Happy Monday! We’re recovering from a 4 day weekend. We flew to Texas to visit one of my girlfriends who just had her second baby. I thought I would never come down with baby fever again after having Zano…there’s just something about a newborn! And I’m happy to report, flying with an 18 month old wasn’t too terrible.
The days leading up to a holiday are always the best. Commuter traffic is light, my house is clean, I’m mentally on vacation for a couple days before actually taking vacation.. it’s fun! Another reason I love the holiday season, as a blogger, is I usually participate in some fun giveaways! Today I’m sharing two exciting giveaways!
The second giveaway happening right now is over on Lauren McMullen’s feed. Lauren is giving away $175 to The Vintage Rug Shop! YEAH BUDDY! One lucky winner will win $175 to spend on rugs, throws, or the ever-fast-selling pillows!
I encourage you to enter, as these giveaways are pretty exciting! Of course I’m biased since they include me, but hey, who wouldn’t die if they won $1000 to Target???
Hope you’re having a great Monday!
In the spirit of back to school, I’ve partnered with Porch, Wayfair & Lonny to bring you a fun project that will help ease your kiddo’s transition from summer to the classroom. Search the hashtag on social media #back2schoolhacks to see what others have done! I remember as a kid, it was always crucial to stay organized from day one, and this project is perfect to encourage your little one to stay organized, and have fun while doing homework.
I created a cozy homework corner, and turned a toy cubby into a mid century inspired book & toy organizer by adding mid century table legs to the bottom. Zano isn’t quite school age, but he likes to “read” lots of books and lay on his belly and draw pictures in a note pad. I imagine him growing into this corner, reading chapter books and doing math problems, although it makes me teary thinking about it!
And SURPRISE! There is a giveaway involved! A lucky reader will win $500 gift card to Wayfair AND $500 worth of cleaning services from Porch!
How to enter:
- Follow Porch, Wayfair and Lonny on Instagram and
- Tag 2 friends in the comments on our photo to join in on the challenge!
The giveaway ends September 14th at Midnight. Winner will be announced on September 14th via social media.
I have to thank Wayfair for offering the play tent and cubby, and Porch for organizing this back to school event! Search the hashtag on social media #back2schoolhack to see what other bloggers have done!
If you’re new here, welcome! You’re in for a real treat today! You’re about to see the ugly side of my house……..
I think it’s been like, what? 7 months since we began the ‘phase 1’ of our renovation? We removed walls and renovated the kitchen last fall, and I should add – all the while living IN the house during the renovation, and with a 5 month old baby! Note to self – don’t do that again… Well, now the kid is 10 months old, and we’re finally embarking on ‘phase 2’ – Floors!!!
Just looking at this photo makes me laugh. The obvious divide of old & new is hilarious. I took this photo just after we ripped up the carpet. And when I say ‘we’, I mean my husband and our contractor. I was playing with the baby.
After months of research, discussions, and more research, we’ve finally figured out what we’re going do with the floors! I’m so excited, it’s all coming together and don’t you worry, I will definitely share every possible detail.
Happy Monday! And PS! If your name is Melissa Hansson, check your email! You won the PrettyPegs giveaway!
I am SO excited to announce our newest collaboration with PrettyPegs! I can’t tell you how long I’ve adored their collection of table & sofa legs, and it feels surreal to say I get to give away a set of 4 Estelle table legs to one lucky reader (same legs as the ones above!).
PrettyPegs legs are most used to customize Ikea furniture – take a boring Ikea sofa and add some flare with brass capped Estelle legs or even the flirty turned Siri legs, they also have a couple retro options, if that’s your thing! PrettyPegs legs are universally fit, and can jazz up more than just Ikea furniture.
PrettyPegs is celebrating their newest top-to-toe collection where customers get to mix and match their favorite table legs + table top for a custom design that suits your personal style.
The giveaway is easy! Each reader will have 3 chances to win – like PrettyPegs on Facebook, follow PrettyPegs on Instagram, and best of all, leave a comment on how you will use these legs in your own home!
*open to US residents only
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!
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!
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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:
- Leave a comment with a link or reference to your favorite PlaidFox pillow
- Follow PlaidFox on FaceBook
- Follow PlaidFox on Twitter
- Create a PlaidFox account to start earning cash credit!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
*This is a Rafflecopter giveaway. Giveaway ends Monday 10/13/14 at midnight PST.
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!).
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:
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 😉
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 registry. Giveaway ends Sunday October 5th at midnight, PST.
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.
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!
*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!
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.
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!).
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…
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.
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!
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?
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!