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So where did we leave off? Oh yeah. The weather. Well, it wouldn’t be a true spring refresh if we didn’t have some true Michigan weather to hold us back. Unfortunately, my other job kept the schedule very limited to weekends, so if the weather didn’t cooperate—which it didn’t—it put a pause on things. Luckily, Lowe’s was SO flexible, and Mary was ridiculously patient with us!

As I said before. Mary’s house appealed to me because it basically served as a blank slate. It was something we could tackle, and it would make a difference every time she pulled in the driveway. So…the before.house before

And the after…

Lowe's makeover

Crazy, right?

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Mary’s landscaping was pretty much nonexistent. There were a couple of over-grown shrubs, but there was nothing soft about the front of the house. I went through with a paint can and laid out some nice curves. I’m not kidding—within an hour, we were at this stage. The Lowe’s employees worked so hard! Call me impressed.

Lowe's makeover during

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And of course, the painting! I waited until I got to Mary’s in person to choose the color because the brick actually has a bit of a pink tone to it. A slate, smokey blue worked best. Again, we both loved it!

Lowe's makeover painting

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She had such a cute porch, but it definitely needed some life. I chose earth-tone planters that had lots of texture. The plants are low maintenance, and the door mat is a teak wood to match the rest of the landscape decor. Who’s the creepy, hot guy in the reflection?

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My personal favorite is this little nook. I could sit there for hours watching cars go by, and I’m hoping Mary enjoys it for the same reason. A little table just big enough for a little book and some coffee, and she’s all set!

Lowe's spring refresh

I also had them install an updated and chunkier mailbox. That, combined with some colorful impatiens (that should be in a full mound by now!), really rounded out the curb space.

wood mailbox post

I feel like I have a million and one tutorials to show you, but those will have to be spaced out. For now, I end it with showing you the hard-working, friendly, and eager Lowe’s employees. They listened to direction—even when it sounded crazy at the time—and followed through with perfection!

Lowe's spring refresh

And as you can see, the weather still didn’t completely cooperate with us! They’re troopers, for sure!

Lowe's team

And finally….Mary! So thankful to her and her family for being so hospitable, friendly, and generous. Not only did Mary let me run full reign on this project, but she worked so hard with us to get it done! She deserved a three-day nap afterwards, for sure.

Makeover homeowner

I’ll be back later to show some individual tutorials. Thank you to Lowe’s for coming up with this whole idea and for helping me see it to fruition. What a great idea, eh? Don’t forget that you can check out the other makeovers that took place by these talented bloggers.

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City Farmhouse, The Golden Sycamore, Beneath My Heart, Liz Marie Blog, DIY Playbook, Just a Girl, Home Stories A to Z, All Things G&D, Pretty Handy, Brooklyn Limestone

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Lowe’s Refresh: The Plan http://www.justagirlblog.com/lowes-refresh-the-plan/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/lowes-refresh-the-plan/#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:04:17 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8838 Author information
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I’m back!!! Right now you’re thinking, “You left?”

Yes, I’ve been gone for awhile. It’s been a whirlwind summer, and I’m glad to be settling back into “normal” life. It included a 17-day trip to Europe (SO much to say about that), a huge project in Detroit for Lowe’s (more on that below), a trip to Destin, and of course…Haven! Don’t you worry. I’ll have a whole post on that as well. Lucky you, eh?

Every blogger says, “You have to be consistent”…”Your readers need to rely on you to post on certain days.” Well chuck it. My blogging career can’t abide by those standards, and I’ll bet yours can’t either! If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this past year, it’s that it is what it is. You do your best. I do my best. Sound like a good plan?

Ok. Let’s talk about one of the places I’ve been. Back in the spring (winter?), Lowe’s reached out to me about refreshing someone’s home for spring. Yay, right? Sounds awesome! Count. me. in. I had numerous participants to choose from, but this one. This baby was the chosen one—said with echoes.

lowes house

I selected Mary’s home (Hi, Mary!) because it wasn’t just a patio or a porch that I could change for her. This whole house could be transformed in a couple of days, and I knew it would be more bang for the buck, ya know? Ideas started swirling as soon as she mentioned mid-century modern. It was exactly the direction I would have gone, so it was an easy design plan.

Her house and her taste didn’t call for frills, and I was totally on board! I love simple and classic, and mid-century modern really calls for clean lines and earth tone colors. So here’s what I was thinking…Lowes plan

It’s a pretty simple mood board, but Mary loved it. We were definitely on the same page! The only thing that stood in our way? Michigan weather… How’s that for a cliff hanger?

If you’d like to see the other fabulous bloggers involved and how they refreshed their selected homes, visit the links below!

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City FarmhouseThe Golden SycamoreBeneath My Heart,  Liz Marie BlogDIY PlaybookJust a GirlHome Stories A to ZAll Things G&DPretty HandyBrooklyn Limestone

And of course, you know how I love Lowe’s. They have been spectacular to work with, and I love how they devoted so much to this effort!

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Mother’s Day with Groupon http://www.justagirlblog.com/mothers-day-with-groupon/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/mothers-day-with-groupon/#respond Fri, 08 May 2015 21:52:24 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8738 Author information
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon. All opinions are 100% mine.

The day is coming! THEE day. The one day where I can–and do–say no to any chores asked of me or any questions that come my way. Nothing says Mother’s Day more than giving up any said motherly obligations. It’s bliss really.

I start planning what I would like for Mother’s Day the day after Mother’s Day of the previous year. It’s fun to fantasize about what chores I will delegate and (equally as important) what special gift I would like to get. Luckily, Groupon’s Mother’s Day Gift Shop is fun to peruse every year! Raise your hand if you search their getaways every day. Right there with ya.

Let’s start with the obvious–me, my husband, the beach.

Flowers aren’t high on my list of requests for this day, but cookies that look like flowers? I could easily sit down with those and make a day of it.

A spa treatment? With some champagne? Yes, please.

I’m kind of an iPhone case hoarder. What a perfect gift!

This is well beyond my husband’s realm of thinking, but how sweet would this be? Of course, he’d have to ask me where we keep the photos. And then he’d want me to explain how to put them into this book. But sweet, nonetheless.

And because I’m a sucker for pictures, I love this idea of Instagram pictures! Those little Groupon workers think of everything, eh?

I love that Groupon is running a Mother’s Day Campaign highlighting some moms around the web. Mom’ing is hard work, but it’s the most fulfilling thing we can do. I feel like I should ask for an “Amen” there.

Groupon is currently running two awesome opportunities as well. One is a Mother’s Day $0 Deal for Groupon’s Apple Watches Giveaway and the other is a Mother’s Day $0 Deal for 1 Year’s Worth of Spa Days on Groupon. Who doesn’t need those, right? Enter!

So I’m a regular shopper of Groupon (just bought a spa treatment for myself actually), and I think you’d be surprised how easy it is for you or your husband to shop from!

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Tweaked Table http://www.justagirlblog.com/tweaked-table/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/tweaked-table/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 02:01:43 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8735 Author information
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Aside from working, planning for Haven, going to softball games, wrestling meets, blah, blah, blah…I’ve been trying to get our living room updated a bit. After finally finding the sectional, it just seemed like such a blank space behind it. It needed something.

Rowe sectional

I quickly found the perfect table (that never happens). It’s the Safavieh Simon Natural Table. It was the perfect size, and I thought it was the perfect finish.

Safavieh table

And then I got it. Uhhhh it was orange. This picture really doesn’t do it justice. I tried to live with it this way for a couple of weeks, but it was just too glaring for me.

Tabletop

I sanded it down and mixed up some various stains until I found a finish I liked.

Wood table

I didn’t want it quite as dark as the tv console table I built, but it needed to be similar. Pretty good!

Neutral living room

It broke up the space just enough, but it’s airy and light enough that it doesn’t weigh down the space. That’s the designer-y way of saying I like it.

Wood table

Basically, don’t discard a piece of furniture—even when it’s new!—too quickly. Maybe you can tweak it a bit to make it what you want!

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Lowe’s Spring Refresh: How ’bout I come over? http://www.justagirlblog.com/lowes-spring-refresh-how-bout-i-come-over/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/lowes-spring-refresh-how-bout-i-come-over/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:57:56 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8723 Author information
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Soooo I haven’t been posting much lately (more on that later), but when Lowe’s approached me about helping spruce up someone’s home, I was on it. In case you didn’t notice, we had a particularly difficult winter this year.

~~Oh. MY.~~

Boston snow

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In my state, we have what is called “Lake Effect Snow”, and we definitely experienced that this year. Crazy, right? Well, luckily we are finally getting out from underneath it, and that green stuff—I think it’s called grass?—is making an appearance.

Snow michigan

The Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (AWSSI) even named the “10 Bleakest Cities of 2015.” Eeks. That’s never good, eh? If you’re in or around any of these cities, you know exactly what they’re talking about. I imagine you’re ready for spring!

  1. Boston, MA
  2. Buffalo, NY
  3. Detroit, MI
  4. Louisville, KY
  5. Hartford, CT
  6. Nashville, TN
  7. Newark, NJ
  8. New York City, NY
  9. Portland, ME
  10. Providence, RI

Lowe’s—and me!!—would like to help someone in or around these cities find creative solutions to spruce up and improve their home! No, I’m not joking!

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Lowe’s is teaming up with an awesome bunch of bloggers to help with these cities across the country. They were hit hard, and we want to help spruce things up! That means that a Lowe’s team and one of these creative bloggers could be coming to your home soon!

Spring bloggers

City Farmhouse, The Golden Sycamore, Beneath My Heart,  Liz Marie Blog, DIY Playbook, Just a Girl, Home Stories A to Z, All Things G&D, Pretty Handy, Brooklyn Limestone

Any of these projects look like something you could use?

Spring flowers

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Entry makeover hero

 {courtesy of Lowe’s}

 So right now you’re asking what you need to do? Here are all the details! 

  • Be looking to fix up a space within your residence.
  • Be able to communicate and submit photos of proposed project,
  • Makeover project should be able to be completed within 24 hours.
  • Must live in (or near):
    • Boston, MA
    • Buffalo, New York
    • Detroit, Michigan
    • Hartford, Connecticut
    • Louisville, Kentucky
    • Nashville, Tennessee
    • Newark, New Jersey
    • New York City
    • Portland, Maine
    • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Must be the owner of your home.
  • Be outgoing, energetic, and fun with unique stories to tell.
  • Be comfortable being on camera and/or interviewed by local media.
  • Be in need of expert design help from one participating blogger.
  • Be able to make quick decisions in order to keep tight timelines.
  • Be available for a 2 day period to complete the makeover (between April 20-May 22).
  • Allow photos of your home to be shared online.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older to apply.
So are you ready to participate? Click the button below!
 
Submit

 Project submittal is April 13-April 17

Disclosure: This post and project are sponsored by Lowe’s, but all opinions are my own!

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Love the Home You Have http://www.justagirlblog.com/love-the-home-you-have/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/love-the-home-you-have/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:00:52 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8697 Author information
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I used to write notes. Someone baked me a cake? I wrote them a thank you note. I knew someone was going through a hard time? I sent them a note of encouragement. But then e-mail, Facebook, etc. came along and the notes stopped. Anyone else guilty of this? I miss it. I miss sending notes, and (perhaps selfishly) I miss receiving them. My friend Melissa wrote a book titled Love the Home You Have , and cover to cover it is about getting in touch with what you love and appreciating what you have. She put out a challenge, so I accepted it. 

Love your Home Challenge - from the new book Love the Home You Have by Melissa of The Inspired RoomWhat was keeping me from simply writing those heart-felt notes? Convenience! How easy is it to sit at your computer and e-mail a message to a friend or sit at the doctor’s office and private message someone? There’s something sacred about the written word, and I needed to make it more convenient to use it.

pink gold stationeryMelissa spoke to my inner organizer when she wrote about decluttering the nooks and crannies. Aint that the truth! Using the same color scheme and keeping all my items in one spot makes it simple. There are few choices, and having everything in one area gives me easy access to writing that personal message to someone.

pink gold stationery

Organizers speak often of having a designated space for everything (Melissa included), so why not designate a specific space for this? It’s a sacred spot just for me, and it brings back the joy of reaching out to my friends in a personal way. I’m not one to throw out recommendations lightly, so I’m very pleased to recommend Love the Home You Have by my friend. She “gets it” as a home owner, and I found myself highlighting and tagging sections throughout the book! Love Your Home Challenge Tour - from the new book Love the Home You Have by Melissa of The Inspired RoomSeveral other bloggers in our community have accepted her challenge as well, and I encourage you to see what they did! You can find links to their challenges at Melissa’s blog The Inspired Room. Clearly, we’re all very proud of our friend!

Love the Home You Have - new book by Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room*Some affiliate links have been provided for you! Click on any one of them for your purchase! You won’t be disappointed.

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K-Cup Storage http://www.justagirlblog.com/k-cup-storage/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/k-cup-storage/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 04:00:00 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8682 Author information
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I was professing my love for my Keurig (again) to a girlfriend the other day, and she responded that she’s not keen on getting one because she wouldn’t know where to store all the K-cups. 1. There’s still people out there who don’t have Keurigs? 2. Don’t make it difficult. 

Buy a silverware organizer, put it in a drawer by your Keurig, and fill it up with your favorite K-cups. Done.

K Cup storage

We’re not complicated coffee drinkers around here. We like black coffee, so we’re easy to please. I get “fancy” with some tea, hot cocoa, and hot cider, but it makes it easy for us to store them in a drawer underneath the Keurig. 

K Cup storage

When I went to take a picture of said Keurig, I noticed a little visitor.

K Cup storage

Walking Dead fans will appreciate the moment here. Tyrese will be forever in our hearts. Or on our countertops. 

K Cup storage

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Pretty Desk Accessories http://www.justagirlblog.com/pretty-desk-accessories/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/pretty-desk-accessories/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 03:08:35 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8676 Author information
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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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I’m organizing my office right now, and I suspect I’ll be done around September. The task is daunting. In an effort to distract errr motivate me, I’ve been shopping around for some new desk accessories. Feminine is the new black these days, and I’m all for it! I thought I’d share some of my purchases and some inspiration offices I’ve seen around the web.Pretty Desk Accessories

tape dispenser | candle | cover | phone case

scissors | file holder | thank you notes | pencils | stapler

Feminine office space

{pink and gold office}

Feminine office

{well-planned desk}

Pink office

{cream and coral office space}

Pretty home office

{colorful office space}

Pretty office

{pink office}

Simply+Jessica+Marie+Home+Studio+ +Zipporah+Photography

{pretty desk details}

Adult office space

{sophisticated office space}

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Flashback Friday {Valentine’s Day} http://www.justagirlblog.com/flashback-friday-valentines-day/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/flashback-friday-valentines-day/#respond Fri, 06 Feb 2015 04:15:57 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8666 Author information
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For someone who doesn’t really decorate for Valentine’s Day, I have more V-day posts than I thought. My kids are getting older (sniff), so the cutesy projects are few and far between. So reminisce with me as we take a look back at some of my Valentine’s Day ideas!

Valentine’s Day Mailboxes

Valentine s mailboxes

 Valenetine’s Ipod Box

Valentine s ipod box

Valentine’s Cake Box

Valentines Box Cake

Valentine’s Purse (from a cereal box!)

Valentines purse

Teachers’ Valentine’s Gift

Valentine s teacher gift

Valentine’s Mantel

Valentine s mantel

Valentine’s Decor

Valentine s heart

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Winter Fashion http://www.justagirlblog.com/winter-fashion/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/winter-fashion/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:56:59 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8654 Author information
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If you’re anywhere in the midwest, you know that it has been co-old. Lots of snow and cold means looking for some cute fashions to keep me warm. As I type this, I have a personal heater on me. And the fireplace going. So you could say that these outfits are just what we need in this neck of the woods. Enjoy! And stay warm!

Blue and cream outfitBaby blue outfit

 Cream and burgundy outfit

Burgundy and cream

Snowflake and gray outfit

Burgundy and gray outfit

Ivory black and aqua outfit

Cream and aqua
Pink and gray outfit

Pink and gray outfit

Cream and teal outfit

Teal winter outfit

Winter white outfit

winter white

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