Burning Question: To Paint Or Not To Paint?

This is one of those topics that we just know will stir things up. Where do you stand when it comes to brick houses. Specifically: to paint… or not to paint?

We know some people are adamantly against painting exterior brick while others love the look of a charming painted brick cottage. And what about whitewashing, liming or sandblasting for that aged effect? Is the only acceptable brick treatment to leave it au naturale? Or do you prefer the look of brick with a bit of paint on top?

Psst- This pic is from a House Crashing adventure of yore.



April Showers Of Gratitude

We thought we’d follow the April shower downpour that we got last night (thank you for washing away the pollen!) by sending out some big wet kisses to our sponsors. By now you guys know that we like to devote one post per month to thanking the kind folks who grace our sidebar. They really do help put food on the table and keep YHL going – along with doling out the occasional discount to you guys as well. So let’s start the slow clap in their honor. Clap… clap… clap…

Smock Paper isn’t your ordinary beautiful letterpress shop (though all of that is true, minus the ordinary part). They’re sustainably printed on bamboo paper, they’re powered by wind energy, and they donate a portion of their profits back to eco-friendly causes. There’s more, but they tell it better than we do so check ‘em out!

Dolan Geiman is another sponsor with an eco-friendly spin. With its namesake at the helm, this sustainable art company creates rich and layered mixed-media pieces (like reclaimed wood and found objects) and crafts items with a Southern twist (after all, Dolan hails from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and the business was born on the Chesapeake Bay). Check ‘em out on their site (or in their Etsy shop).

You’ve Got Supper dished out a giveaway last fall and they’re still dishing out delicious weekly recipes (and coordinating shopping lists!) for free by email. And don’t forget to look up their free iPhone app that lets you shuffle recipes by ingredient, perfect for that moment in the store when you’re craving something but don’t know how to make it a meal.

The Tile Shop is still offering that special 10% off when you use the code YHL10, so if you’re contemplating a bathroom redo (like we did with The Tile Shop’s help a few months ago) we say go for it. Whether you need tile, grout, tools or all of the above, they’ve got you covered.

Shades of Light sometimes sounds like it could be a daytime soap opera (“…and these are the Shades of our Light.”) but in reality, what they lack in dramatic plot lines they make up for in beautiful lighting, furniture and rugs. Browse online, order their catalog or even check ‘em out in person right here in Richmond.

Design for Less (aka: The Glass Mosaic Outlet) is an amazing resource for not-your-mother’s tile. Brilliant glass mosaics, sleek metal accents and even warm natural stone fill their inventory and their image gallery (which we highly recommend for inspiration).

Z Gallerie is proclaiming that gray is the new neutral, which might just make all of our cream furniture shake in its boots – especially after browsing through the always sophisticated furniture and accessories highlighted on the Z’s site this month. Love it.

WallQuotes.com (also known as Belvedere Designs) is knocking 15% off of any order with the code YHL15, so head on over if you’ve got a blank wall that could use some graphic pop or an energizing quote. Heck, we’re still fascinated by this decal version of the New York City skyline.

Quirk is always a place that we rave about for their unique and fun finds for your bookshelves, jewelry case, blank walls or stationery drawer. But they’ve also got a great rotating gallery of fresh artwork, including pieces from Dolan Geiman this month. It really is a small world, isn’t it?

Frame The Date is my favorite kind of art: meaningful and grounded in type and numbers (yes, I’m sentimental and geeky). So tell ‘em an important date in your life, provide an accompanying photo if you’d like, and pick a stylish custom frame for a personalized piece of priceless art.

Etsy Kids is in full bloom with their Spring Shopping Guide. They’re also proof to me that I’m quickly growing a soft spot for little girl clothes, accessories and toys. That must be the whole paternal instinct kicking in.

Blend Creations comes from a husband and wife team that blends together jewelry that’s one part modern, one part natural, and one part whimsy. Head over for a wide selection of stainless steel necklaces, earrings and rings. Plus you get 10% off purchases of $50 or more by using the code YHL10.

Vol. 25 has already won you guys over with their sweet and layered designs, but did you know they give you the chance to turn your own photos into a something Vol.25-ish? Just check out their photoshop overlays to learn more.

Lisa Leonard Designs has just delivered our official reminder that Mother’s Day is less than a month away. She’s added a new piece to her collection of hand-hammered sterling silver jewelry that celebrates all of the mamas out there (and mama’s to be, if you happen to know any).

The Natural Sleep Store is just that: a store with all that you need to sleep naturally, like the SavvyRest mattress that we bought last year- which we happily lay our heads on every night. Well, technically our heads go on the organic pillows that came from there too, but you get the gist.

Viewville is worth, well, a view. Here you’ll find fine art prints that add a touch of luxury to any wall, without sucking a luxurious amount of cashola from your wallet. And don’t forget that you can get 20% off by using the code YHL at checkout.

And so ends our downpour of gratitude for our mucho-supportive sponsors. As usual, thanks to them for letting us do what we love and thanks to you for giving us a reason to love it!