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I got my painting on this weekend. We worked more on the boys’ bedrooms. Let me tell you something! This was the quickest and easiest paint job ever! What made it that way are my HomeRight PaintSticks.
You will also have a chance to enter to win your own HomeRight EZ-Twist and get details on how to enter The HomeRight EZ-Twist Challenge.
I saved sooooo much time! For example, this wall in my son’s bedroom only took me 2 minutes to paint! Are you curious?
Here’s the scoop! The HomeRight PaintStick is designed with saving time and eliminating mess in mind. As you can see, I didn’t even put a drop cloth down. I didn’t need to.
Here’s how it works. Your PaintStick comes with a fill tube. You place the fill tube directly in your paint can and it clips to the side.
Then, you place your PaintStick on the fill tube and pull the handle back and it feeds paint into your PaintStick.
As you roll your paint on your walls you just press the bottom of the paint tube when you need to add more paint. It goes on even and smooth and the roller is lint free.
So easy! I love this so much because you aren’t making a mess using paint trays and dripping rollers. You also are not wasting any paint, because what you don’t use in your PaintStick you can just add back into your paint can. Such a great product!
I saved so much time painting the walls that I was even able to paint the ceilings and all the trim!
The HomeRight PaintStick comes in 3 options. The HomeRight PaintStick is great for walls and ceilings. The HomeRight PaintStick Mini is perfect for smaller jobs or tighter areas. The Homeright PaintStick EZ-Twist is the latest and greatest. It also comes with a paint can cover.
The makeovers on the boys’ rooms are coming along. I don’t want to give away too much yet, but I have one little boy who is very happy and loving his new desk we surprised him with last night.
We got a few things off the list so far for this makeover:
Paint walls, ceiling, and trim
New area rug
New light fixture
Build storage & shelving
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Being a HomeRight Brand Ambassador, I get to share the HomeRight products I love with you guys and today I get to share an exciting contest too! Now that you know all about how great the HomeRight PaintSticks are– HomeRight wants to see your projects!
All you have to do to enter the contest is make a short video showing how you used your HomeRight PaintStick and feature your project.
The PaintStick EZ-Twist Challenge runs from today, March 3rd-May 30th.
And the prizes are good!
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This is a sponsored post. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
WOW! So, another month has come and gone! At the end of every month, I like to recap and highlight our projects, decor, plans, and happenings. February was FREEZING! I am getting anxious for some warmer temps and being able to work on projects in my garage once again. Thanks for joining me on our DIY and design adventures!
I made this DIY Mondrian Inspired Art to add some more color to my living room. It is inspired by artist Piet Mondrian’s original abstracts and a print at Lulu & Georgia.
We had our annual Valentine’s Day family dinner and I shared some craft ideas, our tablescape, and tips on what to splurge and save on when it comes to your table.
Since it was Valentine’s Day, I shared some DIY gift wrap ideas to add a personal touch to your packages.
Entry ways are the first thing people see when they enter your home. I shared my tips for creating a budget-friendly yet chic entry way.
We have a new addition in our living room. You can read my review of our new rug from Rugs USA and get all the details.
I teased you a bit with a peek at my office that I am making over in our unused space in the basement.
I hatched my master plan to be sneaky and add in some pink into my living room for spring. I’m waiting to see if the boys say anything…
I love it when I can share the products and brands I love with you guys!! Best job ever! I have 2 giveaways going right now for you guys!
The fine people at moo.com gave away 2 sets of business cards to 2 lucky winners! I will be announcing and contacting the winners today! It may be YOU! You can read my full review of my moo.com business cards.
GOING ON NOW! I shared my review of the new HomeRight SteamMachine Plus Multipurpose Steam Mop. This thing is A-MAAAAA-ZING! You don’t want to miss a chance to win this baby!
I was featured in my area newspaper this month. It was so great to share how much I love what I do and be featured locally.
I also want to thank all of you for the nominations and votes in Apartment Therapy’s The Homies Awards. You guys make my heart so big! It is an honor to be recognized with so many talented DIY and Home bloggers.
I just finished looking at my plans for March. There’s some good stuff coming up! I have a couple more giveaways lined up for you guys and I can’t wait to share them.
I also will be working on…
OUR BATHROOM REMODEL
THE BOYS’ ROOMS
SPRING REFRESH IN OUR MASTER BEDROOM
MAKING OUR LIVING ROOM MORE COLORFUL
AND look what came today for our bathroom and kitchen…
I better get to work!!!!!
Let’s all wish that March is a much nicer month as far as the cold goes! Have a wonderful weekend buddies!!
I had some fun in the studio yesterday creating some art for my living room. If you weren’t here Tuesday, I shared my color inspiration for spring. Well, I tackled my first DIY for “project color”, this DIY Mondrian Inspired Art.
I studied a lot of art in college. When I saw this Mondrian Love Print on Lulu & Georgia while browsing– it took me back to those days. I just knew this was going to be my first DIY for this space.
Mondrian Love Print from Lulu & Georgia
Original Piet Mondrian art looks like this:
Print available on art.com
I love the color blocking and line separations. The Lulu & Georgia version is a fun take on a classic. I thought this would be a good way to bring some of my color inspiration into this room.
And, yo! All you need is a thrifted frame and paper…inexpensive!!!!!
To make this DIY art you will need:
(5) 8.5 x 11 sheets of colored cardstock
1 gold piece of poster board (I tried to find smaller shiny gold paper but this was all that I could find.)
2 sheets of art quality paper
scissors, glue, artist tape
1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 computer paper
pencil and ruler
Design the pattern. The first thing you will want to do is make a template for your shapes. I just used a 8.5 x11 piece of computer paper and drew out my design with a pencil and ruler. Then, I cut out each shape and taped it back in place with artist’s tape so I wouldn’t lose my design. I didn’t feel like putting the puzzle back together…
Cut it out. Now that you have all your shapes, you can trace them onto your cardstock. I just chose my colors as I was going. Do what feels right to you. Each time I cut one out I taped it back in place.
Glue it. I glued each piece in place on a piece of artist quality paper. It is thicker paper and good quality. Once that was done, I glued that paper to a larger piece of artist’s paper so I would have a white background.
Add separation lines. The final touch is to add your separation lines. I cut equal width strips of my gold paper and glued them on.
Isn’t that easy?! I love the color play and it looks pretty darn fab for just the cost of paper and a thrifted frame.
I will be doing a lot of inexpensive DIY art for my art wall that I am adding to the living room and I will be sharing it as I go.
Here’s where my DIY Mondrian Inspired Art is hanging out until the install is ready.
As I shared yesterday it all started with these roses…
Linking here: Be Bold Challenge, VR Rock What Ya Got, Best of Nest, TDC Before & After Party
Tomorrow we are sharing the Best of February…
….Ooooh! The State of my Living Room…that was very presidential of me!
One thing leads to another…
Being a design lover and DIY thinker, I find inspiration everywhere. Recently, I purchased some blush pink roses for my home to beat the winter blahs.
When I buy fresh flowers they migrate with me to whatever room I’m hanging out in. Does anyone else do this? Is it weird??
Well, this Saturday morning, I was hanging out in the living room with my roses and Dave reading the paper and inspiration struck. You may have seen my picture on Instagram.
It made me realize how badly I want to put some more color in this room. It also made me realize how it needs to be pink. I love a touch of pink with black, grays, and whites.
Then, we strolled over to the flea market to pick up the desk we purchased for Bman’s room and I got more inspiration.
Then, my friend Julia over at Cuckoo 4 Design shared her latest DIY art and it reminded me of an inspiration image I had pinned to DIY and totally haven’t gotten around to doing yet.
Artist Maurie Hartel via Bona Fide Amor
So, for spring I am adding in some more pinks, blacks, and grays, and even more gold to this room. I feel like the universe is telling me to do so.
And I don’t know if you noticed but my Lust List last Friday was full of rose, pink, and black inspiration…
I am seeing my living room through rose-colored glasses (which I think totally fits my optimistic nature). I have some DIY projects planned for this space to bring in some much-needed spring color! They are going to cost next to nothing because I am light in the decorating wallet right now due to some upcoming expenses. Pillows, an art wall,. and more…
Here’s some more DIY art ideas: DIY Black + White Abstract Art, DIY Placemat Art
Do you have something that recently inspired you to add something into your home decor?
Happy Friday!! Today I’m sharing my favorite finds from around the web. We should title this “Spring Fling” instead of “Lust List” this week! We are under a blizzard warning until Friday morning and I am dreaming of spring! Here’s my picks to get us out of these winter blahs!
one || I have been thinking of colors and patterns I want to bring into my home after the snow and cold melt away. It’s almost time to pack up my sweater pillows and I love this combo of the Khwai Black Applique Pillow Pair and the Pebble Parade Coral Embroidered Pillow both from Layla Grace. two || In the spirit of spring, I love this Matthew Wilson Print that evokes a sense of the season and great spiritual meaning. three || My hands down favorite scent to smell in my home is rose. I love it for hand wash and candles. Roses are my favorite flower if you haven’t guessed. This diptyque Paris Roses Candle is pure heaven. four || Target does it again! I love finding interesting floral prints and I adore this Room Essentials Floral Tray with Decal – Set of 2. They priced to go and I think they are going to have to be a new addition for spring this year.
This week I shared our little Valentine’s celebration recap with my favorite recipe.
I also shared our new area rug from Rugs USA. You can read the whole review here.
I just received my new moo.com business cards and you can enter to win a set of your own here.
…with a little sneak peek of my office…just a tiny peek…
So make sure you enter that giveaway for new business cards! Two winners will be selected.
One last thing…
I was nominated for the Apartment Therapy Homies 2014 Awards in the Best Project & DIY Blogs category. I am a little late to the vote begging party, but if you love my blog I’d love your support! My goal was to surpass 20 votes, I know dreaming big…but without the shameless begging I was at 26! Let’s go for 30!!! It’s OK to shamelessly beg for votes when you are nominated for your blog… You can vote here.
This weekend we are working on the boys’ rooms again. I will hopefully have some progress to share with you soon. I wish you all a wonderful weekend!!
Howdy! Today, I am sharing my new moo.com business cards. The fab people at moo.com are also giving away business cards to two lucky winners!! You can enter the giveaway at the end of the post.
I was so delighted when moo.com contacted me to review some of their business cards. With the blog redesign, I wanted cards that had my new logo and had a sleeker look. I decided to design my own cards so that they would reflect my brand. It was so easy to use their website. I uploaded my design and they even had an option to add a QR code to my cards. Love that! I also went with a front and back design.
Once I placed my order, my cards were shipped out within a couple of days. I received 50 Classic Business Cards and they came in a nice card case too! That was a bonus. The case is great for holding all my cards and I can take it with me when I’m out and about. There is also a spot to keep cards from other businesses. It fits nicely in my desk drawer too.
They had a lot of selections online if you don’t want to design your own cards. You can also use their templates and add in your own images and logos. The QR code option is great, especially for bloggers and website owners. So handy for blogging conferences!
I love my new business cards! You guys are getting a very tiny sneak peek of my office space today. I love to keep some business cards in a bowl on top of my desk for mailings.
The front of my cards have all my contact and blog info. On the backs, I decided to add a little saying to them that fits my style.
The Classic Business Cards are a really nice weight too. They also feel nice and smooth to the touch and are thicker than the business cards I have ordered in the past.
Now it’s your turn!! Enter to win a set of 50 Classic Business Cards from moo.com. Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. You can get up to 5 entries. 2 winners will be selected and contacted by email when the giveaway ends.
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I’d like to thank the folks at moo.com for offering such a great giveaway! Good luck you guys!!
This is a product review. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
Today is the day we celebrate those we love in an extra special way! We started a fancy Valentine’s Day dinner tradition with the boys a few years back. They look forward to it–especially the food! I make one of my most liked recipes, my Vodka Cream Pasta with Prosciutto. They all gobble it up like it is going to be their last supper. It is one of those recipes I am proud of because I tweaked it and made it my own.
Today, I am sharing our Valentine’s Day table with you. I think it is fun to create special occasions in your home. Those little family traditions that make your family special. I love to have my family around the dinner table and spend an evening enjoying their company… and delicious food. So, naturally, we do the fancy feast with a decked out table every year.
I thought it would be fun to show you guys how I save money doing this every year. You might think that creating a beautiful table could cost a lot, but I am going to show you how I keep the cost down every year.
Splurge v. Save
Splurge. First things first, you got to know what to splurge on. When I say splurge, translate that into what it means for you. I choose to splurge on the basics that can be reused dinner after dinner. White china is a great investment and transitions to so many occasions. We actually use this white china for our every day set too and it has held up going on 12 years now. It is just the classic white china from Pier 1. Not expensive, but if your wallet is a little tighter you can find basic white china at the dollar store. I would shoot for dinner plates. You can always add in a new look with a patterned appetizer plate or napkin.
I also think a basic white tablecloth that washes up nicely is another item to splurge on. You can change runners, placemats, and center pieces over a white tablecloth. Mine was not expensive at all and I found it at Target. It has held up just fine over the years.
One more table item I think is worth the splurge is a fresh floral bouquet. It’s great when the weather is nice and you can just go out in the yard and clip greens and flowers. In the dead of winter,a quick trip to the grocery store for flowers is cost-effective. This bouquet was only $15 and it will keep for at least a week with proper care. Flowers on a table just make a table feel more expensive and beautiful.
Save. Now that you have the basics the rest you can get really creative with. You don’t have to buy a table runner. You can make one. I love to use uncommon things for runners. I’ve used full length mirrors, art paper, scarves, and all kinds of things. I like to shop my house first. This year I had enough of this gold striped wrapping paper left over. It makes a fun runner.
Reuse items. Now I like to layer my table, so I took an old Halloween runner and flipped it over and added the greek key ribbon left over from a DIY project. I save clippings of fabric and ribbons from projects just for occasions like these.
Shop thrift stores and clearance sales. I found our Italian crystal bar glasses at a flea market new in the box. The whole set was $7. I had just seen the same set at TJ Maxx for a lot more and know it retails a lot higher. Our chargers are from Goodwill. 50 cents each. The appetizer plates were an after Christmas Target clearance item. Only $5 something for all 4. If you are looking to save and have a little patience, you can find the best things if you are willing to shop thrift stores and wait for clearance sales.
Make your own decorations.Sure you can buy seasonal decor, but I really like to make my own and it’s free! Scrapbook paper is my go-to for crafts. I made these DIY heart arrows a couple of weeks back using stuff from around the house. Kebabs and paper, that’s all it is. My heart paper punch got a work out this holiday and I used the left over hearts on the table like confetti. The calligraphy phrases were a free printable and I just printed and glued them to paper.
I can’t wait to enjoy this table setting with my favorite people tonight! I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!!
If we had cameras on us 24/7, things around the Cadwallader household would look like an intricate dance of continual furniture moving and finding places to work and store supplies. I figure we have to be half crazy to take on all these projects at once. Some have risen out of necessity and others are things on the original list of home improvements. Needless to say, that making over two bedrooms, a bathroom reno, and a kitchen reno at once is a lot to work into our lives.
Good things have come out of moving the boys into separate rooms though. My office was going to be Sam’s “now” room. So, I got stuck in a corner in the living room for a while. Not so bad really, but not a lot of work space. So, we have looked at our basement in a whole new light. Our basement runs the whole length of the upstairs so it’s like having another house below us which is great. So, I’ve been joking with you guys about my super top top secret project that rhymes with “schmoffice”. The space downstairs is actually really ideal for my workspace since half of it is an open layout. Dave and I both agree I need a decent place to work so, yes, I am going to have a proper office! Yay!
Here are the before’s of this space:
This is pretty bare bones right now which is great because I can make it into anything. The flooring needs updating but the rest is pretty much cosmetic. We have chosen not to cover the rafters but they will get a fresh coat of paint and some finishing details.
This side of this open room is equipped with a kitchenette. It is pretty new and in great shape so that is a bonus. Half high walls separate the office side from a family room and kid’s play area and another fireplace. There is so much potential down here!
I will have 3 different zones in this office. 1) I will have a desk area for my computer. 2) A workspace complete with storage and a table to work on projects and crafts.3) The kitchenette. I will also have a spot to sew and cleverly hide my sewing machine when it is not in use.
I plan on injecting a lot of my personal style in this space through the use of wallpaper, paint, architectural details, new lighting, new furniture, and decor.
I will be revealing it in 3 phases:
Phase one will be the desk area.
Phase two will be the workspace/storage area.
Phase three will the kitchenette/sewing space.
What is going to make this my super top top secret project is that I will be working on it behind the scenes while our other projects are going on. I won’t be sharing details until each phase is ready to reveal. So, we are having a little fun with it!
FYI- I HATE SECRETS!! So, this is really really hard on me because this space already looks so different!
I am giving myself a big old pat on the back for this one! I actually have all the Valentine’s Day shopping done ahead of time this year! That NEVER happens. I even have the classroom stuff for the kids done too! It’s a Valentine’s miracle. I better get extra kisses this year.
Today, I am sharing with you some gift wrap ideas for your Valentine’s Day presents. These are way cheaper than buying gift wrap and present bags and all the extras. Use what you have. Even if you didn’t have all the items on hand, you can get them for cheap and in larger quantities.
I used a lot of things I already had like scrapbook paper, whole punches, paint, ribbons, scraps of old gift wrap.
If you don’t have parcel paper you can find it everywhere. Craft stores, grocery stores, office supply stores, anywhere that sells packing material. It comes in large quantities and will last you for quite a while.
The only thing I bought were the gift tags. I could have made these, but they were seriously cheap. 39 cents cheap for the whole bag of them.
I really enjoy wrapping gifts. It’s just the extra touch that shows the care and love that goes into gift-giving.
I wrapped the gifts for the boys and Dave today. Each one is a little different, but I was using what I had so I think it helped make them special.
Get creative with it and have fun! Draw with Sharpie markers on the parcel paper. If you don’t want to use parcel paper, flip your left over holiday gift wrap to the white side and use it. It’s a blank canvas that you can create on.
Use ribbons and strings in different ways. Ribbons wrapped in a criss-cross pattern around a package are all the adornment you need sometimes.
I used a heart punch to cut out my scrapbook paper and just glued the hearts right on the paper. This would be really cute with a circle punch too and you could do polka dots.
Someone’s little hands were awfully curious what I was up to taking photos of presents…
I have a feeling I am going to be asked about those presents every day now until Valentine’s Day!
Tomorrow we are talking lighting and I will be offering a giveaway for you guys.
Linking to: The Inspiration Gallery
One thing is clear to me when I observe my little environment I’ve curated over time– I don’t spend a lot of money. Most of the objects that fill our tables, walls, and shelves are things we’ve made, that have been handed down, or finds from thrift stores and flea markets. Case in point, my entry way. This is a prime example of how you can turn old furniture into something unique and special. Everything on the wall and table are budget finds.
Your entry way is the first thing people see when cross the threshold of your home. It’s an opportunity to show your style and what you love. I love when people come to my home for the first time and are happily surprised by what they find on the inside.
Let’s break it down, shall we?
We’ll start with the building blocks — the furniture.
The desk is a 12-year-old computer desk. It is nothing special as far as furniture is concerned! When you look at pieces to refinish for your home, look at the style, the size, and the quality. The desk is in good shape for being a cheap computer desk. It has clean lines. It is small enough to serve as an entry table. By simply painting it, adding some interesting detail, and replacing the hardware it becomes a table to highlight. I also added the glass top for a little extra something.
The ottomans under the table are actually old storage cubes we purchased from Target to hold toys. Super cheap, like $10 each. The fabric on them had been treated pretty rough over the years. With just a couple of yards of new fabric and a staple gun, they are given a whole new look. The white trim pulls the look together with the desk. Simple details can take your designs to the next level. I was lucky to snag those Nate Berkus pillows on clearance at Target for only $9 and some change.
You’d be amazed at what you can find on Craigslist. A hotel in our area was giving away their old wall lamps for free. I could see the potential in them despite the nasty shades. I cleaned them up, and added new smaller shades so they play as sconces. I also had a couple napkin rings that I added to them for a little something extra. The lights help anchor this space and give some nice accent lighting at night.
I painted a simple stripe on this wall to create a new space. This is just the wall that you see when you walk in and it leads into the living room or hallway. By giving it a design it sets it apart. The framed photos are one of my favorite things. I love framing photos of my kids that I’ve taken. It makes some of the best art and it’s free. The frames were found at a discount store for only a few bucks each.
On the table.
Everything on this table top is thrifted. Yes! I collect blue and white jars and vases. I wanted to display my collection somewhere I knew I could enjoy it. All these ginger jars and vases were found in places like Goodwill and local flea markets, and other thrift stores on trips. Going to the local thrift scene is one of my favorite things to do when we travel. It’s amazing what you can score for cheap if you are willing to hunt for it. The horse head was found in a flea market too. Even that Ralph Lauren umbrella was found at an antique mall for $7 and it was on sale so I got it for $5. I also love a fresh touch. I like to bring some life into my home and orchids are so beautiful. Adding in something natural is such a great way to add some vibrancy to your spaces.
Set the tone for your home.
Your entry way sets the tone for the rest of your home. It’s like a little tease of things to come. Define your style and bring in things that will flow nicely with the adjoining spaces. I have a lot of black and white going on in these adjoining rooms. The entry way has that and then some. I brought some warmth in with the earthy toned wall color and rug.
Our entry way is something I love to see from my sofa in the living room. I love that it is all done on a budget and reflects my personal style. It’s also great to focus on when my house has been torn apart by a little 4-year-old. Don’t look at the mess on the floor, just look straight ahead!
It speaks to who I am. I am someone who treasures my family. I am someone who loves to collect. I am someone who will dig for treasure. I am someone who can see beyond the ordinary to make something extraordinary. I am someone who appreciates beauty. I am someone who loves to look at objects and have an instant memory of a special time.
I am someone who believes that a beautiful home can enhance your life and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. In fact, hardly anything at all.
Playing around with my decor after taking down the Christmas decorations inspired me to write this post. In my humble opinion, I don’t think it looks inexpensive or dodgy at all.
Today I will be playing in my studio making some more goodies for Valentine’s Day!! YAY! I will be sharing it with you tomorrow.