Posts Tagged ‘home improvement’

Finding Awesome || Thrifty Finds

Happy Weekend!!

Are you guys ready for some thrifty finds?!?

I don’t know what my deal has been lately, but by the end of the day I am done! I have felt so tired, but there is so much to do I really can’t afford to be right now. To break up my normal day, I decided to change things up a bit and plan some time for some fun– some penny-pinching fun!

I have a lot of rooms to find decor for right now. Both the boys bedrooms, our bathroom, and my office. Thursday, Sam and I headed out for a day of treasure hunting around some of our favorite local shops…and it did not disappoint.

My hands down favorite find of the day is this brass antelope. I love love love when I find decor like this for just a few dollars! It’s solid brass and it just has a sexy vibe. I totally dig it and it had to come home with me.

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I love it in my office, and I think it’s a great spot at the current moment since those antlers could impale a child around here.

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I scored another piece of round cut stone for $1.25 at the Salvation Army. It appears to have been part of a little accent table. I found another one of these last year and I love to use them as trays. I also have plans to turn one into a plant stand soon.

I grabbed another fish bowl vase for my desk too. I think they are perfect for arranging roses.

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Since we are in “bathroom reno mode” right now, I was happy to find this vintage lucite towel bar. It was only $8 at a flea market. The hardware needs a little cleaning but it is in great shape and even more beautiful in person. It will look so great with the marble tile.

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Last but not least, I found something for Sam’s bedroom makeover. A few months back, I sat down with him and did a little “design consultation” and he totally surprised me with what he likes and wants for his room.

 

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He is requesting all white walls and wants black and white decor. We are also mixing in some natural wood tones and copper. He totally has the hippest decor taste of any 5-year-old I know. He wants lots of animals and a guitar too. We have already purchased him a teepee from off his list and there are some other fun details that I am going to save for later.

Thfirty Finds || B @ H

This little stool is so perfect for the vibe his room is taking. He drags the bathroom stool into his room all the time to sit on. So, this was so great because now he has one for his room. Sam thinks it is a pterodactyl and it totally sold him on wanting it. For $6 we couldn’t pass it up. The tribal vibe, colors, and warm wood tones are perfect.

This warmer weather is totally putting me into treasure-seeking mode!! I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get my hunt on!!!

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I am over at my friend Shavonda’s blog A Home Full of Color today sharing my thoughts on our home for her Small Home, Big Style series.

Shavonda is one talented designer and such a sweet friend!  I always enjoy a visit to her site and I know you will too! Here’s just at taste of her talent…

www.ahomefullofcolor.com Images courtesy of A Home Full of Color

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My Picks for Chic Table Lamps

Today I am sharing my favorite picks for chic table lamps. I showed you my spring bedroom refresh a couple of weeks ago, and one of my favorite new additions are the pair of table lamps I added to my nightstands. I chose the Claiborne Table Lamp from Kenroy Home because of its glossy white sleek base.

Kenroy Home Claiborne Lamp || B @ H

It measures 28″ high so it is the perfect height for my nightstands.

Kenroy Home Claiborne Table Lamp || B @ H

I love the shape of the base and that it has a drum shade. It has an elegant form and the glossy finish is beautiful. The bright white also pops against my gray backdrop.

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I added the trim to the drum shade for a little pop of color. I love these new lamps and they supply the perfect light for reading at night.

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Here are my favorite picks from Kenroy Home for chic table lamps:

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Glover Table Lamp,  Marrakesh Table Lamp, Bollero Table LampBurl Table Lamp, Pearl Table Lamp,  Mercurio Table LampCelestial Table Lamp Ike Table Lamp

Be sure to check out Kenroy Home for all your lighting needs. They also have some pretty home decor options.

You can also get the latest news and products by following Kenroy Home on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

I absolutely love our new Claiborne Table Lamps. They totally add style and elegance to our master bedroom.  I have been eyeing that Burl Table Lamp…maybe for my office. I’ve been searching for a lamp for my desk and I think that might be the one. Don’t you think it would look great on my desk?

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What’s your favorite chic table lamp from Kenroy Home?

I’d like to thank Kenroy Home for supplying the lamps for this product review. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

Many Thanks || My Creating with the Stars Experience

WOW.

All I got to say is WOW.

YOU GUYS!!!

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You guys rocked my world with your outpouring of support for my knockoff I made for Creating with the Stars!!! I am working to respond to every single one of your emails, blog comments, Facebook messages, and social media shout outs. Until I can get caught up, I just wanted to take today to give you all a public thank you and share a bit of my experience this past week for CWTS.

Just be forewarned, that this post is more wordy than my norm, but I wanted to share my experience with you all.

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As most of you know by now, I was in the bottom 3 and did not advance to week 2. When I saw the results, honest moment here…I was disappointed and didn’t quite get it. After the disappointment subsided, I started to think about the whole experience. I had a real sense of gratitude come over me. There was nothing to feel bad about. All I could feel was a welling up of pride for what I had made then quickly followed by gratitude.

When I saw the entries for week 1, I was completely blown away by the talent! Plus, so many different design aesthetics. You think about it, the twelve of us were chosen from 299 entries. That is a big deal in itself. It is an honor just to be selected. Just to be a contestant, you are competing against some mighty talented bloggers. Also, some of these blogger teams are made up of two people. You go into this thing not knowing what the voter make-up will be. You also go into it with the feeling of go big or go home.

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I had the amazing opportunity to have Kristin from The Hunted Interior as my blog star. It was really a happy moment, because she is a designer and blogger that I admire and her style resonates with me. I kid you not, that it was so much fun to brainstorm ideas with her and she totally got my personal tastes and style. Even though, I only got to spend a week working with her, I feel like I gained some great takeaways and I valued her direction and opinion. It really did not feel like work to be teamed up with her and I am grateful for the time she took out of her own busy schedule to mentor me. She is a class act. Working with her is one of my favorite things about being part of CWTS.

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Project selection for me ‘wasn’t about what will the masses love’. I guess that is not a very good strategy for winning. And not to say there is anything wrong with that. Obviously, what is popular amongst the majority will be a hit. I got chosen based off my own personal style and skills. I wanted this project to showcase what I love in design and not be the norm of a knockoff. So, as you saw, I went bold in color, with a high-end knockoff. I wanted a modern element thrown in and I loved it. I wanted to create something special for my home and even though it was a knockoff, I wanted it to have a unique quality. I love chinoiserie pieces, gold, pattern, and beautiful color. The bar cabinet possessed all those qualities plus that unique flair I was looking for. Knowing that I could customize the inside however I pleased was a bonus. I knew it would be a way to show off my styling abilities.

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Building it from scratch was a personal choice because on such a short time frame, I could not find a pre-made cabinet in stock that would work. It ended up saving me money too which was a win-win. It took a lot of planning and I had to be smart about the base design to equally distribute the weight of the cabinet. A lot of thought and planning went into the design and the materials chosen to execute a project with integrity that could be recreated by readers on a budget. I also took into account the fact that a lot of people may not have access to wood-working tools, so I even had the home improvement store make all my large wood cuts for me based off my design plans. My goal in it all was to create something true to my style and give people the tutorial and template to make one themselves at an affordable price.

In order to have it ready to photograph for Friday, I did pull a couple of all-nighters. You do go into this competition knowing that this is probably going to happen. I have to tell you though, when you are in the creative process, the lack of sleep doesn’t bother you because you are on a high. The excitement of seeing my plans come to fruition kept the midnight oil burning. I did sleep like a rock when the work was done though!

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One of my late night mock ups for styling ideas

Kristin was such an asset to have in my corner. I would text her progress shots. I sent her my styling ideas. She sent me sketches of styling ideas, she tweaked a couple of my original mock ups. It was her idea to have the bar cabinet slightly overlap the art on the wall. Many of you commented that you loved the art, and that made me so happy since it was something I came up with to add in a modern element. Kristin also helped with photo selection and it was so great to have another set of eyes to help make those choices.

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Through the week I just kept thinking, man! if I could collaborate like this all the time for my career that would be amazing!  Sharing the creative process with others is so great! I really loved it!

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The result of our efforts is something that I will always cherish. What is a true measure of success? Is it in the votes tallied or in the overall feeling that you are left with upon completion of an idea? Even though the votes weren’t there to advance us to week 2, I really feel like this whole thing was a success. I stayed true to who I am as a designer and creative. I shared something I really love– which is the core of why I blog in the first place. I got to be in the company of the best of the best. I pushed myself. It really just motivates me to keep on keeping on! It was a gift.

I get to do what I love for my job and when opportunities come along like CWTS, it is always a joy to be a part of– no matter what the overall result may be. You guys have touched my heart with all your support of what I made. The fact that so many of you have taken a moment to send your thoughts and love this way just makes me feel so humbled! It is unbelievable and I thank you!

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I thought to myself, knowing the outcome now– would I change what I did? A resounding NO. If I had it to do over, I wouldn’t change a thing. No regrets at all. I have thought long and hard about this. You need to be you. As my friend, Lindsay, just coined in her blog post yesterday you need to fly your style freak flag. Her little phrase got me thinking…what is my style freak flag? How do you celebrate your individuality?  I could give you a list of design styles that I love,  but to me it is a feeling that a project or space evokes.

So, I decided to label my ‘style freak flag’ with that exact thought in mind. When I design a space, or a piece of furniture, or make some art what am I saying about me? I think I found the words that define my style, that celebrate my individuality, and deliver what I am trying to achieve.

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Those four words carry the weight of what I set out to achieve through design. I feel that it is the essence of why I create. Don’t be like the rest of them–Be daring.  Set the tone for your life--To be lovely. To some people, dwelling on the objects in our homes may seem like a waste of time. To each his own. To me, it is a part of the whole. Create a space that wraps you in the emotion you want to feel. Our homes are our havens. To create a home that delights and encourages your talents and dreams is a good thing. To surround your family in love and comfort through design is a gift.

So, follow your dreams, keep on creating, and design the framework for the life you want to live. I promise to keep flying my style freak flag high.  In all that I do, I am making a promise to myself to be daring but lovely.

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Spring Trends in my Living Room and a GIVEAWAY!!!!!

HOORAY!! My calendar says it’s officially spring! It was a long time coming in the Midwest with the polar vortex and the LONGEST winter I can remember! Today, I am sharing my take on spring trends to bring into your home. You will also have a chance to win $150 to shop West Elm or Target courtesy of Coupons.com!!!

Coupons.com Spring Giveaway $150 to shop West Elm or Target

I shared my spring refresh of my bedroom last week. This week I am sharing how I am bringing spring into my living room. Just painting the walls freshened up this space, but now I am craving color! I shared my color inspiration for this room a few weeks ago and I started to get to work on adding it in.

First, I made this DIY Mondrian Inspired Art and today I am sharing some of my tips to add spring color into your living room. It all began with pale pink roses I placed on my coffee table. Black, white, and gold have been trending big time for the past couple years and they aren’t going away anytime soon. I love that mix and it is all over my house. I’ve mixed it in with my silver and it makes for a nice collected interior.

DIY art on fireplace and pink roses

There has been a reemergence of pastels lately. Everything from blush pink walls to greens and blues. I have chosen a spring palette that still keeps black, white, and gold central, but also brings in different shades of pink from light to bright. Done right, this can be a very chic update.

The first thing I did for spring, was pack up those sweater pillows on my sofa and shop for black and white pillows. I found some on amazon.com that I loved, so I went to coupons.com and searched their Amazon Coupon Codes to add to my savings. I’ve gotten in the habit of checking coupons.com for coupon codes before I make my online purchases and it has saved me a lot of money!

Living Room Spring Trends || B @ H

 

The pillows I found on amazon.com and are from NECTARmodern. They are made so well and are all 20 x 20 and came with the down inserts at a great price for the quality. The Applique Ribbon Embroidered Throw Pillow in Black is made of linen and the ribbon is embroidered on. It has a zipper closure. The two Greek Key White/Black Embroidered Pillows have the same details.

 

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I had a little spending cash leftover, so I also purchased something that I have been eyeing for a while– the Jonathan Adler Zebra Dish– which I also found on amazon.com. It brings in more gold to my coffee table.

Spring Trends || B @ H

Another way to add pops of my go-to colors for spring is to have flowers. Nothing says spring more than a vase of beautiful blooms.

Spring Trends || B @ H

I also love to find coffee table books that interest me with colorful bindings. I have been wanting an Audrey Hepburn book for a while and was happy to find one on clearance with a pink spine! Books are an easy object to use in decor. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend I love to check out thrift stores. Some of my favorite books have come from them.They are a great way to incorporate color into you decor.

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One of my favorite ways to add in color is through art on my walls. I had this large-scale zebra art I DIY’ed but I wasn’t feeling it any more. It was ready for a makeover. I painted right over the fabric with white paint and created a blank canvas to paint on. I wanted abstract art with black + white and pops of pink and gray. I also added in some gold paint. Making a DIY painting is so relaxing to me. I didn’t have a plan for this one, I wanted it to take shape as I was painting it.

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Are you ready to ENTER TO WIN an e-gift card to shop for spring items for your home?!? You can enter to win a $150 e-gift card to shop at your choice of West Elm or Target courtesy of coupons.com!!!

Enter using the Rafflecopter below and make sure to comment on the coupons.com blog and like them on Facebook and say you did so on the entries below. You can get up to 15 extra entries by following the participating Design and DIY bloggers on Instagram too!! Just follow the Rafflecopter entries below.

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Spring Givaway and Spring Trends 2014

Be sure to visit these fabulous Design and DIY bloggers for more spring inspiration:

Brittany Makes, The Chronicles of Home, Cuckoo 4 Design, Dimples & Tangles, Dwellings by Devore, A Home Full of Color, Lacquer & Linen, The Makerista, Primitive & Proper, Retro Ranch Reno, Sarah M. Dorsey Designs, This That and Life, The Thriftress, The White Buffalo Styling Co.

I was compensated for this post with an Amazon e-gift card to shop for items for my home courtesy of Coupons.com. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100mine.

One last thing…

Creating with the Stars Contestant

Blog world has been all a buzz with the announcement of the Creating with the Stars contestants!! I was lucky enough to be chosen as 1 of the 12 contestants!!! Excitement is not a big enough word. You can read it here.

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Today, voting has begun on our WEEK 1 project: KNOCK OFF !!! I can’t tell you which project is mine since it is anonymous, but hop on over to the East Coast Creative blog and vote for your favorite!!

It’s going to be SO GOOD! I am busting at the seams to share what project is mine, but I can’t yet! The projects last year were beyond amazing and this year won’t disappoint! YOU CAN ONLY VOTE TODAY AND TUESDAY and then Wednesday they will share the WEEK 1 results!!! Hop on over and cast your vote!

VOTE HERE

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HomeRight PaintSticks and a GIVEAWAY!!

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.

HomeRight PaintStick Review & Giveaway

I saved sooooo much time! For example, this wall in my son’s bedroom only took me 2 minutes to paint! Are you curious?

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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.

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Then, you place your PaintStick on the fill tube and pull the handle back and it feeds paint into your PaintStick.

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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.

HomeRight PaintStick Review

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!

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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.

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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.

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We got a few things off the list so far for this makeover:

Paint walls, ceiling, and trim

New area rug

New light fixture

New Desk

Build storage & shelving

Window treatments

Nightstand makeover

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

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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:

11 Magnolia Lane,  Infarrantly Creative, Makely Home, My Re-purposed Life, Not Just a Housewife, Rain on a Tin Roof, Simply Designing, The Pennington Point, The Shabby Creek Cottage

This is a sponsored post. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

Happy Painting!!

B @ H Monthly || FEBRUARY

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!

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DIY Mondrian Inspired Art || B @ H

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.

Valentine's Table || B @ H

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.

DIY Gift Wrap Ideas || B @ H

Since it was Valentine’s Day, I shared some DIY gift wrap ideas to add a personal touch to your packages.

 

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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.

Rugs Usa Area Rug Review || B @ H

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.

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I teased you a bit with a peek at my office that I am making over in our unused space in the basement.

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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…

 

bah-monthly-giveaways 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!

moo.com business card GIVEAWAY!!

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.

HomeRight Giveaway

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!

ENTER HERE

 

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newspaper article 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.

homies 2014  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.

 

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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

MY OFFICE

AND look what came today for our bathroom and kitchen…

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Let’s all wish that March is a much nicer month as far as the cold goes! Have a wonderful weekend buddies!!

 

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Why I Love My HomeRight SteamMachine Plus and a GIVEAWAY!!

I’d like to thank HomeRight for sponsoring this post. 

 

Howdy! Today, I am talking about love. The kind of love that comes from a husband…and a steam mop. 

I am sharing my favorite new HomeRight product, the HomeRight SteamMachine Plus.  You will also have a chance to win one of your own at the end of this post!

HomeRight Steam Machine Plus Giveaway

The SteamMachine Plus Multi-purpose Steam Mop is an ideal tool to use on floors! It is a natural, safe, chemical-free way to clean. It kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria including e-coli, salmonella, and staph. The handle also folds down for easy storage and the steamer is handheld too. It comes with an array attachments to get the job done. It isn’t just for floors though, it has so many other features.

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Before, we get into all that…let’s talk love.

Love is a man who will change out of his pajamas on a relaxing Saturday morning to stand on the front steps of your home in broad daylight with the front door wide open to take pictures of his wife mopping the floor and might I add — doesn’t even think twice about it –so you can get this shot:

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Love is also realizing that a steam mop can get your floor even cleaner from the day before when you mopped it with a regular mop and cleaner…

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This was just after mopping one pass! At first, I was a little upset. Not at the steam mop…(pssst! I love you steam mop!!) more at the fact that I just mopped this floor the day before.

So, I had to ponder:

a) I am not as great as a housekeeper as I have always thought.

b) That my kids are just really that dirty and track in that much grossness in a day’s time

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c) That this HomeRight SteamMachine Plus ROCKS.

i totally think it’s C. Let’s talk this out.

My entry way is used a couple of times a day. We have a jute rug that covers the floor and catches all the stuff that the kids and Zoey, our puppy, bring in.

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So, to give this steam mop the true test of clean, I used it on this floor that I just mopped the day before…just to see…I wasn’t even going to blog it…I was going to use it on my bathroom floor that I knew was ready for a clean.

Ummmm…yeah….mind blown!

So, here’s the bonus. You are just using steam. No chemicals or cleaners. It sanitizes and cleans. I am becoming a quick believer that steam is the only clean.

The HomeRight SteamMachine Plus is really easy to use.

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one–detach and fill the water tank

two–attach the water tank, plug it in, and turn it on

three–wait 25 seconds or less for the blue light to turn on…that means it’s ready

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Another feature I really love about this steam mop is that the mop attachment is angled and it swivels so you can fit in corners and along walls easily.

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I was pretty amazed at how much grossness came off the floor. Once you are done, you can just pop the mop pad in the wash for future uses. It also comes with another mop pad so you are ready to go!

You can take the steam machine out and use it as a handheld steam cleaner too. It can clean all kinds of things. Grout, hard to reach areas, countertops, tile, glass, ovens, carpet– you can even steam garments and fabric. I steamed my curtains because I had wrinkles that were bothering me! Worked like a charm!

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I used the smaller brush attachment to see if I could get a stain off the floor that we have not been able to get off with any cleaner. We inherited the stain with the house and we have no idea what it is. I wish it could talk and I could ask it, “What are you and where did you come from.”

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Guess what? It worked! I was so happy!!

HomeRight never ceases to amaze me! I love this company and all their ingenius products!!

Now it’s your turn to enter to win a HomeRight SteamMachine Plus! Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. You can get up to 5 entries.

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Interested in more HomeRight products? I love them! Check out my post about the HomeRight Steam Machine and the HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer.

Also, Christy at 11 Magnolia Lane is also giving away a HomeRight SteamMachine Plus on her blog too. Stop over for another chance to win!!

This is a sponsored post for HomeRight. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

Anatomy of a Chic and Thrifted Entry Way

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.

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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.

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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.

desk-details 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.

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The lighting.

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.

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The Walls.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Happy Tuesday!

Best of January

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!! We had a lot of snow again and it is rumored more is on the way!

Today I am sharing our monthly recap. I like to share all our projects and happenings from the past month. If you are new to B @ H this is a great chance to catch those posts you may not have seen. This is also a great chance to get the details on that post you saw but want to see again. I just want to thank all of you for your support and some great things are ahead for February!

DIY + Crafts

I shared my first Valentine’s day craft last week. These DIY Heart Arrows are super cute and fun to make.

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DIY Heart Arrows

I also shared the easiest way to remove wallpaper and reviewed my first Home Right product of the month. I will be selecting the winner of the giveaway tomorrow!! You can still enter to win a Home Right Steam Mahchine here. Every month I will be sharing a new Home Right product with you guys and offering a giveaway!!

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Home Right Steam Machine and Removing Wallpaper

Around the House.

Last month I got to some projects that I have been wanting to do for a while! We started makeovers on the boys’ rooms. Our oldest got a brand new rug for his room and we centered a design board around it.

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New Mohawk Rug and Big Boy Bedroom Design

We also shared our plans for our little guy’s new room complete with a teepee.

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Little Guy’s Bedroom Design Plans

Our living room got a fresh coat of paint to give more flow to the rest of the house.

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Living Room Refresh

My temporary workspace got some much needed organization and some office pretties. I am excited to share the befores of my new office space with you guys soon! Some good things are cookin’!!

desk-blogger My Temporary Workspace and Office Pretties

I also shared our bathroom design plans. We will be getting our tile soon and are going to get to work!

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Bathroom Design Plans

I feel like January was a lot of planning and laying out timelines for our bigger home projects. The beginning of the year just makes a planner out of me, what can I say?

February is going to be a fun month around here. We have some more Valentine’s Day projects to share, more givewaways, and we are going to start on some more projects, like our bathroom tile!! I will also be working behind the scenes on my super top top secret project! Okay, you guys know what schmoffice means, but let’s just pretend you don’t. Good? Good!

Happy February!!

Bathroom Design Plans

I’ve been a little design happy lately. I’ve put boards and layouts together for so many spaces in the past couple weeks. Today, I am sharing our bathroom design plans with you guys.

The oak-y-ness, mismatched toilet, bath, and sink, bad flooring, and all is on its way out the door! Some things I have already sourced and we have on hand, but there are still items I need to make a decision on.

Here’s my inspiration board:

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The tile has been selected and ordered for the shower stall and floor. I have found a vanity I really like. The window treatment I may DIY, but I want it to look like the one above. I also have to source lighting, an étagère, and a garden stool. I am trying to decide if I want to keep a shower curtain or have some glass cut to fit with a door.

We have a lot to do!

Bathroom List

Remove wallpaper

Remove old baseboard and trim

Remove old floor, shower tile, and vanity, and cupboard

Source new mirror

Install new floor, tile, and vanity & mirror

Source and install new shower fixtures

Source and install new lighting

Paint walls

Install moldings

Install new baseboard and trim

Install window treatment

Source étagère, garden stool

Add finishing touches

That list seems a little daunting at first glance, but it is a small space so hopefully it won’t take that long. Our first big project will be the tile.

You can still enter to win a Home Right Steam Machine!! Enter here.

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