Home Improvement Giveaway

By Kate Riley March 29, 2016

Greetings friends! You all know home improvement is my thing, I can’t get enough of a good renovation story and love to remodel any space I can get my hands on! Today I’d like to introduce you to a fantastic online source for home improvement and decorating needs, one I’ll be turning to later this year as I renovate a flip home myself.

BuildDirect brings you quality products at manufacturer-direct prices. For interiors, they offer a wide selection of flooring, as well as kitchen and bath products from countertops to sinks. For exteriors, you’ll also find a huge selection of decking, siding, roofing, and landscape products backed up by a 30-Day money back guarantee as well as product warranties.

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Let’s say you’re looking for new flooring for your home? BuildDirect allows you to quickly compare products and their reviews side-by-side. If you’re not sure which option would look best in your home, take advantage of the five free product samples shipped overnight with doorstep delivery.

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Perhaps you’re planning a kitchen or bath remodel? Check out the virtual design tool to help you configure your space the way you want. You’ll also get access to a support team who can assist seven days a week by phone or online chat.

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BuildDirect’s Home Marketplace connects homeowners directly with the suppliers of home improvement products to ensure that costs stay low, often up to half the price found at big box stores. Bookmark the site for future reference since new product selections and categories are added every day.

Spring is in the air and warm weather is on the way! Take a peek at their outdoor furniture options to spruce up your deck or patio.

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Right now, BuildDirect is having their BIGGEST SALE EVER from now until April 8th, the largest in the company’s history and just in time for you to plan your next space renovation. Save on flooring, patio furniture, tile, and more.

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Today BuildDirect is offering one of you a $400 online shopping credit to use toward your next home improvement or decorating project!


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Enter four ways: by answering a question about the next space you plan to renovate, by visiting the site and picking a favorite product, by sharing on Twitter, and/or following BuildDirect on Pinterest.

The Rafflecopter widget below will record your entries:


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The contest will be open until April 5th and the winner will be announced on April 6th. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and its Official Rules of Entry and also to the Rafflecopter Terms & Conditions of entry.

Good luck!


My Brother’s Kitchen Remodel

By Kate Riley March 30, 2016

Hi friends! Today I’m so excited to share my brother’s kitchen remodel with you. You’ll recall back in October when Nate and Liz were in the beginning stages of a kitchen remodel and it’s finally complete!

Nate and Liz moved out of San Francisco last fall into a small town just outside the city which allows them to commute but also live in a quiet neighborhood and raise their two small boys. I helped them with the cabinet layout and suggested design ideas but they made all the decisions on finishes and did a brilliant job!

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I love the finishes in this kitchen, Liz chose white cabinets, a gray plank porcelain tile floor, sage green quartz countertops, smudgeproof stainless steel appliances, and a classic marble herringbone backsplash.

Liz loved the idea of white cabinets to keep this smaller east facing kitchen light and bright. The cabinets photograph white but they’re truly a warm white, they are Kraftmaid in the Canvas color. For reference, this kitchen measures 15’6″ long by 7’10” wide.

On this side of the kitchen Nate and Liz moved the refrigerator out to create more counter space and moved the dishwasher over to break up the appliances so they weren’t side by side, and they also extended the wall in the opening to hide the cabinetry so it wasn’t exposed to the dining room, those were smart design changes.

Before & After, Sink Side:

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The cabinets are Kraftmaid and they’re great quality, they offer a lot of organizational amenities (seen below). Liz and Nate chose the Shaker style for doors and slab front for drawers, a very modern look, the ‘Canvas’ finish is a warm white and really beautiful in person.

Here you’ll notice on the opposite side of the kitchen that there was a blank back wall that was totally unused, so it was the perfect opportunity to add a pantry and also the perfect place to move the refrigerator. They minimized the size of the window to allow for upper and lower cabinetry to wrap around.

Before & After, Fridge Side:

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Another smart design decision was to open up the wall that looks into the dining room to include a peninsula that looks out into both the dining and living room where they entertain. There they created a place where they can pull up two counter stools for a quick snack for the boys.

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