Bold Painted Library Dreams

It has been a long while since I’ve done a round-up post but with just 45 day before we close on the new house and not very much beauty to share at our current house (as you can image.) I’ve spent a lot of time dreaming about things to come and even more time on Pinterest. In between filling nail holes and packing boxes I thought I’d share a little inspiration for the new house. The library in particular.

Right now this is the room I am most excited about getting my hands on. Maybe it’s the built-ins galore or all of the room for my West German Pottery collection but either way I can’t get this room out of my mind. Ever since my  blue mantel experiment I’m hook on the idea of going bold in this room. Have a look at some of my inspiration.

Lindsey Carol Harper

Meredith Heron

Charles Spada

The Design Daredevil

Achitectural Digest

Elle Decor

Nicole LaMotte

Angie Hranowsky

Now all I have to do is pick a color… Easy, Right? What color would you choose?

Thrift Score Thursday – No. 136


Happy #ThriftScoreThursday everyone! This week I want to talk about one of my favorite things to buy second-hand… ART. Whether you find the weekend project of a no name artist or a hidden treasure you can always count on finding something that is one of a kind. This month I wanted to share some photography I fell in love with at one of my local second-hand shops.

Actually, I fell in love with a whole box of photos by the same photographer months ago. They were not a bargain but I thought the price was fair for such beautiful work, the only problem was the store was cash only and I was fresh out. I passed them that day only to find them still there months later and the price drastically reduced. Originally I was only going to buy one but with the priced drop I decided to buy two. One for me and one as a gift.


The photographer’s name is Charlotte Oakley out of Jacksonville, FL. I know this because of the stamps on the back, not because Charlotte is famous. I looked but I couldn’t find any information on Charlotte at all.  The writing on the back of the photos dates them to 1957. They were shown in an exhibit that year and again in 1962.


The woman is titled “Unpoken Words”


And the man “Vaquero”- cowboy in Spanish.

I love these two! There were a few others I would have loved to have but let’s be honest I have to pace myself or I will be out of wall space.

Now on to your finds…


But first, if you are new here, let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is.  We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and treasures and how you style them in your home.

Don’t feel like you need to save those finds for Thursdays! Yes, features are shared on our blogs once a month and Instagram weekly on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it!  And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

The first Thursday of each month, Brynne from The Gathered Home, Cassie from Cassie Bustamante and I will pick our favorite thrift scores to feature. So please note that by linking up with #ThriftScoreThursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

Now, in honor of my new art I decided this week to focus on some of your art finds.

I loved this  pretty portrait  annabode shared anh the styling is perfect!


jmedecor  Shared her favorite detail in her recent bathroom redo. This original painting scored at a thrift store. “I knew I needed a bold piece of art for this wall. I scoured through my personal collection, pieces elsewhere in the house, and I had nothing. Then later that week I was out sourcing at my some of my usual spots when my eye caught a painting from across the room. In that moment I knew it was THE PIECE. I bought it, took it home, and hung it immediately. It still is THE PIECE, and this is one of many reasons I love to thrift; you never know what treasure you may find.” Me too jmedecor!!!


Who is this awesome fella pleasantdrivevintage shared? He has a pocket protector and everything. This is what I’m talking about, truly one of a kind!


And if color is what your looking for casacavaliere found it in her new (thrift) painting. Beautiful!


mesavintage  say this one is To be viewed while singing, “could you beeeeeeee, the most beautiful girl in the woooooorld.” I think she’s beautiful, the style of painting is pretty fantastic too.


You guys know how I feel about paint by numbers and the thrift store is always a goo place to find them. Check out this beauty srosen44 shared!


jessicadwolf found this pretty lady a few years back at a yard sale. “The woman had entire barn full of art. It was a junkers paradise. . . . “

I’m super jealous!


So the next time you are out scouring the thrift stores, don’t forget to check out the art!

And don’t forget to check out what my co-hosts have been up to this month…

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January Cure – Week Two and Three


I’m spending this month participating in Apartment Therapy’s January project called the January Cure, a whole month full of assignments designed to help you get yourself and your home organized for the new year. Well, I’m trying to anyway but I’ve found out two important things along the way.

One is that I (for once) am living in the same house and many of the tasks we have been assigned are similar to ones assigned last year. Guess what, I don’t need to do them again! I’m not bragging, I mean some of the task like scrubbing down your kitchen cabinets needs to be done every year, let’s get real the kitchen can get real gross real quick. But things like purging and organizing the linen closet have pretty held up since last year. I may have a towel or two that have gotten ratty or some straightening of my blanket stacks to do but overall the linen closet is still looking good.

The second thing I have learned is that since we are moving soon I don’t really need to clean the linen closet, I need to purge and pack the linen closet.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that my January Cure has sometimes gone off on a huge tangent. I’ve done some of the projects as instructed and other days I am tackling things I need to accomplish for the move instead.

The to-do list we wrote out in week one is getting a huge workout!

So let’s see what I’ve been up to.

Clear a Closet – This one was for sure a to-do. My son’s closet was a wreck and I am not about to pack a pile of junk only to move it to another house. We tackled this one together with a bit of negotiation. He told me what  COULD go and I told him a few more things that SHOULD go. In the end we finally got things looking good.

Here are a few before and after shots.  It helps that he’s a boy and doesn’t have a ton of clothes….

Review your to-do list and choose one (not-too-big) project you’d like to cross off this month.

This one was fun since you were given a 30 minute time limit to complete it. I chose to pull down my hallway gallery wall and box all the art for the move. I came back later and filled the holes and touched up the paint but boxing the art didn’t take long at all.

Take a media fast!

What? I know, it’s harder than it sounds, taking your main block of “home time” with no television, computer, or smart phone. I decided to work on an art project my husband commissioned. A project is always a good distraction from electronics for me and with this big chunk of me time, and it’s almost done!


Take time today to go through your linens

Like I said this one mostly held since last year but that didn’t mean there were not a few things to straighten and toss.


Clean your kitchen! Choose an “inside or out” track and get started.

I chose the outside since the inside will get a full cleaning once everything is packed.  A full wipe down was a must but the top the fridge needed a hazmat team.  Look up there guys, it get’s gross. But not mine, it is now sparkling! The inside…that’s another story.
As for items not on the AT list, I got quite a bit done there too.
  • I painted my bold colored mantel, door, and mudroom closet back to white. Not everyone is up for my bold color choices.
  • I took down four of my light fixtures and returned the original ones back to the house.
  • I took down the art in the master bedroom and my sewing room and started boxing it up.
  • I filled about 300 nail holes and touched up the paint.
  • Packed about ten boxes of items we won’t be needing anytime soon…ten down 500 to go!

Oh yeah, and as instructed, I bought fruit instead of flowers this week. Whew, I’m tired.


90’s Bathroom Gets a Spa Update


As most of you know, I went back to work full time in September as a Project Specialist for Interiors at Lowe’s.  I help customers plan and manage their kitchen and bath remodels from start to finish and work Lowe’s provided independent general contractor to complete the job. This week was an exciting moment for me because it marked the completion of my first bathroom remodel project. The client had a nice but dated 5 piece master bath that was full of cultured marble and dated shiny brass fixtures. She said she had been wanting to make changes to the bathroom from the moment she moved into the house and was more than ready to make that happen.

Here’s what we were working with…


And here was the plan.

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Using Kohler Devonshire fixtures, granite counter tops, tiles and accessories all available through Lowe’s we turned a dated bathroom into a spa-like oasis fit for 2017.


We salvaged the vanities and floors but everything else was headed for an update.


One of the biggest transformations was the removal of the old fiberglass shower insert and gold trimmed frosted door.


We did that with a Kohler Revel shower door, porcelain tile that mimics vein cut, honed limestone, and a mosaic tile with stainless steel accents.

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With the old wallpaper removed we gave the wall a fresh coat of Sherwin Williams Alpaca, my new favorite color,


and a last minute addition of these beautiful Oval Framed French Wall Mirrors.


I couldn’t be more please with the results and neither could my client.


What a great start to a new chapter. I’m looking forward to sharing more of these transformations in the future.

January Cure 2017 – Week One

dsc02801 It’s a new year and that means time for Apartment Therapy’s January project called the January Cure, a whole month full of assignments designed to help you get yourself and your home organized for the new year. Think of it as a New Year’s resolution for your home. This is my third year participating in the January Cure and I have to say it really does help put your home in good order for the new year. Even if you don’t complete every task you’ll be glad you played/worked along. This year with a move on the way I’m hoping to clear out the clutter so I don’t have to move it with me.

Let’s have a look at how week one went.

Assignment # 1: Let’s Go! The Cure Begins with a Quick Confidence-Boosting Declutter– Choose a drawer, any drawer but only one drawer and get to work. Well, I know everyone has a junk drawer and the longer you have it the more junk it accumulates. We haven’t been in our house much over a year and ours is pretty junky. The worst part is that last summer I spilled a pack of chia seeds in this drawer and they look surprisingly like mouse droppings. Not something you want people to see in any drawer much less one in the kitchen.


Thanks to assignment one, my junk drawer is now chia seed free.


Assignment #2: Bring the Big Picture into Focus: Create a To-Do List for the Year – Holy cow this list is going to be long. So much to do, I may be working on this list all month.

Assignment #3: The Storage Black Hole in Every Home – Purge the Pantry! Okay, I don’t have a pantry and every year Apartment Therapy seems to like to rub it in my face. Instead, we have a bank of cabinets we use to store dry good and one next to the range that I use for spices and baking items. I guess the bonus of not having much room means we don’t have room to hoard unneeded items so this was more of a cleaning than a purging.

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I took the time to wipe down the shelves, consolidate and reorganize. The result wasn’t a full pantry but a least it looked better.

Assignment #4: Create an Outbox – The Outbox is not garbage, nor does it need to be an actual box; it is a halfway house where things sit while their fate is being decided.
1. Anything can go in the Outbox
2. The Outbox is allowed to get messy
3. Everything must stay in the Outbox for at least one week
4. After that time you have several choices

  • Take anything back out
  • Leave anything you are undecided about for one more week
  • Dispose of the rest by moving to the recycling bin or giveaway pile

I already had an outbox started in a laundry basket in the garage so I took the time to empty it out and make a trip to the donation bin for a fresh start.


Assignment # 5: Flowers, Floors and Sticking Together No Matter What!  Did someone say flowers? Okay, so buying flowers was easy part. Actually, the floors were even easier because I didn’t do them myself. Cheating, I know but since I went back to work full-time I hired a housekeeper, so she took care of the floors and I took care of the sofa.  You know what happens under, on, and around the sofa? Lots of crumbs, dust, and dog hair. So I took this week to vacuum and mop under the sofa, vacuum under the cushion and wash all the cushion covers.


I think the results more than earned me a the right to buy a few flowers.


I always love that tulips are in season during the January Cure!






Thrift Score Thursday No. 135


It’s #ThriftScoreThursday everyone and today I wanted to share my diamond in the rough, and when I say rough, I mean really rough. While hunting for chairs I ran across this pile of rugs in a pretty gritty thrift/consignment store not too far from my house. I normally shy away from thrift store rugs just because you never know where they’ve been and cleaning them can be expensive. But every now and then I run across a really nice quality rug that I know, even with the cost of a professional cleaning, is a really good deal.


So when I ran across this pile and spied the tightly knotted pink and blue rug on top I had to check it out. I was excited to see it had the original tags on it with all the information I needed to get a better idea of what I was buying. The labels are sewn on rather than glued and the company label is woven rather than printed like newer rugs from this company. I am guessing they are 50’s era from this and the back story that they came out of the seller’s great aunts house but that is only a guess.

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So I went home and did some research and this is the interesting story I found.

Rug Story

In 1928, history was made as American retailer and textile manufacturer Marshall Field built a loom capable of recreating the detailed craftsmanship and luxurious look of a hand-woven rug. From the moment the first Karastan rug came off the loom (2:02 p.m., April 8, 1928 to be exact), our name became synonymous with elegant machine-made rugs that rivaled their handmade counterparts.

So far advanced was Marshall Field’s new manufacturing process that the trade press referred to the first Karastan rugs as “Mystery Rugs.” To share the “mystery” of these rugs with the public, Karastan created a large version of its Kirman pattern for the 1933-34 World’s Fair in Chicago. But instead of putting it on display so visitors could simply admire its beauty, Karastan did the unthinkable. We invited the world to walk on it. And so the world did!

More than 5 million people left their footprints, spills and ground-in food stains all over the rug. Then it was time for cleanup. We cleaned half the rug so people could see how well our rugs recover. The rug still exists in the same state today- one side almost unrecognizably filthy, while the other has been returned to its original beauty and luster.


To prove that the demonstration was no fluke, we did it again. This time more than 9 million visitors walked on our rugs at the New York World’s Trade Fair of 1939-40 before half the rug was returned to its original condition. Thus the public was baffled again and our rugs became known as “The Wonder Rugs of America”.

I wasn’t any farther ahead on dating the rugs but this story got me excited. After heading back for a second look I decided to make the purchase in hopes of achieving the same results with my cleaning, although I admit mine was not nearly as filthy.

With the help of my discerning assistant who was willing to lug rugs on his lunch break of course.


But before I was done there was one more surprise…At the bottom of the pile was a second identical rug. Everyone knows you get a better deal if you buy them both, so I did!

Here they are laid out at the cleaners. They were pretty impressed with my thrift store find of two beautiful  9’x12′ rugs for just $175 each.


On a side note, I also wrote to Karastan who still manufactures rugs today to see if they could give me some background on my purchase. They were more than willing and are checking their archives to see if they can date the rugs. I’ll update you if I find anything out.

Now let’s see what you guys have been shopping for.


But first, if you are new here, let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is.  We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and treasures and how you style them in your home.

Don’t feel like you need to save those finds for Thursdays! Yes, features are shared on our blogs once a month and Instagram weekly on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it!  And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

The first Thursday of each month, Brynne from The Gathered Home, Cassie from Cassie Bustamante and I will pick our favorite thrift scores to feature. So please note that by linking up with #ThriftScoreThursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

Check out fabulous finds…

Even though jmwearing  has taken it slow thrifting over the holidays doesn’t mean she doesn’t have some amazing finds to share. Her guest bedroom features some of her favorite thrift finds – the bird leg pot, elephant rattan basket, metal bust and mid century modern end tables. Pretty fabulous!


theeventmaker finally found time to finish her Chinese Chippendale update with help of #amyhoward lacquer and that bad-ass classic animal print velvet. Love that velvet and am twice as jealous since she has another matching chair -gorgeous x 2!


nostalgic.moon.vintage is getting ready for spring already with thrift store finds that have her planning picnics, road trips, and beautiful photography.


 If mixing old and new pieces is your style shopjanery ‘ s find will be right up your alley. She found this massive vintage mirror at a run down Salvation Army store literally a day after I deciding she needed a large mirror for a dark living room. With a $35 price tag, it was a classic case of “buy now, measure later,” looks like it was a perfect fit! Photo by: laurametzlerphoto


How about this pink velvet sofa from gypsyyaya definitely an epic piece and I think I might need one just like this to go with my new rugs!


Or this live edge coffee table clairedesignsthings  shared that her fiancé and his roommate at the time found it on craigslist from a guy who referred to frisbee golf as “golf” and regular golf as “ball golf.” I love a table with a story to go along!


Amazed as always!

Now don’t forget to stop by and see what my co-hosts have been up to this month…


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It’s December, High-Five!

With just one day left of 2016 I thought I’d share some big news for 2017!  Just two weeks ago on a complete whim we went and looked at a house and did a really crazy thing. We made an offer on it! Okay, so that is the short story. The long story is that my husband can retire from the military in the next year if he wants and we have been spending some time thinking about finally putting down roots. With our kids in a good school and me now in a job I love those roots look they will be in South Carolina…at least for a while. So in a few months if all goes as planned we will be closing on this beauty which means lots of work but for me, it also means a whole lot of fun. Finally a house that will be mine.

Let’s take a tour.

I’m calling this room the library just because of the three walls of built-ins screaming for some West German Pottery… and maybe a few books.


The library leads into the formal dining room. I have nothing to put into the formal dining room but I suppose I can figure that out…


From there we head to the kitchen. Not a perfect kitchen but it is definitely in good working order with plenty of counter space and lots of storage.

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From there we go into the living room…


which has a gas fireplace that backs up to the one in the library.


Along the back of the house is the sunroom which used to be a covered porch. Here is where the paint gets a little over the top.


At the far end of the sunroom is the master bedroom, more paint required.


But the view is pretty great!


I think the previous owner really liked green because the master bath has more green paint but it’s a great canvas for something new.

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But how about the master bedroom walk-in closet? I might need more shoes! Okay, probably not but a girl can dream right?


Along the hallway to the master bedroom, there are two additional bedrooms and an office that opens onto the sunroom but the room that everyone is fighting over is the bonus room over the garage.


The house has a three car garage so it also has a three car bonus room with its own bath. My daughter has bee putting in some pretty strong arguments on making it her own…but we’ll see.

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What I’m most excited about the three car garage, the third garage is climate controlled and ready for projects 24/7


while the two car portion still has room to hold the cars… What a novel idea!


But the real selling feature that had my husband sold from the get go was the yard.


It backs up to a waterway which means no backyard neighbors and a very private yard,


not to mention a great view.lake-2

I can’t wait to get my hands on this place and share the progress with you guys but you’ll have to wait just a bit.  Since we have a lease on our existing house we can’t leave for a bit so we are going to put off the closing and move in a little at a time while we update some of that crazy paint. I’ll keep you posted!








Maggie Overby Studios Top Ten Posts of 2016


Wow, 2016 has been a busy year for me. Since it started off with a fresh move under my belt, there have been updates to make, rooms to reveal and lots and lot of DIY projects.  With only a few days left of the year I thought I’d share the Top Ten Most Popular Posts of 2016. These are the post that you readers viewed the most which hopefully means they are the projects that you loved the most. Can you guess what made the number one slot?  I know a few hit my top ten as well so let’s get started with number ten…

10. Inspired By DIY: Urban OutfittersThis project was so easy I can see why it was a favorite!


9. Living Room Reveal – I have to say this is the room I struggled with most in this house. It is a dark awkward space but the end result was pretty satisfying considering it’s limitations.


8. Girl’s Room Fit for a Teen in Aqua and Coral – Katie’s room was a lot of fun and I even did some original artwork for the space which is always a joy for me.


7. Inspired by DIY: Eddie RossAt the time this quick DIY seemed like a big risk but in the end really has made a huge change for the better on this pretty basic mantel.


6. Coffee Table Turned to Mid Century Bench DIY – What to do with a $15 Formica topped table with great legs? Make it something new that’s what!


5. One Room Challenge Laundry Room – This is one of my most recent projects so for it to be in the top ten means it has gotten a lot of traffic in a short amount of time. I guess everyone loves this closet makeover just as much as I do.


4. Inspired by DIY: West Elm – Who knew a set of placemats turned into a poof would be a crowd favorite? I guess that just proves the popularity of the poof!


3. DIY Metal Base Night Stand – Are you seeing a trend here? The master bedroom projects have been quite a hit.


2. Eclectic Interiors Summer Home Tour 2016Seeing it all in one post definitely makes taking the tour easier, and this one took place when almost all the room were completed.


Drum roll please…In the number one slot for 2016…

1.One Room Challenge Master Bedroom – I have to agree with the numbers guys! I think this makeover was one of my favorites of not just 2016 but of all time. I’m so glad you love it too.



Hope you had and amazing 2016 and stop by tomorrow for some big news about what’s to come in 2017!  Hint Hint, there will be lots of new projects in the near future…

Vintage Better Homes and Gardens 1956

dsc02636Don’t you just love to get special gifts in the mail? It is Christmas time now so I am sure lots of things are arriving in the mail but a few months back I received a package completely out of the blue from a good friend who also happens to be a fellow vintage lover. Our styles are different but she knew when she saw this I would love it and couldn’t resist. I am so glad she couldn’t because it is now one of my favorite things!


What arrived at my doorstep is a copy of a Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book published in 1956. What I love the most is that flipping through this 60-year-old book you might never know that some of the spaces were not styled today. Most of them looked just as fresh today as they did then, which just goes to show great style is timeless.


I mean look at this room, these pieces would fit seamlessly into a Jonathan Adler shoot


and decorating tips have not dated themselves one bit, “Grey Can Be Contemporary” guys!


The bold fabrics are right on trend.


And I have to admit I am coveting just about every piece of furniture in this room. West Elm eat your heart out!


How about this one, that red chair and fabric is calling my name.


Okay so the kitchen shots might be a little dated but how cool is that wallpaper on the ceiling?

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My favorite part is the section that talks about my thrifty ways and how to blend the old with the new.


Only I guess their new is now my old…


I wish I could share every page. Since I can’t I’ll just remind you to hunt your own or stop by for a visit to flip through mine.

Thank you Rebecca for the amazing gift!

Home Decorators, Holiday Home Tour (part 2) and Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by Home Decorators Collection® as part of the HDC Holiday Homes blog tour but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Hello again guys, It has been a busy week of home touring and Giveaways but it’s not over yet. Earlier this week I shared my interior tour and today we are taking it outside. For this I teamed up with Home Decorators Collection®  for the #HDCholidayhomes blog tour, along with several other blog friends. So today I’m sharing part 2 of my holiday home tour, including a few pieces I chose from Home Decorators Collection®, plus at the end of this post you will have a chance to win one of two $250 gift cards! That’s right $250, Merry Christmas! So don’t forget to enter to win at the end of this post.


Now I admit I don’t have a grand porch or even a fancy front door unless you count the fact that it’s painted green grand, but that doesn’t mean I din’t want to make things festive for the holidays. When I ran across this Gilded Pear Wreath with battery powered lights and faux magnolia leaves I was inspired to take it up a notch. Since I live in the south I knew I could find plenty of fresh magnolia leaves to add to my Christmas scene that would blend right into my faux ones with just a little gold spray paint and no additional cost.


I also chose the Gilded Pear Entrance Tree to go along with it for a little extra height and drama.


From there it was just a matter of adding a few accessories and the yards of beading I found at the thrift store last year was just the thing I needed to tie it all together.


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and the baskets…


and even my little pear tree. I told you I had yards of it!


Before I knew it, my not so grand porch was looking fairly grand. Think you need to add a little grandness to your porch?

You can shop the look below.

So glad you stopped by for the tour, but it doesn’t have to be over, stop by and see what everyone else has been up to all week.
Here’s this week’s lineup!


Erin Spain | The Frugal Homemaker | Chaotically Creative


Designthusiasm | The Rustic Boxwood | House of Hargrove


Duke Manor Farm | The Cheerful Home | Rachel Elizabeth Creates


Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss | Southern State of Mind | Effortless Style


Cuckoo 4 Design | Maggie Overby Studios | Seeking Lavender Lane | Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body

And you can follow along with us on social media using hashtag #HDCholiday homes for tons of beautiful holiday decorating inspiration!

And most importantly here is how to enter to win…

$250 Home Decorators Collection® Gift Card Giveaway!

TWO lucky readers will each win a $250 gift card. To enter to win, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway ends at Midnight EST on December 16, 2016. Please see full list of giveaway rules and regulations here.

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