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    Hey there! I'm Amanda and I'll be your co-pilot today. Along with my handy husband, Ben, we're remodeling our second house. We're avid DIY-ers, tackling large and small projects while raising two rambunctious boys. Thanks for following along on this wild journey!
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    I love the things local hardware stores carry. Like this dish towel I was so tempted to get. But my kids would probably repeat at the most inappropriate times. Also, it's not a flower pic. You're welcome. ūüėú I realize this is my fourth straight spring flower pic, but I can't stop. The dainty unopened buds on choke cherry blossoms are so pretty. And come on, more free flowers. It's that time of year. Love having free fresh flowers in the house.

Gimme A Giveaway: Janery

Jane over at Janery makes the most adorable pet supplies.

All items are hand sewn with the highest quality materials and fun patterned fabric.  Look at this gray sticks dog bed:

And the Merlin mat travel dog bed:

See, super cute! ¬†Cats aren’t left out. ¬†Get your fuzzy friend a¬†catnip kicker¬†for hours of entertainment.

If you don’t have a pet, Janery also has a selection of poppy pillows like this three pillow set:

 

The Goods:  A $60 shop credit good for or toward anything in the Janery shop.

To Enter:  Check out Janery and leave a comment with your favorite item.

For additional entries:

1.  Like Our Humble Abode on Facebook.  Come back to leave a second comment.

Contest Closes: Thursday, April 30.

Number of Winners: One!

Ships: Anywhere in the US or Canada.

Other Info: We will select the winner using random.org and announce on Friday, May 1st.

Ding Dong, Siding’s Done

After months of spending weekends replacing windows and installing new siding, we’re finished. ¬†Just before the cold weather hit, allowing us to now focus on indoor remodels. ¬†Update: ¬†Here’s the exterior when we purchased the house. ¬†

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It was a mis matched mess of ugly blue stain, natural cedar, missing siding, and old windows. ¬†We’ve since replaced every window and door, as well as new siding.

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Currently, the steel has a semi glossy¬†sheen to it. ¬†Nothing that’ll blind the neighbors, but still.

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Eventually the steel will rust, creating a contrast.   Because right now the steel is very similar in tone to the lap siding.

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As you can see, we decided to cover the bathroom bump out in steel.  Something to add interest and break up the upper section.

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It worked out well because we plan to cover the other peaked areas the same way.

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Also, the lower section wraps into the bump out near the door. ¬†The back of the pool house is all steel, thanks to the funky angles. ¬†The rest of the pool house, now that’s a different project for spring/summer.

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Finally, the section around the garage doors.  It follows the same line, wrapping around from the front.

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We’re thankful to have the loose ends tied up. ¬†You know what else we’re thankful for? ¬†Our lovely readers. ¬†To show our appreciation, we’ve partnered up with luxury linen retailer, Frette, to offer one reader a Terry Shawl Collar Robe.

Simply leave a comment on this post to enter! ¬†I’ll announce the winner on Friday. ¬†If you’re also in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving!

Gimme a Giveaway: Studio Cherie

This giveaway is now closed.  Our lucky winner is GG!  Please check your email.    

Doesn’t everyone have one ugly piece of furniture? ¬†If you’re lucky, it’s made of wood. ¬†Something easy to sand down to stain or paint. ¬†But what about that super comfy chair, that shows how much it has been loved over the years? ¬†That’s where Studio Cherie’s Custom Slipcover Craftsy class comes in.

With step by step instructional videos, you’ll have a personal seamstress fairy watching your every move.

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Really, you’ll learn about fabric selection, sewing basics, and how to tackle the sticky situations involving rolled arms and piping.

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If you need to give a chair some love, this class is right up your alley.

The Goods:  One free Slipcover Craftsy Class with Studio Cherie.  

To Enter:¬†¬†Tell us about a piece of furniture you’ve got that could use a new look.

For additional entries:

1.  Like Our Humble Abode on Facebook.  Come back to leave a second comment.

2.  Like Studio Cherie on Facebook and on Etsy for the latest updates.

Contest Closes: Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Number of Winners: One!

Ships: No shipping, hooray for online courses!

Other Info: We will select the winners using random.org and announce on Friday, December 5th.

Gimme a Giveaway: Michael Ellis Studios

This giveaway is now closed.  Our lucky winners are Kristen, Sara, and Margaret!  Congratulations, ladies!  Please check your email.  

Yay, it’s Friday! ¬†To celebrate, we’ve got a fun giveaway from Michael Ellis Studios.

This shop is packed with vintage posters that have been digitally enhanced to make beautiful art.  With so many fun options, sorted categories make browsing easy.  Here are a few of my favorites from several sections.

In the Sky:

Botanical prints:

In the Ocean:

Maps:

Kids and Nursery:

The Goods:  Three winners will receive a $60 shop credit, good for or toward anything in the Michael Ellis Studios shop.  

To Enter:  Leave a comment telling us which art print(s) you’d most want to hang in your home.

For additional entries:

1.  Like Our Humble Abode on Facebook.  Come back to leave a second comment.

2.  Follow Our Humble Abode on Instagram.  Make sure you let us know you’re following.

Contest Closes: Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Number of Winners: Three, chosen by Random.org.

Ships: Anywhere in the world!

Other Info: We will select the winners using random.org and announce on Friday, November 7th.

Gimme a Giveaway: Minted

This giveaway is now closed.  Our lucky winner is Arell!  Congratulations, please check your email.

Allow me to introduce you to a super site for all things paper, including limited edition prints from independent artists, Minted.  Seriously guys, there are some fantastic pieces.

To help narrow your search, you can organize by style, shape, type, or color.   In photography art, I found some of my favorite pieces, including, but not limited to:

King of the Forest

 

and Queen of the Forest by Glenn Carroll.  I think this pair would be perfect for either side of our entertainment center.

Staredown by Amy Carroll, because it reminds me of my Longhorns and I just love the feel of the photo.

A Shadow in a Storm¬†by Leslie Le Coq, if you’re a horse lover.

If paintings are more your flavor, check out my favorites, and many others, Mid-Summertime by Emily Jeffords.  Movement and color, but still simple.

 

Splendid Spring II from Makewells, for a bright abstract to perk up a dark corner.

Rural Midwest created by Robin Ott Design, cute and charming.

Drive Bye Grove by Jeff Preuss, bold and poppy, to make a statement.

Quirky and fun drawings like 4 Robins by Kim Johnson, a conversation starter.

Forsythia from Vanessa Wyler, for fall color you can appreciate after the season.

Grass with Seeds by Jorey Hurley, unfussy for a busy room.

 

Field of Waves¬†from Papersheep Press would look adorable in a nursery or little boy’s room.

The Goods: A $50 Minted credit good for or toward any product, to add some art to your walls.  

To Enter:¬†¬†Leave a comment telling us which art print(s) you’d most want to hang in your home.

For additional entries:

1.  Like Our Humble Abode on Facebook.  Come back to leave a second comment.

2. ¬†Follow Our Humble Abode on Instagram. ¬†Make sure you let us know you’re following.

3. ¬†Vote for our master bath in Apartment Therapy’s Room for Color contest, then leave another comment.

Contest Closes: Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Number of Winners: Just one, chosen by Random.org.

Ships: Anywhere in the world!

Other Info: We will select the winners using random.org and announce on Friday, October 10th.

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