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

*24 Hr Giveaway* 1 Yr Sub to Cocodot! – Now Closed

I’ll try not to leave the suspense of the new backsplash in our kitchen hanging out there for too long… but I just got word of a sweet little giveaway Cocodot would like to sponsor for one lucky reader and I had to post immediately! This will be a 24 hour, quick turnaround giveaway so that if you’d like, you can take advantage of Cocodot + Amy Atlas’s AMAZING Halloween collection!

Of course if you’re a bit more punctual and have already sent out your Halloween invites, Cocodot is extending a year subscription to their site so that you can use the online ecards for every other future event you have planned.

Cocodot and Amy Atlas Collaborative Invitations, Designs, Modern, Blue, Orange, Pink, Halloween

When I first discovered Amy Atlas’s collection over at Cocodot I was head-over-heels for every single one of the colorful patterns and playful themes. Be sure to check out all of Cocodot’s clever, chic and beautifully designed invitations, thank you cards, announcements and the like because this is a subscription definitely worth having.

Cocodot Giveaway, Amy Atlas Collaboration, Invitations, Orange, Pink, Blue

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Cocodot is offering one winner a 12 month membership ($49 value) to the entire site! Cocodot is the classy way to circulate your ecards – professional stationary available by both print and online.

To Enter: Please visit Cocodot and leave a comment here sharing your favorite collection, design or card.
For Additional Entries: Become a fan of PDB or Cocodot on Facebook! Be sure to leave a separate comment here letting us know you are already a fan or currently added either page.

Giveaway ends Wednesday, October 27th at noon PST, there’s only a 24 hour window! Winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following day. Good luck!

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Halloween Table Decor Round Up

We’re preparing for our annual Halloween dinner party this coming Sunday and I’ve pulled together a quick round up of a few of the amazing *spookified* table settings & dessert bars that have caught my eye:

Halloween Table Settings Setting Ideas, Halloween tablescapes, decoration, dinner party, purple, orange, black, lime green, glitter, glam

This glam Halloween dessert bar by TomKat Studios mixes in nontraditional lavender, lime and glitterfied decor to a create a fun, creative spread.

Sandra of The White Library created an equally chic tablescape full of spiders & crows. Rich jewel tones provide a much friendlier alternative to your everyday Halloween color palette, proving that the holiday doesn’t have to be all about gore to be spooky and fun.

Halloween Table Settings Setting Ideas, Halloween tablescapes, decoration, dinner party, purple, orange, black, lime green, glitter, glam

Katie recently showcased her orange and grey kid’s dessert buffet on Celebrations at Homesimple, clean, beautiful!

Halloween Dessert Bar, Buffet, Tablescape, Tablesetting Inspiration, Ideas

Anna and Blue created a delicious dessert buffet with similar colors in mind. Check out all of the great diy projects from this party at Hostess with the Mostess.

Halloween Table Settings Setting Ideas, Halloween tablescapes, decoration, dinner party, purple, orange, black, lime green, glitter, glam

Finally, Sweets Indeed designed a delectable feature that’s full of Victorian-esq details – including lace patterned cookies, paper products, black swags and even filigree-inspired icing. More on table decor and those mouth-watering desserts here.

Halloween Table Settings Setting Ideas, Halloween tablescapes, Victorian, Vintage, decoration, dinner party, purple, orange, black, lime green, glitter, glam

Purple seems to be the accent color of choice this year! I do love how it provides a soft contrast to the bright oranges, blood reds and black that we often see. I might just have to make it a feature color of our Halloween spread as well…

New Kitchen: Tile Me Pretty

Hope you had a lovely weekend! We enjoyed our camping trip and the beautiful weather this past weekend brought. Saturday was spent enjoying the sunshine, a few water sports and delicious campfire foods such as – my favorite – s’mores.

Glass subway tile, spanish mission craftsman kitchen

But then it was back to work…

Over the past six weeks we’ve been diligently working on upgrading our teeny tiny kitchen into a modern Spanish version to fit our 1930′s Spanish home. And we’re that much closer! (Here’s a look at update 1, update 2, update 3 and our inspiration board.)

After much deliberation between many different materials for the new backsplash, we decided that a glass tile in kiwi green would fit the look we were hoping to achieve. Our latest dilemma has been to determine the best design for the large space between the cabinets – subway tiles would provide a traditional spin on a more modern material (helping to blend that historic-meets-21st century look we love) but 1″ tiles mixed in might break up a wall of solid tile that’s on the verge of too plain.

Glass subway tile, spanish mission craftsman kitchen

Here’s Kevin and our friend, Dave holding up the new hood prior to installation (isn’t she perty!). A few quick photoshop renderings helped give us a visual of the four backsplash designs we’re deciding between:

1. Solid subway tiles – a clean and polished look that we love.

2. Subway tiles with a 1″ tile inlay that would sit right behind the range, perhaps providing a ‘pop’ for the stove area?

3. A boxed in version of #2 – this design would outline the 1″ tiles in a single row of subway tiles.

4. A beefed up version of design #3 using two subway tiles to border the 1″ tile rectangle.

We sat on these images for almost a week to make sure that our final choice was a well-thought out one. And I’m happy to say that Kevin just finished the last of the installation! I can’t wait to show a full update of the past week or so of work. Stay tuned…

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