7.23.2014

Today~

Hello Lovelies!

Image via The Seasonal Horse on Tumblr

I feel like I've been missing in action from my blog and it makes me a bit sad.  But the reasons behind my seeming disappearance are all very exciting! So today I thought I'd give you a bit of an update on all of my comings and goings.

Everything is pretty much equally exciting...so in no particular order...

1.  I started a new job!  I now work as an interior designer for Ivory Homes, Utah's largest home builder. It's the same type of thing I was doing at my previous job...and something I really love: helping new home buyers choose all of the finishes for their houses.

2.  I'm buying a house!  Yep!  I hesitated to say anything until I had closed on it...but closing should happen in the next week or so.  I'll share all the details then!

3.  I got the final proof of my book this past week!  It was thrilling to be able to go through the final version and see exactly what it's going to look like!! I absolutely can't wait to share it with all of you.  October can't come soon enough!

4.  I've joined forces with The Design Network for a fun project that I'm crazy excited to share and which is coming up very soon.

5. And you see that pretty horse up there?  I pinned this image several weeks ago.  Little did  I know, my very talented sister would paint it for me for my birthday!   Really.  She did.  I'll be sharing that painting with you soon as well.

So with all of that in the pipeline, there's a lot to share coming up here on the blog.  Thanks for being patient with me and sticking around through this crazy last year and a half.  My life has been changing all over the place and even though there has been some sad and bad stuff...there's been a lot of amazing blessings and opportunities as well.

As the Reverend Mother says in The Sound of Music "When God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window."  It's true.  And right now, I have a lot of windows opening in my life!

xoxo
Wendy


         

7.17.2014

Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

Lots going on in my world this week...not the least of which is a visit from my sister!  Since I'm busy spending quality sister-time with her...my Frugal Round-up is going to be short and sweet today.  I just had to share this really fun living room tour linked up by Love Grows Wild.   Such cute details!  (Love the pendants above the TV)!


Read more and link up after the break...

7.14.2014

An Earthy E-Design~

A few weeks ago, I got an email from an e-design client I worked with a couple of years ago.  She was asking a question about accessorizing her fireplace mantle.  It gave me the opportunity to go back through her files, and I thought it would be fun to share the mood-boards I created for her with you.

She favored an earthy color palette with touches of blue and gold.   I just love the ideas I came up with for her...

This is the keeping room.  Rather than using a traditional sofa and two chairs, I suggested using two settees. Or alternately four overstuffed chairs.  This is a perfect seating idea for a space that is primarily used for visiting.  Two ottomans were added to bring in extra seating in a pinch or to act as side tables if needed.



The living room was based around a sofa that the homeowner had already picked out.   The furniture was kept very neutral with subtle colors added in pillows and artwork.  Another pair of ottomans was added to this space (they're just such a versatile furniture piece) as well as a mirror to bounce light around the room.

The dining room had to be my favorite space...I gave her two rug suggestions.  One was a sisal...and the other was this bold zebra.  I was ecstatic when she decided to go with the zebra!  It gave the dining area the perfect touch of whimsy!


It was so fun to look back through these mood boards and to talk with a happy client a couple of years later! I just love my job!

If you need help with decorating, you can check out my e-design services here.

xoxo
Wendy
         

7.10.2014

Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

It's been a hot one here in the Mountain West this week.  I don't know about you, but I need a vacation. Preferably at a beach.

Speaking of vacations, my first feature for this week's Frugal Round-up is this darling updated guest room shared by The Heathered Nest.  I'm absolutely smitten with the reclaimed wood ceiling!



Read more after the break...


7.08.2014

Make Summer Dinners Special with Pretty Place Settings~

Summer evenings are my favorite.  It stays light later.  No one is scrambling to get homework done.  They're quiet and leisurely.  I enjoy making dinner for my family in the summer.  (And that is really saying something.)

So why not take the time to make dinner more an event by using pretty place settings instead of dragging out the same old dinnerware night after night?

Today I wanted to share a couple of easy place setting ideas with you.  First up, bright and cheerful.  This type of mismatched place setting is really easy to achieve and helps to make any meal feel festive.  The more color and pattern the better.  ( I just make sure to set it off with my everyday white to keep it looking purposeful.)


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7.03.2014

Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!  And a very Happy Independence Day to all of my readers in the good old USA!

For this week's Frugal Round-up I have a a beautiful home tour and a great furniture makeover...but seeing as how it is the 4th of July, I thought I'd start by showing you this darling DIY Planked American Flag shared by Maison de Pax.  How cute is this??



Read more after the break...

7.02.2014

A Vignette in Pink: My Mini Home Office~

My mini home office is in my master bedroom.  The other morning I woke up and really "noticed" it.  As I was studying it, I was caught by the composition of the little space.  When I was putting the space together, I didn't intentionally go out and buy/find accessories for it.  Rather, I shopped the house and gathered things that I loved and that inspired me.

What I noticed, made me smile.  Without intentionally doing so, I had created a vignette that looked very well thought out and on purpose.  It kind of made me smile.  All these years of decorating and design, and I have internalized it to a point where I can literally create something without thinking too much about it.


Read more after the break...