Sunday, February 10, 2013

Metal Marquee Letters Workshop

Custom Metal Marquee Letters Workshop

by yours truly


 March 7th @ 6:00 pm


Downtown Phoenix


We will be making custom marquee letters. 
I will teach you how to make them out of several different materials (such as metal, glass, plexiglas, wood etc.) for different looks.  
And the best part is they will NOT look homemade!!
 You will learn how to cut glass, and metal as well as use several different wood working tools.

Google "Marquee Letters" and start thinking about what design you would like to make. Upon registration e-mail me the design so I can make sure to purchase the correct materials for the night. If you don't have a design picked out I will have designs available. 


Send payment of $40 to along with an e-mail with your designs attached. This will cover all the materials and tools needed for your project along with tutorials and instructions on how to use all the tools for future projects. **Be sure to bring any type of string lights. Any style or size will work (even Christmas lights)! I will have strands available but if you want a specific kind make sure to bring them to the workshop. The Marquee Letters we will be making go for several hundred dollars on e-bay and etsy so you can even make a business out of it. *Bring a friend and receive $10 off.

*If you would like to come but the date does not work just let me know and we can work something out. 

 Hope to see you there!

As Always,

Monday, January 21, 2013

Backsplash & Tiling Workshop in Phoenix

by yours truly


Saturday February 16th at 10:00 a.m.


Historic Downtown Phoenix 


Learn how to:
-Tile (duh)
-Make Custom Patterns and Designs
-Create and Install Gorgeous Backsplash
-Tile Showers
-Lay Flooring
-Grouting and Sealing Techniques
-Design and Tile Custom Counters and Table Tops
-Use Tile Saws and Tile Cutters
-Handle All Tiling Tools
-Drill Into Tile to Hang Exposed Shelves
-View gorgeous samples of Designer Tile
-and much much more...


Affordable Tiling Kits can be purchased at the workshop 
so you can immediately start your own project at home 
without having to shop around for tools and products. 
Kits will include everything from tools, 
all my favorite tile samples, to how-to videos.
Small and Large kits will be available.

*Don't be shy! This is a hands-on workshop and you will be getting your hands dirty!

Send Paypal payment to 
in the amount of $50 by February 2nd.
$60 after February 2nd. 
Class seats are limited and will fill up fast so don't miss
this opportunity to become a tiling pro!
(If you are having a friend come just paypal $40 and
include your friends name in the notes)


For Realtors: Why Stage Your Listing?

    Buyers are looking for a house that already feels like home and resonates with them from the first moment they walk through the front door. When a home becomes active you have only one chance to make a great first impression. By staging your home you are connecting with your future buyer and creating an emotional attachment to your home which gives them incentive to take action, and fast!

Some eye-opening statistics:

*Only 10% of Buyers can see a homes "potential"

*9 out of 10 Buyers are online viewing homes first
*Staged homes get more viewer traffic online and in-person
*Staged homes sell FASTER. 
*Faster sale = MORE MONEY!
*2011 statistics give a 399% ROI.

Just for fun... Google "Is staging a home worth it?" The supporting evidence is overwhelmingly positive. 


     The home stager generates money for the agent because without the house staged it sits and in the end the agents either get little commission or none. Therefore, working together, the seller wins, the agent wins, and the stager wins.


1) Help the understand that their house is now a product and that it must be marketed to appeal to the tastes of a wide group of buyers. 

2) Help them see how they are competing and show them the very real statistics that prove the fact that staging their home gives them a much higher advantage.

3) Show them how not staging, will likely cost them more in the long run. 

A study conducted by Real Estate Staging Associating states that the average home sits on the market for an average of 263 days and once staged it sells in 60 days or less. That's 78% LESS TIME cleaning and showing and cleaning and showing! When you factor in an average of 7 months of carrying costs plus price reductions, a seller will ALWAYS come out ahead by staging FIRST.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Aunt's Master Suite

When I was in Utah a few months ago my Aunt had me over to help her with her Master remodel. She wanted me to put some stuff together and send it to her sometime within the next few months. So, here I am finally putting things together. Her only input was that she liked Pottery Barn's duvets. I gave her four different options but here are two of them...

I hope she enjoys them!


Monday, September 12, 2011

{Closet Cuteness}

I love Paloma Contrera's Blog, La Dolce Vita, and a few days ago she posted these fab pix of shopping bag art. I wish I would have been keeping my bags now. I will start now!

Love this.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

{Tile Backsplash}

A gorgeous tiled back splash is priceless. I'm prettttttyyy sure that picking out tile for a backsplash is my favorite aspect of designing kitchens. Counter to ceiling backsplashes add an amount of richness that's simply to die for!

You'll get my point after these photos...

photo: Alice Lane Home
photo: Stadium NYC
photo: Traditional Home Magazine 
photo: Urban Archeology

So when are you going to start your kitchen backsplash?? It's an easy DIY project and add so much character! I know I'm going to add to mine here in the next few weeks!

Hopefully I've given you some inspiration!

Yours truly,

Monday, August 15, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

{Guest Post from}

Today we're lucky to have a guest post from about my recent passion for anything industrial. I hope you enjoy Suzi's article as much as I did!

I’m Susi and I write as a guest blogger for, a fabulous social media site that
promotes interior designers and their work from around the world. My writing focuses on things I'm
passionate about: interior design, decorating ideas, home furnishings, gardening, travel and art. I get to look at gorgeous things all day and write about them. I'm a very lucky girl.

I am excited to be guest blogging here at The Whole Shebang. Emily asked me to write an article about industrial tables and I am excited to share my finds with all of you. Have you noticed this trend in magazines, blogs and stores? Weathered wood tops and industrial metal bases ending in casters are typical for industrial tables. Sometimes the tables will be all metal or all wood but have a distinct industrial or factory feel to them. These are great workhorse tables that can definitely stand up to the daily rigors in a kitchen, entry or living room. Here are some pics highlighting industrial tables. What do you think? Love? Hate? Own? Want?

Home Klondike via

An industrial coffee table works well with this traditional/eclectic décor. Industrial chic can work with both cosmopolitan and rustic furnishings. Think industrial tables are a passing fad or will they become one of those living room design ideas with staying power?

1st Dibs via

Antique and vintage industrial tables with original patinas are highly collectible and can fetch high prices. Substantial form meets function in this industrial table from 1st Dibs.

Apartment Therapy via

This industrial style dining table is a DIY project we found on Apartment Therapy. The recycled and reclaimed wood top adds character.

Frugal Farmhouse Design via

A simple industrial table can be made from pipe fittings and a great found piece of wood.

Vosges Paris via

An industrial cart can make a great console table for an entry or portable table in the home office. We love the large casters on this black painted metal table.

Urban Outfitters via

“New” industrial pieces can be found at a number of retailers. Look for simple wood tops, metal bases and casters.

Manifold Destiny via

This kitchen is full of industrial chic touches, like the metal chairs and bistro table. But what really caught our eye was the industrial table used as a console table or buffet.

Pinterest via

This new table, from West Elm, has the feeling of a French industrial table with its metal base and white marble top. So is an industrial table going to become one of your must-have kitchen design ideas?

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