Monday, September 24, 2012

again???? gah.....

Oh my gosh, are you so sick of me? Honestly, I never post unless I need something, huh? Now you know how my parents feel. Well, guess what? Tonight at midnight, voting for the Epic Room Makeover ends, and I will shut up. So here it is again, your daily reminder to go to here and vote for me and then do some serious finger crossing!! I'm dying from the suspense!! I made another video if you didn't see it yet. It's a bit boring, but if you're wondering what this playroom that I'm dying to have redone looks like, here it is.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Only today and tomorrow left to vote, people. I am going insane. I just wish I knew if I were even a contender! So today I made a little video, pleading for votes, showing the actual room in question, and fixing my hair a lot. So, would you do me a kindness? Again? Please go to here to vote, again. Thank you ever so much!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Today Matt & I are in Vail and it is amazing.  We are about to head out on a hiking/biking extravaganza on the beautiful mountain, and I just wanted to take a minute to get up in your face about remembering to vote for us in the Epic Room Makeover.  So Matt wrote you a poem.

I hope you're not thinking "oh here she goes again."
don't worry, I am not selling you on an MLM.
I just want to clean up my room.
 Because my house looks like the temple of doom.
So don't take it as annoying,
and keep the voting momentum going!


Also, voting goes through Monday at midnight... then I will shut up, and you can come visit and see the awesomeness.

so go to here.

Monday, September 17, 2012


You guys we did it!!! We made it to the TOP TEN finalists in the Vintage Revivals Epic Room Makeover!!! I cannot believe it! I'm so freaking excited I cannot even handle it.  I can't sleep at all, and can't stop thinking about how awesome this room would be if we won.  Have you seen some of the things Mandi has done?  Seriously, just look at this and this and this and thisHere's what she recently did for Studio 5 with only $150.  And here's the winner from last years Epic Makeover. Are you dying?  She's clearly amazing!  Did I tell you she was on the Nate Berkus show?  Yeppers.  She's kind of a big deal.

She's also completely awesome on a whole other (more important) level, that you should totally read about here.  Inspiring, right?

So can you see why I am freaking out here? I'm thisclose to winning not only an awesome room, but the chance to hang with a totally rad chic.  Here's the deal though.... I need help.  I need your votes.  Now I know that you are getting inundated with pleas for your vote right now.  Goodness knows I'm SICK to DEATH of people asking for my vote at this point in my life.  I'm sorry to add to the voting obnoxiousness.  Nevertheless....

Go to here.  Watch the silly video that Matt & I made.  Scroll down past the other entries to the bottom and click the star/vote thing by my name.  And then do it again tomorrow and the next day and the next day.  From every computer/ipad/iphone/droid/whatever device you are within a few miles of.  (one vote per IP per day)   Voting goes until midnight next Saturday.... I believe.....

I seriously would appreciate it so much.  Thank you! I love you!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

unplayful playroom with potential

aka Vintage Revivals Epic Room Makeover Submission

Dearest Mandi-
Hi! My name is Celeste.  I am a huge fan of the awesomely creative brain inside that lovely noggin of yours.  The only thing I would like better than to have my room made over would be to be able to watch how that brain works in the process.  You see, we recently made a huge life change as my husband changed careers and we moved from Layton Utah, surrounded by family and friends, to Las Vegas Nevada, surrounded by.... no one!  It's been tough and awesome and I'm so glad for how things have worked out.  (Here are some pics to endear ourselves to you.)
Celeste and Matt... totally unsketchy people with whom you would be in no danger to stay.

Sawyer, aka Sweetest Girl on the Planet

Abram, aka Main Reason We Need a Padded Play Room
Obviously, the main thing that has been occupying my mind in the last 7 months, (since we purchased an awesome house in an awesome neighborhood,) is making this house, feel like home.  Flooring, paint, light fixtures, front door, sink and disposal all swapped out, frankly, with me doing most of the work.  I've become Craig and his list's newest girlfriend.  We go out nearly every weekend, scouring the valley for just the right tables, chairs, dressers, consoles, beds, etc to make over for this house. Don't worry, I do not pay Craig OR his list with sexual favors of any kind, this IS Vegas, yes, but I haven't been here that long.  But I want to learn more from you about how to do this thrifting thing, how to make freaking awesome belt look drawer pulls, amazing chandeliers from hideous non-chandelier things, paint ombre walls... you never cease to amaze me!  Teach me! Teach me!

wha wha.  the last remaining unpacked box.  Also you can see where I ripped the desk out.
this hot mess of a desk totally does not have to stay here.
Anyway, the house is coming along with the exception of the cursed upstairs playroom.  The previous owners had used it as an office of some sort.  It had a rather large "built-in" corner desk that I ripped out with my bare hands the day before the carpet guys came.  It was made of mdf and screws and attached to the wall with liquid nails and I showed that beast who was boss.  But did I ever clean up the leftover liquid nails and repaint the wall so that it didn't look like a nasty scar around one quarter of the room? No.  I did not.  Why would I do that when I have no direction or vision for what I want this room to be?  Which is sad, because this is one of the best rooms in the house.  It's got great windows, a cute arched doorway, and a beautiful view of our palm trees and pool in the backyard.
two of the four great windows, and half of the greatest movie poster of all time.
"help me, help me Mandi!" said this sorry excuse for a media area
the closest thing we have to a padded room

So there isn't any nasty paneling to rip out, no random sink in the corner, no hideous attempts at tiling, no electrical that needs moving.  The carpet is brand new, the ceilings are only sort of popcorny, but there is nothing going on.  I just haven't caught a vision for it.  At all.  We bought two huge LoveSacs and haven't been able to commit to much else.  It's a freaking blank slate, Mandi.  An awesome, awesome blank slate just waiting for you (and me and anyone that owes me a favor) to turn it from blank, beige blah to Mandilicious-awesomeness!

The rest of the house is totally shopable, the Lowes is just down the street, as is the Home Goods, and I hear there is good thrifting to be had here and I am quite handy.  I'm sorry none of these pics are of the entire room, Abram threw one of my camera's lenses down the stairs, so we are just working with the 52mm.  (Apparently he's unclear as to what is okay to play with and what is not, you know, since the playroom is so unplayful and blah.  Help me help him out with this before he destroys anything else!)  But the room is about 14 feet by 20 feet and other than the things shown in the pictures, empty.
I've got plenty of room for you to stay, and hello, it's Vegas. I'm certain we could have a good time when we aren't working our tails off. 

Also, there will undoubtedly be cake.  Amazing cake.
Pick me.  You'll be happy you did.  Please.  Pretty please?