park city… house hunting

We came correct… Mason and I flew in for soccer tryouts, she made the premier division 1 team! 

We saw 15 houses, made an offer on our first choice and now we are under contract! 

We ate at 510, had breakfast at Harvest, checked out Deer Valley, soaked in the sun in 80 degree heat, drank rosé, shopped on Main Street and had a blast with friends. 

So begins our next chapter, with amazing summers and some of the best skiing in North America. I’m spending the next few weeks packing up our home in Seattle, spending every day with my closest friends and making some killer memories with the kids! 

Here’s to taking risks, adventures and living life to the fullest! Cheers!


DIY: Secret Bedroom (Part 2)

Finally, after going on holiday and several delays, I finally finished the bedroom makeover. There are still a few decor items that I need to get, but the room is finished and I couldn’t be happier. I could go on and on about what I did, built, changed, etc… but I think I will let the photos do all the talking. I apologize in advance for the lack-luster quality of the photos, but my camera wasn’t working and this was what you get with cell phone camera. The after photos don’t even begin to do this room and color scheme justice. I’m going to get some better photographs and share them with you guys next week! Keep in mind, I tried to makeover this bedroom for as little money as possible, so the best place to go for furniture that you can easily upgrade is IKEA. Let me know what you guys think?Slide1Slide3Slide2Slide4

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  1. Walls: Shermin Williams/Color Passive (i’m secretly trying to make my daughter calmer by using this color)
  2. Bed: Duken Bed – What I love about this bed is the super cute grey with white polka dots fabric headboard cover. If she ever gets tired of the fabric, I can simply make a new cover with some modern fabric!
  3. Nightstand & Dresser: IKEA Hack of the Tarva Dresser and Nightstand – I love hacking IKEA furniture! It’s inexpensive and lots of fun. Mason loves this light blue color and I found these beautiful glass knobs which gives it a vintage look.
  4. Pendant Light: Land of Nod
  5. Table Lamp: Jonathan Adler
  6. Glass Bookcase: IKEA VITTSJÖ – this bookcase just looks amazing! It was black metal with glass shelving, but I spray painted the metal in Sunshine Yellow and it just pops and looks amazing against the grey walls!
  7. Art Prints: Give Peace a Chance & Owl Stock II
  8. Desk: Linnmon/Adalis
  9. Desk Chair: Herman Miller (personal collection)
  10. Custom Canvas Photo over the bed: CanvasPop

p.s. read how it all began here and see some making of the room photos here and here. Hope you have a great weekend!

keepin’ it local with pillows

il_570xN.428859500_rsmmThis time of year always makes feel a little happier, which makes me want to make my home a little brighter! So, with a few new DIY projects on the calendar and one DIY Surprise Bedroom completed (I’ll be posting about it this weekend!) I’ve been on the hunt for some easy, bright changes to make in every room and what could be easier than pillows! I am absolutely in love with these beautiful, colorful and stunning pillows from Richmond Local Jillian Carmine! Her Color Block Stripes pillows are made with luxurious natural linen and a punch of color. This color palette and design was inspired by the fashion trends one of her favorite stores – JCrew. This beautiful pillow will make the perfect accent on a chair, sofa, window seat or bed. From stripes to geometrics, flowers to to antlers, there is something for everyone!

Available at Jillian Rene Decor!

DIY: Secret Bedroom (Part 1)

I’ve been lagging behind on my posts as of late, but with good reason… my children keep passing their cold off to me, which has rendered me useless. Really more of a pathetic kind of useless (imagine a lot of whining, complaining, achy, nose-blowing, coughing, can’t get my lazy behind off the sofa-kind of pathetic and you get the gist!) However, one must carry on and continue to be an active member of this family!

For the last few weeks I have been concocting a secret plan… a “tween” room for my oldest daughter! Ever since they were little, all of my children have had their own room, which has worked out very nicely for myself, but after moving again for the eighth time the two girls decided that they wanted to share a room. Needless to say, that idea has been less than pleasant for all of us in this house. I can’t figure out why two people who argue so much with one another would want to share a room! (Just for background information: the girls are born 12 months, 10 days and 3 hours apart… it’s a lot of love-hate in their relationship). So, I thought it was about time that these two went their separate ways and went back to having their individual rooms. We have a spare room that has become the catch-all room. Do you have one of these rooms? It’s like having an everything drawer in your house, but much bigger! I thought that this would be the perfect DIY project for me this month. I will transform this room into the perfect bedroom for my oldest daughter. I have given myself a small budget and being the great delegate that I am, reigned in my husband to help move some of the bigger clutter and gave him the task of painting the walls, while I set out to buy new furniture and decor items to transform this room.

The tricky part is doing this entire room transformation without any of the children knowing and keeping them out of the spare room. No easy task, but I am up to the challenge! If I can pull this off before we go on holiday at the end of the month I will be very pleased. Hopefully, my daughter will be surprised, excited and happy!

I apologize in advance for the lack of photo quality below, but I’m sick and this is the most creativity I could muster out of myself! Stay tuned to Part 2 of my DIY Project later this week and the completed project at the end of the month!


two open spaces = two great diy projects

Last week I decided to utilize two unused spaces in girls’ room and build two built-in desks! This way they can study, draw, doodle and write their next Pulitzer-prize winning novel in the comfort of their room (and not the kitchen table)! I went to home depot got some wood, nails for the nail gun, primer, paint and voila… two beautiful little desks for two adorable little girls!

My oldest had this random space in her room that was sitting empty, so I built her a small desk with shelving above to keep all of their books and mementos. On the other side of this room was a ridiculous dormer that was unused (except for the occasional tea party and fatboy), so the youngest got her very own desk under a window too. Not bad for this extremely un-crafty mom. Next… painting their room!