2017 Overstock Style Weekend and Design Challenge!

A few weeks ago, I had the COOLEST opportunity to go up to Salt Lake City for the first #OverstockSyle Weekend. When I found out that Kirsten from Simply Grove, Cassandra from Coco+Kelley, Dabito from Old Brand New and Ashley from At Home with Ashley were also coming, I knew it was going to be an amazing time. But little did I know that Overstock was going to roll out the red carpet for us in such a major way! It honestly was one of the most fun work trips I’ve ever been on. I left with sore cheeks from laughing, a tummy full from all the amazing meals, and a mind brimming with inspiration.

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We started out by heading to Overstock’s corporate headquarters called Peace Coliseum (it looks like a peace sign from above).

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When we got there they showed us a demo of their new augmented reality app that you can use to literally see thousands of pieces of furniture on their site in your room using your phone. It was SO crazy and it felt like I was getting a peek into the future for all online shopping. I love that Overstock considers themselves to be a tech company too – they are pushing boundaries for sure.

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Next stop, we got to tour the Overstock Dream House up high in the mountains (literally on Mt. Olympus) overlooking the Salt Lake valley below. This mid-century house was completely decked out! Before coming up for the weekend, all of us bloggers sent Overstock a couple of mood boards of furniture we loved from the site.

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Then their design team decorated the house using only Overstock product based on the pieces we really loved! So cool, right? Here’s a little tour!

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Living room inspired by Cassandra from coco+kelley – the wood sided sofa was literally perfect.

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Dining room inspired by Kirsten from Simply Grove – those leather and brass dining chairs SWIVEL!

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The loungey family room was inspired by Dabito from Old Brand New – it honestly was the best hang out space! We were all here for hours and hours!

coffee table  //  gold floor lamp  //  woven chair  //  sofa  //  black leather chair  / / wall art  //  rug 

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Ashley from At Home with Ashley inspired this breakfast nook – She loves a good pop of pink and that rug was perfection. (That art was SO GREAT too!)

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They designed the master bedroom inspired by my mood boards and it was so dreamy! Super soothing and calm, like a bedroom should be!

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(If you’re interested in seeing the whole Dream House, click over here! The exterior was gorgeous too!) After our house tour, a private chef made the most amazing five course dinner for us at the Overstock Dream House. Then we karaoked down in the lounge room (with all that gorgeous walnut paneling on the walls!) until the wee hours. It was amazing and completely worth being a little sleepy the morning of the big DESIGN CHALLENGE DAY!!!

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You guys, they told us we were going to the Overstock photo studio for a design challenge, but we had NO CLUE about any of the details. When we arrived at their enormous photo studio early the next morning, we each got to pick an envelope at random. When we opened them we saw that we were each assigned a different color of the same chair. Most of the colors were more neutral but I got THE ORANGE CHAIR!!! Gasp! I was excited for the challenge. :)

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Each of the five bloggers had a room set in the photography studio with wood floors and a neutral color on the walls. Once we were assigned a chair color and a photo assistant and stylist team, they started the clock! We RACED through the Overstock prop house, picking furniture and accessories and lamps and art to use in our rooms all from the Overstock inventory. It felt like I was in a game show! Like a mix of the Amazing Race and that old grocery store game or something! :) It was sort of stressful but mostly SO FUN!

I put together a video of all of my Instagram stories from the design challenge – it was so fun to livestream the excitement!

Here’s a time lapse video of my space. I had fun reliving the day by occasionally pausing the video to see all the different directions we thought about going in before settling on the final look! :)

When the time was up, we did a big Overstock Facebook Live stream of the room reveals with each of the bloggers (you can still watch that video here) and the viewers voted on their favorites spaces. I’m so happy to say that my space won thanks to you guys and your support! Thank you!!! :)

Here’s the finished room from my #OverstockStyle Design Challenge!!

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I was a little nervous about getting the orange chair, but I actually think it works really well in the space here! It’s such a fun pop of color.

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Overstock continued to spoil us the rest of the weekend with amazing meals and outings and just generally a really great time! I have to say, I came into the weekend loving Overstock’s product offering, but I left LOVING OVERSTOCK and what they stand for as a company. They love their customers and they really love their employees. I have so much respect for all they are achieving!

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ALSO!!!! Guess what?! Overstock is letting each of us bloggers give away the chair we used for the design challenge! Just enter by leaving a comment. (And yes, you can choose any color of the chair you’d like!) :)

This post is brought to you by Overstock, a company I use and love! Thank you for supporting our sponsors!

Love Notes

Hello from the airport! Michael and I are headed to High Point Market today for a jam-packed weekend of sourcing for the shop. I’m so excited to see all the beautiful new things this market and to get in some quality brainstorming time with my husband. I think we both have personalities that are about half dreamer and half practical/logical, but as a lawyer, Michael is definitely better at combing through the details! :) I’m so glad he’s around. Besides obviously saving me a ton of money in attorney’s fees, he’s got a great eye and a spot-on instinct. Right now he’s helping me at Juniper on nights and weekends, and burning the candle at both ends a bit, but I love how supportive he is. What a man!!

Speaking of figuring things out, you may have heard me lately talking (a lot) about Simon Sinek’s books Start with Why and then Find Your Why. I can’t recommend them enough if you are at a crossroads with your career or if you need a jumpstart in life. Find Your Why helps you do just that – figure out a personal (or business) mission statement that gets at what makes you tick or what fulfills you. Spoiler alert – it’s probably not what you think it is! I’m digging deep and figuring out so many important things about myself right now. It feels like an exciting time! I hope some of you can use the exercises here too to help take your work/daily tasks to the next level!

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I turned 35 this week!! GASP!! This felt like a REALLY BIG birthday to me for some reason? Like way scarier than turning 30!

I’ve been doing some serious retail therapy lately to help soothe my wounded, aging ego and it’s a good thing there are so many great sales happening right now! :)

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I’m SO glad you guys loved our DIY black and brass fridge tutorial! :) A lot of you asked about how we made the brackets for the shelf, too.

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I made the mounts with 11″ deep mahogany boards available at Home Depot. I cut the four back plate pieces to be about an inch wider than the brackets I had picked on all sides. I didn’t stain the wood – I just used a dark walnut Restor-a-finish to darken and seal it.

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I mounted each of the back plates at 18″ above the top of the counters. Then I sprayed some cheap shelf brackets also from Home Depot with gold spray paint and mounted those to the wooden back plates. Then the top shelf was screwed into place and we were done!

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So simple and I think so unique! We thought a lot about doing a tile backsplash here, but I like the simplicity of just these brackets so much more! :)

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We spotted this tour of Megan and Luke Pettipoole’s Omaha home and loved home bright and cheery it was! We were even more excited when we spotted our Peonies print in her vibrant gallery wall!!

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Wish me luck this weekend at High Point Market! Here’s my shopping list to add to our line up:

Special and affordable arm chairs or slipper chairs

Pillows that look like vintage textiles but are much more affordable

FRAMES!!!! We need more frames available to buy online, don’t you agree?

REALLY great faux plants

Planters and ceramic pieces

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A really great bench cushion sofa that doesn’t cost as much as a car. :)

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Tell me what other things you’d love to see for our home collection! I’d LOVE to hear!! Please and thank you!

Marbled Business Cards from MOO and Clay Leaf Card Holders

This post is brought to you by MOO! All opinions and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make LGN possible! :)

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This is a big week for us. I am heading to High Point market to meet with some furniture manufacturers we have been talking with about our first home collection! Eeeeeeep!!!! I’m feeling all the feels as we work hard to make this dream a reality. One of the things on my to do list before leaving for North Carolina tomorrow was to get some new business cards printed. After seeing this post on SFGirlByBay, I was thrilled to get to work with MOO to design our new business cards and print shop marketing! I was in a hurry, so it really helps that they offer next day shipping.

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Their site is GENIUS and incredibly easy to use. Really, truly, even if you have zero graphic design experience, you can have the business cards (or the stationery, postcards, invitations…) of your dreams at a completely affordable price point. I thought I would want to design my own cards but as soon as I saw this marbled option in their design library, it was game over. Can you even? There are lots of different options, but I especially love the square size and the rounded corners on our cards! I chose their brand new Cotton Business Cards. The paper is made from recycled cotton t-shirt offcuts from the garment industry which would normally be thrown away. It’s a modern take on a cotton rag paper meaning that these cards aren’t only beautiful and high quality—they’re also tree free! Isn’t that cool?

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We used this super simple tutorial to make a few of these leaf-impression card holders to keep all around the studio. My daughters even made a few of these that we’re using – that’s how easy this tutorial is! Basically you use this air-dry clay (I like the bright white, though you can do any color you like!), roll out the clay to 1/4″ thickness using this roller, lay down a leaf with the veins facing down and roll the leaf into the clay pushing hard. You can cut around the leaf with scissors or an x-acto knife and then gently peel off the leaf. We let our clay leaves dry overnight in bowl to give them more of an organic shape. You can sand off any rough spots with a sanding block and you’re all done!

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(the more veins in your leaves, the better!)

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I especially love the big monstera leaf we used to make a card holder for our Jenny’s Print Shop 5×7″ take away postcards.

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Aren’t these gorgeous? We chose MOO’s Luxe paper for these and they are SO THICK! And as part of the design process on MOO’s site, you get to choose a color for the edging of the post card. It’s the details that make the design!

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We had a few print shop favorites printed and I picked a different color for each print. I like the idea of giving these out to customers here at the shop. So come on down when we’re officially open so I can give you one of these beauties!! :)

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I absolutely can’t wait to get to North Carolina tomorrow and start handing these out! Have you checked out the MOO site? I’d love to hear which of their designs is your favorite! And if you’re a brand new MOO customer use the code LITTLEGREENMOO at checkout for 15% off Cotton Business Cards! :)

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One Room Challenge: Week 2 – Wallpaper Inspiration

It’s time for a One Room Challenge update!! :) Last week we mentioned that we were thinking about painting the beams in the #GentryProject master bedroom. Some of you voiced your concerns, but don’t worry! These beams aren’t real wood and they looked really awful in person. We had our painters paint them in a warm gray tone and I think it was the right choice for the space. If feels so much more fresh in the room! (This is right after the first coat and before the painters did any clean up)

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When I started thinking about what kind of space we wanted to create, the idea kept popping up of wallpapering the room in a soft, peaceful and textural pattern.

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We knew we wanted to go with a warm, neutral wallpaper and Farrow & Ball (who is a participating sponsor of the ORC) has a lot to offer in that area! (Remember this wallpaper I picked for my entry? I still love it almost four years later!) We laid out our top six picks to help us decide which scale and pattern would be best for the room.

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Okay, spill the beans. What would you pick here?? I have to admit, I’m most drawn to #1. I keep finding myself loving warmer tones lately – don’t you? I am loving taupes and beiges mixed with bright whites and black! SO GOOD. Here’s a little board we put together with the Jasmine paper and some other colors we’re loving for the room. What do you think of this start? I’m hoping it’s a soothing, peaceful space that is NOT AT ALL BORING!! :)

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Don’t forget to check in on the progress of the other ORC participants! So many exciting rooms this season!! xo

Boxwood Avenue  //  Coco & Jack  //  Shay Geyer  //  Design Manifest

Dwell with Dignity  //  The Makerista  //  Making it Lovely  //  Dabito

Old Home Love  //  The Painted House  //  Megan Pflug  //  The Pink Pagoda

Erica Reitman  //  Sacramento Street  //  Simply Grove  //  Jill Sorensen

Sugar & Cloth  //  BrittanyMakes  //  Waiting on Martha //  The House that Lars Built