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Holiday Wish List 2017. To Give and To Get!

Friday, November 24, 2017
Happy Holidays! Can you believe it is already that time again?! I feel like summer was gone in the blink of an eye but I'm excited for the holidays this year. I ran to the market to pick up some milk last night and the Salvation Army volunteer was ringing his bell, the lights were all strung up and I could see the Christmas Tree's for sale across the lot and I got that warm fuzzy feeling that this time of year can bring.
This year I wanted to make sure I got my holiday wish list out early so here it is!

Mark and Graham


These clutches from Mark and Graham are so gorgeous and I have been lusting after them. I could use on in every color but I resisted and only purchased the camel as a little treat for myself. I also had it monogrammed because I am all about the monogramming this holiday!

Clutch 

31bits
31bits has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. So many beautiful things and now that they have launched their new GOODS line for the home I can't get enough. So many great gifts to chose from and the petrified cheese board above is one of my favorites in this collection. 





Greige Design

Then new textile line from Greige is simply amazing. The quality is impeccable and I would die if I received one of these amazing pillows as a gift for my home. 





Madewell 
Okay so if you don't know yet, Madewell is my go to store for clothing. It's rare that I like everything in one particular store but Madewell speaks my language so its where I go for all my jeans. This sweater coat has me seeing hearts and so its made its way on to my wish list this year. 
These 10" high rise chewed hem jeans are too good. Oh thank you design gods for bringing back the high rise denim because I'm totally on board with this trend. 

There are so many great gifts out there this year to choose from. Too many options for me to include them all but these are definitely at the top of my list to give and to get. 

Happy Holidays!






Thanksgiving Table Setting 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving 
Im just a little late on my tablescape blog post here because holy smokes the rest of blogland has moved on to Christmas weeks ago. Well, better late than never. 

















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Sixpenny Love

Monday, November 6, 2017
Every now and again I have the opportunity to work with a company I haven't heard of before and I am always excited to find new and beautiful items that I can share with you all. And every now and then I am blown away by how amazing they are. Sixpenny has done that. I am so impressed by the quality of their products and the customer service they provide is top notch. They have proven to be a company that has gone above the industry norm to produce a line of products that will last the test of time.
The craftsmanship involved in all of the Sixpenny furniture is beyond excellent. I can't get over how much attention is shown to the detail of their pieces. Each one that I have been able to use in my work is constructed so well.  The Rylance console which is made of solid oak is not only modern and simple in it's design but constructed so solidly that it will last forever. Such a perfect addition to any home...I'm just happy that in this case, its my home that flaunts this beauty now. 
At 84" long the Wyatt sofa is another piece I have been able to use in my design and you all......ITS AMAZING!! For real, its the most comfortable sofa I have ever sat on! Made from a  kiln dried hardwood frame and feather down, the bench cushion is so soft but still keeps its shape beautifully and the Classic Linen slipcover drapes so perfectly. Everyone that has had the chance to sit on the Wyatt has commented just how comfortable this sofa feels. I can't wait to use it in another design project coming up. 




The Nolan dining table, below in English Breakfast is again incredible with the detail and pure heftiness of the piece. It's so refreshing to see furniture that is truly a piece of art and the craftsmanship impeccable. All of these Sixpenny items I would highly recommend. If you are looking for a timeless and well crafted piece for your home or a clients home, Sixpenny is sure to deliver! 

You can always purchase any of the Sixpenny items online but right now if you are lucky enough to be in Denver you can visit the Sixpenny Pop Up Shop in Colorado.
Hello Denver 
2771 East 1st Ave
Cherry Creek, Denver 80206





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Vintage Round Top Business and Branding Workshop

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Wow, how time flies and I can't believe it has already been over a month since I was in Round Top TX speaking at the Business and Branding workshop hosted by the fabulous Paige and Smoot, owners of the Vintage Round Top in the town of Round Top TX. Population 90, except for twice a year when hundreds of thousands of people fill this quaint little town hoping to buy or sell the miles and miles of vintage goods.
It's like nothing you will ever experience anywhere else in the world and so worth the trip if you aren't lucky enough to live nearby.
It was such an incredible experience to have the opportunity to participate in this workshop alongside
Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod  , Ashleigh Amoroso  and Kadie Smith from Dropcap Design.

The weekend started off with a Friday night dinner in the Vintage Round Top Boho house for all of the workshop panelists. The styling by Becki Griffins of Curious Details was incredible and the food absolutely fantastic.

Such a fun evening of getting to know one another. I can't think of anything better than a beautiful setting surrounded by interesting and extremely creative people to kick off a weekend!



 


The workshop started off with a morning session where I was able to speak as a panelist with Maria. I had the opportunity to tell my story on how I have been able to build a business purely from my Instagram and how sharing images of our work has grown in to a design and build business owned and operated by Brian and I.  Its been a lot of work but I still have to pinch myself at times because I can't believe this is our life now. 
The morning panel was followed by an afternoon of two workshops on how to grow your business and branding yourself. They were both so full of useful information and tips on how to use the simple tools you have on you to make an impact on social media. 
Ashleigh hosted a great workshop on using your phone to make the most of your photos and how to style them in a way that produces the biggest impact on your following. While Katie from Dropcap design taught the skills needed to properly brand your business and make it truly stand out amongst the masses. 

The Vintage Round Top is like nothing I have ever experienced in accommodations. The house is simply amazing in its design and the hospitality is of course exactly what you would expect in true Texas spirit. Lots of food, drinks, great conversation and laughter. Our two day stay was so relaxing and enjoyable and we cannot wait to go back! 

So many thanks to Paige and Smoot. Their kindness is contagious and talent far reaching. I only hope to have the opportunity to spend another weekend at the Vintage Round Top again soon. If you have never been then I highly recommend you put this on your bucket list. 

JUJU's for you!

Monday, October 23, 2017
JuJu hats will always be a favorite of mine and I am happy to say that I've been able to introduce them to a few of you too.  A few years ago I had the chance to partner up with Old World Shoppe on Etsy and they offered my readers a 10% discount on these beloved JuJu's. Well, guess what?!? They are doing it again but this time its 15% off your order with the code HOUSE7 today through the month of November! 
Follow this link to The Old World Shoppe and get yours before they are gone! 


Joss and Main $500 Giveaway

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Spring is finally here and I'm so excited to be partnering with Joss and Main to tell you all about the $500 giveaway they are hosting now through July 1, 2017. 
All you need to do to enter is post an image of your outdoor space on Instagram, tag @jossandmain and use the hashtag #designtheoutdoors. That's it! 







Our New Verona Range and Review

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Most of you have been following this journey we've been on over the past few months of completely remodeling the kitchen in our new home. We turned what was the original dining room and part of the kitchen seen below in to a much more open kitchen area and we are so happy we did. It took a lot of planning and researching the products that we have used in our kitchen space.
(before)
(after) 

One thing that we were sure of was that we wanted a professional oven range and it had to be 36 inches. We also didn't have the square footage to add in built in double ovens so we would have to figure out a way to incorporate that in to the design. The problem that most of you know, is that professional ranges are so expensive and then you throw in a double oven, GULP!
Not to mention, the reviews on most of the more popular mainstream brands leave a lot to be desired. So what to do? I mean in all honesty, we didn't have $8000-$10,000 in our budget for a range and I was weary of spending less on an off brand that seemed to be made in china by the same companies but with a different name on them. We were stuck.
That is until I found the Verona. They are made in Italy and I honestly couldn't find much information about them at first. After lots of time searching the internet for information, I decided to just search Instagram instead. Thankfully, I found quite a few reviews on the range and I was able to see real life photos!! One of the reviews I read was from The Faux Martha. I have followed her for quite some time on Instagram and after her raving review of her own Verona duel fuel range, which means gas stove top and electric oven, I thought this might actually be the one for us and for far less than the other brands I had been researching.
I finally made up my mind and purchased the Verona 36" double oven with dual fuel and 5 burners. Then I crossed my fingers and hoped and prayed I had made the right choice.
We have had the range for a little over 3 months now and we are so happy with it. I'm actually quite blown away with what an incredible range it really is. The front burners are both 12,000 BTU and the back are 6000. The center is between 1000 to 16,000. If you want power then this is it but with the back burners being just right for lower temps and simmering. The other thing that I noticed with a lot of the other pro ranges was they didn't have timers on them. Okay, so I'm not a professional cook and I wanted a clock and a timer. The oven has multiple settings including a defrost setting and for those that wonder just how much you can fit in the larger oven? Well, we fit our 20lb. turkey in there for Thanksgiving without any issues at all.
Like me, you will probably have to buy new cookie sheets because your standard size won't fit but I found the perfect size at Target with no trouble at all. 

Another option with the Verona range is the Chef's Pak.  Watch more about it HERE. The Chef's Pak includes a stainless griddle, spatula, super thick cutting board, electric thermometer, steamer kit, and oven mitt. We love it! The griddle is such a great addition to the range for cooking eggs and I'm sure so much more but if you know me at all, then you know I pretty much want to eat a sunny side up egg on everything these days...Everything!! 




We love the steamer because we steam so many vegetables around here and we love seafood so it has been used quite a lot for both. 
We are so happy that we decided on the Verona! It has been a such a wonderful addition to the kitchen. It's not only beautiful but works perfectly. We have had zero issues with the range and I don't anticipate any to come in the future. Just a little more information about the range is that we chose the 2" backplate that you can see just behind the burners above. An 8" backplate is another option if you have a combustable wall behind the range like we did here below before the soapstone was installed.  You can compare both photos to see the difference. 
I'm hoping this review and information on the Verona Duel Fuel Double Range gave you some of the information you may have been searching for when looking for a new range. I would highly recommend this range and I know that we will continue to use Verona in our homes in the future. I still can't believe that its not as well known in the states yet but hopefully that changes soon. 
I saved the best part of this post for last because Verona Appliances has been so kind to partner with me on a giveaway for you all!! Head over to my Instagram account to enter to win your very own Chef's Pak!! 
You can follow this link HERE to enter!! 







Kitchen Inspiration and Polycor Design

Thursday, January 5, 2017
We have been hard at work on this little kitchen of ours and I am so excited to see it in the final stretch to completion. I thought long and hard about how I wanted this space to feel and even though I now would have done a few things differently, I am so happy with how it is shaping up.
Pinterest is always a great source of inspiration for me but one lady in particular that has always been my design spirit animal ( is that really a thing) and in my opinion can do no wrong when it comes to interiors is Ms. Lauren Liess herself.  I have pulled so much inspiration from her past homes and I am doing my best to sprinkle a bit of that magic around this little home of ours starting with the kitchen.
Her use of natural materials is spot on and her design encompasses my passion for a palette of white, black and wood tones with just a bit of nature added in here and there. 
It was through Lauren's design that I fell in love with soapstone. I had always thought of myself as a marble only kind of girl but the warmth of the soapstone seemed to be just the right choice for our new home.  I've had this vision of a warm and cozy european kitchen, the kind you can smell bread baking in just by looking at it.  Old and new elements woven together resulting in exactly the right balance of rustic and modern.
This kitchen, is by far my favorite ever posted anywhere on the inter web, and every time I see it I get all the feels. It wasn't until after I started choosing the items for my new kitchen did I realize it was pretty darn close to this one, and I'm pretty sure influencing all my decision making. This is where I fell in love with Alberene Soapstone from Virgina. Seriously, even the runner is just so good! 
 
 I contemplated going with a more modern white hood for our range but the more I looked at this image I just couldn't decide. That was until I saw this Kate Marker design (2nd image) below and that pretty much sealed the deal for me.
Perfection!
Once I had settled on the look of the kitchen it was time to start working on sourcing all of the  products. Thankfully, I was able to get in touch with Polycor. They own 30 quarries which are mostly based in the USA and I was able to work with them and choose just the right soapstone for our counter tops and backsplash. Now, because I do love some marble, I also decided on a 
White Cherokee marble from Georgia for the top of the island. 

Polycor has been a dream to work with and I can't even begin to tell you how beautiful their stones are. I am also so happy to be using a locally (as close to home as possible) sourced product, mined right here in the United States. 
Polycor sent all of their stone samples for me to choose from, and even though I was sure I wanted to use the Alberene Soapstone and White Cherokee Marble, it was so awesome to see and feel all of the stones and the different finishes they offer.
Now a little peek at the stone that will be gracing my countertops and backsplash in the next coming week!!
Excuse the grainy pictures but c'mon its still so pretty!!