Citrus Honeydew Melon with Fresh Lime-Basil Sorbet

Ingredients:

1/2 ripe honeydew melon

1 lime, juiced

1 lemon, juiced

Zest of 2 lemons

Sorbet:

1 c. fresh squeezed lime juice (8-10 limes)

1 c. water

1 c. simple sugar syrup (1 c. sugar plus 1 c. water, boiled then cooled)

10 whole basil leaves

1/2 c. heavy cream




Directions:

Cut melon into 6 wedges and remove the rind. Place in large plastic container with lid along with juices from the lime and the lemon and zest of 1 lemon. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, turning over to coat with citrus juices. When ready to serve, slice each wedge into 5 or 6 thin slices and arrange as a fan on each plate. Drizzle with remaining citrus juices and more lemon zest. Place a small serving of sorbet on the top or beside  melon.

Sorbet:

Combine all of the ingredients, except the heavy cream, into a freezer friendly container and freeze for 6-8 hours or overnight. Remove from freezer and allow to soften a little. Put chunks of frozen mixture into a food processor and process until all the crystals have disappeared and the mixture is smooth. Add the heavy cream and combine well. Re-pack in the container and keep frozen until needed.

Colorful Eclectic Tween Bedroom

This bedroom was a labor of love for a girl after my own heart! She loves color, simplicity and uniqueness so I was happy to deliver her just that. She had a few requests such as a desk, sheer canopy above the bed and seating for friends, but other than that, she left it to me.

She already had some great pieces for me to work with such as this adorable hot pink record player and cute pink typewriter pictured below. These prints above the dresser from Reality and Retrospect were the perfect addition for a colorful, eclectic space.





This Ikea dresser just needed a refresh by adding these gold handles from Rejuvenation. The black and white striped pin board on the wall by the bed was made from sound board purchased at a local hardware store then covered in fabric using a staple gun. It’s the perfect way to get the size of pin board (or ‘idea’ board as I like to call it) you want as well as much less expensive.

A desk area is one of the items I think every teenager needs in their bedroom, especially if they have room for it. This desk doubles as a vanity since we hung a mirror above it. Having a space of their own to do homework and make-up is a must for a teenager.





Fun little signs and sayings make the space personal and whimsical- something else I think is so important for a tween’s bedroom. I definitely have to think more playful when I’m designing these spaces so it feels comfortable for a younger client.

A luxurious bed and ombre painted accent wall were the highlights in this space. Thank goodness the homeowner is a creative genius- she did an amazing job with the ombre wall!

Little touches like flamingo sheets and a light up ‘hello’ sign gave this teen bedroom that eclectic and fun feel that I was going for.





Such a fun space for a FABULOUS girl!!!!

Macrame Pot Holder

Supplies needed are simple- scissors, tape measure, a strong yarn and a piece of masking tape.




Step 1: Measure out lengths of at least 32″ inches (longer if you want the plant to hang down lower) 8 times so that there are 4 loops on one end as pictured below.

Step 2: Tie all of the ends with the 4 loops in a knot leaving a 2 or 3 inch opening at the top to hang the planter on a hook. Tape the knot to a surface and cut the opposite ends evenly as pictured below.




Step 3: Pair yarn into 4 sections and tie knots approximately 6 inches down from the large knot.

Step 4: Leaving the outside yarn pieces out, tie another knot using the remaining pieces, approximately 4 inches below the first knot. Then take the outside pieces of yarn and tie them together so as to make it a circle.




Step 5: Collect all of the pieces of yarn and tie another knot at the bottom, leaving approximately 4 or 5 inches of yarn hanging down. Insert plant into the circle of yarn and you have a hanging pot holder!!

Rustic Modern Great Room











Entry and Living Room Update

The living room is the first room you see in many homes upon entering the house. So although it may be one of the least used rooms in the home, it is definitely the most viewed. Therefore making it a space that is both welcoming and beautiful is key. My client had some existing pieces like the coffee table and chairs so I brought in furniture pieces and accents to work well with those existing pieces. This couch from West Elm was the perfect item to contrast the linen chairs and white walls and finish work. The bookshelf from Joss & Main was an AMAZIING price and filled the wall exactly like we wanted it to- enough to fill the space but not so much that it covered up the pretty panelling. The other key item was this plaid rug from CB2. I love how the pattern and color in it brings the whole space together.

This artwork from Minted was another item that I thought helped to pull the space together.




This chandelier from Overstock was such a great price and it makes an understated statement which I love.

Keeping the shelves simple and fairly sparse allows you to still see the pretty finish work behind it but give the room the needed color and texture that it had to have. Plants were another important accent to liven up the room.




I love this view from the living room into the entry. This artwork from a local boutique in South Jordan called Nest Boutique keeps the entry serene and welcoming.

The pillow is from Mae Woven and the rug from Pottery Barn has just the right amount of pattern and durability that an entry needs.




The bench was a great find from Homegoods and the entry light is from Shades of Light. So happy with how everything came together with the mixture of woods and metals to make the space interesting, livable and appealing.

Rainbow Birthday Party

When I had the idea for this rainbow themed party for my daughter’s 5th birthday I immediately knew that I wanted to do a ‘Rainbow Wall’. Streamers were the perfect way to make it. We just used off-white masking tape to hold down the top and bottom of each strand of streamers and to make it less visible since my ceiling and baseboards were white. It was definitely a time-consuming project but had exactly the impact that I wanted it to.

Vases of flowers in rainbow colors was another element I knew I wanted to have at her party. Everyone knows how much I love flowers and these just added that much more cheeriness and brightness to her party.




Finding activities to keep a bunch of 5 year olds happy was key at Farah’s party. We printed off these rainbow images and had markers, stickers, glue and cottonballs ready for the kids to design their own rainbows.

The craft was a hit as well as the gold coins on the table for the kids to snack on while they worked.

 

 

Couldn’t have done it without my little helper!!



I chose pastel rainbow colors to decorate the house with since it was a girl’s party. Having the party in Spring made this color palette work that much better.

Gold coins for the favor was a hit with everyone.

This rainbow cake by Annie Bee Cakery was darling inside and outside, and just as delicious as it was cute.

 

Having 2 separate stations, one where the kids could do their craft and one where they could eat cake was nice so the craft area didn’t have to be cleaned up right after the crafting was done and we moved onto games.

Rainbow colored bottled drinks went perfectly with the rainbow cake.



Everyone had a blast, especially the birthday girl!! We played pin the hair on the troll and hot potato with a stuffed troll and freeze dance to the music from Trolls. Such a great day!!

Spring Bags Round Up

  1. Kate Spade Hobo
  2. J Crew Tote
  3. Tori Burch Buckle Tote
  4. J Crew Hobo Bag
  5. Madewell Suede Tote
  6. Anthropologie Perforated Bag

Craft and Sewing Room Organization

This craft and sewing room already came with great bones- plenty of cabinet and storage space, a cute and functional design and the most darling of arts and crafts projects just waiting to be displayed or organized. When I have a space like this to work with, the first thing I do is think about what works to have out in the open so that it can be seen and used often and what works best displayed behind closed doors corralled in bins with proper labels.





Obviously the sewing station needed to be displayed and easily accessible with a lot of room around it to work on. A clean surface and a bright space is ideal for crafting and sewing and this space has both.

The cabinet right above the sewing machine was the perfect place to store fabrics where they can be seen easily when the doors were open. When organizing I try to keep items related to each other as close as possible to one another.

Open shelving and drawers right next to the sewing station stores items like thread and other sewing machine necessities. Cute baskets not the open shelves like these crocheted ones from The Container Store are perfect for storing such items.

This side of the room was also used for gift wrapping and party supplies. I purposely geared half of the craft room toward the adults needs and the other half for the kids needs. In the cabinets right above these supplies are small gifts to keep on hand for last minute gift giving.





Then in the cabinet just to the left holds more gift wrapping necessities as well as party supplies. I used these clear bins from The Container Store so it was easier to see the items inside each container.

The other half of the room is the perfect crafting station for the kids. Easy to reach bins and paper holders make crafting easy and accessible in this area.

Using a variety of baskets and containers to hold different items keeps the space looking colorful and interesting but neatly organized in order to keep the area functioning best. I love displaying projects in craft areas as well in order to inspire and uplift those working in the space.




It’s important for kids to have a place to store their own personal projects so these baskets in the open shelving from The Container Store did just that beautifully.

In the cabinets above the open workspace we corralled more craft items into separate bins so it would be easy for the kids to find what they needed when working on a project.

Wall storage like this from Ikea makes it easy to keep a cleaner surface for crafting as well as help kids know where to put items when they are finished using them.

These stained glass stars made by the homeowner,s father were the icing on the cake hanging in the window. It’s personal touches like these that make a space feel the most like their own.

Sweet 16 Birthday Party

I chose fun colors of pinks and corals with gold accents for this colorful teen’s party. We rented a taco truck for food and had a DJ to dance the night away. It was such a fun night filled with friends, music, good food and a great space to party! This ‘G’ on the door was the initial for the birthday girl’s name to greet her guests with.

This party hat entry table was one of my favorite features at the party.  A room full of teenagers wearing party hats was such a fun sight!

We called this room the balloon room- it was right to the left as you entered and was a great space for the teen’s to hang out in when they weren’t dancing.




The fringe ‘selfie backdrop’ wall was a hit all night and simple streamers down the hallway were the perfect party addition.

These centerpieces were high impact but inexpensive. I just blew up small 5″ balloons and tied them around a 24″ string. I taped the string to the tablecloth and inserted some greenery and flowers to hide the string. It took some time but I love how they turned out.

This cake by Annie Bee Cakery was the perfect little cake to display with all of the cupcakes. The simple flowers I added to it were just the right accent.

This wall of pictures of the birthday girl was a highlight of the night and such an easy addition. Sparkling Ice drinks to match the color scheme and water bottles with cute labels were kept well stocked the whole night.

These treats were the favor but were snacked on throughout the night after all the tacos were eaten. Can’t have a party without treats- especially when there are teens involved!

 

Mini Paper Roses How-to

My 9 year old is the crafter of all crafters. She spends hours in our office working on crafts that she’s googled or come up with in her own head. I LOVE IT! Obvi. When she showed me these adorable paper roses I knew that they would make the cutest Valentine’s Day craft. The supplies are basic and the how-to is super simple to do on your own or with your kids.

Supplies needed:

Scissors, pencil, craft glue, craft paper in colors of your choice, toothpicks (mine are a little longer and wider than the normal size but the smaller ones would work too) and a circle approximately the size of a ramekin to trace.




Step 1:

Trace and cut the circle out on a piece of the colored craft paper.

Step 2:

Cut the paper in a spiral starting smaller and getting larger.

Step 3:

Begin rolling the spiral starting on the smaller small end, rolling tightly.




Step 4:

Once the spiral is completely rolled, attach the bottom of the flower using the craft glue.

Step 5:

Insert the toothpick into the bottom of the flower, poking a hole in the paper and pushing the toothpick in through the top.

That’s it! So easy and so cute.

I used them as cupcake toppers, on Valentine’s Day cards and as Valentine’s decor.