Friday, June 29, 2012

Repurposing Filing Cabinets Into Planters

I had originally seen the idea to turn your old filing cabinet into a planter here and loved how they turned out. So, the other day I picked up a used filing cabinet for $7 at a garage sale. Honestly, I didn't follow all of the steps that Boopy Projects did. I have no patience for that. I put a board on the one side that was open, filled half of the cabinet with empty milk jugs so it wouldn't have to be all dirt (too heavy) and spray painted it with a copper finish. For a unique touch I added the brown metal shelf to the backside. This was a piece that used to be attached to our gazebo. Since the wind storm destroyed most of our gazebo this year, I figured I would re-purpose what I could and salvaged this piece. The four plates were $1.00 at a thrift store (originally from Pier1) and I may add some candles on top of them. If it only lasts a year, I'm fine with that. For the amount of money I put into it, it is totally worth it! It also acts as a nice half wall on our patio and stops the kids from jumping or falling off the edge.

Filing cabinet turned into copper planter

Back side with a metal shelf added to it

A Sassy Shoe 40th Birthday Party Invite

This invite was so fun! Not only did I get to design a custom invite, I got to design a shoe! (raise your hand if you could totally rock a zebra pump!) What a fun way to celebrate a 40th birthday - with 40 pair of shoes!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Office Interiors

I've had office interiors on my brain lately as I am helping with a fabulous new office space that is everything a designer could wish for. While the official interior designer planned colors, workstations, furniture, flooring and upholstery, I have the opportunity to consult on all of the remaining decor such as wall art, sculptures, accessories, greenery, photography, etc. I love bringing it all together and I can't wait to show you!! I am so impressed with how this company has really blended their culture with an office space that reflects their personality and actually pays attention to aesthetic! (HALLELUJAH!)

We (the company I work for) are also in the process of trying to find new office space in town, and it has been a real eye opener. There is just nothing available and what is...well, they would all require some major re-no! It baffles me why companies don't care about updating, renewing, refreshing, painting...ANYTHING! Why is brown paneling, mauve wallpaper and faded floral brass framed artwork ok??? Why is bad lighting, gray cubicles, dusty old floral arrangements, floral sprays and wait for it...bordered wallpaper, acceptable office decor?!?!? Are normal people bothered by this or is it just the designer in me? Does anyone even care that they are stuck in the 80's? (probably not)

Anyway, enough of my rant. This brings me to my other point, which is; we have an enormous amount of growth in our community right now and buildings are going up faster than you can blink an eye. While they are mostly new hotels and apartments, some existing commercial properties have taken a step forward to improve their space, too. Outdated and ugly healthcare facilities have bothered me (see previous rant on mauve wallpaper) but it was so refreshing to see Trinity's new CancerCare Center today. Their new lobby is a sight for sore eyes. The addition of a sleek fireplace and a soothing waterfall add comfort in a place where the environment should matter. Cool grays mix with a touch of yellow and patterns and textures blend so nicely together. The addition of the wooden inlay in the ceiling adds a bit of warmth and makes it more cozy. The lighting above the reception desk is bright and modern. And they actually landscaped outside! No, really, they did!! No one wants to be sitting and waiting at a cancer center. But hopefully this new renovation should help the patients feel a little more comfortable.

(disclaimer: while I am not an interior designer, I like to play one on the internet. ha ha)

I love the lights


Love the pattern on these chairs and the mix of light wood with silver

Two sided. Love the stone, too!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Nebraska Cornhusker Football Birthday Party

At the request of my son, this year's birthday party was a Husker football theme. But for a mommy that does personalized party stuff, it's ironic that I only designed one thing personalized: the invite! Oh well, we certainly had enough Husker material to make up for it and really, his only concern was that his friends and cousins were there to play. It was a great day and a great party. GBR!

The "Game Day" ticket invite

This is a ceramic corn cob that my grandmother made in 1967! How awesome is that?

It wouldn't be a football day without Gatorade, right? Thanks to my friend, we had this Vikings football field table, but we tried our best to add some RED over that purple!

I thought perhaps we could throw this on Coach Daddy afterwards...ha ha

A football field cake, red and white cupcakes, hot dogs and corn on the cob were on the menu.

Red and white cupcakes

Table display

HOPE HEALS: One Year After the Souris River Flood in Minot

If you had the chance to take part in the Summer of Hope events this past weekend, my HOPE HEALS painting was on display at the Minot Convention and Visitors Center. This is a piece I wanted to do as a commemorative piece, using photos and articles from the Minot Daily News that I had saved from last year. The words and images tell a story of the events from last year's devastating flood. My wish for those that are still recovering and trying to rebuild their lives is that they have continued HOPE for the future. I am in awe of the strength and determination it has taken for them to rebuild their lives. Some are back home and can look back and see how far they've come. Some are still in limbo and don't know where to go or what to do...even a year later. Some have just left and moved on.

I am sure there are those that didn't want to hear anything about the anniversary of the flood this weekend. But maybe for others, a simple piece of art can capture a memory and remind them of how strong they are for getting through it!

Peace and Love,

Monday, June 18, 2012

Princess Party Package

I'm delighted to share the complete party package I recently designed for one special little princess.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Princess Birthday Party

This little sweetheart gets two birthday parties (as any princess should!) and here is a sneak peek of her royal invites! Similar colors and somewhat of the same design elements make up this invite so mom can coordinate both events' decorations.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Third Birthday Invite

Here's a sneak peak at a third birthday party custom package I'm working on designing for a friend of mine. She wanted it to feel "Pottery Barn" so this is what I came up with. Can't wait to show you the rest...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Living Room Makeover

I'm sooooo excited to show you how this room turned out. If you recall from my previous post, I was helping to re-decorate this living room. She had purchased the couch and rug and I helped her pull things together from there. The only stipulation was that none of the wall colors or flooring would change, so we had to work within a set color scheme, utilizing the red accent wall. Other than that, it was a clean slate.

I emailed suggested items and she would order them or find something very similar locally. ((So, basically I got to spend her money)) We did this all through email and texting! There was a lot of 'try this' or 'yes' and 'no' back and forth and I'm loving how it turned out! She will still be purchasing a few more pieces such as lamps and maybe another side table. Plus she ended up keeping the long horizontal mirror I had found for her previously.

What a great team and oh, how fun it was!! Now, can I live here, please?

  • Mirror: Hobby Lobby, Fargo, ND
  • Leather couch and chair: Scheels Home and Hardware, Fargo, ND
  • Coffee table and sofa table (not shown): I found these on but I think she ended up picking the same ones up at her local HOM store, Fargo, ND
  • Curtains: Urban Outfitters, online
  • Yellow chair: Target, online
  • Rug: Scheels Home and Hardware, Fargo, ND
  • Artwork: Scheels Home and Hardware, Fargo, ND
  • Side table: West Elm, online
  • Pillows: Gordmans, Fargo, ND
  • Floor Lamp: I found one online, but I think she picked up this similar one at Scheels Home and Hardware, Fargo, ND