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!!)