The number of life lessons, my children have taught me during playtime are immeasurable. It is in this space that I have been reminded of how powerful imagination is, and also how we are all naturally creative, and fully understand the connection between our intentions, our thoughts and what we create in our lives.Read More
We are so wired to create that the mere denial of our creativity puts us out of touch with the fact that we are actually creating the life that we live. When we don’t embrace our creative ability we misunderstand the connection between our thoughts or actions and the significant part we play in the cycles of manifestation. This eventually becomes a total disconnection between the natural algorithm of Co-creation and what we manifest. We give our creative power to the illusion that something outside of us is creating our life for us, which further disconnects us from the truth.Read More
Welcome to Create True Bliss. This is a place created by design, to Inspire you to see the possibilities that life has to offer. I believe in living life with intention. I believe in using passion, to design the life you love, and I am an advocate for turning your dreams into moments that Create True Bliss.Read More
Energy moves and looks for a home, it keeps looking until it finds a place to live. It lives within us if we let it. Same goes for any energy on that spectrum.
We need to focus just as much in how we can quickly reset energy and create an exit strategy to rely on when we are discern through energy and drama. We need something to rely on that instantly switches us back into that positivity, as it tells the negative energy it does not have a home within you. A strategy that quickly turns the unwanted energy away.Read More
There are things in life we are not ready to see until the time is right. There are times when God, is preparing us to open our eyes to something more beautiful then we ever could imagine. And though it is hard when we are in a stage of blindness, when It is time for it to be restored the beauty is beyond measure. Sometimes I think God, the universe or whatever you believe, is saving things for us, for when we are really truly ready. When that day comes the blindness is lifted. All that we learned through the process restores us back to wholeness it gives new life to the parts of us that need to awaken when the world is most prepared for them.Read More
This is you before the world and everyone in it told you who you should be. This is your truth, your connection to the divine. It is made up of lifetimes of knowledge, purpose, and your own unique beauty. Beauty in your light, and the beauty in your darkness. Your true core self is completely connected and aligned.Read More
I find magic in little things... and at times it overtakes me. Birthdays and special life events are not a small thing to me. In my world they are a big deal, and they always will be a big deal. I believe life should be celebrated every day. Our life should be filled with moments of magic that make the world we see beautiful. When it comes to a birthday, that is when all of those moments should be dedicated to the person you are celebrating.Read More
The way of the wild heart. It awakens within, it moves beyond what you know to discover what calls you. Gazing at this world with wonder, curiosity lights the way. As a wild heart wanders, it listens to the rhythm that moves life, it hears the beautiful sound, of the voice that whispers within, where the call will truly be found.Read More
You will never have this moment again… it is a spectacle… it is a time for you to show the magnitude of your greatness it is a time for you to become a superior version of yourself…. The Time is now to design the life you love.Read More
Jagger's room was so fun to put together. I love that at his young age he is discovering all the things he loves. It is so fun to see what he is drawn to, and I wanted to incorporate some of that in his room.
Jagger loves dinosaurs, by the time he was 18 months he not only knew the names of most of the dinosaurs but how to distinguish a Diplodocus from a Braciosauris, a triceratops from a Chasmasoris and so on. Same goes for animals. He quickly learned the names of animals and where what habitat they live in. When it comes to dinosaurs and animals he is a super genius.
I decided to incorporate a little piece of education into the design of his room as well. His room theme is Dinosaurs... he helped me pick things out to bring his style into it. The only thing I didn't agree too that he wanted was to have everything red his favorite color.
So here it is:
First The Reclaimed Wood Wall: his room took on a rustic industrial feel, and we liked the idea of a reclaimed wood wall... This particular wall has a lot of meaning to it, which I try to bring an element of meaning in each of the rooms I design. My family owns a really cool company, where we help people send out positivity to the world through heartfelt messages in greeting cards. My Dad started this when I was young and our family was a big part of bringing the company to life. In turn the company was a big part in making us kids who we are today. We learned a lot about business, the world, and the importance having a mission to dedicate your gifts to. I still work for that company and I am grateful for all I have learned in over a decade of working there. It is amazing to be a part of something that is truly changing lives... So we lucked out the wood we got for this wall actually came from the pallets that the paper for the greeting cards come on.. How cool is that? So now my son gets the the sentiment of something that once held the paper that turned into cards that were sent out in kindness all over the world.
Big thanks to my cousin, who broke the wood planks down toor nails out and let it weather in his yard... It gave it the reclaimed look it has. We then picked a few stains and painted the wood. Then we laid it out in the pattern we wanted and hung it up on the wall...
Linens and Bedding- I was so excited to find the more natural colors in a dinosaur pattern. It is a little difficult to find kid approved bedding that is not super cartoon and bright colors. We found this at Pottery Barn Kids.
Wall Decor- The posters are from Hobby Lobby. I mounted them on foam core and bought the standoff screws on amazon. It brought a different and fun way to hang something on a wall rather than a frame. We found the turtle shells at Target, and thought Jagger needed a little element of his Ninja Turtle obsession in his room.
Dressers- We big time lucked out with these dressers... I had been everything them on Pottery Barn and didn't want to swing the thousands of dollars to by each one. We stumbled into Downeast outfitters and there they were at a fraction of the cost... SCORE.
Playskool Kota Dinosaur- They don't make these anymore... they have them on amazon we found ours on KSL. Jagger and Harlow both love him. They are fascinated by how he moves and makes noises.
Jagger loves the way his room turned out. Its very calm and relaxing, yet he is surrounded by one of his favorite things.
I love the way you get to know your baby before they are born. You get a sense of their personality. Then when they are born you see it all unfold, and grow. It is beautiful.
How do you create a nursery fit for a princess? You start with their personality, then you translate that style into something light, calming and beautiful. Harlow's Room was my favorite to put together. If you haven't noticed by know I like simple. My style is somewhat minimalist with a vintage spin.
Wallpaper-First up... The focal point of the room. The accent wall. This beautiful Rose is a canvas wallpaper. Though it was not the easiest thing to install... The magnitude could not be duplicated. I purchase the wall paper from a company in United Kingdom. You go to their website choose your image for your wallpaper (you can even upload your own.) Then you enter in the dimensions of your wall and they send it to you. To my surprise it arrived 2 days after I ordered it. Their customer service was amazing.
One Note... Do Not add any extra to your measurements. They do it for you. We made this mistake and we had to trim off the extra which took off the crop marks. Whoops! So order to the exact measure of your wall.
Color Palette- My goal with Harlow's nursery was to keep it very soft and romantic, with a larger than life aspect about it. Harlow has a very big personality. She is spunky, sassy, mysterious, and always on the go. So I wanted her space to be very calming and comfortable. The main color is white, Accent colors, petal pink, sage green, turquoise.
Texture- With such a small color palette, textures becomes very significant. A fluffy bed, a canvas wall, A basket of fluffy blankets, sparkles, and crystal accents, Fluffy plush animals.
Bedding- is from Restoration Hardware. It is a linen cotton fabric. The detail of the flower petals is so light and beautiful. The shade of pink is perfectly pink and light.
Double Glider- is from Pottery Barn. This has become one of our most favorite pieces of furniture in our home. I love that there is plenty of space for both of our kids, and even our entire family. We love cuddle up and have story time together. It glides very smooth, and I love cuddling baby Harlow before she goes to sleep.
Crib- Is from American Heritage. I love keeping one design element consistent in the room. It acts as a small ribbon to tie the room together. For Harlow's room this ribbon was the curve architecture of the furniture. The Crib, Dresser hutch, and glider all have this feature.
Dresser and Hutch- is from Buy Buy Baby. We wanted to add in something a little more light with a different texture, to the dresser so we found these Crystal knobs at Target. It made a big difference and I love the dainty feminine style lit brings to the look of the dresser.
There are still elements to this room we haven't finished yet. We have adorable prints to hang on the walls, as well as her printed photos. We will likely be adding a rug in soon and I have fabric I will be making curtains out of. I will post room updates as we get those elements added in.
Kids rooms are my favorite when it comes to interior design. I love fitting their personality, style, and attitude into the design.
There is just something about a fireplace that seems like it's right out of a storybook. A magical place, where the people you love most gather around in gratitude for the beautiful life we live as we create true bliss together.
As we built our home we found that we had a bit of an obsession for unique products that screamed "handmade", and presented beautiful craftsmanship. We decided there were elements within the home that we simply couldn't scale back on. One of which was our Hardwood flooring.Read More
The Design of our home is set up for letting a lot of natural light in. When It came to picking paint colors I didn't want anything too dark to compete with the beauty of that natural light.
Everyone thought I was crazy, when I decided to go with all white walls.... Some people even tried to talk me out of it. I just knew this is what we wanted, and the only way to achieve the clean, crisp neutral feel we were going for.
During the Parade that was one of the top questions asked... So I wanted to share all the paint details here:
The Main Wall Color- is Sherwin Williams Alabaster 7008 in a satin finish. This is a warm white that is still muted enough it doesn't feel too bright or like there is any yellow hue to it. I LOVE how it looks all throughout our home.
The Accent Wall and Trim Color is Sherwin Williams Pure White 7005 in a semi gloss finish. This is a touch brighter than the wall color and almost has a more grey hue to it. At first we weren't going to do a different color but decided last minute upon strong suggestions from our builder and painter... to go with a white accent color. Even though its still white it really makes the accent walls and finish work pop. I'm very happy with how it all turned out.
What is your favorite shade of white? Not into the white paint? What is your favorite color of paint?
It is so fun to have a canvas in house form. Surround yourself with what inspires you, and always remember to create true bliss.
Originally Posted on August 1, 2016
We had the exciting opportunity to have our home in the 2016 Salt Lake Parade of Homes. As much as I love design, I just couldn't pass up the chance to do all the interior design and decor myself.
It was so fun to make this home an expression of our family, and all the unique things that make us who we are. I will say I broke design rules, I thought outside the box, and made it my goal to create an overall unique feel, mixing all the styles we loved, while sprinkling little elements that express who we each are.
I think that is so important in interior design. For me its not just about what looks good, or what is in style. For me its about finding the things that matter most to you. The things that speak to your soul, and creating something out of that that really speaks to you. while inspiring you to be the best version of yourself.
As it came time to name our home for the Parade, "The Harlow" was suggested. We loved it. It was so fitting. When we named our daughter Harlow, we loved it because it was a timeless name, a celebration of a unique, beautiful nostalgic name, with a modern twist. That same meaning translated into the design of our home.
In celebration of "The Harlow" I will be doing a series of posts highlighting the details of design in our home. From our selections to our decor, I'm going to tell you what we did, who we worked with, and how we came up with the designs we did. I hope this is helpful in creating your dream home. I would love to help you create your dream home, by finding and defining your style and the design that speaks to your soul.
We were lucky enough to find people who were passionate about their craft. I am so thrilled that that passion went into creating our dream home. That energy and passion will be in our home surrounding our family as we raise our children. There is beauty in that.