Monday, October 15, 2012

Welcome to "The After Party"!!! & Giveaway

Welcome to "The After Party"!  I'm thrilled to give you all the opportunity to share some of your recent projects!  I'm even more thrilled to announce a very special giveaway at the very end - so please stick around.

As promised, I wanted to show you what I've been up to.


If you've been reading my blog for at least a week, then you know that I am on a quest this fall to cozy things up and bring in a more neutral palette.  The above picture is what our family room has looked like for the most part.  The pillows (which I still love) are being used in other rooms now.  I brought in some new pillows, lamps (thank you Kirkland's), and recovered the ottoman.


Here is what it looks like now.  Recovering the ottoman in a larger pattern made such a difference!  The stripe pillows (because I have a weakness for stripes) worked perfectly.  I also have a yellow and white pair of pillows on order that didn't make it in time :(.  Once they arrive, I might revise the photo.


I think what I'm most excited about is the new lamps compliments of my friends at Kirkland's!  Are they not gorgeous!?  Such a huge improvement over my lowly Re-Store lamps with shades that were so small they looked like comb-overs rather than a full head of hair.  Thank you Kirkland's!


When the cooler months roll in, I really love having cozy throws within arms reach.  Mom is so gifted when it comes to knitting and has made us a couple of blankets that quickly became favorites.


I also love bringing natural elements any time of year.  OK René, we get it.  You like natural stuff.  The giveaway details pu-leez!



As you know, Kirkland's offers stylish and smart decor items for every room in your home, helping you spice up any gathering with fun items.  Kirkland's is your destination for affordable home decor.  Because of their generosity, Kirklands is offering one of my lucky readers a chance to "treat yourself" and win a $100 gift card!

To enter the giveaway:

1.  Visit Kirkland's and decide how you would like to "treat yourself".  Come back here and leave a comment.  You do not have to participate in the link party to enter the giveaway.

2.  For an extra entry or three, follow Kirkland's on any of the following sites and leave a comment for each one.

The winner will be drawn via Random.org and announced Thursday.  You do not need to join the link party in order to participate in the giveaway.  The link party closes at midnight EST Wednesday.


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I received a gift card to Kirkland's for me Treat Yourself blog post.  Kirkland's partnered with several bloggers like me to raise brand awareness in the month of October.  All purchases and content are on my own accord and reflect my personal opinion and style.  Kirkland's blogger outreach policies abide by the WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engaement recommendations.

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106 comments :

  1. Love that fabric on the ottoman! Those lamps look great too.

    If I was to win the Kirkland gift card I would "treat myself" to the Blue Medallion plaque.

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  2. I have been thinking about a round mirror to replace the art over my mantle. I like the detail in the Emerald & Orange mirror, but would need to change the color.

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  3. How fun - you've done a great job freshening up your look in this room. I love the new fabric on the ottoman, and I also love the addition of the magnolia leaves (I think those are magnolia leaves, right?). If I can get my act together maybe I can show off my newly painted dresser in our master. Hope you had a great weekend! And I'd love to cozy up on the couch with that throw that your Mom made - that's so nice to have that made by her.

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  4. Your family room is looking so pretty Rene! Thank you for hosting this fun party.

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  5. love the new look and the lamps!
    I would love to treat myself to some wall art from Kirklands!
    cwcrisp@gmail.com

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  6. Love your new look! Definitely looks more interesting now. Thanks for hosting, and if I were to win the gift card, I think I would treat myself with a pendant light for the kitchen.

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  7. Isn't it amazing what a difference a few small changes can make? LOVING your ottoman! I walked through Kirklands the other night and was surprised at all of the new things I hadn't seen. They have some fantastic lamps right now...that would be my choice!

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  8. Wow, what a difference a few small changes can make! Love the evolution of this space, your colors, fabric and accessory choices. The space, while neutral feels so warm and inviting. Great job! BTW, Love those lamps! I have my eye on the Mustard ceramic lamp over at Kirklands. But then there is the Wood Kennedy Chair and the Gold Fleck Table lamp and....oh how is a girl to decide?

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  9. I have a think for ikat fabric and love your new ottoman fabric.

    I would treat myself to a large mirror if I won.

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  10. Gorgeous cozy updates, Rene! That ikat has always been a favorite, it's the perfect neutral with great impact! We don't have Kirklands in Denver anymore, but I'd choose the Gold Fleck table lamp. Yours are a beautiful addition!

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  11. I love your Ikat ottoman!

    In the same vein, I'd get the seafoam green storage ottoman from Kirkland's to use for storage and a coffee table. I've been looking for something like that for a while. Thanks for the opportunity to win the give away!

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  12. I'm impressed with Kirklands! If I were to win the giveaway I would treat myself to a pair of lamps--either the wilmington or the blue glass table lamps.

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  13. I just love the three piece clear bottles with the Cross Stoppers. But it was a hard pick because all were beautiful!

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  14. I am madly in love wit your ottoman!! I have been toying with getting some gray ikat pillows for my house, so I love the fabric you've used!!
    One of the things I thought was so pretty @ Kirkland's was their Antiqued Turquoise Rattan Console Table.

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  15. It is so much fun to "shop" Kirklands and so many things I would love to have. Accent table, lamps, more!

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  16. I'd love to treat myself to a floor lamp :) Thanks for the chance!
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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  17. I like kirklands on fb (alaine elise)
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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  18. i follow kirklands on twitter @alaine888
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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  19. I follow Kikland's on Pinterest...

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  20. i follow kirklands via pinterest
    family74014 at gmail dot conm

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  21. The ikat-style fabric on your ottoman is fabulous! I love the gray striped pillows with it.
    The boldness of the patterns look so chic against the white sofa and walls!
    I never thought to look for lamps at kirkland! Great to know.
    I hope you will share this great post at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS. Link goes live Wednesday 8:00pm. NOw I am off to visit other creative bloggers!

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  22. You're so good at mixing prints. The new fabric on the ottoman gives it a whole new life. I'd love to take home one of the Tortoise Rattan Folding Tables (http://www.kirklands.com/product/Furniture/Tables/Accent-Tables/Tortoise-Rattan-Folding-Table/pc/2285/c/2300/sc/2608/161963.uts). I'm all about tortoise these days.

    Oh, and I shared my most recent before and after--my guest bedroom! Excited to share it!

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  23. wow, rene! it is gorgeous- love the colors, textiles, everything!
    i am taking a link party hiatus but just because it's you and a special party, i will link something up. :)

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  24. Rene I love your changes! Pillows, colors, ottoman, lamps...love it all!

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  25. Your new lamps are very nice. I just looked at Kirklands and now need that red glaze table lamp along with the morgonton throw pillow. Two to be exact.

    Laura S C

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  26. I am now following Kirklands on Pinterest and I pinned a few items.
    Laura L C

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  27. What an awesome giveaway. I would love to treat myself to the BLUE DISTRESSED CHEST. I need extra storage pieces!!!!!

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  28. I would treat myself to some new throw pillows for our family room. Kirkland's has such a large selection that it'll be hard to make up my mind!

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  29. Pretty new look! I would treat myself to some wall art from Kirklands.

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  30. Also following via Pinterest.. Thanks!

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  31. I've had my eye on the Wood-Blue-Morocco-Wall-Art-Set-of-4 - not quite sure where I would put them though...I'm taking my time in making holes in my new walls!

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  32. I'm lovin' that new ottoman fabric too! The whole area looks so fresh and cozy.
    Now to choose somethin' to link.....

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  33. Love the re-do! I would treat myself to two each of either the clear crackle buffet lamps or the mercury glass buffet lamps! I can't decide!

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  34. I also follow kirklands on Pinterest!

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  35. I love the changes you made. I live Kirklands, always find stuff there. I would love the cream Ikat pillows and the Shell Study Canvas. Hope to win (-:

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  36. Following on Facebook

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  37. If I won the $100 Kirklands gift card I would purchase one of their fabulous floor lamps and a pillow or two!

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  38. I followed Kirklands on twitter!

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  39. I'm following Kirklands on Pinterest

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  40. I didn't think you could improve your family room, but you did! It looks gorgeous! What a difference reupholstering the bench made!;)

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  41. Rene, I love the warm and cool tones in your living room now. The new fabric on the ottoman looks so fabulous! I love the gray paired with the gold mirror and the warm tone from the basket.

    Thank you for this chance for the Kirkland's giveaway! I am desperate need of lamps so I think I would go with one of their pretty table lamps!

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  42. Love it!!!! Ottoman and lamps are my faves!! I want the knitted throw that your mom made! :)

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  43. I would get the Jackson Mirror.

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  44. Following Kirkland's on Twitter.

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  45. I follow Kikland's on Pinterest.

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  46. A Kirkland's just opened near me and I had no idea what it was!! Wow, gotta get there ASAP! There website shows a fabulous coffee box and some darling pin boards. I am a professional organizer and would definitely shop here for those essentials as well. Your ottoman looks amazing, the yellow pillows will pop nicely, too.

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  47. Love the new look! Would love to have new throw pillows for our couch.

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  48. i love all the grays, and i share your weakness for stripes. i'd love to win this, b/c my new kitten just broke the lamp in my guest room. the mercury glass one on their website looks amazing!

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  49. and i already like them on fb. thanks for offering this!

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  50. Love the gold fleck table lamp. A pair of those for my bedroom would be great! Liz

    ces2147@verizon.net

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  51. Love, love your changes Rene! I'm a sucker for grey. And those yellow pillows are going to look awesome, I'm sure!

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  52. I desperately need new beside lamps as (I'm not naming names) 2 mysterious boys seem to have shattered one of them in an unsupervised pillow fight a few months back! Kirkland's has some cute lamps these days!

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  53. I'd like a new mirror.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  54. I like Kirklands on fb.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  55. I follow Kirkland's twitter @hewella1.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  56. Your ottoman looks fabulous! I just recently noticed a Kirkland's nearby and just haven't had time to visit. If I won, I would treat myself to some new Christmas decorations. Thanks for the opportunity. sphicks@aol.com

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  57. Wow, there are so many things I would love but I saw a canvas of a black horse with a red back ground that would go so well with my equestrian theme.

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  58. Your family room looks fantastic Rene! The large pattern on your ottoman works so well in your room. I like the addition of the striped pillows and the texture of your Mom's pretty knitted throw. You did a beautiful job with your room. I just peeked at Kirklands and I'm tempted by the gray ceramic lamps.

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  59. I would "treat" myself to the yellow dog
    coffee canvas! I love it and it looks like "my
    girl". Also the Dracula candy stand is pretty
    cute too! Thanks

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  60. Beautiful job!! I love the Cream Storage Basket Console Table from Kirkland's. :)

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  61. OOpps, I forgot to enter...I really need a small side table.

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  62. I would get a lamp or two! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  63. The ottoman looks perfect, Rene! I love it. :)

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  64. I would love to have one of the Luisa ottomans for our bedroom. Great giveaway!

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  65. I love Kirklands!!! I would get some holiday decorations if I won the $100.00 gift card.

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  66. I agree that your lamps really finish the space. They look great!
    Visited Kirklands, and since I'm a sucker for mirrors, I went straight there. Love the Baylee Petal mirror.

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  67. I love the new look of your ottoman. I'm a sucker for stripes too. Wow, Kirkland's has really stepped up their game lately. I love the Jackson mirror!

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  68. If I won the $l00 gift card, I'd use it on purchasing 3 Bronze Metal Hanging Lamps for my kitchen. Kirklands is the best!!!

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  69. I'd love to pamper myself by purchasing the Cheval Jewelry Armoire for our new house! We don't have a full length mirror, so I always have to stand on a kitchen chair and look in one of our larger mirrors to see my full outfit! lol Plus the hidden jewelry storage would be wonderful.

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  70. I want the elf help wanted sign! I think it would look so cute on our porch. I also like the Santa bird feeder he would look cute holding some ornaments.

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  71. I forgot to say I love the striped pillows.

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  72. I would treat myself to some vases :)

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  73. following them on twitter @throuthehaze

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  74. I like them on Facebook: Rae Pavey

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  75. I would buy new table lamps for my LR! Thanks for the chance!

    lindahobbs at sbcglobal dot net

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  76. Liked on FB.

    lindahobbs53 at sbcglobal dot net

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  77. Also following on Pinterest.

    Thanks,
    lindahobbs53 at sbcglobal dot net

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  78. I like the wildflowers welcome mat.
    Thanks for the chance.
    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

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  79. Love the Kirklands seafoam parson chairs for my dining room table ! Love your blog as well.

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  80. Beautiful! If I were the lucky winner of $100 to spend at Kirklands, I'd treat myself to a set of apothecary jars and a couple of hyacinth baskets to help corral all of my little munchkins' toys!

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  81. I love Kirklands!! I would get a pair of the Hooper Crystal Table Lamps!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2012 Artists Series

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  82. I am following Kirklands on Facebook.
    xoxo
    Karena
    2012 Artists Series

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  83. Also following on Twitter.
    xoxo
    Karena
    2012 Artists Series

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  84. Oh and on Pinterest of course for great ideas!
    xoxo
    Karena
    2012 Artists Series

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  85. nanetteromo@comcast.netOctober 17, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    The rattan bench please! (But red or blue?) Thanks for the opportunity!

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  86. nanetteromo@comcast.netOctober 17, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Following on Twitter too!

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  87. I love the seagrass lamps! I may have to go get a pair of them!

    Meg

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  88. I'd treat myself to the Pink Ultimate Plush Throw:

    http://www.kirklands.com/product/Textiles/Pillows-Throws/Pink-Ultimate-Plush-Throw/pc/2288/c/0/sc/2307/164217.uts

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  89. I follow Kirkland's on Facebook. (Deanna Cali)

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  90. I follow Kirkland's on Pinterest. (Deanna Cali)

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  91. Hi! I have been looking for a slipcovered couch for our living room. Would you mind letting me know where you got yours? Thanks!

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    1. Lauren,

      It is the ektorp from IKEA. Comes in lots of colors.

      René

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