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May 25th, 2012

Well today is the day – school is officially out for summer and it’s filled with teacher goodbyes and a last day of school picnic.  Now begins twelve weeks of kids at home, which is always a transition but I seem to manage by spending less time in front of the computer and more time outdoors.  I’m looking forward to all the fair weather and summer fun!  I’ve got a few DIY projects in the works too, can’t wait to finish them up and show you!

Did you catch the May issue of Better Homes & Gardens?  It highlighted the topic of innovation, so today I’m sharing my favorite apps for smartphone and iPad over at Centsational Style.  Share yours too!

favorite apps centsational style

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Next Tuesday is another Fair Weather Link Party and the ‘out of the box’ themes continue with ‘Favorite Souvenirs’.  Got a special token you’ve picked up in your travels?   I’ll show you mine if you show me yours!  Tell us your story on Tuesday May 29th!

favorite souvenir may 29

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My latest article at My Colortopia is live, it’s all about choosing the right neutral, be sure to check it out.

my colortopia


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Now that it’s summer, it’s time for a summer ad special!  There are only four more 125 px squares and they are available at a discount for a short time only, save 15% with the code CGSUMMER  -just click “Your Ad Here” to hop on board!  

click your ad here


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The two winners of the $100 gift certificates in the Decor Steals giveaway are #54 Lindsay(at)OfffortheSeason and #339 Sydnie Cunningham.  Winners check your inbox, I sent you an email! 

A great giveaway is coming up later today, so stay tuned.

What are your big plans for the weekend?  Headed anywhere fun?



Selecting the Proper Pavers for Outdoor Spaces

May 24th, 2012

Hello everyone, it’s almost Memorial Day Weekend, and this year we will spend it at home sprucing up our outdoor sitting area in preparation for summer.  I know many of you will be doing the same thing, shopping the stores for upgrades to your yard in order to enjoy them during the longer nights and warmer days ahead. 

Today Mr. Courtney Lake of Courtney Out Loud is back as a Contributor with his story about how he chose pavers for his own backyard setting, and offering some very valuable tips on selecting the proper pavers for your outdoor space too.  Enjoy! 

“Spring is in full bloom and the heady sent of the first blooms are beckoning us to light up our grills, put on shorts and enjoy our yards. Yet for many of us, our outdoor spaces are long forgotten dumping grounds of mismatched furniture, yard supplies and kiddie pools or worse, the outdoor spaces are just vast barren patches of concrete, grass, or in my case, gravel.

When my Partner and I opted to invest in our outdoor space last year, we were completely at a loss on what to do with it. We inherited a barbell-shaped space that was half French limestone pavers surrounded by pea gravel and dirt. Functional but not very user friendly is how I would describe the old space. The major issue was the pea gravel which (1) the neighborhood cats assumed was their personal litter box, (2) didn’t allow the patio furniture to rest evenly as the legs always sank an inch and (3) wood floors and pea gravel don’t mix unless you enjoy refinishing and patching scratches every few months.

We opted to spend the majority of our budget on replacing the pea gravel and dirt with something a bit more “friendly” both underfoot and to our interior floors.  Since the builder had already started with the limestone pavers, we decided to continue with the look because it was economical since we only needed enough pavers to complete the space, the limestone is pretty durable and finally, we actually liked the neutral look of the pavers.

Courtney Lake Interiors


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