FREE Craft Workshops

Well, who doesn't love a good make and take?
If you follow me on
you've already seen what the make and take is all about.

This year I had the pleasure of sticking my 2 cents in and and adding a few new features to the Philly Home Show.
The people have spoken and I listened!

The new features at the show are things that I would want to see and do at a home show, so hopefully you will too!

Let me fill you in on a few new features

  • The Make it Take it station is a FREE place for attendees of the show to sit down, learn a new craft, make it, and take it home with them.
  • There are dozens of workshops scheduled throughout the run of the show.
  • The Make it Take it station can accommodate 15 crafters at each workshop.
  • The station is first come first served. 
  • Limit one workshop per person per day

So have a seat, get your hands dirty and MAKE something!

Fresh Idea #2...

The Front Porch Challenge!
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  • The #FrontPorchChallenge is a 2 minute competition where you compete against other home show guests for the best front porch display.
  • You'll have two minutes to accessories and style our empty "front porch"
  • snap a photo with your phone
  • post to instagram
  • use the hashtag #FrontPorchChallenge
  • follow BallardDesigns_KoP on instagram
  • follow CarolinaHangingBeds on onstagram
  • At the end of the Show 1 winner will be chosen by our team of designers as the Best Front Porch Stylist!
  • The winner will receive a $200. gift card from Carolina Hanging Beds and a $250. gift Card from Ballard Designs
Here's last months winning Front Porch from the Philly Home and Garden Show

You might recognize these hunks from HGTV too.
Chip Wade & Jeff Devlin went head to head in a one on one 
Front Porch Challenge
Can you guess who won?

According to the audience watching - Jeff Devlin was the winner.
sorry Chip.

  • The #IKEAWhiteSofaChallenge is a 2 minute competition where you compete against other home show guests for the best styled sofa.
  • You'll have two minutes to accessories and style our white sofa with tons of pillows, throws and accessories from IKEA.
  • snap a photo with your phone
  • post to instagram
  • use the hashtag #IKEAWhiteSofaChallenge
  • Follow IKEAUSA on instagram
  • At the end of the Show 1 winner will be chosen by our team of designers as the Best styled sofa.
  • One winner will receive a gift card from IKEA.

  • 3 Designers are given sheds to design how ever they choose.
    The sheds are nested in a cobblestone court yard where beer and wine tastings will be held both Saturday nights of the Home Show.
    Come tour the design shed area and dream about adding a hideaway to your backyard!

    Here's a sneak peek of my shed:

    FEBRUARY 12-14 & 19-21, 2016

    Will I see you there?

    I hope you like all the new additions to the show.
    There are also tons of experts there to answer your renovation questions and see some great ideas for your home up close.
    So take a trip down, you won't be disappointed!

    If your a local blogger, I also host a preview party for bloggers.
    So shot me a message and I'll send you an invite.

    Wood Watches...My new obsession

    Did you ever notice that most people dress the same way they decorate their house?
    It's true. Glitzy and glammy? I guarantee their house is over the top.
    Blahh and boring - not a stitch of excitement to be seen in their home decor.
    Same goes for me. I tend to decorate myself the same way I decorate my home. 
    A little eclectic, fun - and always something interesting to look at. 
    That's what got me hooked on Jord Wood Watches.
    They're warm and cozy, and have an element of surprise to them when you find out they are made of wood.  

    So, lucky for Tom, his birthday was coming up right around the time I became obsessed with Jord.
    I chose the Fieldcrest Dark Sandlewood Watch for Tom. I love the dark chocolate wood against the simple black face.

    Of course now I'm wanting a Jord watch for myself....
    which is really how this whole thing started.
    I love the look of the wood watch...and I don't even wear a watch, but I'm definitely adding it to my "must have" list.
    Tom didn't wear a watch either, but he does now! 

    The wood watch fits in perfectly with my house.
    Between my farmhouse wood table top, my burlap seats, and the ticking striped table was like it was meant to be!

    There are lots of different styles, woods and price points to choose from plus JORD offers free worldwide shipping. So, find the Jord watch that fits your style! 
    You can also claim your special gift from Jord by clicking here

    Disclosure: JORD sent me these beautiful watches. Thanks for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

    Wooden Watch For Men

    Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day

    There's still time left to get a little creative this Valentine's day.
    Check out the best gifts to give and get this Valentine's Day. 
    1. Jord Wood Watch (click here for a special gift from Jord)
    2. The Game of Love
    3. Pug in a Mug Tea Infuser
    4. Me & You Pillow Cases
    5. Fox Cookie Jar
    6. Modern Farmhouse Pedestal
    7. Cheers Scrap Iron Sign
    8. Dead Sea Salt Scrub
    9. Men's natural Shave Cream
    10. Aqua Clock
    11. Antler Candlesticks

    Collections & Gifts

    I'm a sucker for a tier tray.
    I've got marble ones,wood ones, wire ones.
    You name it, if it's a tier tray or a cake stand I'll buy it.
    Since our house is so tiny, it's nice to have the things you use out in the open and still lookin' pretty. The tiered trays are the perfect place to display little collections too.

    Meet Denise

    Denise Sabia, designer, DIYer and owner of The Painted Home, takes everyday items found in flea markets, thrift shops or simply along the roadside and turns them into unique pieces that freshen and warm your home … without breaking your budget. Denise began dabbling in design over 20 years ago and studied at Philadelphia University. Her client base continued to grow as did her portfolio of work, branching out to decorating entire homes. Denise lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. with her 3 kids, a dog, rabbit, 3 chickens, a gecko, and the oldest living hermit crab known to man.


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