Ides Like To Say Thanks

Ok, so that’s a terrible “Ides of March” pun, but it doesn’t make this thank you any less important. We’re back for our usual monthly sponsor shout out- and it’s these generous folks who keep our site running, our lights on, and our bellies full- so indulge us as we take a moment to remind you what makes them so great.

Let’s kick it off with a trip to Viewville. Population: loads of fine art photo prints. I find myself drawn to “Urban” and “Nature” categories, whereas Sherry’s discovering all sorts of new cravings under “Food” (and it goes without saying that Burger’s a fan of the “Animals” page). Oh and don’t forget that you get 20% off with the code YHL.

Design for Less always makes us wish we owned a big penthouse in the city with about ten bathrooms and kitchens that we could deck out in gorgeous glass and metallic tiles. Just browse their galleries, we bet you’ll be dreaming of the same thing in no time.

Z Gallerie‘s latest collection for spring has us excited to celebrate our third wedding anniversary (even though it’s still a few months away). Bright yellows, plus their lemon and lime theme already have us reminiscing about our backyard soiree. Plus I can guess what might show up on Sherry’s upcoming birthday wish list…

The Tile Shop comes to mind every time we step into our now two-month-old bathroom, whether its admiring the grout that they helped us pick out or reminiscing about their wet saw that stole my heart in the process. And don’t forget that you’ll get 10% off when you use the code YHL10.

Shades of Light has a big ol’ store right here in Richmond, but the rest of you can still browse their diverse collection of not-only-lighting, but also furniture, mirrors and rugs online or by requesting their catalog by mail.

Vol. 25 is full of sweet and stylized prints that celebrate life’s simple pleasures. You know, like robots falling in love. Amazing. Plus her designs also come on fun stuff like t-shirts and photoshop overlays (just head over there to learn more).

A Beach Cottage chronicles the life of a fixer-upper cottage on Australia’s coast. Sarah has all sorts of vintage, whitewashed and shabby chic inspiration for you to ogle over (plus she’s coincidentally hosting a giveaway with sponsor Lisa Leondard’s jewelry).

The Natural Sleep Store is a great resource for all things to make your night’s sleep nice and natural. We purchased our Savvy Rest mattress there last year and still quietly sing their praises every night. So of course we were thrilled when they later came to us as a sponsor.

Frame The Date may be all about commemorating those special dates in your life, but let’s not forget about the awesome custom frames that they also have available (whether there’s a date in ’em or not). From exotic to painted woods, we also dig that it’s all harvested using eco-friendly practices.

Lisa Leonard Designs definitely seemed to win you guys over with last month’s generous giveaway, so take a moment to rekindle that spark with a trip over to browse her hand-cut and hammered sterling silver jewelry (and feel free to enter her giveaway over at A Beach Cottage too)., part of Belvedere Designs, sure has you covered in the inspirational (or custom) quote department when it comes to vinyl wall decals. But don’t let their name fool you – they’ve got other graphics and designs to bring your walls to life. We’re digging some of these cityscapes, for instance. Plus, get 15% off with the code YHL15.

Etsy Kids is now featuring their Spring Shopping Guide, so you can browse playful items for the kiddos to wear, play with, or otherwise enjoy this season. Plus it’s just good old fashioned fun to use their handy-dandy A to Z guide.

Blend Creations whips up jewelry with a blend of modern (sleek stainless steel) and warmth (nature inspired centerpieces) with a smidge of whimsy here and there for good measure. Plus these creations are the blended vision of a husband and wife design team (something we have a particular appreciation for).

Quirk delivers one of the most fun shopping experiences possible, both online and at their gallery here in Richmond. From tchotckes to tableware, we’re endlessly entertained and inspired by their unique eye for design.

So thanks again to our sponsors for their show of support, and another huge THANK YOU goes out to all of our amazing readers. We truly couldn’t do it without you guys and we’re oh-so-grateful that you care enough to stop in and see what we’re up to. Here’s hoping some of the fun decor, accessories, jewelery, bedding, art, lighting and tile above have you excited to spruce up your space for spring. Is it just us or does it finally feel like it’s really in the air?


  1. harmony m. says

    Hi guys!
    I’m a bit challenged in the art department, but I wanted to make some of my own art like you have by cutting posters and framing them. Can you point me in the direction of a tutorial post you’ve done on how to matte your own art/photos? Or if you haven’t posted about that, would you mind detailing the steps for us?:-)

    Thanks so much! As ever, you guys are the best!

    • says

      Hey Harmony,

      That’s a great suggestion for a future post. We actually haven’t covered it yet, but you can pick up mat-board at any craft or art store and use an Exacto knife to cut any sized opening that you need (just measure a rectangle or square with the border size that you’d like and cut out the opening to pop your art into). We actually don’t make many art mats anymore since we get all of our frames at Target and Ikea (and those stores tend to come with mats already) but if you need something that’s a custom size, you can definitely cut out your own. And we’ve also seen standard sized mats sold on the cheap at stores like Michael’s, which might save you some time). Hope it helps!


  2. Amy says

    I discovered Shades of Light through your blog and just received the light I ordered from them yesterday…LOVE IT!

    I bought it for our bathroom remodel which my husband has been working on for about a month now. The layout of our bathroom is almost identical to your newly remodeled bath. I have to keep looking at your before and after pics to remind me this is all going to be worth it!

    Our house was built in 1925 and we’ve run into a lot of the same challenges. The tile was set old school style in a thick mortar bed with that mesh stuff…we actually found two layers of tile! Also, our subfloor had rotted in exactly the same spot (by the tub). We are getting there slowly and hope that our bathroom turns out as beautiful as yours! :)

    • says

      Hey Amy,

      So glad you had such great luck with Shades of Light! And have fun with your 1925 house. It sounds like it’s full of potential- even if it is a lot of work!


      p.s. Maggie, if you’re reading this we tried to email you in response to your question but yahoo kept telling us it wasn’t a valid address. Feel free to comment with the correct email addy and we’ll get back to you asap!

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  4. meaghan says

    super kudos on the ides of march reference. an applaudable pun! as a super aside, how do you guys feel about after pictures without any before pics? i redecorated a nursery for my sister and after the fact we realized we didn’t have any before pictures!

    and btw, i totally love your blog. you do a really incredible job here!

    • says

      We welcome any and all eye candy! We especially love before and afters- just to see the full transformation- but afters are lovely on their own too!


  5. Sarah says

    Thanks for your sponsor shout outs. I found Etsykids from your site and have ordered several gifts on there! LOVE IT..and of course LOVE YOUR SITE!!!

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