Dressed Up French Doors

April 29th, 2014

*This post is sponsored by America’s trusted lock brand, Schlage.

Our oldest daughter (my stepdaughter) is 22 and she is graduating from college in June – she will be moving home for a year to work and get some experience in her medical field before continuing her education the following year. We’re all excited around here, it means she’ll be living with us again while she works locally at her new job. We have a little studio above our garage she will be moving into when she returns home in June from UC San Diego and I’m getting it ready for her arrival in 6 short weeks!

One of the things I wanted to do was spruce up the entry to that studio. There are two French doors on the balcony that lead to the unit, so when Schlage asked me to participate in their “Dress Up Your Doors” campaign, I said “Sure, perfect timing!”

balcony french doors

A few plants and an outdoor rug were also added to freshen for spring and summer.

potted plants on balcony

These doors are a few steps away from our balcony’s sitting area, the accents on the other side of the balcony are blue so I continued the palette here.

balcony before and after

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas #BloggerFavThings

April 28th, 2014

Hello everyone, welcome to another week! I spent the weekend sprucing up an outdoor space at our house and I’ll have more pictures of it later this week. Today I wanted to share a really fun experience among blog friends that originated with Jennifer of Rambling Renovators and Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone

The two came up with this idea to get a group together to exchange a few favorite things and mail them to each other in anticipation of Mother’s Day and as a feel good way to embrace our community of fellow bloggers. The gift giver was kept a secret until the package arrived, which they all did a few weeks ago, it was a lot of fun!

A group of companies was involved and sent a few more things our way, and it was such a delight to receive treats from them too. A big thank you to the following brands and companies for all the gifts:  Wrist Soiree, The New York Times Store; The Company Store; Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.; Home Decorators; Minted; and Delta Faucets.

blogger fav things exchange

pareo / bracelet / cutting board / personalized cards

Nicole of Making it Lovely was my giftee, so I sent her some of my favorite things including a Kate Spade pencil case, personalized pencils, some Chocolove (the sea salt + dark chocolate + almonds is TDF) and my favorite skin primer (takes five years off!) 

making it lovely instagram

via Making It Lovely on Instagram

Reichel of Copy Cat Chic got me and I was so excited to see here name when my package arrive, I’ve followed her blog for years. She sent me some wonderful treats all in a black and white palette (so chic!) and so thoughtful too.  

favethings

I was charmed by this mug by Wandersketch on Etsy that Reichel had personalized with a drawing of my home!

mug with sketch of house

  

So… if some of you are still thinking about gift ideas for Mother’s Day for all the moms you love, hop on over to Brooklyn Limestone today to see the full Gift Guide including everything we all gave each other, I’m sure you’ll find something among the collection for a great mom in your life !

blogger fave things

blogger favthings

 

Check out all the posts on the #BloggerFavThings Gift Exchange at these participating blogs.

Brooklyn Limestone / Rambling Renovators / Making it Lovely / 6th Street Design School / House*Tweaking / Copy Cat Chic / Danielle Oakey / Hi Sugarplum / Freckles Chick / A Thoughtful Place / Just Bella / North Story

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