Monday, December 14, 2015

Art Crate: Curated Art Prints for Your Home

Just when I thought finding the most original and unique art prints could not get any easier, I came across a wonderful site that sends you personalized hand-picked styles to your door each month.

This website, Art Crate, specializes in transforming your space into a work of art by using your personal tastes as a backbone for ultimate style.

 Like many other monthly mail-in services, Art Crate sends you an art print based on your preferences every month. When you think you know what you truly want, you could have a totally new style at your doorstep that you will absolutely love.

A while ago, I received an eccentric art piece with a pop of vivid colors. As most of you know, I typically stay within the neutral tones and themes. However, I was pleasantly surprised with what I had to work with. It is something completely different for my home, but that's what I love about it. The strong design makes a big statement that I cannot wait to decorate with. 

 Art Crate is a perfect website for those who are in their first home and are indecisive about artwork or even experienced decorators that want something out-of-the-box. With such an easy step by step process of completing a design survey, having an Art Crate curated artist handpick a design, then having it in the mail within a month, makes the service hard to resist. You have the foundation for the most amazing art prints that could be a part of your home, which is a power worth having.

Below is an outline of the way the service works:  

1. Customers take the design survey and sign-up. 
  2.  3 prints curated based on their design survey. 
 3. The customer receives an email with images of the curated 3 prints. 
 4. The customer replies with the 1 print they want to receive that month. 
 5. Print is shipped. 
 6. Based on the Perfect Print Guarantee, Art Crate will accept and replace any print if the customer doesn't love it.

* You can use code CHRISTMAS20 at checkout to receive 20% off your first month.

This post was sponsored by Art Crate.  No financial compensation was received, however I did receive a print to review.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

We Converted our Garage into a Living Space

We moved into our house in June 2008 and always dreamed of converting our garage into a living space.  We never parked in our 2-car garage.  We always kept our cars in the driveway.  Over the years our garage became packed with junk and unfinished projects.  We accumulated way too much stuff!
Once we decided to move forward with making the garage into a room we got serious about getting rid of stuff we didn't need.  We donated a lot of things to charity and utilized their free pick up service.  We worked together every week on trash collection day, until the garage was organized.  It felt so good to be rid of the clutter.
 Where do you store the stuff that would normally go in the garage?  
We considered purchasing a shed, but don't want a big unit in our backyard.  The lawn mower and pressure washer are covered outside on the deck.  I reorganized our closet in the entry for general storage; leaf blower, carpet cleaner, steam mop, a few paint cans and tools.  Cleaning supplies are now stored under the bathroom and kitchen sink.  We used to keep our shoes in the garage.  Now we're using clear under-bed storage boxes.  Everything has its place rather than being thrown in a corner of the garage.  
 A few people have asked, what if we plan to sell our house in the future.  We don't plan on moving!  We make changes in our house to fit our needs, not the needs of an unforeseeable future homeowner.

 We worked with a contractor to plan our conversion.

 We did our homework, discussed our goals and planned the design before moving forward with construction.

 It's been so fun watching the transformation!
 We had amazing contractors that helped us create this beautiful space.

 But, oh my goodness, the mess!  I forgot to mention the dry wall dust.  For the last few weeks, our home became a construction site.  Our daily routines were interrupted as someone was always walking through our kitchen.

 It's truly been a positive experience.  The messy details ensured beautiful results.

 The paint color has been carefully chosen to fit our my style.  I chose a light color to keep the room bright.  Benjamin Moore- Abalone (matched to Glidden Paint)

 My husband let me have my way with every decision, except for the fans.  I wanted pretty light fixtures, but he insisted on ceiling fans for air circulation and to keep the room cool in the summer.  It makes total sense!  We preferred the look without lights.

 I've ALWAYS wanted a window seat.  I dreamed of a window seat with a cushion and lots of pretty pillows.  I love having the extra space for storage too.  Oh the possibilities...
Just a few more things to finish before we can call this room complete.  But we're all so amazed how different it looks.  My creative juices have been flowing and I cannot wait to decorate.  We gained 480 square feet of living space and I'm really excited to make it cozy.  I'll be back in a few months to share the full reveal with you!  Yes, months!  Unfortunately it's expensive to decorate a big empty room.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Affordable Lighting from ParrotUncle

Decorating your home with light fixtures can be a challenging task. With so many options out there, you can often become indecisive and settle for something that you aren't in love with. ParrotUncle, an online lighting company, specializes in light fixtures that can liven your home. With a vast range of afffordable lamps, vintage industrial lighting, wall lights and even outdoor lighting, you are destined to find fixtures that are both beautiful and in your budget. 

ParrotUncle hanging lights provides you with so many choices, that it can be hard to only pick one or two. If you want a head start, I have picked five of my favorite light fixtures that are timeless and unique. 

1.Two Lights Modern Style Wooden Floor Lamp in Street Lamp Shape 2.Modern Style Electric Torch Shade Wooden Pendant Light 3. Two Lights Vintage Industrial Style Iron Grapefruit-like Shade Wall Sconce 4. 10 1/4" Modern Brass Copper Pendant Light with White Glass Shade 5.Creative Modern Style Wooden Floor Lamp with Branch Shape Pole

Neutral lights are a great start for a beginner looking for fixtures or someone who wants to keep it simple. They can easily tie into a room without clashing while still being an amazing piece that makes a statement. If these are not your style, ParrotUncle has a plethora of other fixtures that will fit your desires. 

*ParrotUncle offers FREE international shipping and returns on all orders over $50. All products are between 20% and 50% off. The Big Holidays Sale will last until December 25, 2015.

**This post was sponsored by ParrotUncle.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas from UncommonGoods

It's officially the season of giving and I cannot be more excited. Finding the perfect gift is a fun adventure that involves a lot of care and thought of the other person in mind.

Today, I’m happy to share with you some fabulous gift ideas from the online shop UncommonGoods.

UncommonGoods was created in 1999 to offer consumers original designs by independent makers. Products that express individuality and creativity, while also making a positive impact on people and the planet.

UncommonGoods has gifts for every type of loved one, from book lovers to mini chefs to the sports fanatic.

Since I know a lot of people who enjoy quirky conversation starters in their home, I picked ten original gifts that are eccentric and range in style. Having that unique piece incorporated in with your usual decor makes for a fun addition that will surely turn heads.

 With so much variety, you're bound to find a special item to gift this holiday season.

Prices have a wide range, making your options endless. 

If you are indecisive this year for what to give your loved ones, let UncommonGoods help you make the right choice. 

*This post was sponsored by Uncommon Goods. The featured items are all gifts I would personally recommend.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Christmas Wreath Trio

This post is #sponsored by The Home Deopt.

Though Christmas is a month away, my family and I are already feeling the jolly spirit.  Christmas lists are being made, holiday movies start playing and the weather is cooling down quickly.  With the most anticipated holiday of the year just around the corner, what better way to prepare than with decorating wreaths for the season?

This year, I decided to supersize my favorite Christmas candy; the classic red-and-white peppermint, and make it the centerpiece for three wreaths from Home Depot.  Though the peppermints are not edible, they sure look good enough to eat!  This was a fun DIY project to complete with the family and a whimsical way to welcome the merry season.  Whether you keep it simple or do something extravagant, have fun and celebrate your creations.  

DIY Christmas Wreath Trio Project Guide

Cinnamon Scented Pine Cones- purchased in store

Mohawk Home Coir Door Mat- purchased in store

Leather Bell Door Hanger

Silk Poinsettia- purchased in store

The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.

There are three types of Workshops offered - Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.

Customers can learn how to build decor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.

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Visit the DIY Workshop registration page: here, to learn more.

Now grab a cup of coffee and check out the other versions of the Christmas Wreath Trio from my friends around blogland-

*This project and tutorial were made possible through a partnership with the Home Depot. All opinions expressed and experiences are my own words.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Natural Thanksgiving Table Setting

I am extremely excited for this year's Thanksgiving.
The weather is cool enough for a warm gathering around the dinner table, I have begun preparing the menu and a few friends are joining in the feast for the first time.

Since our holiday dinners are usually shared with my small family, decorations were always kept simple for the table.

A set table with fancy silverware and a few lit candles was my go-to for the previous years.

However, since I am opening my house for more guests, I wanted to do something different yet affordable.

Because my dining room has neutral tones already, I went with a theme that wouldn't clash or be an eyesore.  So, as a foundation, I went for a patterned paper table runner and worked my way up.

Since the colors in the table runner are very simple, I used different shades of green in my accents.  I found two beautiful sage green pumpkins at my local farmer's market which went perfectly with my fresh hydrangea centerpiece and greenery.

Adding a few white pumpkins and candles to the center of the table completed the dinner table and made for an elegant display.

Branching out with style this Thanksgiving was a great idea and I'm sure my guests will enjoy the look.

Working on the table setting beforehand minimizes the infamous Thanksgiving morning rush and I can focus on other things like preparing the meal.

I hope all of you can be inspired and I wish you a very happy holiday!

Table Decor Source List:
Candle Holders- Thrift Store
Candles- Target
Flower Vase- Home Goods
Patterned Paper Table Runner- Hester and Cook
Flowers and Greenery- Kroger Grocery Store
Pumpkins- Farmer's Market and Etsy