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Christmas Cards & the New Do

Monday, November 28, 2011

Over Thanksgiving I asked my sister-in-law to take a few pictures of our family.  Of course I didn't plan the outfits to co-ordinate so I had to make the images black and white to avoid looking busy.  Choosing Christmas cards is never easy for me, but Personalized Greeting Cards from Tiny Prints  makes it a little easier.  You can choose the style and colors, and upload the photo in no time.  I must have had 15 favorites.


Here is the one I finally settled on.  Now for the Christmas shopping...


And finally, here is the new do.  Not a major change, but I am happy with the length.  Maybe next time I will go a little shorter in the back to look a little more like Gwenyth

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In case you missed the giveaway including fabric and e-design, you can check it out here.

'Tis Better to Give...

Saturday, November 26, 2011

****THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED****

My longest standing sponsor, Fabulous But Frugal and I have partnered to bring you a fun little giveaway.

The giveaway comes from FBF's newest etsy store, The Dizzy Tulip and includes either:

1) 2 yards of the following geometric fabrics.  The winner can choose 2 yards of one fabric or can mix and match the 2 yards.   


Dwell Studio Robert Allen "Bella Porte"

Premier Prints

OR
2)  3 yards of burlap



As part of the giveaway, I am offering an e-design board valued at $75 to go along with your new fabrics. 

To enter the giveaway:


1.  Leave a comment stating which fabric(s) you would like to win and how you would use it.

2.  You may tweet the giveaway and be sure to include @cottageandvine.  Leave a comment saying that you tweeted.



3.  Post this giveaway on your blog or like this post on facebook using the icon at the end of the post and be sure to leave a comment.


The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced next Friday.  Good luck!!!

Holiday Sponsors & Black Friday Deals

Friday, November 25, 2011

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Today marks the biggest retail day of the year and what better time than now to introduce to you my holiday sponsors.



Rugs are fabricated in Provence, the southern region in France favored by artists for it's astonishing light and deep blue skies. Hand woven and hand finished with genuine French fabrics, these colorful rugs and their coordinating accessories bring a touch of sunshine and French romance to any interior. If you let them, they will transport you to Van Gogh's fields....Cezanne's mountains...and the whispered summer song of the cicada.




I have been sending clients to Window Treatments by Melissa ever since I saw Fran's Roman shade.  Melissa's shop on etsy offers custom window treatments in designer fabrics.  "Like" Window Treatments by Melissa on facebook to stay informed of promotions, coupon codes, and giveaways. 


M.A. Hadley is offering free shipping with on-line orders of $50 or more, a Black Friday discount today on select items, and a 15% discount on all Christmas items on Cyber Monday.



Creative Memories has a wonderful selection of scrapbooking materials including Christmas and holiday papers, stickers, and ribbon.  Also save 20% on 4x8 photo cards.  For more offers visit Creative Memories.



Idari offers Cottage & Vine followers 30% off anything in the store.  Use promo code COTTAGE30 at checkout.

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Tis the season...

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a special giveaway from us to you.  I have partnered up with one of my sponsors for a giveaway you are sure to love.  I'll give you a hint, it involves fabric and a custom design board.









Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving is the one time each year that we are able to reconnect with my husband's family.  It has become a tradition to go to Maryland and the cousins look so forward to seeing each other year after year.  I always love to see how much they have grown.

This picture was taken last Thanksgiving and you can imagine what it is like organizing 10 kids.  Herding a litter of puppies might be easier.  As a side note, I could squeeze those little baby toes.  They probably don't look like that now.

When I think of Thanksgiving I think of tables-capes that take on an organic element.  A little more rustic I guess you could say.  Here are a few of my favorites I have been collecting on Pinterest.





I will be taking off the next couple of days to spend time with family.  Best wishes for a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!!


My Favorite Room: Rachel from Just a Touch of Gray

Wednesday, November 16, 2011





Today I would like to welcome the absolutely adorable Rachel from the blog Just a Touch of Gray.  Welcome Rachel!


Hi! I'm Rachel from {Just a Touch of Gray} and I'm thrilled to be here at Cottage and Vine today! When Rene asked me to pick a favorite room to share with you it was a harder decision than I would have thought! But today I'm going to share our MASTER BEDROOM with you.


I love this room. It is our little retreat to end our nights and start our mornings. When I started thinking about the design I knew I wanted a neutral color palette and a calming and sophisticated atmosphere. To start I wanted to create a focal point, an element of drama. It all started when I laid eyes on this fabric... 


... so Operation: Headboard Build was officially underway. And I wanted it tall tall tall!  

First comes the plywood... 


Do you like hubs makeshift compass? :)
 Then comes power tools...

Then comes foam, batting, fabric, and a lot of staples... 

 What's the end result, you ask?  



Tah-dah!


 
Next the walls went grey, Ikea dressers were brought in, and my favorite mirror I've had since high school was added to the corner.







Stools were added to the foot of the bed, and accessories adjourn the nightstand.

Did I mention the room looked like this when we bought the house?


And I have to admit it really didn't look much better when we moved our stuff in...


 
But we went right to work transforming it into a relaxing and stylish oasis that made us happy to walk in. 

Now back to the afters... 

Ok, ok. Want one more before pic? 
Opposite the bed we have a little hallway with closets on each side leading into our master bathroom...


And now...



This fall we added these frames to a blank wall to the right of our bed. They are all images from our wedding and I love highlighting that incredible day in our bedroom.


So that's it! 


I hope you enjoyed the tour of our master bedroom! It really has become a favorite room of ours! 
Rene - Thanks so much for having me on your amazing blog - definitely a favorite of mine! 


Rachel, I'm just gonna come right out with it, I want that headboard!  You guys did a great job making it - the curves are just gorgeous!  Thanks so much for sharing your favorite room today!

To check out more of Rachel's home improvements go here.

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In honor of the thanksgiving season, Laura of Bright, Bold, & Beautiful has invited me over to share things I am thankful for.  The post should be up around 10:00 EST this morning so please drop by then.

Coming Clean...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I'm gonna be honest...during the week of Halloween I ate about 25 too many candy bars.  Granted they were bite size, but still.  Please tell me that someone else out there did the same thing.  Mom, are you out there?  

My husband has been in L.A. for the last two days so I thought this was a great time to do a little cleanse.  I found this on pinterest and find that it helps me get back to my everything in moderation approach hits my reset button.  This is my second time trying it and it really does make me feel better. 

My day looks something like this...

breakfast

snack

lunch

snack


And just like that, my sugar cravings are gone.  This is a 2 day meal plan.  Any longer and I would be bored out of my mind with the food choices.  Did anybody else out there eat too much candy during Halloween?  Better yet, do you ever need to hit your reset button?

My Luggage Rack Makeover

Tuesday, November 8, 2011




I picked up this luggage rack at my local Salvation Army for $2.  My husband needed a place to lay his outfit for work and I thought this would work.  Long story short, his closet is upstairs and our bedroom/bathroom is downstairs.


I ordered Greek Key trim and gave the luggage rack a fresh coat of white gloss paint.




Slowly this room is coming together.  Adding a white piece to the room keeps the other traditional furniture from being too stodgy.


Happy Friday + a Few Random Thoughts

Friday, November 4, 2011

Wow!  Weeks are flying by these days.  Does anybody else feel this way?  I cannot believe it is Friday already - TGIF!

Prepare for a few random thoughts from me today...


I had quite a credit balance with Joss & Main and ordered this umbrella stand.  I am in love.  This is something I always wanted, but could never get over the price tag.


Speaking of umbrellas, I have fallen in love with the creations of Holli Zollinger on Spoonflower.  Take a look at her collection when you get the chance and you will see why.  I remember reading about Spoonflower in my local newspaper several years ago.  It makes me happy to see a local business become an international success.





The holiday issue of House of Fifty is live.  If you have not seen it, you are in for a treat.  Also, if you prefer holding a magazine in your hand, House of Fifty is now available in print.

Please stop by Monday for a fun little giveaway.  Have a great weekend!
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