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September Linky Party 2014

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Hello! Welcome to the first ever MONTHLY linky party. In case you missed the announcement a couple of weeks ago, I have decided to only host the parties every month instead of every week. It will basically be the same except I only want you to link up your THREE best projects from the past month. I will pin my favorites like usual. Here are my posts from the past little bit. I am going to keep things separated by category. Please link up to the correct category :) This party is meant to be a place for you to show off your latest projects. Please no giveaways, things for sale, or round ups.   HOME DECOR FOOD CRAFTS & … {READ MORE}

Abstract Plastic Bowl

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Art is subjective. And sometimes art comes in the form of a bowl. I totally get that an abstract, clear plastic, funky fruit bowl is not up everyone's alley. But I love to mix in unexpected items into my decor. I think it gives the space interest and keeps it from being stale. I have had this idea swimming around in my head for awhile now and when I saw that HomeRight made a heat gun, I knew how I was going to make it happen. And luckily, as an ambassador, I get to try out their products! I also get to GIVEAWAY their products. So scroll down and enter :)     So here is how I went about it. You will need leather gloves, needle nose pliers (optional), mask, plexiglass, and a … {READ MORE}

My Favorite Room {Sort of}

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I am so excited to share this post today because I love series like this. I love home tours of any kind. And it is fun to participate in them every once in awhile too. So when Lindsay from White Buffalo Styling Co asked me I was totally on board. If you are here visiting from Dwellings By Devore, WELCOME! I am glad you are playing along with the blog hop :)   Now asking me to pick a favorite room is kind of like asking me to pick a favorite child. I can't. So how did I pick a room for this tour? I picked the one that wasn't currently under construction. The one that was the least dirty. The one I could tidy the fastest and have it ready for a photoshoot. This time it turned … {READ MORE}

The Story of My Mismatched Chairs

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Back when I refreshed my dining room, I got new chairs. The vision I had in my head was to have 2 short metal chairs and 2 tall metal chairs. I know it is not a huge detail and I can't tell you exactly why other than I thought it would look better if they were mismatched. I could only find the shorter chairs so I bought four and called it good. Birch Lane contacted me and wanted me to review something from their catalog. I had just recently found out about Birch Lane since they are a new company started by the people at Wayfair. Their style is AMAZING. And guess what? They had the tall metal chairs I wanted. Here they are on the backside of the table. And here they are on the … {READ MORE}

Why I went to Iowa…..

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I was asked by Better Homes and Gardens if I would like to work with them to help promote their line of products. Ummmm, of course! And then they said that a trip to their headquarters would be part of the deal. Sign me up! I was so excited. So excited that I actually went shopping. So excited that I bought HIGH HEELS. People. I have never had high heels before. But I thought, "Why the heck not?" And then I bought a dress to go with them. Who am I? By the way, did you know that the headquarters of BHG was in Des Moines, Iowa? I did, but only because I am kind of a stalker-ish fan of BHG.  But I had never been to Iowa before. I got to have a sneak peek at some of their new products and … {READ MORE}

Design Challenge: Hiding Electronics!

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Today I want to share some ideas of how I have hidden our electronics..... in plain sight! I, along with other bloggers, have teamed up with Verizon® to not only share these ideas, but to also tell you about an awesome Pinterest contest where you could win a $4,500 Visa® gift card. Since I had already hidden our electronics, Verizon® asked for my help in this campaign. I was compensated for my time in writing this post and for the use of my images, but the projects and ideas are all mine!  I love modern technology. I just don't always like to look at it :) I think we all struggle with keeping things aesthetically pleasing while keeping things functional. And since I live in such a tiny … {READ MORE}

BIG News!

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So now that I have signed the contract and made it all official, I can let the cat out of the bag.  I AM WRITING A BOOK! I was first approached by a publishing company about a year and a half ago. Maybe a little longer. I was flattered that they had asked and it has been a lifelong dream of mine. At first I was excited. Well, to be honest, I was excited/scared. I really wanted to say yes. But when I thought about it and prayed about it I did not have a peaceful feeling. I only had anxiety. I didn't feel like the timing was right. So I left the door open a bit with the company, so to speak, but essentially walked away from the deal. Fast forward to the first of this year. I was … {READ MORE}

White Walls & Progress

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Both coats of white are up. Baseboards, trim, and touch ups are finished and the furniture is back in place. It is a white wonderland in our family room and it is just begging for some color! I thought I would give you a taste of what it is looking like here right now. A new coat of paint makes everything seem so fresh and new. I decided to go ahead and deep clean while I was at it. It feels like we just moved in when I walk in here. Jury is out if that is a good thing or not :)   I haven't replaced my lens that broke or the tripod, so getting good shots proved difficult. Hopefully I can get some new gear before the room reveal.   The door, floors and … {READ MORE}

Ryobi 40V Lawn Mower Review

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Back in April I had the chance to go to the Ryobi headquarters with some other bloggers. I always LOVE seeing the behind the scenes of companies I work with. I am completely fascinated with how they come up with concepts and then make them a reality.  It is the same reason I love watching Project Runway or any other creative reality show. So before I tell you about this electric lawn mower, I want to show some pictures from that trip.   We got to meet  and have lunch with the folks at Ryobi. And then we went outside and got to try out ALL the outdoor products! There were three things that really stood out to me and those are the three things I chose to review here on … {READ MORE}

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