Decorating Outdoor Living Spaces

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Summer is my favorite season of all – warm weather, long days and relaxing outdoors.  We enjoy our patio, gazebo/grape arbor and barn patio area more than being indoors this time of the year. And I love decorating our outdoor living spaces just as much as I love decorating indoors. 

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Pops of color: Because I love to change things up every year, I find that keeping larger furniture pieces neutral works best since we tend to use them for 10 years or more at a time and to decorate with colorful accents. 

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Planting flowers breathes life and color into outdoor living areas. This year it’s shades of yellows, oranges, pinks and reds. 

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Colorful accent pillows are an invitation to get comfy and kick back with a frosty glass of lemonade. I like lots of pillows to soften things up.

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Decorative accents: 

Fun planters add a whimsical touch. (pallet, chandelier, tire)…

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I recently spray painted a colander to add balance to the planters displayed in our magnolia tree …

DIYShowOff Colander Planter

Repurposed items add interest. (bird feeder, bundt pan, birdie garland)…

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Furniture placement:

I love creating different cozy conversational areas like under the grape arbor for catching up with friends on this little bistro set

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swinging with the baby…

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or positioning our canopied porch swing into a daybed position for curling up with a good book or a sweet pup…

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al fresco dining near the kitchen door and grill…

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areas to encourage conversation…

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 The flowers in my pallet garden have sprouted but aren’t visible yet. 

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For entertaining, we set up a buffet on the harvest table at our barn area with outdoor games in the yard near by. We add rental tables and chairs in the shade for large gatherings, a smaller comfortable area for more intimate parties. I haven’t tackled de-winterizing yet, but here’s now it usually looks all cleaned up…

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To celebrate the start of summer we have an AWESOME Sensational Summer Outdoor Spaces Cash Giveaway for you! Enter to win $300 PayPal CASH! 

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Visit more outdoor spaces/outdoor living inspiration from these talented blog friends: 

Setting for Four

Sand and Sisal

Domestically Speaking

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Cupcakes and Crinoline

DIY Show Off

At the Picket Fence

StoneGable

Debbie Doos

Redhead Can Decorate

On Sutton Place

Clean and Scentsible

Yesterday on Tuesday

Top This Top That

Town and Country Living 

And a link party too! Share your summer related blog posts, browse the links for more inspiration!  
OH! And you’re going to need this for your outdoor living areas too! Chemical-free DIY outdoor spray. I just whipped up a batch for my mosquito-magnet hubby and love that I can use it on the dog too! 

essential oils DIY outdoor spray recipe

 

Essential Oil Lotion Hearts

It’s the second month of the Embracing Wellness Series and giveaway – several blog friends sharing their favorite Young Living essential oils and hosting an awesome giveaway as our way of wanting to help spread the oily love. Woo hoo! More details below. *This post contains some affiliate links of what I purchased on Amazon, enough supplies for several different DIY/handmade recipes.

These essential oil lotion hearts are not only a great gift idea, they’re super handy for dry skin. Winter and extra-handwashing have made my hands super dry. I love having these on display/ready to grab near the soap on our bathroom sinks and in my purse for a quick grab. Not to mention a cute gift, great {essential oil} business incentive or prize at essential oil classes/events. 

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Ingredients I used:

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*I chose Valor for the one I keep in my purse. I like the benefits for easing occasional feelings of anxiety on top of soothing dry skin on the go. I also like Joy, Peace & Calming, Lavender and Sacred Mountain. One of the bonuses to DIY! YOU choose the essential oil you prefer. 

Valor: Valor® is an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its strengthening qualities, Valor enhances an individual’s internal resources. It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body.

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What I did: 

I simply added the shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil into a double boiler (I bought this double boiler) and melted it together over medium-high heat.

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Once completely melted and blended, remove from heat and mix in essential oil. You’ll need to move through the next step rather quickly (but you can always reheat to liquify if needed). 

I poured my mixture into a glass measuring cup to make pouring the mixture into silicone heart molds easier. 

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I let them cool. It doesn’t take long. I waited a few hours just to be sure they were completely cool and formed. 

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Then I removed the hearts from the silicone mold. They pop out easily! Wrap for gifts or display in small labeled dish on the bathroom sink.

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Let’s get YOU started! Join the Oily Families team by simply visit Young Living HERE (using member#1836762 as sponsor & enroller), choose the wholesale membership to save 24% (no obligations) and choose the Premium Starter Kit. It’s the best way to start your essential oils experience and a great deal! Embrace wellness! What are you waiting for? Today’s the day! 
Curious about more uses for essential oils? Follow the entire Healthy Living / Healthy Home series by checking out these sweet blog friends and what they’re sharing:

Catch up on even more information by visiting the January edition of Embracing Wellness here where I shared an easy lavender pillow & linen spray recipe. 

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Lavender Essential Oil

Happy day! 

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First, let me tell you a little about one of my current favorite essential oils. (Although for real, there really is no such thing as ONE favorite…they all have so many amazing benefits. It’s the entire Young Living essential oils line that has been life changing for our family.) But, today I’m sharing about Lavender essential oil: Lavender’s sweet, floral aroma and stress-relieving properties make it a versatile and beneficial addition to your daily routine. Lavender has so many amazing uses! Here are just a few quick ways we’ve been using lavender essential oil lately…

Lavender is also good for supporting normal healing and soothing minor skin discomfort.

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Grandbaby boy’s head has the occasional flaky, scaly and crusty look to it. I know it’s normal and it goes away on it’s own but it sure doesn’t look pretty. I added 2-3 drops of lavender essential Oil (I only trust Young Living brand) to a 10 ml roller bottle then filled it the rest of the way up (dilute essential oil for infants) with a carrier oil (Young Living’s V6). All my daughter had to do was roll it onto his head and gently massage his scalp every once in a while (a few times a day for a few days/do it at a few diaper changes during the day in order to remember) and look at his beautiful scalp now: 

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Freshening laundry: I add a drop or two to each wool dryer ball for lavender scented fresh laundry and linens. 

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How about freshening up bed linens between washes? Yes, perfect for that too. Smells nice AND it promotes rest, relaxation and helps with occasional sleeplessness. I used lavender essential oil for those reasons but you can choose the essential oil you’d like to add. 

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Let’s get YOU started! Join the DIYShowOff essential oils team! Simply visit Young Living HERE (using member#1836762 as sponsor/enroller), choose the wholesale membership to save 24% (no obligations) and choose the Premium Starter Kit. It’s the best way to start your essential oils experience and a great deal! Embrace wellness! What are you waiting for? It’s never too late to start making healthier choices! Today’s the day! Learn more here.

Curious about more uses for essential oils? Follow the entire Healthy Living Healthy Home series by checking out these sweet blog friends and what they’re sharing: 

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Giveaway Time! {and an invitation for local Western PA friends!}

Good morning, blog friends! 

I’ve shared (here) how Young Living essential oils are changing our lives at DIYShowOff, how it’s inspired a mission to make healthier choices, to create a chemical free home and it makes me want to share this rewarding experience with others (there are SO many benefits) and it’s been a while since I’ve done something extra special for DIYShowOff readers and friends, so I’ve combined the two into one amazing giveaway. 

Have you been wondering what all the hype is but feel like it’s something you’d need to try for yourself? I was that way. It took actually giving something a try and being stunned by the results (it worked!) for me to go from rolling my eyes to wanting to make healthier choices. That’s my hope for you too, my dear friends! That it’s just something you try. 

There are a TON of Young Living essential oils to choose from, so many amazing products. I’ve chosen the 2014 Chocolessence Set for the prize because peppermint essential oil has some pretty amazing benefits and who doesn’t love chocolate?! Not to mention, it’s perfect for the upcoming holiday season! 

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Hot chocolate warms the soul and the Young Living 2014 Chocolessence Set includes the natural and delicious ingredients your guests will crave this holiday season! This beautiful holiday gift set includes two special mugs, Chocolessence, one 15-ml bottle of Peppermint essential oil, and a recipe card so you can make our favorite hot chocolate. This gift is the perfect way to win the heart of any chocolate lover.

How do I enter to win, you ask? Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to everyone who entered! Congratulations to Sean C!

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If you’ve been holding off, now is a great time to join me in not only creating a cosmetically pretty home with DIY projects, but a chemical free home with essential oils. 

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Attention local friends! You’re invited to holiday open house/party for friends & family Young Living members (in my downline/ those who purchased a Premium Starter Kit under member #1836762 – there’s still time to get yours to join the festivities). I’ll be cranking up the Christmas music (oh yes, I will!), spiking the holiday punch and thanks to my blogging, there may even be some early seasonal decorating on display. (Crazy, I know!)

Holiday Open House

Let’s get our holiday gift list checked off/started a bit early this year. 

Details on hosting a party just like this yourself coming up after the event. 🙂 

Autumn Abounds Link Party & Giveaway

All ready for fall? Let’s get this fall linky party started. We want to see your fall related blog posts filled with lots of fall fun and autumn eye candy! 

Fall Linky Party

Don’t forget to also check out these sweet fall ideas from the Autumn Abounds Blog hop: 

Autumn Abounds

Domestically Speaking
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
At the Picket Fence
Setting for Four
Stone Gable
Cupcakes and Crinoline
Town and Country Living
Sand and Sisal
Yesterday on Tuesday
Clean and Scentsible
Debbie Doo’s
DIYShowOff
French Country Cottage

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to Tina V., she followed French Country Cottage on Instagam for the giveaway entry.

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Autumn Abound Link Party: SHOW OFF your fall inspired ideas:

Fun in the Sun Link Party and Giveaway!

Summer, summer, summer! It’s like a merry-go-round. I LOVE summer time! Let’s get this party started! 

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If you missed the kick off with these Fun in the Sun posts, take a few minutes to get caught up starting with my DIY birdie garland then visiting the rest of the series.

DIYShowOff birdie garland tutorial

Domestically Speaking

Debbie Doo’s

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Setting for Four

Clean and Scentsible

Town and Country Living

At The Picket Fence

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Sand and Sisal

Fox Hollow Cottage

I gathered up some more of my past summer projects. Just click the image to be redirected to the original post. 

DIY Show Off summer home tour slide barn patio makeover house number flower pots tire flower planter decor DIY Dog Bed stacked ombre flower pots tutorial DIYShowOff chandelier planter free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden DIY brick patio how to add curtains to a patio swing   DIY giant outdoor LCR dice game tutorial

Ready to share or browse the links for inspiration? Let’s go!



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Anna Maria Island Getaway

Anna Maria Island, Florida – a fun and relaxing getaway! Enter to win a dream vacation!

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I recently met up with a small group of blog friends for a relaxing retreat on Anna Maria Island.

Sirenia Cove Beach Cottage at Anna Maria Island, Florida

The best part of any vacation for me (aside from fun times with friends) is the lodging. And this Anna Maria Island home rental named Sirenia Cove did not disappoint. 

Sirenia Cove, Anna Maria Island Home Rental

Let’s take a tour! Beautiful decor, four bedrooms (sleeps 12), three bathrooms…

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Fully equipped kitchen and comfortable living spaces…

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Plenty of quiet spaces…

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but lots of room for entertaining too AND right on the water (great location for boaters). 

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Beach cottage style. Happy, bright and colorful.

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Because I deal with anxiety and panic attacks, I was the fuddy-duddy who stayed behind house watching during some of the adventures; content to relax in this beautiful home and most days you could find me lounging and reading by the pool. No complaints from me. My kind of get-away. Few plans, low key, stress-free! Beautiful, comfortable surroundings. 

Sirenia Cove pool

It felt like a big birthday celebration with all of the gifts! We each brought some cute things to swap and Anna Maria Island businesses welcomed us with a surprise swag bag full of goodies! 

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Plenty to do for my sight-seeing adventure seeking friends as well!

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Beautiful sandy beach, pier, shopping and restaurants within walking distance, kayaking and other fun excursions close by.

Anna Maria Island blogger retreat

Golf cart and bicycle rental for touring the island. Thanks, Fun and More Rentals!

Fun and More Rentals

Thanks SO much to Anna Maria Island Home Rental for the beautiful and tranquil accommodations.

Sirenia Cove Beach Cottage at Anna Maria Island, Florida  

Thanks to Ford for providing local transportation. 

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Looking for more pictures and details or to make a few new friends? Visit:
Kelly from Eclectically Vintage
Diane from In My Own Style
Beth from Unskinny Boppy
Karah from The Space Between
Carrie from Making Lemonade
Denise from The Painted Home 

These girls are so sweet and so much fun! 

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So what do you think? Want to go?

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How would YOU like to get away to Anna Maria Island? Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win! 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER IS Jennifer Davis Schultz who won by liking AMIBL on Facebook. Congratulations, Jennifer!

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Prize Package includes:
• 4 Night stay at Sirenia Cove on Anna Maria Island
• 1 ~ $60.00 Gift Certificate to Eat Here Restaurant Group
• 1 ~ Free Golf Cart Rental for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
• Free Beach Bike Rental for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
• 2 ~ Paddleboard or Kayak Rentals for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
• Free use of Beach Chairs for 4 Days from Sirenia Cove
• 1 – Portrait by the Sea value of $100.00 from Photography by Billi
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The Nesting Place Book Giveaway

A phrase that fits our home and perhaps yours too: “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” That’s the mantra at The Nesting Place and one that applies to not only our decorative surroundings or our design style but imperfect beauty in real life. 

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The Nester has just released an amazing book that covers the topic of accepting imperfection: The Nesting Place. 

Here’s a description that says it so much better than I ever could since I’m only part way into the book: Perfection is overrated. Popular blogger and self-taught decorator Myquillyn Smith (The Nester) is all about embracing reality—especially when it comes to decorating a home bursting with boys, pets, and all the unpredictable messes of life. In The Nesting Place, Myquillyn shares the secrets of decorating for real people—and it has nothing to do with creating a flawless look to wow your guests. It has everything to do with embracing the natural imperfection and chaos of daily living. Drawing on her years of experience creating beauty in her 13 different homes, Myquillyn will show you how to think differently about the true purpose of your home and simply and creatively tailor it to reflect you and your unique style—without breaking the bank or stressing over comparisons. Full of easy tips, simple steps, and practical advice, The Nesting Place will give you the courage to take risks with your home and transform it into a place that’s inviting and warm for family and friends.There is beauty in the lived-in and loved-on and just-about-used-up, Myquillyn says, and welcoming that imperfection wholeheartedly just might be the most freeing thing you’ll ever do.

It’s easy to get caught up in focusing on what I don’t have, how my home compares to others, what’s missing. You too? This book helps change and redirect focus to appreciating what we do have, living and that creating a beautiful home not only doesn’t have to break the bank, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. 

Find a quiet space, put your feet up and read every word. You’ll walk away inspired to look at your home in a fresh new way by embracing imperfections and flaws (they can be good and comforting!), accepting that a lived-in home is a happy home, as well as gain tips for making the most of where you live. Now. Without waiting for perfect conditions, without maxing out the credit cards.

The Nesting Place

Here’s the story behind the cover —> http://www.thenester.com/2014/04/risk-of-imperfections.html And here’s more info about the book: http://www.thenester.com/landing/the-nesting-place-book.

Want a copy for yourself? Of course you do! Here’s an affiliate link:

The Nesting Place is generously giving away a copy to THREE lucky DIYShowOff readers! Enter for a chance to win using the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway starts right now and ends Friday, May 9th at midnight EST. Winners will be announced shortly after. Giveaway is only open to US residents (sorry, international friends!). Good luck!

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Mother’s Day Giveaway

Looking for a great Mother’s Day gift? Or maybe a special treat for yourself? How about something useful too? Something that will help keep your time organized, something especially designed for your schedule?

personalized planner

If I don’t write it down, there’s a big possibility I’ll forget. Appointments, blog post ideas, DIY projects, deadlines, meetings, birthdays, get togethers, passwords and lists. And I like to have something physical that I can carry in my purse and refer to offline.

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Personal Planner, a company that specializes in custom planners that YOU design gave me the opportunity to create a personalized planner that fits my needs in order for me to stay organized. It’s created online, using the layout, design, patterns, photos and colors that I chose.

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in a format that works best for me…

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I chose to fill the back with graph paper and notebook paper for my DIY designs, plans and ideas. I love moveable little ruler too. 

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Uploading pictures for a personalized front and back cover (with a transparent plastic protective outer cover) means it’s truly mine…

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along with a custom front page… Personal Planner giveaway at diyshowoff.com Personalized Planner Giveaway at diyshowoff.com

a transparent pocket for holding important items or receipts…

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Those are just a few of the available features. It’s easy to do and there are so many fun options to choose from! 

The planner is unique, adorable, affordable, but most importantly: it will help you maintain an organized life!

The planners are personalized so it fits YOUR life and that includes:
 
Outside
– Upload personal pictures for front and back cover from desktop and Instagram
– Change background, size, font, lining, images
 
Inside
– Pick what month you want your planner to start
– Design writing space details; “work”, “workout schedule”, “exam schedules”, “to-do lists”, “goals” etc
– Include personal calendar dates as birthdays and holidays
– Add extra pages in the back for addresses, lined pages, coloring pages, suduko, maps
 
 
Check it out: Personal Planner – Pop over and play around!
 
 
Win it: Personal Planner is offering two lucky DIYShowOff readers a chance to win!  This giveaway is sponsored by Personal Planner. Giveaway dates start today, April 26, 2014 and ends Friday, May 2, 2014 at midnight EST. Two winners will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after. Giveaway is open to US residents only. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below. 

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It’s a Spring Thing Link Party and Giveaway!

Let’s share some spring themed ideas! After a strange week of spring like weather with temps near 70 and sunshine one day to snow and 30s the next, I’m thinking Mother Nature needs some spring inspiration. You too? 

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Check out these spring themed posts from the It’s a Spring Thing Blog Hoppers:

Maryann from Domestically Speaking

Heather from Setting for Four

Kim from Sand & Sisal

Courtney from French Country Cottage

Jennifer from Town and Country Living

Roeshel from DIY Show Off 

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Destiny from A Place for Us

Angelina from JoJo & Eloise

Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road

Mary Beth from Cupcakes & Crinoline

Heather & Vanessa from At the Picket Fence

Kristi from Lolly Jane

Debbie from Debbie Doos 

Now it’s time to see your spring-induced DIY, decor, crafts and recipes. Share your link and thumbnail picture in the link party below to be entered to win! Visit the links for inspiring your next spring related project!

Need motivation in addition to inspiration? How about a chance to win over $1600 in prizes? Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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This giveaway is now closed. Winner is Karen Aber Ploransky. Congratulations!

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Bathroom Before and After

Hello DIY friends! Let’s talk bathroom makeovers! Do you have an embarrassment of a bathroom? Outdated? Blah? Boring? Frightening? I know the feeling. Read on, my friend. You just may find yourself in a position to give your bathroom a serious facelift thanks to Virtu USA! bathroom makeover before and after

There are two bathrooms upstairs in our home. The master bathroom is the smaller of the two (remember, old farmhouse = bathrooms were not a part of the original house plans) and the bathroom I’m about to show you. One for my hubby (the master) and one for me (this one). I know you’re going to be envious that I have had this gem all to myself for a couple of years. Labeled the “girls’ bathroom”, welcome to my own little private oasis…  bathroom makeover before Gag! Because no one sees the upstairs main bath except those who live here, it hasn’t been at the top of the DIY priority list in the 7 years since we moved in. It was functional and clean even if it was super ugly and outdated. Sort of a hurry up, shower, brush your teeth, throw on some makeup and get the heck out of this room! But a less desirable (to put it nicely) “before” makes for a magical “after”. This girl has a happy ending for sure! DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover Vurtu USA When the opportunity to work with Virtu USA came up, it was just the motivation I needed to finally FINALLY rip out the old cheap doorless vanity (will have a new life as storage in the barn). The old medicine cabinet with Hollywood dressing room lights (that’s what those lined up round bulbs remind me of) became a roadside treasure for someone who must have needed it. My heart didn’t break as we tossed the old peeling up vinyl and I think the bathroom cried tears of happiness when I painted those poor sad walls. bathroom before Tiling the tub and shower surround will have to wait until later this year but that didn’t keep me from putting some blood, sweat, tears and lots of DIY and love into turning my bathroom into a beautiful new peaceful place just for me.  bathroom makeover after There are a couple of things that really make this an OMGosh! reveal. You probably couldn’t help but notice that gorgeous 48 inch Huntshire vanity topped with beautiful Italian Carrara marble… Huntshire bathroom vanity and the Talia faucet talia faucet I was immediately drawn to what the Huntshire description calls “straight lines and strong features”. I love the square basin with the traditional beauty, not to mention the size and storage (drawers and doors have soft closing hinges and slides!)…a place for everything and a big bold statement that this bathroom is finally not only truly functional but stunning as well! espresso bathroom vanity

More photos: DIY bathroom makeover I know you’re drooling over that lighting too, right? They’re the Monroe Polished Nickel Adjustable Wall Lights from LampsPlus DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover

See something you like? Check out the source list with more details and pictures here

DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover before and after

Does your blah bathroom have you wanting to borrow your neighbors? Do you have a vision for creating a spa-like oasis? How would YOU like a chance to win a DREAM BATHROOM MAKEOVER? Head over to the Virtu USA Dream Bathroom Contest page for more details on how you can enter to win! Good luck! dream bathroom giveaway Ready for some more bathroom makeover inspiration? Check out these awesome blog friends for more:

*This post is sponsored by Virtu USA. As always, opinion, photos, and words are my own.

Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control Review and Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Honeywell International Inc. for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

We weren’t in the market for a new thermostat. Our older digitial Honeywell thermostat did the job but when the opportunity to try the new Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control came up and after doing a little research, we decided that the options were super cool and convenient and something we wanted. 

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1 – Voice Control. Of course the fact that it has a voice control option is cool and super high tech but it’s also convenient. (And yes, maybe even a little lazy…but the same was said when the television got the remote option and we didn’t have to get up off the couch to turn the tv channel. Remember that? Now we can’t live without it!) So, saying “Hello Thermostat.” and “Make it 2 degrees warmer (or cooler)” without getting up is a luxury! It recognized the voice command on the first try and even when I accented “Helloooo Thermostat” in the same way as Jerry Seinfeld’s “Helloooo Newman”! It even has volume and sensitivity settings. And you’re likely to lose your voice less often than you are a remote. 😉 

2 – Remote Access. Another convenience! I can check and control my thermostat from any computer by logging into MyTotalConnectComfort.com or using the TotalConnectComfort app on my iPhone (also availabe on Android). So just like I can warm up my car with remote start, I can also warm up or cool down my home before I arrive or make adjustments if I forget when I leave the house. Or mess with my husband when he’s home alone. haha!

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MyTotalComfortConnect

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Honeywell TotalConnectComfort App

3 – Easy Installation. I didn’t include a tutorial because more than likely your wiring is different than mine and Honeywell provides well written detailed instructions as well as a quick start guide and helpful installation videos. With everything I needed right in the box and just a few tools (tiny/precise standard screw driver, Phillips screwdriver, level and drill for making pilot holes) as well as helpful installation videos online (including support and different videos for differing wiring options), installation was so simple, I was able to install the thermostat myself while my husband prepared dinner. WiFi set up and registration are simple too! Note: It’s tinier than it looks! See my picture below. So you may need to touch up your wall paint if previous thermostat was larger or a different shape. It looks like a shadow in the picture, but that’s paint I need to touch up. 

4 – Smart Response. It’s pretty neat that outdoor and indoor temps and humidity are displayed. Custom scheduling is another awesome option. I work from home so we don’t have to schedule Mon-Fri to accomodate being away from home but for us to schedule heating and cooling that works for our routine means waking to 70 degrees and falling asleep to 67 degrees seven days a week. Having it automatically adjust means no waking up sweating in the middle of the night because we forgot to adjust the thermostat and having to getting up and walk downstairs to make the change and not stepping out of bed and shivering first thing in the morning is pretty nice too!

5 – TouchScreen. Easy to read and customizable. I can choose screen colors that match my decor! And we’re not talking just tacky primary colors. Options include Midnight, Aurora, Plum, Blaze, Tangerine, Ice, Rose, Lavender, Chrome, Cabernet, Waterfall, Pear, Emerald, Berry, Sunshine. Something for everyone! My husband prefers the Midnight…black for a sleek, high tech look. I may change it to Rose or Cabernet for Valentine’s day when he’s not looking.

Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control

Pretty cool, right? How can you get one? Before deciding if this is the right thermostat for you, review the details and specs here:  Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control. The Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control is available at Home Depot, Amazon.com and BestBuy.com. The Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control was named Best New Product of 2013. You can also enter to win one right here! 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Winner is:

HONEYWELL WIFI SMART THERMOSTAT WITH VOICE CONTROL

1. Leave a comment below telling me what’s your favorite feature of the Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat (I’ve listed them listed above).

2. Giveaway runs today, right now and ends Friday, January 24th, 2014 at midnight EST.

3. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after.

4. Open to US residents 18+ years of age only.  

5. One entry per person.

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Getting Holiday Ready & Giveaway

How the heck do you get ready for the holidays when your home is under DIY construction and chaos? Well, I’m not sure but I can tell you how it’s going for me. When I have a lot going on, I’m a list maker. Seeing what needs done and checking things off helps keep me on track.  Otherwise, you know something’s going to get forgotten. This year, with being a part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, Lowe’s has played a large part in halting my holiday home procrastination.

mercury glass centerpiece

Here is how my list goes:

  1. First priority is to finish up existing projects like bigger tasks so that I can breathe, relax and enjoy the rest of the year. So, I’m pushing to get some projects like our window installation, open pantry makeover and laundry room makeover complete. You may not see those makeovers until January, but my deadline for finishing them is a real life holiday home tour on 12/7.
  2. Cleaning and de-cluttering. In order to prep for digging out all of those bins filled with holiday decorating goodness, I need to start with a clean slate. That means piling up existing decorative accents (to be stored in the empty Christmas bins) and dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, scrubbing. 
  3. Re-arranging the furniture. I decorate three trees for Christmas so moving furniture around to make room is one of my favorite parts of decorating. I love a fresh new perspective from the usual arranged room, don’t you? 
  4. This one I usually start the weekend after Thanksgiving: Hauling out the Christmas decor bins and decorating! Pump up the volume on those Christmas tunes and deck the halls! 
  5. Sending out Christmas cards to family and friends.  DIY Christmas Card Tree Display
  6. Holiday shopping. I’ve started a little shopping the past month or two but this is the time I take to get it done. I love giving gifts! Do you wrap as you go or pile it all up or wrap all gifts at once?  I love to be organized about it and wrap it all at once. Blasting the Christmas music in the background, singing along, ribbons and bows and paper and scissors and tape all within reach. It’s a huge wrap-fest! A party for one. 
  7. Holiday baking. I don’t do much baking but hoping to change that a little this year. I’d love to have a variety of cookies to go with my hot cocoa.  chevron wooden table runner {chevron wooden table runner tutorial}

Call me crazy but I’m {unrealistically?} optimistic! Check back with me next weekend and I may be in a panic. Because #1 on my list is a doozy. But if I don’t have everything crossed off my list this week, I do have next week before Thanksgiving and the weekend after to fall back on. Having a deadline puts the pressure on to get things wrapped up…and I’m not even talking about the presents yet! rustic vintage glam christmas centerpiece

A few weeks’ back when I first started thinking about getting my home ready for the holidays by following the Lowe’s Holiday Showcase, I had the opportunity to play around with some decorating. Just enough to get me excited to get the projects done in order to get to the reward: rustic Christmas mantel

…really decorating for Christmas. rustic metallic vignette

Christmas vignette

That was a couple of weeks ago. Remember when I said I’m working on completing some bigger projects and a house under DIY construction? This is my dining room table now…{keeping it real!} dining room mess

Yikes! Not for long. According to my list, I’ll be clearing that table off today! Hurray! rustic glitter Christmas decor

I hosted a small get together with family and friends and we discussed holiday decorating and plans

holidayreadyhome

Putting together a list this time of year really helps keep me on track as well as ensures I don’t forget something with so much going on.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winner is JD who commented: Paint! I’ve had paint chips up in the bedroom and bathroom for months now, and we have a nursery to do now too! Congratulations, JD! You’ll be notified by email!

$50 Lowe’s GIVEAWAY

How do you get your home holiday ready? How about a $50 Lowe’s giveaway to finish up some home improvement or to start shopping for the holidays? 

To be entered to win, simply leave a comment below telling me how you’d spend $50 at Lowe’s right now. I appreciate your shares! Leave a comment telling me how you shared as well for another chance to win. 

*Giveaway runs now through Wed., 11/27/13 at midnight EST. Winner will be chosen randomly from the comments and announced shortly after. Giveaway is open to US residents 18+ only. 

See more fun DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app! You’ll see my DIY foldable luggage rack for getting guest room ready in the November digital issue! So exciting!

LCI winter

*Disclaimer: I’m a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network. I was compensated for hosting a Holiday Ready Home party and supplied with a gift card for some Lowe’s holiday decor (shown above). All opinions are my own. 

DIYShowOff Gift Recommendations

Who could use some cold hard cash to get a head start on holiday shopping? Or how about something for yourself just this once? (Hey, I know you and I’d say you deserve a reward!) I’m joining a talented group of awesome blog friends in sharing some gift recommendations AND we’ve gathered together to offer a fun giveaway too!

*** UPDATE 11/12/13: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lisa F!

Earlybird Xmas giveaway

I LOVE LOVE LOVE giving! I spend a lot of time choosing just the right gift for each member of my family, so as I sat down to research my gift recommendations, I struggled with how to recommend something for someone I don’t know/something more generic. And after nearly 12 hours of browsing and editing a draft post 35902 times…I realized it just wasn’t going to happen or feel inspiring.

However! My family has already asked me for my Christmas wish list…so, here are some things I love and recommend (for me) but perhaps you’ll spy some great ideas for your holiday gift-buying (or your own wish list).

All year long our extra cash goes towards DIY home improvement and decorating and that wish list is loooooong, believe me! So for fun, I made a detour from the usual DIY theme. Each item listed is way below $250. Gotta love more bang for your buck! 

Winter Woodland Warmth

 
Roeshel's Wish List 1

H M pink sweater
$24 – hm.com

Boots
lucky21.com

Kate Spade earrings
lordandtaylor.com

Tube scarf
jcpenney.com

Wall art
urbanoutfitters.com

H M candles candleholder
$6.37 – hm.com

H M holiday decoration
$4.77 – hm.com
 
Or something a little more relaxing…
Comfort & Joy
Roeshel's Wish List 2

 

What’s on your wish list? How can you enter to win, you ask? 

earlybird xmas $250 giveaway

  • Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
  • Giveaway is open to all readers 18+. 
  • Giveaway starts Tuesday, Nov. 5 th at 7 a.m. EST and ends 12 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12th.
  • Winner will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after. 

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There’s a $100 Overstock gift card being given away to two lucky DIYShowOff readers too! 

Visit these sweet blog friends to see what’s on their wish list…

Xmas Giveaway

Jen at City Farmhouse
Roeshel at DIY Showoff (you’re already here!)
Krista at The Happy Housie
Liz at Love Grows Wild
Rachel at Maison de Pax
Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof
Jamie at So Much Better With Age
Corey at Tiny Sidekick
Laura at The Turquoise Home
Katie at Upcycled Treasures

Family Room Makeover in Progress

I have been working on my family room for years. It keeps getting pushed to the back burner. Ever have one of those rooms?

repurposed coffee table

When we first moved in, we removed carpet. Then lived with plywood subfloors for a few years before finally installing bamboo flooring.

calibamboo

I painted the French doors a beautiful Benjamin Moore Pacific Ocean blue with glazing when I created a door pediment from an old headboard…

turquoise french doors.jpg

And the old hunter green striped LaZBoy sofa was great quality but I was thrilled when it got slipcovered…

before

hunter green striped sofa

after

Comfort Works slipcover, living room, beach theme

And then I saved my money to order the Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower fabric I had to have to make curtains. That fabric sat untouched for a year. I finally got the curtains sewn but not hemmed although you couldn’t tell in photos.

DIYShowOff family room tour.jpg

It’s a room that I tend to decorate here and there, one we rarely use so it gets cluttered up, but it’s never really been finished.

Until now. With the help of Overstock.com, this room is getting “polished”… i.e. “completed”. I also want it to function more as a studio/work space too since it has great lighting. It’s finally happening!

If you’ve ever shopped at Overstock, you know there’s a great selection of all things home related at great prices. And I love shopping the WorldStock section for beautiful handmade home decor and furniture. 60-70% of the purchase price goes back to the artisan and suppliers! 

Here’s a sneak peek at my Overstock order. Definitely eclectic…just the way I like it! Some things will have a bit of a DIY spin.

overstock makeover

 

  1. Will H. Bradley ‘Modern Poster’ Canvas Art
  2. Megan Romo ‘Fair V’ Canvas Art
  3. Fuchsia Mulberry Thai Silk Cushion Cover
  4. Goldtone Blue, Black and Brown Thread Earrings (India)
  5. Iron Wall Mounted Deer Head Figurine (India)
  6. ‘Spring Romance’ Cotton Wall Hanging
  7. Michael Tompsett ‘World Map – Navy’ canvas art
  8. Walnut Espresso Criss Cross Table
  9. TRIBECCA HOME Swindon Rustic Oak Turnbuckle Dining Bench
  10. Casa Cortes Vintage Adjustable Metal Bar Stool
  11. ‘Canyon’ 18-inch Tweed Braided Basket
  12. WallPops Kolkata Stripe Stairs Decal Pack
  13. White and Navy Hotel Shower Curtain
  14. Small Tesy Residence

SEE THE FULL REVEAL HERE

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Update: Winners are MINDY Y. who tweeted about the giveaway and BRANDY with this comment: Something I would add to my wish list is paint for every room in my house, including all the little things like tape, items to remove wallpaper, etc… Wallpaper…..the reason I have not painted before now!

CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES! Please respond to the email I’ve sent to claim your prize within 24 hours (updated due to previous winner not responding/new winner chosen). 

$100 OverStock Gift Card Giveaway

But wait! There’s more! Overstock is generously donating a $100 gift card to TWO DIYShowOff readers! Two ways to enter to win:

FIRST:  Visit OverStock.com. Come back here and leave a comment below sharing what you’d add to your wish list. One comment per visitor. One winner will be chosen at random from the comments on 11/14/13.

THEN:  For more chances to win, stay up-to-date with DIYShowOff and share the giveaway via the entries on the Rafflecopter form:

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Good luck! 

Disclosure: I was provided OverStock store credit to makeover an area in my home and to host an OverStock giveaway. All opinions are in my own words and my own experience. OverStock has been one of my go-to online shopping sources for years…just one of those places I check out when searching for home decor or gifts. 🙂