desert themed.  She also told me they really liked my idea of hanging a rug up on the wall in place of a woven tapestry and wanted to feature that as a simple DIY project!



J-14- Decorate is a print only magazine that releases four issues a year.  Shelby’s Teen Desert Modern Room is featured in the Summer 2017 issue that just came out recently.  I purchased the magazine at Target and I will admit that it was pretty dang exciting to pick up a magazine right there in one of my favorite stores and flip to the page with my name and photos featured.  Shelby is also pretty excited to see her bedroom featured in a magazine… how many teens get to have that experience?

SO… check out J-14 Decorate Magazine.  It’s a very cute teen décor magazine with lots of trendy ideas and DIY projects.  If you have a teen daughter who is interested in interior design (like I was back in the day, and have remained so ever since) then check out this magazine!  Or check it out just for fun!  It can be found everywhere magazines are sold.  Also, Shelby’s entire bedroom is amazing so take a look here!



Teen Modern Glam Room Reveal

Ahhhhh the day has finally arrived!  This room has been in the making for quite a while, I can’t believe I posted the design plan all the way back in October.  Honestly, it didn’t take that long to complete this room.  It’s just took a while to get the ball rolling.  I guess that’s just life, right?

Let’s take another look at some before pictures of the space:

Dah dah dum….. How do you like it now?


Liberty is my youngest sister and will soon turn fourteen.  She is growing up and maturing so fast and I knew we needed to design a room to fit her blooming personality.  No more little kid stuff… but still fun and pretty and lighthearted.  I wanted the room to be refined, glamorous, and pretty while still be simple and functional.  Liberty is a dancer and so I knew a ballet bar just HAD to happen in this room.  Her bedroom is pretty large with a wood floor, the perfect space for a dance area.  I added a large mirror to the wall opposite her bed and incorporated the ballet bar on the same wall.


Overall, I am so happy with how this space turned out.  I stuck to the color pallet of deep royal blue, blush pink, gray, white, with gold and brushed nickel accents/hardware.  The walls are painted “Agreeable Gray” by Sherwin Williams– made 50% lighter.  So really it’s a custom color.  I love it!


The tufted headboard is my baby!  I’m so in love with how it turned out.  I will soon be posting a DIY video (my first one) with some instruction on how to tuft your own upholstered headboard!  I’m pretty proud of how it turned out, it honestly looks more professional than I thought it would.

For the nightstands I turned once again to the IKEA Rast because of the great price.  I also love how they come unfinished… a blank canvas just waiting to be made into something spectacular.  I was inspired by campaign dressers I saw in lux and glam styled spaces and knew this was the route I wanted to go for the nightstands.  Much different than the IKEA rast makeover for Shelby’s Teen Modern Desert Reveal.  That is the great thing about the Rast… you can make it your own!

This cute little armchair is from Homegoods and so perfect for the space!

The picture ledges are from IKEA.  I’ve seen picture ledges at other places and none are ever priced as good as the ones from IKEA.  I purchased these same ledges to use as book ledges in Nash’s nursery.  I styled the ledges with simple art and kept everything pretty neutral.  I love the picture of Liberty doing her straddles on railroad tracks and decided to incorporate it into the design of the room to go along with the dance bar.

I found this modern art print on Etsy by DanHobday Art.  I then glued stripes of wood to the top and bottom of the print and hung it with some simple string, similar to the art print I hung in my entry way.  I needed something blue to tie the entire space into the headboard and when I saw this art print, I knew it was perfect!  I think it looks like abstract rose petals.  But hey, it’s up for interpretation right?

This is the original desk painted white, doesn’t it look amazing?  The small knobs are original, just spray painted gold.  The lower knobs were updated to an elegant crystal knob.  Okay, isn’t that little stool to die for???  I love the fur and the hairpin legs are absolute perfection.  It’s from Hobby Lobby.  We made the curtains with some fabric from Wal Mart, which is where we happened to find the perfect color after searching everywhere for it.  Often times, making your own curtain panels is much less expensive than buying curtain panels.  I also love being able to customize the size.

I moved the pillows to show a better view of the entire tufted headboard.  This was quite the project, but I love how it turned out.

Let’s enjoy a bunch of photos now… enough talking!

What do you think of the space??  SO different.  The light gray paint really lightened up the space and I love how much the rug adds.  When you don’t have the option to change the flooring, large rugs can really do wonders for a space.

The best part of all of this is how much Liberty loves her bedroom.  I think any 13 year old girl would be absolutely smitten with this space.  I love seeing how excited she is!

Let me know if you have any questions.  And keep checking the blog… I will soon post about how to make your own tufted headboard.  Because you know you want one.. am I right??




A Roundup of Great Tufted Headboards

Who doesn’t love a tufted or upholstered headboard?  They make such a statement and can really make a room amazing.  I have found great tufted and/or upholstered headboards in many styles.  Some are elegant and some are a little more edgy and cool.  The tufted headboard is not tied to just one design esthetic, that’s for sure!  The variety available is endless.  I wanted to feature some of my favorite tufted/upholstered headboards in preparation for the teen glamour bedroom makeover I will soon be revealing that may or may not include a tufted headboard.  Here are some of my favorites floating around the internet!

  1. World Market Midnight Blue Upholstered Headboard

I love how Emily Henderson styled this guest bedroom using the Textured Woven Bryn Upholstered Bed from World Market.  It’s simple but regal.  The simplicity of this headboard allows for a rug with a lot of pattern.  They balance each other out.  This is also a great headboard if you’re into the upholstered look but not necessarily in love with the tufted with buttons look.

2. Anthropologie Velvet Tufted Headboard 

There is nothing quite like a velvet tufted headboard.  This one from Anthropologie comes in eleven different colors.  That’s right… eleven.  So I’m pretty sure they will have the color you want.  This pale blue-gray color above is unique and interesting while remaining neutral and calming.

3.  Roma Tufted Wingback Headboard from Target

This headboard from Target is a lovely neutral option.  It’s available in 4 different colors and one of the things that really drew me to this headboard was the great price point!  It’s very affordable at just under $300 for a queen size.  Which isn’t bad at all.  Tufted headboards don’t have to be pricey and places like Target have some great options!

4. Brady’s DIY Channel Tufted Headboard

Stop.  Just stop.  AHHHH this headboard is EVERYTHING!  The color, the horizontal layers, the way it extends beyond the bed…. I fell in love with this the moment I saw it.  And great news… it’s a DIY project which is always my favorite because you have at least some control over how expensive you will make your version.  I am absolutely convinced that I will make this headboard at some point.  I’m really considering making it for Nash when he is in a big boy bed.  Maybe a twin bed version of this???  You can find the tutorial on how to make this amazing headboard here.  Brady is a member of Emily Henderson’s design team and they are amazing.

5. West Elm Nail Head Patterned Headboard

This headboard from West Elm is really unique with the nail head design.  I think they only have a twin size left and it’s in a lighter color… on sale for $199.  But the thing I really wanted to point out is that this would be a great DIY headboard to build.  It would not be hard at all to use upholstery nail heads to make a pattern like this (or any pattern you desire).

Well, that’s my little roundup of 5 great upholstered headboards.  I can’t wait to reveal Liberty’s bedroom because her tufted headboard is actually different from all of these.  But I love it just as well (or more) than many of these.  I hope this inspires you to consider buying or building your own tufted headboard.  While they aren’t the only great style of headboard, they are definitely a lot of fun and really add to a space.  Check out the design plan for Liberty’s room here, and stay tuned for her bedroom reveal!



DIY Boxwood Wreath

Hey hey hey!  Life is good isn’t it?  Warmer weather is approaching and soon it will be Summer and my little family will be vacationing on the beaches of Mexico.  Can June please come sooner???  Anyway, I love warm weather and sunshine and I love to see everything becoming green again.  What better way to add a little life to your home than a greener than green boxwood wreath on your front door to welcome guests to your world?  Boxwood wreaths are all the rage, but they can be a little pricey.  But the good news is, if you’re willing to hunt down a few simple items and sit down and work on a project for a bit, you can DIY your own for a much better price.

I’ve got some major goals involving improving the curb appeal of our home and I think this simple wreath will really add a lot.  Of course I have some much bigger and more expensive projects on the list, but why not tackle the wreath first for a quick win to jumpstart my plans?

You will only need 4 simple items to make your own boxwood wreath.  So easy!!!

  1. Scissors
  2. Wire wreath form

2. Floral Wire

3. Boxwood garland

I purchased the wire wreath form, floral wire, and boxwood garland at Hobby Lobby.  It was great because the boxwood garland was 50% off and I was able to use a 40% off coupon on the wreath form.  This was definitly cheaper than buying a similar wreath already made.  Here is how to put together your boxwood wreath:

Wrap your garland around the wreath form, securing it on the back with floral wire as you go.  Once you wrap the entire wreath form, cut off the excess garland.

Then cut off all the little sprigs from the excess garland.  I used these extra pieces to fill in my wreath throughout and make it more full.

And just like that it’s complete and ready to hang up!  I really love the way it looks against the color of my front door.  These two colors seem to complement each other very well.  If you would like a boxwood wreath but you don’t want to spend a fortune, then make your own like I did.  It was a quick project that I finished in under an hour while I watched TV.  I hope you like this tutorial!  Thanks for all your support as viewers of my blog!  I appreciate it more than you know!



Kemley Design now has a Logo and it’s JUST my Style

Hey all!  As you now know from the title of this post, Kemley Design has a logo!  I had been wanting a logo for a long time and finally reached out to the very talented Heidi Carter for some help designing my logo.  I told her I wanted something simple, minimal, and black and white.  She came up with multiple options and ideas and had the example logos sent to me SO FAST.  Amazing service for sure.  She is so creative (I know her personally so I can vouch that this is true).  She came up with some awesome example logos even though I gave her hardly any instruction as to what I wanted it to look like.

Don’t you love this logo?  It’s so me.  It is perfect for Kemley Design and the way I want my blog to be represented.

Check out Heidi’s Etsy shop right now!!  She has a lot of great printables that are instant downloads- great for those impatient people like myself haha.  AND she even takes custom orders… I know from personal experience that with a custom order she delivers and is so great to work with.  So if you need a great printable or some custom work, she is your gal!  Check out this cute chalkboard printable, I think it’s one of my favorites.



Simple Lampshade Makeover

Happy Spring!!  Am I allowed to say that yet?  It’s actually sunny and in the 60’s here today so I’m definitely feeling Springtime coming on!  Spring reminds me of starting fresh… in every way, including my house.  This season always makes me want to lighten things up and bring on the pastels and whites.  So today I’m sharing a little lampshade makeover that is very Springtime-inspired.

I’m getting SO close to revealing my living room.  YAY.  I’ve been mulling over and obsessing over this space for SO LONG.  I was at a place where I couldn’t quite figure out what was missing but something definitely was.  Most specifically involving color.  Then one day it just hit me… I knew EXACTLY what I needed to add to the space to complete it.  This lampshade makeover was inspired by my new plan.  I can’t wait to reveal the entire space soon.

I knew I wanted a pale blush colored lampshade and searched everywhere online with no luck.  So I decided to recover my current lampshade.  I saved money doing this rather than buying a new one anyway!  I started out with this dark gray shade from Target.  I’ve had the shade for a while and still like it… but I was ready for a change.

This is the pale blush fabric I bought.  I also bought some thicker white canvas-like fabric to line the shade underneath the blush fabric because it’s pretty lightweight and the dark gray shade would show through for sure.  Making my blush shade not so blush.

I didn’t want a plain shade, but I also didn’t want it too busy.  I have a lot of patterns going in this room and I felt like adding another one would be a bit much.  So I decided to sew a few lines across the fabric with my sewing machine to add a little interest while still keeping it simple and minimal.

So my lampshade is a drum shade but it’s not actually the exact same diameter around the top as the bottom.  So this made it a little tricky when measuring out the fabric for the shade.  I didn’t want weird gathers.  I ended up laying the shade on its side and rolling it across the fabric while measuring.  I ended up with fabric shaped like this.  This method wouldn’t work if you had striped fabric (or other patterned fabric that needs to go a certain direction) because the stripes would start to go diagonal.  But it worked great for what I wanted.

I then used a hot glue gun and covered the shade in the white fabric.  Once the white fabric was in place, I began wrapping the blush fabric around the shade while hot gluing it.

Once I had it all glued down, I took some white biased tape and covered the raw edge around the top of the inside of the lamp.  This lamp sits on a table that is kind of low and I didn’t want that messy, raw edge visible when looking down at the lamp.  The biased tape worked perfectly!

Pretty adorable, am I right?  When I can’t find in a store what I see in my mind… I make it myself.  And most of the time, I’m very glad I did.  This isn’t the first time I’ve recovered a lampshade, see my other one here.  Tired of your lampshades?  Bored of them maybe?  Go to the fabric store and find something new… the possibilities are endless!



5 Ceiling Fans Worthy of Your Home

Ceiling fans…. sigh.  Very nice to have for practical reasons,  but SO many of them are just bad.  I have never liked the look of traditional ceiling fans.  That’s just me though!  When we bought our house, there was a ceiling fan in the living room.  We like the fan for practical reasons… Utah summers can get pretty hot.  I hate turning our central air up too much because of cost.  So the ceiling fan is great.  But not great looking…. So we upgraded to a more modern and sleek ceiling fan.  I actually really love the way it looks!

I wanted to put together a post about some good ceiling fan options.  Of course, everybody has their own opinion about ceiling fans.  So if you love your traditional looking ceiling fan… then great, that is what’s important!  But for those of you out there looking for something more, I have your back.  So here is a roundup of 5 great ceiling fans.  P.S.  I bought one of these for my living room.  Which one do you think it is?

  1. Clarity Max Ceiling Fan by Monte Carlo    
  2. Roto Ceiling Fan by Minka-Aire    
  3. Railey Ceiling Fan by Home Decorator’s Collection
  4. Java Ceiling Fan by Minka-Aire       
  5. Revue Ceiling Fan by Casa Vieja    

All of these fans meet the practicality factor without suffering on style.  definitely an upgrade from the typical ceiling fan!  Just a side note–my living room reveal is coming soon (as soon as my husband helps me with a DIY coffee table!!).  And then you can see which fan I picked!  In the meantime I will be working on Liberty’s room makeover (which got put on hold due to unexpected time constraints) and I am SO excited because we are going to make some big strides in the next week with that space.  Check out the design plan here.  I am also super excited about my living room reveal… I was struggling for a while because I kept feeling like something was missing in the space but had no idea what.  Annnnnd I discovered what that was a few days ago.  Now it’s coming together like never before and I’m in love.  So stay tuned for a couple of good room reveals!!



Copper Wire & String Heart DIY Craft


Happy Valentine’s Day!!  Well… tomorrow I guess.  But hey it’s not too early to start celebrating the holiday devoted to love.  I adore Valentine’s Day.. it’s seriously so fun having a little boy in addition to a husband, because now I have two valentines!  I whipped up this fun Valentine’s Day craft and wanted to share.  It was SO easy to make and also super fast.  A long time ago, I bought a whole bunch of embroidery hoops at the thrift store and have been making crafts with them ever since!  Check out this simple Springtime wreath and Boho wall hanging– both made with embroidery hoops.  I am so in love with this cute copper wire and string heart… here’s how to make it:

Supplies needed:

  1. Embroidery hoop
  2. Copper wire
  3. Red crochet thread (or any kind of red string)
  4. Hot glue gun
  5. Ribbon

This is the crochet thread I picked up at Micheal’s Craft

First, I cut a piece of copper wire and formed the heart.  Lucky for me, my husband is an electrician and had some copper wire that I was able to use for this craft!  I then took another piece of copper wire and crisscrossed the heart shape until I ran out of wire.  I then cut a long piece of the red crochet thread and hot glued the end to the back of one piece of copper wire.  I then began crisscrossing the thread across the heart, hot gluing it to the back of the wire as I went and so it wouldn’t slide around.  I didn’t do any particular pattern, just did what felt right haha.  And last, I looped a piece of ribbon around the embroidery hoop to hang it.  Pretty easy, right?  I know Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, but it’s not too late to make one of these and hang it up in your house to celebrate!

Okay, now for some thoughts about my two lover boys.  Haha. I’m so grateful for my husband Dax, who has been very supportive of me trying this whole design/DIY/blog thing.  He knows that interior design has always been my passion, and even though it’s not always his favorite thing to help me with my many projects, he does it.  He works so hard to support our little family.  Sometimes he has a tough exterior, but he has the biggest heart.  Nash is now 18 months old and oh man does he keep my hands full.  He is a busy, busy little boy!  Nash is such a sweetheart and I really think he’s going to be a heart breaker for all the girls when he’s older.  He is so loving and will come up behind me when I’m sitting on the floor and give me a big hug.  One of my favorite things about this is he holds the hug for several seconds, not just a quick hug.  It makes a mama’s heart burst!  He loves to give mama hugs and kisses and I of course LOVE that.  He is very social and charming and captures the hearts of pretty much everybody he encounters.  I have the two best Valentines a girl could ask for.  This photo is from our engagements 5 years ago… wow time flies!

Photo above by Bluebird Pictures

And here is a “real life” picture of Nash… buttons undone on his onesie, chocolate on his chin (because sometimes moms get desperate), with messy hair, standing on his favorite chair in our living room.

Well, I hope this inspires some of you to make a copper and string heart decoration for Valentine’s Day.  And I hope you all have a perfect Valentine’s Day full of lots and lots of LOVE.




How to Style a Tiny Entry Way

Today I am going to share with you my tiny entry way that I just finished styling!  I am SO happy with how it turned out.  I have been noticing amazing entry ways on Pinterest for quite a while now.  I even have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to them.  I have seen some beautiful entry ways with awesome benches and seating.  Some entries have decorative tables or other large pieces of furniture.  Many entry ways have the space to do this but many do not, including my own.

I wanted my entry to make statement for visitors because it is the first thing they see when they walk in the door.  That can be hard in such a small space.  As I have mentioned before, our house is a split entry.  So the front door is ground level and then once you enter the house there is a small landing and then stairs up to the living room and stairs down to the basement.  So no room for a bench or chair or anything like that.  We have double front doors but only the one on the left has a door knob.  The other one opens but we never use it unless we are moving large things into or out of the house.  Because the front door is at ground level, the ceiling just above that area is vaulted.  It’s the only place in our house where we can have a larger hanging light because all of our other ceilings are the typical height.

In a small entry way there are a few statement pieces that can make it amazing… these include a great rug, cool lighting, and unique wall decor.  None of these things require a lot of space.  Let’s take a look at my tiny entry way with big style….

I have been crushing over dot coat hooks… like literally obsessing over them.  I was going to try and make some of my own, but when I found these from CB2 at a good price point, I decided to buy them.  I’m so glad I did because they are everything!

The “Good Vibes Only” print is something I typed up and had printed on nice paper at a copy store.  I kept seeing prints on etsy with this quote, but I didn’t love any of the fonts.  So I thought.. hey, why not just make my own!  I love love love the way this print is hung.  So much more unique than a traditional frame.  I found this inspiration on Vintage Revivals.  I changed it up a little and hung it with leather cord instead of the cotton rope she used.

This amazing plant stand was made for me by Dax.  Best husband ever.  I love it!

The first thing I changed in our entry way was the light.  This was actually one of the first things I changed in our house when we moved in!  So the light has been up for quite a while.  I fell in love with this light from World Market and just had to have it.  I love it so much more than the old one!  It is priced SO good.

Here is a view from the top of the stairs, you can see how small the area actually is.  This amazing rug is from Urban Outfitters!

Tiny entry ways can still be styled and look rad, don’t you think?



Sources:  Rug: Urban Outfitters  //  Light: World Market  //  Dot Coat Hooks: CB2  //  Woven Pot: Ikea   //  Hunter Boots: Nordstrom  //  Hat: Nordstrom  //  Purse: H&M (ON SALE!!)


3 Reasons Why You Should Declutter Your Home

Every January I get this overwhelming feeling to declutter my home and get rid of unnecessary stuff.  Putting away Christmas decorations and throwing out the tree feels so good to me and that is what jump starts my decluttering.  It may have something to do with the feeling that comes with the start of a New Year.  Starting over and starting fresh.  I am doing this in a more extreme way than I ever have before this January.  Certain things that I just couldn’t let go of before I am not hesitating getting rid of now.

Mid Century Modern Dining Area Reveal

Last year I read the book by Marie Kondo, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and it changed my world.  I started discarding in the order the book suggests, starting with clothes.  I then moved on to books, and then papers.  I threw out bags and bags of stuff.  I also bought a paper shredder and shredded probably 30 pounds of paper… I’m not even kidding.  It felt amazing and liberating.  I got rid of the two annoying, eye sore piles of miscellaneous stuff on our kitchen counter top.  Check out that post here!  I had plans to keep going but life got crazy and busy and I never actually finished discarding and tidying EVERY category.

One year later I am happy to say that our clothes are still folded as Marie suggests.  I will never go back to the old way because this way makes so much more sense.  I have also done better with controlling piles on the counter top and keeping up with discarding or shredding papers right away.  But many areas in my home continue to accrue clutter and I feel like I am constantly “picking up” the same areas and things over and over again.  So I knew it was time to finish the Kon-Mari method in my home.  No more procrastinating!  And no more holding on to things that don’t bring me joy!

Getting My House in Order the Kon-Mari Way

This last weekend, I convinced Dax to help me tackle our three storage rooms in the basement.  Yes, three. Ridiculous I know!  I counted at least 30 empty boxes that we threw out from these storage rooms.  Most of them pretty large… including the box to our 55″ TV that we bought over two years ago.  We kept all these boxes “just in case” and NEVER needed them.  I was SO excited to discover how much space we had once we got rid of all that stuff.   We took one load to the dump and one to the thrift store to donate.  I have also sold several things online.  It’s a lot of work to tackle your clutter and sometimes hard decisions must be made.  But if you simply ask yourself what is suggested by Marie Kondo- “Does this spark joy?” it will make the hard decisions a little easier and you will know when it’s time to let go of something.

Spring Cleaning

Life is messy… kids are messy.  So why not just ignore the clutter and accept it as part of life?  Well I have three reasons why you should confront your clutter and resolve it once and for all!

1.  You will actually be able to find and utilize what you have

Shortly before we cleaned out our storage rooms, I bought light bulbs because I thought we didn’t have any.  Well….. come to find out we had several boxes of them haha.  It’s hard to utilize what you have when it’s lost in a mess!  More than once I have searched and searched for something I knew I had but didn’t know where I put it.  Organizing what you have and keeping similar things in the same place definitely helps with this.  What is the point of having something if you can’t find it or don’t even realize you have it?

2.  Rid yourself of the guilt you feel when you see things in your home that you never use

This might seem like a weird concept to some people, but when Marie mentioned it in her book I could totally relate!  Especially with clothes.  I would see a dress or shirt hanging in my closet that I wore maybe once or twice ever and feel guilty for not wearing it more or liking it more.  I have also done this with home decor in the past… I feel guilty for not wanting to hang up a certain clock or picture.  I once loved the item.. but not anymore.  When you declutter your home and get rid of things like this…. you no longer have to deal with that dumb guilt.  Bottom line:  if it doesn’t spark joy then don’t keep it!

3.  When you declutter your home, you can also clear (or declutter) your mind

Life is busy and chaotic.  We all know this.  Adding a cluttered house on top of that only adds to the stress.  Messy rooms have always been a distraction for me.  When I was in college, if my room was messy I absolutely could not focus enough to study.  I had to stop and completely clean my room or go to a library.  The feeling that comes with an organized, decluttered, and sometimes quite empty space is so much more calming.  When my home is clean and decluttered, I can better focus on other things that require my attention.  You will notice this even more if you clear away clutter in an extremely messy area of your house… the contrast will be intense!

Tribal Chic Office/Studio Reveal

I hope this inspires all of you to take on your clutter!  I highly recommend “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo.  Nothing will be left to question when it comes to discarding and tidying in your home.  I’m still not completely done with my decluttering journey but I’ve made huge leaps over the past couple of weeks.  I’ve also learned a little lesson about letting go.  It was surprisingly easy… I just had to make myself be a little more practical.  So get to work!  And let me know how it goes!