Thursday, August 23, 2012

Feeling Happy Today!

Today I found out that the Home2 Suites (West Valley City, UT) I helped designed the interiors is on the main page of the Home 2 Suites website! Proud moment here, but I also feel happy for my clients, because their hotel is the prettiest one! Ok, maybe I'm biased :) Congrats Ereksons! You are the best people I know, and the best people to work with!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Professional Work: Fabric for Sale!

Hello everyone, I finally got my fabric samples and decided which one will be on sale, well it is on sale already. I decided to go with the Distorted Chevron Meditative Blue, I really like the big scale of this chevron, and that it looks like an ikat pattern. I ordered mine in Organic Cotton Sateen; the blue is a bit darker than the picture here, but it came out really good, it is actually a perfect aqua/gray/blue tone. The approximate size of the chevron from the highest point to the lowest point is 6". 

How it gets printed? It is digital textile printing, but I think Spoonflower has a better way of explaining it, so read below:
Digital textile printers are large-format inkjet printers specially modified to run fabric. Unlike conventional textile manufacturing, digital printing entails very little waste of fabric, ink, water or electricity. Spoonflower prints using eco-friendly, water-based pigment inks on natural fiber textiles. No additional chemicals are used in the printing or preparation process.
What am I making with my fabric? Maybe a  pillow? 

If you want to read about the other fabric designs click here.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Professional Work: Fabric Design

I have always wanted to design fabrics because I love textiles. I was able to find a place where you can design whatever you want and print the pattern on fabric! I wanted to start with something simple that didn't take hours of thinking, so I created 3 chevron patterns with same color palette. One is straight geometric, and the other two are more informal, but slightly different in appearance and size. Chevron patterns are so easy to the eyes, they add a touch of whimsical to any space.

One of the 3 patterns will be on sale soon at Spoonflower, and you'll be able to choose from 9 different basecloths. I'm waiting on my samples to arrive so I can approve which pattern will be for sale. I'm very excited!

Visit to Utah Conservation Garden Park

Hello everyone! I have some pictures of my visit to the Utah Conservation Garden Park, they are not the best because I forgot my camera (good one Carol!) so I had to use my husband's phone camera.

The good news are that the park rocks! I loved it, it is pretty informative and makes you realize that there are tons of plants that can save water and look beautiful at the same time. I think this is a great weekend activity/trip to add to your list if you live in the Salt Lake City area, and if you don't, you can always check their website at and look for plants in their database. They have pictures of each plant in the park per season, this way you know how it looks in spring, summer, fall, and winter. Here are some of my favorite:

Autumn Joy Sedum
Doctor Alexander Fleming Peony
Dragon's Blood Stonecrop
Gertrude Jekyll Dwarf Periwinkle
Globe Peashrub
Golden Currant
Golden Ring Japanese Barberry     
Hens 'n' Chicks
Missouri Iris
Neon Stonecrop
Ornamental Onion
Royal Purple Smoke Tree
Ruby Mantle Stonecrop
Tall Switch Grass
Tor Birchleaf Spirea
Not all of the above save a lot of water, the majority do. The park's principle is to "plant in a smart way," they want to teach personal responsibility for conserving water, and empower people to be waterwise; that means that you would avoid having huge pieces of grass where you waste hundreds of gallons of water, or plant plants that are native to tropical weathers if you live in a desert, and the list goes on... So become smart, get informed, and save water!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Is My Baby 1 Year Old Already?

Where does time go? Really? It feels like I just delivered minutes ago, and now she is 1! I wish I could stop time and have her in my arms a little bit longer, these are precious times that I don't want to let go. She is the most beautiful being I have ever met, she makes me feel all these feelings that I never thought existed; and I am so thankful to have the privilege to be her mother and watch her grow by my side. I didn't understand the previous sentences I just wrote before I had Anika, specially when my dad used to say "I wish I could go back in time when you were little and hold you in my arms one more time," now I know.

Happy birthday beautiful Anika! I love you, and I promise I'll be there for you, even if you don't want me around, you'll know you can always count on me.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pantone Color of the Year 2012: Tangerine Tango

The color of the year for 2012 named by Pantone is Tangerine Tango. Pantone has claimed that this is the year of citrus fruit. And you may find the color bold, or even overwhelming due to its overpowering saturation, but you definitely can make a serious statement with it. 

If you are looking for a modern twist or a pop of color, Tangerine Tango is your color! It may be used as an accent wall; or accent pieces such as pillows, throws, table lamps, lounge chairs, rugs, or even on a pot for your stove/kitchen.

You will see this color everywhere this year, in fashion, makeup, home decor, fabrics, media, etc... Here are some pieces I found online that I think would look great in any space.


How to Make Your Own Upholstered Bed Frame

I found this amazing idea on Pinterest and I wanted to share it with you guys, I think is brilliant! Specially if you don't have the money to buy an upholstered bed frame. Rachel from Urban Nest used a Sarah Richardson's idea, which I love by the way. I think Rachel did a great job upholstering this box-spring! Here is a picture of her final product:

She spent around $50.00 for the fabric and feet; she bought the feet at Home Depot, sanded, primed, and painted them. I thought this was funny, because in my country box-springs come with feet already.

The only thing I would've done differently are the feet; I would've stained them dark chocolate instead of painting them white, just because I love how the West Elm narrow leg nailhead upholstered bed frame looks. You could also add nailheads if you want to go further.

You could also just buy a box-spring cover if you don't want to go through the hassle of upholstering one. Here is a cute one from West Elm from $59.00 - $99.00 ea, you can get them in flax (shown below), white, or espresso color.

Here are the steps on how to make your own upholstered bed frame, I copied them exactly as they are at Rachel's post:

  1. Start with a long strip of fabric that will fit around the box spring (you will probably have to sew 2 or 3 pieces of fabric together to get the right length). To determine the width of the strip of fabric, add 7-8 inches to the depth of the mattress. Finish the top and bottom edges with a zig zag stitch to prevent unraveling. Wrap the fabric around the box spring to determine the exact length and pin to mark where you’ll sew the two ends together.
  2. After you’ve sewn the two ends together, stretch the fabric over the box spring leaving 4 inches to fold over the top of the box spring. Stitch the fabric to the top of the box spring to hold it in place (you’ll need to mitre the fabric at the corners.)
  3. Flip the box spring over and prepare to attach the fabric to the bottom side. In my case, I wanted to make sure the stripes were level, and then I pinned it into place.
  4. Staple the fabric to the bottom of the box spring, pulling it taut as you go.
  5. Trim the box spring padding to create a space to screw in the furniture foot. I attached 3 feet on each long side of the beds (6 total.)
  6. Drill a hole that is slightly smaller than the width of the screw on the furniture foot.
  7. Cover the hole with the fabric, and use a pin to mark where the hole is.
  8. Cut a hole in the fabric for the screw to go through, and
  9. Screw in the foot.
  10. Repeat for the remaining 5 feet.
Tip: If any of the feet are wobbly, remove the foot, squirt some wood glue into the hole and reattach the foot.
If you want to read the entire post click here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Remove Post Footer from Post and Static Pages

I'm so excited I found this "code" minutes ago, I've always wanted to do this, and could not figured it out, so thanks Mayura De Silva for posting this. If you want to read the entire post click here; he has other removing footer scenarios as well, but my case was the part below. I'm copying exactly as is from Mayura's blog.
Remove Post Footer from Post and Static Pages
If you are like to disable your post footer from other pages while keeping it on homepage, you can try below method.
i. Go to Blogger Dashboard.

ii. Click on you Blog Title.

iii. Navigate to Template tab.
Note: Before editing your template, you may want to save a copy of it. Read How to Back Up Your Template.

iv. Now click on Edit HTML button.
v. Click Proceed button to view Template Editor.
vi. Tick on, Expand Widget Templates.

vii. Find this code in your template,

viii. Now paste following style code just after ]]></b:skin>.

<style type='text/css'> <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != "index"'> .post-footer {display:none     !important;} </b:if> </style>
ix. Save your template.