Monday, June 23, 2014

Utah Valley Parade of Homes Round Up: What's trending in 2014

Whew! The last few weeks have been both exciting and tiring as I've tried to visit most of the homes in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes. If you know me, you'll know that I'm crazy about good design and home decor so getting to tour newly constructed homes was like a dream come true.  And I got to do it all with this girl.

About a year ago she built a house down the road from me, and after my hubby and I walked through their house (ahem, yes, while it was being built, I guess we're trespassers?) I told him that she had pretty much done everything in the house that I would have done and I needed to get to know this girl.  We soon found out we'd gone to the same University at the same time, and our majors were even in the same building, on the same floor! Yet our paths never crossed until now. It was so fun to go on this tour with someone who is as passionate about good design as I am.

I loved seeing all of the things that are trending for 2014.  So here is my rundown (of what stood out to me!) of must haves if you are building or wanting to update your home decor.

(Lots of iPhoneography ahead…I was too lazy to take my nice camera.)

Barn Doors: When my husband tore apart our bathroom three months ago to remodel, I knew that I wanted to replace our two doors with one sliding barn door.  I had NO idea how popular barn doors were until the parade of homes.  I think that there was one in almost every house we visited.

Wallpaper: I have to admit, that when I first heard wallpaper was making a comeback, I was less than thrilled at the idea.  I had visions of early 90's floral prints and wondered how this could be trending again.  However, this home tour completely changed my mind.  Wall paper can be done in a classy way.

 Orb Lights: I didn't get too many pictures of these, but they were in every house we saw.  Considering that these are pretty costly little lights, I'm thinking of making my own.  It can't be that hard, right?

Feature Walls: From grid, to chalkboard, to corrugated metal, it's time to dress up those plain walls with architectural features.

Blue Cupboards: Obviously I'm a huge fan of the color blue, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that blue cupboards in bathrooms and laundry rooms were really trending.  From Mint to Robin Egg Blue, these hughes brought a crisp coolness to each room and added the right pop of color.

Tile: Obviously tile is always in style, but this year I noticed lots of Moroccan tile.

Here are some more unique tiles that I loved.

And last of all here are some of my favorites. There's a lot.  I had a hard time choosing!

Favorite Landscapes:

This house, by far, was very impressive (16,000 sq ft) but the landscape is what really drew me in. Every detail was precise and immaculate. It even impressed my landscape designer husband (who I made come with me one night so I could show him my favorite houses). He is rarely impressed by local landscape companies, but this one got an "OK" out of him.  I take that as a success. He's crazy picky about landscapes.

I also loved this entryway, although it fell flat for my husband.

Favorite Bathrooms:

Favorite Spaces:

I hope you enjoyed this picture tour as much as I enjoyed the real one! Are you ready to update your home with a new barn door or orb light?

I am.

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Hey guys! So its been awhile since I've had something new for you, but that's how summer goes around here. We've been busy playing and working hard and just enjoying being together. My kiddos always come first, and its been super fun having so much free time together. Last week we spent the day hanging out at a local water park and celebrating my birthday. I sure do love those boys.

I've also been using my spare time to see the Utah Valley Parade of Homes.  The Parade ends Saturday and I'm hoping to sneak in a few more houses before its all over.  I'll have a complete run down of my favorites up on the blog on Monday.

 In case you missed it, I've had a few more posts up over on Make-It and Love-It. To check out my Raindrop Pillow tutorial head on over here:

And to see my Faux Mantle click here:

Friday, May 16, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Its been a jam packed week for us.  Between end of year book reports, three nights of baseball, and an end of year choir concert there hasn't been much time for me to just to relax and spend time with my little ones. So this morning we whipped out our aprons and made our most favorite chocolate chip cookies.

This recipe was given to me by one of my college roommates.  She was always cooking up something yummy in our kitchen and the moment I tried these cookies I knew that I needed the recipe. I lost contact with her shortly after we both finished our Student Teaching, but every time I make these cookies I think of her and wonder how she has been doing.

Are you ready to make some mouth watering Chocolate Chip Cookies? (And yes, ahem, the dough is delicious…but you don't eat raw cookie dough, right? Me neither…)

Ryann's Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups butter flavor Crisco (yes, it HAS to be butter flavor!)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cups four
  •  1 package chocolate chips (or 1/2 bag chocolate chips and 1/2 bag white chips, this is how Ryann made hers)
Pre-heat oven to 375.

Cream brown sugar, sugar, and butter flavor Crisco together.  Add eggs and mix.  Add baking soda, salt, and vanilla.  Add in flour one cup at a time and mix thoroughly.  Add in chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet.  Bake for approximately 10 minutes.  Let cool.  Enjoy!

(To print recipe click HERE.)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Necklace Display from a Curtain Rod

We've been slowly, but surely working on our bathroom remodel and I thought it was time to give you guys a little update and tutorial. As I mentioned before, our Master bathroom is tiny and we've been working on some storage solutions that have both form and function.  In case you missed it, you can read all about the floating shelves here over on MakeIt-LoveIt.

Since we removed two doors and replaced it with one, I now have extra wall space.  When I built the floating shelves they came up to the edge of the bathroom door, but since my husband has finally gotten the tape and texture done on the new wall, there was a big empty space that was screaming at me to be filled. So I added two new towel hooks and a necklace display. (Project inspired by this post.

So if you're like me and have an old curtain rod sitting around, grab it and lets make a necklace display! For this project you will need:

  • curtain rod and hanging hardware
  • Dremel with cutting blade
  • drill
  • pencil

The first step is to measure your wall space to determine how big you want your Necklace Display.
Next you will pull your rod apart and mark on each side of the rod where you need to cut.  Remember that your rods will still need to slide together so add in an inch or so for that.

Make sure that you take into account the length of your finials when you are measuring.  We decided it was easiest to measure the rod only but add in the finial measurements when measuring the wall.

You may notice in your rod that there is a plastic stopper.  This piece makes it so the rods fit together well and so that the rod will stay at the desired length you pull it out to.  You will need to remove this piece before you cut so that you can add it back in later to the shortened piece.  Trust me, your necklace display will slip around if you don't have this piece.

Next grab a Dremel with a cutting blade attached. We found this was the best method to cut our rod, however you could also use a hack saw…it just might take more time.

Cut on the lines that you marked on both pieces of the rod.

Pop your plastic piece back into the rod and slide your pieces back together.

Using the drill, attach the Necklace Display to your wall using the original hanging hardware that came with the rod.

This display works fabulously as the necklaces can't slip around and fall off.  Better yet, it keeps them nice and organized so they don't become tangled.  It is super easy to lift up your rod and grab your favorite necklace. And what happens when you want a necklace that's in the middle? You can easily undo its clasp and take it off.

I'm excited to finally have a decent way to organize my necklaces…and I love that they are out of the reach of my little guys.