Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Early American Writing Desk

We've added a new item to our farmhouse collection :)

It's a replica of an early american writing desk, with aged wood and turned legs....
two of my most favorite things! 





This piece is finished in Strawflower w/walnut glaze, and Driftwood on the top.



Full details of this desk as well as the rest of our farmhouse collection can be seen here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DIY plank wall tutorial...cheap!

I've been wanting to plank my bedroom wall for years, and since we were installing the wood floors I talked my hubby into planking the wall as well...yay!! 
There's nothing like a good old white plank wall to bring in the farm house charm :)


This is what the wall looked like before...

Since this is a 20 ft. wall, I knew it would have been pricey to plank in real wood, so we opted for
 4' x 8' sheets of underlayment at $11.97 a piece...which means it only costed $50 :)


The nice guys at Home Depot cut wood for free, so I had them cut 6" strips along the 4' length
(although my hubby is a perfectionist and ended up re-cutting most of them)


Using a nail gun, we attached the 4' strips along the top, but since our ceiling wasn't flush we started about an inch lower, and then covered the upper area with a trim piece. Once we got to the end, we cut the strip to fit, and used the remaining piece to start the following row. That way, the planks are automatically staggered, and there's no waste :)


We separated each plank with a penny both vertically and horizontally to create an even gap.




Painting the planks are kind of a pain, but the most effective form I found was with a mini roller :)


If the paint sticks in between, make sure to use a toothpick to separate it while it's still wet! 


And that's it! Here's a before...

And after...lighter & brighter :)

(still needs baseboards!)



My cute son found this old bottle out digging one day, and I just wrapped it in thick jute, sealed with a dab of hot glue on the back. I love the pop of color and the texture from the jute against the white wall :)


Ahhh, crisp and clean...just the way I like it! :)

Underlayment: Home Depot
Plank color: Akamina- Kwal Howells
Wall color: Old Washer- Kwal Howells

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Studio 5, Segment #2

We just wrapped up our second segment with Studio 5 last week...I have to say that our first go-around, we went a little overboard and had WAY to much stuff for display. Now that we've gotten our feet wet, this time went a little smoother and was much more low key and enjoyable.

Our focus was on how to pull together an organic summer garden party or wedding, using a lot of natural elements such as moss, rocks, burlap, tree stumps and branches, and dried gourds. We also added some tarts, with home grown berries and a veggie box. These items are inexpensive, and a great way to decorate for a rustic look :)


We repurposed these soda bottles by filling them with our favorite juice mixture, adding a cute printed sleeve, and soaking the top fabric in melted wax and forming over the tops of the bottles.  After tying it off with a thin jute, we dipped the bottle top in the hot wax one more time to seal it.
These can be washed and re-used over and over again!



A unique way to display veggies is to stand them up, and garnish with a some pretty green kale :)




This is a crummy phone shot, but here's Wendy and I...partners in crime! 

Next segment, we're getting whimsical! :)


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

fun studio 5 segment with Lumiere

A few months ago I was offered a position as design director for a fun new company called Lumiere Event Planning, and last week we kicked off the season with our first segment on Studio 5....wha-hoo!! 

We focused on tips & ideas for a vintage wedding or party:


It was pretty surreal seeing my vision come together.
It's one thing to have it all in my mind...its another to see it on display on the set.
Such a fun experience!



This dress was pure lace...so beautiful!


We put cute little succulents in the vintage tea cups, and the adorable mini apple pies and country cupcakes were made by our catering company, Sweet Pea Catering.


One of my favorite things to do is fill old mason jars with layered brown rice, great northern beans, and black eyed peas...and of course, I ALWAYS have to include some beautiful ironstone!



The tea cup & saucer sets, ironstone, old mason jars, vintage candy tin, and typewriter were all from the Sandy Antiques Mall...and pretty reasonably priced! I had a lot of fun in that store ;)


Using an old suitcase or crate/box (this one is from Hobby Lobby) it's easy to create a
fun space for guests to put cards at a wedding...


Thankfully, Wendy was the lucky one to be in front of the camera, while I was comfortably hanging out on the set taking pictures and enjoying seeing all this hard work come together :)


Studio 5 must have liked us, because they have asked us to put another segment together for June 25...yay! This next one will be sharing some of our Organic Garden Party Collection :)



Saturday, May 17, 2014

a little slice of heaven...

Some good friends of ours run a ranch up near the beautiful valley of Heber...
needless to say, we LOVE to spend time there.

It's a little slice of heaven...


The chicken coop...it's funny to hear them laying their eggs because they get real "chatty."
Do chickens have conversations? It sure seems so!



Meet Fanny and Pam...Betty was in there too somewhere, but I guess I missed her.
Sweet horses...cute personalities!!










This old barn and little stream next to it were some of my favorites. 


Very quiet and serene. 
I can picture myself having breakfast here every morning on this little bridge :)










This place is rich with history and charm, and it's so fun to see all of the wonderful treasures.
My daughter and Fanny have become good friends, and we can't wait to go back!