Artfully Walls Kids Boutique & a Giveaway!

I would argue one of the major challenges in interior design is art.  By ‘art’ I literally mean everything art-related: framing art, hanging art, selecting art, curating art, DIYing art – all of it.  It’s a tricky thing, and without the right talent or skill, it can go wrong so fast.

Just think about this, there are folks who pay thousands in tuition to learn the skills of curating art! It’s not a simple skill to learn, and yes just like anything there are a lucky few who have a natural talent of designing said art spaces, however for the average joe it can be quite a challenge.

Artfully Walls founders recognized the challenges and pains we all feel when designing a wall gallery and sought to find a solution.   They are a company that fully focuses on two things: creating the perfect gallery wall and providing the tools to make that happen.  With a little bit of code (aka magic) and a lot of ingenuity, Artfully Walls created two incredible design tools: the Wall Designer the free Try on Wall mobile app.  You use the Wall Designer to help curate the perfect wall gallery using prints and canvases from their shop.  The mobile app is an easy and free tool to see how art will look on your wall. It’s like trying on clothes, but for your wall!

So, besides singing praises for Artfully Walls, I’m actually here today to spread the news about the launch of their new Kids Boutique!

Artfully Walls Kids Boutique // brittanyMakes

Hanging art in your nursery is like spreading jam on your toast, sure you can eat toast without jam but it will be dry and unappetizing and leave you unsatisfied, just like a nursery without art.  Like jam smothered toast, a nursery is just that much tastier with art on the walls!

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I’ve got a hint of a woodland theme going on in Zano’s nursery, so when I saw this Hare print by Moran Pinchas, I just had to have it.  I love that it’s hand drawn in black and white, it’s whimsical and modern all at once.

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SO! In celebration of the Artfully Walls Kids Boutique launch, we’re giving away 2 (read: TWO!) art prints to one lucky reader.  And in case you’re worried about entering, the art prints are not limited to the kids boutique.  The winner can select any 2 art prints offered on the website!

To enter, leave a comment below mentioning at least one of the prints from Artfully Walls you would select if you won the giveaway, then tell me where you would hang it! Bonus entries if you follow Artfully Walls on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook :)

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PlaidFox Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday friends! Today’s a great day because I get to introduce you to a new online home decor resource, PlaidFox! PlaidFox is a Canadian home furnishing & decor retailer featuring one-of-a-kind items in all our favorite categories ranging from furniture to rugs, pillows to wall art – they literally have something great for everyone.  PlaidFox’s mission is to help make your home a reflection of who you are, which they’ve executed brilliantly with their amazingly curated inventory.

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PlaidFox and I would like to host a ‘one for me, one for you’ pillow giveaway! I’ve been oogling over this Gold Fleur pillow by Caitlin Wilson for quite some time, so I jumped on it right away!

Gold Fleur by Caitlin Wilson

If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know by now pillows are my thang (or should I join bloggers everywhere and say “my jam” ha!). I love to change things up at home by swapping out pillows.  I know I say it a lot, but a pillow swap is literally one of the easiest ways to liven up your space. Whether its your bedroom, your living room, your reading nook, etc, all you have to do is swap out pillows for the season or if the mood changes.  It’s so much easier staying on trend with pillows over pieces of furniture, that’s for sure.

 

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Perhaps the most exciting feature of being a PlaidFox shopper is the minute you sign up for an account (which is free!) and make a purchase, you automatically earn 8% back in cash credit towards your next purchase! It’s like the gift that keeps on giving!

Now, let’s get to the fun stuff. With this giveaway, one lucky reader will win a pillow of their choice from PlaidFox.  Go ahead and check out their amazing pillow selection!  Everyone will have 4 opportunities to enter:

  1. Leave a comment with a link or reference to your favorite PlaidFox pillow
  2. Follow PlaidFox on FaceBook
  3. Follow PlaidFox on Twitter
  4. Create a PlaidFox account to start earning cash credit!

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Good Luck!

LoveB

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#Targetwedding, a Registry, & a Giveaway, oh my!

Disclosure: Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. #Sponsored

Being in the midst of a kitchen reno typically means you chuck all your kitchen belongings (fridge included) into the garage, and you live there until the renovation gets sorted out.  We’ve been in this state of upheaval, living out of our garage, going on 6 weeks now.  Let me tell you, 6 weeks is a LONG time to be washing dishes in the bath tub and searching for your salt at the bottom of a Target shopping bag!  Long story short, our current situation has really forced some perspective and self evaluation on all the things we own and how we store and utilize them in our small living space… ie, we need better storage!

It wasn’t too long ago my husband and I were planning our wedding, registering for gifts, contemplating our forever life together etc etc.  Hindsight is 20/20 right? I wish now someone would have suggested to me ‘hey, you need to consider STORAGE!’ Instead of just registering for all the pretty things like china and champagne flutes, I definitely wish we would have registered for things like storage totes, decorative baskets, Pyrex sets and the like.  Because of this realization, Target and I have decided to partner and share the good news about the Target Registry! Oh, and of course host a giveaway (see bottom of post for deets!)

The Target Wedding registry item I most strongly suggest adding to your kitchen arsenal is the Pyrex 10-Piece Storage Set.  After our wedding was over and the holidays came to, I asked Santa for a Pyrex set (not joking here!).

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I’m so glad Santa delivered because I was kicking myself for not registering for food storage.  Can I tell you, I HATE disposable food storage, you know, those flimsy plastic “disposable” containers you buy in packs of 5 or whatever that permanently stain pink the second you plop your leftover spaghetti into them? Yes, those. I mean honestly, does anyone actually dispose of them?  I’m telling you, you need the glass set. Not only can you see what the contents are, you can microwave them from cold no problem.  Pyrex is magic.

Since I’m on this pedestal singing about storage, let me show you a few other items that would be perfect for your Target Wedding registry:

Target Registry

Cute & colorful storage totes! I love these storage boxes, they fit perfectly onto bookshelves and even more perfectly in that Expedit unit you know we all have somewhere at home ;)

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If color isn’t your thing, try these more versatile and neutral shades of grey, leather and tan.  With these boxes, you’ll look very grown-up, indeed.

This season Target is encouraging couples to ‘get into our groove’ and design a life together beginning with the Target Wedding registry.  The Fall season is really the best season to gather and organize yourselves now that the fury of Summer is gone, and focus on new routines and habits.  Target offers a vast array of traditional and non traditional items for any couple’s style, budget, and personality.

Now, for the giveaway!

Target and I have partnered to giveaway a $25 gift card to one lucky reader. Don’t worry, everyone can play along even if you’re solo or already married!  One winner will be randomly chosen, but in order to qualify all you have to do is leave a comment here and tell me what item at Target you would add (or should have added) to your Target Wedding registryGiveaway ends Sunday October 5th at midnight, PST.

Good luck!

LoveB

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Quick Updates

Happy day after Memorial Day! I hope everyone’s weekend was filled with family, friends, and good food.

First update, we bought ourselves a BBQ! Nothing fancy, just the right piece to get the job done.  We BBQ’d our pants off this weekend.  We be real Americans now :)

Second update, no baby yet.  I know you’re all sitting on the edge of your seats waiting to know when I’m gonna pop! I hope it happens soon, the anticipation is killing me.

Third update, the projects & tutorials page is up to date! Go me! And I made a few cosmetic changes to the site, now it feels so fresh, so clean clean.

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Fourth update, the winner of the Leather Hide Store giveaway! Sorry for not announcing the winner sooner, the winner is Kesha Hansley Gooding! Congrats Kesha! Please check your email for all the info.

Have a great Tuesday friends!

LoveB

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DIY Leather Pouf & Giveaway with the Leather Hide Store

*This post is in partnership with The Leather Hide Store, all opinions are my own 

For those of you who have been reading for a while probably remember the favored West Elm pouf hack.  Well, I sorta brought this tutorial back today, but revamped for my current needs: an ottoman for our nursery!

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I feel so honored to have been contacted by the Leather Hide Store to sample a remnant of their leather.  I have ALWAYS wanted a leather pouf, either a morrocan or a vintage classic, and when putting together our nursery I knew a leather pouf was in order.

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The Leather Hide Store sent me a few swatches of leather (I was extremely indecisive at first, they have so many incredible options to choose from!)  My first instinct was to play it safe and get something cream or white, but I decided to challenge myself and go brown (gasp! right? so edgy, I know). I chose Golden Saddle, which as you can see looks rich and vintage in the photo above (less like the image on the website – I recommend ordering swatches!).

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One thing you’ll notice is the seam down the front side of the pouf.  I actually did this intentionally as I wanted the pouf to feel vintage and pieced together.  My pouf measures 18″ W 16″ H 18″ D, and sewing it together was actually the easiest thing, luckily Santa brought me a new sewing machine this year, sewing through two layers of leather couldn’t have been smoother.  My old machine would have choked…

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I first attached all 4 side pieces, creating one long rectangle.  Then, I attached the top and bottom, which left me with one edge completely open.  I reinforced the corners of this open edge by sewing down about an inch top and bottom, then turned the pouf inside out.  I stuffed the pouf with 4″ high density upholstery foam (2 layers for the center) and surrounded the foam with Poly-fill, just like I did in this post. Once the pouf was completely stuffed, I hand stitched the edge closed.

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Over all I am quite impressed with the leather quality the Leather Hide Store has to offer.  Their remnants are priced super well (and are actually on sale right now!).  But maybe a remnant is too small for your project? Check out their upholstery leather section for a greater variety of options.

I’m pretty stoked to be able to offer this giveaway today! All you have to do is enter the giveaway below.  Open to US Residents only, each reader has 4 chances to enter.  Good luck!

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Royal Design Studio winner!

You thought I forgot didn’t you? Well, I didn’t! So many random things are going on at once over here, one is super duper exciting and I can’t wait to share.  I don’t want to jinx it just yet but once everything is locked down you’ll be the first to know!

Any who, so which one of you won the stencil giveaway?

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Becky! Check your email pretty lady, you’ll be receiving your prize soon if you haven’t yet already :)

Thank you everyone who entered the giveaway!

LoveB

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A Campaign Dresser Makeover & Group Giveaway

 

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Ever since we sold our coral Craigslist dresser I’ve been secretly on the hunt for a replacement.

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Of course, a campaign dresser has always been on my wish-list, but I never in my wildest dreams thought I would find one I could afford.  One random day I was searching Craigslist for what, I can’t even remember, and ended up performing my routine searches: “wood dresser” and “old dresser”, lo and behold a 6′ campaign dresser appeared in my search results, for basically free!  I got my man’s permission and we ended up picking it up a day later.  You wouldn’t believe it, but this giant 6′ dresser completely fit in my Kia Soul! I don’t care what they say about my hamster car, this thing can carry a load.

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Go ahead and laugh at me now, but I forgot to take a proper ‘before’ photo. #DIYerfail.

I knew I wanted to paint the dresser glossy white, but was hesitant to use a paint brush with a high gloss paint.  I’ve wanted to purchase the Critter spray gun ever since I read Jenny’s post, and had it sitting in my Amazon shopping cart for quite some time.  It was shortly after when Coupons.com reached out to me and made my spray gun dreams come true with their coupon codes!

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I got working on the dresser right away.  The first thing I did was remove the stupid stump feet that someone had put on it.  Then I removed all the hardware.  Boy there was a lot of hardware!

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I crafted a simple rectangle base out of 2″ x 4″s and wood screws.

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Then attached the base to the dresser with L brackets.

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The dresser had a few dings, spots with chipped and damaged veneer.  I patched these areas with wood filler and sanded smooth once dry.

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Once the dresser was all prepped, I finally got to spraying! I didn’t take a picture of the Critter gun in action, but I will agree that this is the best and easiest to use paint sprayer ever.  I was able to get that factory finish with just a couple coats of paint.

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While the paint was curing, I spent a couple hours polishing the hardware, which was a pain in the rear but completely worth it.

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I love how the base turned out! Those stub feet completely clashed with the look and feel of the dresser. Plus, I added about 2 more inches in dresser height.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

 

Let’s bring this post around full circle and point out my Spring trend: white & gold! My home sings Spring with a glossy coat of white paint, a gallery wall of gold mirrors and frames, all married with bright artwork and photographs of our travels.  I know my Spring trend isn’t all ‘radiant orchid’ or anything, but it’s classic and represents me.

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I still can’t believe I scored this dresser.  Thanks to Coupons.com I was able to complete this dresser makeover in no time! I probably would have taken at least a couple more months before pulling the trigger and buying myself a paint sprayer.  I’ll probably spray paint everything from now on, and avoid using a brush as much as possible.  That smooth factory finish is like crack :P

So what about the giveaway? Well, Coupons.com teamed up with not only myself, but 14 other stellar bloggers and we’re all joining in on the giveaway! One lucky reader will win their choice of a $150 Target or West Elm gift card.  Say what?! Until now I had no idea Coupons.com offered coupons to my favorite home decor sites.  Just follow the Rafflecopter tool below and enter for your chance to win!

Check out the 14 other blogger’s projects by clicking on the links at the end of this post

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  1. Bliss At Home
  2. Cuckoo 4 Design
  3. Dimples & Tangles
  4. Dwellings by Devore
  5. A Home full of Color
  6. Lacquer & Linen
  7. Primitive & Proper
  8. Retro Ranch Renovation
  9. Sarah M. Dorsey Designs
  10. The Chronicles of Home
  11. The Makerista 
  12. The Thriftress
  13. The White Buffalo Styling Co.
  14. This, That, & Life

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Friday Giveaway – Royal Design Studio!

Boy do I have a story to tell you! Come back on Monday if you want to hear something scary, seriously.

Instead of sharing my scary story today, I thought a giveaway was much more appropriate of a post to send us off into the official first weekend of spring.  You all LOVED my stenciled curtains so much, which is totally sweet and makes me so happy! Royal Design Studio thought it would be great to give one of my readers the chance to stencil something of their own, so today’s giveaway is just that – a chance to win a stencil worth $50 or less (free shipping included).  You could recreate my exact curtains – OR – choose a stencil from their vast collection of killer stencils.  You could seriously spend hours on their site browsing stencils, there are so many excellent ones available!

sparrow stenciled curtains | brittanyMakes

One lucky reader will win a stencil of his/her choice worth $50.  Each reader has 4 opportunities to win, just use the tool below!

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Good luck!

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winners of the Montana Cans acrylic paint markers

It’s going to be a crazy busy week for me this week, but I wanted to start the week off right by celebrating two winners of last week’s birthday giveaway!

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Let’s hear it for Cassandre Snyder and Bethany Devore! Check your emails, ladies!  I can’t wait to see what you do with them.

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It’s a birthday giveaway!

Today’s my birthday! Woot!

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I’m celebrating today by offering 2 lucky readers a pair of the most exclusive metallic paint product around.  So exclusive in fact, I’m actually the ONLY one in the US to have them in my hands.  What what!  How’s that for a giveaway?

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If you’re a fan of this project, or a fan of the world’s best gold spray paint, you’re going to pee your pants with excitement if you win these markers!

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Two winners will receive a pair of gold & copper acrylic paint markers.  Each reader has 4 opportunities to enter, just use the tool below!

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Good luck!

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