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...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


I'm so excited to announce that I'm teaming up with Kirsten Krason and Erin Morgan of House of Jade Interiors, Caitlin Creer, Sita Montgomery, and Jennifer Stagg to have a designer sale of all our odds and ends, things our client's didn't use, and even some new product. And as a special treat we will have Kera of Interwoven selling her fantastic kantha quilts, and rugs and pillows. 

Here are some highlights of what I'm going to be bringing to the sale...

This 7' brand new sofa for only $1000!

2 of these fabulous metal shades from Circa Lighting for $100 each.

This classic and super functional bench/ottoman in white painted wood with linen. It's SLIGHTLY used and retails at $1200 but I'm selling it for $650!

A couple of yards of this fabric that is indoor/outdoor and was super $$$.

And some pillows, odds and ends, a desk, a rocker/glider, a fantastic slipcovered sofa, and much much more! CASH, CHECK, or PAYPAL only please!

And check out Kera's AMAZING new collection she will be bringing.  Go to INTERWOVEN to see it all!

Can't wait to see you there!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


I've never done a paint color for Tried + True Tuesday, but today I thought, why not? Paint is definitely a product we all buy and use and we need to know if it's a good product, right?! I picked one of my favorite go-tos, Farrow & Ball's Down Pipe.

Keep in mind that while buying the paint from Farrow & Ball is best, there are ways around it if you are on a budget (since their paint is a little pricey).

- Order a sample paint can from Farrow&Ball and have it matched at your favorite paint store.
- Get a swatch from F&B and take it to your favorite paint store who can likely match it from the swatch. Best part is that their swatch books are free

I have used Down Pipe for a number of projects.


bathroom cabinets painted in Down Pipe (for one of the flips)
Kitchen cabinets are stunning in Down Pipe.


Before on the left, and Down Pipe painted on the right
(one of my current projects - soon to be on the market)
Front Door in Down Pipe via

Loving this treatment of Down Pipe - contrasted with fresh white painted stairs and flooring.

And as a wainscot color it's beautiful.

After looking at these pictures you see how different applications of the paint and lighting changes the color. In my experience, Down Pipe is a deep gray with a blueish undertone. And my favorite application is probably on exteriors, since exterior colors are so hard to find, and this color hasn't failed me yet.

Have you used Down Pipe in your home? Please share!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


And now for the fun part! Furnishing my virtual dream house in the Lake Village built by Destination Homes.

To furnish this entire home would possibly be the world's longest post, so I'm going to spare you (and myself), and just focus on my favorite areas of the home: the kitchen dining nook, and the family room.

Here is a reminder of the space we have to work with...

There isn't a lot of space for a table and chairs, so I want to be creative with the space. I like to eat at a table versus the bar, so this space will be my hang out in the morning when I eat my cereal.

I want to combine this look...

breakfast nook by Victoria Hagen
with this look...

New England Home
I love the idea of having a mirror on the wall making the space appear bigger. I'm a big fan of the lantern over the table, and I want a white table.

a. floating mirror b. oversized lantern c. lisa golightly art d. corner chairs e. white and walnut dining table f. natural wood and rush chairs g. colorful bowl

The corner chairs will be perfect to create an "L" shape for the corner of the nook, against the wall. I think the space is too small for a built-in, so this is the perfect solution. In reality, the mirror wouldn't be centered - the mirror would go on one wall, the art stacked on top of each other on the other wall. I think it would be a perfect nook that will go with my black + white + carrara kitchen.


This room has a beautiful fireplace in the center of it, which is one of my favorite features of this home. I want a room that has a feel like these photos...

This has been a favorite of mine for a long time - love the light, the oh-so-impractical white sofas, and the natural woven coffee table.

The simple fireplace and the clean lines of this room is both timeless, modern, and serene.

And to put a twist on it - I would love to use some of the colors in this room. It would make the room just a little more happy.

a. lantern b. consoles c. chinese jar d. oversized print e. chaise f. blue pillow g. wicker storage baskets h. striped throw i. inexpensive white sofa j. seagrass coffee table k. madeline weinrib rug

It's hard to really know the layout of this room from the board, but I would of course have the art over the fireplace in the center of the room. If you look at the floor plan you see there is quite a bit of space to the sides of the fireplace, where I would place these modern consoles. I am scared of white sofas with kids, but this sofa is only $1000, so I think I could try it for a year or two and if it gets really dirty and unsalvageable I won't be super sad. There's always bleach, right?!

And how about the pop of color in this fantastic Madeline Weinrib rug? The pink with the blues and natural seagrass helps ground the room and make it feel more young and casual.

By seeing these two rooms you can possibly imagine how the rest of the home is going to go. Fresh, classic, casual, with modern touches.

And that's it for my Virtual Dream Home! Now if you are looking in Daybreak to buy, just follow my four blog posts and you will have a beautiful home unlike any other in Daybreak :)

And remember to check out the other posts and how my friends finished off their virtual dream homes.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


This is where it gets fun, and real, and stressful - when you pick all of the finishes, and there are so many decisions to make!

If you are building in the Lake Village with Destination Homes you get to go to their design center and have all the finishes right there at your fingertips, which as a designer & home builder, is SO helpful. Unfortunately there is that little problem of a budget. And even though this is my "virtual dream house" we thought it would be good for this to also be realistic exercise and keep it within a mid-range budget for this home.

Let's start with the BASICS:


I am a little bit of a wood-floor snob. I like my materials to be real, and not manufactured, (just like my food). The flooring on the left, is solid oak wood floor. The option on the right is a beautiful walnut, but it's engineered, so it will only last about 20 years. Still, a great option, but I think I will go with the solid oak floor (and it was basically the same price). That way I don't have to worry about replacing it down the road, just refinishing it.

As for the carpet, I am really liking this diamond patterned carpet. I installed something similar recently in a client's home and it creates a classic graphic feel. With having small children, I liked the middle swatch on the far right. It's a nice warm gray and not too light for kids. And this was a medium-priced carpet which worked for my budget! yes!


This is my go-to white for interior walls. I love this color because it's not too bright, but not too creamy. I've painted it in countless client's homes, and it will also be going in my virtual dream house!


lighting options at the design center
If you know me and my work at all, you know I am particular about lighting. Unfortunately the options at Destination Homes are too limited for me, so what I would do in this case is have them put in the standard, no additional fee lighting for me to replace once we move in. Why have them install any lights at all? Because lighting gets backordered, decisions are hard to make, and it would be nice to have some light fixtures in the home just-in-case.

Now on to the KITCHEN:


snapshot of the shaker cabinet style in the design center kitchen

I am a classics girl, so of course I love the shaker style, but also love when there is a bead detail, so my favorite door style was the blue door style. I love the extra detail. I would need to pay a little extra for that detail, but it's not much, so that's what I'm going with. And I LOVE the off-white color of the cabinet door on the top row, next to the blue door (in the middle). It's reminds me of the color of bone. Timeless.

(and for the laundry room, I would do the cabinets in that blue color - I love it!)


options, options, options!
my picks
As you can see in this picture, I would pair my "bone colored" cabinets with a honed black granite countertop (just below the cabinet door). And in the laundry room I would pair my blue cabinets with carrara marble.


As you can see in the picture above, there are a LOT of options for cabinet hardware. I am personally a fan of the cup pulls for the drawers and simple round knobs for the doors. I am especially liking the satin brass cup pulls on the bottom right. And on the long drawers, pairing two cup pulls together on the same drawer is a must.

And now the BATHROOMS:


This was probably the hardest part for me. Mostly because the tile I like best, was all in the most expensive category. I realized that I needed to splurge on my tile and countertop budgets and skimp on my faucets. Once I settled on that upgrade, all tile was available to me. Now to decide what I actually want to put in the bathrooms.

For the upstairs kids baths, I like the classic 1" hexagon for the floor. For the showers, I really like the "H-Line" series of 3x6 tile. I've been using this line of subway in a few remodels lately, and I love the colors and how it looks more luxe than the standard Home Depot subway. Especially liking the light blue and gray colors.

In the master bath, I really wanted to use carrara marble and the only carrara option was for the countertop. I opted to do a gray slate-looking floor and white subway in the shower. The H-Line series has a really nice looking chair rail and I would do a wainscot look with the chair rail and white subway, just like I did in my bathroom in my current home.

my basement bathroom with chair-rail boxes combined with subway tile

least expensive


It pains me to have to settle on anything in my virtual home, but in my opinion the tile is much more important than the fixtures, and fixtures are easier to replace down the line if our budget will one day allow. So the top photo is what I will be putting in all my bathrooms. Not bad, not great, but the rest of the finishes will be so beautiful, you won't even notice!


And finally the cabinets for the bathrooms. I want the blue cabinets in one of the kids bath, pedestal sinks in the other bathroom, and in the master, I think I'm going to stick with the same cabinets that are in the kitchen.

My designer/remodeler tip for the finishes phase is to stress over the more permanent finishes of the home, which are 1) Wood Flooring 2) Cabinets and 3) Tile. All of the lighting, plumbing, and hardware are relatively easy to change. Don't sweat these decisions, but make sure you love the permanent finishes and will be happy for years and years with what you chose.

And next and for my final post, I will be decorating my beautiful new virtual dream house! I don't know which phase I love more, the finishes or the decorating. Do you prefer one over the other?

And remember to check out the other blog posts in this series!

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