What's Up~

Hello Lovelies~

Things are crazy around here right now.  But crazy in a wonderful way.  Today, I thought I'd share with you all of the excitement happening around these parts.

First, my book, Decorating for Real Life is available for pre-order!

The official release date is in October...and right now, I'm busy planning my book launch party!  I'm so excited for what is going to be an amazing event!  Utah locals...you're invited....so mark your calendars for October 24, and I'll post more details on the blog soon.

image via Gatehouse No. 1

I'll be holding a book signing and presenting a fun class at Gatehouse No. 1 - an amazing interior design shop here in Orem, the week of November 2.  I've also got a very exciting project in the works with Gatehouse that I'll tell you all about soon.

Then I'll be presenting at the Pinner's Conference here in Salt Lake on November 7 and 8.  I'll be talking about Decorating For Real Life...and I'll even have copies of my book on hand!

And as if all this wasn't keeping me busy enough, I'm in the process of writing book #2!! Yep!  My new book is tentatively titled "Decorating for The Seasons" and will be released in 2015.

Things sure are busy...but I'm doing what I love and I wouldn't have it any other way!  So make sure to drop by the old blog and I'll keep you updated on these and other fun projects coming my way!



My New House: The Reading Nook~

Hello Lovelies!

Today I wanted to share with you a clever little reading nook that I created in our new house.

The landing at the half-way point in our staircase is wide and a perfect spot to nestle a bookcase.

Read more after the break...


Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's Frugal Friday!

For today's Frugal Round-up I have a couple of fun pumpkin projects to share...

First up,  A Stroll Through Life shared these cute blinged-out pumpkins.  Love me a sparkly pumpkin.

Read more after the break...


Yesterday, I spent the entire day with the team of designers from Ivory Homes where I work.  We drove from one Ivory community to another and spent time going through the model homes and some of the quick move-ins.

It was so much fun!  The reason I love being a designer so much is that I am completely obsessed with houses.  So spending an entire day looking through them was more play than it was work.

Picture this for me, if you will.  Ten interior designers in a model home.  Loving every inch of it. And then we get in a joking discussion about how, if we actually lived in the home, we'd ask visitors not to touch anything and to stand in one spot in the great room where none of the beautiful surroundings could possibly be disturbed.  The discussion was, of course, all in jest.  But it made me think about my own little home.

I love to surround myself with beautiful things.  I certainly don't have the same kind of budget allotted to decorating a model home, so my own furnishings and decor are not as fancy...but that doesn't make them any less lovely in their own way.  And the crowing touch is the family and friends that fill the space...and they are what ultimately add the most beauty to any space.

As my friend the Nester says "It Doesn't Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful."  How true it is.

My Istagram post from yesterday kind of sums it up for me..

"Each morning as I drive my oldest to school, we pass this lovely pasture full of sheep and cows.  I am always captivated by this tree which (although it's hard to tell in this iPhone photo) has a broken trunk.  Somehow it has survived and is all that much more beautiful because of its brokenness.  I can only hope that my survival and brokenness have the same effect on me."

If you don't already follow me on Instagram, I'd love it if you did...don't let this blurry photo make you hesitate - I couldn't size it without losing clarity - Lol!

Have a great day~



Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

I'm loving the projects I have to share with you for this week's Frugal Round-up....

First, I am really in love with wallpaper lately.  And you will be too after you check out the difference it made in this room makeover shared by The Heathered Nest.  Amazing!

Read more after the break...


My New House: Learning My Limitations~

This isn't easy for me to admit:  I can't do everything.

Seems obvious.  Shouldn't come as a shock.  But it's still hard for  me to admit.  I have always been a "Type A Overachiever".  And when I say that, I'm not exaggerating.  Not one little bit.  In school, I was a straight A student.  I had about 1 gazillion extra curricular activities (give or take a few).

So here I am.  Years later.  A single mom with my own home.  Wait...let me clarify that....an INTERIOR-DESIGNER-single-mom with my own home.  That means, of course, that I have grand plans for just about every nook and cranny of this house.

Here's where I've had to learn that I can't do everything.  In the past, I would have just made a "to-do" list and started tackling it one item at a time.  Now, I work full time as a designer, part-time as a design blogger and 24-hour-a-day-time as a mom.  That leaves little time for projects.

So I did the unthinkable (unthinkable to a type-A, DIY, Design blogger anyway).  I hired a project done.  And I know it won't be the only project that gets accomplished this way.  And you know what? That's okay.

Here's a sneak peek of said project...

And I couldn't be happier.  And neither could my boys.  I took on the painting of said project to save a bit of money...and now I realize that even fitting in painting is challenging with my current schedule. I've been working on it for 5 days now, and I'm not done.  Meanwhile, the boys are camping out in the living room.  An arrangement that they think is fun.  But one that I'm ready to have over with.

Every new phase of life teaches us something about ourselves.  In this phase, I've learned that I can do ANYTHING I put my mind to, I just can't do EVERYTHING.  There is quite a distinction.  And in learning that about myself, I've freed up some of the guilt.  It's okay (even as a type-A, DIY, Design Blogging Interior Designer) to ask for help when you need it.  And that, my friends, is growth. Learning my limitations has actually expanded my abilities in a way.  Who woulda thought?




HomeGoods Gift Card Winner~

Hello Lovelies!

I'm just popping in on this rainy Tuesday afternoon to announce the winner of the HomeGoods $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

The winner is:
AMY who said   "So impressed with how quickly you have put the room together, looks great. I am in need of new rugs, Home Goods is the place. Thanks, Amy"


Please drop me an email at shabbynest (at) yahoo (dot) com, and we'll get you set up with your prize!

I'll be back soon with a sneak peek post about the big project going on in the little boys' bedroom! I'm so excited!!  In the mean time, have a great day!