Monday, January 26, 2015


It's funny how much my home changes from year to year. I don't feel like I'm always working on a project or buying new furniture, but as I look back on pictures from past years, each year almost every room in my home has changed quite a bit. I guess that's what happens when your family grows and changes so much during the years when your kids are small.

Once we found out we were having our third girl, we moved my daughter out of her room to share with her sister to make room for our new baby. It was time to redecorate it as our nursery.

I started out with an eclectic, organic nursery like this in mind...

(you can see links to these products and more ideas I had for the nursery on my Pinterest board)

But then my sweet and stylish grandma passed away and I inherited this chair. I wanted to use it in the new nursery, and thought about recovering it, but the fabric is retro and girly and I liked the uniqueness of it.

This chair changed my plan quite drastically. Nothing in my original plan really worked anymore, except the Jenny Lind crib and gold wreath. I also needed to find the bedding I wanted for her crib.

I found this crib sheet at Bohem at their Designer's open house and loved the block-print and soft blue color. It's created an eclectic vibe, which is what I really wanted in her nursery.

For the walls I loved the striped Farrow & Ball wallpaper and really wanted to use it, but the cost was more than I wanted to spend at the time, and I didn't feel like it worked as well now that I had the new chair and crib sheet.

So now I needed to decide whether to leave my blush pink walls or paint them. I took the decision to Instagram and my nice followers chimed in, helping me make the decision to paint the walls navy blue. I chose Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue, which I was more than happy with. My new go-to navy blue.

This gold medallion replaced the wreath from my board because I also inherited it from my grandma. The medallion was even better than the wreath because it hung in my grandma's home and reminds me of her every time I look at. A more thoughtful decoration.

I would have loved to get a new dresser for the changing table and storage, but with all of the expenses of a new baby, Christmas, and other things, we decided to wait and just use what we had. I have had our changing table since my first daughter, and it was too shabby chic for me. I needed to update it and saw these knobs at Anthropologie that were gorgeous and perfect.

And then I got bored one afternoon and bought some gold paint and glamed up the changing table because everything looks better with gold on it, right?

I kept my sisal rug (that I've had in this room from the beginning) from Ikea, but I plan on eventually changing that out as well. My rug has a navy blue border and is no longer available, but they sell a similar one.

I am currently working on more art for the walls, curtains, and finishing touches. As soon as I feel like it's where I want it, I will share the pictures of it for a more complete view of the room. Until then...

Monday, January 19, 2015


I am lucky enough to have had Scott Davis shoot my house twice now - once for Fox Group Construction's portfolio, and the other time for

It was quite the ordeal to have them come. We basically had to move out of our house for two days. They moved all of our furniture on the main floor into other rooms, but they were great to work with and really professional. They put everything back to its original place when it was all done, and it was like they were never there. Pretty impressive considering how much they had to move around. You can see for yourself in the photos.

I never actually saw this campaign, but Scott sent me his favorite photos from the shoot, (which turned out great). It was entertaining for me to see my home in a whole new light. It's amazing what different furnishings do to the same home.

the living room styled as a wintery bedroom

living room as another bedroom setup 
dining room

product shot in the kitchen

living room with overstock furniture

And just to refresh your memory of what these rooms look like normally...

living room
dining room
Quite the change, right?!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


It's been a while since my last post - a long while actually. As you can see below, I've been a little busy growing, delivering, and taking care of a baby. A very precious, healthy, baby girl that we feel extremely grateful for.

My husband and I at the hospital right after we had our third baby girl - I look tired because I was! (and still am)

my girls meeting their sister for the first time
Having baby girl #3 has been wonderful, challenging, and just plain tiring, but overall we are happy and feeling lucky.


Before I had the baby, I finished up another investor home - the La Har project. Here are some snapshots...

brass hardware, white subway backsplash, and carrara marble countertops
white hex tile, carrara marble countertops, medicine cabinets, and gray/green subway tile shower

shiplap accent wall, bead board ceiling with beams. paint color Benjamin Moore China White

This home has a lot of charm. A loft bedroom, a beautiful yard, and cottage-feel that makes it very homey and inviting. It's still for sale! And located in a fun neighborhood between Sugarhouse and Millcreek (for those who are familiar with Salt Lake City). Message me if you are looking for a home and are interested! We are also working on a couple other homes in the Avenues, and one in the Foothill bench area - can't wait to show you the progress on these great homes. 


I am starting to work a little bit, and so far, so good. Before I had the baby I wrapped up most of my projects and didn't take on any new business. With this new year, and a fresh start, I'm thinking about approaching my business differently this year. I'm not sure what exactly it will look like, but I do know the goal is to achieve higher levels of efficiency, professionalism, and continue to learn more about design and hone my skills. There is a lot I need to think about and act on with my business, and with the sleepless nights, some days it feels daunting, but other days it's exactly what I need. I know I will figure it out and White + Gold Design is going to have a great year this year.

All in due time. But for right now, I'm going to snuggle this little one and take it day by day...

Friday, October 10, 2014


2523 E. Commonwealth Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT
2170 square feet
4 bedrooms, 3 baths

Another flip project has finished, and only a week on the market and I think we have a buyer! That's always a great feeling. This home is in a nice area of Salt Lake and I love the floor plan and feel of this home. I think we made the best use of the space. With classic finishes this home will only be enhanced by great furnishings.

I will give you a quick tour of the home. I used a lot of the same finishes I have been using in my other homes - quite honestly I don't have time to reinvent the wheel on these flip projects since they are more side projects and I need to dedicate more time to my other projects. But I love doing these flips and taking homes in dire states and turning them into fresh, happy, homes (on a budget).

Countertops: Carrara Marble
Pendant light fixture: Home Decorators Bronze Pendant - $89
Backsplash: Datile white subway with Mapei Gray Grout

Countertops: Carrara Marble
My favorite mirrors: Rectangular Mirror - $89 each
Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Moonshine
Floor Tile: Arizona Tile Black 1" Hexagon
Shower Tile: Datile Subway Tile 

Tile: Carrara Herringbone tile from Salt Lake Tile Company
Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Moonshine for walls, and White Dove for Trim

V Groove wall in the dining area.
Chandelier: Circa Lighting Large Country Chandelier

And this concludes my very brief tour of the home. There is obviously a lot more to the home, but I won't bore you with mundane room shots. Hope you enjoyed this remodel! 

Friday, September 26, 2014


I'm excited to finally post the pictures from my recently finished flip project of this charming Avenues project. Below are a mixture of photos from the listing on the MLS and my phone. I apologize for the less-than-professional pictures, but if I waited to have it professionally shot, it would never happen (unfortunately).


214 N M Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
2,005 square feet
3 Bedroom
3 Bath (2 full)
2 car garage
Built in 1910

I decided to keep it simple and classic in this home. When doing a flip it's so hard to know what the end buyer is going to love or hate! Because this home was built in 1910 I wanted to use vintage finishes, like honeycomb tile, brass hardware, and subway tile. There is definitely a black and white theme throughout the home - but what is more timeless than that color combination? 

The home was completely gutted and the floor plan redone. All of the flooring, base and case, and finishes are new. Hope you like this one!

front door detail - so charming!

Entry/Dining Area
FLOORS: White Oak (sand and finish in place) 
LIGHT: West Elm

it's all in the details - original leaded glass window

Living Room

Fireplace tile close-up
SCONCES: Circa Lighting
TILE: Black marble herringbone tile from Salt Lake Tile Company

Kitchen with mixture of marble and wood 

Desk area

the view from the sink - this window lets in the prettiest light!
The built-in hutch adds a lot of storage and a great way to display plates, cookbooks, even artwork!

COUNTERTOPS: Carrara Marble
BACKSPLASH: Carrara Herringbone tile from Salt Lake Tile Company
HARDWARE: Jeffrey Alexander Pulls & Knobs

Master Bath

FLOOR TILE: Black 1" Hexagon tile from Arizona Tile
SHOWER TILE: White Subway tile from Home Depot
SCONCES: Circa Lighting

Powder Bath
Laundry room/mud room 

View of the mountains from the laundry room window - just ignore the satellite dish :)

2 Car Garage (rare for the Aves!)
This home is such a charmer in person, and I hope you got a little sense for it from my pictures. There of course is more to the home, but these are the highlights. If you live in Salt Lake City and are in the market, you must stop by! This home won't last long and it is such a great area. Call BJ Blaser to show the home @ 801-309-7603.

And get excited for two more projects that I am finishing in the next couple of weeks! 
Here are a couple of snapshots/teasers...

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