Thursday, March 12, 2015

Couple Fun Announcements

I was invited back to participate in another Home Depot challenge.  For this challenge we were asked to come up with a DIY project that used pipe as an ingredient.  You can view my project by clicking below.
TheHomeDepotStyleChallengeBlogger

And in case you missed it, here's the link to last year's challenge.




Secondly, last week we had a bit of excitement in our house.  We were honored to have a photographer came out and take pictures of our home to be included in the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Private Quarters section of the newspaper.


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My daughter had to work that morning and was unable to be present.

I am very grateful to have this blog as a platform to be able to share with you each week.  Thank you all so very much for your continued support.  

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cucumber Mint Limeade- Featuring Barluxe Timeless Drinkware

Cucumber Mint Limeade- Featuring Barluxe Timeless Drinkware

 Over the past years,  I've collected many glasses.  But do I really need a different glass for every beverage that we drink?  Probably not!  They eventually chip or break as my children are unloading the dishwasher and we are left with a mess.


My husband recently complained about all of the mismatched glasses in our cabinets.  That was just the push I needed to find a new set.



I was happy to receive a set of drink ware from the Hudson Collection made with Tritan™ plastic from Eastman to review.  Accidents happen!  They won't scratch or chip.  They're stackable.  Their simple design makes them perfect for everyday.

I had family in town this weekend and decided to make some drinks.  It was the perfect time to catch up and enjoy a drink in my new set of glasses.

We sipped on cucumber mint limeade.  I sat back and relaxed knowing they are durable and won't break.

They're dishwasher safe, so cleanup was easy.

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Cucumber Mint Limeade

Ingredients 
 1 cup granulated sugar 
2 1/2 cups water 
1 cup cucumbers; peeled and sliced 
1/4 cup mint leaves 
1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice 
*additional mint and cucumbers for garnish

Directions  
In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup of water, sugar and fresh mint until sugar has dissolved completely.  Allow mixture to cool.  In a blender, puree cucumbers, mint and simple syrup.  Strain liquid through a fine mesh sieve.  Mix lime juice, cucumber puree and remaining 2 cups of water in a pitcher.  Stir to combine.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Garnish with cucumber slices and more mint over ice. .

-Disclaimer: "I received compensation for this post through my relationship with Quality Blue Community.  I also received a product for this review.  All opinions are my own."

Monday, March 2, 2015

Swap It Like It's Hot



I enjoy shopping at thrift stores and finding a great bargain.  It's fun to repurpose the items that I find and create a whole new look. 

I was asked by Charlotte of Ciburbanity to participate in #SwapItLikeItsHot Threepeat.  The rules were pretty simple: Purchase something worthy of a makeover; under $15 at your local thrift store.  Mail package to another blogger, who will transform your thrift finds. 

I received a package from Colleen at 58 Water Street.  It's as if she knew me personally.  I have a tea towel collection in all different patterns and a love for brass in all forms.  

I couldn't wait to transform this matchstick holder.


I used Barkeepers Friend to remove the patina.
  
After a little scrubbing, the brass and copper shine like new.

Looks great, don't you think?!!

I replaced the worn striker with sandpaper.

It worked just fine!
  
Such a nice way to store loose matches.

The plaid tin Colleen sent was a pleasant surprise!

It was perfectly suited to store my favorite cookies.

Who doesn't love a cookie-filled tin?

More than enough to share!

When the day is done, before bed or just to relax, I enjoy a cup of tea.  It's the perfect way to unwind.

This floral tea towel is too cute to wipe up spills, but perfect on the tabletop to compliment a hot cup of tea.

I love all of my thrift store items.  I had a lot of fun repurposing them into something new.  It wasn't necessary to DIY or paint.  Just a little cleaning was enough!!

Be sure to stop by Rachel's blog, Like a Saturday to see what she did with the items I sent her.

*Here’s the list of blogs participating in the hop!

Charlotte, thank you again for having me!

Day 1

Monday, February 9, 2015

Linen and Boxwoods Giveaway

Medium Washed Rattan Basket
Decorating my home with things I love is a slow process.  I enjoy filling each room with things that represent my family.  

Vintage Dough Bowl
I like to purchase home decor accessories at affordable prices.

Wood and Tin Serving Tray - Medium
Imagine my delight when Linen and Boxwoods contacted me and asked if I would like to host a giveaway.

Glass Seltzer Bottle
Linen and Boxwoods is a new online store originally created as a lifestyle blog in 2011.

Knit Throw
They offer timeless decor, artful entertaining pieces and stylish accessories to help you live beautifully.

Colors Green Soup and Cereal Bowl - Set of 4
Would you like help freshening up your home before spring?

Hand-Painted Crab Hand Towel by Dana Wittmann
Linen and Boxwoods is offering a $50 gift card to their site.  To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below.

*Don't forget to sign up for their newsletter to receive 10% off your first purchase.

Red Vineyard Bowl

Monday, February 2, 2015

New Pillow Covers

The H&M Home Store was a lot of fun!  So glad you enjoyed the tour.  Today I'm back to share a few of my purchases with you.

Before
I walked in looking for new pillows for my living room sofa.  

Immediately, these blue, velvet pillow covers caught my eye.  

After
The color is displaying different in this picture.

This picture shows their true color!

I purchased the mustard-colored geometric covers from H&M too.  I really liked the design.  The gray scalloped pillow is from West Elm.

I don't know about you, but I have a thing for tea towels.  $1 each!  They were practically free!

I like to display them in the kitchen or hang them over the oven door.


White with black stripes is such a classic design.

I wasn't sure what this was or how to use it?  So I asked a store associate and was told, it's a sponge!  Just need to let it soak in soapy-warm water and it'll be great for wiping spills.
   
Okay, why not!  It was cheap too.

I also grabbed some paper napkins.

I like to keep decorative napkins on hand.

They're a fun addition to my breakfast table setting.

I purchased a table runner for my dining room, but I can't seem to find it.  It was simple and gray.  I was really looking forward to using it.

What I enjoyed most about H&M is that everything was really inexpensive.  My purchases were cheap, so I didn't feel bad packing my suitcase with things I really didn't need!

Additional Source List
Glass lamp- West Elm
Threshold lamp- Target
Mirror- Overstock
Pedestal side table- Ross
Coffee Table- Hayneedle
Vase, tea-light candle holder, decorative wood box and magnifying glass- Marshalls
Chevron Tray- Home Goods


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