Just a Girl Blog http://www.justagirlblog.com Interior design ideas on a DIY budget Fri, 15 May 2015 15:50:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mother’s Day with Groupon http://www.justagirlblog.com/mothers-day-with-groupon/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/mothers-day-with-groupon/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 21:52:24 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8738

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

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

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!

Spring lowes

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

Window box 102106970 hero

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

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

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

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/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 04:15:57 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8666

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

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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A New Sectional http://www.justagirlblog.com/a-new-sectional/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/a-new-sectional/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:09:28 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8642

It’s been a long time comin’, but after years of waiting, we finally got our sectional. If you remember (or don’t), I was about to purchase it TWO years ago when Maximus had a close visit with the grim reaper. Well, one thing after another got in the way of getting it, but it is now ours. 

Rowe sectional

Two things I know about myself—1. If there’s a more expensive option to purchase something, I will find a way to go that route 2. I like to fold laundry on my kitchen table. 

cream sectional

I say this because I could NOT find a sectional with the dimensions I needed without it being custom. That of course meant more money, but remember #1 above? We spend 85% of our time in this room, so there was no need getting a piece that A. didn’t fit the space or B. wouldn’t fit all of us comfortably while we watch tv, nap, blog, etc. 

Rowe sectional 2

The other thing I know about myself? I will take 2.7 years to make a decision about anything. And then I will doubt my decision for another 1.3 years after that. After having oversized furniture in this space for so long, I was (almost) convinced that I wanted something really tailored and streamlined. I wavered for an unreasonable amount of time before I finally settled on a Rowe Martin sectional. I do love it. The tight back, the square arms—dreamy. 

Rowe sectional 4

Aaaaand a decorating dilemma that many of you can relate to is that now I need to change items in the rest of the room as a result of the purchase. The tufted ottoman doesn’t work. It’s not large enough, and I know it just won’t hold up over time. It’ll move to another spot soon. So that, the cowhide rug, and the pillows are temporary. 

Rowe sectional 3

I’m hoping to build the table myself, but that will have to wait until the weather breaks. We’re under an official blizzard right now (11 inches of snow), so I won’t be working in the garage anytime soon. Until then, wanna see what I’m thinking?

Option 1. The waterfall table is my absolute favorite, but I think it’s just to involved for me to build. It looks more simplistic than it really is, and I know my limits. But I do love it. Let’s be honest. The whole room is drool-worthy. 

Waterfall coffee table

Option 2. I know I want an open bottom. I want it to be rustic enough that my kids can beat it up and get away with it—sort of. And I want them to be able to sit on it. Gees. Lots of criteria for a coffee table, eh? This table from Lindevegan is perfect!

Wood coffee table

Option 3. I love the legs of these tables, but I have no idea who would make them for me. 

Cofffee table wood

Like I said, those things will have to happen a little later. For now, I’m just thrilled that the long wait is over!

 

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Haven Conference Tickets http://www.justagirlblog.com/haven-conference-tickets-2/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/haven-conference-tickets-2/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:20:39 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=8633

Can you believe it’s already here? Time to talk Haven, everyone! The girls and I are busy getting everything ready for another fantastic conference for you! We’re excited, and we hope you are too! So what do you need to know? Well, here you go–

Havenconference

And want some even more awesome news? We have our keynote speaker lined up, and we’re thrilled to announce it! 

Jonacuff

I seriously can’t wait, guys. Haven is such a highlight for me, and I look forward to seeing you there! I hope you can make it! You know that our main sponsor will make sure it’s a fantastic experience! Thank you, Home Depot!

THD vivid orange thumb

Tickets go on sale Monday, February 2nd at 12:00 EST

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