BellaGrey Designs

August 23, 2016

BellaGrey Designs Office Make-Over, One Space at a Time

Hello friends! I am super excited to share with you small bits of my office make-over. Please keep in mind, the make-over will be in small bits here and there as I gather all my ideas and make them into reality. 


A little background: My office is above the garage in our house and originally planned to be my husband's man cave. Well fast forward twelve years later and throw two kids into the mix and it's become my office/guest room/storage. Can you relate? I would love to have my own space but that would require us to move and at this time, we are not even close to thinking about that venture!

This is not totally ideal but you work with what you have, right? Needless to say, there is a bed in one corner of my office and all my "props" are in dressers, bins and tubs on the other side of the room. My office has three large windows and lets in great natural light. Which I love for photos. But because this space is also used for guests, I don't have a lot of room for BellaGrey Designs. Anyone else have this issue? 

My Type-A personality was going crazy! I know sometimes you need mess to be creative, but I also really crave organization! 90% of my business is on the computer designing images for clients and completing day-to-day work. As I get busier, with blogging, styling, photo shoots, editing and taking on new responsibilities and clients, I know it is time to start focusing on my workspace. 

 I really like having a clean and organized office to walk into every day. So, to make the space my own, I have started to clean out the clutter and reorganize the necessities for BellaGrey Designs to run and function 

The first order of business was to get rid of the large eyesore - the bookcase which held everything from my husband's law books {30+ years old} to my high school and college yearbooks! What? Are you kidding me? Do people even keep those anymore? 

I have always loved interior design and worked as a Merchandise Manager for a large department store in Denver, for several years. My favorite part was designing the main outside windows for Christmas! I wanted to go to school to be an interior designer, but my dad thought it was best if I actually obtained a BA instead. So off to school I went to graduate with a BA in Business with an emphasis in marketing and advertising. Good news, I am going back to school next month for Interior Design! You can read all about it here

The inspiration: If you follow BellaGrey Designs on Pinterest, then you have seen my Home Office Board. I have a lot of inspiration right there friends. I love wide open spaces, with great natural light and ORGANIZED! Pink, gold, black and white, stripes and turquoise. I love these colors and they seem to speak to me in a design sort of way. 

If you really want to see what this bookcase looked like before, the HORRIBLE photos are at the end. I am telling you, I am a little embarrassed how it looked, but I LOVE the end results! I will be happy to answer any of your questions and I will also give you some pointers on how to make your bookcase look beautiful! 


I could not resist on taking a photo after I had cleaned it out! I almost thought about leaving it like this, just because it looked so much nicer! 



I love how it turned out and what's even better? I shopped my house to find all the great items for this re-do. I am so happy with how it all came together. 

TIPS: I used the triangle method to arrange my shelves. Remember your art class in high school where they taught you about perspective and triangles? You can put it to use here on your book shelves. Choose the triangle shape you want {Equilateral, Scalene or Isosceles} and design your bookshelves from there. Remember the ABCs: Accents, Books and Collections. I don't collect anything, but rather have a few great accent pieces around the house. I did find a few of my husband's law books I wanted in the right colors and I added the mini collection of pineapples I have. It's an obsession I have right now. I love how the black and white striped items pulls it all together. 

My husband says "it's not really functional as a bookcase anymore, but it sure is more pleasing to the eye!" I'll take that compliment any day! Thanks hon! 

Here is the horrible before photo! I'm embarrassed, but I want to show you how to turn this bad image into a really pretty one! I love this part of my office now. 


Can you believe this mess is gone and it is a pretty site now? What little part of your office or home would you like to make pretty and organized? I would love to cheer you on and help with any questions you may have. 

August 9, 2016

Tips for going back to school with confidence

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CreatewithHP #CollectiveBias

Multi-tasking is what I do, it's a necessity in my life. When I explain to people what my day entails, they are surprised to find out, on top of everything else, I am a small business owner and now a college student! Yes, I am heading back to school. As such, my nights and weekends will be bursting at the seams. Because this time is valuable to me, to spend with my family and friends, I need to make this process as efficient as possible. I came up with several tips which helped me when I decided to undertake this project.


Tips for going back to school with confidence
  • Have confidence in yourself and your ability to take this step
  • Take a tour of the campus if you are unfamiliar with it 
  • Consult an academic advisor, they are there to help you through this process
  • Ask your advisor if the school uses certain technologies to help keep you apprised of any school and/or professor announcements
  • Take a lighter load the first semester, this will help you adjust to your new routine
  • Spread out your courses, so you aren't taking classes only 2 or 3 days, this will also help with balancing your schedule
  • Make sure you know where all of your classes are located prior to the first day
  • The night before school starts, set everything out you will need to take with you, so you aren't rushing in the morning
  • Go to bed early {if you are able} to get a good night's rest before your first day


Tips for staying organized and managing everything at home
  • Have a dedicated work space for your school needs, separate from your everyday home needs
  • I use this calendar for all the activities in my life {including my kids and hubby's activities} 
  • Put together a command center, so everything is in one place
  • Make sure you have all the tools you need {stapler, staples, scissors, tape, paper, printer, computer at your fingertips}
  • Take a deep breathe, you've got this!! 

Speaking of printers, I found the perfect one. The HP Deskjet 3752 All-in-one. It's the world's smallest printer! My favorite feature, besides the size, is its wireless! Which means I can print from my smartphone or tablet. I'm pretty excited about this, since most of my note taking at school will probably be on my tablet!



So simple to set up too. Follow the quick set-up guide, connect to your wifi network at home and install the drivers. Did I mention, it prints more than twice as many pages with the original HP high-yield ink cartridges? 


I was able to purchase my new HP printer at my local Walmart in the electronics department. Look down the office printing aisle to find your own HP Deskjet 3752 All-in-one. 



I used my new HP printer to print off my calendar and a printable of lunch note card funnies I designed for my kids lunches. You can download your FREE lunch notes here and FREE calendar here.



People are a whole lot busier now than ever, stay organized and take full advantage of those hours while the kiddos are in school. Are you planning on going back to school after taking some time off? Or taking on another responsibility? What tips do you have? 


July 22, 2016

Brownie Ice Creamtini Dessert


Warm Double Chocolate Brownie crumbles served in a Hershey Chocolate Syrup puddled martini glass topped with vanilla ice cream and embellished with fresh mint. Heaven right there friends! 

This can be served for an elegant dinner with friends or as a fabulous treat for a simple Girls Night In. Either way, your friends will want to know how to re-create it. 




Are you ready to make your own? I knew you would be! 

Ingredients: 

1 cup Brownie Crumbled {your choice store bought or homemade}
4 tablespoons Hershey's Chocolate Syrup
4 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
Fresh Mint Leaves

Instructions: 

1) Swirl Hershey's Chocolate Syrup around the bottom of the martini glass, place in freezer to help syrup firm up. **Make sure to use freezer-safe glasses**

2) Scoop one ball of ice cream and place in bottom of glass, add the additional three scoops on top.

3) Sprinkle with brownie crumbs, until you achieve the look you want. {I did this hap-hazardly}.

4) Garnish with a fresh mint leaf. Serve. Enjoy! 


VENDOR CREDIT:
Photo Stylist: Jennifer Kirlin, BellaGrey Designs


July 6, 2016

Turn your Party into a Luau!

Summer is for fun in the sun celebrating with family and friends! These fun summer products are Tiki-Tastic! I recently styled and designed a Pineapple Pool Party for my daughter and her besties. I was so excited when I found all these fabulous party products at Oriental Trading! 


How adorable are these Pineapple cups? I just added the guests names and a fun gold striped straw! And can I tell you, the pineapple sunnies were a HUGE hit! 



If you ever wanted a super cute party favor to give out at your Luau or Pineapple Party, you have to check out these Pineapple favor containers. They were perfect for our fun colored Sixlets. The guests loved them! 


Our sweet model, AKA my daughter, looked adorable standing in the pool with her Pineapple swimsuit holding her Pineapple favor container! 


Serving punch never looked so fun, then when it is served in a Sea Shell Punch Bowl



As you can tell, I use Oriental Trading for my summer in the sun, go to shop!


This is a sponsored post written by me. BellaGrey Designs has received trade, products and/or payment from Oriental Trading in exchange for promotion. All opinions and text are my own and I only promote products I love. 


July 5, 2016

Pineapple in Paradise Pool Party

Last weekend, we celebrated my sweet daughter's 10th birthday! Which naturally, I hi-jacked! I just can't help myself! Afterall, I am a Party Stylist! 

In January, she voiced she would like a birthday party with pineapples! I suggested we have a Pineapple Party and she suggested a Pool Party! And the Pineapple in Paradise Pool Party was born. 

As you know, pineapple parties have been pretty popular for a few years now. You have seen the black and white striped party, the hot pink party, but no parties with the fun summery colors of Gold, Turquoise, Hot Pink and Rose Gold!

The invitation is the perfect place to begin the party planning process. Knowing the colors we wanted to incorporate, BellaGrey Designs got to work. I'd say the invites came out perfect! Exactly what I wanted, I mean, what my daughter wanted. Her favorite element, besides the colors, is the sweet girl pineapple on the back of the invite, too cute right? 


Once we knew the theme would be pineapples, I started searching for pineapple everything! From bowls to cups to decor and everything in between. If it wasn't the right colors, I spray painted it! Yep! Everything became the colors of the party, even a few of the honeycomb pineapples. What? You didn't know you could spray paint honeycomb tissue? It comes out great! 


Here's a little sample ~ I sprayed one hot pink and gold and one turquoise. The middle one it the original color. Aren't they pretty? Dried quickly and are so perfect! 

The backdrop was very important to me, I didn't want a boring backdrop, it had to pop with all this color! 


For the main table I used several tropical palm leaves, small honeycomb pineapples, gold paper medallions, decorative tissue balls, beautiful large turquoise paper flowers and two fabulous giant tissue pineapples to anchor the ends of the table. We are smitten with how this came out. 


Our uber talented friend Roni of  Roni Sugar Creations designed the beautiful cookies, I can tell you they were as good as they look! Not one was left over!



Sugarfina came out with these beauties just in time for the party ~ Parisian Pineapples from Paris! They are so delicious, I may or may not have kept a cube for myself! *wink* 


Don't you just love rock candy sticks? They are fabulous for a pool party and oh the colors we found matched our theme perfectly!


I contacted Sweets from Heaven to create CandyBobs to match the invitation, they nailed it! 

The second table we styled for all the take-aways for the girls to keep. I am so crushing on the large balloon "10" in the center of the backdrop, with Isabella peeking through the zero! We embellished the "10" with turquoise pineapple cutouts, to keep with the theme. 








 We had sunnies, pineapple drinking sippers and pineapple favors to be had by all!


The cute mini favor boxes were filled with some fun DIY goodies inside, made by the birthday girl herself.


For food, we had Chick-fil-A cater the party. All the food items were displayed on my beautiful turquoise party cart in trays to match and the guests ate off the plates we designed with Create UR Plate and the fun M8s! 


And how adorable are the wooden utensils with mini pineapples on the ends? 

You can't have a pool party without cute pool floats! I styled and designed this party name float with my daughter's name on it with embellished styrofoam letters. The girls loved it as much as my daughter did! What a fun photo! 






It was such a fun party and the girls had a blast! I can't believe my sweet baby girl is almost 10!!

May 24, 2016

4th of July Ice Cream Party

Are you as ready for summer as I am? With 4th of July, ice cream and BBQs upon us, what better way to celebrate, than to throw an Ice Cream Party?

I am sharing fun ideas and plenty of inspiration to help you start planning for your own 4th of July Ice Cream Party!


When you start to plan your party, once your theme and colors are set, everything else will fall into place. I knew I wanted to use the traditional colors for my 4th of July Ice Cream Party and included food items to match. I started with a plain bright white tablecloth so the red and blue would really pop!

Stock your Ice Cream Party with festive sweets to enjoy this All-American holiday and treat! 




On my main table, I used the Americana Burlap Bunting. It was large enough to almost cover the entire front of the table. The Patriots Pride Ribbons were attached to the corners of the table to complete the look. I love how these two set the stage for the party. I also added mini flags to the decor to bring it all together. 

For the backdrop, I went simple. I created a matching tissue tassel garland using the red, white and blue tassels. The decorative tissue balls add great dimension and color pop to the back of the table. 


Continuing with the color scheme, I placed simple ice cream toppings in waffle cone bowls such as, marshmallows, strawberries, blueberries, star gummy candies as well as red, white and blue mints. I placed the cupcakes on a long rectangular tray and added red and white sixlets to the bottom. I also had red and blue rock candy sticks on hand. I made some festive brownie kabobs to go along with our theme. Who doesn't love brownies and ice cream? 






Of course you can't have an ice cream party without fun bowls, spoons, straws and ice cream cones! Don't you just love these milk glass bottles? They were perfect to hold the spoons, straws and flags! 






I designed these fun cone wrappers, don't they match the theme perfectly?  And they make the 4th of July Ice Cream Party a bit
more festive! 

Kids and adults alike, will have fun creating their own delicious ice cream at this 4th of July Ice Cream Party! But don't take my word for it, create one of your own with our FREE PRINTABLES!

The printable set includes:

Ice cream cone wrapper
Cupcake toppers
Fill-in invitation


Enjoy! 

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