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?
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!!
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 wreathand 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:
Red crochet thread (or any kind of red string)
Hot glue gun
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
So I’m a little crazy about art prints! Especially prints that can be printed the moment you download them. I’m not a patient person sometimes haha. For pretty much every room I’ve done a makeover on, I’ve went to Etsy and searched for the perfect art prints to complete the room. There are seriously so many to pick from in every style you can imagine. I want to share with you some of my favorite art prints I’ve discovered on Etsy lately. And a bonus… they are all so affordable!
This watercolor buffalo print is so beautiful! I love the simplicity of it. We go to Jackson, WY every year and so whenever I see a buffalo print I think of Jackson and the Tetons. I’m very tempted to buy this for my living room, but I have been planning on painting one myself from an inspiration photo I took of some buffalo while we were in Jackson last year. And I think that would be a little more special. This is an instant download and CHEAP.
This mid century style mountain scene print is so unique. Something different from traditional mountain scene artwork. This one is not an instant download and is a tiny bit more pricey but still not too bad. The sizes range from 10×10 to 24×24. This would look awesome BIG.
I’m not a big lover of “quote prints”. I feel like sometimes people go a little crazy with quote prints and decor and it’s just too many words. Too busy. But I really do love this one. Very minimalist and I love the message. This is an instant download.
Isn’t this hedgehog print so adorable?? It would look very cute in a nursery or kids’ room. Again, I love how minimal this print is–very simple and to the point. This is an instant download.
Many printables can be printed pretty large and they still look really good. Just make sure to read the details about how big the print can be printed before you buy it! Whenever I have needed to print large scale printables, I just put the file on my flash drive and take it to my local copy/print shop. It is seriously so cheap to print. After paying for the printable and the cost of printing it on nice, quality paper, it’s still way more affordable than buying a large scale art print at a store. I think the girls at the copy store think I’m a little crazy when I ask them to print a massive copy of a cacti picture haha. Whatevs.
One of my favorite places to buy a frame for a printable is at Ikea because they are SO affordable. And I LOVE the “minimalist-no-extra-junk” look of the Ribba Frame in particular. It’s very simple and clean and comes in a variety of sizes. But I’ve recently been crushing over another way to hang a printable…. which you will soon see when I post my entry way reveal next week! Ahhhh I’m pretty excited for that, and you should be too haha, so keep following me! I appreciate it SO much.
So if any of you are in need of some new, affordable, maybe even large scale wall décor…. check out Etsy and get ya some prints! You can thank me later.
There are some colors I’ve noticed in designed spaces lately that I’ve really been crushing on. I’ve been loving deep, rich colors like deep emerald green and deep navy blue. I especially love the contrast of these colors with white. I also love the way these deep colors look with gold accents. It just makes my heart happy! I’ve noticed these colors in some amazing spaces, let’s take a look:
Aren’t these rich green kitchen cabinets amazing? The gold pendant lights and faucets are absolutely gorgeous with these green cabinets. This kitchen is so unique, who would have ever thought that green cabinets could look so classy? I think I would personally like white uppers with green lower cabinets. Just to brighten the space a bit!
Here are some beautiful blue agate coasters by the same seller on etsy as the green coasters. To die for!
So what do you guys think of these color trends popping up? I’ve been drawn to the rich blue color for quite a while, which is why I picked a rug with some rich blue colors in it for my dining room. I honestly don’t have any of the deep emerald green in my own home. But I’m seriously considering it now! Hope you are all having an awesome start to 2017 and getting motivated to make your homes beautiful on a budget.
So I have always loved miniature things. I still have my dollhouse from when I was young that is decked out in realistic furniture and decorative details. It is currently in my “storage unit” bedroom in the basement, but I’m hoping one day I will have a daughter who will love it as much as I did! So When I started seeing cute mini Christmas terrariums all around the interweb, I just knew I had to make some of my own to add to my Christmas decor this year.
I already had these cute wood and glass containers… candle holders? Jars? I’m not sure what to call them, but they are from Target! At one point I had cacti planted in them, which you can see here! I decided a while ago to empty them because my cacti collection was getting a little out of control and I’ve been trying to declutter. Just a continuation of the Kon-Mari method I implemented last spring in my home, which you can read about here. Life changing I tell you!
These are so easy to make and if you don’t have containers like this you can use basic mason jars, which are also very cute. I personally like the more modern look of these open top containers though!
I simply poured some sugar in and then started arranging my mini’s. Nash already had the buck deer (which he calls an Elk haha). I found the doe at Micheal’s Craft as well as the frosted pine trees. The tiny deer and camper in the smaller terrarium are also from Micheal’s Craft. The tiny pine trees are from the bargain section at Target! Man I love that bargain section haha. One of our favorite things to do as a family is to go camping in our trailer, so when I saw this cute camper I just had to get it!
I’m pretty happy with my little terrariums! I love the simplicity of them. I’ve really been trying to get away from gobby, overdone, and cluttery Christmas decorations. It’s just not me anymore. I’m all about the clean and simple now. I highly suggest making some of these to add to your Christmas/Winter collection! They are so cute and you will love them. Even my husband (who normally doesn’t say much about my projects, because he’s just not into that stuff, said he really liked them and thought they were cool). So I would say that’s a win!
I wish you all the best this Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ! Let’s not get so caught up in the purchases and parties that we forget to remember what He did for us. I also think that if we reflect on Christ’s entire life (rather than just His birth) during the Christmas season, we can better appreciate the magnitude of who He is and what He did for us!
Check out some of my other Christmas DIY projects, including my favorite–The Christ Centered Advent Calender.
I could not be happier with how my little dining area turned out and I’m so excited to share it with you! Check out this before picture… we have been using this little table that was made by my husband’s great grandpa since we got married. It’s a cute and tiny folk piece but I was ready for an upgrade. And don’t worry the table was retired to my “storage unit” room in the basement where I keep way too many treasures to save for later haha.
So remember my post about the dining area design plan? Check it out here. I was trying to decide what style of chairs to put with my mid century modern dining room table. Well, I decided to keep it simple and go with the classic white Eames-style chairs. I LOVE the contrast of the walnut table with the white chairs and the price couldn’t be beat. Most of the other options were either unattainable or expensive… like really expensive. But I seriously love this look! I am so glad I went with these chairs. They are also really comfortable. I actually bought them from Amazon of all places, you can find them here.
Ok, so a little back story on the table…. I purchased it quite a while ago from a guy selling it on Vintage Yardsale Utah (FB group). I have since purchased a few other items from the same seller (who is also a lover of MCM)… he never disappoints. And I’m so happy I found him haha. He advised me on how to best refinish or improve the tabletop–which had some water and heat damage and the usual wear and tear of an old piece of furniture. I opted for the faster, easier option and used Restore-A-Finish rather than completely refinishing it. As you can see from the before picture of the table, there was a dark spot in the middle.
The dark spot is still there but much less noticeable. I keep a table runner on there all the time anyways unless we’re eating so it doesn’t bother me. We lightly sanded the top down and then applied the Restore-A-Finish according to the directions. It was seriously SO easy and immediately made a huge difference! Compare the two pictures… it looks awesome, am I right?? Here’s what we used:
The legs had some scratches, and for some reason the Restore-A-Finish wouldn’t take to the legs as well as the top. So we ended up buying a stain marker, like this one, and touched up the little scratch marks with that, and it worked pretty well. Both of these can be found at Home Depot or Lowes. Annnnd about those legs…. if you love mid century modern then can appreciate those gorgeous tapered legs. The legs SOLD me on this table.
In the design plan post, I mentioned that I was considering a rug. I was unsure because of how small the space was and the table is close to two walls; I didn’t want it to look crowded. But wow am I glad I decided a rug was necessary! In my opinion it makes the space. The combination of the dark wood, white chairs, and rich blue make my heart happy. And the rug looks so natural there; it was meant to be! I found this beautiful rug at Rugs USA for an awesome price! And it’s on sale right now for cyber Monday for even cheaper than I bought it for! Find it here. It always makes me nervous ordering something so important without seeing it in person, but I was very pleased. It looks just like the picture and the colors are beautiful. It can be so hard to find a rug this big for such a great price point.
The shelves are from Ikea. I love that they are simple and clean and bring more white into the space–which is always a good thing. And of course I had to put up pictures of my little Nash!
Overall, I’m very happy with the space. I’m hoping to do a budget makeover of sorts on the rest of the kitchen soon. It will be nice to get the entire room looking rad! I hope this inspires some of you to update your dining spaces. I mean, we spend a lot of time there right? Why not have a beautiful space that you can enjoy? I also want to emphasize that you don’t have to break the bank to have a beautiful dining area. With a little Restore-A-Finish, paint, sandpaper, or stain you can bring back the beauty of something old. Try it!
Hey everyone! I am so excited to share the design plan for my little sister Liberty’s room makeover. Liberty is my 13 year old baby sister and she is so cute! I would describe Liberty as being proper, refined, and neat. She likes pretty things. She is a dancer. She is so good with Nash and all babies–she is a natural little mother. I have been very anxious to help her design her room ever since I did my other sister Shelby’s Teen Desert Modern room makeover. Liberty’s room will be VERY different from Shelby’s; it is so fun for me to design rooms across a wide spectrum.
My other sister Aly was recently married and moved out of my parent’s house this summer. Check out her Boho wedding here. So Liberty moved into what I would consider the best room in the house. I would know… at one point it was mine:) It’s BIG. Three windows and a walk in closet.. with a window. A lot of room there to design. Here are some before pictures of the space:
The space is empty, blah, and in need of some serious design help! I am so excited to tackle this room and make it amazing for Liberty. I made a little mood board and so all of you can visualize what my plan is… here it is!!
Gorgeous, am I right? The plan:
Color scheme: Royal/Navy blue, blush pink, light gray, white, with gold accents
Blue velvet tufted headboard (DIY)
Long blush pink curtains for all three windows
Large, neutral area rug
Dance bar (why not??!!)
My goal is to make Liberty’s room sophisticated, beautiful, refined, glamorous, and lovely. Keep checking back for updates on this space, you won’t want to miss this!
Words cannot express how excited I am to FINALLY get my dining area the way I want it. I bought a Mid Century Modern dining room table months ago and it has been in my basement ever since. The top needs to be refinished and I need to find the perfect chairs to go with it. I would LOVE to overhaul my entire kitchen, but that will not be happening super soon. That doesn’t mean I can’t get the dining area looking great! I think the biggest obstacle will be the floor… we cannot replace it at this time and I really DO NOT like it. It is tan tile with dark grout… ick. Ugh. Whhhhhyyyyy?? The floor is not going to stop me from making the area look as good as possible though.
I want to share some inspiration photos of dining room tables and chairs I am loving. This area will be completed within the next month which makes me so happy. So I need to get on it and find the perfect chairs! Here are some dining rooms I love, mainly noting the chairs:
My dining table is most similar to the table with the wishbone chairs. It is a medium walnut color with tapered legs, which is also something to take into account when selecting dining room chairs. I will have three chairs on each side of the table (similar to dining room #4) with none on the ends. I seriously LOVE all of these options! But here’s some thoughts: I have a 1 year old son.. which makes me want to lean away from anything upholstered. My kitchen cabinets are knotty alder, the floors are tan tile, the counter top has a lot of dark in it… which makes me want to lean away from the dark and/or wooden options. Price is also a major thing to consider, and some these (or similar options) are quite pricey.
I am also considering an area rug under the table to hide the tile. I started to question it when I was researching rug size and found that many designers suggest that a rug beneath a dining room table should be big enough that when a chair is pulled out, all legs of the chair are still be on the rug. My dining area is not big enough to do that. The rug would probably end up hitting walls on two sides and getting in the way of the bar stools on a third side. But the picture just above has a rug that is a little smaller (all legs of the chairs would not be on the rug if they were pulled out), but I think it looks fine. Any thoughts or advice on this?
Here are some before pictures of the space (with our old table). Keep in mind, our old table and chairs is on the miniature side compared to most, so it makes the space look bigger.
Okay, so which chairs are your favorite? Which ones should I go for? Stay tuned for the reveal!!!