Home Décor Giveaway

August 5th, 2014

Hello hello, it’s a lovely giveaway today for you, all of my décor loving friends! Love Feast Shop has been a long time supporter of this blog and they have an online boutique filled with the most charming finds! This giveaway is brought to you by Love Feast Shop, known for their series of Original Velvet Pumpkins with authentic stems and now introducing the Linen Heart of Gold Heartgram, perfect for your fall mantel, tabletop, or vignette.

love feast shop pumpkins

The online shop is filled with beautiful and unique decor to fill your home with texture, personality, and style. You’re sure to find something that catches your eye to accent your own home or give as a gift!

 love feast shop decor

Three lucky winners will receive a $100 shop credit, you’re free to spend it on anything in the online boutique!

Eligibility to win one of three $100 shop credits to Love Feast Shop:

1) Visit Love Feast Shop and pick a favorite item. Will it be a velvet pumpkin set or something special for your home? Simply name it in a comment on this blog post.

2) For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter, then leave a second comment here telling where you linked (FB or Twitter).

Three winners chosen at random. Giveaway ends Saturday August 9, 2014, at midnight PST. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Winners: #86 Peggy, #202 Tamara, #426 Joanne B. Winners notified via email.

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Disappearing Microwaves

August 4th, 2014

Lately, I’ve been spending my hours just thinking about microwaves. Yes, I do that, I sit down in a chair, cup my chin in my hand, look up to the ceiling, and think about microwave ovens. About their placement in kitchens and *gasp* even their necessity.

The microwave oven as we all know has become a staple in the American home in the last 40 years, they are the most convenient appliance for a quick reheat and in my experience, they make a great baked potato. I’ve asked friends this question, "How often do you use your microwave?" For some the answer is "several times a day" for others "not much at all".

The reason I’ve been thinking so much about them is that I’m getting rid of the micro hood in our Nevada house we’re remodeling, at least temporarily, and for two reasons. First, it’s black, and I’ve decided to use all white appliances in this kitchen.

nevada house oak kitchen cabinets

While I endorse the two tone cabinetry look, I do prefer that the finishes on appliances are the same, so the range is getting replaced with a white slide in to complement the existing dishwasher and refrigerator (not shown) and the black microwave is leaving. Both the range and microwave hood will be sold on Craigslist or donated to Habitat, and the cabinets will eventually be replaced, but not until winter. 

Second, I’m not a huge fan of the micro hood. I do see its purpose in a smaller kitchen, it makes sense, but I do prefer the look of just a hood by itself above a range or cooktop and so I’m seeking ways to include a microwave in the kitchen’s new design but I want to make it disappear, at least from prominent view.

In my search of inspiring ideas I found many clever ways to hide the microwave so that it is available when needed but also hidden from sight. 

white kitchen wood flooring

hidden microwave in cabinet

remodelista

A special appliance pantry is the most appealing idea, with doors that retract into the cabinet so they can sit inside while the appliance is in use.

hidden microwave behind cabinet

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