My ADHD Design Has Come Full Circle (that is a good thing!)

Holidays always throw me off.  Lets pretend today is actually Monday, that way when its Friday it will be like finding $20 in your coat pocket…

I feel like at least once a week I start off a post with “If you’ve read Vintage Revivals for a while….” and if I haven’t guilted you into it yet, you should know that is LITERALLY one of the biggest downfalls that I have, I assume that you guys know everything Vintage Revivals (even though in all reality I know that you don’t)  So there is that tangent for you…back to the point.

I have been learning and DIYing my way from complete nothingness (I was a spray paint virgin when I started the blog, if you can believe that!)  I LOVE learning new things and don’t love repeating projects/colors etc. because its just so much more exciting to try something new!!  So that is what I have done for the last 2.5 years.  I have fought to try new crap on an extreme basis.  Extreme to the point that my house has been a bit like a crazy schizophrenic.  Each room was its own entity and didn’t really tie in to each other except for the fact that I loved them all at some point.  I can so clearly see the evolution of my esthetic from room to room, which explains the constant need for change.

But as I am typing this post from my couch something (or should I say some things) make me very happy.

I found this awesome (then brass) chandelier at the DI (Utah’s version of Goodwill) for $15.00.  And wanted to do SOMETHING amazing.

Purple Chandelier @ Vintage Revivals-1

So I spray painted it purple and hung it in my entryway.  For a year and 1/2 it has been the lone purple soldier in the sea of rainbow happiness that my house is becoming.

Entryway Makeover Ideas 1

Now after almost 2 years I have found something to tie my kitchen to my entryway (something I thought might never happen).

Overdyed Purple Rug @ Vintage Revivals-1

On Black Friday Rugs USA was having their infamous 75% off sale and I scored this over dyed electric plum rug for next to nothing.  And how about that awesome table? Huh?  Tutorial coming soon!!

So basically the whole point of this post is to tell you, that when you are fearlessly discovering your true style, don’t be concerned if things feel a little disjointed for a while.   As long as you love something it will (eventually) come full circle and you will appreciate it all the more.

Love Your Guts


  • Trish >>> 19.02.2013 at 15:17

    LOVE the table – I’ve been trying to decide on a design for one for my house (I have a large piece of structural glass to use for one). Great inspiration piece … hopefully your design adhd will help my design paralysis.

  • G 19.02.2013 at 15:23

    I’m the biggest bike geek alive. I MUST know how you did the artwork in your entry or where you bought it! KThanksBye

  • Magic City Thistle 19.02.2013 at 15:36

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  • Magic City Thistle 19.02.2013 at 15:37

    I’ve only recently discovered your blog through the Homies (where have I been for the past 2.5 years!), but I’m loving catching up on all your past projects. This post is so true, we’ve been in our first house for under a year and I have so many ideas and colours I want to use.

  • PJ @ Planned in Pencil 19.02.2013 at 15:39

    Lets see when did I start reading/stalking you. Well I clicked a link from a party about creating a faux fireplace. Uh huh. But it was your real life story that sucked me in! Ive been on the lookout for a candelabra chandelier ever since you shared thay sweet thing!

  • Kimbo West 19.02.2013 at 15:48

    here’s the plan. i’m going to come to st. george with a burlap bag. i’m going to stick you in it. i’m going to knock you unconscious. i’m going to bring you back to my house and i’m only letting you go after you have decorated my house.

  • Natalie Murphy 19.02.2013 at 16:07

    Such a true post. I am still in the process of beginning to decorate my home I purchased in November and I am nowhere close to being finished. And after reading your post, I now know that it’s okay. That I will probably never be completely finished and there is nothing wrong with that.

    Natalie @

  • Amy Fennell 19.02.2013 at 16:25

    I love your style and your courage! I love the bold designs and colors you choose. Now….how to get you to move next door to me….hmmmmmm…..


  • 19.02.2013 at 17:51

    Great true post. So so true. I love people who think outside the box and don’t let what other people think ruin their true style. Great job!

  • Taylor 19.02.2013 at 18:10

    Style evolution is such a good thing and you are BOLD girl…which is what it is all about. I found your blog the day you posted your first project and have loved watching your style, writing, and voice come in to full light. You are an inspiration to all of us who are searching for our OWN voices (through design, writing, etc). This is what we should all strive for. Thank you!

  • Kathy@mishmashmom 19.02.2013 at 18:11

    I thought maybe you were going to say that you were finally sick of your purple chandy and would Kathy please come get it.
    Just kidding.
    Not really.

    Can’t wait for the table tutorial…it looks awesome!

  • Centsational Girl 19.02.2013 at 19:12

    You finished the table!!! I cannot wait to hear how you figured out that last corner and the rug is divine! xo Kate

  • Shannon 19.02.2013 at 20:30

    Man! I thought I got a good deal getting a rug 50% off for President’s Day!!! Oh well, no way in heck I would have been able to wait for Black Friday lol!

  • jamie @ [kreyv] 19.02.2013 at 20:50

    I totally agree, and I think that mindset is what gets us out of the “buy it because it goes” mode and into the “buy because we love it” mode. If we love it, we will find a place for it, and make it feel at home…or buy something else that goes with it later on!

  • Michele 20.02.2013 at 00:23

    That chandelier is fantastic! (as is the new rug)

  • McKenzie Guymon 20.02.2013 at 02:12

    You rock girl! I love the purple. It freaks usually freaks me out to think about putting it in my house, but you totally make it work. It makes me feel a little more brave. I may be trying this!

  • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} 20.02.2013 at 03:00

    LOVING your table!! I pinned a coffee table done like that a while back and havent been able to get it out of my mind since – and now you make me want to do it even more!!

  • Diane Streicher @ Diane Again 20.02.2013 at 10:47

    Your strategy for home decor makes perfect sense, and it also works as a life philosophy. If we can just find the courage to do what makes the most sense in any given situation, even if it seems odd, someday, somehow, our experiences align and link up…suddenly, it all comes together. Thanks for making this important observation.

    Also, the purple is amazing. LOVE.

  • annie and m 20.02.2013 at 13:52

    I love the dark paint on your eating area walls! The rug compliments the wall color perfectly. It’s so fun to see all the fun things you add to your house to make it a home.

  • CanvasPics {Interior HeART still life} 20.02.2013 at 17:51

    I thought as I was reading you were going to say that the purple is on it’s way out…rug works great! Don’t you have to sweep your floors a thousand times a day in the kitchen? So depressing, your kids aren’t apparently as messy {embarrasing}.

  • Chrissy Farnan 21.02.2013 at 11:34

    I love the bicycle art on the wall – was this created by you? If yes, is there a tutorial?? I love it!!

  • Cindy * Daisies and Crazies 22.02.2013 at 20:05

    OMg I want an overdyed rug REAL BAD. <—Napoleon Dynamite


  • Megan 23.02.2013 at 12:41

    I bought that exact same rug on BF too and my house is also a sea of rainbow happiness. Great minds :)

  • maria f. 26.02.2013 at 08:31

    With ya on the rainbow happiness. A few years ago I spent a whole day making a dahlia stencil with an exacto (too cheap to buy the $30)and painted one wall of my entryway lilac and stencilled 5 dahlias in violet. That’s the only violet. Touches of red in the B/W living room and an orange wall in the stairway. But I still love it! BTW – that old lamp with personality… I wouldn’t paint it. If you’re getting the happy vibe from it CUZ OF it’s history, don’t bury it under spray paint. We all know you COULD, the trick here is NOT TO.


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