Best of May & June + Home Depot $250 Gift Card Giveaway

July 2nd, 2014

This week is my official summer break due to the travel adventure ahead. Also it’s Independence Day week/weekend so we plan to spend it together as a family relaxing poolside and sharing great barbeque. Before I check out for the remainder of the week I wanted to feature the highlights from the blog from the past two months: best of may june 1

My Summer Fabric Collection is available: bright colors, island inspired! Tour a beautiful Hawaiian beach cottage and read up on our favorite stops to play and eat in Kauai. I love the conversation in the comments on window treatments for sliding doors.

best of may june 2

Build a modern pet bed for your pooch! Or mimic the look of bone inlay with paint. These are my favorite 50+ Etsy shops. I’m crushing on remodeled Airstreams, must have one someday! Bloggers share their favorite staycation spot. My best articles at Better Homes & Gardens in one collection here.

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The ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape + Home Depot “Get it Got It Go!” Blog Hop is happening this summer and many bloggers have featured inspiring DIY projects using ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and supplies from the Home Depot. This week there is a $250 Home Depot Gift Card up for grabs! Who wants it?

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To be eligible to win the $250 Home Depot gift card, visit the Blog Hop feature page, pick a project there that inspires you, then leave a comment on the Blog Hop Feature page (not this post, please leave your entry comment at the Featured Blog Hop Projects page). 

One winner chosen at random, giveaway ends Saturday July 5, 2014 at midnight PST. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone, I’ll be back on Monday !

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Budget Statement Light Fixtures

June 30th, 2014

I’ve been spending a lot of time focused on pendant lighting lately, the best kind, the statement kind. But this girl is on a budget and so the fixtures I seek must accommodate my wallet’s limitations. Great overhead lighting is the jewelry in a room, it can be silver, gold, bronze, textured, or colorful, but it’s the finishing touch on a fantastic space and not to be overlooked. Am I right?  

coral chandelier

grey crawford 

So many light fixtures that I adore cost a small fortune aka money I should be saving for my kids’ college funds. Jonathan Adler, your fixtures are hotness, but dang, they’re pricey. Oly Studio, same thing. I love you, but I can’t afford you. So a girl’s got to get smart, hunt down deals, watch what fixtures pops up on flash sale sites, and shop at stores that offer affordable options, maybe even create a DIY version inspired by high end designs. Like these.    

Looking to upgrade your overhead chandelier on a budget? The following fixtures are all under $250! statement lighting under 250

metal strap, $99 / semi flush sputnik, $199 / metal globe $199 / firefly $199 / stockholm $99 / faceted capiz $159 / ikat drum $99 / wooden $188 / georgetown $149 / stiletto $229 / marlowe $129 / glass orbs $199 / apollo, $241 / mod euro $169 / jasper $249

Flash sale sites are another great way I score lighting at a discount. I’m patting myself on the back at this recent find, a gloss white rattan pendant purchased with credit from Joss & Main at half the price (below) than retail (above). Perfect for a dining space I’m working on …

rattan pendant

 

I’ll be spending tomorrow packing up the moving truck and then we’re off to Nevada to begin our renovations and celebrate the Fourth with our extended family. I’ll have much home improvement goodness to share in the upcoming weeks, I’m really excited! .

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