Savvy Design...

I really enjoyed peeking inside the home of assistant style editor {and blogger} at House & Home, Michael Penney. He and his wife added character by mixing vintage finds with pieces from Pottery Barn, Ikea, and West Elm {something we all can do}. And check out the DIY paint and wallpaper projects they did to add style to their kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom. Budget friendly inspiration is always great!
courtesy: house & home


Spook Me Not...

I don't do scary, so my Halloween decor would probably look a little more like this. I know, not as fun, but it will have to do until we have trick or treaters of our own {meaning personally and neighborly - no kids trick or treat at condos}.

courtesy: sunset, southern living, my home ideas

iTouch Winner...

Thank you all so much for entering the giveaway {and following the blog}! I won't make you wait any longer. The winner selected for the iTouch is... Monica of Hirondelle Rustique; who would like to have an app that allowed you to plan out your space and floorplan when out thrifting for new (old) furniture. Congratulations Monica! Please email me your information alifesdesign@gmail.com


iTouch Giveaway...

*This giveaway is closed. Thank you for all the entries*
Today I am happy to be a part of an awesome giveaway! When DuPont contacted me to introduce their new {free} mySurface iPhone application which allows users to quickly search for Corian® and Zodiaq® colors by hue, providing the user with a color swatch filling the screen, along with information on how to order a sample. DuPont offered to send me a complimentary iTouch to download the free mySurface app to experience it firsthand and to give feedback; I happily accepted!

After receiving the iTouch a few days later, it was easy to find and download the mySurface app {as I am not a iPhone/iTouch user previous to this}. I was impressed; as a designer that has worked in both the commercial and currently the residential field, I feel the mySurface app is a tool that can and will be used by designers, architects, contractors, and home owners. I currently have Corian countertops in my kitchen and was happy to find that the colors match perfectly from the iTouch to the actual product.

Would you like to experience the mySurface app firsthand as well?!
DuPont is offering an iTouch to one lucky a life’s design follower and reader.

To enter:
~ ‘Follow’ the blog {if you do not already}
~ Leave a comment to this post telling us your favorite DIY app or what DIY app you would like to see {even if you aren’t an iPhone/iTouch user, tell us what app you may like to find}.
~Giveaway ends Sunday, October 25th @ 9pm EST; Winner announced Monday
~One entry per email address permitted
The winner will be selected using random.org



Lighting Illustration...

Lighting is a key element to interiors and chandeliers can steal the show.

courtesy: traditional home

Purdy Winner...

Thank you all so much for entering the giveaway! Just like I thought, there a lot of painters out there and all who agree...the brush is important. The winner of a new brush and roller is Mandy! Mandy is a mom of 3 great children and 1 smothering cat, who would start painting the trim in her son's room. Congrats Mandy! {please email me your address to alifesdesign@gmail.com}


Purdy Giveaway...

*This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for all the entries!*
Calling all do-it-yourselfers! We have all painted before and have spent countless hours choosing the perfect paint color. After selecting the paint color, we pick the supplies; and how many of us have skimped on the brushes and rollers {I know I have}, and we have all paid the price in the extra time and labor it takes to paint. Purdy has handcrafted the highest quality painting tools for over 80 years, and have been the preferred choice of professional painters. When painters demand products that enable them to paint better and faster, they select Purdy, knowing “using is believing”.
I love how Purdy brushes gives you a smooth, perfect finish the first time, leaving no brush marks or lost bristles. The brushes hold more paint, so you don’t have to refill as much and with the chiseled edge {and a steady hand} no taping is required and there is less clean-up. I don’t know about you, but I am always excited to paint at first, but slowly get fatigued and just want to finish. Any brush and roller that can make me a better and faster painter, I am sold! Another reason I like Purdy so much is that it is ‘green’, and is a brush you can use over and over again {it isn’t just a brush to throw away}. Purdy provides you all the tools you need, from their products, to tips, to coupons, to painting knowledge.

Purdy is giving one reader a 2.5” series brush for all paints and a White Dove roller.
To enter:
~Leave a comment on this post letting us know what you would paint
~Giveaway ends Sunday, October 18th @ 9pm EST; Winner announced Monday
~Open to USA only
~One entry per e-mail address is permitted.
The winner will be selected using random.org.


Bold, yet Beautiful...

Dark walls can make a space feel so defined and inviting.
courtesy: country living