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Summer Sponsor Lovin’

We know summer’s official start is still a few days away, but we’re getting a head start on the season by saying “thanks” to our always-supportive sponsors in our monthly shout-out post (after all, they make the other 40+ posts that we write each month possible). So feel free to take a peek at all they’ve got to offer… along with a few exclusive YHL discounts for you guys to cash in on.

The Inglenook Decor has set out to give you the right decor for your “urban cottage.” They’ve got tons of beautiful finds for your home, which we particularly enjoyed browsing by trend (they organize items it fun categories, like “Birds! Birds!” and “Glorious Crowns.”

Ruby Plaza may sound familiar if you happen to enjoy Ruby Lane (a virtual marketplace where individuals can sell vintage items, antiques, and collectibles). Well, Ruby Plaza is similar but you’ll find contemporary, new, and reproduced items for your home and you (i.e. jewelry) as well.

Shades of Light came through for us again when we bought one of their discounted shades (available at their sister shop, The Decorating Outlet) for the office project that we posted about earlier this week. A quick glance around their store or at their online catalog is sure to reveal a few items that could come through for you too.

The Tile Shop is a great place to visit for tiling inspiration (especially if you can’t hit up one of their stores in person). It’s also an awesome spot for tools, tips, and all the confidence you need to DIY a tile job yourself. Plus, don’t forget to grab 10% off when you use the code YHL10.

Z Gallerie was all about bringing the outdoors in last month, and now that summer’s around the corner they’re also about helping people enjoy the outdoors outdoors. Yep, they’ve got your patio covered with everything from furniture to accessories and umbrellas.

Design for Less might be more recognizable to you as The Glass Mosaic Outlet or The Natural Stone Outlet- but no matter what you call them they’re a perfect resource when it comes to filling your head with great color and material combinations that’ll guarantee a stunning look.

WallQuotes.com (aka Belvedere Designs) would be happy to help you fill that blank wall in your house. Whether you want a dose of motivation, inspiration, or just plain ol’ humor, they’ve got tons of pre-made quotes and they even let you design your own. Plus, you’ll snag 15% off of any order with the code YHL15.

Quirk is best described in a riddle: what do stamps of small buildings, pretty tumblers with waves on them and a banana ornament crafted by Jonathan Adler have in common? Not much, except they can all be found at Quirk online or here in Richmond on Broad Street.

Frame The Date takes the concept of remembering an anniversary, birthday, or other special moment (maybe the day you closed on your house?) and documenting it with style- combining graphic photos with custom wood frames to make those dates unforgettable.

Vol. 25 is another great spot for original and uber-sweet art for your home – whether you’re grabbing some prints, photoshop overlays, or any of the many items in their Zazzle show. Plus, now through Wednesday June 16th, it’s buy 2 get 1 free on all prints and overlay sets.

Smock Paper makes bamboo paper look darn good with their sophisticated and charming letterpress invites, stationery, and greeting cards. And the paper’s not the only thing that makes this company green. Head to their site to learn more (and fall in love with their amazing designs).

The Natural Sleep Store helps you rest easy, not just because they sell mattresses that are customizable to your body’s preference, but also because everything they sell helps keep your bedroom chemical free – like the Savvy Rest mattress we bought a while back.

Lisa Leonard Designs doesn’t just have your back for lady-themed holidays like Mother’s Day. With Father’s Day right around the corner you can score a masculine take on Lisa’s hand-crafted sterling silver jewelry with items like keychains or leather cuffs for him.

Etsy Kids is definitely ready for the summer season now that they’ve updated their curated collection of Etsy’s freshest finds for infants, toddlers, kids, and even moms. Heck, you might even catch a few items that can live in a “grown-ups only” house too.

Hoot Design Co. is home to a range of punchy designs – from prints and posters, to invites and greeting cards. They even have all ages covered, beginning with their signature Simply Baby poster, which is an eye-pleasing way to get the beans and beanettes of the worlds to learn those ABCs.

Heart & Stone is a great spot to find cutomized necklaces, rings, and charms – especially if you like ‘em with a splash of green. Yep, this silver is 100% recycled and all the work is done by hand. Not to mention that everyone can score 10% off with the code YHL10.

And our last big THANK YOU has to be directed at you guys. Thanks so much for dropping in to see what we’re up to over here at Casa Petersik. We wish you nothing but the most fantastic and DIY-filled weekend!

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Two Bloggers Walk Into A Sidebar…

We interrupt our normal programming for a bit of blog business. We’ve updated our sidebar! Please, contain your excitement.

It’s nothing major, but enough of you have had questions about the changes that we whipped up over Memorial Day weekend that we figured it warranted a quick explanation (and an apology to those who witnessed any funny business on Monday while we played around). One of my goals now that I’m a full time blogger/father has been to improve some of the function of our site and clean up the design (within my limited coding skills). In fact it was even my resolution this year. So to that end, here are a few of the things that might look a bit different (unless you read us in a reader and have no clue what our sidebar even looks like):

Change #1: A Second Tabbed Window- We’ve condensed some of our sidebar content into another one of those handy-dandy tabbed windows like the search box that we have in the top right corner. You may be familiar with that one, and this additional box resides just a bit lower and contains things like, um, our cheesy smiling mugs.

Really it’s just a replacement for our old Contact button. But in the tabs behind it we’ve added things like a new “Shortcuts” window that contains easy links to some of the most frequently asked questions (where did you get that _______ in your house?) along with our most referenced how-to posts.

You’ll also see that we’ve moved our Link Love section (i.e. our blogroll) up into this window so that you don’t have to scroll as far down the page to access it anymore. And we even added a gooey little appreciation tab there on the end that we’ve called “Smooch” because we really do love you guys.

Change #2: New Buttons- Right under that new tabbed window, you’ll also see three new buttons (well, two of them are just redesigned and one is actually brandy new). You can still access Burger’s blog quickly and hop over to a page for browsing all of our House Crashing posts, but now you can also find your way over to a Flickr album of Clara pictures. We figure it’s an easy way for those of you who are hungry for a daily dose of baby to get your fix without flooding our post schedule with “isn’t she adorable” moments (which, if I may brag for a second, there are A LOT of lately).

Change #3: New Boxes: This last change is really just about cleaning up a bit of the design. I finally figured out / took the time to learn how to do something simple like add a clean white box around all of our sidebar widgets (like our Twitter feed, Discount-O-Rama listing, We’re Digging items, etc) so everything just looks a bit more consistent. Probably makes no difference to most of you, but it was a sweet sweet victory to me.

So that’s the mini sidebar makeover. Hopefully you guys agree that the changes fall into the “improvement” category, but – as scary as this is to ask – please let us know if you’ve got other suggestions for us. We’re happy to hear all ideas, but please understand upfront that not every suggestion is possible (even if only due to my limited coding abilities). Also – as scary as this is to ask as well – please let us know if something doesn’t look quite right on your computer or if you think something isn’t showing up correctly in your browser. Thanks everyone! Now go click on that Smooch tab up near the Contact Us tab that we mentioned for some virtual love from YHL to you.

UPDATE: Some of you are reporting trouble seeing the changes. The new buttons, like our sponsors’ ads, are coded using a flash advertising software. So if your browser is running some sort of flash or ad blocker (I’m not talking pop-ups, homey don’t play that here) it may be preventing you from seeing the Burger, Clara or House Crashing buttons. If you can turn that off for just YHL, that should solve the problem (thanks Barbara for figuring this out!) And no, this wasn’t a clever ploy to make everyone view our ads – I just used our ad software so that I could rotate a few versions of the buttons so you guys get served up a variety of Burger, Clara and House Crashing thumbnails.

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