Posted by Andie on July 30, 2010
Tell me you love this rug as much as I do.
I fell in love with the looks of it and special ordered it for my living room. (RC Willey has an incredible special order department by the way... but that is a topic for another day). The day it arrived I literally skipped home in excitement. Anxiously I tore off the plastic and unrolled it onto my floor.........
and it looked horrible with my couches.
I'm still sad. I've tried to justify keeping it for the past few weeks, but realistically we don't have room for it, and I can't stand the thought of this lovely rug being shoved away in a closet and not getting the proper attention and foot traffic it deserves on someone's floors.
And so, in an effort to find this rug a new loving home, I've decided to give it to one of you, my readers.
Become a blog follower if you aren't already, and leave a comment telling me why you want this rug and you'll be in for the running...
A winner will be selected at random next Friday, August 6th!
P.S. It's 5X7.6' For more product specs, check out Jaipur rugs. If you're interested in special ordering any of their rugs shoot me an email!
In other news....
You're invited to an ice cream party!
Come get a FREE single, double, or triple scoop Ice cream cone!
Where: ANY RC Willey location
When: today! (July 30th)
Why: Because it's hot outside. And you deserve it.
Party Details: RC Willey will also pay your sales tax on any purchase of $499 or more all weekend!
Posted by Andie on July 28, 2010
Is your living room screaming, "HELP!! I'm Stuck In Another Decade!!"?
If you have couches that look like these, you better have answered yes.
photo courtesy HGTV
You (and your living room for that matter) might be in luck. RC Willey is going to give away a whole new room package to a lucky winner, which includes.....
Sofa & Love seat, or Sectional Sofa
65" 3D TV
3D Starter Kit
All you have to do is fill out a Room Package entry form, and then turn it into any RC Willey location before August 7th.
May the ugliest living room owner win!
Posted by Andie on July 26, 2010
Forgive me if critiquing advertisements isn't your thing, but as a former advertising student, I just can't get enough.
I love brilliant, daring, bold, compelling marketing campaigns.
And this season, Levi's wins the golden prize.
Have you heard about their latest Go Forth 'Ready to Work' campaign?
The whole campaign is centered on Braddock, PA, a little old steel-mill town outside Pittsburgh, which is bankrupt, broken, and suffering from years of industrial decay. But don't let the empty buildings and rubble fool you. Young new workers are emerging who want to make a difference.... artists, farmers, musicians, craftsman, and business owners... ready to start rebuilding this tired town. Shot on location in Braddock, the campaign spotlights a dozen real local people, doing real work, dressed in Levi's Work Wear Collection. The residents of Braddock shine an authentic spotlight on how vision, hard work, and dedication can bring about hope and change to any community.
But Levi's isn't just shooting commercials. They are also contributing financially to the rebuilding of Braddock by funding the renovation of a community center and supporting an "urban farm" that supplies local residents with beautiful produce at reduced prices.
While this sort of campaign could have turned gimmicky, overly-emotional, or exploitative..... it didn't. The result is compelling, human and inspiring.
Check it out.
Posted by Andie on July 21, 2010
I believe there are two types of women in this world. Those that are crafty, and those that are not crafty. My mother and sister can touch anything and turn it to gold, and I seem to have the opposite effect. I'm one of those people who don't come by craftiness naturally. I think I'm in denial though, because I continue to attempt crafting, hoping practice will eventually make perfect. I've learned along the way that soliciting my mother's help when I catch a creative bug means things will go smoothly, and we'll end up with something pretty. Take making pillows, for example.
Since husband and I moved into our new place, I've been on a mad hunt for new pillows for our sofa. I searched high and low, and of course the only pillows that fit the look I was going for were more than $100 a pop. I DON'T THINK SO. In total desperation (as far as home decorating is concerned), I decided to give it a go and make my own. So, with the help of my wonderful mother (there's no way I could have done it without her skills), we got started.
First, we took a trip to the Fabric store, where I snagged several pillow forms like these....
Next I picked out all the fabric and cording that I wanted to use.....
After a lot of measuring, cutting, pinning, sewing, and a couple hours later,
we had these little lovelies to show for it....
In total, this project cost me $98.99. It was a darn good deal, considering I got six pillows out of it! I'm happy that our room looks cute, husband is happy we didn't break the bank, and my sofa and arm chair are happy because they feel loved now.
Want to make your own pillows? Check out this great step by step tutorial!
Posted by Andie on July 19, 2010
Baking Soda and Baking Powder are two VERY different things.
They are not synonymous,
As evidenced by the chocolate explosion that took place in my oven the other night.
It looked like Mt. St. Helen's. Except it was edible.
* I only wish I would have thought to take a picture for your enjoyment
p.s. Husband, thanks for being the one man cleanup crew while I frantically whipped up another batch of brownies for the party.
Posted by David on July 14, 2010
I bet some of you thought we only carried furniture, right? Wrong! Here are ten random items that actually cost LESS than 30 bucks!
Cherry Coat Rack -$29.99
Small Pitcher- $24.99
Antique Bronze Clock- $19.99
Proctor Silex Rice Cooker- $19.95
Cuisinart Sandwich Grill- $19.95
Panasonic Titanium Iron- $24.99
Skullcandy Earbuds- $19.95
CTA Digital Shower Media Player- $27.99
Valentine's Day DVD- $21.99
S.I.T. Adirondack Chair- $14.95
Posted by Andie on July 9, 2010
Now that Summer is upon us, it might be time for you to make a few changes inside your home to keep things fresh, cool, and relaxing. After all, your home should feel as perfect and carefree as it does outside. You can adopt one, or all of these ideas as you summerize your home....
1. Retire Winter
Store away items that aren't useful in the summer, such as blankets, thick afghans, and heavy quilts. Replace them with simple, lightweight summer throws that will be comfortable to curl up in, even in the heat.
2. Lighten Things Up
You don't have to buy new furniture in order to make your living room feel more summery. Consider dressing your sofas and chairs in white (or light colored) slipcovers, or simply switch out dark pillows for bright, vibrant ones.
3. Rethink Your Rugs
Make your floors happy. Store away your heavy, dark rugs for the time being, and replace them with flirty, thin ones.
4. Lace & Linens Are Lovely
Pull out your white tablecloths...these are beautiful and airy for the summer months. Linen and lace are never out of style.
5. Say Yes To Summer Dishes
Even the plates you use in the kitchen can reflect the season. If you have more than one set of dishes, start using the lighter colored set on a daily basis!
6. Cool Down Your Bedroom
Bulky bedspreads in the summer are bad news. If you're like me, your heavy bedding ends up on the floor anyway because it's too hot to try to sleep with. Put it away for the next few months and use a thin down comforter instead.
7. Fresh Flowers Make Everything Better
One of your greatest summer assets are flowers... pull out your vases, and stock fresh flowers of all kinds and colors in every room that you can! Even the bathroom!
8. Natural Sunlight, You're Invited
Take down those thick, heavy draperies and hang up lightweight, airy sheers that will bring in more natural light. If removing your curtains isn't an option, consider changing the valance or tie backs to a lighter color.
9. Do Your Lamp A Favor
If your house still feels like a cozy winter wonderland, switch out your dark lampshades for lighter ones. Minor change, big difference. You get the point.
10. Bring In The Beach
Incorporate summer accessories into your living space. Sea shells, bird houses, plants, and bowls of fruit and vegetables are great places to start.
Posted by Andie on July 6, 2010
Posted by Andie on July 2, 2010
I don't think I fully appreciated the country we are blessed to live in until I spent an extended period of time away from it. When I was 17 I spent a good chunk of the summer away from my family in a third world country. My eyes were completely opened and my perspective changed as I witnessed more poverty, hunger, and sadness than I could have ever imagined. Men, women, and children were not granted the same freedoms I had always known, and because of this they lived their lives in total fear.
I will forever remember the way that I felt as the plane started descending towards the JFK airport on my trip home. As the New York skyline came into view I had a 'moment', as my friend would call it. I grew up loving my country, but this time it was different. It was personal. Tears (yes, sometimes I have a heart after all) welled up in my eyes as I thought about how grateful I was to live in the United States of America. I promised myself right then and there that I would NEVER take that privilege for granted ever again.
Have I kept that resolution? Sadly, not even close.
I'm beyond annoyed about the parking ticket I got last month at the hair salon I can actually afford to go to, I bemoan the fact that a huge chunk of my pay check always seems to go to taxes to keep our country safe, and don't even get me started on politics..... I find myself complaining about the construction on the paved roads located conveniently near my house, I hate when my husband spends all night studying for exams at the top-rate University he's attending, and I can't stand it when the avocados that many people would kill for, don't look ripe at Smith's.
What a tough life.
It all sounds a little ridiculous. I'm lucky enough to have a job, and I even own a car that gets me there everyday. Not only does the government have my best interest in mind, but I can voice my opinion and nobody tells me who I have to vote for in government elections. In order to be qualified for the careers we've chosen, both my husband and I have the opportunity to get as much education as we want. And when you stop and think about it, the fact that I have a grocery store 30 seconds from my house that is stocked with aisles of clean, fresh food is pretty remarkable.
While life isn't ever going to be perfect, when you set all the menial things aside, I think you'll agree with me that we've got it pretty good.
I'm proud, and thankful, to be an American.