Mollie’s Home Tour: Office/Sitting Room

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The office and sitting room is kind of my space. Okay, it’s totally my space. The only time my husband is in this room is when he comes to chat while I’m working on the computer. This is the place I do a lot of thinking and working (well as much as can be done with 3 small kids!). I wanted to keep this room classy and simple, both for my sanity & because it also doubles as our front sitting room, which means it’s visible from the front entry. The basic color scheme of black, white, grey, cream & white set the scene for a sophisticated space. Then I added accents in blues, greens and wood tones to have a little pop. The emerald love seat glams things up & makes a bold statement!

The antique doors are my favorite part of the whole room. I found them at an antique shop in Provo and was instantly in love. I am obsessed with the triangle shapes of the design and they even have the original glass still intact. I put a glass transom above the doors for added light and a more open feel. the door knobs are an antique milk glass style, that isn’t original, but keeps with the period detail. I wanted a blend of modern and antique elements for this space for an upscale feel. I also brought in a few coastal-inspired pieces because the overall house has a laid back, beach vibe as you’ll soon see. I also can’t resist a little mid-century glamour, so this space is quite the eclectic mix! A special thanks to the amazing photographer who captured all these images, Jessie Alexis Photography. And of course, happy weekend to you!


Mollie’s Home Tour: Entry

Thanks to the ever-fabulous and equally adorable Jessie of Jessie Alexis Photography, we’ve got some awesome images to share of the home we just finished. This is the house that we built based off the plans I literally dreamed of one night last year. Then we listed our house for sale, sold it in 5 days and spent the next 9 months searching for the perfect lot, making the plans a reality and building this thing from the ground up. Spencer of Elite Homes UT, who built our first house was of course our go-to-guy to make this happen. My husband did a lot of the work this time around to help save some money. He did tile installation, some of the finish carpentry, windows, etc. It was a long journey. My husband even got shingles from all the stress– yes, usually elderly people get shingles but sometimes younger ones can under extreme stress. Needless to say, our Christmas break was spent with Mr. O being sick on the couch in crazy pain with an awful shingles rash all over his face, neck and head. Luckily he has amazing siblings and parents who rallied together to get a whole lot of work done on the house so we wouldn’t fall too far behind schedule. It was a major blessing!

So after a long crazy ride, let’s get this tour started! Today I’m sharing the entry way, which was one of the main areas I saw laid out in my dream. Above is the sketch I made after the dream and below are a few images of how it turned out. I wanted the stairs to have a cut out underneath them to walk under, the fireplace framed through the walkway, a reading nook bench under the stairs, glass french doors into the office/sitting room with a transom above, the metal circles chandelier and a horizontal wooden railing. I’m still looking for the perfect light to go in the reading nook & the house isn’t totally put together how I want it to be in terms of decor, but that always takes a little time. In the meantime here’s how it looks so far…

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JessieApril 15, 2015 - 11:05 am

I love your house!! You have amazing taste and I’m excited for you to share more!

Dream Big with Oakwood Homes

Oakwood Homes on 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 I love the mushroom seats & tree with chalkboard. So cool.Most amazing woodland playroom! Designed by Mollie Openshaw of 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





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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!