Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blogger's Favorite Holiday Giveaway!

Well helloooo there!!  I know it's been quite a while since I popped in to the blog, but you know how it goes...life happens, and I needed to focus on myself and my health for a while.  No hard feelings?! I sure hope not because I'm making it up to you guys with an amazing giveaway!




With the holidays quickly approaching (how is it mid-November already?!?!?!), it's totally understandable that many people have gift-giving on the brain.  Mallory from Charming in Charlotte asked me, and 8 other fantastic bloggers, what our favorite stocking stuffers are for the holidays. 

The Holiday's are the perfect time to step up your makeup game and this Sephora eye shadow palette is my go to for Holiday parties. The colors last and are warm and perfect for winter tones. I also think that it makes the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for your girlfriend.  -Mallory, Charming in Charlotte

2-  Geometric Pillow Cover + Your Monogram and 6 Diamond Ornaments:
At Christmas, I'm all about adding little bits of sparkle around the house.  I've had a set of these oversized diamond ornaments for a few years, and when I recently came across more at a local store, I thought you might like some too!  They really stand out and shine with the lights on the tree.  Also, I love a good monogrammed pillow, and one in a designer look-alike fabric for Christmas is even better!  This is for the covers only, and I will monogram the center with the winner's initials of choice.  -Jennifer, Dimples and Tangles 

As most of my followers already know, I love including animals into my decor and I just adore the animal plates by Rachel Kozlowski for West Elm. To me they are the perfect combination of quirky chic animal decor and I have an entire wall full of them in our kitchen (which you can see HERE). There are some colored and neutral plates. I like them all and they make me happy when I look at them. -Julia, Cuckoo 4 Design

I am a sucker for all things Nate Berkus and this angel wing bowl is no exception! It’s such a unique and affordable piece and the gold seals this deal. It will be an amazing conversation piece on your holiday entry table or for serving treats at Christmas dinner!  -Summer, Simple Stylings

I love this wristlet because it is the perfect size for a kid-free night out.  I spend so much time lugging lunch boxes, diaper bags, jackets, sippy cups, and whatever else is thrown in my hands that I love to go out with as little as possible.  It has enough room to hold the essentials: lipstick, my phone, and a credit card and it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.  I added the tassels because, let's face it, everything is better with tassels!I grabbed couple of these for Christmas gifts and I love that I could play around with color combinations so they will perfectly fit the recipient!  -Beth, designPOST interiors

I am giving away a jar of Gedeo King Gold Gilding Wax and a set of Threshold agate coasters for the lucky winner. I will run a DIY on the coasters and send the supplies for the winner to DIY their own coasters. -Emily, Eleven Gables

I love heels and a dress as much as anyone, but my favorite way to dress lately for the everyday is in classic, casual silhouettes with a bit of sparkle to add some interest.  This necklace is currently on heavy rotation in my wardrobe!  It's as perfect for a Tuesday afternoon as it is for a Saturday night.

The minute you brought up a favorite things giveaway, I immediately thought of jewelry.  I have what some may call a "slight obsession"...especially when it comes to statement necklaces.  They are such versatile pieces.  They can be the finishing touch for a dressy outfit or add an unexpected pop to casual attire.  To me, they are a must-have for any girl!

I chose this because it's on my own wish list! I love the trucker style of this hat, and love to wear hats!  I also love the sentiment and I think it's one we can all relate to, especially around the Holidays!  -Cassie, Primitive and Proper

One of my favorite gifts to give is a chic scarf.  With all the pretty designs, sizes, materials, and colors it makes it easy to find one to fit everyone's style.  I love how adding a scarf to a simple outfit makes a huge statement and adds an instant pop of color.  It's a fun, classy, versatile accessory that makes a great gift!  -Becky, This is Happiness



I don't know about you, but I'd love to see all 10 of those items under my tree and in my stocking this year.  And for one lucky reader, Santa...errr, I mean Mr. Delivery Man...will be dropping each one off right at your doorstep.  All you have to do is enter below!  Good luck!!

Now tell me...what's your favorite stocking stuffer for the holidays?!


Monday, September 29, 2014

Bedroom Puzzle.

Since we've lived in our fixer upper, I've been piecing together our master bedroom puzzle.  I thought I completed it, more than one time, but I was always wrong.  Pieces were missing or I was jamming the wrong shapes into the open gaps...

I'm not afraid to admit I struggle with this room.  I've painted and re-arranged it quite a few times in it's short life.  Yes, I've put a lot of effort into a room that still isn't done, but at least I can say I haven't settled for an "okay" space.  No ones end-of-the-day-retreat should be just "okay".

So I'm making a declaration for the whole world to hear...I will finish our master bedroom this year! I found the direction I want to go by stepping outside of my comfort zone (hello painting our room a dark color and then making it even darker by painting over my safety-color accent wall) and trusting my gut.  Plus, I have two big guns that are really helping my vision come to life.

One of those big guns is RugsUSA.  I've talked about them many times before (here, here and here) and have loved each and every rug I've purchase from them.  

Our master bedroom had been sporting a bold chevron rug for a while.  Here's a peek at it quite a long time ago.


The rug was the perfect punch in the room...untilllllll I decided to paint all the walls gray, and our bed frame is gray, and our bench is gray....and so, the gray print rug was just too. much. gray.  

Thankfully, I came across the perfect rug for our space while searching, where else but, RugsUSA! It's actually the the violet sister to our teal overdyed rug we have in our living room.  


At first I questioned whether I wanted two of the same rugs in our home, but that doubt quickly went out the window.  After all, we loooove our living room rug and the pop it makes in the space.  I was convinced this rug could do the same thing for our bedroom...as long as it was the right color.  Am I the only one who freaks until the rug arrives so you can see what the actual tone is in person?!

I held my breathe and ordered the rug.  When it arrived I was able to let out a huge sigh of relief because it was the perfect color!!

Once we were able to get it under our ridiculously heavy king bed (thanks neighbors!!), hubby and I gave it the stamp of approval.  




The rug makes us giddy when we step into our bedroom.  We couldn't be more pleased with the hue, and bonus, our cat doesn't scratch at it!!  Woohooooo!!

Hopefully it won't be too long before I share more of this space.  Like I said, I will be done with this puzzle this year!! ;)



****RugsUSA provided a rug for our makeover, but did not compensate me for this post.  All opinions are 100% mine!!****


Friday, September 26, 2014

Blogger Stylin' Home Tours - Fall 2014 Edition

I think this time of year is so dreamy. I'm always excited to experience another transition from summer to fall. The cooler temps, the comfy sweaters, the delicious scents and beautiful scenery are all so magical.  And to celebrate this wonderful season, Lindsay is hosting another edition of Blogger Stylin' Home Tours!!


If you are visiting from Tatertots and Jello...welcome!!  I'm so glad you stopped by!  I hope you like my bright and playful take on the season. :)

This is the second year I've been lucky enough to participate in the home tour series.  Last year I was all about rich, jewel tones.  I stuck to plum, teal, mustard yellow and charcoal gray.  This year, I found some autumnal inspiration while cleaning out my junk craft room a few weeks ago.  


The colorful cover of this book was the exact scheme I wanted to see in our home for the fall.  It allowed me to feed off the vibrant, fun colors I decorated with in the summer months, while adding in a few new ones to up the cozy-factor...a must for the cooler months. ;)


My readers know by now...string lights on our mantel are mandatory every day of the year.  But they do add a little something extra now that the days are getting shorter.










I was able to recycle a good portion of accessories I used last year.  My acorns, faux pumpkins and pine cones received an inexpensive makeover, thanks to some craft paint and patience.



Thank you so much for taking a peek into our home!  I hope you like what you saw, and keep this tour moving by heading to Eleven Gables to check out Emily's home! :)  Happy Friday!!!



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FULL TOUR SCHEDULE:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Blogger Stylin' Home Tours - Favorite Room Edition

I am super excited to be a part of another Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours series this week!


Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. hosted two other editions here and here, and now it’s time for us to share our favorite rooms!  If you are visiting from Just a Girl, hellooooo and welcome!!  I hope you like what you see! :)

My absolute, hands down, favorite room in our home is our "great room".  When we purchased our fixer-upper, this space was closed off, dark and dingy.  We quickly changed that during our main floor reno. Now, I can't help but love the bright and airy vibe in this space.  The many windows flood the room with light and show off great views in every direction.


And although the room has an open layout, it still feels oh-so-cozy...thanks to our over-sized barn door and freshened up fireplace.  There is no place I'd rather retreat to at the end of the day.



For quite some time I have been trying to come up with a great way to label my style, but I just can't put my finger on the exact description.  Our home is a bit eclectic, fun, budget-friendly and comfortable, with a touch of glam.


I like to keep the price tags low, and the impact high.  I have no problem spending a smidge more on large neutral pieces (like our sofa and dining table) and then working in a ton of Craigslist makeovers (like our buffet, console dresser and dining chairs), discount finds and DIY projects (curtain rods, curtain panels, wood shelves, art) in bright colors and bold designs.









I hope you enjoyed taking look around my favorite room, and don't forget to keep the BSHT series going and head over to Eleven Gables! :)


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Full Tour Schedule:

Monday, August 25th:
Tuesday, August 26th:
Wednesday, August 27th:
Thursday, August 28th
Friday, August 29th:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Parima Studio - 2014 Rose Collection

Do you guys know Patricia Vargas?  If not, you should.  She is the extremely talented owner and artist behind Parima Creative Studio.  Her work is so beautiful and inspiring.  She has everything from original paintings to graphic prints to fine art prints.  And lucky for us, she just launched her 2014 Rose Collection.



Right now she is offering 15% off all the prints in her shop with the coupon code PSROSE15, and if you head over to Victoria McGinley Blog you can enter to win $250 to Parima Studio!!

I'll just say, you're welcome. ;)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Elegant Black Porch Door (& Winners!)


A little over a year ago I was introduced to an awesome company called Modern Masters.  The kind folks there asked if I wanted to review their metallic paints, and I jumped at the opportunity!  I loved getting to use their product, so when they approached me about trying out their new front door paint, I couldn't say yes fast enough.

But there was a catch for me...I didn't want to use the paint on our actual front door.  Instead, I was itching to give our back porch door a makeover.  You see, I've been mentally sprucing up our back porch for well over a year now, and getting the porch door painted would be step one of the vision actually coming to life.

So I scanned through the 24, yes 24, amazing color options available and chose Elegant...a rich, classic black.  I wiped my door down so it was free of dirt and lint, and taped off the edges of the door.  Per the directions on the container, since my door was previously painted, I could start painting without priming. Modern Masters boasts that it takes only two coats for full coverage, but I was skeptical...especially since I was going from white to black.

(I skipped taping off the windows, and decided it'd be easier to scrape them with a razor after.  Clearly, I hate taping.)


Here's where I started (booooooooring)...


After coat #1 (I was a bit scared)...


After coat #2 (that looked a little better)...


After coat #3 (almost there)...


And one final coat for good measure (nailed it)...


Although it did take me 4 full coats to cover the white door, the results were worth it.  The paint dried quickly and has a beautiful satin finish that really pops against our home.  The paint was also easy to scrape off the windows.




If you are antsy to revive your entrance, but scared to take the plunge, you can download Modern Masters' free iPhone and Andriod app to instantly see the transformation this paint can make for you.  And once you fall in love with a color, visit select Lowe's and Ace Hardware locations, or go online to Amazon.com and Modern Masters to purchase!


***I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are 100% mine!!***


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Winners of the Paisley Print giveaway have been announced here.  Check your email ladies! :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Paisley Print Boutique Giveaway!

I'm taking the blog a bit off course today.  99.9% of the time I use this little slice of the web to talk about all-things-home/DIY/design related, but today I'm talking about another love of mine...jewelry!

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I adore jewelry.  Okay, that's putting it lightly.  I fully admit I have a mild problem obsession, but I can't help myself.  I <3 jewelry and fashion...just as much as I love everything-home!

Luckily, this embarrassing Instagram-over-share of my wardrobe caught the attention of a good blog friend, Jen, who reached out to see if I wanted to collaborate with her and help spread the word about her uh-mazing shop, Paisley Print Boutique.  


Ummmmm, yes!!  I was ready to shout about PPB from the top of my lungs...because not only does her shop carry a variety of beautiful goods (I'm talking soap to scarves to paper goods to jewelry to art), but it is making a difference in people's lives.


Several years ago, Jen spent a year on the international mission field.  She worked with many individuals all over the world...from women who were victims of sex-trafficking crimes, to HIV-positive, single-mothers who were trying to support their families in Kenya, to girls who were abducted by the LRA in Uganda. Now, even when she's home in the states, she is able to help those in need through PPB.  

Jen graciously allowed me to pick a few things from her shop.  I fell in love with a pair of Raven + Lily gold leaf earrings and a beautiful necklace from Miriam Designs.  I couldn't wait to wear these pretty things, and I was even more excited when I opened my envelope and saw the adorable packaging she wrapped them in!


It's wonderful when you can use or wear something that doesn't only look good, but makes you feel good, because you know you are making a difference in someone's life.




Now for the exciting part...there are TWO $50 Paisley Print Boutique giveaways up for grabs!!  To enter, just use the Rafflecopter widget below.  And if you can't wait that long to get your hands on some PPB goodies, you can save 20% (today - August 29th) by using the code RetroRanchFriend.  Good luck, friends!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

****My usual disclaimer...I was not compensated for this post.  I just think Jen and PPB rocks so I wanted to spread the word and share the love!!****