Freshen Up Your Entry

This time of year, a lot of people are adding gorgeous annual (or perennial) flowers to the front of their homes. This is our first spring in our home with landscaping so I’ve been watching all the colors in our yard blossom for the first time. We definitely have mainly purple flowers of various shades. In our last home, we grew lavender in a flower bed and it did extremely well–apparently they thrive in Utah. For our pots, I wanted something non traditional and a little wild. Lavender immediately came to mind. I have been shopping around for some time for just the right pots that went with my home. Here is what we began with:IMG_0196

  • I found great concrete looking pots at Target! I had already checked nurseries and hardware stores and once again, Target was the store that had a great fit for me. Plus they were on sale!
  • The pots aren’t super heavy and we live in a pretty windy area so I added some rocks I found at a vacant lot to the bottom of the pots.


  • Those rocks also served as a booster for the smaller pot I added.
  • I should’ve measured, but by some miracle, I eyeballed the size of these green pots perfect! I then unloaded my lavender into these pots with some fresh soil. And Ta-dah!!!:

Instant curb appeal!!! Also, the lavender smells fabulous!10000

If your momma is in need, this could be a great project to do for her for Mother’s Day!




DIY: Paint Your Piano!

Painting a piano sounds scary, but I’m telling you, it’s not as scary as it sounds, especially if you have an old beat up piano that will look good no matter what you do to it! A few years ago I found a piano on Craigslist. I¬†called the seller and he told me he had a bunch of pianos I could come check out. I don’t know a thing about pianos so I called my friend who was a music major in college and she came with me to take a look. The piano we both liked the best was only $200. The seller even delivered it to my house. The piano became special to me when I opened up the top and saw that it was a piano from the L.A. Unified School District where I grew up!



Here is the breakdown of my piano DIY:



I also used Elmer’s wood filler to fill in any holes. Then I sanded the dried filler with Josh’s sander. First time for everything! Note the fear in those eyes!


Once the sanding was sufficient we just got straight to it and started painting. I like chalk paint because it goes on so thick and smooth. We did two coats. After that dries, we did a coat of Creme Wax to protect it from water:


We didn’t have a piano bench so I found one at Hobby Lobby that I spray painted.

Then I put it all together and got this:




And the Before and After:


Winter Oasis

The months of January, February, and March can be pretty brutal here in Utah. It’s cold, the air quality isn’t amazing, and shoveling snow just starts to get old…

But, what luck! There are ways to break up the monotony! Besides getting a new do, sprucing up your wardrobe, and starting and restarting a new exercise routine, adding a little greenery to your interior is a fab way to chase away those winter blues.

We headed to IKEA to find a few great nuggets for my home.


I was stoked to see BASKETS in the plant section! All sizes, but medium table sized.76

Here are some spots in my home that we spruced up:


We found some great succulents at Home Depot. They even had some concrete pots that were fabulous!


I actually had a mini Christmas-ish tree that stayed green and fresh. I removed any sign of Christmas from it, and changed out my red pot for a fresh white bucket from IKEA.


Wal-mart actually has just put out their house plants. They are extremely affordable and surprisingly resilient! That was where I got this little cutie below.


There is some great inspiration on Instagram. Search the hashtag “house plants.” This is an image from


West Elm has a plant in almost every image!!


Pinterest showed off some floor baskets on the Home Goods page.screen-shot-2017-02-02-at-8-17-49-pm