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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Highlighting the Talents of Others Series: Featuring Aurora from Texas

Allow me to introduce a very talented lady from TX.

She is a True entrepreneur.
 Photographer, Decorator, Public Speaker, and Community Organizer
                          You can visit her website www.amayaphotography.com 
Her twitter account: amayaphoto
Her instagram account: auroradelyla

I had the privilege of meeting her a while back
 during a Design Consultation. 
 She is always working on some kind of Project and just
 had a few design questions.
When I walked into her home I thought I was in a Model.....    
This girl has Creativity EXPLODING  EVERYWHERE and I get to share some of it with you.....

The 1st Project is the Bible Verse Room
Aurora's Bible page wall instructions:

I dipped the pages in tea, layered them about 3-4 layers deep 
and baked them in the oven anywhere between 150 and 250. The hotter the over the more burnt and crisp looking. 
The lower the temp, the more vintage and stained. I cooked it till the pages where dry.

She attached the pages with spray adhesive to poster boards then used push pins to attach the poster boards to the wall. PERFECT idea for an apartment or any wall you want to decorate and not be permanent.

Insulation HEADBOARD!!!!!! 

She covered a large piece of outdoor insulation with fabric and the metal side is peeking through giving it an industrial look. This was attached to the wall with screws...

#2 Guest Room

Aurora used horizontal stripes on the walls to create interest.....
She used the same concept for the Headboard.

The drawer fronts on this piece is covered with fabric. She turned an inexpensive piece of furniture into a unique accent piece complimenting the space.

#3 Guest Room

You can do so much with paint and a little fabric....
Aurora's Office
Look at this ceiling! 
Shake up your space a little with painting your ceiling

 Aurora's Craft Room
She lined one wall with fence slats
and created this fabric storage with curtain rods

Her table project: She sanded the top down, 
stenciled this design, stained over the whole thing and sealed it.

Her clever organizing ideas: 

Use tension rods to hang ribbon.
 She uses this as her gift wrapping station
 as well as her sewing table.

This wardrobe cabinet is a perfect fit for her extras.

The hanging rod stores extra fabric

The Media Room

I Love the color choices she made in this room as well as the stripes

#1 Guest Bath

Look how she created the Valance

She used the insulation board again leaving
 the ends of the fabric open and pushed it 
into L brackets 

#2 Guest Bath
What clever ideas to 
display and organize items

It's plumbing hardware
 She just spray painted the base for a pop of color

Who would of thought to use hangers to hold towels

The Game Room 

The Laundry Room

The Main Area

Another Great ceiling color it makes such a statement in this room

Check out this litter box house she created

Entry Table she had custom made WOW...

Believe it or not they didn't have enough
 storage space in the house so she made her own... 
Using the space under the stairs 
The door was made by cutting a regular size door in half

Another clever use of fence slates, 
she needed extra hanging room for guests' items

The Living Room

She made the curtains out of indoor/outdoor fabric
 and hung them on an electrical conduit pipe

The Kitchen

I've never seen a cookie cutter quite like that!!

Now that's a Pantry!!!!

Now my Favorite Project 
Low cost BEAMS.....

The Master Bedroom 

Aurora stained these 2x4's herself then had her contractor install them

Fence slates used as a Headboard....
Who would have thought.....

Stenciled Wall

The shades were a bit too high so she made her own tool....

A dowel rod with a hook on the end

The Master Bathroom


Aurora approaches decor like she approaches life----
Her passions lead her to some incredible accomplishments.
×          she speaks Spanish
×          wedding photographer
×          a creative decorator
×          public speaker 
But nothing touches her more than ministering to people. When they moved into their new home they decided to get out and meet their new neighbors.

They would go door to door introducing themselves. 
This soon bloomed into a real close nit community club with a newsletter she writes and monthly themed meet n greets with all the new neighbors moving in
 which has now grown to 33 homes.
 For example one month the theme was cupcakes, another month was french fries and everyone brought their favorite dipping sauce. They host outdoor movie nights or meet at a local restaurant. She incorporated a group meet app where every "member" is connected. For example if someone has a construction question they can send out one txt and the whole group will receive it.

What a great way to connect!

This is a sample of her newsletter.

The subdivision has grown to 586 homes in all. With the help of a core group of women she is able to accomplish this wonderful connection with her neighborhood. She is currently working on a new idea to beautify the neighborhood by decorating all the trashcans with COOL designed contact paper.

 Way to go Aurora!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful accomplishments with all of us....

You are a truly inspiring woman....

1 comment:

  1. Aurora, You continue to inspire me. As I go about my day and sometimes get bogged down with the many cares in life, I think of your story and I give myself a little kick in the pants and get busy pursuing my passions....


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