Fab Freebie: Greensleeves

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If green is your color then you must be psyched that March is finally here. And even if green ain’t your thing (maybe you’re more of a pink lady), not to worry – this week’s giveaway from kaarskoker has all of your favorite colors covered.

So what is kaarskoker? Literally, it’s the Dutch words for candle and sleeve smooshed together. But what is a candle sleeve? Basically it’s a why-didn’t-we-think-of-that way to help you rescue any old sconce or past-its-style-prime light fixture and liven it up with a whole new look. And you can opt for anything from traditional patterns to bold modern colors- that way you can mix up the feeling of your fixtures or tablescapes with a simple swap o’ the sleeves (can you tell I’m practicing for St. Patrick’s Day?).

Plus they even sell silver and brass kkCandlesticks which are custom made for the easy addition of their very own punchy and patterned candle sleeves (which even adjust from 4″ to 6″ in height so you can create that perfect multi-level arrangement). Fun, right? That’s why we’re excited that TWO lucky readers will win $75 gift certificates to everything on kaarskoker’s site (and the rest of of you will get a nice little consolation discount too, so stay tuned for that).

Here’s to get your mitts on these stylish sleeves:

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Reader Redesign: Tile For Miles

When Amanda and her husband Ken sent over the amazing before and after photos of their kitchen, let’s just say our mouths literally watered. Here’s their letter:

I really enjoy your blog and your knitty-gritty do-it-yourself attitude, so I thought you might be interested in our own kitchen remodel. We live in a little brick house in St. Louis, built in the 1930’s. The kitchen had been redone in the 70’s and the cabinets were kinda shoddy- plus, we needed A LOT more storage. Last summer we took the plunge and decided to tackle it. My husband and I are both graphic designers and very particular about design but the room came together so smoothly, with very little head-butting. The cabinets are IKEA and go all the way to the ceiling to add much needed storage. The wall with the new island was previously empty, so those 12 inch deep cabinets almost double our availability. We also widened the “nook” where the fridge is by two inches to squeeze in an actual pantry. We hired a friend to do the electric, my brother installed the floor and the tile backsplash, and the counters were professionally done but everything else is our own doing! We had NEVER done a project of this scale. Not bad for learning on the fly, right? It adds so much value to our home and we enjoy every minute of using it. Hope you like it! -Amanda and Ken

Here’s their kitchen before the major overhaul:

And here’s the same space after they worked their makeover magic:

Can you believe that upgrade? Amazing. We love how they maximized every inch of space with ideas like building in that pantry near the fridge and adding that island (flanked by even more built-ins) to extend their workspace. This kitchen just goes to show that if you put a lot of thought into optimizing the space that you have you can end up with about 100 times more function and available stash space without sacrificing an ounce of beauty. Oh and here’s a handy little source list from Amanda & Ken:

So what do you guys think? Didn’t they do a fantastic job selecting those luxe looking finishes and layering both function and form into a formerly blah kitchen? We love that they were able to come together to create something they both adore while doing a lot of the work with their own four hands. And of course we’re obsessed with that gorgeous backsplash of theirs. Yes please.