Model Home Village Sneak Peek~

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to tour a new model home village at Daybreak here in Utah.
(This post is NOT sponsored in any way...but I do happen to work for the builder whose homes I am going to feature.)

Daybreak is a planned community based on the idea of good, old fashioned neighborhoods.  It is know for it's colorful homes and sense of community.  And I love the concept that they have of putting model homes in a "village" rather than having them spread out in the different subdivisions for each builder.

On Friday evening, there was a sneak peek of the newest model home village for designers, realtors, bloggers etc. before the village opened to the public the next day.  Since I am a bit of a house junkie, I was in my happy place touring through each of the eleven homes.

Two of the homes were built by Ivory Homes, which is the builder that I work for as an interior designer.  My design team worked on picking the finishes for each of the houses, and then my friends at House of Jade Interiors decorated each house. 

Today, I wanted to share a few photos from the houses.  (I have also been sharing these on Instagram...which is a great place to follow me for behind-the-scenes fun.)

This great room was stunning!  The navy blue grass cloth wallpaper.  The brass and Lucite light fixture, the raspberry sofas.  All of it was so gorgeous, it took my breath away.

There were so many things to like about this adorable boys' bedroom, but you all know I love faux animal heads, so let's talk about them first..they were so cute. The wallpaper was perfect, and I loved the detail on the roman shades!

See more beautiful spaces after the break...


Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

So glad you can join us!

Read more after the break...

Thought For A Thursday~

A thought on success...

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things
happen to them.

They went out and 
happened to things.

~Leonardo da Vinci



Frugal Favorites~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Favorites!

For those who may be new around these parts, my Frugal Favorites posts are posts where I share a few of my favorite links form the previous week's Frugal Friday link party.  If you missed last week's Frugal Friday, you can find it here.  Make sure and check it out for tons of inspiration.

Now for this week's Frugal Favorites...

Love Grows Wild shared a great tutorial for making a pretty framed floor mirror.

See more after the break...


Window Treatment Round-Up~

Hello Lovelies!

Today, I'm sharing a round-up of a few of my favorite DIY window treatments.

Check them out after the break...


Notes From The Nest~

Happy Sunday Lovelies!

Happy First Day of Summer and Happy Father's Day!

Welcome to this week's Notes From The Nest, a round up of some of my favorite stuff from around the internet.

I'm loving this pretty room by Kirsten Krason and House of Jade interiors.  They designed one of my favorite houses in this year's Parade of Homes.  Hoping to be able to share some of  it with you soon. (even though I only have iPhone photos of it. Lol!)

Find more fun links after the break...


Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

Are you all ready to par-tay frugal-style??

Well, what are we waiting for?..Let's get this party started!

Read more after the break..

Thought for a Thursday~

This week's Thought for a Thursday...

The meaning of life is to find your gift.
The purpose of life is to give it away.

~Pablo Picasso

Have you found your gift?




Frugal Favorites: 5th Edition~

Welcome to the 5th edition of Frugal Favorites!

The features I share each week in this post were linked up to the previous week's Frugal Friday party.  Not only do I feature these items here, but I share them on my different social media platforms!  So make sure you are linking up to Frugal Friday with your best frugal DIYs, recipes and craft projects for a chance to be featured.

Last week's Frugal Friday was chock full of awesome posts, so narrowing it down was hard work!

First up, Tidbits shared her lovely kitchen update.  The colors...the shelving...everything...beautiful!

Next,  I'm loving this cute plush deer head shared by The Turquoise Home.  

See more after the break...


Miniature Crown Tutorial~

Yesterday was my birthday, so we (my sister and I) decided to make some fun birthday crowns.

Today, I thought it would be fun to share the DIY with you.

Read the instructions after the break...


Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

So glad you can join us!

If you didn't catch this week's Frugal Favorites, make sure you take a peek.  There are some great features!

Now, let's get down to business!

Read more after the break...

Thought For A Thursday~

Just a little thought for today~

I'm going to make everything around me beautiful - That will be my life.

~Elsie De Wolfe



Frugal Favorites: 4th Edition~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Favorites!

Again, if you're a fan of the Frugal Friday link party...I've switched things up a bit and I'm now dedicating a separate post to my Frugal Round-up favorites and calling it...what else?... Frugal Favorites!

For this week's Frugal Favorites I'm featuring a darling rustic growth chart, a simple but dramatic master bath makeover, and some pretty upholstered chairs.  

First up, Bless'er House shared this darling rustic arrow growth chart.  I love this idea!  So cute!

Read more after the break...


3-D Wall Art Projects~

 Sometimes walls call for a little something more than typical framed art.

3-D wall art can be the answer.  Of course, since art can be pretty pricey, creating your own 3-D wall art is a great alternative.

Today, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite 3-D wall art projects from the old blog.

First up, the idea behind this ombre heart button art can be easily adapted to create several different designs.  I used it to create a button monogram as well.

Read more after the break...


Curb Appeal Reveal~

Today I'm really excited to be teaming up with Birch Lane  to give  Hydeaway Cottage a little bit of 
extra curb appeal!  

This little house has good bones.  When I first saw it I sure thought it was cute.  Although the exterior color is not my favorite, I do love how it contrasts with the white trim.  It has a pretty little brick arch above the front door, and nice windows.

But it needed a little something.

The community I live in has an HOA, so I was fairly limited in what I could do to the exterior.  But the changes I made, make this little house a bit more cottage-y and give it some fun personality.

So without further ado, I give you Hydeaway Cottage...

Now for a before and after, so that you can compare the difference...


Notes From The Nest~

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome to this week's Notes From The Nest.

Just in case you missed any of the excitement that took place here on the old blog this week...

I shared sources from my summer house tour.

And three of my family's favorite summer recipes!

There were some great posts featured in this week's Frugal Favorites.

And if you haven't linked up yet, there's still time to join the Frugal Friday Link Party!

I'm a huge Reese Witherspoon fan.  So I was really excited to find out that she launched her own brand.

Read more after the break....


Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

In case you missed it, Frugal Fridays are going to be a bit different than they have been in the past.  Rather than sharing my Frugal Round-up in the Frugal Friday post, I am now going to dedicate a post called Frugal Favorites to my favorite picks from the previous weeks party.  

Frugal Favorites will go live on Wednesday, and Frugal Friday will continue to go live Thursday nights at 8 pm MST.

So let's get down to the party, shall we?

Read more after the break...


Frugal Favorites: 3rd Edition~

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome to the 3rd edition of Frugal Favorites.

This week's round-up includes a charming cake stand, a lovely outdoor makeover, and two cute DIY projects.

First up, Woods of Bell Trees shared this lovely DIY 3-tiered cake stand.  It's adorable!

See more after the break...


3 Favorite Summer Recipes~

Since Summer vacation has officially arrived at our house, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of our favorite summer recipes with you!

The greatest part about all these recipes (besides the fact that they taste fantastic!) is that they are all very easy to make!  Perfect for those lazy summer nights.

Read more after the break...


Home Tour Sources~

Did you catch my summer house tour last week?

I promised that I'd share sources this week...and today, I'm making sure I'm true to my word.
I'll be breaking down the tour room by room, and sharing sources for each.

Let's start with the living room


Sofa and Floor Mirrors:   IKEA
Coffee Table:  DownEast Home
Chairs, Black End Table, Rug, Large Blue Pillows on Sofa, Lamps:  HomeGoods
Gray Pillows on Chairs, Metal Side Table, Lamp Shades:  Target
Linen and Gold Pillows on Chairs:  Pottery Barn
Silver Baskets:  West Elm

Read more after the break...