Evelyn’s Matryoshka Nursery Design

Welcome to this edition of Procrastinators of the World Unite.  

This one time, I got pregnant back in April, and thought “Oh, I have plenty of time to do anything.”

Then we found out we were having a girl in July, and I thought, “We still have plenty of time.  She’s not due til Christmas, and it’s 107 degrees.”

And just like Voldemort sneaked in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, we realized Christmas was sneaking up on us in less than 12 weeks.  There have been a few things happen lately which make us think she’ll come a little early.  We hope she doesn’t, but we need to be prepared.  Lessons learned from Titanic and icebergs.

The original plan was to completely finish our open concept renovation before we started the nursery.  But we just felt like we couldn’t put it off any longer.  So my fantastic mother came over to help me get things in motion by helping me clean out the room and rip up carpet.  If Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp had a magical Julie Andrews love child, it would by my mom.  She is practically perfect in every way, with a touch of cheeky-ness.

The chosen nursery… formerly known as the office.  This was the already existing paint color when we moved in, dirty rotten beige.

office room

office room

First step, rip up carpet.

Nursery Paint

Next step, prime & paint walls.  Heidi and my mom knocked it out like a professional wrestling duo on a Saturday night in front of a stadium of 80 thousand.  (Is that even a thing?  I know nothing.  Seriously.  I’ve never seen a fight in my life.)

Nursery Paint

Nursery Paint

Nursery Paint

The plan is NOT to have an all white nursery.  The plan is to be cute, and do this.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mood Board


This mood board is some inspiration, and some actual items that we are using.  I thought Russian Nesting dolls were a perfect route to go.

I’m getting all DIY up on a bunch of nursery items.  There are going to be quite a few surprises with the nursery.  IE:  I’m not telling you what I’m using the nesting doll fabric for, or what the mobile is, what the dresser looks like yet, or where the scallops will be.  But I LOVE the scallop pattern, because when you use your imagination, it looks like an army of nesting dolls all stacked in front of each other.

 The flooring is the same we’ve been using upstairs, and will be continued into her room.  And the crowning jewel will be my DIY Wingback Rocking Chair that was made when I was only 7 weeks along.  Still sturdy, still comfortable for the curious minds out there.

And just to remind you fine people, the pumpkin parade started today!  Check out the links below for some kickin pumpkin projects.

Pumpkin Parade

Shift Ctrl Art
Primitive & Proper
Decor & the Dog

Prime Living Magazine Interview

A HUGE thank you to everyone who entered the Give Away last week.  It was a huge success.  We have a winner: “Cape On The Corner!”  Make sure to check your email.

At the beginning of July, I got such an amazing opportunity.  I was contacted by Prime Living Magazine for an interview on aviation in design.  It was a total out of body experience.  I felt like Carlton getting talked to by Tyra, or should I say “Jackie.”


I’ve talked a few times on the blog about my love for aviation, and getting my pilot’s license.

Even though we’re not 100% finished with our basement family room, we wanted a subtle aviation theme to run through out (with maps, color, metal, and art).

Vintage Industrial Basement

Restoration Hardware Knock Off Art (4)


The magazine interview has been published!  And if you are unable to pick up a copy, you can read the interview here.

Prime Living Magazine interiors by Kenz

Prime Living Magazine interiors by Kenz

This is the plane I was talking about in my interview, the B-17 Liberty Belle Flying Forteress.  Such a historic aircraft.  I was lucky to snag a ride in it.  Perks of working on the private side of the airport I suppose.  That and eating your weight in left over catering.

B-17 Liberty Belle Flying Forteress

Up in the air…

Prime Living Magazine interiors by Kenz

Seconds before touch town in the nose-gunner seat.

Prime Living Magazine interiors by Kenz

The spread!

Prime Living Magazine interiors by Kenz

Prime Living Magazine interiors by Kenz

Prime Living Magazine interiors by Kenz

Rustic Utah Design

I thought I’d do something a little different today.  We’ve been focused on the really big parts of our open concept renovation.  “Cabinets this daylay flooring like this paint all the wallsbuild a half wall…” etc.  But we haven’t really talked about the design of it.

What’s our flavor?

I feel like our house used to be a collage of different colors and designs all over the place.  Not much “flow.”  We’re trying to think of our house as a whole, and not each room individually.  But that has evolved into tying in the design to our surroundings.  Aka, what’s outside the door.

Wasatch Mountains

There are so many styles of design to love.  There’s Hollywood Lux, East Coast Beachy, Asian Zen, Tropical Bamboo, Southern Cottage, and so on.  I decided I really needed to tap into the inspiration all around me in Salt Lake City.  When I said “Rustic Utah” this horrific image flashed in everyone’s mind:

Rustic Utah

To everyone’s relief, I had some different, and more up-to-date ideas on how to incorporate some Utah Design into our lives.

The name of our granite counter tops is “Pebble Beach.”  Outside our front door are the most gorgeous Wasatch Mountains.  They are beautiful, and part of our every day lives.  If you are a Utahn, you have a weird attachment to the Wasatch Mountains.  There’s a granite quarry in these mountains 20 minutes from our house, where all the granite was pulled for the Salt Lake Temple, probably the most iconic building in Salt Lake.

Wasatch Mountains

Temple Quarry

Salt Lake Temple

We wanted our granite to be a color and pattern native to our area.  It’s pretty dead on!

To the West of our house, the view from our backyard is the Oquirrh Mountains.  They are a little smaller in height than the Wasatch, but they are home to the Copper Mine, the largest open pit mine in the world.  The Oquirrh Mountains inspired us to incorporate copper accents into the picture.

Oquirrh Mountains

The State Motto of Utah is “Industry,” so having industrial elements was a must.  Mixed metals, woods, and leather.  It needed just a sprinkle of tribal to touch on Utah’s Native American history.  And that’s how we came up with our Rustic Utah design!

Rustic Utah Mood Board


What do you think?  Is it tacky to decorate based on your surroundings?  Or do you think it helps tie the inside and the outside together?

Irons In The Fire

It’s FRIDAY!  I feel like we should all hug.  It’s been a rough week, huh.  Today I’m guest posting over at my friend Beth from Sawdust & Embryo’s blog.  She is A.MAY.ZING.  I’m figuratively jumping up and down over the fact she let me guest post.  A huge THANK YOU to her!

I feel like if our kitchen/summer renovation extravaganza was a fire, all the sub-projects would be irons.  And there are many many irons up in that fire.  And… the fire might be a little out of control.  So much so, that it is time to send some hot fire fighters into the scene.

Fire fighter

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The Best Part About Haven Conference

Being Pregnant at Haven

One year ago, I was a sad puppy, and I sat at home watching (with my sad puppy eyes) all my favorite bloggers attend Haven.  I promised myself that I would make it there next year no matter what.

Well, I wasn’t expecting to be pregnant.  And I sure as shootin’ wasn’t expecting to be on bedrest.

On New Year’s Day, I camped out on my computer, and made sure to snatch up my conference ticket and book my hotel.

Four months later, I got the best surprise of my life.  Two weeks ago, I had some rough times.  Pregnancy is different for every lady.  I’ve had all kinds of things from severe cramping, to continued throwing up (even past the first trimester), to throwing up blood.

Going to Haven was down to the wire.  I needed to take care of myself and this baby.  Could I do that at a blog conference?  I wasn’t sure until the night before.  Aaron insisted that I go, even if I didn’t leave the hotel room.  I needed to leave the house.  Why?  Because breathing drywall dust from sanding mud, and trying to rest in a construction zone isn’t the most zen-ful activity.  My mom came with to take care of me and make sure I didn’t over-do it.

Thursday morning we flew to Atlanta.  And boy, were our arms tired!  (insert cheezy joke drum sequence followed by symbol)

Checked in, and THIS was on my tv.  I felt like a star.

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Match that BLOGGER! {a contest and RYOBI Father’s Day Giveaway!}

Word up, friends!  Hope your weekend was rockin.  I didn’t throw up once, so I count it as a success :)  I am 0ne zillion percent honored to be part of this EXCITING give away today!

We’ve got a special surprise for you today… who doesn’t love a little friendly competition and GIVEAWAY?!?! (there will be a randomly drawn winner in addition to the winner of the contest, so you should enter both ways!)

The premise of this contest stems from the fact that ALL OF US are guilty of Pinning an idea without ever checking the source… guilty as charged! But there are likely pins on your boards that are from your favorite bloggers, and you don’t even KNOW it! (amiright?)

And that’s where the contest comes in:

Contest- Match the Blogger with the Project

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Disneyland Design: Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

Disneyland Castle

**This post was supposed to auto post Wednesday.  And it didn’t.  And then I was like “shoot… we’re home now, so I’m not allowed to post Disneyland posts anymore.”  And then I was all “I’m the boss of my blog, and if I still feel high on Disneyland Magic, I can do whatever the fluff I want.”  Celebrate if you must.  Or skip it.  But if you read it, you’re guaranteed to learn something new.  Unless you have an unlimited knowledge of the Magic Kingdom.

This is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Disneyland.  Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

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Disneyland Design: The Haunted Mansion

Disneyland Haunted Mansion

Greetings from California!

We’re having the best time ever :)

Today’s quick Disney Design post is about The Haunted Mansion.  It’s drenched in New Orleans spirit.  The description from the official Disneyland site is as follows:

You are hereby invited to a spirited tour via “buggy” of the home and estate of a prosperous yet departed sea captain whose elegant 19th-century mansion in the New Orleans Square was once the setting for some of the most prominent social gatherings this side of the Mississippi.

I love how New Orleans is a perfect blend of French and American design elements.

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Bringing Our Wedding Home

Unique Vintage Bridals

Two years ago today I married the most wonderful human on the planet.  I have no doubt that Aaron and I were custom made for each other.  There is no one on the Earth who could tolerate and love me so perfectly.  Of that, I am positive.  (I’m quite the terror, I’ve been told.)  He is the ideal life adventure partner.  He’s the Jones to my Indiana.  The Brave to my Toaster.  The Earhart to my Amelia.  The fuel to my Cessna.  The Drew to my Nancy.  The Peeta for my Katniss.  I could go on forever.  Good thing our marriage will… go on forever.

Wow, anyway.  Am I giving you a cavity with all this sweetness?

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