Interiors

Creating A Home Office With West Elm

west elm home office
These photos were taken prior to the pandemic.

When I moved to Utah last fall we downsized our home and it did not have an office space (the previous home owners used a guest room as an office but we have too many kids for that!). With 2 little toddlers at the time always wanting to constantly find me, I needed a space for myself. So in late February, I teamed up with West Elm and City Creek Center to create an office space. I went into the store and walked around eyeing some pieces I loved, met with the design team, shared the measurements of the space, and ordered some pieces! Looking at these photos now, it is so weird to see me in a public space, talking to a stranger within 6 feet without a mask on!
west elm home office
west elm home office
March came around and the pandemic put a halt to this collaboration as well as the majority of the countries jobs. With the pandemic in full swing 9 months later, many people are still finding a way to work from home. This post resonates with all of us more now than ever, trying to find a sense of peace and organization while working from home. I now have a third little boy who needs me, but luckily he is still a baby and it’s only my older two boys who want to know where I am all day, every day!

Creating an office space that had equal balance function and style was important to me. I wanted the environment to feel clean, bright, and very me in order for the space to be a productive home office. I went into the West Elm at City Creek Center with an idea of what I wanted. Seeing the products in person always excites me and helps me visualize the space even more. I had a member of the design team walk around with me so they could get an idea of what my aesthetic was. We then sat down and played around with the program they use. It was really fun to see my vision come to life. I had brought the measurements of the room I was going to use for the home office and they were plugged into the program, we added the doorways, the desk I wanted, light fixture, and chair. I picked out a few decor pieces also to add to the walls. Some of the items I wanted were not on the floor but they had samples of the materials. I was able to see the wood of the desk and put it next to the fabric of the chair I planned on using. 
I am so happy with how it turned out! I had a couple of other locations in mind but in the end, I really needed my desk to be near a window. I function better with natural light. I love how the little eye mirror looks next to the corkboard that I can tack notes and photos on. I really need to print some updated pictures for my new area!
west elm home office

I am thrilled how my home office turned out and I really enjoyed my experience with the West Elm at City Creek Center.

This post is sponsored by City Creek Center. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Family

A Staycation At The Hilton Salt Lake City Center + Visit To City Creek Center

hilton Salt Lake City centerHas it registered to you that Christmas is one week away! Settling back in Utah for the season took up a lot of my time and energy, unpacking, organizing, and decorating the house for Christmas! Until yesterday, I still had two people to shop for, and let’s not even mention the wrapping that needs to get done (luckily wrapping is therapeutic for me and just a bit time-consuming)! The boys have been a little stir crazy also. When we lived in Utah last season we were out and about going to so many places and now with COVID still around we are no longer going to the museums and play places. A staycation is what we need.hilton Salt Lake City center

Planning fun activities for the boys, while I can be productive, is pretty much how I plan everything these days. They can play with cars and cardboard boxes while I open the boxes and organize them! Switching up our home routine and staying at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center and being able to finish my Christmas shopping at City Creek Center is just what my family needed! I let the boys know we were doing something fun and packed our bags!
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We entered the immaculate lobby of the Hilton Salt Lake City Center and dropped our bags off in our room. We headed to City Creek Center to burn some energy and run around the enormous Christmas tree and finish our shopping, shopping here during the holidays is truly a Christmas experience. The boys hadn’t been there since last Christmas and Myles remembered everything. He knew all about the storybook lanterns and this year they are contactless! You just have to wave your hand over this one spot and the storybook lanterns turn on.

city creek center giant Christmas tree

city creek center contactless story lanternscity creek center contactless story lanternsI surprised the boys with being able to go swimming, they could not believe it! We had wrapped up our afternoon of shopping, finished an early dinner, and went back to our rooms to grab our suits and do a little swimming! I was very happy watching the boys enjoy themselves so much. Myles is such a little fish, swimming everywhere, and Noah is completely content sitting on the steps squealing and splashing. Eli and I were easily entertained by the two of them!hilton Salt Lake City center

The boys took their baths back at the room and we all got into our matching winter pajamas and just has fun. It was later than I had planned but sometimes it feels good to let loose and not be so strict on the schedule. We had such a wonderful stay at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center and loved being able to walk over to City Creek Center for some shopping and Christmas fun! This is something I would love to continue to do with my family and will be a great family tradition.hilton Salt Lake City center

Live votre rêve!

This post is sponsored by City Creek Center. As always, all opinions are my own. 

hilton Salt Lake City center

 

Lifestyle

Holiday Shopping At City Creek Center

City Creek CenterMy holiday shopping has been a little different this season. Since this is my first time living in Salt Lake City I am still figuring out what the best stores and shops are. Lucky for me (and all of you!) there is one destination that has anything and everything you need to do your holiday shopping and that is City Creek Center. Along with having all the stores to do your holiday shopping, City Creek Center is also extremely family friendly. Being new to Salt Lake City I have been very impressed with how family friendly shopping can be and how much is available for children.City Creek Center
City Creek Center
I chose to do my holiday shopping at City Creek Center because they have all the stores but also because I can break up the shopping with activities for my boys. The most popular amongst my boys is watching the fish. Did you know this shopping center has hundreds of fish that swim among the rocks? My boys could sit and watch the fish swim all day if I let them. You can actually feed the fish too! They offer this on Saturday mornings between 10:00 am and 10:30 am. It is first come first serve so keep that in mind. Another go-to for my boys is the fountain. The America First Credit Union Fountain Show runs at the top of the hour every hour during operating hours. After dusk the fountain show has fire accents!City Creek CenterSaving the most important for last which is visiting Santa Clause. The perk about going to visit with Santa at City Creek (other than he is the sweetest and the most kind) is that you check in with your name and number and then you will get a text when it’s your turn! This way you can grab lunch, coffee or do your holiday shopping and there is no waiting in line! For more information regarding Santa photos click here.City Creek Center
City Creek CenterI’m so glad to live in a city with the beautiful City Creek Center that has so many stores for adults, children, home and more. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!City Creek Center
This post is in collaboration with City Creek Center. As always, all opinions are my own.

Live votre rêve!