Must-Have For Spring: Blackout Room Darkening Curtains

Did that whole Spring ahead thing mess with your head? Did you find that going forward an hour and getting all that extra daylight kinda screw your sleeping schedule up a bit? I know in our house, it definitely affected naptime for my kids!

My daughter (6) has blackout shade in her room since her bright pink chiffon curtains certainly don’t block out any light. However, my son (3) hasn’t had any curtains or shades on his bedroom window since we moved in. He was sleeping and napping in our bed (yes, we co-sleep!) so it hasn’t been an issue. But recently we got him a “big boy” bed in his room so he could have his own space. Of course, we needed curtains!

We headed over to Marburn Curtains and browsed through their Blackout Room Darkening Curtains. After much deliberation, we decided to get 2 Austin Blackout Microfiber Panels in Khaki.

They arrived quickly (thank goodness!) and we got a 26-48″ 5/8″ Acrylic Crown Curtain Rod Set from Amazon (We got FREE 2-day shipping with our Amazon Prime Membership.)

I was so anxious to get the curtains UP that I didn’t bother ironing, steaming or even washing the curtains. They went right from the package up in the window just in time for naptime!

So without further adieu, please excuse the wrinkles and say hello to Blackout Room Darkening Curtains!

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Curtains open during afternoon with full sunlight!

 

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Makeover Any Room with GE Reveal Light Bulbs

Now normally, I don’t get all excited about freaking light bulbs, but these lights bulbs are seriously worth mentioning.

GE-Lighting-Halogen-Reveal-75-Watt-Package-400x400GE reveal® Light Bulbs offer innovative, clean light that really makes any room look more beautiful.

My husband is ALL ABOUT light bulbs and after we purchased our house, he immediately changed every single incandescent light bulb in our house to a more energy efficient light bulb. Well, I’m not really crazy about those “energy efficient” light bulbs because they take so damn long to “warm up” and actually fully brighten the room. The colder it is, the longer it takes the lights to come up to full brightness. Totally frustrating when you flip a switch and expect to actually SEE something!!!

So when I got a package of these light bulbs, I immediately replaced ALL the bulbs in the chandelier over my dining room table to these GE reveal light bulbs. The difference is epic. If my dining room wasn’t completely cluttered with baskets and containers of craft projects and tiny pots of sprouts for our garden, then I would show you a before an after picture of the amazing difference these light bulbs made in our dining room.

Instead, you’ll just have to check out these photos below to get an idea of how unbelievable these light bulbs really are…

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Did you know the quickest and easiest way to makeover your home is with good lighting?

You’ll be amazed at how GE reveal® bulbs replace yellow, dingy lighting with crisp white light that makes colors and patterns pop, transforming homes from ordinary to extraordinary with just the flip of a switch. And GE’s new and innovative reveal® LEDs offer the same aesthetic benefits as the rest of the GE reveal® brand plus energy-efficient technology that allows them to last over a decade, based on three hours of usage a day.

To see how quick and easy a reveal® lighting makeover can be, watch this fun and stylish new video GE Lighting created featuring four hip West-Coast tastemakers who depend on the best lighting possible for their craft, as they complete a GE reveal® makeover and share their authentic experience. Learn more about our experts and their lighting transformations.

Watch the video here:

 

Purchase them online here or head into your local Target store to find them.

What did you think of the video? Are you going to pick up a box of these light bulbs the next time you are at Target?

My Modern Bathroom Mini Makeover

I have had a purple “Hello Kitty” bathroom in every single apartment / house I have lived in for the last 10 years. Regardless of renting rules, I painted everything single bathroom a gorgeous shade of light lavender to match my Hello Kitty shower curtain and bath mat that I bought shortly after I married my husband.

Well, after almost 10 years of having a purple bathroom in every house I lived in, I finally decided I was ready for a change! Right before we got pregnant with our third, I decided to tackle a mini renovation on our upstairs bathroom. I tried to finish in the allotted time I gave myself to finish the project, but it ended up taking longer than I anticipated (only being able to paint while my kids were napping!) and needing to do two coats of paint to cover the purple. Plus, I painted all the trim bright white! I was horribly tired of the brown wood trim. It was dirty and had 3 different paint colors splattered on it in various places so it was really unattractive.

I chose a gorgeous linen white for the walls and a bright white for the trim. I changed out my Hello Kitty shower curtain for a beautiful and simple white waffle weave shower curtain from Target and a fluffy white bath mat I got on sale for $7 from Home Goods.

Between the two cans of paint, painting supplies and the new accessories, I spent under $100 total to completely change the look of my bathroom. I’m really happy with the results!

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That cute little white storage shelf on the right hand side of the toilet is from BrylaneHome.com. I have all my cleaning supplies on the bottom shelf and toilet paper and paper towels on the top shelf. It’s on wheels, so it just slides right out for easy access to everything I need. I love it! You can find this and other solutions for storage and organization at BrylaneHome.com.

If you want to do a mini makeover on a room in your home, enter our GE reveal® LED Bulbs & Target Gift Card Giveaway that ends 2/24/2014!

What do you think of my mini bathroom makeover? Sorry I don’t have some “before” pictures to show you how awesome the “after” really is!

What You Need to Buy to Childproof Your Nursery

Whether you are still waiting for the arrival of your bundle of joy or you have already had your newborn baby, one of the biggest items on your priority list is more than likely preparing and childproofing your nursery. Several steps need to be considered when it comes to achieving this goal.

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Buy a Quality Crib

One of the very first things that you need to purchase when decorating and preparing your nursery is the crib for your baby. There are a wide variety of colors, sizes and types to choose from. Make sure that it is a good fit for your budget and for your child. Keep in mind that in many cases, the vast collection of available bells and whistles really are not necessary or required, especially if you cannot afford them. Therefore, the best route to take would be to focus on the basic, bare necessities that are essential and play a vital role in keeping your child safe throughout the night.

Shop Competitively for Prices

Make sure that you shop competitively for pricing, because purchasing all of the items that you need for your nursery can quickly become very expensive. Check out a wide variety of furnishings and other quality products for every room within your home, including your baby’s nursery and bathroom. If you would like to save even more money on their competitive prices and promotional specials, there are a host of Bed Bath and Beyond discount codes that can be used in order to do so. You can save by shopping at department stores for good deals on a wide range of products.

Safeguard All Furniture

Whether you decide to load your nursery with many different furniture items or not, every single furnishing needs to be secured and stabilized so that it will not tip over and fall. It is highly recommended for you to make sure that all bookcases, dressers and changing tables are secured to the wall if possible. This is especially the case when your children start to crawl and walk around the room on their own. You definitely do not want your child to endanger himself or herself simply by trying to climb up on a changing table or dresser. Therefore, when shopping for your furniture for the nursery, make sure that you keep these points in mind. By shopping at a department store or renowned retailer you will be able to explore a wide variety of cribs and furnishings that can coordinate well with your existing decor and color themes for the nursery while keeping your baby safe at the same time.

All Power Outlets Need Covers

Even though it might seem outdated and ineffective, it is imperative for you to make sure that all of the electrical outlets throughout your child’s room are covered with a plastic outlet cover. This will protect your child from becoming electrocuted and prevent any unnecessary damage caused to the outlet itself by your experimental baby. It is recommended that you take the time to cover all outlets with furniture or toy boxes to prevent children from playing with the covers themselves.

Do Not Forget about an Area Rug

Perhaps one of the most important things to purchase in addition to a crib for your nursery, especially if you have carpet, is an area rug. It truly does not have to be a large area rug; several small rugs strategically placed throughout the nursery will do just fine. The target objective of these items is to make sure that your carpet is not excessively abused by your child. These rugs will also make it easier for you to maintain the appeal and appearance of the carpet that was in place even before your child was born.

 

Don’t forget to check out these Five Tips To Feng Shui Your Nursery!

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Before and After Pics from My Mini Kitchen Makeover!

If you missed part 1, click here, then check out part 2 here

Here is my kitchen “before” my Mini Kitchen Makeover. Sad, dark and boring. As you can see, I’ve got a little bit of the “Chef” theme going on in my kitchen. It’s been my “thing” for almost 10 years now. I think I’m ready for a change!

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My dream is to have a Farmhouse style kitchen, but I’m a little ways away from that dream at the moment. I’m slowly gathering ideas for my dream kitchen in my Inspired Living board on Pinterest.

The first step is going to be painting the woodwork white, which in itself would be a big job. But on top of that, I want white kitchen cabinets at well. Since I definitely can’t afford to buy new kitchen cabinets right now, I will probably end up painting them. Eventually. Someday. At least that’s my dream! Meanwhile, I will keep adding white ceramic a country-themed items into my kitchen to lighten and brighten things up.

Another thing I plan to do soon that will really look great with my new faucet is a backsplash! Right now my backsplash is ugly wallpaper from the previous homeowners and I just haven’t bothered to change it yet. I tend to like the clean, white subway tiles but I also like the look of the beadboard backsplash as well. I can’t wait to rip off that wallpaper and put something beautiful and clean up there! I also totally have my heart set on a big, white, Farmhouse sink as soon as I get the money!

Meanwhile, I installed this absolutely AMAZING Delta Pilar Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O® Technology in my kitchen and it made a WORLD of difference.

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Not only is it more functional, it certainly adds a huge dose of style and sophistication to the space. Honestly, it made me go from wanting to gut my kitchen to thinking it’s not half bad!

The installation process was a cinch. I did it myself, ladies! Took me less than an hour to get that crappy old faucet out of there and install my beautiful, majestic Delta Touch2O Faucet.

The technology of this faucet has significantly improved how I use the sink as well as the overall cleanliness of the area. First off, the bronze finish wears a LOT better than the polished chrome. No fingerprints, no water spots, just gorgeous, sleek lines. Also, because of the Touch2O Technology, we can simply tap the faucet or the handle to turn the water on with an elbow (I even do it with my chin!) thus avoiding fingerprints, dirt, grime, water spots and germs from getting all over the faucet.

The high arch makes it so much easier to fill pots of water, pitchers for flowers and even giving my son a bath in the sink! I also adore that the sprayer comes out of the faucet head and then magnetically clicks back into place when you’re done. A one-touch button on the sprayer head enables you to turn the stream of water to a shower, while the handle lets you adjust the temperature and the volume of the water.

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I feel that this faucet has added a lot to the look and feel of my kitchen as well. As I move forward with kitchen makeover, I will stay inspired by this Delta Faucet and center my design ideas completely around this faucet because I feel that it is the statement piece that made my kitchen go from a house, to my home sweet home.

Amazing what a new faucet can do…

 

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Delta Touch2O Technology for your kitchen and bathroom is precisely in tune with your every touch. Take the quiz to learn which faucet style best describes you at deltafaucet.com

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Deltavia Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Delta.

My Mini Kitchen Makeover – Part 2


(If you missed Part 1, check it out here!)

I’m a motivated person and I always like to have several projects going at once. I can’t *NOT* have some kind of a project either in progress or at least on my mind to start in the near future. I’m too type-A to just sit back, relax and enjoy life. I have a NEED to always be planning, making lists and doing SOMETHING! My friends and family compare me to Monica (from the TV series Friends).

So of course, before I got close to finishing My Living Room Makeover, I needed to start another project.

Not only did I start re-painting my bathroom, quite randomly, but I started working on planning a Mini Kitchen Makeover.

We purchased this house three years ago and while the kitchen wasn’t horrible, it’s definitely not my dream kitchen. You can tell it hasn’t been updated since the 90′s and we all know, that’s just not a good look. I started by removing all the ugly gold/brass light fixtures and hardware. Then eventually, we got a new fridge. The kitchen isn’t ugly, but it’s definitely not… awesome.

See…

my kitchen

It’s boring and not very special (although I love my 50′s coffee tin sign.) The red counters are not my favorite although I’m not in a hurry to change them because they are really resilient and easy to clean. I also need to de-clutter a bit as you can see. Since we’ve been on a tight budget, we used stick-on linoleum tiles that look like real slate tiles to cover the hideous, disgusting, white tiles that were on the floor when we moved and in and thankfully our cheapo, one day of hard labor fix made a huge improvement to the kitchen and it looks great. For now… Honestly, I can’t wait till we can save up enough money to redo all our floors and put hardwood throughout the first floor of our house.

Meanwhile, I’m thinking it’s time for a new sink and a new faucet!

I want this one right here…


Delta Pilar Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O® Technology

Before I even bought this house, I knew what I wanted my kitchen to look like eventually. Whenever I saw a commercial for the Delta Faucets with Touch2O Technology, I knew I HAD to have one. It’s been a dream of mine to literally, design my kitchen around that gorgeous faucet. And well… I’m going to do it!

First, I started by pinning all the things I love on my Inspired Living board on Pinterest.

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Believe it or not, I’m Italian (my maiden name is Vitelli!) and I’ve always been inspired by Italy’s design style and elements. I feel that a warm, inviting, farmhouse style kitchen from the Tuscan hillsides is so appealing.

I also like the country farmhouse style kitchens, like this one below, and I’m hoping I can marry these two styles together in a way that will work for my home.

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I adore the bamboo shades, the curtains on only the bottom half of the window, the bronze faucet and fixtures, the pons and pans hanging over a rustic island, the word “Family” over the window, and so many other little details.

So I’ve gathered all the pins of things I love in my Inspired Living board on Pinterest so I can sort through everything when the times comes and really dig on this kitchen makeover. Meanwhile, I want to do a couple little things just to make it feel new and updated. I’m, of course, starting with the faucet!

Other Things I Want To Do ASAP:

  1. I want a new sink! Maybe one like this.
  2. Need a new hood over the stove. Ours is from the 80′s I think…
  3. Paint the kitchen cabinets white, like these beauties.
  4. Get rid of my Fat Chef’s and aim for a more Tuscan farmhouse styled kitchen
  5. I need a backsplash like this subway tile blacksplash. I currently have ugly checkered wallpaper that is peeling off… Gross!

Hopefully I will get a chance to do some of those before winter. I’ve been so inspired by that faucet that I can’t wait to roll my sleeves up and start working on my kitchen!

Are you ready to get up and get moving? What would you do to your kitchen? Would you design your kitchen around a statement making faucet like the one I picked out above?

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Delta Faucet Touch2O Technology for your kitchen and bathroom is precisely in tune with your every touch. Take the quiz to learn which faucet style best describes you at deltafaucet.com

Disclosure: We received compensation from Delta via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Delta.

Cabin Fever, Grilling and Camping Sales on One Kings Lane

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Starting today, Monday, July 29th, One Kings Lane is featuring several great sales that will help your readers with all of their favorite summer activities. From grilling out to camping, One Kings Lane has a wonderfully curated selection of products that has something for everyone’s taste.

Here are a few things I’m loving from the Cabin Fever sale…

I absolutely LOVE One Kings Lane and purchased a number of things from them for My Living Room Makeover!

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