My name is Diana Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, writer, graphic designer, model, and former journalist who had memorable days reporting from the LA red carpet for E! Online. Here I share my home life, work, and efficient lifestyle solutions.

My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I enjoy home decor, sewing and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life, travel, and work and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.

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Category Archives: Home + Garden

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I’m learning that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Like yesterday, when my blog was down for four hours and an ugly mess. I was convinced to move to a new updated hosting server that was supposed to make my blog zippy (ok, that’s not a tech term, but “updated” is always a good tech term) only to find that my site constantly maxes out the memory and crashes if you pushed any button on my site. So, then I had to reverse it and it just wasn’t broke to begin with so I shoulda left it alone.

Kinda like our dining room.

I need to say something nice about my dining room. At least one thing.

The chairs are comfortable….

So the Drexel Champaign buffet arrived.

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I’m telling you that my dining room project is cursed, it couldn’t have just arrived smoothly. Manic texts because no one was home during the delivery, miscommunication from the delivery people that someone had to sign for it, and well, a typical married couple texting back and forth about whose fault it was for not being home (not mine!).

Then, after all was settled and the buffet was in, I came home and saw that the buffet was not white, but gray – a grayish blue. Just as the photo shows –  don’t assume (like I did) that maybe it was a little off white due to inability to white balance, because it’s not white.

Look at my photos – keeping in mind I know how to correctly white balance and color tone. This thing is legit baby boy blue.

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What the heck – so I text Kate and she asks, “What color did it say it was online?”

And I tell her, “Palace Pearl from Benjamin Moore” which obviously pearl sounds like white-ish right? I do a quick Google search and see this swatch -

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Here’s a better idea of how un-white it is. Smack between my pure white Sunbrella slipcover chairs from Ballard Designs.

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In true Photoshop fashion, the left is what it looks like and the right is how I expected it to look.

Who knew God could refine someone through a room makeover. I’m feeling every annoyance in the book that has me begging for mercy for this to be done. Every ounce of my character and what teeny patience I have must be rationed until this project is complete.

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Looks like there will be painting, but it will be not be a party.

Decor, Home + Garden

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Well the chandelier is up, and you might be thinking, hey, can I see the rest of it? No way, dude. This is all I can show you this week my friend.

The dining room adventure is almost comical. Because nothing is not going my way. A sneak peak wouldn’t even be pretty – the room looks like a disaster (it’s just incomplete) and I took this photo at an angle so you won’t see that the oil painting isn’t centered – on the to do list.  My idea of pleating curtains came to a fail on several occasions and every item in the dining room has a disaster story – except the table. To say I’m ready for this room to be finished would be an understatement!

This wouldn’t be a big deal if we weren’t hosting weekly small group. When you entertain on a weekly basis, it puts a little more stress on a perfect home. Has it really only been a month since we I crazily decided to undergo this dining room overhaul?

As I was looking around still dreaming of pleating curtains, look at this gorgeous trim I found from Lewis and Sheron Textiles.

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It’s $50 a yard. I like it a lot (in Jim Carrey’s Dumb and Dumber voice).

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No, I can’t have it because I’ve spent too much already! *Slapping my own hand*

Maybe one day, when I prove I can make better home improvement decisions.

When I finally reveal our dining room, it’s going to be one heck of a celebration and we shall feast like kings and queens!

Decor, Home + Garden

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Waynfleet Light, $477 on Joss & Main (reg $1925)

Hallelujah I found a light for our dining room refresh – the total update horror that has cost us (accidentally) way too much but I’m also excited for it to be complete which is set to be early March with custom slipcovers. Oh patience.

I fell in love with this light fixture – and I’m debating leaving it gold or turning it bronze, what do you think?

I think it’ll look much cleaner with the space. I was looking for this exact lighting fixture when I first saw it but didn’t know the source.

In a frenzy of finding something similar, I almost purchased this -

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But with the glass, who wants to dust that all the time? I mean I was so close to it, I had my Pottery Barn credit card almost entered (which by the way if you’re a huge PB lover like myself, you should get a credit card to receive 10% back in PB credit) – just make sure you’re paying your balances off every month or else your rewards really aren’t rewards.

So here’s a visual idea board of the dining -

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So close!

Decor, Home + Garden