Friday, May 15, 2015

American Odyssey Relay 2015 Recap & Giveaway

Remember that time Cassie asked me to run the American Odyssey Relay race?  To run more miles than I had ever run before?  Like three legs of a 200 mile relay? Well I survived, met my running goals and had a great time doing it!

Here I am, elated to have completed my first leg of this relay challenge!
I was a blast to embark on this adventure with this amazing group of bloggers.  
You get real close with your van mates when you spend 36 hours running and cheering your team on together!
Thank you to Megan for driving us almost the entire length of the relay in our sweet GMC Denali.  Our ride had allll the bells and whistles.

And the biggest THANK YOU of all goes out to Cassie for encouraging me to train and run the American Odyssey Relay!  There's already talk of doing it all again next year...
I know all my relay teammates would join me in giving all our sponsors a heartfelt thanks!  We couldn't have done it without them!

Now it's our turn to share the relay love with you! 
Our team is giving away $200 and a relay starter kit to one lucky reader (continental US only)!  The kit includes the Milestone pod, the hands free running tracker, and delicious Health Warrior Chia Bars as well as other relay essentials.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Challenging Partnership: The American Odyssey Relay Race

Having a fantastic business partner that you get along with on multiple levels is key to a successful start up business.  Cassie and I share a vision and we can finish each other's sentences.  But we also challenge each other.  We challenge each other to be more creative, find better management strategies, and take our business to the next level.
Annnnd sometimes one of us challenges the other to do something crazy and impossible. Like run a 200 mile team relay from Gettysburg to DC.

Cassie had such a fantastic time running the The American Odyssey Relay race last year she's doing it again this year and so am I!  I'm not a "runner" but I have been known to run (2) 5Ks in my time.  With the help of a 5k-10k training program at my local running store, Fleet Feet, I am as ready as I'll ever be to meet the challenge of running 12 miles in 24-36 hours.

I guess I like a challenge!
Let me introduce you to team Bloggin' & Joggin':

I'm lucky to know most of the team from blogging and local events at Sweet Clover.  With this much blog star power our team was able to gather an impressive list of sponsors for the AOR!  Thanks to each and every one for their support!

And a final word of thanks to my partner, Cassie, for challenging me to push my limits and be my best!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thrift Score Thursday: Living Room Mantel

Today I'm participating in #thriftscorethursday.  Thrifting is my bread and butter so this is a natural fit!  Plus it's hosted by some of my very favorite ladies!
I have been designing and (ahem) re-designing our living room since pretty much the beginning of this blog. At first, we had no furniture or money and it was going in a very traditional direction. But after I painted the fireplace brick I changed things up and got a little more eclectic.
This look didn't last very long - the shelving units now make their home on the left side of the room.  Instead, I envision two similar sized mid century pieces flanking the fireplace.  (I have one already! Pray to the Craigslist gods I find another.)

The mantel now reflects the mood I want to set in this room, all because of a recent thrift score! Here's a cell phone pic of the piece before.
This little cabinet may have been part of a mid century wall unit.  It has two shelves inside. Even though I had no idea at the time what I was going to do with it, I just could not leave the little cabinet at the thrift store.  So I scooped it up for $4.99.

One day I was inspired to use the cabinet on the living room mantle but it needed something to up it's style.  Enter matte gold washi tape!
I didn't measure to create the design on the cabinet door.  Just grabbed the tape and eyeballed it. Washi tape is pretty easy to work with and forgiving if you make a mistake.
The framed feather print was a clearance Home Goods find with perfect colors for this room and the painting is an original I created with a thrifted canvas and acrylic paints.
These curvy, brass candlesticks were another thrift store find.
I kept the shell chairs near the fireplace and added the stump table between them.  I always need a rustic element with my modern.  You can also see a peek of the gorgeous shag rug I added to the room.
And I added some plant life too.  All of the other elements in the space I had on hand.
Stay tuned for more living room updates.  I've been busy hanging new curtains and art!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blogger Stylin' Home Tours Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas ya'll and if you are stopping by from Run to Radiance, welcome!  Are you ready for my Christmas Blogger Stylin' Home Tour?
Owning a retail shop like Sweet Clover means that we have been going full force HOLIDAY at the barn since the beginning of November, hosting three sales in the space of four weeks! But we are lucky that the madness ended last weekend so there is still time to focus on Christmas at home.  And that's just what I've been doing this week.

My decorating inspiration this year is a mix of keep it simple and old school style and I can't think of a better way of sharing what I've come up with than via my sweet friend, Lindsay's Blogger Stylin' Home Tours Series.

Let's start in the family room where we snuggle by the fire and enjoy the sparkle of the Christmas tree.
My large scale star is again the focal point of the mantel just like last year.  Below the star I created a snowy Christmas village with vintage putz mica houses interspersed with glittered houses rescued from the thrift store.  All the houses even light up at night with battery operated string lights.  The kids have taken to calling it the little town of Bethlehem.
I  kept the rest of the room cozy - mixing in new, red buffalo check pillows, candles and brass deer.

Of course the main focus in the family room is the tree!  The kids really wanted colored lights this year so we went full on old school and added fluffy gold garland and red, green, blue and gold Shiny Brites too.  The combination reminds me of the colorful trees of my childhood.
Next up is the kitchen eating area.  I love to decorate the open shelving for each season.  The gold accessories and plant life coupled with ornaments and mercury glass trees say Christmas in a subtle way.  And with a few quick changes the look can work after the holidays as well.  Like I said I'm keeping it simple!
My favorite painting by my Father-in-law mad its way from the Fall mantel to the kitchen.

We had these 12 days of Christmas glasses when I was growing up.  I've managed to thrift up 9 of the 12 so far.  The swizzle sticks are vintage from my Grandparents' home.
Moving down the hall to the entryway, I added new greenery swags and golden beaded garland.  The arm knitted wall hanging from my Fall mantel also found a home here.

I snapped up this large scale canvas back in the Fall for less than $20.  It's just propped up over the existing framed photograph that normally graces the entry.  Perfect for a quick change after the Holidays.  I also displayed a small vintage nativity scene here this year in place of our larger manager set.
The final stop on the tour is my vintage Christmas tree in the living room.  My sister scored a white artificial tree for me on clearance last year and brought it to me all the way from Jersey.  My brightly colored, vintage ornament collection really pops on the white background!  I love it!
Instead of wrapped packages I adorned this tree with the bright, vintage ornament boxes.  I was inspired to show them off by this amazing Anthropologie store display that will make any Shiny Brite lover's heart beat a little faster!  The boxes are too pretty to store away and cleanup will be a cinch when it's time to pack away the tree.

Thanks so much for coming along on the tour with me.  I hope you will follow along with the rest of the tour series - The Inspired Room is the next stop.  Be sure to start at the beginning of the tour if you are just joining us too!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fall in Love Room Makeover Dining Room Reveal

Today's the day I'm sharing progress on my dining room makeover! I'm so thankful to Cassie and all the bloggers participating in Fall in Love for the much needed push to work on our dining room.
Let's refresh our memory with a few before photos.

When we started this makeover series I really was not in love with our red dining space and vowed to paint and wallpaper my way to a cooler color palette.  
Let's check my progress in accomplishing the vision laid out in my design board shall we?

If you're paying attention you can probably tell I didn't cross everything off my original list.  The room is still red!  But with the new, blue carpet, drapes and wallpaper it is certainly toned down. Painting walls is not my favorite activity and I'm fine with putting it off for awhile.  Besides that fabulous thrifted mirror is rimmed in red!

We also were not able to remove the top piece of the china cabinet.  My husband I tried to lift it but it was way too heavy!  Instead I shifted it to the other wall which also makes the room feel larger. Once we can arrange for additional manpower to lend a hand, I plan to remove the hutch and use the buffet under the mirror with a pair of cool lamps.

You might also notice that we don't have a chandelier.  I originally planned to keep the one that was present but now I'm considering a more modern orb chandelier.  Like this one from Lowes.

Finally I am planning to recover the wood dining chair seats.  I struggled to choose a coordinating fabric but finally settled on Lacefield Keenland Blend Basil.  I'm also going to add some to the new upholstered chairs too.  The fabric will bring the green tones in the World Market curtains (which you see a snippet of in the mirror above) into the rest of the room.

I've got several projects in the works for the dining room so stay tuned!

Thanks for visiting!
Please check out the other "Fall in Love" makeovers going on this week!  You will be inspired for sure.

Home + Style Report
Dwellings by Devore
A Home Full of Color

Shift Ctrl Art
Go Haus Go
The Gathered Home

Primitive & Proper
Wills Casa
Nalle's House
Brittany Makes
Number Fifty-Three

Boxy Colonial
Bliss at Home
Eleven Gables
Newly Woodwards
The Chronicles of Home

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blogger Stylin' Home Tour: Fall 2014

Happy Wednesday!  Today is a great day because when I woke up it was 45 degrees - brr!  It's definitely Fall. The chill in the air really has me in the mood to participate in Lindsey's Blogger Stylin' Home Tours series today!

This tour is packed with inspiration and talent so be sure to visit each stop on the tour by starting from the beginning at The White Buffalo Styling Co.  If you are joining me from Tania's tour at Run to Radiance, thanks for hopping over!

Today I will be sharing our Fall porch, entry, kitchen eating area and family room.  This year I have a more subtle approach to Fall decorating, using color and texture to create a cozy feeling.  I also tried to work with items I already owned although I did buy a few extras as well as pumpkins and mums.

Let's start with the porch.
For me, mums and pumpkins are required Fall porch decor.  This year I chose mums in magenta tones and green hued cinderella pumpkins.  I how they play with the color of our Napoleonic Blue door and herringbone rug.
Our "wreath" this year is a vintage Syroco sunburst clock that I found while thrifting.  The clock no longer worked so I removed it and attached picture hanging wire to the back to hang it on the door.
Under the front windows there is a rustic bench I purchased at Lucketts Spring Market a few years ago.  I dressed it up with pillows and a wool throw for a cozy feel.  I also picked up the tropical plant on clearance at Home Depot.  I was unable to resist it's gorgeous Fall color but it's totally impractical since it's not for temperatures below 60 degrees...oops!

Let's move inside to our entry.  There isn't a perfect spot in the entry for a typical foyer table and a "drop zone" but there's just enough space to tuck a tall chest of drawers.  I thank the heavens every winter for that extra hat-mitten-scarf storage!
To get ready for Fall, I added an amber glass candle, a white pumpkin and a branch to the tray that normally sits atop this chest.  The trees in my yard have not started to change yet but luckily I have a red maple that I can snip a few sprigs from!
I couldn't resist tucking my fav Fall boots into the shot as well!
Moving down the hall, our kitchen shelves and table are all set for the season.  I even managed a tables scape!
I enjoy changing up the shelves seasonally.  On the buffet hat's a big 'ole crook neck pumpkin our landlord at Sweet Clover grew!
More leaves from the red maple.  I love the little red "helicopters" still attached to the branches.

I'm planning to paint the antique farm table base black and refinish the top one day.  The tabouret chairs and flat weave Persian rug are Craigslist scores.
The place settings are completely thrifted - those cane patterned plates are called "Independence Ironstone".  I found the gold toned bamboo silverware at the flea with Cassie.  Gold, blue and brown says Fall to me for sure.
Last stop on the tour is our family room where we spend a lot of our time together.   It's gone through quite a change since I shared my Spring decorating post.    Gone are the neutral tones and textures, replaced by warm reds and golds.  The transformation was kicked off unexpectedly when I purchased the vintage brass coffee table from Craigslist.  That led to replacing the jute rug with the dining room oriental rug. Funny how these things happen!  #bloggerproblems
I splurged a bit on the cow hide throw and a pair of red velvet pillows.
 The sweet bamboo table got a coat of red paint to help tie in the red in the rug.
Last but not least the mantel.  I went with a bit of a boho vibe. The vintage inspired wall hanging was arm knitted by me and I will share a tutorial soon.

 My Father-in-law painted the vibrant flowers on a black background.  It's my absolute favorite!

Thank you so much for joining me for my Fall Blogger Stylin' Home Tour.  I hope you enjoyed it! Please continue on the tour and click over to my bestie and business partner, Cassie of Primitive and Proper.  I know she will wow you!

If you missed any of the other tours click on the links below.


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