Archive for May, 2009
Remember when I posted one short week ago about these amazing white ceramic leaf platters that we came across on our window-shopping-spree of Savannah? At $40 the big round one on the bottom right felt like a bit of a splurge, but the next morning when we hit the road I was still thinking about it…
Enter the Target clearance section stage right, where I happened across this adorable little white ceramic leafy dish for a mere 74 cents.
Sure it’s smaller and a bet less palm-ish, but the inspiration is definitely there- and for less than a dollar I was wholeheartedly and unequivocally sold. I actually like the smaller size as it fits perfectly on my little bedroom ottoman and serves as a place for me to drop some of my most-worn jewelry (instead of tucking it away in my egg crate with all of my other baubles).
I think I’m in love. What do you guys think? Is it (as the Target lady in the SNL skits says) a match? And on another note, have any of you stumbled across something that reminds you of a higher-ticket item and snatched it up like a hot cake? Dish the dirt (and yes, the dish pun is intended).
Since you all so bravely came clean about your various addictions when entering to win a Home Addict silk wall hanging, I figured that we should reveal some of our guilty pleasures (besides the obvious home improvement obsession). I have an insatiable addiction to reading Cake Wrecks, eating Breyer’s mint chocolate chip ice cream, and watching The Biggest Loser (sometimes simultaneously). Sherry’s addiction list includes chugging chocolate soymilk, constantly applying lip balm and watching Dexter with rapt attention. Yes, we are a classy pair.
But you know who’s truly classy? The person who’s about to win one of these beautiful, handmade wall hangings from Home Addict, designers of fair trade pure silk fabric for your home.
And that lucky, randomly-selected person is… Rebecca! Since I know there are sometimes a few false alarms with the common names around here, we’re talking about the Rebecca who commented at 10:30pm on Monday night (you can always click the winner’s name to see the winning comment and therefore determine if it’s yours while you cross your fingers and toes). Congrats, Rebecca! We’re flattered that you’re addicted to our website, though we should note that it had no bearing on your name finding its way to the top (unless random.org has developed the ability to read comments). And a big thanks to the rest of you who also listed Young House Love amongst your addictions. We’re tickled. And not at all fattening or dangerous like some other addictions (well I guess enthusiastic hammer weilding or nail gunning can be dangerous…).
Oh, and come to think of it, there’s another addiction that Sherry and I share: giveaways. So of course we have another one lined up for Monday. Stay tuned…
Some of you e-mailed us recently noting that things were a bit different in the Home Depot paint department lately. And apparently some of our favorite Glidden paint colors (like Sand White in our living room and Wishes in our den) were nowhere to be found. We figured Glidden was subtly updating their colors…. no biggie. But when we popped in this weekend we saw their extremely not minor overhaul with our own eyes.
The big difference: Glidden has “refined” their palette to only the most “classic and contemporary colors with timeless appeal.” Translation – they reduced their line from almost 900 colors to just over 250 (by our count, at least). Casting off nearly 650 choices seems drastic, but one could argue it makes the paint selection process a lot less overwhelming. But what’s up with ditching some of our favorite colors? Well, we also heard from the paint specialist that they changed some of the names, so maybe our favorites are still around after all… just going by a different alias.
We do like that by limiting their colors, Glidden is able to provide more info about each option for a customized experience with every color they offer. For instance, now each paint swatch features an inspiration photo and a coordinating color guide on the back. Very handy indeed.
And now you can even grab a pre-mixed 2 oz. tester bottle right at the paint chip display. One of the coolest things is that each bottle has a built-in brush. Genius.
All-in-all, we thought the whole Glidden revamp was pretty cool if not extremely unexpected. Talk about a major makeover. The only drawback was that we couldn’t find the swatch we’d gone to Home Depot for (we’re hunting for a color to coordinate with Wishes, secret project to come…) but Wishes didn’t make the cut- unless it’s now going by a different moniker. But the good news is that Home Depot still has every single one of the old colors in their system, so you can still get the booted colors mixed while you wait, you just won’t have the benefit of taking home the swatch first.
Have any of you guys spotted this paint switcheroo in your neck of the woods? What’s your take on the new Glidden? And while you’re at it, what’s your favorite paint brand in general? We’ve always loved the range of colors by Glidden but the quality of Benjamin Moore and Behr- and we actually like some of Valspar’s colors as well as Freshaire’s no VOC line. But we’d love to hear your preference when it comes to paint.