Phillies Opening Day and a GIVEAWAY

It’s Home Opener Day!

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And to celebrate, I’m giving away a catered lunch for up to 10 people from my favorite HEALTHY fast food restaurant (yes, there is such a thing!) Bryn & Dane’s - Citizens Bank Park’s newest food partner!

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To enter, simply become a fan of my business page on Facebook, Sheila Salvitti Real Estate.  Already a fan?  No problem!  Tell your co-worker, tell your play group, heck – tell your grandma!  All fans of my business page (existing AND new) are automatically entered to win.

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Click on this link to get to the contest home page to see how you can win an extra entry and read the full contest rules.

GOOD LUCK!

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Pretty House of the Week

This house just looks like spring to me.

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And I like every single thing about it.

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DIY necklace…(huh?)

From the completely-unrelated-to-anything-in-real-estate files…

My husband has two grandmothers who I love like they are my own.  My grandparents passed away a long time ago, so I adore having them in my      life and love calling them Grandmom and GMom.

Two weeks ago, my husband’s Aunt and Uncle celebrated their 60th birthdays, and we all went to a party in their honor – 4 generations worth of Salvittis!  At the party, Grandmom was wearing the prettiest gold necklace, and I told her so.

This is Grandmom and her necklace:

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She said she made it!!  I was all…what?! and how?!

Grandmom worked as a fashion designer in the 50s before she had kids, so as you can imagine she’s super fashionable.  We have hand-me-down dresses she made for her own granddaughters that her now great-granddaughters, like Sophie, still wear.  They’re that beautiful and that well made.

So back to the necklace.  She told me she attached a bunch of old earrings to a chain, added a little glue, and voila!  (OMG)

Obviously I had to make one, so I raided my mom’s jewelry box and found a whole bunch of perfectly huge 80s earrings.  These are my pairs:

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And my chains:

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And here’s what I’m thinking of doing:

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What do you think?  Fun, right?  Kind of genius, I say.

Want to make an earring necklace with me?

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Furniture Jackpot at Target

Have you SEEN what Target is selling in their home department lately?

These ottomans look so expensive and would be amazing as a seating pair in a living room or at the foot of a bed.

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This sofa!  For $329!  Are you kidding?!

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Crate and Barrel clone for about 1/10 of the price:

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See?  This is the expensive one.  (Call me crazy but I think you could fool a lot of people into thinking you shelled out $2,199 for a $299 table.  Just sayin.)

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via Crate and Barrel

Ummmm amazing Restoration Hardware copy:

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And a pair of these chairs and all of its stackable, modern goodness,

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with these cushions

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might be coming home with me. :)

Oh, and hello cutest poufs ever for a playroom, kid’s room, or nursery.

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Run, do not walk people, to your nearest Target if you need a little sprucing up at home for spring!

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Kitchen Backsplash – Fabric as Tile Alternative

Did you see House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Month in the March issue?

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Check it out!

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Apart from that killer, furniture-inspired island (hello, perfect shade of gray) what I really love is the backsplash.

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The mag says the designers mounted a piece of laminated fabric between two sheets of glass and installed it as the backsplash.  Isn’t it beautiful?  Here’s an even better close up:

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When asked why more people don’t do this (seriously, why isn’t this everywhere?!), designer, Adam Rolston, said: “It requires some technical skill, and the fabric can’t be too thick, or else it won’t hold together. But most glass companies could probably handle it. It allows you to take something very tactile and delicate and use it in a practical way in a place that’s unusual.”

I think it’s beautiful and unique and totally perfect in this kitchen.

(Psssst!  That island is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Iron Mountain, and the cabinets are Benjamin Moore’s Graystone.  I think I need to add those colors to my list of favorite grays.)

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Reader Submission – Entry Makeover

Remember when I re-did my entry with a mudwall full of hooks?

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Check out Leslie’s!

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She had one built at the back entrance of her home, near the garage and the laundry room.  The perfect place to corral coats and bags, I’d say, and I love that she added beadboard to hers.

Any fun projects happening in your house lately?  Send me a picture!

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DIY Wall Map

Back in November I posted about my Easy DIY Bench.

So many people asked about the map on Facebook, that I promised I’d do a tutorial.  It took four months to finally post, but here you go… :)

I’ve always loved the look of decorating with maps.

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Interestingly, it was this image I spotted about five years ago (no clue where!) that sparked the idea.

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The cost to frame a map that huge would be well, huge.  Like a thousand dollars huge.  So I decided to get a little crafty instead.

I ordered this map from the National Geographic store.

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They have tons of sizes and colors (even IKEA has large wall maps), but mine is the one above in 73″ x 48″ and it’s humongous.  Not bad for $29.95.

I went to Lowe’s and picked up four giant pieces of trim.  Wander around the trim aisle and pick the one you like best.  I went with a simple one, like the white one below:

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via Ladd’s

I also bought a mitre box and saw combo like this one,

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via MachineMart

two cans of this stuff,

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and a lot of this glue.

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via Gorilla Glue

Lastly, I asked the guys at FastSigns in Montgomeryville to cut me a piece of foam core board that was as large as my map.

When I got home, I used double-sided tape to mount the map to the foam core board, but I think I should have used a spray adhesive.  You’re on your own on that one, but I’d look for one that’s acid-free and photo safe.

I measured the width and height of the outer brown border of the map cut my four pieces of trim to fit.  (Tip: If you’re using the same map I did, don’t just cut your trim so that it’s the length and width of the entire map.  You want to be able to lay and glue the trim frame onto that white edge outside the brown border.)

Then, I spray painted each piece individually and entirely (except the back).  I’m pretty sure I did two coats and might have used two cans of spray paint, but it’s been five years, so that’s as best as I can recall!

After the trim is COMPLETELY DRY, you want to glue all four corners together and let them dry for forever.  Like at least a couple days.  I know it’s tempting to pick it up and start hanging, but you HAVE to wait it out.  (Tip: I remember positioning really heavy books around and on top of the trim to hold it in place the entire time it was drying.  Make sure you have a large enough space to lay it and leave it for a few days.)

Pull out the Gorilla Glue again a few days later to glue the frame to the map, and use those same heavy books to hold it in place the entire time it’s drying.  Again, wait at least a couple days for it to be completely dry.

Then, HANG IT UP!

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I nailed that little strip of picture-hanging teeth into the top center of the back of the frame, and just hung it with a single nail.  The map isn’t heavy at all, just bulky.

I bought little orange pin flags like these

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and I use them to mark every place Mike and I have traveled to since we’ve been together.  We joked to friends last weekend that we haven’t added a pin in a few years (pregnancy, baby, toddler, busy businesses, etc.) but we’ve got some fun trips planned this year for family weddings, and I’m psyched to add a few more.  Assuming I can find where I put the little box five years ago…

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Trend Alert – Painted Hardwood Floor Tiles

You guys know about FLOR, right?  (the modular, patterned carpet squares)

Well, this is like FLOR and your hardwood floors got married and had the chicest little babies you’ve ever seen.

Mirth Studio, based in Charleston, SC, is the genius behind these amazing and unique painted hardwood floor tiles.  I instantly fell in love when I found their site, and I can’t stop thinking about where to put them in my house!

Check out these rooms using Mirth floors and my personal favorite tiles from their site:

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Go to their website to see how the individual tiles look when they’re laid out together – SO COOL!

I think they would be awesome in a laundry room, back entry/mudroom, nursery or kids’ playroom, and especially as the floor of a screened-in porch/sunroom.

And don’t even get me started on putting these in a beach house.  I think I would faint.

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Pretty House of the Week

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Because having red trimmed windows and doors is like wearing a bright coat on a cold winter’s day.

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Instant pick-me-up!

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Before and After – Built Ins

I love built-in bookcases more than any other interior design element.  Honestly.

I have hundreds of images of built-ins all over my Pinterest boards and on my computer, because they totally transform a room.  Case in point: the exact same angle of the exact same room looking about 10 times bigger with the addition of some built-in bookcases.

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The job above is not cheap.  Unless of course you are Bob Vila or bookcase manufacturer.

I am neither, so I went the low-cost route for the ones in my house.  See?  Just as much bang for a LOT less buck.

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