Gingham Tops under $100

1. Urban Outfitters Gingham Wrap Blouse

2. ASOS Drama Gingham Top

3. No longer available

4. H&M Cotton Blouse

5. Anthropologie Gingham Balloon-Sleeve

6. JCrew Embroidered Bell-Sleeve Top

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!!!!

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.

Acai Bowls Recipe

Acai Bowls

(for 2-3 people)

1 frozen banana cut in chunks

1/2 avocado

1 c. frozen berries (acai or blueberries)

2-3 Tbs. nut butter

cocoa powder to taste (I use 2 Tbs.)

almond milk


Place banana chunks in food processor with avocado. Pulse to grind fairly smooth.

Add berries, nut butter and cocoa. Then slowly add enough almond milk to make into ice cream consistency.

Place in cups or small bowls. Top with cut up strawberries and banana. Sprinkle with granola. Drizzle a little honey over the top.

I found this worked better in a food processor only because it was hard to get it out of the bottom of a blender. But either will work. Also, if you want to make it ahead, it can be placed in a freezer for a little while and then add the toppings before serving.

Getting Organized

A new year means a fresh start on getting organized and staying organized. January always seems to be the time of year that I crave cleaning out cupboards, labelling what I have and making sure everything has a home.

These acrylic drawers from The Container Store are actually shoe bins that I used to store smaller clothing items corralled together. The labels are from The Home Edit that we customized with a larger black backing to hide what was inside the drawer.

The laundry room is where I like to store extra towels and hand soaps. I love having some closed and some open storage.

Cute baskets and hampers are a must in my book to make laundry day a little better. All of these are from The Container Store. I love having somewhere that is a one stop shop to meet most all of my organizing needs/wants.

This a client’s pantry built and designed by Breinholt Design. The spice racks on the doors is a definite space saver and having everything labelled make it so simple to find everything you need. I love the acrylic bins in the pantry as well for easy visibility and corralling similar products.

Putting lights and outlets in the pantry makes visibility so much easier and the perfect way to store large appliances that can stay in place instead of having to pull them out for use. This pull out drawer is a station used often and is easy access for the kids, too.

A drawer with dividers for cans keeps them contained and easy to see. This pantry is now functional and beautiful- both necessary when it comes to the kitchen.

Finally the office!! Again I love having open storage so I can see what I have, but closed storage to hide what I don’t want to see. Getting inspired every day when I sit at the computer is key to having a space that I can work at and let the creative juices flow.

Art, books and cute labels are something I love to look at everyday!!

This idea board is where I love to display my current inspirations. I think it’s a necessary item in any office.

My next project is the bathroom and organizing all my make-up- can’t wait!!!

Holiday Party Outfits

Texture is one of the best ways to make a statement with any outfit planned for a special event, especially during the holidays. My favorite as of late is…..VELVET!!


This bodysuit from Nordstrom Rack is under $20 and is fabulous paired with pants or a skirt.



This never seems to go out of style during the holidays and always adds just the right of ‘bling’ for a holiday gathering.


This sequin tee from Anthropologie is both comfortable and festive. I love the ‘winter white’ look this outfit gives when paired with white dress pants.


Last, but definitely not least, is FUR!!!!! This timeless favorite can be added to an all black outfit and heels to make it an easy and warm way to attend a holiday affair.




AFP Christmas 2016

It was so fun to decorate our first Christmas in the new house! This year I added lots of greenery, twinkle lights and blush pinks as accents… happy with how it turned out!



















Sundance Wedding


This ombre rose petal path was the perfect way to greet the bride and groom- as well as their guests!


A custom wedding book and some photos of the couple made a simple and elegant display on the entry table.

entrytable2These florals by FlourishbyKay were the perfect combination of neutrals and greenery.


Guests were encouraged to take their polaroid photo in front of this greenery heart backdrop upon entering. Each guests name was hand written in chalk on this giant chalkboard- loved this personal touch!!



Eucalyptus garland centerpieces, lighted strands on the ceiling and hanging wood platforms with florals by FlourishbyKay gave a rustic and celebratory feel. Loved the wood tables and chairs to carry out the Sundance feel throughout.




Candlelight and cokes- 2 requests from the bride and groom for the tables!!



A large, lighted W above the head table was a simple addition to mark this table theirs.


This ombre ruffled cake on a large wood stump was the perfect rustic, elegant look we were going for.


Such a beautiful night…


and stunning bride!!!

Denim Gaucho Pants Styled 3 Ways


I’d been dying for pants like these and I finally found the perfect ones at Soel Boutique. Their new website makes it simple to buy any of their fabulous pieces. The pants are lightweight, stretchy and SUPER comfortable. I love their versatility since they can be dressed up or down. This look is more dressed up by adding a high heel clog and simple collared white shirt.


The waist sits at the perfect height- not too short and not too high. Adding jewelry and a clutch with this outfit makes it a little more fancy.

pants1The pants work great with a low heel- love this outfit for an everyday look- you can never have enough stripes!pants2

Finally, totally casual might be my favorite look with these cropped denims.

pants5Tennies and a tee work great with them. Can’t wait to make good use of these this spring and summer with how comfortable and versatile they are!!

Living Room and Entry Makeover