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!



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.



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!!



Inexpensive Art Prints that I Love

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!


I love how simple this black and white forest print is!  It’s so moody and dramatic; I think it would look good really big.  It is an instant download and SO affordable.


I’m more than a little bit obsessed with cacti…. I think everybody knows this haha.  So this cacti watercolor print is absolute perfection!  Also an instant download.


I love this Copenhagen city map and I think this would look great really big hanging on the wall.  This site has maps of many cities, including Paris and New York.  Annnnnd it’s an instant download.


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 New York City taxi print is so much fun.  Aren’t taxis just cute haha?  This one is not an instant download but it’s still pretty affordable.  The sizes available range from 8×10 to 24×36.


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.


I’ve been loving “modern western” looks lately and this Native American paint splatter print matches that vibe perfectly.  This is an instant download.


Another perfect cactus print!  This would look amazing HUGE taking up an entire wall haha.  It probably can’t be printed that big, but it’s so good- am I right??  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.



Let’s Talk Color

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!


Isn’t this green velvet comforter from One King’s Lane so unique?  I love it!  Check out this source for other amazing emerald green accents.


I love this green blanket contrasting with the bright white linens.  So pretty!


For some smaller emerald green accents, check out these gorgeous agate coasters that are for sale on etsy!



This green velvet couch from Anthropologie is quite lovely as well.


Okay, let’s talk blue now!  I am in love with this gorgeous kitchen.  The white upper cabinets give a perfect balance to the blue lower cabinets.  And the gold hardware is perfect.


Check out this adorable English Manor house with a blue tufted couch!


This elegant, blue tufted headboard makes me very excited for Liberty’s room reveal which will include a DIY blue velvet tufted headboard.  See the design plan here.


Here is another gorgeous kitchen remodel with blue lower cabinets and white uppers.  The gold hardware is there once again and looking perfect!


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.



Dining Area Design Plan

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:

#1: Upholstered MCM Chairs



#2: Dusty Green Eames Style Molded Chairs



#3: Uniquely Wicker Chairs



#4: Classic White Eames Style Chairs



#5: Wishbone Chairs



#6: Clear Eames style chairs with wire/metal legs



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!!!



How to Make a Macrame Wall Hanging + A Boho Wedding Celebration


Hey all!  I can’t believe that it is already the end of September!  Summer flew by way too fast, but I will admit I’m excited for Fall.  I love Fall leaves and smells and the crispness of the air.  Anyway…. I want to show you guys how to make a {giant} macrame wall hanging and share some photos of a Bohemian Wedding that I helped design this Summer.

My sister Aly got married at the beginning of August and I knew we needed a really unique backdrop for the couple to stand in front of during the reception.  I came up with the idea to make a giant macrame to match the Boho theme of the wedding.  I would have to say it turned out pretty awesome.  Let’s check out some photos of the macrame…


This macrame is about 6 feet tall.  A long piece of rebar was pounded into the ground, we then slid a copper pipe over the rebar and attached  the macrame to the copper pipe through a hole drilled in the pipe.  We used a lot of copper accents for this wedding reception design.  The flowers were done by an amazing florist, Pam’s Floral and Design out of Pleasant Grove, UT.





This macrame is a smaller version I made to welcome guests to the wedding reception.  We bought the wooden letters from Micheal’s Craft to spell out “Aly & Ryan”.  Pam also did the flowers for this smaller macrame.


Here are some more photos of the wedding reception decor and so you can get a feel for the Boho vibe we were shooting for.  I am so in love with the flowers!


Photo above by Lydia Ripplinger Photography


Photo above by Lydia Ripplinger Photography


Photo above by Lydia Ripplinger Photography


Photo above by Lydia Ripplinger Photography; Cake by Heidi Carter


Photo above by Lydia Ripplinger Photography


Photo above by Lydia Ripplinger Photography


Photo above by Lydia Ripplinger Photography

This Bohemian inspired wedding reception for Aly and Ryan turned out amazing.  I am so happy that I took the plunge and learned how to make a macrame because I don’t feel like any other back drop could have made such a statement.  And it’s great because a macrame can be used for so many things besides a wedding backdrop.  It can be used as a decorative wall hanging in a house or to hang behind a bed as a faux head board.  And they were seriously SO easy to make.  These large macrames are made out of clothes line rope from Home Depot.  This rope is pretty inexpensive.  Of course a smaller scale macrame would need a smaller diameter rope than these.  Want to make your own macrame????  Check out the instructions below!


It is hard to describe in words how to do the macrame knots.  But it is really so simple.  Look at the photos to see each step.












I found it was easiest to get the knots tight and equally spaced by hanging the macrame up while making it.

So easy and simple, right?  I had so much fun making these and I really want to make a miniature version to hang in my house somewhere.  Let me know if you have any questions about the wedding decor or the macrame.







A Camping Themed 1st Birthday Party


Hey everyone!  I hope you have had a fantastic summer.  Ours has been SO busy it has been hard to put much time into blog posts.  I have several projects/posts coming up so stay tuned and keep following–I really appreciate all the kind words I have received regarding my room designs and blog!

My little guy Nash turned one on the 4th of this month.  I can’t believe that it has been a whole year– wow does time fly?!  Our family loves camping and spending time in the beautiful mountains here in Utah.  It is such a relaxing escape from the bustle of the city.  So I thought it would be perfect to celebrate Nash’s birthday in the mountains with a camping themed party!  It was a fun, casual night and I’m so grateful to our friends and families who came and supported Nash.  Let’s have a look at the party…








I had so much fun making this little birthday cake for Nash!  I used spring form pans and it worked out so well.  I was worried initially about making a free standing cake because a cake I made in the past was much to soft and crumbled while being frosted.  It was a disaster!  So I found a “doctored” cake recipe for a devil’s food cake mix on the blog “Something Swanky” and it stayed very firm and was perfect.  Not to mention it was delicious.  I also made her homemade chocolate frosting for the cake-Yum!  This little cake was perfect for a 1 year old, but I think next time I will double layer it so each layer is taller!  Trial and error, right?




Nash and dad^^ I also made Nash his own little cake to dig in to.  He loves chocolate so I was surprised he was as calm and slow about actually digging in.  Once he had some prompting he did very well haha.


Proud parents^^


It was so fun to have some of our close friends at the party.  Nash will grow up with these cute boys! Kyson (left), Kayson (right), and Nash are all within a few months of each other, and Cache (far right) is only a couple of years older.



Aunt Natalia^^



Aunt Madison^^


Aunt Baylie and Uncle Rylan^^


Aunt Aly^^



Ky and Nash^^


I absolutely love this picture!  Chocolate baby haha.


Overall, Nash’s first birthday was a major success and we had so much fun!  I’m glad we chose to celebrate it in the mountains, it was a good escape from the 100 degree weather down in the valley.  Thanks to everyone who came–we have the best families ever!