The Stephenson Spec Home


Wait no more!!! The #Stephensonspechome pictures are finally here! These were taken when the people were LITERALLY on their way over with their moving truck. I wish I could have spent more time taking super awesome pictures, but I am just thankful I was able to take any AT ALL! The family wanted to move in before Christmas, so they moved in before landscaping was even finished! But I hope you enjoy the tour! This was SO much fun designing and planning from begining to end!

Let’s begin. Shall we???

Here we go!!

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Okay lockers.. I have waited a LONG time for you to arrive at my house.. (8 weeks to be exact.. but who is counting.. 👀🙈) You are officially washed off/cleaned out and ready to be painted!!

Now if I can get some good warm weather this week so I can get outside to work on these babies I would forever be grateful! 🙌🏻 Can’t wait for you all to see what I have planned! 😍😍😍😍#oohlahlahdesigns


And just for fun… here is a sneak peak of the lockers!!! One down- four more to go!! #oohlahlahdesigns


BEFORE AND AFTER: Tallie’s Dressers


Here are two different dressers that my dear friend Tallie wanted refinished!

One needed new shelving and the other was well over 100 years old!

She brought them to me one at a time; so my first one that I refinished for her was the one that needed some shelves and a new face lift.

She wanted it cream, slightly distressed with natural wood shelving. So I painted, measured and cut the wood, and stained them a nice natural wood color.

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Say HELLO to my new beautiful coffee table! Don’t you just LOVE her??

I picked her up off of KSL. They were asking $75 for it and I left with it for $35. A STEAL I TELL YOU! It is so nice when you go to get something and the seller just drops the price in half just to make sure it is out of their house. LOVE THAT!

I knew I wanted a white table for my living room. So the paint choice was easy. But I wanted to change the hardware. I went to a few of my normal places to pick some out, and low and behold- these handles are an awkward size! DANG! So I put the old hardware back on, and they actually don’t bother me as much as I thought they would!

Check her out!!

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Emily gets a Gallery Wall

Emily has this absolutely gorgeous house, with HUGE walls. And she has done an excellent job at decorating her home! But she hired me on to help her make her living room feel like a place where she can go and relax in the midst of the chaos you have when you are a mom! So the two of us started brainstorming.  We both agreed that a pretty gallery wall would be so cool on this blank wall. We also thought of some ways to hide the kids toys, and we would also change out the rocker to a more fancy chair that would tie the room all together.


Our first step however, was going on the search for things to put on the gallery wall. Through several trips to the store and picture messages, we met and started placing out what we had so that we could see what we needed and what we could return. This is what we finally came up with.

 I always lay it out on the floor first, right below the wall. This gives you an idea of how much room you have on the walls, and you can move things over and over again without putting several nail holes in the wall. Next, once you have the layout set, take a few pictures of it on the floor. I referenced this photo for spacing when it came time to hang. This helped me get an idea on spacing from one object to the other.