Thursday, February 26, 2015



The kitchen and dining room area was like the family room, a purely cosmetic update. In the photo below you will see that the cabinets were the outdated honey-color with lack luster hardware and beige tile that was "meh".

We needed to update the kitchen, but we had the countertops to work around. With the black/brown speckled warm-toned granite I thought black cabinets would look the best, but we didn't want to make the space too dark and dramatic, so we went with white upper cabinets and black lowers. As for the dining area, I unfortunately didn't take a before picture, but you can imagine the changes we made by looking at the photos.

These are the updates we needed to make:

  • paint kitchen cabinets
  • new tile backsplash
  • new floor tile
  • new hardware
  • new barstools and dining chairs
  • new wall paint
  • dining light
  • window treatments
  • create computer space in dining 
(all photos are by the talented, Sara Bateman)

  • The dining light is a favorite of mine - and it fit the space perfectly! 
  • And who doesn't love some classic bistro chairs?
  • Isn't the white wall color classic? It's my favorite go-to Benjamin Moore 50/50 mix of White Dove and Glacier White. Hasn't failed me yet!
  • The earthy/industrial stools are a great value and a must-have.
  • The white beveled subway tile and black slate tile really complete the room. (locally sourced)
  • And I am loving the cabinet hardware. The knobs and pulls are perfection.
  • The kitchen roman shade is custom, and I love how it ties together the green accents and black in the room. It finishes off the space in just the right way. 
Hope you enjoyed this project as much as I do! It's a great example that you don't have to gut your home to get the look and feel you want. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


I was saving this project for a special day, and it turns out that this ordinary Wednesday, is that day. I actually finished this project almost a year ago, but it remains one of my favorites to date.

PROJECT NEEDS: My clients are one of those beautiful couples with even prettier children who needed a home that matched their great taste and good genes. They had a good budget, but didn't want to tear down any walls but rather work with the space that they had. In the kitchen they simply wanted a face-lift, not new cabinets and appliances, etc. So we were going to do a cosmetic overhaul on this family room, dining room and kitchen area. Today I'm going to focus on their family room.

The bones of the room were good: the floors were nice original wood floors and the fireplace mantle was pretty and original. But the room was missing the finishing touches that makes a room feel sophisticated and interesting (without furnishings). What they needed was finishing work:
  • Crown Moulding
  • Casing the Windows
  • Wainscot

And let's talk about the furnishings. They had inherited this furniture and while it was comfortable, the sofas were way too big for the space. The earthy tones didn't fit their design aesthetic anymore. This beautiful couple also happens to travel to New York and London often on business and wanted furnishings that you would find in the chic spaces of these cities. We wanted to go from earthy to glamorous and traditional. 
  • family friendly sophisticated seating
  • art on walls (they had great art they had accumulated over the years)
  • new fireplace tile to match the new furnishings

And this is what we created.
(all photos by the talented Sara Bateman)


  • The English Roll Arm sofa is made of a beautiful extra-durable fabric that cleans beautifully but looks high-end and comes in the best colors. (sofa available through White + Gold
  • The Chaise/Bench sofa was a custom design to allow the light from the front window to come through without a back of a sofa blocking it. It is also extremely comfortable to lay on while watching TV or reading, which is what they wanted for the kids. 
  • The blue Madeline Weinrib rug added the color we wanted for the room. My client was in New York and spotted this rug I had shown her, in person, and fell in love. It's the hero of the room for sure. 
  • The slipper chair is upholstered in a bright graphic pattern that they wanted to be the hint of glam and trend in our traditional room. It's also as comfortable as it is pretty. (slipper chair available through White + Gold)
  • The marble coffee table is from Wisteria and it's a total love for me. A great piece for any room.
  • The mirrored sconces added style to the fireplace mantle and made the TV not feel too techy and more artsy. (sconces available through White + Gold)
  • The fireplace tile is my so great! I love how it's reminiscent of a honeycomb since Utah is the "beehive state" and the marble surround and threshold is so pretty. 
  • The velvet blue piano bench was a lucky find and fit perfectly! A great way to glam up your piano. 

Can you believe the transformation?! It was such a satisfying project and so much fun. Tomorrow I will post the dining/kitchen. You have to see it! Such a great relatively inexpensive update that made the biggest difference.

Thursday, February 19, 2015


I NEVER WIN ANYTHING. Raffles, giveaways, games at parties, (like the guess how many gumballs in the jar game), and definitely not awards. So when I saw a message in my inbox from "The Houzz Team" that said, "You won..." I was super excited! It could have said, "You won a free subscription" and I would have been thrilled. But this was even better - I actually won Best of Houzz 2015 in the Design category. And they gave me a badge for my website and a certificate to display!

my badge and certificate for my award!

The little kid in me is really excited about this. It just felt good to win something and get a BADGE! I mean, when was the last time someone gave you a badge? Even if it is for my website and blog. I am wearing it proudly.

And this was the room that helped me win this prestigious award...

Yes, it's my master bedroom that was so well captured by the talented Emily Brown. And it's funny, because this room is probably my least expensively decorated room. With nightstands and a rug from Ikea, bedspread and skirt from Target, and $30 art from a consignment store. The only expensive item is the headboard, which is custom and was the big splurge of the bedroom coming in at $1200. 

I do love this room today as much as I did four years ago when we moved into our new home. The best part about it is that I don't feel like I need to redecorate it because it feels really timeless to me, but not boring. (a win-win) Thanks Houzz community for sending the love my way and giving me this award!

And in honor of this award I'm going to post my newest project that I posted to Houzz, next week. It's one of my all time favorites, and I can't wait to share. Look for it on Monday and have a great weekend!

Monday, January 26, 2015


It's funny how much my home changes from year to year. I don't feel like I'm always working on a project or buying new furniture, but as I look back on pictures from past years, each year almost every room in my home has changed quite a bit. I guess that's what happens when your family grows and changes so much during the years when your kids are small.

Once we found out we were having our third girl, we moved my daughter out of her room to share with her sister to make room for our new baby. It was time to redecorate it as our nursery.

I started out with an eclectic, organic nursery like this in mind...

(you can see links to these products and more ideas I had for the nursery on my Pinterest board)

But then my sweet and stylish grandma passed away and I inherited this chair. I wanted to use it in the new nursery, and thought about recovering it, but the fabric is retro and girly and I liked the uniqueness of it.

This chair changed my plan quite drastically. Nothing in my original plan really worked anymore, except the Jenny Lind crib and gold wreath. I also needed to find the bedding I wanted for her crib.

I found this crib sheet at Bohem at their Designer's open house and loved the block-print and soft blue color. It's created an eclectic vibe, which is what I really wanted in her nursery.

For the walls I loved the striped Farrow & Ball wallpaper and really wanted to use it, but the cost was more than I wanted to spend at the time, and I didn't feel like it worked as well now that I had the new chair and crib sheet.

So now I needed to decide whether to leave my blush pink walls or paint them. I took the decision to Instagram and my nice followers chimed in, helping me make the decision to paint the walls navy blue. I chose Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue, which I was more than happy with. My new go-to navy blue.

This gold medallion replaced the wreath from my board because I also inherited it from my grandma. The medallion was even better than the wreath because it hung in my grandma's home and reminds me of her every time I look at. A more thoughtful decoration.

I would have loved to get a new dresser for the changing table and storage, but with all of the expenses of a new baby, Christmas, and other things, we decided to wait and just use what we had. I have had our changing table since my first daughter, and it was too shabby chic for me. I needed to update it and saw these knobs at Anthropologie that were gorgeous and perfect.

And then I got bored one afternoon and bought some gold paint and glamed up the changing table because everything looks better with gold on it, right?

I kept my sisal rug (that I've had in this room from the beginning) from Ikea, but I plan on eventually changing that out as well. My rug has a navy blue border and is no longer available, but they sell a similar one.

I am currently working on more art for the walls, curtains, and finishing touches. As soon as I feel like it's where I want it, I will share the pictures of it for a more complete view of the room. Until then...

Monday, January 19, 2015


I am lucky enough to have had Scott Davis shoot my house twice now - once for Fox Group Construction's portfolio, and the other time for

It was quite the ordeal to have them come. We basically had to move out of our house for two days. They moved all of our furniture on the main floor into other rooms, but they were great to work with and really professional. They put everything back to its original place when it was all done, and it was like they were never there. Pretty impressive considering how much they had to move around. You can see for yourself in the photos.

I never actually saw this campaign, but Scott sent me his favorite photos from the shoot, (which turned out great). It was entertaining for me to see my home in a whole new light. It's amazing what different furnishings do to the same home.

the living room styled as a wintery bedroom

living room as another bedroom setup 
dining room

product shot in the kitchen

living room with overstock furniture

And just to refresh your memory of what these rooms look like normally...

living room
dining room
Quite the change, right?!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


It's been a while since my last post - a long while actually. As you can see below, I've been a little busy growing, delivering, and taking care of a baby. A very precious, healthy, baby girl that we feel extremely grateful for.

My husband and I at the hospital right after we had our third baby girl - I look tired because I was! (and still am)

my girls meeting their sister for the first time
Having baby girl #3 has been wonderful, challenging, and just plain tiring, but overall we are happy and feeling lucky.


Before I had the baby, I finished up another investor home - the La Har project. Here are some snapshots...

brass hardware, white subway backsplash, and carrara marble countertops
white hex tile, carrara marble countertops, medicine cabinets, and gray/green subway tile shower

shiplap accent wall, bead board ceiling with beams. paint color Benjamin Moore China White

This home has a lot of charm. A loft bedroom, a beautiful yard, and cottage-feel that makes it very homey and inviting. It's still for sale! And located in a fun neighborhood between Sugarhouse and Millcreek (for those who are familiar with Salt Lake City). Message me if you are looking for a home and are interested! We are also working on a couple other homes in the Avenues, and one in the Foothill bench area - can't wait to show you the progress on these great homes. 


I am starting to work a little bit, and so far, so good. Before I had the baby I wrapped up most of my projects and didn't take on any new business. With this new year, and a fresh start, I'm thinking about approaching my business differently this year. I'm not sure what exactly it will look like, but I do know the goal is to achieve higher levels of efficiency, professionalism, and continue to learn more about design and hone my skills. There is a lot I need to think about and act on with my business, and with the sleepless nights, some days it feels daunting, but other days it's exactly what I need. I know I will figure it out and White + Gold Design is going to have a great year this year.

All in due time. But for right now, I'm going to snuggle this little one and take it day by day...

Friday, October 10, 2014


2523 E. Commonwealth Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT
2170 square feet
4 bedrooms, 3 baths

Another flip project has finished, and only a week on the market and I think we have a buyer! That's always a great feeling. This home is in a nice area of Salt Lake and I love the floor plan and feel of this home. I think we made the best use of the space. With classic finishes this home will only be enhanced by great furnishings.

I will give you a quick tour of the home. I used a lot of the same finishes I have been using in my other homes - quite honestly I don't have time to reinvent the wheel on these flip projects since they are more side projects and I need to dedicate more time to my other projects. But I love doing these flips and taking homes in dire states and turning them into fresh, happy, homes (on a budget).

Countertops: Carrara Marble
Pendant light fixture: Home Decorators Bronze Pendant - $89
Backsplash: Datile white subway with Mapei Gray Grout

Countertops: Carrara Marble
My favorite mirrors: Rectangular Mirror - $89 each
Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Moonshine
Floor Tile: Arizona Tile Black 1" Hexagon
Shower Tile: Datile Subway Tile 

Tile: Carrara Herringbone tile from Salt Lake Tile Company
Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Moonshine for walls, and White Dove for Trim

V Groove wall in the dining area.
Chandelier: Circa Lighting Large Country Chandelier

And this concludes my very brief tour of the home. There is obviously a lot more to the home, but I won't bore you with mundane room shots. Hope you enjoyed this remodel! 
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