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Painting the Exterior of Our Home and a GIVEAWAY!

Paint the exterior of your house yourself!

I’ve been busy, busy making and styling and photographing for an exciting project that will be revealed soon! It’s been pretty labor intensive and amongst all the design fun, I needed to get the exterior foundation of our home painted. Painting the exterior of our home has been on the to-do list for quite some time and life has just gotten in the way.

Painting the exterior of your home

Not having a lot of extra time to spare, it was HomeRight to the rescue! I used the HomeRight Power-Flo 2800 Airless Paint Sprayer to get the job done. I had 2 areas of wall to coat where our basement walks out to our wrap around patio.

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The HomeRight Power-Flo 2800 is the go-to paint sprayer for painting the exterior of your house. It makes taking on that huge job a lot easier and you are saving money by not hiring out.

Normally, I would have Dave handle this for me while I work on my project, but he has been out-of-town a lot on business and on this particular day he was traveling. To my relief, the sprayer was extremely easy to figure out and put together.

The only hiccup I had was that I didn’t tighten one of the ends of the hose tight enough the first application I tried to do… so, I had a little paint mess to clean up. Just a lesson learned–MAKE SURE YOU TIGHTEN THE HOSE PROPERLY.

Other than that, it was easy! There isn’t much prep except attaching the hose and the spray gun. The directions are really clear on how to prime it before you use it. You will want to keep a bucket on hand for priming the sprayer and clean up.

How to paint the exterior of your home

The best part is it only took me under 10 minutes to spray a little over a gallon of paint! The paint went on smooth and I only had to do one coat. I did use a good quality exterior paint which I think also makes a difference.

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Enter to win a HomeRight Power-Flo 2800 below!!

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This is a sponsored post and giveaway for HomeRight. As a HomeRight Ambassador, I love to share the HomeRight products with my readers that have made my projects easier. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.

B@H Monthly || June

Oh, summer feels like it is here! I am loving the weather in Connecticut. It is not as humid as back home. So, when it is in the 80’s it still feels lovely out! I am really falling in love with New England!! I have been pretty spoiled here in our summer rental with a pool and gym to use whenever I want. With the 4th this Friday, I feel like this will be the most memorable one for my family. We are headed to Mystic for our Independence Day celebrations.

Today, is recap day! So, today’s post is filled with the best of our June and what’s coming up for July. Every month, I like to highlight all the projects, plans, decor and happenings around here. Thanks for joining me on all our design and DIY adventures! In the immortal words of Fergie-Ferg, let’s get it started in here!

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I made these DIY Border Curtains from Ikea RITVA panels for the Summer Style Soiree.

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To add some style to our summer balcony, I painted our patio chairs with a design inspired by abstract art.

DIY Painted Patio Chairs

These DIY Paint-dipped Woven Pots are fun for your summer herbs and plants.

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For a memento of our time in Connecticut, I made this DIY Embossed State Art and you can too with this tutorial.

DIY embossed state art tutorial

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Home is a little different these days. Our summer rental for June-August is starting to feel a bit like home. You can see our summer home tour to see where we are spending our warmer months. You can also get links to all the summer home tours there too.

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You can still enter to win a HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II. This is the heat gun I used for my embossing tutorial and a must-have in our DIY arsenal!

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I would also like to thank all my wonderful sponsors for our 2 Year Blog Anniversary Week of giveaways!!

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 LUCIANA

Rugs USA

Crane & Canopy

HomeRight

Holly + Martin

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I’d like to thank Delta Faucet Company for inviting me to their blogger event in Indianapolis. It was such a great time and I learned so much! You can read all about it here.

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I also want to take time to thank these wonderful websites and blogs that featured my work in the month of June:

She Knows

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Mimosa Lane

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Haven! It’s just days away now! In just over a week, I will be joining many DIY/design bloggers at the Haven Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This will be my second year attending and I can’t wait to reconnect with friends and make new ones too!

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July will also bring another link party for the Summer Style Soiree. Our muse for July is Princess Diana. I can’t wait to see what you all link up! I just decided on my project the other day.

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Tomorrow, I will be sharing some of our East Coast Adventures from our first month here.

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Emboss like a BOSS and a GIVEAWAY!!

I embossed.

I embossed and I want to do it again, and again, and AGAIN!

Today, I am sharing my new favorite DIY toy, the HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II. You will have a chance to win one at the end of this post!

Heat guns are amazing and great to have in your DIY tool arsenal. They do countless things that I will share at the end of this post, but today I want to focus on embossing.

If you are not familiar with embossing, it is how you achieve that raised and printed look on paper. You can use this technique on other things too, but today we are going to focus on paper. It is great to use with your favorite rubber stamps.

DIY Embossed State Art Tutorial

Here’s a tutorial on how to emboss like a boss. I really just wanted to say that!

Since, we are spending our summer months in Connecticut, I wanted a little memento I could bring home with us and add to our gallery wall. DIY state art seemed like a great choice.

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To emboss you will need:

• a rubber stamp or template

• cardstock for your print

• fine tip paint brush (only if using template)

• clear embossing ink

• embossing powder

• heat gun

For my DIY state art, I used a downloaded state image from this source. I just cut it out and used it as my template and inked the outline.

DIY embossed state art tutorial

Before you begin, make sure you protect your surfaces. I also recommend working outside if you can or in a very well ventilated area.

Above is a step-by-step image tutorial. Basically, it is simple:

1) Stamp or paint on your embossing ink.

2) Pour your embossing powder over the ink and shake the excess off on a spare piece of paper. You can use your paper to add it back into its container so you can use it again.

3) Use your heat gun to set the powder in the ink. It will raise up and have a glossy sheen.

* I found it helpful to have a spare paint brush on hand to help brush the excess embossing powder off my print. Just make sure not to touch where your ink is or you could risk smudging your print.

After my practice run I made a gold one. It has such a pretty sheen to it!

DIY embossed state art tutorial

I can’t wait for the stamps I ordered to come in and play some more with embossing! I want to emboss everything right now! It’s a bit addicting!

The HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II has some pretty amazing applications! Here’s some of the things you can use it for:

Embossing (as seen here).

Removal of: paint, urethane from furniture and woodwork, stickers and bumper stickers, vinyl flooring, linoleum, laminate, caulk, wood putty.

Drying metal surfaces prior to painting, ignition system.

Heating shrink-wrap, window shrink coverings, frozen locks and water pipes, bearings and gears, loosening rusted bolts.

You can also solder water pipes, weld plastic, bend plastic/poly carbonate, and wax skis with it!

It comes with several attachments for scraping and different nozzles to control how the heat is directed. I used the concentrator nozzle for embossing.

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It also has a side dial to control the temp and 2 speeds. The top of the gun lets you know what temp you are at. I found the sweet spot for embossing to be 340 degrees on the low setting.

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This is going to come in handy for so many projects we have left to do back on the home front. I can’t wait to use it to remove paint and urethane!

To enter to win a HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II just follow the Rafflecopter below.

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You can check out the Home Right website to see all their great products.

Happy Monday friends! I am going to do another embossing project soon to share with you!

Blog Anniversary Week Winners Announced!!

Good Morning!!

Today I am announcing all the winners of our Blog Anniversary Week Giveaways!!

It was so fun to share some of my favorite things with you and thank you for celebrating with me!!

If you see your name as a winner, I will be in touch with you soon via email!! Congrats!!

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ELIZABETH L.

You have won your choice of a print from LUCIANA!!!

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ASHLEY C.

You have won a Moroccan shag rug from RugsUSA!!!

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DANIELLE M.

You have won a $100 gift card to Crane & Canopy!!!

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JULIE B.

You have won a Finish Max Paint Sprayer from HomeRight!!!

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VICTORIA D.

You have won a the Ottico 3-piece Table Set from Holly + Martin!!!

Be sure to check your email this afternoon ladies!!

I have so many fun things and projects to share with you in the weeks to come. I just arrived home late from a fantastic time at the Delta Faucet Company headquarters. I can’t wait to share more about that next week.

Be sure to join us this coming Thursday for the next Summer Style Soiree Link Up. Our muse this month is Jackie Kennedy and I can’t wait to see all your projects.

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Also, I am excited to join some really gifted bloggers for a Summer Home Tour Series. It starts next Monday and I will be sharing our summer rental on Friday!! I don’t know about you, but I never can get enough of home tours! I love seeing how we all decorate our homes for different seasons.

Summer Home Tour Series

I hope you all enjoy your weekend and to all of you Dad’s out there HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! We are heading up to Boston to enjoy some sights and the New England Aquarium with the kids.

If you are an acts of service gift giver be sure to check out this great round-up of projects you can tackle for the Dad’s in your life.

ENJOY THE WEEKEND FRIENDS!!

Our East Coast Apartment

Rise and Shine! The birds are chirping and the sun is up! I have a little pep in my step these days.

As some of you already know, we have moved into our summer apartment. We had the opportunity to live in Connecticut for 3 months over the summer and we jumped at the chance to be tourists.

The Upper East Coast is somewhere I have always wanted to explore. So, pinch me! Dreams coming true over here! We have 3 months of fun and weekend getaways planned all summer long. Our first order of business though– getting settled into our apartment.

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As you can see I wasted no time making it cozy for us. The rug that they provided in our living room I actually love, so I am basing the room design around that. Think palm springs meets Chinoiserie chic. I just want our place to scream bright and happy summer fun!

We are in corporate housing in an upscale apartment community. I haven’t lived in an apartment since the first year of our marriage. It is a little bit of an adjustment, going from a larger house and a yard. I tell you what though, it makes me feel like we are on vacation!! It’s a little escape from the ordinary. Everyone we have met has been so nice and helpful. We have full access to a very nice pool, a gym, and a wooded area all right on the property. It is a pet-friendly community too, and our little Zoey has already made a couple new buddies.

Our apartment is on the back of our building, which I love, because our window and balcony overlook the wildlife reserve next to the property. It’ just over 1,000 square feet of living space.

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Since it is a corporate lease, we are not allowed to paint and all of the furniture was provided so I had no hand in picking it out. But, it is pretty neutral and modern so it works. Everything is brand-spanking new too, so that is nice.

I’ll be sharing some great decor ideas for renters while we are here. I packed really light and just brought out a few things from our home to decorate with.

Here’s a little sneak peek of what I’ve been working on.

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I’ll be sharing more of our summer apartment as projects unfold. We have a balcony patio and an office area to set up still. Also, I haven’t touched the bedrooms yet.

I will also be sharing our travels around the Upper East Coast and sharing my favorite spots for dining, shopping, and activities. So B@H, is going to be a travel blog, too, these next 3 months!

So far, we are 2 for 2 on restaurants and the dining has been amazing!

Tomorrow, I will announce the first winner of our Blog Anniversary Giveaway Week! You still have time to enter all 5 giveaways with great prizes from LUCIANA, Rugs USA, Crane & Canopy, HomeRight, and Holly + Martin.

See and enter all 5 giveaways HERE.

It’s the last day for the LUCIANA print giveaway and I will announce the winner tomorrow!!

I will be traveling tomorrow for a blogger event and will share a bit more on that later too.

Happy Monday!!

GIVEAWAY 5 | BLOG ANNIVERSARY WEEK

What a fun week so far, huh!?!

It’s Day 5 of our Blog Anniversary Week!

It’s been such a great celebration week of our 2 year Blog Anniversary!! I love that I can share some of my favorite things with you and give you a chance to take them home.

If you are just joining us, all week long I have had giveaways of some of my favorite things.You can enter all the giveaways at the end of this post.

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Today, is our last giveaway and it is a great one! I shared the latest addition to my son’s bedroom last week from Holly + Martin. Holly + Martin has a great line of modern furniture and I love them as a company. You will have a chance to win the Ottico 3-piece Table Set that we featured in my little guy’s room! This is my new favorite piece of furniture in our house. They are stacking tables that you can use as shelving or separately as individual tables. Very clever!

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Enter the giveaway by following the Rafflecopter below. You can earn up to 4 entries!!

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YOU CAN STILL ENTER TO WIN DAY 1, DAY 2, DAY 3 AND DAY 4 GIVEAWAYS:

Win a print of your choice from LUCIANA

ENTER HERE

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Win a Moroccan shag rug from Rugs USA

ENTER HERE

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Win a $100 gift card to Crane & Canopy

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Win a Finish Max Paint Sprayer from HomeRight

ENTER HERE

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It’s been such a fun week of giveaways to celebrate our 2 year blog-o-versary!!

I will be sharing the winners each day next week at the end of my blog posts so be sure to check back to see if you have won!! 

Also, next week I will be sharing a bit about our first week as East Coasters and our summer rental.

I’d like to thank Holly + Martin for sponsoring this giveaway for the B@H | Blog Anniversary Week!

GIVEAWAY 4 | BLOG ANNIVERSARY WEEK

Good morning!

It’s Day 4 of my Blog Anniversary Week!!

I have another great giveaway for you all today! Thanks for joining me for my 2 year Blog Anniversary! Each day this week I have shared one of my favorite things with you and you have a chance to win one for yourself! It’s my way of thanking all of you for your support and love for B@H.

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Today’s giveaway is for all you DIY’ers out there! I love my HomeRight products and one of my favorites is the HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer! It’s so handy and I’ve used it for many a painting project around here!

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One lucky reader will win a HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer!! This is such a game-changer and time saver!!

To enter just follow the Rafflecopter below. You can earn up to 3 entries!

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YOU CAN STILL ENTER TO WIN DAY 1, DAY 2, AND DAY 3 GIVEAWAYS:

Win a print of your choice from LUCIANA

ENTER HERE

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Win a Moroccan shag rug from Rugs USA

ENTER HERE

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Win a $100 gift card to Crane & Canopy

ENTER HERE

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Be sure to check back tomorrow for the last giveaway of our B@H | Blog Anniversary Week!!

I’d like to thank HomeRight for sponsoring this giveaway for the B@H | Blog Anniversary Week!

GIVEAWAY 3 | BLOG ANNIVERSARY WEEK

It’s Day 3 of my blog giveaway week to celebrate my 2 year blog anniversary! It’s been so fun to offer up some of my favorite things as a thank you to all of you!

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Today you have a chance to win another one of my favorite things. One lucky reader will win a $100 gift card to Crane & Canopy!! I love my Crane & Canopy bedding so much!! Oh, and guess what? They now have black and white bedding too! I love the new line!

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To enter to win please follow the Rafflecopter below. You can earn up to 5 entries!

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b@h-anniversary-giveaway-3 You can still enter the Day 1 and Day 2 giveaways:

Win a print of your choice from LUCIANA

ENTER HERE

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Win a Moroccan shag rug from Rugs USA

ENTER HERE

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Be sure to check back tomorrow for another great giveaway!

I’d like to thank Crane & Canopy for sponsoring this giveaway for the B@H | 2 Year Anniversary!

GIVEAWAY 2 | BLOG ANNIVERSARY WEEK

Good Morning!

In celebration of my 2 year blog anniversary, I am excited to share another great giveaway with you today!!

2-year-blogoversary One of my favorite things in my house is our living room rug!! I love Moroccan shag rugs. They are so plush and I love the pattern.

I am so excited to be partnering with Rugs USA to offer one lucky reader a 5’3″ x 7’6″ Rugs USA Moroccan Diamond Shag Grey Rug!!

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Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below. You can get up to 3 entries!!

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Did you miss Giveaway 1? Click below to enter to win a print of your choice from LUCIANA:

ENTER HERE

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I’ll be back tomorrow with another great giveaway!!

I’d like to thank Rugs USA for sponsoring this giveaway for the B@H | 2 Year Anniversary!

2 YEAR BLOG ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY WEEK!

Good Morning!

Today is a special day here at B@H!! I am celebrating 2 years of blogging. 2 years since I published my first post!

In honor of all of you who read, love, and support I give to you the B@H | 2 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway Week!! I have teamed up with some of my favorite shops and brands to give you a chance to win something fabulous all week long!

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I’m so excited to share with you some of my all-time favorite things! The giveaway line-up is so good!! I can’t wait to share the love! I’ll be giving away some of my favorite things to make your home more stylish, your DIY projects easier, and to get a little shopping done.

Let’s get started!

Today’s giveaway is from one of my favorite artists. LUCIANA is such a great shop with prints, tees, and so much more. I love her edgy, yet polished approach…and of course all the gold!

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Enter to win a print of your choice from LUCIANA!!! Just follow the Rafflecopter below. You can get up to 3 entries.

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Check back tomorrow for another giveaway of one of my favorite things!!

I’d like to thank LUCIANA for sponsoring this giveaway for the B@H | 2 Year Anniversary! 

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