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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:
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.
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’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!
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.
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:
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…
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
New Mohawk Rug and Big Boy Bedroom Design
We also shared our plans for our little guy’s new room complete with a teepee.
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.
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’!!
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!
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!
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:
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!
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
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.
This is a sponsored post and review for Home Right. All opinions are 100%mine.
Today I am sharing my review of the Home Right Steam Machine and a Giveaway!! You will have a chance to win your very own Home Right Steam Machine too!!
I just used it to remove wallpaper in my very ugly, very oak-y, very out-dated bathroom that we are remodeling. It worked like a dream. Definitely the easiest time I’ve had removing wallpaper EVER!
Before I get into all that, I wanted to share everything the Home Right Steam Machine can do. It can clean bathroom shower doors, fireplace doors, and windows. It can sanitize bathroom and kitchen fixtures in hard to reach places. It can remove grease and grime from grills and ovens. It can clean marble, granite, ceramic tile, vinyl, linoleum, and stained concrete. It can remove wallpaper. You can even steam certain fabrics. Are you blown away yet!?!
I love products that make my life easier! Don’t you? Plus, this is a chemical-free way to clean. It sanitizes and kills 99% of all germs and bacteria.
I used my Home Right Steam Machine to remove the wallpaper in my bathroom this past weekend.
To remove wallpaper, you use the steam plate attachment as seen in the photo above.
After you attach your steam plate, you are going to add your water into your steam machine with the funnel and measuring cup that is provided. There is a chart in your instructions that tells you how much water to add for how much time.
Here’s the ugly wallpaper border I am removing in our bathroom. To tell you the truth, I was not excited about removing this. I have removed wallpaper before and it was a lot of elbow grease and hard work. Just wait you guys! This was beyond easy!!
Once the orange light is off you are ready to roll. You just place the steam plate on your paper and hold the handle down. Then you press the trigger and steam for 20-30 secs. I kept a putty knife at my side and just removed the paper after I steamed each section. It came off like butter!!! I kid you not!! I was amazed.
This is the hands down easiest way to remove wallpaper!!! I have a whole wall of paper to remove in our basement hallway and I am not dreading it now!
I got this done so fast! I love that I am not damaging my walls and II didn’t have to buy any wallpaper remover and deal with the smell and harsh chemicals.
Enter to win a Home Right Steam Machine by following the instructions below.
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Check out all the great products on the Home Right website: http://www.homeright.com/
If you want to see the Home Right Steam Machine in action check out my Home Right Steam Machine Removes Wallpaper video on YouTube.
This is a sponsored post and review for Home Right. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
Howdy! Today I am going to show you the design plans we have in place for our little guy’s bedroom makeover. I showed you Bman’s bedroom makeover plans last week. We will be doing his makeover first and then little Sam’s after.
I sat each of them down for a design consultation. For real, it was super cute! I loved hearing their ideas and I was a little surprised by Sam’s choices. For a 4-year-old, he has some serious style and he is really opinionated about it. I guess I should have known since he is so picky about what he wears, but I was still surprised none the less!
Here’s his little design board we put together with items that are definites.
It is all about neutrals and earthy vibes for Sam. As I had him look at different room styles it was really clear he was drawn to the clean and modern designs. He liked the creams, whites, and blacks and browns. I really thought he’d want a bright and colorful room but he kept pointing to the same colors and designs.
The most important things to him are having a cool bed, a teepee, and a place for all his buddies (all his stuffed animals). This kid loves animals!
To keep it young and fresh, we are doing a lot of textures and going to make his closet into a play nook or book nook. We’ll let him decide.
We have some key pieces already, like the teepee and sheepskin rugs. I would like to get him a cool ceiling fixture like this one:
Depending on the budget I may DIY something similar but I really like this one for his space. It is the Urban Outfitters Magical Thinking Geo Pendant. I already have an idea of how I would do my take on this, so we’ll just have to wait and see how much is left in the piggy bank at that time.
Another design decision we have to make are the floor coverings. I would like a layered look for this and something really cozy on his little tootsies. Here’s some ideas I really like and am considering:
World Market Flokati Wool Rug
West Elm Souk Wool Rug
World Market Brazilian Cowhide Rug
Mohawk Tahoe Rug
I was happy to see another option for that the Moroccan shag rug on my friend Julia’s blog and it is a nice option because it is not wool but has the same look. Which might be a better option for my little person. See it here: Overstock.com NuLOOM Moroccan Trellis Rug
We still have some basics to decide on like paint colors and bedding, but this is the framework for his room so far. It’s going to be a fun room to work on!
You can enter to win a Mohawk rug of your choice. Just click on the image below:
B to the RRRRRRR! BRRRRRRR!!!!
For real, I feel sorry for Zoey (our puppy). It is painful to see her go outside to potty. This weather is putting a damper on my projects for this week. It is -17 degrees during the day with blowing snow. The kids’ school is cancelled for the next two days so we are just staying home and not going to brave the roads.
But, with that said I did get my paint and supplies last weekend so I am painting the living room right now. I had to stop abruptly because a reporter from our area newspaper came to interview me and see our house. So, I had enough time to clean up paint supplies and deep clean our house (that was necessary after a week of sickness), and shower (also necessary). My laundry I folded on my bed ended up here though…
Closets are wonderful for hiding things when you don’t have the time to put them away properly. The reporter was super nice and he braved the cold to come talk with me. We talked blogging, DIY, and design and it was super fun. I’ll share the article with you guys when it gets printed. So, I will be back to painting tomorrow (insert happy dance).
Another thing I wanted to share is that I am a brand ambassador for HomeRight this year. I fell in love with their product line after using the finish max sprayer and am happy to be sharing their products with you this year. So each month, I will be sharing a new HomeRight product with you. HomeRight is a really great company and I am happy to be partnered with them for 2014.
I shared our home goals for 2014 and a big part of that will involve tile. I am happy to be partnering with The Tile Shop for our kitchen backsplash and bathroom remodel this year. You can see our visit to The Tile Shop or our fireplace makeover that we did with tile and supplies from The Tile Shop.
Here’s my deal with sponsors and brands. I love to partner with brands I love and use. If I feature it on the blog, that means I love it. I will NEVER share anything with you guys that I don’t adore. HomeRight and The Tile Shop are companies that I have worked with and love so I am happy to share them with you. They also are sponsoring projects we already have on our minds, so that is awesome!
With those things in the works, 2014 is shaping up to be an exciting year already! I’ll be sharing our updated and refreshed living room on Friday. I finally got all the Christmas decor put away! I feel so ready to work on our home goals and start tackling those spaces in our home we haven’t touched yet.
Until we meet again, I will be spending some quality time with Downton Abbey and my fireplace…
The weekend is here! My kids are on the mend from being sick all week. Yes, that was a bummer! Not exactly how we envisioned spending our school break, but what do ya do?!
2014 Blog Redesign.
If you haven’t visited in the last day, you may be doing a double take to make sure you are at the right place. That’s right– the first big reveal of the year is the blog. Not a bad way to kick off 2014! With the kids not wanting to do much but sleep and blow their noses, I had the perfect opportunity to give my blog a makeover. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, but just haven’t had the free time until this week.
I also set up a new PROJECT GALLERY, HOLIDAY & SEASONAL GALLERY, and HOME TOUR. I want to keep things as up-to-date and as user-friendly as possible.
First Project of 2014.
My first thing to tackle in the new year is some painting. I am going to refresh our living room with a coat of paint and start working on Bman’s room makeover. So, this week I will be in my painting clothes!
Personal Changes in 2014.
One more thing that I have decided to try out is a new food plan. Starting Monday, I am starting the autoimmune paleo plan. I know that I don’t talk about my health much on the blog and that isn’t going to change. I do suffer from Crohn’s disease and this particular food plan has shown some healing results in many patients.
I’ve done elimination diets in the past, but have not had any insight into how to handle my disease. I wasn’t planning on sharing this, but I shared it on my personal Facebook page and so many people were curious. I had several private messages asking about it and I think the best way to talk about it will be the eventual check-in post. The book above I saw online while researching the autoimmune paleo plan and you can find it here.
I am in no way turning this into a food or diet blog, but this is going to be a part of my life for the time and I think it is something that people wonder about. Have you done paleo or autoimmune paleo plans? I would be interested in hearing your take on it.
You can still enter to win a Mohawk rug of your choice. Click on the image below to enter:
So, that is how I am kicking off the new year! A new look, painting projects, and paleo! How about you?