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I’ve got another great giveaway for you all today!!! This is a good one—are you ready!? Anyone got any bills to catch up on? Or furniture to buy? Or want to take a trip to the Texas Wine Country (DO IT!!!)? I’ve got what you need—how does $1000 sound?

Yup! $1000 cash!! This is a giveaway I’ve teamed up with some friends to do. I’m rooting for you guys! Entering is super easy via Rafflecopter below. Good luck you guys!! Crossing my fingers for you!

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Summer Blast $1000 Cash Giveaway

Monday, Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11:59PM to Monday, September 15, 2014 at 11:59PM

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Prize: One winner will receive $1000 USD payable via PayPal

Eligibility and Rules: This giveaway runs from Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11:59PM to Monday, September 15 at 11:59PM. It is open to individuals over the age of the majority in their home country. The winner will be chosen randomly through the Rafflecopter form. It is the sole responsibility of the winner to report to and adhere to all laws in their respective country, which includes payments to any governing tax body. This giveaway is void in any country or territory where it is prohibited by law.

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Painting Over a Headboard & New Bedding

Edit: the giveaway I posted about earlier doesn’t start until tonight at 11:59pm. I jumped the gun a bit on posting it—I’m just that excited about giving away $1000!! :) Come back tomorrow to enter! Get EXCITED! 

I heard once before that if you can only do two things to keep your house looking clean everyday, they should be to wipe down your kitchen sink and make your bed.  I’ll admit it’s a lot easier for me to keep my sink clean since it’s in a more public space, than it is for me to make my bed daily. However, I truly believe that a good-looking bed can not only create a jumping board for a clean room, but will actually help you sleep better at night.

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While I absolutely adore the look of fluffy duvets, they aren’t exactly practical here in Dallas right now. While we are grateful to have a working air conditioner there’s only so much our poor cooling system can do to combat the 100 degree plus weather we are currently “enjoying”. So when my poor sister came to stay with us and we offered 20 throw blankets to her instead of a duvet I can only hope she didn’t suffer or freeze too much. It took me a few days but I was finally able to pick a lighter-weight duvet that I thought would be perfect. I picked a white reversible one from JCPenney during a big sale they were having last weekend. I also grabbed a few new pillows as well as a white bed skirt for her bed too.

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The throw blanket and decorative pillows are also from JCPenney’s Design by Conran collection (here and here)—have you all seen their house collection stuff? Super cute.

Even though my new friend David Bromstad suggests choosing paint color last when designing a room (after selecting the furniture and other big-ticket items), I didn’t design this room that way. I just knew in my heart of hearts I’d find a white, beautiful headboard to put white, lovely bedding on to lighten up the dark colored walls. And luckily, I was right. Well, sort of.

The headboard didn’t start as white. It was actually a dark wood tone when we picked it up from a local thrift store. I loved the shape though and thought it would look lovely with some white paint.

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After giving it a cleaning, I started painting. I got lucky and found some flat “oops” paint at Home Depot for $8, and the color was exactly what I was hoping for—a warm, creamy white. Hooray! I did add a little plaster of paris to help the paint adhere easier, which seemed to work really well…and after 4 coats the headboard was transformed.

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It was raining (really hard!) all day, so rather than paint outside I opted for a “painting picnic”. We just shoved a lot of stuff out of the way in our dining room so I could paint. It was really pleasant actually!

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Doesn’t it look lovely in this room? We still have lots of work to do—curtains to hang, baseboard to install, bedside table to make, some wall pieces to hang along with a lot of other fun projects. But for now, let’s just admire the lovely ocean-inspired colors in this peaceful room. Sigh.

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Nap anyone? I won’t tell my sister. ;)