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!

Paint-dipped Ikea FRIDFULL Woven Planters

One thing I miss this summer is my herb garden. Since we have a little patio space here at our summer rental, I wanted to make sure I had some fresh herbs on hand.

This is a quick and easy painted pot project. In the amount of time it takes you to blink, you can get this done!

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Pros about living here are the great stores! I am minutes from Ikea, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods…stores that are a bit of drive back home…like a 3 hour drive!

On my last Ikea haul, I grabbed 3 FRIDFULL woven 4-1/2 inch pots. They are the perfect size for little herbs and succulents.

To make them more personalized, I opted to give them a paint-dipped look with black and white paint leftover from my DIY Painted Patio Chairs.

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I just used my leftover painter’s tape to make a clean line as I measured 3 inches up on each one.

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This is a really quick way to get that paint-dipped look.

At Trader Joe’s, I picked up a variety of herbs and a succulent. I just love these little woven planters.

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Now, I have a little herb garden to snip for cooking. I am hoping our little patio will get enough sun to keep these little guys happy.

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As you see our garden gnome “Cheese McBean” traveled out east with us. I am going to add some more herbs when I get to the store again, but this is a good little start.

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I moved the succulent indoors for now to make more room for herbs. I like him by our little brass heron that the boys named Rocky.

If you’d like to see more of our summer rental that will be ours until the end of August, you can check out my summer home tour below.

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I hope you all enjoy your weekend. I have a project to finish up, but we are going hiking all day Saturday. We found a great spot that is close-by that has some beautiful trails and waterfalls. The boys can’t wait!

Delta Faucet Event Recap

Today, I am sharing my trip to Indianapolis, Indiana to attend the Delta Faucet Blogger Event. Who knew learning about faucets could be so fun!?!  Delta Faucet Company invites DIY and design bloggers to their headquarters to share about their products and company. It was an amazing 3 days and I think we all left wishing we could work for them!

After our flights came in, we all met up at the hotel and were welcomed with a lovely reception hosted by Delta Faucet. It was such a fun night hanging with some lovely bloggers who I am so happy I got to meet in person. We all enjoyed the wonderful food and drinks.

Delta-Blogger-Event-2 I finally got to meet Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design!! I just adore her and here we are enjoying some wine in the hotel bar before the reception began.

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At the reception, I spent a lot of time with these lovely ladies from L to R: Carrie from Dream Green DIY, Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design, Jennifer from The Chronicles of Home, and Gabbi from Retro Ranch Reno  and I’m the giant on the end!

Our day started early the next morning at the Delta Faucet headquarters which is a beautiful campus by the way. They have an amazing work culture there. When we all walked in we were greeted by this:

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I can now mark standing ovation from a room full of people as I enter it off the list!! What an amazing welcome Delta gave us!!

Here’s the blogger group all together:

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What a great group, right?! It was so fun to hang with these ladies!!

After the standing ovation and the introductions, we headed into the Brizo room to learn about this wonderful line. If you don’t already know, Brizo is Delta Faucet’s high-end line of faucets and lavatory fixtures.The collection is beautifully designed and it has all the wonderful technologies that Delta has engineered like Touch2O® Technology. Since 2006, Brizo has partnered with fashion designer Jason Wu for collaborations.

I was instantly drawn to this Brizo beauty:

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Brizo Solna Faucet in Brillance® Brushed Bronze

Here’s a glimpse at all the eye candy in the Brizo room:

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After learning about Brizo, Delta had a beautiful lunch waiting for us outdoors.  We were definitely spoiled by their hospitality!

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Here we from front left to front right: Julia, Me, Carrie, Jennifer, Lindsay, Reichel, Linda, and Gabbi.

After getting refueled, I was eager and ready to learn about the Delta line.

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One thing that amazed me most with Delta Faucet Company is how much research goes into their work. They really are a company dedicated to making the way we live more efficient and easier. They definitely have the market on the touch faucet. Their Touch2O® Technology can distinguish between a touch to turn on and off and a grab to move the faucet. It works just like the touch screen technology on your smartphone! Good-bye infrared sensors!  Really genius!

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The more I learned about Delta technology, the more I became convinced that they are leaders in innovation in their field. They have perfected the faucet with their Diamond™ Seal Technology.

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We also, learned about H20kinetic Shower technology that makes the water from your shower more powerful.

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Here’s Jennifer playing with the Delta showers! Ha! Love this girl!

It was time to try our hands at installing a faucet and a toilet. Gabbi and I paired up to give it a go. I have installed one faucet before, but this was way easier!

Delta-Blogger-Event-10 The toilet believe it or not, was even easier than the faucet! We had those bad boys installed in no time! We crushed it!!

I have made a deal with Dave that if he removes the toilet, I will install a new one!

The next day we got to learn more about the design and engineering process. It was so great to hear the designers talk about their inspiration. The faucets really are works of art.

I could go on forever about how great this event was and how I will be a devoted Delta patron from now on. As consumers, it is important to know the products we are buying. Not all touch faucets are created equal; I definitely understand this now. No other brand can compete with Delta’s Touch2O® Faucet. Delta also has the #1 pull-down faucet on the market.

It was such a wonderful time and I thank Delta for the invite!! I am excited to share more about Delta Faucet Company with you over the next months.

Delta Faucet Company provided an all-expense paid trip for this event. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

DIY Painted Patio Chairs | Abstract Art Inspired


We have been getting situated in our summer rental this last week. I got one big thing accomplished this weekend!!  I finished up our little outdoor patio. We have a little balcony patio off of our living room and it is the perfect little spot to have our morning coffee.

Today, I am going to show you how I took some inexpensive sling back patio chairs and made them unique– all with just a little paint!

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As you can see I went with my fail-safe combo of black and white. I love this classic duo for outdoor spaces. I picked up one quart each of Glidden® paint’s Black Onyx and Glidden® paint Dove White.

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I opted to use Glidden® Paint Duo which is a paint and primer in one. I also didn’t hesitate to use interior paint, because our patio is completely covered and doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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Since we are only going to be here until September, we didn’t want to spend a lot on patio furniture. We picked up a couple of very inexpensive sling back chairs to use. I am always amazed at what a little paint can do.

Here’s where we started with the chairs:

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They are just your basic sling back patio chair. The metal is brown and the fabric is tan.

The chairs after the magic of paint:

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This pattern is inspired by the art I love. I combined two of my favorites:  Mondrian art and brush stroke art to come up with this design. All you need is paint, two paint brushes (I used 1-inch and 1/2-inch), and painter’s tape.

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Instructions for these DIY Painted Patio Chairs:

Make sure you place a drop cloth or another form of protection under your chairs before you start.

First, I painted the metal frame black. As that dried, I taped off my chairs with painter’s tape. I painted them black and then immediately peeled the tape off. The lines are your template to free-hand your white lines. I opted to free-hand them for more “brush stroked” look. You may have a few drips because the fabric is breathable and that’s okay. It’s best to apply the paint thinly and build more layers.

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I let these dry for a good 24 hours and then applied a clear top coat spray to protect them.

I just love the finished result. It’s an easy way to add some style to some plain patio chairs and it won’t break the bank.

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I have been enjoying my mornings out here. The perfect spot to wake up and have my cup of coffee.

DIY Painted Patio Chairs

This post was sponsored by Glidden® paint through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Glidden®, all opinions are my own.

Summer Home Tour | Welcome to Our East Coast Rental

Hooray it’s Friday!! I am so happy to be sharing my Summer Home Tour with you today!

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When Jen from Migonis Home asked me to be a part of her Summer Home Tour series, I originally wanted to decline because of the time frame. You see, we are not in our home right now. We had a unique opportunity to live on the East Coast for 3 months this summer. When I explained this to Jen, she didn’t mind and I hesitantly agreed ;)

I admit I must be part crazy, but that just seems to be the norm lately. We have only been here for two weeks and I was out of town for part of that. So, what you are seeing today is our East Coast rental 2 weeks in. It is in a great central location close to the ocean, beaches, Cape Cod, Boston, NYC, and so many more great destinations. It’s going to be a summer of sights and experiences for us and we are really excited to be here!!

After 2 weeks of settling into this apartment, it is starting to feel something like home. I brought some decor from our Illinois home to make it feel more familiar. This is a great lesson in working with what you have. We are in corporate housing and the apartment came furnished. I am grateful that it is neutral and pretty modern.

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The jumping off point for our summer rental is this green rug. I immediately thought Palm Springs Chic. Saturated greens and pinks with black and white accents. Even though I appreciate the beachy cottage look and it screams summer, seashells and starfish don’t make a lot of sense to me in my home since we live in Illinois. I tend to think of summer more in color and plant life. Now that we are closer to the sea, I am sure a sea shell will make its way home after one of our adventures.

And…yes, I still have sheep skins around, because I get cold in air-conditioning and I love the texture.

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Our living room is the first thing you see when you walk through our door. The window is the focal point, and I wanted it to be GRAND! I added these DIY Border Panels to give a vertical element and add some glamour and drama. I really feel like they are the eye candy of the room.

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All the decor is from our living room back home and I think it works here.

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With some of my personal artwork from home, I created a gallery wall above the sofa. Command strips came in handy since I don’t want to leave a holes in the walls when we leave.

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The colors are vibrant and it feels like a little vacation home to me.

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There is a market right up the street from me, and they sell $6 bouquets of roses. I will definitely be having roses on my coffee table all summer long at that price!

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One of my first thrifty finds since I started hunting the thrift shops here, is the vintage brass heron. He just seems very summery to me. He’s hanging out with a succulent I picked up from Trader Joe’s.

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Right off of our living room we have a little balcony patio.

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It’s just large enough for a couple of chairs and plants. It’s the perfect spot to have morning coffee and I am so glad we have our own little outdoor space here.

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I’ll be sharing more about my patio DIY’s on Monday.

Our patio overlooks a wildlife reserve so we have been hearing all kinds of interesting sounds at night and frogs. The frogs are SOOOO LOUD!

I also have my little guy “helping me” water the plants every morning. Really he just wants to mash his toys in the dirt. This is a judgement free zone, I’m sure if I was a 5-year-old boy I would be drawn to every patch of mud and dirt too.

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Heading back inside, I have a little spot next to the living room that I have fashioned myself a little work space.

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The nearest Ikea and $30 later and I have an office again.

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With a $20 Ikea desk and my $10 office chair score from the local Habitat Restore, I have an office. I absolutely love the chair and I am seriously considering taking it home with me. The upholstery is kelly green and I think the base is begging to be gold.

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I miss my hydrangea bush back home, so I had to add some in. They are a summer staple to me.

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One of my favorite things here is the art from the Beverly Collection from the Aestate. It has a summer vibe and ties in all the greens from the living room and our views out the windows.

Our kitchen and bathrooms are pretty boring, just maple cabinets and granite, so I won’t bore you with them. I will give you glimpse into our bedroom though.

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Again, I am working around the furniture provided, but I was able to bring this bamboo tray. I will be sharing a tutorial soon on how I made the tray table top. I just have a little tweaking to do to it yet.

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I have some things in the works for this room and the boys’ room. I’ve come up with some ideas to infuse some pattern and color into these rooms so they aren’t so boring.

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Right now, our latest “find” is the cast of a dinosaur track from the Dinosaur State Park right by our home. Yes, the boys are in heaven and want to go there every day!  It is the only interesting thing going on in their room…besides the TV. The company that runs the corporate housing put a TV in every bedroom without asking us first. It’s not awesome and guess what they want to do the minute they wake up every morning.

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After the war of the TV is over, the next main attraction for everyone apparently is the peephole in our front door. This happens at least 3 times a day.

I do have to say though, that apartment living has its perks. We have a really nice pool and health club right on the property. I feel like they must have built the gym just for me because no one is ever in it. The pool is gorgeous and a nice place to spend our summer days.

So there’s a little peek at our summer rental. We are traveling again this weekend to Block Island which I hear is a place we must visit.

Be sure to check out all the great Summer Home Tours listed below to get your fix of house-snooping:


23 inspiring house tours by some amazingly talented bloggers!

 


As a fun bonus, some of these bloggers are going to be offering a giveaway on their site the day of their home tour so don’t forget to check out all the tours so you don’t miss anything exciting. 
 

 


Monday
 


Finding Silver PenniesTown and Country LivingMigonis Home
 

 


Tuesday
 


Craftsberry BushThe Hankful HouseLife on Virginia StreetSo Much Better with Age
 

 


Wednesday
 


House by HoffEveryday EnchantingMaison de PaxWicks Nest
 

 


Thursday
 


My Creative Days | Ella ClaireThe Happy HousieRooms FOR RentThe Lily Pad Cottage
 

 


Friday
 


Bliss at HomeSouthern State of Mind | Designed Decor | The Woodgrain Cottage | 3 Little Greenwoods | Just A Girl and Her Blog | City Farmhouse 
 


 

Thanks for visiting my East Coast rental today!! If you are new here and would like to see our Illinois home you can see our HOME TOUR.

DIY Border Curtains & Summer Soiree Link Party

Today is the Summer Style Soiree Link Party! This month our muse was Jacqueline Kennedy.

If you have been following along here, we have been making our summer rental a cozy little home for the next 3 months. We were in desperate need of some window coverings, so I decided to make these DIY border curtains.

 

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Studying some images of Jackie “O”, I quickly discovered an ongoing theme with her fashion…

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*Photograph via The Huffington Post

She had a lot of black and white going on. Like, A LOT. She always stuck to very clean lines and structured silhouettes for the most part. I found several images of her wearing outfits like the one above. Then, there is that iconic pink and black suit. She had an East Coast sensibility and always looked put together, whether on a boat or relaxing at home.

How appropriate for the month of June, since we just moved into our summer rental here on the East Coast!

That image above is the inspiration for my DIY Border Curtains. My love for black and white spaces will never die out. It’s my go-to for a beautifully designed space. Sometimes just the most simple contrast of black and white can add style. I feel like our living room is saying WOW now. It is full of drama.

This is so easy to do. If you can tape a straight line, you can do this.

Here is what I used:

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Ikea Ritva Curtain Panels 

Black Paint mixed with Fabric Medium and a Paint Brush

Painter’s Tape (I used Frog Tape Multi-Surface)

Tape Measure and Pencil

Before you start, make sure to iron or steam out the fold wrinkles in your curtain panels. I just spread my curtain panels out on the floor and began.

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Instructions:

I wanted my black border to be thicker so I opted to measure 4 inches in on each side.

Once measured, I taped off my border.

For the paint, I just followed the mixing instructions on the back of the fabric medium container. You can pick this up at most craft and fabric stores. I’ve used this before for pillows and it works like a charm.

I protected my floor by placing cardboard boxes underneath the edge I was painting. This also acted as a knee pad while I was painting so that was great!

Once you have a border painted, remove the tape right away to ensure a crisp straight line.

When you are done, just follow the instructions to set the paint to the fabric. You will want to do this so you can wash your curtains and not have the paint fade or wash out.

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After they dried and I set the paint, I could not wait to install these babies!

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They just stop me in my tracks. It’s like seeing a gorgeous woman from afar in an evening gown. The really do make the room, do they not?!

I also wanted them to pool on the floor a bit. It just felt right.

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window with black timmed curtains

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Be sure to check out these other great Jackie Kennedy inspired projects from these talented bloggers listed below and link up your own at the end of this post:

Summer Style Soiree 2014 Invite

Blissful Bee

Dimples & Tangles

Dixie Delights

Life in Velvet

Our Fifth House

Rain on a Tin Roof

Southern State of Mind

Now it’s your turn! I can’t wait to see your creativity. Just link up your Jacqueline Kennedy inspried project below:

Be sure to join me back here tomorrow for the Summer Home Tours!! 23 amazing bloggers sharing 23 inspiring homes all decked out for summer!

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Visit Kristin Cadwallader [BLISS AT HOME]‘s profile on Pinterest.

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Uncommon Goods for Unique Gifts & Home Decor

Happy Wednesday! It’s midweek already and we have been settling into our new summer home here. I’ll be sharing more on that later, but today I wanted to share a really cool place to get unique gifts and home decor.

I have been bitten by the shopping bug big time and I am loving the selections from Uncommon Goods!! Uncommon Goods was founded in 1999 and is a platform for artists and designers to share their creations. There are some really great products to choose from; most of which are handcrafted and made right here in the good old USA.

Here are a few of my favorite picks from the Uncommon Goods website for gifts and home decor.

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1) I have been on the hunt lately for a great floral piece to add to my collection. This Martina Hernanadez Flowers print is perfect. It is a print of the original made from magazine clippings. Just amazing! You can get it framed or unframed.

2) I have been loving the urchin and astral spheres that have been trending in home decor. This Astral Wall Hanging Set of 3 would be a great way to add the trend into your home. Check out all the home and garden decor here.

3) My love for agates and geodes is always going strong. This Gilded Amethyst Paperweight is so beautiful and would be a great addition to your desk or bookcase.

4) Your tabletops can always benefit from a large bowl. Bowls are a great accent to use for fruit or to add in a sculptural element. I love the structure of this Satellite Bowl. Bonus that it comes in black…to continue my black and white obsession.

5) Decanters! Do you have one? Bar carts and barware have been popular for the last couple years and I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon. As our love affair for all things bar continues, I don’t think you can go wrong with this Yours, Mine, and Ours Decanter Set. This would make a great gift for newlyweds or a hostess gift. Click here to check out more gifts for women.

6) Another great hostess gift would be this Double Tiered Teak Root Serving Platter. So unique and the beauty of the teak root adds such a lovely, natural element. This would be great all year round for your gatherings. I can see it at a summer outdoor party, a fall wine tasting, or used for your Thanksgiving celebration.

7) Last but certainly not least, are these Hand Embroidered Region Pillows. Since arriving in Connecticut and knowing that we are spending our entire summer exploring the Upper East Coast, I think we need this pillow as a memento, don’t you?! It’s something personal, that triggers a happy memory and I love that. I dig the heirloom design too. See all the personalized products here to add a special touch to your gift giving or surroundings.

I hope you enjoyed my picks from Uncommon Goods. I am really impressed with this company. They are an environmentally responsible retailer that is helping make the world a better place. Through their non-profit organizations and business practices they are impacting lives for the better. It’s a great resource for the makers and shoppers alike.

Speaking of shoppers, there really is something for everyone! Offerings range from quirky and eclectic to rare and beautiful. Visit Uncommon Goods to see all their unique offerings.

This is a sponsored post written by me for Uncommon Goods. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

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.

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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!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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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

ENTER HERE

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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!

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