Stroller Haus Retail Store Design

This retail store in Draper, Utah was such a fun space to work on! Our client’s had the best vision and coolest style already so it made designing it for them so easy. They knew they wanted exposed ceilings that were painted black and white walls so that’s where we started. The space was an insurance building with cubicles and ceiling tiles when we started so every wall was knocked down.

High impact lighting was really important to them as well so we used rows of sconces and single hanging bulbs in varying sizes to keep the space modern.




The concrete pendants above the cash wrap were another modern touch, as well as the feature wall behind it. The perfect backdrop for taking pictures.




All of the display shelves were custom built by @thechaderbox. We love how the natural wood tones warmed up the space since we opted for concrete flooring.




One of my favorite displays in the store are the leaning boards with clothing racks and hooks. Such a unique way to display clothing items and outfits. Custom built by @thechaderbox.

To utilize space above the tables we made these hanging clothing racks out of copper pipe and hung them from the ceiling.

Since it’s a children’s clothing and stroller store, we thought it’d be nice to have an area to keep the little ones entertained while mom was shopping. This children’s area with toys and books is the perfect corner to keep the kids happy.





Even the dressing room had character with this custom built barn door by @thechaderbox and forest green painted the interior.

Finally, the display for all of the strollers was custom made with natural wood, copper pipes and under mounted lights to show off all of the high end strollers for sale.




So happy with the space and the warm, modern feel that it gives! All photography by Shayleihallingphoto.

Modern Boho Beach Vibes Bathroom

My client wanted to keep this space light and bright but cozy for her teenage daughter. We used textures and fabrics to break up all of the white and different wood tones to give it that beachy vibe.




Brushed nickel and chrome hardware for the vanity and lights, along with black and copper accents were the perfect combo to keep this space unique and interesting.

Beachy artwork by Reality & Retrospect compliment all of the white and gray tiles so well.



Love this combination of the large white subway tiles with the mini hexagon tiles on the shower floor.






Rustic Modern Entry and Family Room











 

Updated Modern Bathroom




 




Updated Modern Farmhouse Family Room











From Grocery Store Flowers to Professional Arrangement

Most of us have been to the grocery store wanting or needing a quick flower pick up whether it’s for an event or just to bring some life and color to your home. If you’re like me, you find it’s hard to pick up a bouquet that has all the elements your wanting in an arrangement, or maybe too many things going on like this one. There are just a few simple steps to making this bouquet look like it was purchased at a local flower shop instead of the grocery store.

Step 1:

Pick your vase.

Wider mouth vases require more flowers to fill it and smaller mouth vases you can get away with just 1-4 stems. The height of the vase plays a factor as well depending if you’d like a lower or taller arrangement. I tend to use medium height vases without very large mouths so I can use the flowers to add height and I can get away with fewer stems to fill the vase.

Step 2:

Trim and feed.

The cleaner the flower stems the better they will look in the vase and the longer the water will last that your flowers are sitting in because there is less foliage to discolor and stink it up. I use my kitchen scissors to remove any leaves that will be inside the vase. Some of the leaves at the top of the flower I keep on or if it’s a flower that I will be using for height I will leave some of the lower leaves on as well.

Use the flower food packet that you get at the store to prolong the life of your flowers. Just add it to a vase that’s filled with room temperature water, 2/3 full.




Step 3:

Remove & arrange.

A lot of times I don’t like all of the flowers together that come in a single arrangement. It’s OK to leave some of the flowers out!! We’ll use them a different way later but don’t feel like you have to use EVERYTHING that comes in the store bought bouquet.

I decided to leave out the yellow flowers of this arrangement so I set them aside.

 

Next, I usually start with the larger blooms first and put them toward the front of the vase where they can stand out the most. It’s important that you trim the stem before putting it directly into your water-filled vase within at least 7 seconds of trimming. This will extend the life of your flowers which is always the goal.

Then I start to add some of the other flowers, but I keep them grouped together for higher impact. However, I’ll cut some of their stems shorter and keep some longer to make the arrangement more interesting instead of having everything at the same height.

So this is what my arrangement would look like if I just used the grocery store items that I decided to keep from the bouquet I purchased- definitely better looking than what came in the packaging, but I like it to be more full and more diverse, sooooooooo, this next step is VERY important.




Step 4:

USE GREENERY AND FLOWERS FROM YOUR YARD TO FILL IN!

Maybe I’m stumping some of you right here, but I could almost 100% guarantee every single one of you either has a tree, bush or flowering plant growing in your yard in the front or the back. USE THEM!! Garden flowers are what make your arrangement unique and even more personal since it’s coming from your yard.

I haven’t started my garden yet at our new house but this is what I pulled from the garden at our old house (luckily the new homeowner is a friend:). Hosta leaves, peonies, roses, clematis, greenery… We pulled a bunch just to see what we’d want to use. Then fill in the vase the same way you did with the grocery store flowers- bigger blooms first, then groupings of the smaller flowers and leaves next, cut at different lengths.

I like keeping some of the bigger blooms tight to the lip of the vase like I did with the peony and lily above. And I use the greenery on the outer edges.

See how nicely it’s getting filled in with just a few flowers from the garden?

This is the first arrangement completed! Pretty much looks nothing like the grocery store purchase. And I didn’t forget about the yellow flowers that I took out initially. I kept their arrangements simpler.

Just one sunflower and greenery from an outside bush.

A smaller mouthed vase for the daisies with a hosta leaf to accent them.




These are the final 3 arrangements I got out of one $6 grocery store bouquet. It’s simple, I promise! And totally worth the small effort to make it look the way to you want it to. Have fun arranging! It’s so satisfying to start out with the first picture above and end up with these:)

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Sour Cream Pound Cake Recipe

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour bundt cake pan.

Ingredients:

2 cubes butter

1/2 c. shortening

3 c. sugar

5 eggs

3 c. flour

1/2 t. baking powder

1/2 c. milk

1 c. sour cream

1 1/2 t. vanilla

1 1/2 t. lemon juice

Blend butter, shortening and sugar till fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg. Add flour and baking powder alternately with milk and sour cream. Add vanilla and lemon juice and combine well. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes then increase temperature to 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 min before turning onto a wire rack to cool.

Frosting:

1 block cream cheese

1 cube of butter, softened

3 c. powdered sugar

3-5 T. milk depending on desired consistency of frosting

1 t. vanilla.

Combine all frosting ingredients till smooth. Frost cake when cooled.

 

Multi-purpose Living Room

The living room is the first thing you see upon entering this client’s home. It had the space we needed to hold an office area, piano and sitting area which was what my client was in need of. As a result, it had to be both pretty and functional as guests entered, but work well for the day to day use of their computer usage as well as piano practice.

Of course a desk space was a necessity so we kept it clean and modern with all of the papers hidden away. But the desk is big enough to hold more than one person if necessary, which is a need much of the time for this family of 8. These free standing bookshelves from Ikea were the perfect light and airy solution for the office area of the room. With bins down below to hold piano books and kids papers, it makes for a simple and clean area to corral office necessities as well as display books and decor.




The most visible part of the room in the center of the space we kept inviting for company and visually appealing as people entered the home. The blue couch from West Elm adds an eclectic and vibrant touch to an otherwise neutral space, as do these modern chairs, also from West Elm.

This old piano offsets all of the modern pieces in the space to keep the vintage, modern look we wanted. Set against a painted shiplap wall, installed by Breinholt Design, it becomes a pretty feature for the room.





Long gone are the formal sitting rooms that never get used, but have been replaced by functional and pretty spaces that serve many purposes. So happy with the end result of this modern, eclectic space and glad that the family using it has a room to meet all of it’s needs.




Farah’s Magical Unicorn Birthday Party

Farah’s 6th magical unicorn birthday party was a hit last weekend!!

This unicorn headband from Anthropologie was the perfect thing for her to wear to her party. We wanted the fill the party with pastel rainbows and lots of sweets and sparkly stars so the party felt magical and unicorn-y:) These balloon and streamer cloud rainbows by @palisadepaper were so easy to make and the cutest backdrop for the treat table. Simply attach white balloons to a plastic hanger with string and tape the streamers to the bottom of the hanger and cut to the ends to the desired length.




We served popcorn and strawberry pockys and unicorn muddy buddies for treats and snacks.





Find the how to on making these muddy buddies on West Coast Lobster Blog.

The cutest labels by @palisadepaper for these mini water bottles were the perfect touch.

We passed out these ribbon wands for the kids to wave while riding the unicorn that we hired to come to the party. With a bell attached to the top and ribbons flowing in the wind it was a magical accessory for the magical unicorn ride!




Of course balloons had to be included in the party decor (my current party obsession decoration). This unicorn balloon from Walmart had the perfect color palette to compliment Farah’s pastel party.

Of course the unicorn cake was the center of attention in this rainbow-filled party room.

Made by @4and20cooks it had the most magical exterior…

…and interior.

Unicorn horn party hats and rainbow juice went perfectly with the colorful cake.

Farah waited patiently for the guests to arrive:)

The kids sat at this table to color while they waited for their ride on the unicorn outside.

A magical day for the cutest birthday girl!! I’m thinking I want my next birthday party to be a unicorn one too:)

Updated Rustic Modern Family Room