Thank You So Much!

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Friends, I found out that I won the 2013 Best DIY Blog in the Best Home Blog Awards hosted by Lamps Plus, how exciting! I have you to thank, those of you who voted, I’m surprised and so thrilled!


I wandered into my local Lamps Plus store a few years ago and I’ve been a fan of their products ever since. I used their drum chandelier and plug in pendant in my son’s room in 2011 and raspberry pink lamp in our guest room makeover this past summer.

Two of their mirrors have long been favorites of mine, the Casbah which hangs in my living room and the Hill & Dale which hangs in our hall bathroom (links below).  You can see both mirrors in this home tour I posted earlier this year, and I’ve also rounded up more of my current favorites.

lamps plus favorites

casbah mirror / possini planet chandelier / edison ceiling light / ovo table lamp (many colors) / embassy desk / retro clock / hill + dale mirror / fifth avenue pendant / black glaze lamp / maarid beaded chandelier

So with my award came a cash prize, but ‘tis the season of gratitude and giving so I’d like to share a piece of it with one of you! Who wants a $250 store credit to Lamps Plus?

Eligibility to win the $250 store credit to Lamps Plus:

1) Pay a visit to Lamps Plus and tell me in a comment (on this blog post) what you’re loving over there, is it a new lamp, mirror, chandelier, or bathroom vanity?

That’s it! One winner chosen at random, giveaway ends Saturday November 30, 2013 at midnight PST. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.  Winner #304 Alexia notified via email.


Refresh Feature

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Hey everyone, I was excited to see the new BH&G special interest publication Refresh was finally out on newsstands and happy to be a part of the Premier Issue. It’s always flattering to be considered for a magazine feature and this one happened as a result of working with Sarah of Albaworks, a Bay Area scout and stylist who I interviewed a few months ago (read her industry insight here) – she found me through the blog then did all the work to get it featured, thanks Sarah!

refresh cover

The focus of this publication is exactly what the title conveys, ways to refresh your home in a creative and budget friendly way. Only my favorite topic of all time. :) The team came to shoot the house in early January and took pictures of nine different rooms and worked so amazingly fast to do it.

The editors have this down to a science and to make it less stressful, you receive what’s called a photo order with all the notes as to what angles they prefer and what props if any to add. They used mostly images from the blog and a few Sarah took on her visit to our house last year. It helps reduce anxiety because all the other rooms could be a disaster and it didn’t matter as long as the rooms being featured were cleaned up and styled.

sample photo order


The photographer brings in all the necessary equipment to get the lighting just right and anything not wanted in the shot gets removed or simply pushed to the side.

objects pushed to side


We turned the living room into a dumping zone after it was photographed, with all the extra flowers or props that weren’t needed. I move stuff around a lot, especially on the mantel and the pillows too, so you’ll see a slightly different group of accessories in the living room in the mag.

dumping zone


The stylists that work for BH&G are really great about working with 95% of what is already there and they do stay true to the homeowner’s style. Here’s an example. The editors liked our master bedroom but wanted a touch of color, so the aqua pillow and vase of flowers were added. It’s a small difference, but I love it!

master bedroom two ways


A separate team came to photograph my kids’ rooms in April for an online feature and the same approach was taken, work with what I already had but mix it up a little for a slightly different look. In my daughter’s room we included a few more pieces of art and a jewelry box. Our things, just rearranged a bit. And I managed to get the hardware fixed that so many of you teased me about – the upside down pulls that can be seen here. :)

styled blue desk


Capture One is the software the photographers use to take the images and also Photoshop if necessary to edit as they go along, like fixing blown out windows or other tiny edits like eliminating a few of the nail holes in the wall I hadn’t bothered to patch and paint yet. But no serious or severe editing like you read or hear about in the fashion or modeling industry, they really do keep it all very real.

girls room desk on mac


Pick up an issue of Refresh wherever BH&G Special Interest publications are sold, I saw this one at Safeway and Borders.  

refresh feature


Thanks so much BH&G for including me in the Refresh Premier Issue!