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I am thinking about my pictures in a whole new way and wonder if there is this much beauty in my own surroundings. I can't say that I recall the evening sky ever being so deep blue, but I may have been walking around with my 'eyes' closed for more years than I care to think. 

Sometimes it's the beauty in the simple things that really knocks me off my socks. And also, I can't hoola-hoop for the life of me, so already this beauty above is well beyond my abilities. 

Oh those haunting images always get me. I just adore them, which is ironic since they generally revolve around doom and gloom which I utterly abhor. What can I say, I'm clearly a contradiction. 

I think this concept is simply fabulous and I have been drooling over the amazing images for the last couple of hours, unable to decide which are my favorites. Several major social good and arts programs have signed on to participate as a way to show how art can change the world. This is something I wholeheartedly believe might be possible. Often I feel as though many of the world's problems revolve around ignorance, and perhaps this kind of visual awakening on a global level is precisely the sort of thing that helps to expand our knowledge and understanding of all that is happening out there in the great wide open. 

If you snap photos like I snap photos, and you love to InstaStalk like I do, this is a place you will enjoy. Go... and browse for your viewing pleasure, maybe even upload some of your own photos and win the big dollars! 

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Who doesn't need to do a little holiday shopping or add some sparkle to their homes this season? Trust me, we all do... and the minutes are quite literally ticking away faster than I want to admit! Whether you are hosting the fam and all of your friends this year, or just want to add something special to your space, World Market is a fabulous place to shop for any of your gifting or home related needs and wants. They quite literally sell all of my favorite things...

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Kitchen Design is something I have not had the pleasure of doing in real life, from the ground up, at least not yet. But when I dream of my ideal kitchen I find my wish list is a mix of styles with most of the spendy splurges being in the technology department. I am a bit over the top in the idea arena, always have been. But so much time is spent in the kitchen that there are just some things that would truly make that time so enjoyable don't you think? I am going to share a few of my 'dream kitchen' features with you...

Dream Kitchen Idea 2: Open Shelving 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

I am a huge fan of storage, and I prefer my storage to live behind closed doors for the most part, but a feature wall with some open shelving gives any kitchen space that little bit of style among the everyday items! A fabulous mix of dinnerware living alongside art and accessories is just perfection and why not err on the side of glam for how that open shelving is constructed with some fancy brass shelving... 

Dream Kitchen Idea 3: Antique Brass Hardware 1 | 2 | 3

Brass is back in a major way, but you guys I have always adored the golden side of life. I even buy jewelry in this ethereal tone.

Dream Kitchen Idea 4: Large Island 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

An Island is a must, and it must, must, must be large and in charge. This is the hub of the family in my house. The place we eat, work, hang out and chat. It must be large and also extremely functional which for me means that it needs fancy storage and perhaps a sink, but definitely can't have a stove top. I feel like that is sooooo dangerous when there are kids involved and also who the heck wants to lean on the counter next to a heat source. Not I...

Dream Kitchen Idea 5: Appliances 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Let's talk turkey folks. Because appliances and their functionality are truly the meat of the kitchen. The source of all life if you will. So why not get a bit of that life with a sparkling water dispenser? Yes please... I'm fully addicted to sparkling water. Completely and utterly. I guess the other stuff like an oven is important too, but seriously a still and sparkling water dispenser? Heaven on Earth... I Die!


Dream Kitchen Idea 6: Dark Accent Walls 1 | 2

Normally I am all about the light, bright, and airy. But I LOVE me a good dark accent wall, at least one or two. If that accent wall happens to be from chalkboard paint and I can color on it, well not a requirement but so much the better! 

Dream Kitchen Idea 7: Lighting 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Lighting is truly the make or break of a room. The best accessory, if you will. I like to go a little non traditional in my lighting applications and use a combination of lighting types in some unexpected ways. A table lamp flanking the island and hardwired in place is just the cozy unexpected touch. 

Dream Kitchen Idea 8: Surface Materials 1 | 2 | 3

I love the look of herringbone wood floors, and so I would very likely do something like that, or I might use a faux wood tile. Either way it would be a wood look in a herringbone pattern! I love a carrara marble or limestone look and so the HD Line from Wilsonart is perfect for covering a lot of square footage without the cost of the actual stone! As you will see in my next couple of dream idea items, I love a dark grout, but I would pair that with a gorgeous carrara marble subway tile.

Dream Kitchen Idea 9: Clever Storage 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

I mean.. wouldn't you donate an organ or two for some of these clever storage solutions? I would... the end. 

Dream Kitchen Idea 10: Dark Grout 1 | 2

I never thought I would see the day where this was something I would like, but here we are and I am loving it! 


Now that I have exhausted you with this majorly extensive dream wish list, let's get to the part that's all about you... to enter the giveaway, use the form below! Good luck!

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Unfortunately I know that Furniture and TV tipping has become a hot topic around the interwebs, with some recent accidents in this arena, coming to the forefront lately. For many people, a flat panel TV is a great way to enjoy family time and entertainment. However, many people are unaware of the safety risks that flat panel TV's pose for kiddos.  With the increasing size and new ultra thin designs, today’s flat panel TV's can easily tip over when bumped or pulled, toppling off of furniture and causing injury or even death. I can't imagine anything more horrible...

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I have mentioned in the past that I am pretty fond of Ryobi tools and use them more frequently than any other brand. It's funny really, because I initially began buying them because I appreciated their price point, but over time... I began to really love their durability. I'm hard on my tools, and I use them in untraditional ways (read: I beat them up badly and bang them around quite a bit) and still they take those beatings like a champ and they keep on ticking. Or spinning. Or cutting. You get the point. 



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