A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

The Project Gallery is Live!

Very exciting news today! The Project Gallery – that I’ve been working on for such a long time – is live!

Find the direct link to the Gallery in the menu bar just below the header.

The Project Gallery is a database of projects that anyone and everyone can upload their work to. It functions similarly to a giant Link Party (if you’ve participated in one of those), and here’s the super simple idea behind it:

1. Add your own: Upload your project to share with others by using the submission form in the right hand sidebar (give your project a title, add a link to your direct post, choose an image and identify a category and as many tags that apply). An image will appear in the gallery along with a direct link out to your blog post.

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2. Search for inspiration: Search through projects by category in the left sidebar and then narrow down your results by tags. You might be hunting for a tutorial on distressing a dresser or on how to make pinwheel cupcake toppers – this gallery can help you find a blog post for either!

The Gallery is small today but I hope that it grows and grows. I’ve asked a few bloggers to help me add initial projects so that she’s not totally empty on launch day: Janell of Isabella & Max Rooms, Jennifer from Seakettle, Cristin from Simplified Bee, Disney of Ruffles and Stuff, and Courtney of Pizzazzerie.

Once monthly I’ll host a round-up on the blog of all projects added, so this is a great way to feature your room and furniture makeovers, parties, crafts, wardrobe boards and recipes! All submitted projects are linked directly back to the original blog post through the image in the gallery.

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Spot a bug? Feel free to let me know at: morgan at pepperdesignblog dot com so I and my awesome co-programmer can get right on fixing it.

Speaking of co-programmer, let me introduce you to a very hard working, sharp and kind fellow who as of the latter half of this year has helped me keep up with some of the programming needs on the site. When break-fixing small errors or developing new features (like this one!) became too taxing on my own, I enlisted the help of Tim (who can be found at: technotim@gmail.com) to assist. I highly recommend his work for the smallest (questions like ‘why is my formatting off?’) to the biggest (‘I’d like a shopping cart or custom plugin for my site’) projects because he always goes above and beyond and is incredibly fair with hourly pricing. Every blogger needs a really great programmer in their back pocket.

I do hope you like the new Project Gallery and I hope you find it a useful tool for looking up and searching for projects (from so may different sources of inspiration) quickly :).

2nd Blogiversary, Day 5: Round-Up & New Additions!

The 2nd Blogiversary Week has come to a close… but in case you’re just tuning in, here’s a round-up of stuff to check out:

Day 1: Wardrobe Giveaway with EmersonMade (one of my favorite online husband+wife clothing boutiques!)
Day 2: DIY Pack Giveaway offering up an awesome paint sprayer (makes furniture & cabinet makeovers a snap), a professional set of paint brushes and the super handy X-ACTO kit
Day 3: Meet & Greet with PDB and a behind-the-scenes look at our blog, family and home
Day 4: Favorite Home Decor Giveaway with Room & Board, The Company Store and Rifle Paper Co. (three of my favorite stores to find great additions for the house)

In other news…

I had every intention of announcing the very new Project Gallery (a place where bloggers can submit their projects in one large, awesome database) this week, but with a few last minute coding/styling issues and so much going on I’ve pushed that out to Monday. It’s finished! Come back to check it out :).

I have another exciting announcement today! If you’re a fan of the wardrobe styleboards that are posted here on a not-so-regular basis, I’m so happy to share that I’m bringing on a very style-savvy contributor who will make sure that our styleboard gallery is packed to the max with inspiring ideas.

Maryam of milkfriendly.com will be joining us beginning next week! And between Maryam and myself we hope to post on favorite wardrobe ideas more often. I would describe Maryam’s style as bohemian-modern, with a big dash of practical. Bohemian in the sense that she takes risks (that always work out beautifully), modern in that her looks will resonate with nearly all, and practical in price and wearability. Welcome, Maryam!

And that, my friends, concludes the 2nd Blogiversary week at Pepper Design Blog.

2nd Blogiversary, Day 4: Favorite Home Decor Giveaway!

Happy Thursday! Day 4 here of the 2nd Blogiversary week and I have a wonderful giveaway lined up from three of my favorite home goods stores: Room & Board, The Company Store and Rifle Paper Co. I LOVE each of these stores and I’m excited to partner with these companies to share a few of my favorite products with a reader!

The line up is…

First up is a Pendleton blanket from Room & Board. I cannot think of a better winter accessory for your living room (or the foot of your bed) than this cozy, wool blanket.

The throw looks beautiful slung over a couch (as Country Living demonstrates below) or rolled up in a large basket next to the fireplace (just waiting for a cool winter’s night and some snuggling time).

Room & Board is a 30 year old, family-based design retailer headquartered in Minneapolis with 11 stores nationwide (3 on the West Coast). The brand consists of over 90% handcrafted, American-made product and their focus in on providing customers with quality crafted, simple, classic designs at an affordable price. The Pendleton blanket is sustainably made and manufactured in the Pacific Northwest! Read more about the labor of love (and the quality of this cozy accessory) here. I love that Room & Board partners with US-based artists and makes every effort to manufacture and produce locally.

Given the option, I would choose this one with its soft greys and subtle red stripe. This is winter in a blanket:

Next up is a $50 gift certificate to The Company Store! I fell in love with their jute rugs a while back and we have their jersey knit bedding in our master bedroom. I love this store and their wonderful prices.

Our jute rug looked great in our previous kitchen and our bedding is fantastic, I cannot recommend it enough! It is so, so soft and if you have a pet that likes to snuggle at the foot of your bed it doesn’t hold onto hair like a traditional jersey duvet cover might (is that awkward to post? This is a huge bonus for us though ;)).

This is so awesome: The Company Store has committed to donating $20,000 worth of pajamas to Pajama Project, a not-for-profit organization that provides new, warm pajamas and books to children in need throughout the U.S., once it reaches 20,000 website pledges! So sign-up to celebrate Family Pajama Night in your home with a fall slumber party on November 19! We’ll definitely be participating.

And last but certainly not least is one of my very favorite paper companies, Rifle Paper Co. The illustrations and designs are beautiful! Very much my style.

I have their 2012 botanical calendar and while most months will be hanging in the office, June and August are now framed and hanging in our kitchen :). And the cover of the calendar is hanging in this office wall collage. Today’s giveaway includes the same 2012 botanical calendar to do with what you please.

And that’s today’s line up! So excited for the giveaway.

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Giveaway: A cozy Pendleton blanket from Room & Board, a $50 gift card towards your favorite Company Store product and a 2012 Botanical Calendar from Rifle Paper Co. (all in all totaling in at about a $200 value)

Blogiversary Question to Enter: Since it’s a week of celebration for PDB, I would love to know… how long have you been tuning in to the happenings over here at the blog? and a bonus question! when it comes to decorating, what’s your style? (you know, from the usual shabby chic, traditional, modern, vintage and so on :))

For Additional Entries: Become a Facebook fan of Rifle Paper Co (for great discount codes) and The Company Store (for all of the latest and greatest), and subscribe to Room & Board’s email list for updates and coupons! Be sure to leave a separate comment for each additional entry.

Giveaway ends Sunday, November 13 at midnight PST, winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following Monday. Good luck!

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And don’t forget about the DIY Pack giveaway (with a paint sprayer, brushes and utility knives!) from Tuesday and the EmersonMade gift card giveaway from Monday!

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