Dot & Bo Giveaway

March 4th, 2015

This is proving to be a very crazy week, I’ve been juggling phone calls between contractors as some minor problems arose with the two kitchen remodel projects going on right now. Meanwhile, I’m putting the finishing touches on the new spring fabric patterns with my self imposed deadline looming, but I’m so very excited to share them with you because the new prints are so fun, fresh, and colorful! My head is spinning with so many details to consider, there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

I received an email from Dot & Bo last week that they had named this blog one of their favorites in their Design District Awards, I was so flattered since I’ve been a fan of their site for a long time. Dot & Bo combines interior decorating advice with curated design collections, each day brings new sales in great design categories from rustic farmhouse to retro modern and much more.

dot&bo giveaway

As a gift they generously offered to giveaway a $500 online store credit to one of you. Look around the site, you’ll love it as much as I do! You get $20 off your first purchase of $50+ when you sign up as a member! Enter to win the $500 gift card via the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Porch Upgrades + Outdoor Benches

March 2nd, 2015

Now that it’s March, spring is on its way and at this time of year I start thinking about sprucing up outdoors spaces. As you know, we bought a house in Las Vegas last year that we’re remodeling, it’s in an older subdivision neighborhood and it has a modest entry.

What was on the front porch before was oh so boring: a brown front door and plastic bench left by the previous owner. For months I left it as is but on my most recent visit, I gave it a mini makeover by painting the front door and swapping out the old bench for something more stately and stylish.

porch side view copy

Here’s a peek at the entry before, very blah and uninspiring.

front door before

Fresh paint, new bronze hardware on the door, a geometric print outdoor rug, and desert climate plants helped make it more welcoming.

painted front door black bench on porch

I painted the front door with exterior paint in a bluish green, it’s ‘Northern Green Mountain’ by Glidden in the Exterior formula, I shared the step by step on how to paint a front door here. The geometric indoor/outdoor rug is from Overstock.

northern green mountain paint

The front door handle/lock is the aged bronze Addison model by Schlage. All of the new doorknobs inside the home are oil rubbed bronze so we continued the look with the same dark hardware here.

northern green mountain paint front door

The bench on this porch is the Amalfi available at Grandinroad in several colors (and on sale). I love the curved detail in the back and the sophisticated black finish which complements the dark hardware on the door.

amalfi bench

If you’re thinking of a front entry sprucing of your own, consider one of these outdoor benches in shapely and colorful styles.

modern outdoor benches

rockpoint blue / white lattice / chippendale bench (multiple colors) / black curved back / red back slat / karoo gray / sunny yellow / eucalyptus

Hooray for spring, it’s almost here!