Dream Big with Oakwood Homes

Oakwood Homes on DesignLovesDetail.com. Dream Big!

I recently had the opportunity to visit Oakwood Homes brand new design center in Murray, UT. It’s pretty amazing! They also have some great offers at the moment for those who sign up to build with them & we just had to share with our readers! Between now & March 31, 2015 they are offering a FREE Grotto Kitchen (which is gorgeous) or a FREE Spa Shower (also incredible) with every new pre-sold home purchase. Oakwood Homes is a company that really provides luxury in ALL their homes, no matter what the price point is. If you’re in the market for building a new home make sure you check them out and visit the design center to see fully built kitchens, bathroom spaces & tons of options for flooring, lighting, etc! Here are a few images of Oakwood Homes that I love. You can see how beautiful the quality is. And last, but not least, HAPPY FRIDAY!



krissyFebruary 20, 2015 - 10:35 am

Oh my gosh, these pictures are gorgeous. I hadn’t heard of this builder before. Will definitely check them out!

Moving on up: Starter Stories with Urban Compass

There has been unbelievable amounts of boxes, stress and excitement around here lately. With both Mollie and me building homes from the bottom up, you can imagine where the above mentioned things come in to play. For me, building a house has always been the “dream”. So when the opportunity arose, I jumped head first. Both houses sold much quicker than anticipated and since we both went out on a whim and just decided one day to list our homes, we were left with short time find new homes, while in the meantime bunking with the in-laws. Yikes! I still can’t believe it all happened so fast but I couldn’t be more happy.

With the whirlwind of moving finally coming to an end, I thought I would share the before and after photos of our first home together. Me doing so could not have come at a better time, as I was inspired by Urban Compass to share my story. Urban Compass has a new project they’ve got going on called Starter Stories. If you haven’t already heard about them-Urban Compass helps NY folks find great neighborhoods and places to live in New York City.

So without further ado……..


AmandaThis home was such a labor of love. Steve’s previous home was a tiny three bedroom in a pretty scary part of town. So when we saw this monster of a home while on the hunt, we were thrilled. It was in a great neighborhood and had loads of space.

We bought the house on a short sale, so naturally we got a killer deal. But like most short sales, the house was anything but move-in-ready. Yikes, again! The house was covered in head-to-toe yellow paint, green linoleum and a lot of dirt. It was, to put it  plainly, outdated and dingy. But with a lot of blood, sweat and tears, we made that house a home. A home that will forever hold a piece of our hearts. So many memories…tear!

Amanda with Design Loves DetailAmanda with Design Loves DetailAmanda with Design Loves DetailAmanda with Design Loves DetailA brief description about the updates done to each room:

1. All flooring was ripped out and replaced. Tile in the baths, kitchen and entryways. Dark hardwoods were laid in the living room, family room and stairs.

2. The railings were all refinished with a fresh coat of white paint. This was one of my favorite transformations but boy was it the hardest. During this HUGE undertaking, I came down with the flu on top of having an intestinal virus. TMI- right?!  And if that wasn’t enough, we took on this project right before listing our home, so the project needed to be completed in a week. Not one of our founder memories.

3. The kitchen was refreshed by refinishing the cabinets with white paint, adding hardware, taking down the awful florescent light and replacing with cans.

4. New baseboards, fresh paint and new light fixtures in each room.

5. The master bath was a complete gut. New everything including adding a vanity and enlarging the shower.

6. The three-quarter bath aka the “library”  was also a total gut. New flooring, vanity with vessel sink and fixtures. Instead of painstakingly removing the lovely wallpaper, we chose to cover it up with bead-board for a cleaner look.

Urban Compass Feature Master Bedroom Redo
Urban Compass Feature of AmandaUrban Compass Feature of AmandaUrban Compass Feature of AmandaUrban Compass Feature of AmandaUrban Compass Feature of AmandaUrban Compass Feature of AmandaUrban Compass Feature of AmandaUrban Compass Feature of AmandaStay tuned for some BIG things coming up with both of our new houses! I think you’ll love them as much as we do!

A big thank you to Kellyn of Urban Compass for allowing me to share my Starter Story!


DeniseJanuary 21, 2015 - 10:15 am

Nice work! You completely transformed that house, no wonder it sold in the blink of an eye!

HeidiFebruary 10, 2015 - 5:20 am

That wood panel wall awesome!!!

Betty LudlowFebruary 28, 2015 - 7:59 pm



I am so excited to be with you and your family in this special well beautified home.



Akansha AgrawalMarch 20, 2015 - 11:12 am

Wow, your house is beautiful! You should have been part of one of those HGTV shows :).

I just wrote a post for Compass too! If you have a moment, I’d love if you could check it out.

Our Woodland Playroom: Room of the Day on Houzz!

Cutest Woodland Playroom. Design by Mollie Openshaw of DesignLovesDetail.com. I love the mushroom seats & tree with chalkboard. So cool.Most amazing woodland playroom! Designed by Mollie Openshaw of DesignLovesDetail.com-- the guru of creative kidsOne of the most fun spaces to create was this woodland playroom! Just a few weeks ago I was contacted by a Houzz editor to be interviewed about this space because they wanted to share it as the Room of the Day. Pretty exciting stuff. Do you guys use the Houzz app? Hopefully! I just love it. It’s the most used app I own, in fact. Check out the article & let us know what you think. Also, make sure you follow us on Houzz to keep up to date on the latest projects– we’ll have lots of new ones coming too with the new houses almost finished! Happy Tuesday, everyone.

images by Aria Photography





KelsiDecember 9, 2014 - 3:39 pm

That is so cool!

GLoria JenningsDecember 11, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Most amazing kids room I have ever seen!!! Congrats to you on this feature.

HeidiFebruary 10, 2015 - 5:18 am

I’m obsessed with this. You’re amazing.I’m also now addicted to your blog and would love to hire you to help me in designing my new home!

Holiday Decor Finds at Trolley Square

Silver, White & Emerald Christmas Inspiration from DesignLovesDetail.com. Click for product links to our favorite holiday decor picks!

Just this past week I spent an evening at Trolley Square enjoying the atmosphere, great food & amazing shops. It’s one of my favorite places to visit, especially around Christmas time! I picked up a lot of great gifts and couldn’t resist planning new additions to my Christmas decor. If you remember my Holiday Home Tour from last year, you know how I feel about Emerald Green! Below are links to the items above that all come from Trolley Square shops. And stay tuned for an upcoming gift guide I’ll share with my other favorite fashion & gift finds from my night on the town! In the meantime, get to decking those halls. Can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week!

Top Left: POTTERY BARN Candle Holders & Mercury Glass Trees

Top Middle: POTTERY BARN Avalon Pendant Light

Top Right: POTTERY BARN KIDS Glitter Trees

Bottom Left: WILLIAMS-SONOMA Jacquard TowelGuest Towel

Bottom Middle: POTTERY BARN Pillow Cover

Bottom Right: WILLIAMS-SONOMA Bay Leaf Wreath


RachaelNovember 24, 2014 - 9:49 am

I love this! And your holiday decor post from last year was amazing. Crushing on this simple color scheme!!!!

natalie andersenNovember 25, 2014 - 1:15 pm

So cute!

Gloria JenningsDecember 11, 2014 - 3:06 pm

What a great collection!!!

Holiday Decorating Services

Holiday Home Decorating Info

You know those images; the ones of a beautifully decorated holiday-home that look like they’re straight from a made-for-TV movie? The ones we’ve oooo’d and aww’d over? Well with our help, you too can have that in your own home! Whether its earthy and clean or classic and traditional, we can bring new life to your holiday decor. Imagine fresh garlands and heavenly smells; yes smells!

Simply email us at info@designlovesdetail.com for pricing and details. Our services include everything from detailed design boards with fresh ideas, to personalized shopping trips and full design execution. This is also great for those holiday parties! Beautifully designed tablescapes that are sure to make a big impression!

We can’t wait to start working with you!


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