Buffalo Plaid Pillow Giveaway

It’s time for another giveaway! And I think you’re going to like this one…a lot!

The pattern of the year {in my opinion} is buffalo plaid, or buffalo check, or check, or whatever you choose to call it.  It’s everywhere.

Studio McGee used buffalo plaid chairs from Schoolhouse Electric in a recent design…

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 Schoolhouse Electric also has this throw….

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Here’s another cozy version from Target

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And you can see how Forever Cottage used a lumbar pillow in her decor…

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And if you’re looking for a pillow in that same pattern, I have a solution for you!

I’m doing a giveaway that ends today, Tuesday, December 8th at 8 pm Pacific Time.
And it just happens to be buffalo check!

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The giveaway is for two 20″ custom pillow covers with a hidden zipper.  Inserts are not included.

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To win these pillows, just visit me at @jengildayinteriors to sign up!

To enter, you just need to:

1. follow me on instagram

2. tag a friend that might like to sign up for the giveaway as well

And for  two more entries, you can repost the giveaway on instagram!

Do you have any buffalo check in your house this Christmas season?
-jen

Pillow Giveaway

Who doesn’t love something free!? Especially during the holidays when most of us spend too much money!

I’ve teamed up with Kendra at So Vintage Chic to give away a darling pillow for one lucky winner!

Kendra has some great pillows in her Etsy shop.  Here are a few of my favorites…

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I think this swiss cross pillow may make its way into my home sometime soon!

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And this antler pillow….buffalo checks AND antlers.  Cute!

And now onto the pillow that’s being given away…

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It’s a hand drawn red truck pillow (size 16″x16″).   Wouldn’t you love putting this cutie on your couch?!

To win this pillow, come visit my instagram page {click here}.

The giveaway ends at 8 pm Tuesday, December 1st (Pacific Time).

And if you’re looking for a gift this holiday season, head over to So Vintage Chic.  You just might find something darling for a gift – or for yourself!

-jen

Wayfair Launches Birch Lane

If you haven’t already heard, let me share some fun retail news with you!  Wayfair launched a new company today called Birch Lane!

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Birch Lane focuses on traditional furniture and decor.  The website says that it’s a “new destination for classic style”.

Sounds intriguing enough for me!  So let’s do some shopping!  Here are a few of my favorites….

The Delaney Bed caught my eye.  It looks very ‘Restoration Hardware’.

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I’m always on the  hunt for new kitchen chairs.  {I hate to admit that we’re still using the set that I bought for $50 when we were first married!} The Emerson Dining Chair looks both comfortable and easy to keep clean {if you have little ones in the house}.  And being that they share a name with my 8 year old daughter, I couldn’t help but love them!

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The Tenley Rug is versatile enough to go in most rooms! And it looks like it would be soft on your bare feet too.

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The Brighton Metal Chandelier surprised me…..I thought it was wood at first glance!    It’s metal and it’s a show stopper.

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Then there are these mirrors!   They have an antiqued, mirrored center and they are sold in a set of 3.

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And if your table needs some decorating, there’s the Paige Runner.

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I think you can see that it’s a website worth checking out!  Go over to birchlane.com to see for yourself!  I always love a new resource for finding home decor! Thanks to Birch Lane, we now have one!

jen

New Bedside Table {Ikea Rast Hack}

Well, hello! Did you think I’d gone and disappeared!?  It’s been several weeks since my last blog post and I have no valid excuse for my absence.  I just let life get busy, I guess! {or maybe I got lazy?!}

So, welcome back!

I’d like to share a project I’ve recently completed.

Several weeks ago, I finished re-decorating Emmie’s bedroom. (You can read about it here, here, here, here, here and here.)

This is what the room looked like when I finished….

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I loved the green nightstand, but felt like it was a touch short for the space.  This little girls bedroom has an excessive amount of chapstick, rubber bands, pencils, notebooks and much more lying around.  And that single, tiny drawer in the nightstand wasn’t doing the job of containing all of those small items.

I didn’t want to spend a ton of money….so went straight to Ikea.

Below is the Rast from Ikea.  And it costs a whopping $34.99.  Not too shabby! But very simple looking.

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 I’m certainly not the first to re-create this piece of furniture.  Here is a peek at how some people have turned their plain purchase into a show stopper.

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Isn’t it amazing what a little TLC can do to an otherwise simple piece of furniture?

Here’s a sneak peek at my bedside table.  It wasn’t a difficult project.  And it fills the space so much better.

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I will post complete pictures of the room in a few days when I get the new remote for my camera.  My hope is that the remote will assist me in taking better pictures in low lighting! So come back soon for a final reveal!

jen

Target Joy Sign Hack

Yes, this is a Christmas post.  And today, party pooper me took down all of my fall decor.  Maybe I should blame Target….

Like many of you, I recently received the Target ad showing the cute marquee ‘Joy’ sign.

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While we were out of town, the mail really stacked up. So when I saw the ad in my mail, I immediately got competitive. {For those of you who don’t know me well, I get competitive about the small things.  Not over a football or pickle ball game.  But over a parking spot. Or a place in line at the grocery store. Or a ‘must have’ darling tin marquee sign from Target.}  Anyway, I looked online…not available.   I looked at the two Targets here in town…..one was out of stock, the other was rather vague with their stock status.  So the kids and I buzzed out to Target last night, in the dark, to search for the sign.

And lucky me.  I got one!

But I confess when I opened up the box, it was kind of simple looking. And of course there was the cord.   I assumed it would stand on its own, but you have to hang them.  So I got to thinking….how could I make this work!

Off to the bin of scrap wood I went.  I found some red spray paint too.

And after a bit of working, I got just what I was looking for!

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Something more substantial. Something to prop up or hang on my porch, or over the mantel.

Something really fun! I love it!

If you’d like to do the same thing, here are the steps that I took:

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Grab some wood from the scrap bin, or buy some from Lowes or Home Depot {they can even cut it for you!}

Decide how wide you would like your sign.  Line up the wood {I used paneling leftover from my bookshelf project}.  Then secure two pieces to the back, as shown here.

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Spray paint the wood.

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When it was {almost} dry {I was too antsy to wait til it was completely dry}, I sanded the edges a bit and added some wood stain over the entire piece. It gave the sign a bit of depth and interest. Then spray some nails since they will show when the sign is hung.

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Lastly, hang the letters and  you are done!

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I’m so excited to hang it up, though I will wait!  My fall decor may be in the attic, but I won’t dig out Christmas just yet {though believe me, I’m tempted!}

Thanks for reading and let me know if you make one of your own!! I’d love to see a picture.

jen

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Fairhaven District in Bellingham

Every year for Christmas, my dad and step mom give Dan and me a night away.  They watch the kids and pay for a hotel for us to have a 24 hour getaway.  Of course it’s been 9 months since Christmas, but this weekend, we redeemed our gift.

On Friday, we dropped the kids off at the grandparents.  And Dan and I headed to Bellingham!  We stayed at the Chrysalis Inn, which is in the Fairhaven district in Bellingham.

The hotel was lovely.

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While I was busy taking pictures of our room, Dan had fun with the sliding doors between the bathroom and bedroom.

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{Isn’t he cute in his hat!?}

And the view from our room…..incredible.

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It was just a quick walk to the main strip of stores from the hotel.

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Everything was so quaint!  I couldn’t resist taking pictures!

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We walked by this restaurant….

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….which holds a special place in my heart.  Exactly two years ago, we sat on their outdoor patio and Dan challenged me to finally start writing this blog!!

We enjoyed walking around town, treated ourselves to some coffee, took pictures  and walked back to the hotel when we were done.  And if you were in the greater Seattle area this weekend, you’ll be amazed to know we did all that with no rain!

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Thank you to my dad and step mom for a fun 24 hours away!

If you ever get the chance, take a stroll through Bellingham. You won’t be disappointed!

jen

A New Bookshelf {and a project}

I’m working on updating Emmie’s room.  When she turned three, she got a big girl bedroom.  But four years later, I’m feeling the need for an update.  After noticing marker on her comforter {what kind of mom let’s a child have markers in her bedroom?! Ahem, me!} and lack of storage space, it’s time for some changes.

Lately I’ve been looking for a taller bookshelf and have come up empty handed.  Then the other day, I found this white bookshelf.

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I like the clean lines. And I like that it’s white. But I don’t like that it looks like it’s out of a box.

So I have some plans….

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Here are a few inspiration photos.

Look at what a little crown molding can do to an otherwise plain piece of furniture!

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And see how much character a planked background adds!
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Now to get the bookshelf assembled!  And after a few trips to Lowes for supplies, I should be in business!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for progress updates!

jen

My Barn Sale Purchases

Remember when I shopped a few barn sales last week?  I didn’t buy much that day. But I did come home with two wooden boxes. I probably have enough wooden boxes, but I always seem to find a use for them!  Here is how I put them to use!

The first is like a small toolbox.  I’m sure there is an appropriate name for it….something more fancy than ‘box with a handle’. But here it is…

It’s perfect for fall with gourds.

And the use for my second wooden box isn’t nearly as glamorous.  It found a home in the kid’s bathroom.  We got a new toilet a few weeks ago.  And the basket I had on the back of the old toilet didn’t fit on the new toilet.  As luck would have it, this wooden box fits perfectly!

I’m hoping that the extra roll of toilet paper will make it easier for the kiddo’s to replace the old roll when they run out.  Maybe that’s wishful thinking!

While they’re nothing fancy, I love my new purchases!

jen

A Day in the Country {Barn Sale Weekend}

Today was the perfect fall day. Cool morning temps. Sun shining.  Boots. And barn sales!!  So after the kids got on the bus, I headed out to hit a few of my favorites.

My first stop was to the Country Chicks.

{and the address for locals that are interested….13535 Littlerock Rd. SW – Rochester}

There were endless booths of antiques, fun junk, barn wood creations and more .

{succulents plantings}

{pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins}

{old shovels….fun garden art  to write on the back of the shovel with chalk}

{rosehip branches and bittersweet wreaths}

I did end up buying two little wooden boxes. I wasn’t sure where I’d use them, but I can always find a use for an old wooden container!

 My next stop….The Clement House.

{7420 Lords Lane SW- Olympia}

When it comes to curb appeal, this place takes the cake!

Doesn’t it make you want to have a big red barn in your yard?

I only purchased a few pumpkins at the Clement House, but sure enjoyed walking around their barn and property.

{pumpkins galore outside the barn}

{fun antiques inside the barn}

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I had a fun day buzzing around town, visiting the local barn sales!

Come back next week to see my little wooden boxes being put to use!

Are you heading out to a barn sale or pumpkin patch this weekend?

jen

Favorite Things…Chalkboard Pens

Writing on a chalkboard can be messy.  Chalk dust gets everywhere.  And the letters sometimes smudge if your hand lays on the writing.

The solution? A chalkboard pen!

I just recently purchased my first chalkboard pen. Maybe I’m slow to be on board with these….but I love them!

The precision that you can achieve with a chalkboard pen is much greater than with regular chalk.  Dear Lilly created this on her chalkboard.  Surely she used a chalkboard pen!

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I have the pen, and I have several chalkboards… now I just need to practice {and practice and practice and practice} my handwriting so I can create something as beautiful as Dear Lillie.

I recently purchased this cute caddy from Target’s new Threshold collection, and was was able to try out my pen.

Writing with it was so simple! And when I made a mistake, a wet paper towel cleaned if off in no time!

I can’t wait to try my pen out on other chalk boards! And maybe one of these days, I will have mastered some fancy writing to create a piece of art like Dear Lilly!

jen

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