Archive for February, 2010

Housewears Freebie Winners!

The response to this week’s giveaway from Lisa Leonard Designs sure makes one thing clear: you guys enjoy decorating your necklines just as much as your interiors (not that I should be surprised, considering Sherry’s natural instinct to be distracted by shiny things). And even if jewelry isn’t your thing, Lisa Leonard’s got your house covered with items like this pewter heart wall hanging (which practically screams “instant family heirloom”).

Oh, and to help you end February with a bang some bling, Lisa’s offering a special 20% off discount through Sunday, Feb 28th. Just enter “younghouse” at checkout and you’ll be one step closer to wearing your heart (or a frame, a chandelier, a key…) around your neck.

But let’s get down to the business of our winners. The two lucky ladies who were hand picked by for an $100 gift certificate to Lisa Leonard Designs are: Hil (who loves her hot, knee-high boots despite them being unrelated to decor) and Shannon (who’s gonna make a pillow out of an old dress as soon as her sewing skills kick in). Congrats!

And if you didn’t win this week, there’s always this coming Monday when we’ll be marching in with another giveaway that provides a surprising solution for updating a few tired items in your house (no tricks up your sleeve required).

Find more freebie info on our Giveaway FAQs page. Pics courtesy of Lisa Leonard Designs.



Reader Redesign: Pop The Cork

When Emily emailed us with a great textural and natural DIY project we had to share the goods. Here’s her letter:

I really REALLY enjoy reading your blog. I’m totally hooked on it- you have so many GREAT and accomplishable ideas. I’m constantly inspired by the things that you guys create and recently I completed one of my own DIY projects: a wine cork bulletin board. It was a simple project but really rewarding. You can check out the full story here on my blog, but I wanted to share the photos with you and let you know how inspiring you are to me everyday (from painting a wall to traveling around the country with your little furbaby). Thank you very much. –Emily

Isn’t she sweet? We’re blushing over here. But on to the eye candy. First Emily used inexpensive old frames that she already had laying around:

And she painted them black just in case any of the background showed through after she glued the corks in place:

Here she is gluing everything down with a glue gun:

And here’s the gorgeous grid of DIY cork boards that Emily ended up with (on a serious budget to boot):

Didn’t she do a great job? We’re no strangers to having corks around the house for texture and a splash of natural interest so we especially love what she did because it would fit right into our home. How about you guys? Is there anyone else out there who’s thinking of trying their hand at a cork bulletin board after seeing Emily’s fantastic finished product? Tell us all about it.

Psst- Wanna see one two of our favorite cork-decorating ideas? Here’s a super speedy table setting where old collected wine corks are the star and here’s a quick and easy in-cabinet cork board that we whipped up for some great kitchen organization on a dime.