Wednesday, July 22

But With Joy Wend Your Way

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In my last post, I talked about the pioneer trek I recently participated in. 

I really love this poster made by my friend Janet & her daughter. They have generously shared it with us! That's our group in the photo - crossing the Wyoming plains. 
Photo by Janet Helland

Thursday, July 16

Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel - Pioneer Trek

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Between 1846 and 1868 some 70,000 Mormon pioneers crossed the U.S. plains {from Illinois to the Great Salt Lake Valleys} in pursuit of a place where they could practice freedom of religion. They traveled approximately 15 miles per day with wagons, handcarts & on foot. Every summer many church groups worldwide reenact this historical event. 
One of my favorite young women, Sydney. Photo by Darren & Shilane Mansell
Recently, I was privileged to take part in a mini pioneer trek near Ft. Bridger, Wyoming. 

Saturday, July 4

A Sweet Room for Baby Alice

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As a mother of all sons, I've always wanted to create a sweet girl's room. And while I've been able to design a few girly rooms for clients - it sure was fun to make a room just for our own Baby Alice. 
Photo by Christian Lunt

Saturday, June 20

5 Tips for a Great Bridal Shower

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One of my favorite people is getting married & it was truly my privilege to throw a bridal shower for her. 
- The lovely bride-to-be Brooklin & her mom Shelley {hotness runs in the family -

Sunday, June 14

Parade of Homes Trends & Highlights

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I recently went to some of the houses featured in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes with my friend Toni from Design Dazzle
Here are some of the things that stood out to me.
1 - Modern French Design
This beautiful dining area was in one of my favorites - Home #24 - "The Highland Hideaway Manor". The decor in this house was traditional, but current. I fell in love with it!

Sunday, June 7

Wednesday, May 27

Local Yocal - Tea at the SLC Grand America

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One gem you absolutely must see if you are visiting Salt Lake City - or if you live here - is The Grand America Hotel. I've blogged about it before here & here


One of the highlights of "The Grand" is their traditional tea. {If you don't drink caffeinated tea, there are lots of herbal caffeine-free options & hot cocoa.} 

Monday, May 18

A Contemporary Family Room

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John & Kerri live in a beautiful contemporary penthouse downtown with bamboo floors, cable stair railings & amazing views. Their family room was already furnished with a sectional that wasn't really their style {and it was getting tired & worn}. When they called on me for help to spiffy up their space, we decided to start from scratch . . . 

Saturday, May 9

Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

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In my last post, I shared some of the details of my friend Cathy's 
For the food, we served a chicken veggie crock pot dish, several fruit & greens salads & rolls - all in those "Cafe Rio" aluminum bowls. My friend Becky made a  peach cobbler & I'm sharing her delicious recipe with her permission. It's SO easy, but no one has to know! It's our little secret.

Thursday, April 30

A Cowgirl Party

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When my friend Cathy had a birthday coming up, we decided to throw her a surprise party fit for a cowgirl! The whole thing was Becky's idea & she planned the country menu - including her delicious peach cobbler {see the next post for her recipe!}.