Saturday, October 13, 2012

And the Winner's are.....

Hello Hello! Happy Saturday to you all! I am up bright and early getting ready for a full day at the Southern Bloggers Conference. I met so many wonderful bloggers last evening at the cocktail party. I am excited to see what is in store today. Will have lots of updates next week!

Just wanted to give a good morning hello and tell you who won the TWO May Books giveaway:


1. shanhgouldOctober 8, 2012 7:14 PM
I follow your blog! What a great giveaway! These books are so cute and such a great idea.

These look so fun! I'm a FB fan.

Congratulations!! I am so excited for you both!!
Please shoot me an email at: I will give you the details and have your May book sent to you in no time! 

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. I have a fantastic giveaway from an amazing etsy shop coming up in just a couple of stay tuned. 

Have a fabulous weekend lovelies!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Southern Bloggers Conference

So excited to announce that I will be attending the Southern Bloggers Conference this weekend! They are going to have wonderful speakers, workshops, decorations and giveaways! I am pumped to see some old faces and say hello to some new ones.

Check out some of the fabulous speakers:

1. Rhoda Vickers with Southern Hospitality - "Why I love Blogging"
2. KariAnne of Thistlewood Farm - "Five Proven Ways to Grow your Blog"
3. Kelly Elko of Eclectically Vintage. "Top Blogging Pitfalls"
4. Heather of At The Picket Fence - "Secrets to Successful Sponsorship"
5. Kristen of Sophia's Decor- "Furniture Facelifts with Milk Paint"
6. Annie Omar, founder of Maison Blanche Paint Company - "Techniques with Chalk Paint"

And... Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl -"Thrifting Secrets" and 
"Sunday Lunch and Thrifty Shopping"

** She will be taking some of us around the Raleigh area to find the best thrift shops!"

Doesn't all of this sound wonderful!? Have you ever been to a blogging conference? Now...what do I wear?...that is the BIG question today!

I will have lots of updates and pics for you all on Monday!

P.S. Have you registered for the May Books Giveaway?? 
Open till Midnight Tonight (EST)!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A {Fall} Wreath Revamp

Last Fall I made a $15 wreath out of burlap and ribbon. I created it so that I could change out the ribbon for different seasons. You can see the tutorial here.

Well... I finally got around to changing the wreath for Halloween this year. I kept the original burlap and orange ribbon, then added some black netted ribbon that I found at JoAnn Fabrics. I held the ribbon in place with some straight pins, so I could change it out again for a new Fall wreath. I love how the ribbon looks like a spider web!

I also found this fabulous black and white flower that looks a little Adam's Family(ish). 

It wasn't quite creepy enough, so I added these black spiders from the dollar store and attached them with some fishing line.
Aren't they adorable freaky?

I really love the way the orange and black pop against my Calypso Blue door!

Here is the before and after:

I love projects that don't take a lot of money, but make a great impact!

What money saving projects have you created lately?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

{Flip Home} Update- Tile & Interior Paint Colors

So many recent updates and decisions that have been made on the flip home! Where do I start?!

We are only a couple of weeks out from finishing this beautiful home. I can't wait to share the after pictures. If you haven't been following along check out these posts here, here and here.

So the paint colors have been picked out and most of the walls have been painted. Here is a little sneak peek of the open floor plan. The molding and larger windows have really given this home some character and created that elegant feel the space was lacking.

If you have forgotten what it looked like during construction:
One of these days I will pull out some "before" pictures. This place has really come a long way!

We added a bench near the back entryway. My brother came up with the design. I think it is just fabulous! Now I just need to create a little bench cushion before the open house.

Tile Plan:

We found the accent tile from a local tile store here in Raleigh, NC. I knew it would fit perfectly into the design plan of the home. We added some white 3x6 subway tile as well as a 12x12 sandstone tile floor.

Here is a peek of the floors going in the hallway bathroom:
I am in love already and it isn't finished! These babies are going to look fabulous against the espresso cabinets that will be going in very soon!

This design plan is for the master bathroom. I loved the small hexagon tile and thought it would be perfect in the master shower floor, but we decided to add them in the half bathroom instead. I thought they would get lost in the large shower and felt they would make a bigger statement in the half bath. 

Here is a peek into the half bathroom. I love the wainscoting which comes up to shoulder height on me. The hexagon floors are really going to make this small bathroom shine.

Let's Talk Color:

I wanted the place to feel spacious and didn't want any crazy out of the ordinary colors. The home needed to feel clean and fresh as soon as you walked in, even though it was built in the 1960's. I also wanted the place to feel timeless, so we decided on a neutral palette which left the molding and fixtures center stage in all of the rooms. 

I pulled most of the colors from the same color strip so the home would feel cohesive. Sherwin William's Agreeable Gray is really beautiful. It is a fantastic neutral gray that even pulls out some great undertones during different parts of the day. This color is the main color of the home: Living room, Hallways, Bedrooms & currently the kitchen (may change after cabinets go in). 

Anew Gray is also fabulous. This color is a step down on the color strip from Agreeable Gray. 
The Master bedroom looks like hot stuff in this color. 

Mega Greige is yet again another step down on the color strip. This beauty is painted above the wainscoting in the half bathroom. It really looks elegant against the molding and hexagon tile. 

Aloof Gray is perfect in the Master Bathroom. The Master bath doesn't have much light with only a small window above the toilet, so we had to go light in this space as well. This color has a green undertone that can be paired with gray, tan, blue, yellow or pretty much any color in the is that "perfect" neutral.

Last, but certainly not least....Passive is a beautiful blue/gray. It really pops against the bright white molding in the hallway bathroom. Scroll up to see a peak of the color against the brick patterned floors.
 Isn't it a beauty?

If you missed the exterior paint colors click here and here

Well that about does it for the updates. I am currently working on picking the light fixtures out for the rooms as well as hardware for the kitchen and baths. I will keep you posted on the progress and can't wait to put a FOR SALE sign in the yard. That will be a happy happy day. 

Oh...but wait. These beauties were just delivered last week:
They should be installed by the time I get home from our time at the beach. Can't wait to see!

So that's the news and I am sticking to it. My brother is doing a truly amazing job with the construction and details. We are excited to finish this project and start the next. Details to come....

Monday, October 8, 2012

{May Books} Giveaway!!

The first time I heard about May Books was last year at Christmastime. My mother-in law gave me an adorable notebook with my name printed on it. From then on I have seen these little beauties all over the internet.

I am also in love with their moto: Life is too Short for Ugly Notebooks!

Here is how May books works:

1. You pick a pattern you like; 2. You add a Monogram of your choice; 3. Choose what type of inside pages you would like. (ex: plain lined, weekly planner, meal planner, etc); 4. Preview & Check out

It is that simple....and TWO of you will be choosing the May Book of your choice this week!
I am giving away TWO May Books, designed by you!!

Here is how to enter this Fabulous Giveaway:
* Make Sure you Follow Eat.Sleep.Decorate
*Tweet out this May Book Giveaway
*"Like" Eat.Sleep.Decorate on Facebook
*Leave a comment for each item completed above.

You have until Friday, October 12th at 12pm(EST). The Winners will be announced on Saturday, October 13th! Make sure you come on back to see who wins!

Thank you again for following Eat.Sleep.Decorate! I enjoy being on your screen and conversing with you each day! You give me great support and keep me going each day! Love to All!

My weekend images

Happy Monday! Yes I told you we were going to have a giveaway...come on back this afternoon and I will have it up and running for you all! I am such a teaser...he!

It was a fun, busy, relaxing and beautiful weekend. How was yours?

Started off Friday night with some Chinese! I loved my is so true!

I saw this bird (?) sculpture at the Chinese restaurant and I asked the waitress who made it. She said her cousin made it out of candy wrappers. Her cousin is highly creative and also patient!

Stopped by the flip house to check out the tile that was delivered. It is almost finished with pics to come this week!

I might have took a side trip to Starbucks for my daily weekly Salted Caramel Mocha!

Worked on picking some lighting for our flip home. Lowe's was having some amazing deals. What do you think about this little guy for the porch!?

Started working on some projects for my little niece's room. I used some stitch witchery to attach a ribbon accent to her plain white curtains. I can't wait to see how they look in her room.

And Now this is our view for a couple of days. We took a small break to celebrate my husband's birthday!

See the smile! He is surely enjoying himself with some pumpkin ale and the amazing view.

Me on the other hand...well I am enjoying some much needed naps in the sun!

Come on back a little later today for the fabulous giveaway! 

Friday, October 5, 2012

DIY Chalk Painted Chargers Featured at {Hi Sugarplum}

Cassie at Hi Sugarplum has a great series each month called "About an Hour" where bloggers link up projects that can be completed in about an hour. I have really enjoyed this series and have many hours of DIY ideas in the back of my mind just from looking through all of these fabulous projects.

This week Cassie featured a few of her favorites which also included my DIY Chalk Painted Chargers.

Check out the past About an Hour Projects here, here and here. sure to stop by Cassie's amazing blog and say hello!

Thanks Cassie for the feature! I am honored!

What I love about Fall & Giveaway Announcement!

Happy Friday All! Are you all into cooler weather, slower schedules & drinking hot cider while wrapped in a blanket!? neither! HA!

I do love a cool Fall evening walk around our neighborhood and some hot cocoa around a camp fire, but life hasn't quite slowed down for all of that yet. I am looking forward to this month. It is one of my favorites and so I share a few reasons why I love the Fall season.

#1 Oh the color!!

#2- Jeans, scarves & BOOTS!!

#3- Apple Picking, Apple Pie & Apple Cider!

#4- Mums & Pumpkins

#5- Crunching Leaves 

#6- Warm Bubble Baths

#7- Candles

#8- Warm Colors & Textures

#9- Creative Table Settings

#10- Cozy Blankets

Don't you just love this season?

On another note, this past week I hit over 500,000 page views! Thank you to all of you for following my craziness each day! I am very blessed to be able to share my dreams, talents, struggles, strengths and my love for decorating. So as a celebration, I have a fun giveaway on Monday. Come on back and find out what it is!

Have a fabulous weekend my friends!

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