Happening Lately: NYE 2016

Happy New Year, friends!! How are you? How was your holiday? I’m back in the saddle again today after taking the last two weeks off and I’m feeling rested and ready to tackle 2016!

Before signing off, I threw a little offsite party for the women that work for me. I love these ladies to the moon and back. They have buckets of talent and they work tirelessly. I think we’re all really hitting our stride with client work and I’m so happy to share with you what we’ve been working on the past few months.

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(left to right – Megan, Carolyn, moi, Kayla, Kate)

We went to one of our favorite restaurants, The Henry, to kick off the holiday. The food is yummy and so are the interiors!

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The bathroom has the prettiest tile and it was so fun to see the Kohler trough sink we’re using in one of our projects! It’s amazing!
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I tried not to do any work during the break, but I had a Domino deadline to squeeze in before Christmas. I needed a biggish tree for the shoot and my girls helped me find a great kumquat tree at a local nursery. I planted it in a basket for the shoot and it was like a dream come true. :)

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I also grabbed a flat of green and red succulents to give as neighbor gifts in hand-painted clay pots. I thought a break from sweet treats would be welcome for both my neighbors and me!
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It’s so crazy to me that my sweet Evelyn is six years old now. This girlie has been nothing but pure joy since she showed up unannounced at home! We celebrated her birthday early this year (the 24th is always so jam-packed, poor thing!). We went to a trampoline park for her little party. Have you ever been to one? It is so much fun to do flips and obstacle courses, but Michael and I could barely walk the next day! So worth it. :)

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We had a really great Christmas. It was pretty chill – we mostly just sat around with family and played games and ate, and bruised our tailbones trying to get the hang of that dang hoverboard. Somehow my girls all figured it out in about 0.3 seconds but it took me all day. :) We also tried to spend as much time outside as possible this year. We did a few little hikes, including to this area that was featured on Snippet and Ink. Aren’t our mountains beautiful here?

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After Christmas, the girls headed up to my mom and dad’s house and Michael and I stayed home with Margot. We did some big organizing projects and made plans for a mini kitchen makeover that I want to do this year. It’s been more than two years since doing our semi-temporary fixes (like painting the floors and doing the concrete overlay on the countertops), and I’d like to invest in something a little nicer this year. We won’t be breaking any banks though. I found a practically new Viking fridge on Craigslist for an amazing deal (it was in a gym kitchen!) and the marble I’m looking at costs a fraction of the price of granite. Can’t wait to share all the details! 
We’re thinking of doing a slate floor in the kitchen, laying it right on top of the existing tile to make it flush with our wood floors. While I was out shopping for some good slate options and I found these new pretties at Floor & Decor. I loved these 4″ white marble hex tiles!
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((Also, those Nikes above are my favorite errands-shoes right now. So, so comfortable!))

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This elongated white marble herringbone tile is also SO GOOD. I’d love to use this on my kitchen backsplash, but I think I’m going to do a herringbone pattern for the floor tile. So maybe I could use the white in the studio bathroom then?
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It’s hard to tell in my photos, but the scale is closer to the tile in this gorgeous bathroom.
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Michael and I headed up to my parents’ house in Snowflake for New Years. It’s so nice to have a place to easily get away to! We played in the snow with the girls and watched movies and did a little salvage yard shopping. There’s a place called Lamell’s in a nearby town, Linden, that takes a little bit of digging, but has some hidden treasures for sure!
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The owner drives to farmhouses in the midwest and salvages beautiful old windows and doors to bring back and sell at his yard. I had a blast digging through these piles! I found a pair of 100 yr-old doors that I want to use for my pantry makeover for only $40! It was such a fun way to end the weekend.
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I have big plans for 2016 and I’m SO excited to get going! Thanks for sticking around for another year! xo
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LGN Gift Guide 2015

The last days of online Christmas shopping are upon us! Are you ready?? Here are a few things for her, him and the kids that I either have and love or would love to have!

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FOR HER
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Standard Wax black marbled candle – I LOVE this local AZ company, and this candle in particular. It’s a GREAT wintery scent with the added bonus of being able to reuse the beautiful container after burning (a planter! pen holder! keys coraller!).
Byredo Gypsy Water Perfume – Complex. Different. She’ll get a million compliments every time she wears this scent with notes of sandalwood, juniper berries, citrus and amber.
Brass Bracelet – My favorite everyday bracelet because it pairs so well with watches without being too fussy. And it’s on crazy sale!
Rails button-down top – Have you heard of these cult favorite shirts? The fit is nothing short of miraculous. You’ll feel like a rock star wearing this plaid top! I’d love one in every pattern, please.
Cut-out Booties – Speaking of a million compliments! These are my favorite shoes to wear lately.
State necklaces – The perfect layering piece and a way to keep home close to your heart.
Monogrammed Pouch with Built-in Wallet – This zippered pouch (which they monogram for you for just a bit extra) is a lifesaver for those of us that switch bags semi-regularly. I keep all the essentials in here (there is a built-in wallet) and often just use the pouch as my purse when I’m running into a store. It’s down-right liberating.
Hologram Nail Polish – SUCH a great color. Subtle from afar. Packs a mean punch up close though. Another compliment-getter, for sure!
Agate Lucite Box – The perfect gift that looks super expensive but (shhhh!) is really not! Toss one of the above state necklaces and the nail polish inside the box and you’re all set! :)
The Perfect Leather Bag – I don’t use the word perfect lightly. Okay, actually I use it all the time, but I mean it here. This is a GREAT bag. It’s big enough to hold my wallet pouch and another pouch that I use to carry diapers/wipes, etc for Margot, plus all the other random design stuff that I end up stupidly hauling around, like 30′ tape measures and three or four paint decks. But it truly looks like a completely appropriate-sized bag that normal people who clean out their bags regularly would buy! Also looks about twice as expensive as it actually is. Bonus points for no logos in sight and the cross-body strap.
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Lucite and Brass coasters – Z Gallerie FTW! These are the coolest coasters I’ve seen in a while. They’re even better in person. They’d be even better sitting on my coffee table…
Booties – My second favorite shoes to wear right now. Super cute.
Tassel throw – on MAJOR sale and so, so great in the navy color especially! There are some really cute pillows in this line that are sold out online, but tons are in stores for like $19 ea. Recommend!
Gold Scissors – Nothing says ‘I understand you’ like a pair of special gold scissors. Unless it doesn’t, and then we are very different people.
Secret Charger Tassel – It’s a cute tassel key chain, but SURPRISE! With a secret charging cord hidden inside!
Brass-knob Le Creuset Dutch Oven – As if Le Creuset needed to get fancier. Now the white dutch ovens come with a brass knob. I mean!
Gold and Marble Candle – Like the Tom Dixon ones, but a million times less expensive.
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Gold S’well water bottle – if any water bottle is going to pull me away from my Diet Coke, this one has a sporting chance.
Floral Nike Free – These are on my wish list in such a major way.
Amazing Leggings – Forget Lululemon. Zella leggings cost less and fit SO WELL.
Phone Arm Band – I would love to run a marathon this year (having trouble finding the time for those long runs though…) and this armband is making it easier to get out the door. Works great and looks cool.
Brass Phone Case – I got this one for my birthday a couple months ago and it’s my favorite thing! It’s made out of cast brass and you literally have to screw your phone inside. It’s so cool and protects my screen really well.
Leopard Slippers – I got these same amazingly comfy slippers for Christmas last year, but they didn’t have the leopard then. Bummer for me, great news for you! (get them 30% off now too)
Buffalo Check Jammies – These are a great weight that will still be comfortable in the warmer months.
Bulldog Socks – If Wes Anderson made a sock…
Curl Stick – There is absolutely NO REASON to spend $300 on a fancy curl stick. Get those super loose beachy waves for $30 and buy yourself the Gypsy Water perfume with what’s leftover!
Jewelry Barrettes (1, 2, 3, 4) – One of my favorite ways to wear my hair is in a far side part held back with a long barrette. I treat these special barrettes like jewelry. French Luxe makes my favorite pieces, though I also like the Italian look of some of the L. Erickson clips.
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FOR HIM

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Wooden Macbook Case – I love the marble version of these cases too! Super cool.
Buffalo Check Tie – Cause there is nothing better than a guy in a suit and tie.
Daniel Wellington watch – I want to get Michael this watch so I can steal it from him. Every day.
Shaving Set – A little old school, but easier than safety blades.
Leather phone case – I love the way this case looks with a black iPhone. Super masculine, but I would also totally love one for myself.
Southwest-meets-Frozen Socks – Michael has to wear a suit to work every day so I love to find him fun socks to help mix things up. He will think these are too crazy, but I’ll break him down before January’s over. :)
Vintage Style Nikes – For your cool, but understated dude. Give him the Frozen socks too, just to push his limits a little.
Sriracha 2 Go – the name says it all. #yolo

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Kiehl’s – His favorite and yours too. The holiday gift sets are always a great deal!
Monogrammed robe – I’d love a his and hers set of these!
Black Leather Money Clip – Slim, but still enough room for five credit cards.
Shoe Shining Kit – My dad had a big wooden shoe shining box when I was a kid (I think he still does). I loved watching him shine his shoes on Sunday mornings. The smell of the polish and the sound of the brush on the leather. Good times.
Herschel Toiletry Case – Anyone else think of Walking Dead every time they see a Herschel bag? (I quit after season 2!)
Taco Socks – In case your man is (much) braver than mine.
Shoe-Boots – Love the red laces.

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FOR KIDS

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Cubebot – addicting for kids and parents alike! And I love a good toy that also looks cute on a shelf!
Yay Necklace – My Claire is always looking on the bright side and celebrates even the smallest of her and her sisters’ wins. This sweet necklace reminds me of her.
Tiara Kit – There’s definitely a DIY version, but this cute tiara kit is on sale and makes things easy for you and your kids! A super-fun NYE activity.
Ping-Pong set – any table is a ping-pong table with this gift! We has something similar to this at our family cabin vacation this summer and it was hours of entertainment! Take it to the next level with a bracketed championship competition.
Pogo stick – Hard for adults. Easy for kids. Which makes it the best present ever.
Fox and Butterfly Fabric Masks – Two great additions to your dress-up bin! And they’re on sale for just a few dollars!
Mini Purse and Brass Letter Pins – All three of my big girls asked for a purse for Christmas. Something small to keep their allowance money in for Target trips. :) I found these mini purses with the cute tassles and got them in three different colors (on sale!) and then I bought a bunch of random pins on this site for a personalized, sort of charm bracelet quality. Cute, right?
Locking diary – Fact: Every pre-teen girl wants a Tiffany blue leather diary with a heart-shaped lock.
Ukelele – In case your husband has an expensive ukelele hanging on the wall of your music room.
Loom – HOURS AND HOURS of QUIET FUN. The gift that gives so much back.
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Llama – A must-have if your daughter’s favorite movie is Emperor’s New Groove. (I’ll be needing three then)
Cute Headphones – for the car or the plane! Never lose them again in these cute colors!
Fjallraven backpack – Everyone’s favorite for a reason. They are a great size, come in the best colors and are incredibly sturdy.
Easy Needlepoint Projects – (see: Loom)
Snap Circuits – Teach your kids about electronics in a super creative way. My girls LOVE these.
Baby Walker – Margot will be zooming around the house with this cute walker on the 25th!
Star Wars Doodles Book – All the cool kids on the bus have this doodle book apparently?
No-Tie Kids Apron – For your favorite little chef (or dish-washer!)
Tee Pee – Santa brought this teepee to our house last year and it has been in heavy rotation every day since. It goes inside and out, upstairs in the girls bedrooms and down in the playroom. They read to each other inside. They sit it in front of the TV for popcorn and a movie. It’s homework central even. And now Margot pretty much wants to sit inside the teepee for most of the waking hours of her day. I would say it was a great investment…for Santa.
Flamingo – Pretty much the cutest stuffed animal that one could purchase.
Neon Tennies – Parents raise your hand if you save up clothes and other “boring” purchases for your kids from pretty much October on, so it can be another thing for them to unwrap on Christmas day? Yeah, me too.
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HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

DIY Upholstered Box Spring

The latest Domino is on news stands now! My story for this issue is all about how to make an upholstered bed using just your box spring and some furniture legs. I love how this project turned out!

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The directions are on pages 96 and 97, but the basic idea is to strip your box spring of any extra plastic corners and then upholster the boxspring with whatever fabric you want. I used the scraps of velvet I had left over from the headboard upholstery project. Then you just attach furniture legs to the corners.

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I bought the hairpin legs at a local shop called Modern Manor but you can find them in lots of Etsy shops. And really, you could use any type of furniture leg you’d like. If you needed to reinforce the corner of the boxspring for more places to attach the leg to, it would be easy to add a piece of 2×4 or 4×4 to the inside corners.

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Fun and easy, right? Grace sleeps on this bed every night and it’s held up great for months now. I love that we got the look of a matching upholstered bed frame for basically no money!

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