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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Winner of the Kirkland's $50 Giveaway!

And, the winner of the fabulous $50 gift card giveaway, sponsored by Kirkland's, is ...

Linda from Coastal Charm !!  Congrats to you, Linda ... I will be contacting you, shortly.

And, thanks so much to all of you who participated.  I look forward to hosting another giveaway soon!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Question of the Day ...

Okay, so *why* is it that when I set out to complete ONE project (in this case, simply painting the walls/ceiling in our master bedroom to FINALLY match the window treatments I added a year ago) ...

that it spirals into things like ... oh ... adding new fabric:

switching out furniture:

a trip to HomeGoods:

an unexpected order of chalk paint:

a touch of pink for Valentine's Day:

*way* too much time looking (and still looking) for a super deal on one of these (from

annnnnd, winding up in our master bathroom, wielding my paint brush while my eyes start to spasm with ideas ?!  Anyone care to give me the answer ?!  Anyone ... anyone ...

Welcome to my world ... please tell me you're my neighbor.  LOL

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Kirkland's Lamp Review and $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

(Edited to add:  the giveaway is now closed ... I'll be announcing the winner later today, January 31st!)

TGIF, everyone!  Okay, raise your hand if you love Kirkland's.  Okay, now raise your hand if you'd love a chance to win a $50 gift card from Kirkland's.

Imagine my surprise when, last week, a representative from Kirkland's Home Decor contacted me to ask if I'd be willing to review one of their new lamps on my blog, as well as offer one of my sweet readers a $50 gift card to Kirkland's!  Of course, I said yes and *patiently* waited for the lamp to arrive!

Well, yesterday, this gorgeous "Metallic Mercury Glass Table Lamp" (which is 29" tall and retails for $59.99), was waiting for me at our front door:

Isn't it beautiful?  While I love ANYthing mercury, I'm especially enamored with this lamp because of its unique base design.  It's sophisticated, chic and fun, all-in-one.  The mercury glass base even has a beautiful slight *dark berry* tint to it, and it also wonderfully reflects any color that it sits next to, as well.  The classic drum shade (which, we all know is so very popular right now), is the perfect companion for the mercury base ... its tan color reminds me of light burlap.  I also love that they chose a black base and finial ... it serves as the perfect contrast.  This would be a wonderful addition in any room and compliment any style of decor fabulously!  I *think* I've found just the right spot for it in our home (just *look* at its ambiance):

Along with the gorgeous lamp, we all know what awesome goodies await us at Kirkland's ... I love that they are bringing in several lighter colored, as well as vintage, accessories:

Look at this beautiful "Vintage Rose Buffet" lamp, which retails for $59.00:

And, what about this "Parisian Wall Clock," which retails for $29.99:

And, how cool is this "Vintage Key Candle Holder," which retails for a mere $14.99?!

That's only a mere *tease* of the fabulous new products that they have to offer!

If you'd like to enter this wonderful $50 gift card giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment letting me know that you're a follower of my blog (if you are listed as a nonreply blogger, *please* be sure and leave your email address in your comment, too, so that I may get in touch with you should you win):
Want a second chance to win?  Then, in a seperate comment, let me know that you follow/or are now following my Adventures in Decorating Facebook page.
Want a third chance to win?  Then, in a seperate comment, let me know that you follow/or are now following Kirkland's Facebook page.
Also, please see Kirkland's official entry rules for more details!

And, PS: if you don't live near a Kirkland's, no worries, you can use the gift card on their website!

It's that easy ... I will announce the winner Tuesday, January 31st!  
And, a sincere "thank you" to Kirkland's for sending the lamp to me for my own review, as well as sponsoring such a wonderful giveaway!

Good luck, everyone!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Painting Continues and More Mesh ...

Happy Sunday!

Well, I'm almost done painting the master bedroom, but then, I'll have to tweak and futz and tweak and futz.  *Sigh*  But, I must admit, I'm loving the new colors in here!

While I'm working away, I thought I'd share a few more mesh wreaths I've recently designed for others. I'm loving my new *side gig* and look forward to creating many more!

For a Nebraska Cornhusker's fan:

This fun customer ordered a wreath to compliment her Christmas tree which was done in blue, brown and silver.  She asked if I'd also add a bit of animal print ribbon for some pizzazz, too:

A Valentine day wreath greets folks at our friends' house in Northern Virginia:

A fun new friend of mine gave her Mom a wreath of her choice for her birthday.  She asked for a rustic/lodge wreath for their basement ... this is what I came up with:

Sweet friends ordered an "everyday" wreath for their front door in their favorite colors of black, white and red:

I made this one for my parents for Christmas ... they live on the ocean and love anything "coastal!"

Double the "LOVE" at our great neighbors' entry:

A winter wreath to fill the void on a sweet customer's front door:

Another Valentine wreath for a wonderful family!

Go Clemson Tigers!

And, lastly, our Valentine's Day wreath:

I'll be back soon with *hopefully* pics of our soft and serene master bedroom!  Have a great day everyone ... and, "Go Giants!"
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 Means No More Proscratinating!

See this?  This is a picture of what this light switch in our master bedroom has looked like for the last YEAR folks ... with this little paintstrip from Benjamin Moore (Ballet White and White Sand) tucked up under it and a sample of the paint thrown on to the right of the switch.  I've seen it EVERY DAY when I turn the lights on/off.  My husband has teased me enough!  LOL 

What's holding me, Miss "ADD," back?  Well, I'll tell, no show, you!

There are a BAZILLION nail holes to cover from where we had trim added to the trey ...

a GABILLION nail holes just like these to be filled on every single wall that Miss "I don't like to measure, just put holes in the wall until you get it just right!" added ...

Annnnnnd, our big ol' trey will have to be primed before painting:

Oh, and let's not forget moving bedroom furniture is NOT fun, nor is cleaning the baseboards and dust that is living behind everything!  This room hasn't been painted since we moved in almost 6 years ago!  And, I'm running out of excuses.  I know I'm going to love the result!  So, that's it ... since it appears that it's not going to paint itself, it's time to put my big girl painting pants on and just do it!  The walls will be BM White Sand, the trey will be BM Ballet White, and the ceiling will be Ballet White cut at 75%.

Wish me luck ... see you in a year!  LOL

Friday, January 13, 2012

Oh, Why Not?

Howdy doo, everyone and Happy Friday!

Weeeeell, after transitioning our Christmas tree on the kitchen island into a Valentine tree, I decided I just couldn't let it stop there ... so, the "love" started to spread ... it's contagious, I tell ya'!  I thought I'd share a few elements I used to create a budget-friendly Valentine mantel, and I hope to inspire a few of you to do the same!

First up ... the reason for the upcoming holiday!  Remember my "Believe" blocks from our Christmas mantel?  Well, I simply flipped a few of them around, painted them crimson red (with craft paint I already had on hand) and hot glued inexpensive, curly letters (from Michael's that I purchased with a 40% off coupon) ... instant "LOVE!"

So, ya' don't want to spend money on Valentine candles?!  No worries, friends ... just add a small bit of decorative red ribbon to one (or ten!) of your simple white candles, which I KNOW you have on hand!  Look(!), instant Valentine whimsy:

I'm also willing to bet that you have a white vase or something similar hanging around.  Why not grab a few faux *Spring-y* florals from your collection and mix in a bit of red berry *Valentine-y* florals:

And, hmmmm, as the crowning touch, do you happen to have an inexpensive heart made out of *faux* roses?  If not, then think about skipping on over to Big Lots and grab one (better yet, make one of your own, you crafty gals, you).  And, THEN ... why not frame it with a picture frame (that you're currently not using) and layer both of those on top of a mirror?!  I love adding layers, EXCEPT for layers of fat, which I seem to have added a LOT of lately (gee, thanks, holiday season) ... true story !!

After adding a few more simple, on-hand goodies, here's our first *eva* Valentine mantel:

Okay, so, how'd I do?  And, now, it's *your* turn ... show me what 'cha got!

Happy Decorating,

Linking up with:

At the Picket Fence/Inspiration Friday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia/Tuesday's Treasures
52 Mantels/Mantel Party
A Stroll Thru Life/Tabletop Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style/WUW
Dear Lillie/Valentine's Party

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Spread'n the LOVE!

Christmas(?) ... what Christmas?!  That was *ages* ago!  LOL.  And, now that it's over, it's time to spread the l-o-v-e around our humble abode! 

I've never been one to decorate for Valentine's, BUT, this year, I just wasn't ready to take down the tree from our kitchen island.  Soooo, I replaced our elves and gingerbread men with inexpensive hearts of different colors and textures, red and white striped mesh and ribbon filled with glittery hearts: 

Aren't these felt hearts from Target the cutest?  You'd never know that they're Christmas ornaments, would you?  A sweet friend I met through Facebook suggested I take a peek at them.  They're perfect (especially at 50% off)!

Love all the glitter:

A vintage "love" note is a great filler and down below is one of a few ornaments Jax made (from Michael's):

Of course, I couldn't stop there ... so, I added inexpensive heart bowls (from Wal-Mart) filled with good ol' Brach's *rot-your-teeth-out* candy hearts:

Annnnd, up on our shelves (a la Becca), I left the red and white polka dot bowl from Christmas and then decided to mimick it by adding a canister full of Valentine gumballs (from Cracker Barrel), as well as miniature red and white Christmas balls to a clear wine glass:

Down below, I added a French lamp (that I had on our screened porch) to this little vignette:

And, since the lampshade says "patisseries," it was only fitting that I place a sweet *faux* treat under the cloche:

Over to the left ... I brought back a white tray and then added a red striped napkin and placed our scale on top of that ... shiny red apples took the place of our sweet treats from Christmas.

And, well, I was happy to bring back my "summer" cookbooks ... yes, folks, I'm ready for warm weather!

Self-adhesive hearts (with my chicken scratch) add a bit of color and whimsy to our glass canisters:

Too bad *these* treats AREN'T fake!  Ugh.

This candle was lonely until I paired it with leftover hearts ... what an inexpensive way to add a bit of fun ... I *know* you have a lonely candle somewhere, too, just waiting for a bit of company!

Of course, I couldn't forget the soffit:

I love our little tree all lit up ... hmmmm, a St. Patty's tree might just be next!  LOL

Have a fabulous weekend ... thanks so much for stopping by!

I'm joining:

A Stroll Thru Life/Tabletop Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia/Tuesday's Treasures
Coastal Charm/Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
No Minimalist Here/Open House Party
Dear Lillie/Valentine's Party