Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Beginning of the End

If you follow my blog I'm sure you have noticed the gradual decrease in posts.  The truth is - there is just not that much left to do on my house.  The small projects have all been done and the few projects that remain are bigger (aka more expensive) so it takes time to save up to get those ones done.  I only expect to post 3 or 4 more times - and that is over the span of the next couple years.  I will always keep this blog up and running so that you can refer back to old posts.  I have loved doing this blog and so appreciate all the support and kind comments over the years, but this is the beginning of the end :(

What's left?

Kitchen Island countertop upgrade

The Master bedroom  - I plan to do grasscloth wallpaper and wood paneling on the walls along with built-in bookcases framing the door to the bathroom.

The Office - Built-in bookcases and wood paneling on the walls

The Foyer - wood paneling on the walls and columns

Thanks again for staying tuned and encouraging me in this process of making a house my home!

Master Bedroom Sitting Area


I finally got seating!  I also purchased a new table for between the chairs that had a natural wood tone that ties into the chandelier in the room.  I also decided to change out the curtains for something a little lighter.  

I got plain white Ikea curtains (I bought an extra curtain so I could add length).  Since I actually use my curtains for privacy and to block out light in the morning, I also lined them with black-out liner.  Then I stenciled them.  I didn't bother with using a special kind of paint - just used what I had on hand.  I didn't bother with measuring it out either, just "eye-balled" it and they turned out great!  It was a quick and easy project!

The room is still not finished (but it's getting there!) - It could definitely use some warmth.  I plan to add grasscloth wallpaper someday.

Here are the sources:

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Park City Shopping

This last weekend my husband and I went up to Park City for a getaway.  I visited one of my favorite home furniture/decor stores while there - Sticks and Stones.  Every time I go in, something cool catches my eye.  Here were my 2 favorites this trip:

This awesome coffee table - someone could definitely dIY it!

And these GORGEOUS cowhide chevron stools (are you drooling!).  
If I remember right they were about $200 each.

I would have been very tempted, but I have nowhere to put any of these items - Maybe you do?!

Friday, October 10, 2014

A couple fun Accessories

I picked up this gold angel wing bowl at Target the other day for $25.  It's a great addition to my coffee table - I love it!

 I also visited a cute new store on Main Street in Kaysville, Utah - "To Market."
It has all sorts of cute and unique accessories along with larger pieces of furniture that have been painted and antiqued.  I grabbed this Gold Arrow for $23.

Have you jumped on the bandwagon and started adding gold or brass to your home decor?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kitchen Update: Marble Mosaic Backsplash

After 4 years I decided it was time to commit to a backsplash!
I am still in love with my laminate countertops (when we picked them out we were nervous and thought we might end up replacing them).  I am sticking with them- so I got a backsplash that would tie it all together.



Rather than just continuing the "backslash line" on this wall I decided to take it all the way up to the ceiling.  It didn't require much tile to go to the top but now gives the illusions that there is a full wall of tile behind the cabinets (which I like!).

After doing much searching and debating I went with this tile: Venato Carrera Polished 1x2" brick Marble tile from the Builder Depot.  I liked this brighter white tile compared to their "grayer" Bianco line.  I also liked the quality of this tile over what I found on Amazon and from Home Depot.
If you are in the market for marble tile - this is a great quality product for a great price!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Backyard Before and After

I realized the only pictures I have posted of our backyard are from when we first moved in and installed the yard.  By now everything has grown in quite a bit and looks a little different.  So here is an update!

 One of the biggest changes (besides all the growth of our plants) is the addition of quite a few homes now behind us!

We have loved this fire pit patio area, the backside allowed us to retain dirt and create a hill which our kids enjoy too.


We get a lot of questions about our slide.  
We just ordered it off amazon, and the guys that installed our deck installed the slide as well.

We hired a landscape architect to help us in drawing up the plans and it was very helpful!  Back when we did it, it was around $300 and we were left with beautiful plans (that we had input on) that we then gave out copies to landscapers to get their bids- or you could use the plans to guide you as you "do it yourself".  It made for a very smooth process and I'm very glad we did it that way!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Outdoor Decor

I got pillows, an outdoor rug, and my cube ottomans covered so the deck is looking a lot more inviting.


The cubes were $10 a piece at a thrift store.  After covering them in fabric (it took 4 yards) I sprayed them with a fabric protector from Jo-Ann's to make them "outdoor proof."  To attach the fabric I simply stapled it on the underneath and on the inside (the tops come off so I could easily access the inside).

This has quickly become my favorite place to relax with a book!