Chic Decor for Mom on Mother’s Day

*Disclosure: I partnered with Target and Stylinity for this post, however all opinions are my own.

Holy hiatus, Batman!  It’s been nearly a month since I wrote a post on my blog.  Goodness! So much has happened!  A lot of it you can see on Instagram.  I’ll try to update you with the rest in upcoming posts.  For now, I want to share with you what I gave myself for Mother’s Day: A front door makeover!

Aside from fashion, a clean and somewhat nicely decorated home makes me super happy. With two kids in the house and a hubs with a crazy work schedule, the “clean and somewhat nicely decorated” part hasn’t happened.  So, this was my attempt to get the “nicely decorated” ball rolling.

I’ve had a slight obsession with boxwood recently and recently stalked this boxwood wreath on the Target website.  They never seemed to have it in store when I went, so I finally  went ahead and ordered it.IMG_3166

Next step was prepping the door for its transformation.  This was the door before doing anything to it:

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Not too shabby, but a bit on the dilapidated side. Let’s face it – it needed a make over.  So, off I went to Home Depot to find the paint.  The selection was limited, but I ended up finding a nice black gloss paint that I thought would do the job.  I also picked up a small roller and a brush with a small handle.

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We already had white paint, brushes, and tape at home, so I started with the trim; which I painted a bright white so as to make the door “pop”.  I also taped the door handle prior to applying the black paint.

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Then came the fun part!  The transformation.  I took about a third of the paint in the paint can and poured it into a hand-held plastic container.  I first hand-brushed paint on the entire door, focusing on getting the entire inside of each of the six panels.  I then followed with a second coat over the entire door with a small roller.

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It took longer to dry than it did to paint it!  The process was fairly painless and super easy.  I also picked up a new floor mat, so when it was all said it done, I had a brand new door and front-door decor!

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The white trim can use a second coat upon hubby’s closer inspection, but otherwise, I’m super happy with the result.  Obviously this involved work on my part, but it took a total of three hours total (at most, not including drying time) and was relatively inexpensive!  Here’s a breakdown of what I purchased:

Paint for door: $8 for black gloss paint

Roller: $6

Brushes, trim paint, and tape: Free from previous jobs at home (took back the ones I bought)

Welcome mat: $12*

Boxwood wreath: $45

Total cost: $71

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*To save a little extra money with some Target coupons, click here!

This is a DIY you can attempt on your own and perhaps surprise mom with, OR, you could gift her a basket which includes all the brushes/paint/roller/materials and wreath and DIY with her to spend some quality time together!  Either way, I think it would make an excellent gift, and something that is somewhat unique too.  Dontcha think?!

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Hubs and I have talked about a bedroom, basement, and closet/office makeover, so stay tuned for those!  In the meantime, I wish all you mama’s out there an amazing Mother’s Day and to those of you who are not mama’s, wishing you a lovely time with the mother or mother figure in your life.

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

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Free tickets to Birmingham’s 2015 Market Noel

CONGRATULATIONS SONDRA Y HILL-WARD!! YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE MARKET NOEL GIVEAWAY!!

 

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Guess what friends?!  I’ve partnered with the Junior League of Birmingham to gift one lucky reader a pair of tickets to this year’s Market Noel!!

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The Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) holiday market-Market Noel, is celebrating 25 years as the premier holiday shopping event in Birmingham. Market Noel happily returns to the Cahaba Grand this year. The event will take place November 19-21and features more than 100 vendors from locations all across the country. All proceeds will benefit the 34 community projects of the JLB.

The festivities begin Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. with Preview Noel- Presented by Regions Wealth Management, an exciting party with hors d’oeuvres, specialty wine, beer and cocktails, fabulous swag bags for the first 500 customers, a silent auction, live music from Sean Heninger, and a chance to win a piece of jewelry valued at $4,000-5,000 from Diamonds Direct with the purchase of a glass of champagne.  While the ladies shop and try their chances in the Diamond Drop, the men are invited to enjoy the Man Cave with a beer and bourbon tasting from Good People Brewing and Dram as well as entertainment from The Lochamy Brothers of the SEC Network.

General admission shopping takes place November 19-21 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. 

Highlights of the week include a Girls’ Night Out with a beauty bar from Tonya Jones Salon and chance to win a treatment package from Dr. Jason Jack of Plastic Surgery Specialists at Market Bliss on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  A fashion show, ‘Rock the Runway- Couture for a Cause’ will be hosted by Lilly Pulitzer and will take place on Saturday from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Tickets for the fashion show include mimosas and a coffee bar from Royal Cup as well as brunch bites from Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies, The Fresh Market and Sister Schubert.

Visit www.marketnoel.net to purchase tickets and to review a complete listing of participating merchants and event details.  Follow us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/MarketNoel, Instagram: @jlbmarketnoel, and on Twitter:  @JLBirmingham (#jlbmarketnoel). Tickets are also available at the door.  All special event tickets include admission for shopping.

To enter the giveaway for two general admission shopping tickets to this year’s Market Noel, you must do the following:

(1) Leave a comment below indicating why you would like to attend this year’s event

(2) Share this post on Facebook.  Leave a second comment on this post to indicate you shared the post for a second entry.

(3) Share this post on Twitter.  Leave a third comment on this post to indicate you shared the post for a third entry.

I will announce the winner Wednesday evening on my Facebook page and also updated this post with the name of the winner.  Good luck!!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

All things ‘Minted’

Many of you know that I have undertaken a work office makeover.  If you’re curious about my progress, check out my DIY Hermès post here.  As part of my makeover efforts, I have been on the hunt for aesthetically pleasing prints to put on my walls.  In the course of my research, I stumbled upon Minted.  Minted is a diverse, online market place for stationary, art, even fabrics and home decor!  Here are a few of my faves:

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All photos courtesy of Minted.com

The heart print above is by far my favorite!  You send in 30 of your favorite pictures and they create a personalized print for you to frame in the size of your choice.  Love. ❤

Check them out if you have a moment (Minted.com).  You’ll love all that they have to offer!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!