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There are two things I feel like I need in my house at all times.
Fresh flowers and scented candles.
Today I am sharing one of my new candle loves Glint Candles. This is such a great concept you guys! Do you ever love the scent of a candle but not the packaging or vice versa? I have that issue. I like my candles to add to my decor and have a scent I love at the same time.
Here’s how Glint Candles works.
• Choose your candle size
• Choose your scent
•Choose your stamp
All candles are 100% soy and handmade with essential oils or high quality soy based fragrance and have a cotton wick.
The fragrance selections are unique and sport fun names like “Quick & Dirty” or “Man of Few Words”. I love the stamp choices too. They are pretty quirky and fun!
Here’s some of my favorites:
I decided to go with their limited edition Valentine’s Day candle. What can I say? I was in a lovey-dovey kind of mood. I choose the Summer Love scent made up of cherry blossom blended with apple, hydrangea, and a splash of peach.
This candle smells pretty tremendous! It smells natural and not too perfume-y. I love cherry blossom and it has just the right mix of fruit and flower added in.
Now you can enter to win a custom candle from Glint Candles!! Just use the Rafflecopter widget below.
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You can also follow Glint Candles on Instagram and Pinterest.
Oh, and seriously– the couple behind Glint Candles… ADORABLE! You can read all about them here.
I’d like to thank Glint Candles for providing my candle for this review. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
Just one more thing…
I’d love for you to come over to my friend Julia’s blog Cuckoo 4 Design today. I’m blog crashing for her Living Pretty with your Pets series. If you need a quick cute puppy fix– this is where you need to be!
I’d like to thank HomeRight for sponsoring this post.
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
Now you have a chance to win a HomeRight EZ-Twist PaintStick! Just use the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to enter.
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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!
1st Place iPad Air 64 G WiFi version (valued at $699)
2nd Place $200 Cash
3rd Place $100 Cash
For your videos: PaintSticks, EZ-Twist, and Minis are available at Amazon, homedepot.com or Lowe’s.
You can get all the details, the entry form, and official rules here: http://www.homeright.com/homeright-paintstick-ez-twist-challenge-contest
For more PaintStick inspiration check out the HomeRight Brand Ambassadors:
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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 the review of our new Rugs USA area rug. I’m being a little sneaky because this rug is meant for my office, but the office isn’t ready to share yet. I brought it up to the living room and I got to say I really like it in here! It might have to stay here, I don’t know.
I selected the Rugs USA Moroccan Diamond Shag Grey Rug. I chose this rug for a few reasons. I love the look of Moroccan shag rugs. They are so plush and beautiful. I wanted something plush for my office space since it is in the basement and it is cooler down there. I also needed a rug that had gray in it. I loved that this rug had a gray option.
Another plus to this rug is that it comes in a variety of sizes. I selected the 6’7 x 9 size based on my room measurements for the office. As you can see, it also fits nicely in my living room leaving about a foot border of the hardwoods. I love using rugs to anchor and define a space.
Sam is a big fan of this new rug too. Everyone in the fam has been walking on it barefoot because it is so comfy on the footsies!
I love the larger pattern too. It is a nice way to bring in some pattern without being too over-powering.
A lot of Moroccan shag rugs are wool but this one is 100% Polypropylene. So it is ideal if you have kids and pets. Easy to clean and vacuum. Zoey has spent many hours just laying and rolling on it.
Here’s just a few more shots of it in the living room. I am really considering leaving it in here now and doing something different in office. What do you think?
I think I am pretty sold on the fact that I may have to look for something else for the office now. These photos are convincing me!
I would highly recommend ordering from rugsusa.com you guys! They have a great selection and fantastic prices and sales. We are very happy with our new rug!
Plus, now until Feb. 19th thousands of rugs are 70% off plus free shipping!
This is a product review. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions expressed are 100% mine.
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.
Two weeks until Valentine’s Day!! Here’s my Lust List Valentine’s Day edition for this week. My favorite finds from around the web. If you feel like getting your craft on, check out my DIY Heart Arrows. I shared the full tutorial yesterday.
|| one || These Love Me Knot Stud Earrings from CWonder come in a great color palette. I love knot earrings. They are a fun way to mix up your regular studs. || two || I love Michelle Dwight Designs shop, especially the pillows! Add the XO pillow in gold to bring a little fun to your decor. Just in time for Valentine’s Day and great anytime of the year. || three || A romantic Valentine’s Day would be complete with a festive drink to share with your loved one. I love this clear wine rack from Target. || four || You guys know I love gold prints and this new love print from Made by Girl is super cute! || five || One thing I would love is a set of these Threshold Tufted Ottomans in pink and gold for my office makeover. They come in other colors too, but these pink ones would work so well in my space. I would totally use these in place of a coffee table.
Have a fantastic weekend friends! I will be working on some more Valentine’s Day projects to ready for our big dinner.
You can still enter to win a Home Right Steam Machine!! Enter here.
Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away! I love it! I know there are some V-day haters out there, but I say a day to celebrate the ones you love and do special stuff is alright by me!
Every year, my little family and I do a very special Valentine’s Day dinner. We decorate the table and make one of our favorite dishes full of carbs, my Vodka Cream Pasta Recipe. I love holidays, don’t you? An excuse to mindlessly consume carbs and fattening foods with zero guilt! Gotta have something to live for, am I right? All joking aside, I do look forward to the occasional indulgent meal. I am on the auto-immune paleo plan and it is pretty much rabbit food and meat. I will be ready to have something sinful by then.
In preparation for the feast, I made an easy Valentine’s Day craft. These heart arrows– or if we want to get all lovey-dovey– these ‘Cupid’s arrows’ are going to be used on our table and I will share how a little later. For today, I am going to show you how I made these little babies!
For this craft you can get everything you need from the craft store. I went to Michaels. They had a great selection of papers to choose from. They also had the heart punch that you see pictured below. I used kebab skewers for mine. If you are really nice and smile really big, the employees at your grocery store’s meat counter will give you some for free. I’m all about smiling and not spending money when I don’t have to!
2 3/8 inch extra-large heart punch || one 12×12 sheet of fun cardstock || kebab skewers || Liquid Leaf or paint of your choice || small paint brush || super glue || scissors for trimming (only if needed)
The first thing I did was paint my kebabs. I set up a little paint drying station with a couple of the kebabs underneath the ones I painted.
While your kebabs dry, you can use your heart punch. I punched 5 hearts for each arrow. You can do a total of four arrows from one 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock.
Take 3 hearts and fold each one in half. Then you are going to glue the sides together to form the end of the arrow.
When all 3 hearts are glued together you can attach them to the end of your kebab. I used the pointed end and applied glue to it and slid it in the center of my hearts.
All you need to do for the point of the arrow is glue 2 hearts together and slide the other end of the kebab in the center of them. From trial and error, I learned it is easier to glue the bottom of the hearts first– then add your kebab. You glue the top after the kebab is in place.
That’s it! You could totally make this a kid-friendly craft and use non-toxic paints and glues so little hands can help you.
I will be sharing our Valentine’s Day table the week of the day of love and kisses!
Linking to: Design It Friday, The Inspiration Gallery
Just a reminder you can still enter to win a Home Right Steam Machine! That thing is amazing!!