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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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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Bella Lily Bridal.  There, I can finally say it, after keeping it mum for a few months!  I can finally share the details of one of my clients, a new bridal boutique opening on the west side of the Phoenix Valley in Glendale.

Brenda came to me early summer for graphic design work (my graphic design business is here), to create her logo and a few print things.  A few months later after she secured her space, she asked if I would be interested and available to assist with decorating her space.

Um…

Yeah how happy am I?  So yeah!

Here’s the space with the walls down – so much to do, paint, figuring out where dresses and veils are to hang, mirrors, dressing viewing areas, I mean the list goes on – can you imagine?

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And picking paint colors out isn’t exactly easy when you have tinted windows and fluorescent lights currently up in the space – both which are to be removed.

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We need a macaroon break!

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We’ve made a lot of decisions on furniture, flooring, paint color, but we can’t do anything until new walls are up and painted, and lighting and racks are hung!   So next update in a few weeks – the bridal store is scheduled to open before the new year, and of course I’ll keep you updated on its progress.

Decor, Home + Garden, Lifestyle, Personal

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Do you spray paint a lot of things?  Personally I love the color gold and my girlfriend Kate and I would love to spray paint the world and everything in it gold if we could.  It’s the holidays so you might be wanting to spray a LOT of things gold right now.

I had some trouble finding the right type of shiny gold – as seen above I bought this wire balloon from BHLDN (no longer available) and wanted to spray it.  Too many flat colors, bronze, aged brass, eh, not enough, boom shiny that’s goooooold look.

I finally found a few recommendations thanks to a Pinterest search:

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Krylon / Rust-oleum Metallic / Rust-oleum Bright Coat (I use this)

I suppose the key is to find a super shiny cap on the spray paint.  Happy spraying!

Decor, Home + Garden

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