Lighting…New Construction Design Project

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Interior Design, New Construction Design Projects

When building a house, I think the two most important things to spend your money on is lighting and cabinets.  If you do that, your house WILL have so much character.  I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the lighting that we used in this home...there are some fun and different ideas.  This home is almost ready to move in to, but we are just waiting on the finishing touches...and for it to get clean!  Then the fun part begins and we can decorate!

This is the entrance to the courtyard...these lights worked out great and they match the rod iron gate and contrast with the stone perfectly.  

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 Kitchen Lighting...we used the vintage filament bulbs in the pendant lights over the bar and it added the perfect touch!

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 This chandelier hanging in the family room is a little bit SCI FI, but oh how I love it!

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The entry light is a filament chandelier with four bulbs...once again we used the vintage bulbs here too. 

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 Master Bedroom Hanging Lights...I did this little technique in every bedroom of this house because it is so convenient to have a light switch next to your bed and the hanging light acts as a lamp.  I will put end tables under each light. 

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 This master bathroom is small, so I had to come up with some fun ideas to make it pop.  This idea of hanging lights in a bathroom adds so much character, without having to spend a lot of extra money.  

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 These are the side lamp hanging lights for the pink and gray girls bedroom...the chain still needs to come down a bit, but other than that I love them!

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 Most of these lights you can get at Restoration Hardware, but I worked with Kay at Kay's TLC Lighting in St. George and she got them for half the price.  She is absolutely fantastic to work with and always spends so much time to help me get the look that I am going for!  If you are in need of lighting, you can contact her at 435.628.6474.

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Bruschetta Chicken Recipe and Raspberry, Pear & Walnut Salad

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Recipes

I made this little combo for dinner tonight and all I have to say is YUM!! I enjoyed every bite...

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Bruschetta Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup crushed garlic croutons
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (appox. 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 9x13 baking dish. Place flour & beaten eggs in separate shallow bowls. Dip chicken into flour, then into eggs. Place into baking dish. Combine parmesan cheese, crushed croutons, & melted butter then sprinkle on chicken. Loosely cover with foil. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until top is browned and chicken is cooked through. Chop tomatoes and combine with last ingredients. Spoon mixture over chicken, and return to oven for 5-7 minutes or until tomato mixture is heated through.

 

Raspberry, Pear & Walnut Salad

Ingredients:

  • Spring Mix Salad
  • 1-2 Pears
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup bleu cheese
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • balsamic vinaigrette dressing

 

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My Mom/My Grandma…Questionnaire for kids! Free Download

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Holidays, Kids & Family Life

My life has been a tad bit busy lately, so I apologize that my postings on the blog have been scarce this week!  I will be posting a lot over the next few days...I have an amazing recipe for a Lemon Creme Cake that would be perfect to make on Mothers Day, pictures of a couple of fun design projects that I am working on, and a challenge that I am going to give to all of my readers...oh, it will be so FUN!  First, I want to post this fun questionnaire that I created for kids to answer about their moms or about their grandmas.  It makes a wonderful present for Mothers Day because all of the answers tend to be so funny!!  

Download links below...prints on an 8.5x11 sheet

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The Reason Why…

Written by Lyndi. Posted in About Me, Health & Wellness, Interior Design, Life Coaching

Today, you are going to learn a little more about why I am who I am and where I get my inspiration from.  

I had a good childhood, an incredibly sweet and loving mom,  two very protective older brothers (who would gladly beat up any boy that would look at me) and a sweet younger sister that I was very close to.  I was independent and mature for my age as a teenager.  I got my first official job at 14 (had to lie about my age to get it), bought my first car at 15, finished high school at 16, was going to college at 17 and got married at 18.  Oh my GOODNESS, is that crazy?!? By the way, I do not recommend that for anyone!

Throughout my life, I have always had a very special person to encourage, teach, inspire and love me...it was my auntie Kathy.   Her husband passed away when she was pregnant with her first baby, so she was a single mom and I was able to spend countless summers and holidays with her and her son Tyler.  They lived in California and I lived in Utah, but she would have me come stay with her for weeks at a time.  During those visits, she would make me feel like I was the most important person in the world to her (I realize now that she did this with all of her nieces and nephews).   She taught me to be responsible for my actions, to be strong, to not be taken advantage of, to persevere, to delay gratification (her favorite term) to be emotionally healthy, to read self help books and most of all to laugh and have fun!   

When I became a wife and a mom,  she was always the one that I would get advice from...she knew what to do in EVERY situation.  I was incredibly close to her and I knew that no matter what mistakes I would make she would still love me, be there for me and tell me how to fix it, even if I didn't ask.  

About 5 years ago she moved to Utah, bought a new house and she wanted me to help her design and decorate it from top to bottom...of course I said YES!  The idea of hanging out with her for a week, plus buying new furniture and decor sounded like heaven.  Throughout the week of decorating, she said multiple times "you are good at this" and "you should do this professionally".  She told everyone in the family and all of her freinds that she thought I should be an interior designer...of course I liked that idea, but I didn't think it was even a possiblilty at the time.     

A few months after her house was complete and beyond beautiful, we found out that she had cancer.  She has always had great strength and determination, so I was completely convinced that she would kick cancers ass...but for once in my life, I was wrong.  She passed away 6 weeks later...It all happened so fast and I was devastated to say the least, but I also felt an incredible calmness about it.  I knew she was finally with her husband again in heaven and she was feeling no more pain or discomfort.

Since her passing, I have had an intense desire to become more like her.  After a long, challenging road of getting passed all of my insecurities I think I have finally figured out who I really am, what I can become and what my purpose is in this life.  I make decisions based on what I feel is right and not what other people think I should be doing.  It is a WONDERFUL place to be and I highly recommend it! 

I know that God lives and loves me and I feel him guiding me in my life every single day.  I believe that we all have angels that are constantly surrounding us and lifting us up when we need it and even when we don't.  I know that my Aunt Kathy is one of my angels.  She had so much encouragement and faith in me and I can now see how her hand has strongly guided me to the direction of Interior Design and writing this blog. 

She will always be a huge part of my life and whenever I am struggling with a situation, I think to myself "What would Kathy do?" and I instantly know what she would say.  I love and miss her dearly.   

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Thanksgiving 2008 - I can't believe how much younger I look only five years ago

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A Tub Full of Sunshine

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Kids & Family Life

It seems like tragedy is happening all around us, and recently my daughter has a friend who's dad passed away unexpectedly.  In these situations it's hard to know how to help, what to say or what you can do.  We wanted to brighten her day, so we came up with an idea to give her a Tub Full of Sunshine!

We began by going to Target and finding anything that was yellow, orange or hot pink!  We got this awesome tub there for only 7 bucks and it fit everything in it perfectly!  The key is to get big stuff for the bottom that doesn't cost a lot of money...we got a huge thing of bubbles, soda, gatorade and a big bag of chips for the filler, then we arranged all the smaller things on top and it looks like it is stuffed full of fun.  

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After we arranged everything, we wrapped cellophane around the tub and attached this tag to the top (download for free below)!

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Here is the final product...I think this would make anyone smile!

tub2This tag will print out great on a 4x6 or 8x12 sized paper

 
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My picks for the cutest swimwear of the season…for Girls!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Kids & Family Life

Anyone else ready for it to be Summer?  My kids ask me at least 5 times a day if we can go swimming...and I want to say YES!  I love summer for sooo many reasons...

  • The huge amount of time we can play outside
  • Parks & Picnics
  • Unlimited watermelon...yum
  • SWIMMING
  • Popsicles
  • My freckle faced girls
  • Hanging out with our friends 
  • BBQ's
  • Having late night parties with the kids
  • Being able to count night time swimming as the kids bath
  • Going to the beach
  • Swim Meets
  • My favorite is having NO Schedule...oh i love that (but when August comes around, I am sooo ready for that schedule again)!

So, it's clear that with this fun summer ahead my girls NEED a good assortment of some very cute swim suits!

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These are my top picks from this seasons line of swimwear for girls...almost all of these are under 30 bucks and most have free shipping! 

 

The Gap $24.50

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  Mini Boden from Nordstrom $28

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Mini Boden from Nordstrom $22

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JCrew $49.5051378_KE9856

 

JCrew $58
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Downeast Basics $27.99
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Downeast Basics $27.99
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