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5.08.2012

DIY Blogger House Announcement & Breathing Space Retreat

As I mentioned before, this past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Breathing Space Retreat at the oh-so-beautiful Daybreak Community, here in South Jordan Utah. Cason and I love EVERYTHING about this planned community. From the amazingly beautiful lake, to the walking trails and colorful homes... Daybreak has some serious eye-candy to offer.

The retreat this year was filled with fun hands-on workshops and classes. From cupcake decorating by The Sweet Tooth Fairy, to Style guidance from Becki at Whippy Cake and home decorating advice from award-winning designer Brian Clark.
photos via: Jenny K Photography


During breaks between classes we even had the chance to hit up the Oh Sweet Sadie Art and Gift Spring show! There were TONS of fabulous things to be had... believe me, I spent a small fortune. lol
photos via: Jenny K Photography

In addition to all the great hands-on classes and stellar shopping, there was also a ridiculously fun "Stepford Wives" themed dinner party on Friday night! I'm normally not one for themed parties, but this one I could definitely get on the bandwagon for!... especially with my cute, stylish friends by my side, sporting their best "housewives get-up" as well. ha!
Becki and Me
Jen, Lara, Amy, me, Char, Becki

Something also REALLY exciting that happened the night of our Stepford Housewives party was a big announcement that I've been DYING to tell you all about!

In the next 90 days, Bangerter Homes, Interior Designer Brian Clark, and 5 of us local Utah DIY bloggers, (JenLaraAmy, Char and myself) will be building and designing the first EVER DIY Blogger House for the 2012 Salt Lake Parade of Homes! Eeeeee!
A custom home can be expensive to build if done in a conventional way. Homeowners have been personalizing their homes on their own for years and finding innovative ways to create wow and develop wonderful spaces that don’t cost an arm and a leg. The DIY Blogger House at Daybreak aims to take that creative spirit and infuse it into the construction of a new home from the very start. The home will be built by Bangerter Homes and will be featured in the 2012 Salt Lake Parade of Homes. Daybreak is teaming up with the builder, and an award winning interior designer who will lead a team of 5 local bloggers to design the interior of the home. Each of the bloggers will design one of the rooms or be in charge of certain areas of the house, while the designer will ensure that the home’s overall design maintains a cohesive flow and character. The bloggers will chronicle their experience and the process of designing the home on their blogs beginning in May. They will have less than 90 days to work with the home builder to develop and implement a concept in time for the Parade of Homes judging on August 1st. The home will be revealed to the general public during the Parade of Homes which begins on August 3rd and runs through August 18th. The home will be available for sale once the Parade of Homes has ended.

With the help of Kathy, Aly, and "the Boss" Cameron, Brian and us crazy DIY Home/Modern Craft design bloggers will literally be designing THE mostly stylish house in Daybreak! (or at least WE'D like to think so. ha!) It will be chuck FULL of amazing finishes, ideas, and big doses of DIY projects scattered everywhere, for everyone to get inspired by!
Aly, Char, Jen, me, Lara, Amy, Cameron, Kathy

So far, things are moving along swimmingly! Yesterday they started pouring the foundation for "our house", and just like when Cason and I built OUR first home, I KNOW I'll be stopping by to check out the DIY blogger house progress, pretty much weekly... (if not more) ha!

If you can't tell, I'm bursting with excitement and can't WAIT to keep you posted with all the details along the way. We haven't yet nailed down who will be designing what, in the house... but you KNOW I've got my eye on that kitchen pantry. haha! 
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This project also hits very close to home, not only because my parents live in this community already, and love it, but because Daybreak is one of the few places that our little family will forever remember cultivating lots of great memories in together.

39 comments:

  1. The blogger house sounds exciting!!! Can not wait to see it! You look fabulous btw!

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  2. Shelley, you are shrinking before our eyes! The project and retreat sound amazing, but I couldn't just click by without saying WAY TO GO, YOU!!! (I never comment on blogs, BTW.) Keep up that awesomeness that you're doing with your eating and gym work!

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  3. what fun! and can i just say... you are lookin' THIN girl!! way to go!!!

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    1. my sentiments exactly! You are looking fab!!

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  4. How exciting!!! Wish I lived closer so I could check it out!!! ;)

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  5. WOW! Congrats! That is awesome! What an experience for you! I can't wait to see it completed!!!!

    And...the pix of you and Becki are SO CUTE! Y'all are just the fashionista's if I've ever seen any!

    xoxoxo

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  6. I am moving to Utah and buying the Blog house! ;) ha!

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  7. What a cool opportunity. It will be fun to see it come together through your eyes.

    The retreat looks like it was fun, but I really would love to have gone to the art and gift show! I can see why you would want to spend a small fortune there! All you gals are so gorgeous! You're looking especially great, I love your dress.

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  8. that is exciting news! on an unrelated note I love the exterior color on that first photo.

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  9. You are looking great! The working out is really paying off!! So inspirational.

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  10. OH MY GOSH!OH MY GOSH! OH MY GOSH!...Did I mention...OH MY GOSH!
    Utah is the place to BLOG!!
    :)

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  11. Woah, that will be one AMAZING house!!!! You look FABULOUS, Shelley!

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  12. Oh my gosh - Congrats on the blogger house!! That sounds like it's going to be so much fun! Can't wait to see more posts about it:)

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  13. Amazing! We will be in SLC in July, might have to plan an August trip to see the house too! What an exciting project, have fun!

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  14. Awesome! We will be in Utah in July, might have to plan an August trip too! Have fun with that project!

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  15. I can't wait to see what all you talented women come up with and I look forward to the progress reports! And speaking of progress...YOU LOOK FANTASTIC! You can tell how hard you are working on your new diet and it really shows. I just wanted to congratulate you (and isn't it fantastic when you get to the point where you can feel okay with tucking your shirt in!). I know when you are in the middle of it you don't see the progress all the time...but just wanted to reassure you that all your hard work SHOWS...Mrs. Gorgeous!

    As a little aside... your friend Becki look exactly like Debbie Harry of the group "Blondie!"

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    1. I agree I can see the weight loss in these pics! Can't wait for your next installment of your weight loss journey!

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  16. Shelly, I am so thrilled for you to be part of this wonderful event. I can't wait to see the house progress and finish up in August. You look so great. You're weight loss is really showing off all of your hard work. Thanks for sharing your beautiful life with us.

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  17. Congrats on the BLogger HOuse! and I'm honored to have my picture on your blog! WOW!!! :)

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  18. I am so excited....I could burst!! And I live in UTAH! Oh Ya!! I am looking so forward to the parade of homes!
    Shelley you must be in charge of the kitchen! If this house has your mind blowing pantry, consider it SOLD!!
    Looking forward to the DIY blogger house updates.
    Happy Day! Hugs

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  19. That sounds like so much fun! Yeah, I want to move to Utah, and buy that house, too. Site unseen...

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  20. Awesome! What a great idea! The Blogger House will be within throwing distance of my condo... I'll have to pop by to say hi every now and then. :)
    Good luck!

    -Annie

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  21. I had no idea so many of my friends went to this! You were there, my friend Shannon, Ingrid and Keysha were also there! Looks like it was a TON of fun! Can't wait to see how the house comes along!

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  22. What a blast! Sounds like such an awesome get together!

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  23. Ok what?! This is SO awesome! I'm so incredibly proud of you. I can't wait to see the finished product!

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  24. This is a rather belated comment, but I LOVED your comments at your workshop at SNAP--thank you!! You are one of my very favorites. I CANNOT WAIT to see this house.

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  25. First of all you look BEAUTIFUL!! Way to ROCK the bright lipstick! ;)
    What an AMAZING & awesome opportunity..can't wait to see it!
    When I first started reading the post I kept thinking that was where your parents lived..lol! Its gorgeous!

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  26. you are looking fantastic, girl! keep up the hard work...it is certainly paying off!!!

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  27. OK...you have way too much fun! I'm envious! Wish I lived next door! I know we'd be great friends.

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  28. Wow! This sounds simply amazing! Congratulations! Can't wait to follow along. So proud!

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  29. please tell me the name of the lipstick you were using! i love it!!

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  30. What an INCREDIBLE opportunity! I'm so very excited for you and Jen!! I'm so looking forward to these upcoming posts. You've got such an eye for beautiful detail and I can't wait to see what you do. Congratulations Shelley! And...I've just got to say...I want to move to Utah! Such fabulousness going on there!!

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  31. Thanks for the great recap. I would love to have gone to this conference! But I was traveling. :( Congrats on the opportunity to design a home. I can't wait to see it!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  32. UM HI, there I am! I am bummed I don't have a pic of you and I. You looked SO gorgeous ALL weekend.... CUTE PICS BTW!!! I haven't even had 2 seconds to work on any kind of recap of last weekend... I have been adoption fundraising all week long. Anyway, can't wait to see you again, you are HILAIR!!!

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  33. I can't even explain how excited I am to see this house!

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  34. SoOOoOo EXCITING Shelley!!! What a FREAKIN' amazing opportunity! I can't wait to see this house! I don't know what the rules are, (since it's DIY) but I'd love to donate a print-or two-or three :) Just let me know!

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  35. That is SOOO cool. I was an ID (once upon a time :-) and Showhouses are so much fun ...I do feel a little sorry for Brian with so many "Designing Women". LOL! Have fun!

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