Welcomes + Winners

By Kate Riley July 13, 2011

Good evening!  What a great conversation going on with yesterday’s article, asking how you all feel about open shelving in kitchens.  I’ve read every comment, a few of them funny, many of them informative, and so many opinions on both sides, thanks so much for sharing and keep ‘em coming!  With such great feedback, I’ll be sure to write up another ‘Timeless or Trendy’ spotlight next week so we can all debate another topic some more.

I want to take a moment to introduce you to a few of my new sponsors.  Please welcome The Inglenook Decor, a source for unique and stylish home décor.  They have so many fantastic items for sale, from rugs to lighting to furniture to home accessories.

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Here are a few of my favorites:

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Bridgitte table; crown cake stand; burlap bucket lantern; Trina Turk zig zag rug; feed sack ottoman; Degas artist table

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Also introducing mixed media artist Angela Statzer, owner and writer behind Button Bird Designs blog.  

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Angela shares a passion is finding thrift store cast offs and creatively reinventing them into something beautiful and useable.  Angela also sells her creations in her Etsy Shop: Button Bird Designs

Angela joined up with the I Heart Thrifing Party, and most recently revamped this beauty:

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As a third new sponsor, please also welcome Kristen Duke, a photographer from Austin. 

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Kristen has a new eBook titled Say No to Auto: 3 Basic Steps to Understanding Manual Settings.  

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For $10, you’ll have a helpful guide, especially useful to those of you who have a digital SLR camera, and would like to learn more about taking better images with the manual function. 

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Announcing the three winners of the recent Cabinet Transformations Giveaway: 

#105 Paul Matiecka:

“My wife hates our kitchen cabinets…. If she thinks we are getting new ones she is “nuts” so this is the next best thing !” 

#594 Jennifer Humphrey:

“I would use it in my kitchen that I started remolding 2 years ago. Our kitchen was put completely on hold when my husband got laid off from his job, fast forward 2 years later and our cabinets still need painted!”

#1,416 Rachel Peay (winning with a FB link/second comment):

“I could win an ugliest kitchen cabinet contest! This would be a very cool win!” 

“Just facebooked too! (fingers are crossed)”

Congrats to the winners, I’ve sent you an email, so be sure to provide me with your address ASAP to get a large kit shipped to your door. 

Great news, the faux bamboo chest is all finished my friends, and it is fabulous!  Come back later tonight to see it, I think you’ll like it. 

Till then,

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  1. Congratulations on your new sponsors, Kate and congratulations to the three winners! Looking forward to seeing your faux bamboo chest and the color your chose.

  2. Well-deserved awards to the winners and very, very inspirational painting on the bamboo chest! Your new sponsors are so good at their crafts, too. Keep up the good work. I spent all day building a tiny Kitchen Island Addition,-Designed-To-Make- My-Orangey-Oak-Eighties Island… Look ..Sort Of…Tuscan. Or Parisian. Or Not Barry Manilow. Not That I Don’t Think Barry Is So Great. He Is! Err. He Was.

    I Have To Go Now. Great Job though!!! You Rock! (I hope it’s not uncool to say “You Rock.”) Or “You Are So Far Out” or whatever.

    Good job.


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