Home Improvement Giveaway

By Kate Riley July 13, 2016

Last week we spent a few days in Las Vegas checking in on the house we’re in the process of renovating and flipping. I’m excited about the next phase that includes the kitchen and bathroom remodels, and I have a general idea of which direction I want to go in, but I know how frustrating it can be when you’re looking at a space that needs help and don’t know where to begin.

Today I’m excited to be giving away a $500 online shopping credit to BuildDirect, a fabulous online source for home improvement supplies. BuildDirect knows that home improvement can be a challenge (one that can be painful or frustrating!) and they are committed to making it better, one renovation at a time, no matter your project’s style, size, or budget.

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BuildDirect connects homeowners with sellers of home improvement products to ensure that costs stay low, often up to half the price found at big box stores. With BuildDirect, you can quickly compare products and their reviews side by side. (Learn how you can get five free samples for your next indoor or outdoor project right here.)

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Customers get access to a full support team who can assist seven days a week by phone or online chat. Orders are backed with a 30 day money back guarantee so you can shop with confidence.

BuildDirect recently turned a simple delivery into a surprise installation for home owners, Stacie and Rob. Frustrated by a four year search for the right flooring, their home renovation had come to a halt but BuildDirect found a way to make it better for them.

BuildDirect is on a mission to make home improvement simpler and more trusted for homeowners and to do so they have created an extensive page of information dedicated to answering common renovation questions where you can gather tricks and tips on all home improvement topics.

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BuildDirect is also a great source for decorating, find lots of choices for stylish living room and dining room furniture on their site!

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To promote their #MakeItBetterBD Campaign, BuildDirect is offering one of you lucky renovators a chance to win an online $500 shopping credit to their store so you make some progress on your most needed space! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below!

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In addition to the $500 giveaway hosted here, you can enter to win this additional $1,000 home improvement giveaway with BuildDirect by uploading a picture of a problem spot in your home.

*This giveaway is sponsored by BuildDirect. All opinions are my own. Winner is bound by Terms & Conditions of Rafflecopter giveaway.


Libation Stations

By Kate Riley July 12, 2016

Bonjour mes amis! I am sitting in the little Parisian apartment I rented and checking in with the world after a blissful few days of running around Paris with my travel companion, c’est magifique! The weather has been so fantastic which has kept me out and about exploring this extraordinary city, see a few snaps of my adventures abroad on Instagram.

Last week I was entertaining some friends and family for the Fourth of July and to make it simple, I set up a little beverage station for guests to help themselves to a cocktail. (I’ll share my party related project later this week.) On a daily basis, I don’t leave alcohol out on display since I have young children at home, but when hosting a party a libation station does comes in handy!

I’ve gathered up a few favorite collections of cocktail stands and carts spied around the web.

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one king’s lane

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margo & me

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Do you have a libation station set up in your home, or is it something you assemble only when entertaining?