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B@H Monthly || June

Oh, summer feels like it is here! I am loving the weather in Connecticut. It is not as humid as back home. So, when it is in the 80′s it still feels lovely out! I am really falling in love with New England!! I have been pretty spoiled here in our summer rental with a pool and gym to use whenever I want. With the 4th this Friday, I feel like this will be the most memorable one for my family. We are headed to Mystic for our Independence Day celebrations.

Today, is recap day! So, today’s post is filled with the best of our June and what’s coming up for July. Every month, I like to highlight all the projects, plans, decor and happenings around here. Thanks for joining me on all our design and DIY adventures! In the immortal words of Fergie-Ferg, let’s get it started in here!

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I made these DIY Border Curtains from Ikea RITVA panels for the Summer Style Soiree.

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To add some style to our summer balcony, I painted our patio chairs with a design inspired by abstract art.

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These DIY Paint-dipped Woven Pots are fun for your summer herbs and plants.

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For a memento of our time in Connecticut, I made this DIY Embossed State Art and you can too with this tutorial.

DIY embossed state art tutorial

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Home is a little different these days. Our summer rental for June-August is starting to feel a bit like home. You can see our summer home tour to see where we are spending our warmer months. You can also get links to all the summer home tours there too.

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You can still enter to win a HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II. This is the heat gun I used for my embossing tutorial and a must-have in our DIY arsenal!

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I would also like to thank all my wonderful sponsors for our 2 Year Blog Anniversary Week of giveaways!!

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 LUCIANA

Rugs USA

Crane & Canopy

HomeRight

Holly + Martin

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I’d like to thank Delta Faucet Company for inviting me to their blogger event in Indianapolis. It was such a great time and I learned so much! You can read all about it here.

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I also want to take time to thank these wonderful websites and blogs that featured my work in the month of June:

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Mimosa Lane

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Haven! It’s just days away now! In just over a week, I will be joining many DIY/design bloggers at the Haven Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This will be my second year attending and I can’t wait to reconnect with friends and make new ones too!

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July will also bring another link party for the Summer Style Soiree. Our muse for July is Princess Diana. I can’t wait to see what you all link up! I just decided on my project the other day.

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Tomorrow, I will be sharing some of our East Coast Adventures from our first month here.

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DIY Painted Patio Chairs | Abstract Art Inspired


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

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

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

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

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

Here’s where we started with the chairs:

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

The chairs after the magic of paint:

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

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Instructions for these DIY Painted Patio Chairs:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Home Tour | Welcome to Our East Coast Rental

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


23 inspiring house tours by some amazingly talented bloggers!

 


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

 


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Finding Silver PenniesTown and Country LivingMigonis Home
 

 


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Craftsberry BushThe Hankful HouseLife on Virginia StreetSo Much Better with Age
 

 


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House by HoffEveryday EnchantingMaison de PaxWicks Nest
 

 


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

 


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


 

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

DIY Border Curtains & Summer Soiree Link Party

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

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

 

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

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*Photograph via The Huffington Post

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

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

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

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

Here is what I used:

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Ikea Ritva Curtain Panels 

Black Paint mixed with Fabric Medium and a Paint Brush

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

Tape Measure and Pencil

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

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Instructions:

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

Once measured, I taped off my border.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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window with black timmed curtains

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

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Blissful Bee

Dimples & Tangles

Dixie Delights

Life in Velvet

Our Fifth House

Rain on a Tin Roof

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

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

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

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GIVEAWAY 5 | BLOG ANNIVERSARY WEEK

What a fun week so far, huh!?!

It’s Day 5 of our Blog Anniversary Week!

It’s been such a great celebration week of our 2 year Blog Anniversary!! I love that I can share some of my favorite things with you and give you a chance to take them home.

If you are just joining us, all week long I have had giveaways of some of my favorite things.You can enter all the giveaways at the end of this post.

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Today, is our last giveaway and it is a great one! I shared the latest addition to my son’s bedroom last week from Holly + Martin. Holly + Martin has a great line of modern furniture and I love them as a company. You will have a chance to win the Ottico 3-piece Table Set that we featured in my little guy’s room! This is my new favorite piece of furniture in our house. They are stacking tables that you can use as shelving or separately as individual tables. Very clever!

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Enter the giveaway by following the Rafflecopter below. You can earn up to 4 entries!!

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YOU CAN STILL ENTER TO WIN DAY 1, DAY 2, DAY 3 AND DAY 4 GIVEAWAYS:

Win a print of your choice from LUCIANA

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Win a Moroccan shag rug from Rugs USA

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Win a $100 gift card to Crane & Canopy

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Win a Finish Max Paint Sprayer from HomeRight

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It’s been such a fun week of giveaways to celebrate our 2 year blog-o-versary!!

I will be sharing the winners each day next week at the end of my blog posts so be sure to check back to see if you have won!! 

Also, next week I will be sharing a bit about our first week as East Coasters and our summer rental.

I’d like to thank Holly + Martin for sponsoring this giveaway for the B@H | Blog Anniversary Week!

B @H Monthly || May

Helloooooooo Summer! That’s what I’m talking about! June is the official beginning of summer in my mind. The kids are out of school and the pool is open! This year is an extra special summer for all of us since we will be spending it as East Coasters!! Yep– that’s right! This Illinois girl is headed to Connecticut for a full summer of New England adventures!! We leave today!!! We could be in the car right now…

Oh, and guess what else happens in June?! My blog-o-versary!! 2 years of B @ H. I have planned a week of celebration for you guys with what else, but a whole lot of goodies! Giveaways everyday next week :) It’s my way of saying thank you to all of you who I share my projects and life with on a daily basis. I am so excited about the prizes and can’t wait to share them with you!  You guys make this all worth it :)

So, here’s our Best of May recap. Every month, I like to highlight all the projects, plans, decor and happenings around here. Thanks so much for joining me on all my design and DIY adventures! Let’s get to it!

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I made an Audrey Hepburn inspired clothing rack for the first month of the Summer Style Soiree.

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Another fun touch are these DIY embellished hangers.

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I also got my paint on and gave our home a little more curb appeal by using the HomeRight Finish Max Pro to give our door a makeover.

How to Professionally Paint a Door the FAST WAY!

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I am a new contributor over at Mohawk Flooring’s blog Creative Home and I shared some ways to add color to your summer entertaining.

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I shared our office photo shoot for my feature over at The Office Stylist. I also shared some sources for my favorite office accessories.

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I shared details about my Paleo lifestyle and why Paleo has changed my life.

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My office got some new furniture pieces that give me more storage and I love the sleek modern design.

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One of my favorite things I shared this month is the progress I have made on Sam’s bedroom makeover.

Holly + Martin Ottico 3-piece Tables

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The giveaway for the HomeRight Finish Max Pro is still going on! You still have time to enter. This is so great for getting a pro finish on cabinets, doors, furniture and more!

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I also want to take time out to give a special thank you to these wonderful websites and blogs that featured my work in the month of May:

Apartment Therapy

6th Street Design School

The Office Stylist

A Stroll Thru Life

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The month of June brings another Summer Style Soiree! It was so fun seeing all the projects linked up last month. This month the style icon that will be the muse for our projects is Jackie Kennedy. Be sure to join us for project reveals and the link party so you can share your Jackie-inspired projects!

Summer Style Soiree 2014 Invite And as I mentioned above, every single day next week, June 2nd – 6th, we are celebrating!! It’s my 2 year blog-o-versary and I have some great giveaways lined up for you! Each day, I will be hosting a giveaway of some of my favorite things. They’re good!!

Enjoy your weekend friends! When we meet again I will be blogging from my new summer digs in Connecticut!

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HomeRight Finish Max Pro Door Makeover and a GIVEAWAY!!

Hello friends! I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend! Our weather was nice for the most part. The Cadwallader house is in pack it up and go mode! Only 3 days until we leave for our East Coast adventures! One thing I have been wanting to do before we go is paint our front door. We have been so focused on remodeling the inside of our home that the outside hasn’t had much done to it yet. Curb appeal is a little lacking. I was so excited to try out the HomeRight Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer and the front door seemed like the perfect candidate.

We have big plans for the exterior of our home, which will involve some architectural modifications and we will probably have to employ the help of an excavator for the yard. We wanted to tackle these things this summer, but as fate would have it we are going to be New Englanders for 3 months. I am not heart-broken at all by the way! Spending 3 months exploring the upper East Coast is a dream come true!

So, the least I could do for my neighbors as a parting gift is freshen up the front door before we head out. We just added a new storm door, (which is completely necessary when you live in Northern Illinois, especially after the winter we just had!) Our front door had an ugly brown paint job that we inherited. I have always hated it. Some glossy black was in order!

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I love our Finish Max Sprayers and have used them a lot around the house, so seeing a new version that boasts a professional grade finish had me curious. It also said it is great for larger projects like cabinets and furniture. Perfect for trying out on our front door.

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It came already assembled, I just had to hook up the hose to the compressor. I chose a high gloss outdoor paint + primer-in-one to use on my door. Just like the other HomeRight paint sprayers, you need to thin your paint before adding it to the sprayer container. This was easy since the paint had instructions for thinning on the back. Most paints and stains have measurements right on the can for thinning, but if they don’t you can use the thinning kit that comes with your HomeRight sprayer.

Before I started painting my door, I tested the sprayer out on a leftover cut of wood. I suggest testing it first, so you get a feel of how it sprays. You can also play around with the paint regulator and have it spray from 1″ to a 6″ spray pattern.

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Before using the HomeRight Finish Max Pro

My door was taped up and I protected the surrounding area incase there was any over-spray. I chose the 6″ spray pattern and this was the quickest paint job EVER! I had Dave time me and I painted the entire door in less than a minute! The coverage is great and just one coat gave an even and full coverage. After it dried, there weren’t any uneven spots and I didn’t need to recoat.

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I think I heard angels singing!

I love the finish. It would have been a pain to paint this with a brush or roller and have to recoat. I wouldn’t have gotten such a nice finish either. I saved a ton of time!

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My mind is quickly racing to other paint projects I can tackle after we return home from our East Coast summer! First on the list, will be those kitchen cabinets we tried to paint with A PRODUCT THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED! Seriously, it is my Voldemort. Let’s just say we are less than thrilled with the results, so now I am excited to give them another crack with the Finish Max Pro!

I am so thrilled with the HomeRight Finish Max Pro that it is completely necessary to give one away too! My lovely friends at HomeRight are graciously giving one of you a HomeRight Finish Max Pro!! Just follow the Rafflecopter below to enter.

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This is a sponsored post for HomeRight. HomeRight is a brand I know and trust so I am happy to share their products with you. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.

Safavieh for Target + Where I am Today

Happy Friday friends!

I have brought back the Lust List, my weekly favorite finds from around the web, for a special edition. There are so many things to love about the Safavieh for Target collection that I had to share a few of my favorites!

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For starters– THAT MIRROR!! The Safavieh Meadow Sunburst Mirror is pretty perfect. I would love to see this in an entry way over a white console table or chest.

I have had a major crush on the Mary McDonald Santorini Lamp by Robert Abbey, but the price tag is too hefty for my pocketbook… unfortunately. So, you can imagine how happy I am to see Safavieh Parker Table Lamp and it comes in a set of 2 at a great price!

I have been spying black and white rugs and runners lately and I love the pattern of the Safavieh Maison Textured Wool Rug. If I didn’t already have a runner in my hallway, this would be in my shopping cart!

I can always appreciate a good x-bench too. I love them for under a console table or in a seating arrangement that you want backless seating. I am really digging the Safavieh Mystic Ottoman in yellow.

Last but not least, the Safavieh Venice Screen is pretty darn swoon-worthy!! I love a good screen for a vertical element in a room… or if you just have to hide something. I should get one to hide the endless mounds of laundry that never seem to go away.

Seriously, there is so much goodness going on with the Safavieh line for Target that I could do a post a day on all the things I love about it!! Definitely check it out!

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Also, today I will over at Kirsten Krason’s blog 6th Street Design School for her Feature Friday series. I am honored to be on her blog sharing my home.  Be sure to come on over for a visit. You will just love her and her blog. It is full of design goodness and style! I have been reading it for a while, so it is a treat to be over there today.

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I am traveling the blogosphere this Friday, and I will also be over at Marty’s blog A Stroll Thru Life. I am joining her Pulling It All Together series and sharing the details of my living room. I love the idea for this series! Marty invites design bloggers to share the process of how they finished a room. I always love hearing the details on a gorgeous room design, don’t you?! I thank Marty for inviting me to join her fun series!

So, after I sip my coffee and read my fave blogs this morning, I am getting ready for the day! I have a photo shoot and I can’t wait to share what it is for. It should be good fun and I am excited to collaborate with the photographer. Good stuff!

After I am done with all the running around this Friday will bring,  I am looking forward to relaxing  and unwinding a bit. By unwinding, I mean have that glass of red…or two!!

I have a weekend full of projects to complete…I just counted–4 projects…eek!

Do you guys have a project weekend planned too? Or maybe not? I wish you all a fab weekend friends!

This post does contain affiliate links.

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B @ H Monthly || April

It’s almost a week late, but today I am sharing the Best of April. Each month, I like to highlight all the projects, decor, plans, and happenings. I thank each and every single one of you for making this blogging journey a joy and joining me on all my designing and DIY adventures.

Before we get started, I would love some prayers and well wishes for my oldest son, Bman. He just broke his arm and dislocated his shoulder and he is in a lot of pain. Because of where he broke it, they couldn’t do much in the ER so we going to a specialist first thing this morning. He is so bummed that he can’t play outside with his friends, so we are hoping for a speedy recovery with summer just around the corner!

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Now, let’s get to it and see our April!

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I shared how I gilded these agate slice coasters. They are the perfect addition to my coffee table and I love the mix of gold with the natural.

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This little thrift store table got a makeover. By using a high gloss spray paint and adding chic hardware details, it is as good as new! You can see the spray paint table makeover for all the details.

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With Creating with the Stars coming to an end, I released my tutorial of my DIY Bar Cabinet inspired by the Worlds Away Anna Bar Cabinet. The tutorial contains full instructions on how you can build your own from scratch.

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I shared my new office lamp and my picks for chic table lamps.

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We discussed the pros and the cons of real vs. faux sheepskins. I also shared a new source for high quality sheepskins.

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Another successful treasure hunting trip brought home some goodies. You can see my latest thrifty finds around my house.

Office space via Bliss at Home I have been sharing my office updates and a complete source list so you can get this office look.

bah-monthly-giveaways C.Wonder Mother's Day Gift Guide via Bliss at Home You still have time to enter the C. Wonder Mother’s Day Giveaway for $500 e-gift card!!!

The giveaway for the Burl Table Lamp has ended, but I would like to thank Kenroy Home for providing the giveaway to my readers.

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I got to share a big announcement with you guys!! I will be in an upcoming issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I will share some behind the scenes goodness when it gets a little closer, but I do want to thank the fab people I had the pleasure of working with! A big thank you to Lindsay and Greg for making the shoot so much fun and a success!

better homes and gardens shoot

I also want to take time out to give a special thank you to these wonderful websites and blogs that featured my work in the month of April:

HGTV.com

The Huffington Post Home

Danielle Oakey Interiors

11 Magnolia Lane

A Home Full of Color

Dimples & Tangles

Nesting Place

Organize & Inspire

Powell Brower at Home

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I shared that we will be spending our summer in Connecticut. It is exciting for all of us and we are ready to explore all that the upper east coast has to offer! I will be sharing more projects and some ways to make a rental a home in the next 3 months.

We are hoping to have all the tile work in our bathroom done before we leave, so you might be getting a bathroom update in the next couple weeks…hopefully!

Summer Style Soiree 2014 Invite

Yesterday, I announced a fun summer series I am co-hosting with these wonderful ladies pictured above! Be sure to read the details on the Summer Style Soiree and link party. I hope you join us May 15th for our first link party with projects inspired by Audrey Hepburn.

April felt like such a whirlwind of a month with playing catch up after Creating with the Stars and then getting everything ready for the BHG shoot. So many good things and I am curious to see how our summer will be a rental. It feels like a little adventure!

Now, I am going to go see what we can do for Bman’s arm and shoulder. Hopefully, he will be back to playing before school is out!

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Summer Style Soiree | The Icons

I have an exciting announcement today! It’s Summer Style Soiree time!!

It’s time to kickoff the 2nd Annual Summer Style Soiree!! Did you follow along last year? It is such a fun series. Each month, I am joining some fab design bloggers and we will be sharing a project inspired by a style icon. I am so happy to be hosting this year and hope you all will join us!

Summer Style Soiree 2014 Invite

It is the same concept as last year. Each month, we will share our projects inspired by that month’s style icon and you will have the opportunity to link up your own!

So, each month (May-Aug) we will have the Summer Style Soiree link party where you can feature your creations based off of the monthly style icon. I can’t wait to see what you create!! It can be anything– as long as it is based on the style icon. Fashion, decor, table settings, party ideas, recipes, drinks, crafts–really anything you can dream up!

Summer Style Soiree Image

This year we are pulling inspiration from these vintage style icons. I am so excited to get creative. Audrey is one of my all-time faves!

Here is the line up:

We will get the soiree started on May 15th with Audrey Hepburn, and then continue on the 3rd Thursday of each month this summer.

May 15th : Audrey Hepburn

June 19th : Jackie “O” Kennedy

July 17th : Princess Diana

August 21st: James Dean

What fun, right? So, mark your calendars for Thursday, May 15th and get read to share an Audrey-inspired project! Last year the projects were pretty darn amazing, so I am so anxious to see what you cook up this year!

I also want to introduce you to these talented gals who I am hosting with! I’m sure you are familiar with them, but you never know…you just may find your new favorite blog here!

Carmel @ Our Fifth House

Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

Kristin @ Bliss at Home

Amy @ Blissful Bee

Angela @ Life in Velvet

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

Amanda @ Dixie Delights

Heather @ Southern State of Mind

See you May 15th!!!!

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