Wednesday, April 28, 2010

GIVEAWAY!! Win a 16 x 20 Canvas of Your Favorite Photo.

This Giveaway is now closed.
I'm very excited to announce my first GIVEAWAY!

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It's THAT easy! Good Luck!

Adventures in Spray Paint

While working on our dining room, we decided that we needed to add a bit more sparkle. Something simple . . . but shiny. We both love the look of old fashioned ceiling tiles, but didn't want to cover our ceiling with them. Plus, ceiling tiles can be very expensive. So, I bought a roll of textured, paintable wallpaper and some silver spray paint.

After allowing the paint to dry, I framed out my new "artwork" and hung the frames in our dining room. I must say that I am extremely happy with the finished project.
Couldn't resist showing you just a smidge of our unfinished dining room!

How about you? Any new projects that you've been working on? I know I'm not the only one who is a sucker for spray paint!

Monday, April 26, 2010

New Dining Room Table Centerpiece

Well, if I wait until the finishing touches are put on our dining room, I won't post for another week or so. So, until then, I'll share a small project that I completed.

I needed a glitzy, but understated dining room table centerpiece, so I came up with a simple solution. I purchased mirror tiles at Lowes, along with some rubber bumpers for the bottoms of the tiles. (These are necessary to ensure that the tiles don't slide around or scratch your table). I ordered some awesome candle holders from CB2 and used a few tea light candle holders that I already had.

After slapping those rubber bumpers on 3 of the mirror tiles, I lined them up in the center of my table and placed my candle holders on them.

When you see our chandelier, you'll see how PERFECT our new centerpiece is for our table.
I'm hopeful for a Dining Room Reveal very soon, but until then, I'll be sharing a few of my recent projects.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, here are some tips to help you make an impact—or less of an impact—on our planet:

- Lower your thermostat by a few degrees in the winter and raise it a few degrees in the summer.
- Say goodbye to bottled water by purchasing a reusable water bottle.
- Install low-flow faucets and showerheads.
- If your budget allows, purchase a water efficient toilet— you may even get a rebate from your local water company.
- Start a compost in your backyard.
- Buy foods locally at a nearby farmer’s market.
- Bring reusable shopping bags to the grocery store.
- If you don’t have your reusable shopping bags with you at the grocery store and are given the choice of paper or plastic, choose paper.
- If you like using plastic grocery bags, recycle them to be used as doggie bags, dirty diaper
storage or for small trashcan liners.
- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs throughout your home.
- Turn off lights and electronics when you leave the room. Likewise, unplug electronic items, energy strips and protectors when not in use.
- Recycle newspapers, cardboard, paper and plastic items.
- Carpool to work more often.
- Recycle your old cell phone. Coldwell Banker has a cell phone recycling program. (Contact us if you want more info!)
- If you live within close proximity to your work or downtown community, ride a bike.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run the whole time.
- Go to your local library instead of buying new books.
- At holidays and birthdays, give your family and friends the gift of saving the earth by donating to their favorite environmental group, foundation or organization.
- Remove yourself from junk mail lists by going to For a small fee, you’ll be removed from junk mail lists, and Precycle will even plant five trees for you!
- Whenever possible, purchase products that use recyclable materials.
- Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
- Use organic cleaning products.
- Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables and reuse it to water houseplants.
- The next time you are getting ready to purchase a new car, consider buying a fuel-efficient car or a hybrid.
- Landscape with native plants.
- Buy organic milk.
- Cut down on paper waste. Get online subscriptions for your newspaper and magazines. Switch to online banking and opt to have your bills sent to you electronically.
- Teach children about the importance of being good to the environment.
- Take your batteries to a recycling center.
- Turn your car off if you’re going to be idle for more than one minute.
- Do full loads of laundry and set the rinse cycle to “cold.”
- When buying new appliances, consider those that are water and energy efficient, and offer cycle and load size adjustments.
- Reuse. Plastic food containers make good crayon and marker holders. Use padded envelops more than once. Buy your toddler or preschooler’s clothes from a thrift shop and give away items that don’t fit to friends.
- Limit the length of your showers. Even better, take a “navy shower,” shutting off the water while soaping up and shampooing.
- Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
- Wash towels only after several uses.
- Put a damper on things by installing fireplace draft stoppers, attic door covers and dryer vent seats that only open when your dryer is in use.
- Seal off drafts around your home and save 5-30 percent in energy costs.
- Recycle your technology. Dell, Hewlett Packard, Apple, and IBM, among others, offer recycling programs.
- When purchasing paint, opt for zero or low VOC paint, made by most major paint manufacturers today.
- Keep your house cooler during the summer by closing shades, blinds or curtains during the hottest times of the day.
- Line dry your clothes whenever you can.
- Drop your tissue in the trash instead of flushing it and save water every time.
- Plant trees and shrubbery around your home to help keep your home cooler during the warm summer months, and help you run your air conditioner a little less.
- The next time you make improvements to your home, use green materials.
- Run your dishwasher only when it is fully loaded and turn off the dry cycle and air dry dishes instead.
- Wash your pet(s) outdoors in an area of your lawn that needs water.
- Go paperless at work and avoid printing whenever possible.
- Apply sun-control or other reflective films on south-facing windows.
- If your budget allows, install solar panels on your roof and see your energy savings soar.
- Bring your mug to your local coffee shop, or keep one on hand at work for coffee fill-ups.

Even if you just make a few of these changes, you will be making a huge difference!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Be Back Soon!

I haven't posted lately because we are knee deep in our dining room remodel. I'm so excited to share the final results with you.
Until then, take a look back on some of our past room remodels. And I promise you, the dining room remodel is the BEST yet!
Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Don't be Fooled!

In honor of April Fool's Day,
check out the link below for a list of some of the best hoax's of all time.