Your DIY Wingback Rocking Chairs

One of my all time favorite projects is my DIY Wingback Rocker.

One year later it’s holding up like a champion of all chairs!  In fact, I’m writing this post sitting in this chair right now.  I’ve spent hundreds of hours rocking precious Evelyn Faye in this chair.

DIY Wingback Rocker

What I didn’t expect was how many people would follow my tutorial and make their own.  Some have blogs, and some don’t.  But the emails have poured in of your beautiful rockers, and I’m going to show them off!

This nursery is from a reader named Daniel.

DIY Rocking Chair

This is Chelsie’s nursery.

DIY Wingback Rocker

DIY Wingback Rocker

Cute mama-to-be!DIY Wingback Rocker

This rocker comes from nursery at The Shaker House.  They used a different chair than the Strandmon, and I think it looks awesome in the Marine Corps inspired room.

DIY Rocker - The Shaker House

DIY Wingback Rocker - The Shaker House

This rocker is from the outdoorsy nursery for Fletcher at 100layercakelet

DIY Rocker - 100layercakelet

DIY Wingback Rocker - 100 layer cakelet

This rocker is in the Modern Marine nursery at Newlyweds North.

DIY Rocker - Newlyweds North

rocker collage

And this last rocker is in the feminine travelesque nursery at Explore Dream Discover.

DIY Rocker - Explore Dream Discover



I love that even though these nurseries all have different themes and styles (I hope you clicked the links to check out the full rooms!!!) the rockers all fit in their element perfectly.

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ROAR! Music Video for Mother’s Day

Remember that time I was in an Alex Boye music video?

This might sound incredibly cliche, but this was one of the most fun days of my life.

Alex is amazing.  When we first got to the studio, he told us why he wanted to do this video for us.

Alex Boye Katy Perry ROAR video

He told us about how he sees womanhood.  He compared women and mothers to the most graceful and beautiful swan gliding across a smooth placid lake.  Graceful and “calm” looking.


But under the surface, those feet are a machine!  And most of the time, people don’t see it.  But women work so hard to keep their families moving forward, take care of their neighbors, be a strong member of their communities, all while looking so graceful on the surface.

swan feet underwater

Alex said that this song, Roar, is all about the ‘under the surface’ side of womanhood.  He wanted us mommy bloggers to let loose and draw on our own experiences of being knocked down but getting up and showing the world our roar.

This might sound dumb, but it was a very therapeutic day for me!

Alex Boye ROAR Music Video with mom bloggers

Alex Boye ROAR Music Video with mom bloggers

Alex Boye ROAR Music Video with mom bloggers


How many creative bloggers can you fit in a bathroom for a mirror groupie?

Alex Boye ROAR Music Video with mom bloggers


The filming took place at Thanksgiving Point’s tulip festival.  It was heavenly!

Alex Boye ROAR Music Video with mom bloggers

Our leggings were supplied by Agnes & Dora.  Okay, get this.  They are one size fit all.  I had a really hard time wrapping my head around this.  Because, they weren’t baggy on the little ladies, and they weren’t tight on my thunder thighs.  Basically, they are magic pants.  SO comfortable and soft.  I would highly recommend them!

Alex Boye ROAR Music Video with mom bloggers


I’m obviously a new mom, and so I’m still learning and figuring things out.  I don’t think that ever stops.  It was so inspiring to be around other moms, and really soak in the message of the song.  YOU’RE GONNA HEAR ME ROAR!

Alex Boye ROAR Music Video with mom bloggers



Evelyn’s Matryoshka Nursery Design

Welcome to this edition of Procrastinators of the World Unite.  

This one time, I got pregnant back in April, and thought “Oh, I have plenty of time to do anything.”

Then we found out we were having a girl in July, and I thought, “We still have plenty of time.  She’s not due til Christmas, and it’s 107 degrees.”

And just like Voldemort sneaked in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, we realized Christmas was sneaking up on us in less than 12 weeks.  There have been a few things happen lately which make us think she’ll come a little early.  We hope she doesn’t, but we need to be prepared.  Lessons learned from Titanic and icebergs.

The original plan was to completely finish our open concept renovation before we started the nursery.  But we just felt like we couldn’t put it off any longer.  So my fantastic mother came over to help me get things in motion by helping me clean out the room and rip up carpet.  If Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp had a magical Julie Andrews love child, it would by my mom.  She is practically perfect in every way, with a touch of cheeky-ness.

The chosen nursery… formerly known as the office.  This was the already existing paint color when we moved in, dirty rotten beige.

office room

office room

First step, rip up carpet.

Nursery Paint

Next step, prime & paint walls.  Heidi and my mom knocked it out like a professional wrestling duo on a Saturday night in front of a stadium of 80 thousand.  (Is that even a thing?  I know nothing.  Seriously.  I’ve never seen a fight in my life.)

Nursery Paint

Nursery Paint

Nursery Paint

The plan is NOT to have an all white nursery.  The plan is to be cute, and do this.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mood Board


This mood board is some inspiration, and some actual items that we are using.  I thought Russian Nesting dolls were a perfect route to go.

I’m getting all DIY up on a bunch of nursery items.  There are going to be quite a few surprises with the nursery.  IE:  I’m not telling you what I’m using the nesting doll fabric for, or what the mobile is, what the dresser looks like yet, or where the scallops will be.  But I LOVE the scallop pattern, because when you use your imagination, it looks like an army of nesting dolls all stacked in front of each other.

 The flooring is the same we’ve been using upstairs, and will be continued into her room.  And the crowning jewel will be my DIY Wingback Rocking Chair that was made when I was only 7 weeks along.  Still sturdy, still comfortable for the curious minds out there.

And just to remind you fine people, the pumpkin parade started today!  Check out the links below for some kickin pumpkin projects.

Pumpkin Parade

Shift Ctrl Art
Primitive & Proper
Decor & the Dog

Prime Living Magazine Interview

A HUGE thank you to everyone who entered the Give Away last week.  It was a huge success.  We have a winner: “Cape On The Corner!”  Make sure to check your email.

At the beginning of July, I got such an amazing opportunity.  I was contacted by Prime Living Magazine for an interview on aviation in design.  It was a total out of body experience.  I felt like Carlton getting talked to by Tyra, or should I say “Jackie.”


I’ve talked a few times on the blog about my love for aviation, and getting my pilot’s license.

Even though we’re not 100% finished with our basement family room, we wanted a subtle aviation theme to run through out (with maps, color, metal, and art).

Vintage Industrial Basement

Restoration Hardware Knock Off Art (4)


The magazine interview has been published!  And if you are unable to pick up a copy, you can read the interview here.

Prime Living Magazine interiors by Kenz

Prime Living Magazine interiors by Kenz

This is the plane I was talking about in my interview, the B-17 Liberty Belle Flying Forteress.  Such a historic aircraft.  I was lucky to snag a ride in it.  Perks of working on the private side of the airport I suppose.  That and eating your weight in left over catering.

B-17 Liberty Belle Flying Forteress

Up in the air…

Prime Living Magazine interiors by Kenz

Seconds before touch town in the nose-gunner seat.

Prime Living Magazine interiors by Kenz

The spread!

Prime Living Magazine interiors by Kenz

Prime Living Magazine interiors by Kenz

Prime Living Magazine interiors by Kenz

Rustic Utah Design

I thought I’d do something a little different today.  We’ve been focused on the really big parts of our open concept renovation.  “Cabinets this daylay flooring like this paint all the wallsbuild a half wall…” etc.  But we haven’t really talked about the design of it.

What’s our flavor?

I feel like our house used to be a collage of different colors and designs all over the place.  Not much “flow.”  We’re trying to think of our house as a whole, and not each room individually.  But that has evolved into tying in the design to our surroundings.  Aka, what’s outside the door.

Wasatch Mountains

There are so many styles of design to love.  There’s Hollywood Lux, East Coast Beachy, Asian Zen, Tropical Bamboo, Southern Cottage, and so on.  I decided I really needed to tap into the inspiration all around me in Salt Lake City.  When I said “Rustic Utah” this horrific image flashed in everyone’s mind:

Rustic Utah

To everyone’s relief, I had some different, and more up-to-date ideas on how to incorporate some Utah Design into our lives.

The name of our granite counter tops is “Pebble Beach.”  Outside our front door are the most gorgeous Wasatch Mountains.  They are beautiful, and part of our every day lives.  If you are a Utahn, you have a weird attachment to the Wasatch Mountains.  There’s a granite quarry in these mountains 20 minutes from our house, where all the granite was pulled for the Salt Lake Temple, probably the most iconic building in Salt Lake.

Wasatch Mountains

Temple Quarry

Salt Lake Temple

We wanted our granite to be a color and pattern native to our area.  It’s pretty dead on!

To the West of our house, the view from our backyard is the Oquirrh Mountains.  They are a little smaller in height than the Wasatch, but they are home to the Copper Mine, the largest open pit mine in the world.  The Oquirrh Mountains inspired us to incorporate copper accents into the picture.

Oquirrh Mountains

The State Motto of Utah is “Industry,” so having industrial elements was a must.  Mixed metals, woods, and leather.  It needed just a sprinkle of tribal to touch on Utah’s Native American history.  And that’s how we came up with our Rustic Utah design!

Rustic Utah Mood Board


What do you think?  Is it tacky to decorate based on your surroundings?  Or do you think it helps tie the inside and the outside together?

Irons In The Fire

It’s FRIDAY!  I feel like we should all hug.  It’s been a rough week, huh.  Today I’m guest posting over at my friend Beth from Sawdust & Embryo’s blog.  She is A.MAY.ZING.  I’m figuratively jumping up and down over the fact she let me guest post.  A huge THANK YOU to her!

I feel like if our kitchen/summer renovation extravaganza was a fire, all the sub-projects would be irons.  And there are many many irons up in that fire.  And… the fire might be a little out of control.  So much so, that it is time to send some hot fire fighters into the scene.

Fire fighter

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The Best Part About Haven Conference

One year ago, I was a sad puppy, and I sat at home watching (with my sad puppy eyes) all my favorite bloggers attend Haven.  I promised myself that I would make it there next year no matter what.

Well, I wasn’t expecting to be pregnant.  And I sure as shootin’ wasn’t expecting to be on bedrest.

On New Year’s Day, I camped out on my computer, and made sure to snatch up my conference ticket and book my hotel.

Four months later, I got the best surprise of my life.  Two weeks ago, I had some rough times.  Pregnancy is different for every lady.  I’ve had all kinds of things from severe cramping, to continued throwing up (even past the first trimester), to throwing up blood.

Going to Haven was down to the wire.  I needed to take care of myself and this baby.  Could I do that at a blog conference?  I wasn’t sure until the night before.  Aaron insisted that I go, even if I didn’t leave the hotel room.  I needed to leave the house.  Why?  Because breathing drywall dust from sanding mud, and trying to rest in a construction zone isn’t the most zen-ful activity.  My mom came with to take care of me and make sure I didn’t over-do it.

Thursday morning we flew to Atlanta.  And boy, were our arms tired!  (insert cheezy joke drum sequence followed by symbol)

Checked in, and THIS was on my tv.  I felt like a star.

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