My name is Diana Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, writer, graphic designer and model who had memorable days reporting from the LA red carpet for E! Online. I love sharing my life as a creative professional and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.

My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I love traveling, home improvement projects, sewing, and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life and work.

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So there was good news, and there was bad news, and the bad news turned out to be really good news.  I forgot what the initial good news even was – I think it was an alternative sun tunnel which I immediately shot down (not the style I wanted to go for in my office – but great for a closet or hallway).  I had a 34×34 Velux skylight installed.

I had our handyman come and sand, and stain the beams immediately so I could put my office back together.

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I really think my office looks happier – maybe it’s just me.

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I just love my area now, no lights necessary until sundown!

I wanted some additional color and texture in my office so I added two rugs – this sheepskin rug from Pottery Barn is so soft under my feet (cheaper ones at IKEA  - faux and real sold out online) and for a pop of personality and fun color, had to have this gorgeous Beverly Rug by Lulu & Georgia.  This was one of my birthday gifts from Mr. Wonderful.

What do you think about leaving the beams in?

Equipment used: Sony NEX-5R

Decor, Home + Garden, Lifestyle, Personal

Remember all that new roof talk I started about two months ago?  The past two weeks I have been waking up early, sweeping up dust, listening to a constant scraping or banging above my head, because that’s just life when your home is under construction!

Well here’s what the roof looked like:

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Yeah, that’s wavy.  No, it’s not supposed to be that way.  I also dislike showing you unfinished projects but some of you always beg for the before’s and so here you go!

I knew when I bought our home three years ago that we would need a new roof, but after two bathroom remodels, new furniture, funds ran run low so I waited until it was a better time – like after I got married – just kidding (his money is my money so it’s just the same).

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That is our AC on the roof – in older homes in Arizona they are on the roof, not sure why.  As a California girl I am aware this looks and seems insane.  Please ignore my neglected garden beds – I am accidentally growing tomatoes though.

We went with GAF Camelot II Designer Shingles in Barkwood, it had a little warmer tone in it which went great with our brick.  When it came to getting quotes, we received a total of three, and I researched several different lines so I could compare apples to apples regarding cost.  We went with a friend’s hubby’s company, McBride, and I’m so glad we did because I truly believe in supporting friends.  We have a lifetime limited warranty on the GAF roof which transfers with the house (or really when we are dead because we are not moving ever).

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I picked this shingle because I liked that the size – all neat and tidy looking and had a shake look without it being a shake.  There are all different shapes once you realize how many options you have.  This one just fit our little home so well, I was actually really excited about the roof – we have our handyman coming to paint the drip edge from blue to white since our fascia boards are blue (most homes are white or brown – and now you’re also going to be looking at that now aren’t you?)

The new skylight in my office!

Now I can take decent at the desk IG posts with light.  Yes, that’s a 34″ x 34″ size!  Boom!  Here comes the sun.  That’s a beam in it, I can’t wait to talk more about the skylight details, that’s on Monday!

A funny thing – this accidentally happened.

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I was sitting in my office and heard a crash and thought something fell off the wall.  This is in between all the banging happening on the roof so I assumed something just fell off the wall from all the vibration.  This was not supposed to be a skylight in our laundry room, ps.  The wood was so old that the worker’s leg fell through it when he was walking!  What is not pictured is old insulation all over my poor Sam Edelman heels I had just kicked off.

After this happened, my time spend in the bathroom was real fast as I was afraid someone was going to make a surprise appearance while I was in there – I was honestly a bit paranoid!

Additional perks of owning an old home aside from the cute character is fixing all the incorrect things in regards to fire hazards and coding! The list went on – but thankfully we had a great electrician who came back and fixed all the things we caught.  As somewhat discouraging it was, this is the time to fix it all right?

I can’t wait to show you the office skylight!

Decor, Home + Garden

You may have been wondering about the bridal boutique I’ve been helping with designing the interior – Bella Lily Bridal.  Well, so much has been going on and after owner Brenda and I had a game plan set with where racks would go, a crazy Pinterest board and a bunch of texts back and forth, I received this updated photo.

Walls are up, paint is done, lights are hung – even the sparkly ones and the flooring is installed!

Picking the wall color was a tremendous challenge as the incorrect lighting was in there so it turned everything blue or a completely different color – you know how lighting and time of day does that.  This color we decided on was a last minute toss in – and ended up being the winner.  Ironically the second runner up was a color called Silver Spoon (my graphic design business is called Silver Spoon Studio).

Here is the storefront at night.  I can’t wait to take good photos for her site – and my design portfolio.  Those racks are ready for wedding gowns and we just need to fill it – and the furniture is already picked out waiting in storage to be moved.

Send all your newly engaged friends if they are on the West Side of Phoenix! More info coming soon – but you can follow along on the store’s Facebook Fan Page.

Isn’t that chandelier just gorgeous?  I love it!

This has been a fun opportunity for me. As you can tell I love decorating, if you haven’t seen my home or office.  I’m always looking through catalogs, blogs, and pinning to my Pinterest boards.  In my mind our 1750 cottage home is now at 40,000 square feet – haha.  So this opportunity of decorating the interior of a store, a bridal boutique of all things has really made me happy that someone would trust my taste.   As a business owner myself I know how important branding is so I’m thankful for the trust and opportunity!  When I work with businesses, I do think of each and everyone one of them (whether still using my services or not) as one of my businesses and I care so much about them and want them to succeed so badly.

In 2005/2006 when things were going bad I had businesses closing their doors that I helped launch.  I was really sad that I asked if there were any last marketing efforts or services I could provide on the house to help them not close their doors – that’s how much every client means to me.  This is my third bridal boutique client – can you believe it?  I guess my style attracts them and I’m not complaining!

The color scheme we picked for Bella Lily revolved around these colors:

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I say the word “revolve” because I think just like weddings, you don’t need to pick specific colors like a strict color match.  Instead, pick a color palette, one that evolves similar tones, feelings and go with it.  That way it’s less school team colors and more of an ambiance you achieve.  It also makes your space warmer – if you notice on Pinterest there are adorable offices but there are some who only allow items in their office that match and it just doesn’t give it dimension or warmth. I would hate to not allow something into my space just because it didn’t match a specific color.

The official logo I created:

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The signage is modified because we want the emphasis just on the text so it will look like so:

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Bella Lily Bridal is named after Brenda’s niece who is the apple of her eye.  The anticipated opening is for January 2015, and when the grand opening happens, I hope you will all meet me there!

Decor, Home + Garden

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Amelia celebrated her first birthday and now we’re onto Christmas cards!  It’s been wonderful being able to witness clients turned friends get married and grow their family - my heart is so full when I’m able to spend some time with this sweet bunch.

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 {Makeup and hair: Allison Pynn}

 

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