Archive for November, 2009
It’s been a while since we’ve enjoyed a fun little online “Find Your Style” quiz (like these ones from Sproost, Ikea and Creative Youniverse) so I went on a Googling spree this week and found a similar quiz from Ethan Allen, which you can take right here.
Like others before it, it uses your photo selections to calculate your “style type” and then dish up some appropriate inspiration photos. The spin on this one is that it plays like a fast word association game, but instead of words it’s a “pick the picture that grabs you first” kind of thing. It took us each a whopping 45 seconds to complete. Nice.
I was told my style is “Loft,” which is energetic, fashion-driven and practical. One look in my closet can tell you how off that middle descriptor is. But I do agree with appreciating functionality and industrial materials. And by “exploring” my style more (don’t forget to keep clicking to get to photos of rooms they think you’ll like) I got six “style portfolios” that fall under the Loft category – like the feminine Marzipan (thumbs down for me) or the clean West Side portfolio (thumbs up). Overall, it was definitely fun and many of the images and descriptions they pinned as “my style” were spot on.
Sherry, on the other hand, got “Global” which initially felt totally off (just look at her bare passport)…
But the notes about tropical touches (she does love a botanical) along with wood tones and natural fibers seem a bit more in line (plus the little thumbnails shown on the bottom of the screen grab above really did appeal to Sherry, so that was super accurate). And actually the room portfolios were pretty darn close as well. The most interesting part to me? Her secondary style was “Loft.” I guess Ethan Allen thinks we’re a good match.
Here’s that link again to take Ethan Allen’s What’s Your Style quiz. And as usual, we’d love to hear about your results and how accurate or off-base they may be. Have fun!
***This giveaway is no longer accepting entries***
If you’re a busy mom like me – wait, let me start over. If you’re like me and hate grocery shopping, then this week’s giveaway is totally up your aisle. I’ve learned to enjoy cooking, but the chore of making a list, bleeding money at the grocery store and then coming home to find you’ve forgotten the cardamom still drives us to take-out more than we’d like. So imagine my delight when You’ve Got Supper entered our lives.
YGS was started by two busy moms right here in Richmond (holla) and basically does your weekly recipe planning AND grocery list making for you (double holla). Just sign up for their free weekly email for five easy recipe suggestions. Pick the ones you want to make (or add others from their archive) and YGS automatically generates a complete, printable shopping list for you. Basically, my lifesaver. And this week they’re giving away $100 in groceries to one of our lucky readers who just might need some lifesaving in the kitchen too.
We’ve been using them for a while now, and just last week we made three of their meals that we never tried before: Honey Chicken Kebabs, One-Pot Pork Tenderloin and Crispy Potatoes and Creamy Dreamy Mac and Cheese. Here’s that mac and cheese making Burger wish he were human:
And now for this week’s giveaway deets:
- PRIZE: $100 gift card to the grocery store of your choice courtesy of You’ve Got Supper
- TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the words “I WANT SUPPER” and…
- BONUS QUESTION: …tell us your favorite way to mix things up for dinner. Is it the classic breakfast for dinner? Or maybe a recipe swap with the neighbors. Or, our favorite, going over someone else’s house so they do the cooking.
- GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Wednesday, November 4th at 8pm EST
- NUMBER OF WINNERS: One
- PRIZE SHIPS: Anywhere in the whole wide world!
- USUAL STUFF: One entry per e-mail address is permitted. The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Thursday. Good luck!
Pssst: Want more free stuff? Head over to Hamburger’s House for his inaugural giveaway because after all of this grocery shopping, it sure would be nice to have some reusable Envirosax shopping bags to carry all that food home in…
When Monica sent her amazing dresser makeover our way we couldn’t wait to share the goods. Here’s her letter:
I just recently found your blog and let me tell you, like everyone else around here, I’m totally in LOVE with everything you guys do, plus your How To tips are super! My boyfriend and I just moved to a new home (rental) and like anything that is not yours, we’re tying to put our stamp on it. I inherited my boyfriends dresser and I wanted to incorporate it into my kitchen nook, thus a PROJECT was born. While I love wood and before I paint anything I really think about it, I knew that the only way to make this BIG dresser shrink was to give it a coat of paint… or in our case 3 coats. We used the new Behr Premium Plus Ultra Interior Paint, which is paint and primer combined (in an eggshell enamel finish). The color we chose was “Energy Green” and WOW. We did this project INSIDE the house, and started at 11pm at night (I thought we would die from the fumes but the paint was orderless, no fumes, no smell) and the only reason we gave it three coats is because we wanted it to be a bit darker. But it really was great after two. We dressed the finished product up a bit with accessories and the results were amazing. I love how it came out and I hope you like it as much as we do! – Monica
Here’s a “during” shot (with Monica’s friend sanding away):
And here’s the amazing after:
Is that not a gorgeous transformation? It totally makes the room, and we love the contrasting hardware in the deep ebony finish (which looks great with the chunky chocolate mirror). We also have to say that hanging that mirrored sconce-type piece on one side of the dresser and balancing it with the luminescent lamp on the other side is totally genius. Thanks so much for sending the photos our way Monica! Oh and don’t forget to drip in on her blog to see what else she’s up to. Now what say you our lovely readers? Do you guys adore that shot of happy green paint? Are you ready to grab a paint brush and go to town? We certainly are.