4.24.2014

A POP of Color for Spring + a $100 Wayfair Giveaway



Living in San Diego I was fortunate not to experience the brutal winter from which my Midwest and East Coast friends are still recovering. 

However just because we don't get a real winter doesn't mean we don't appreciate spring when it finally arrives.  

Spring, like nothing else, beckons me to our outdoor spaces--particularly our master balcony.  

Only this year, when I finally got out there, I was kind of underwhelmed.  Don't get me wrong, I love my balcony.  However, several years after purchasing our outdoor furniture, it was starting to look a little sad.  

And brown.  

Very, very brown.



Well, brown and green, but still not very exciting which is why I was so pleased when Wayfair.com invited me to participate in their "Pop of Color Campaign".

The premise?  Add a pop of color to any space in your home using up to $100 worth of Wayfair merchandise.  (Can you guess where I decided to use it?)

Now $100 is a very generous stipend, but it wasn't going to buy me a new patio set.  Therefore I decided to jazz up my existing furniture with decorative accessories in bright colors and fun patterns.

My first stop was in the outdoor pillow "department" where I was immediately drawn to these fun, city-themed pillows.  Having lived in all of the locations represented below, these were very tempting indeed.  I was so glad that Wayfair.com allows you to "favorite" items because it enabled me to "wander" the site without worrying that I would never find them again.


Clockwise from top left:  
DENY Designs Anderson Design Group Dive Florida Indoor/Outdoor Polyester Throw Pillow 
DENY Designs Anderson Design Group Chicago Indoor/Outdoor Polyester Throw Pillow 
DENY Designs Bird Ave San Diego Indoor/Outdoor Polyester Throw Pillow 
DENY Designs Anderson Design Group Coastal California Indoor/Outdoor Polyester Throw Pillow


From pillows I moved on to outdoor rugs where I seriously considered spending the whole budget on this great geometrical piece:

The only thing that stopped me was my decision to move away from the blues and greens.  I figured if I was going to do this thing, I was really going to do it, so I started exploring more vibrant colors such as reds and oranges.

I briefly considered dressing up the side table with a little tray and/or a faux flower arrangement and tossing a throw blanket over the cushions (for chilly evenings on the balcony).


And in the end, I did go with a throw, but a solid one in a sumptuous orange chenille.  Technically it's not an outdoor blanket but I will keep it in a little basket in my room when it's not being put to use outside.   



I paired it with this pillow and I am o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d!  


DENY Designs Valentina Ramos In The Garden Indoor/Outdoor Polyester Throw Pillow


The pattern is so bright and fun; I definitely achieved my goal of livening the place up, don't you agree?




Now I know what you're thinking, "Why does she have all the luck?  Why can't I get $100 to spend at Wayfair?"  Well settle down friend, because now it is your turn.  Wayfair has generously offered to provide one of my lucky readers with a $100 gift card to their amazing site.  Simply follow the directions in the Rafflecopter link below (be sure to link to a Wayfair product in your comment) and you too can add a pop of color to your space!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

{Wayfair has provided me with product compensation for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.}

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  1. I would put it towards KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Qt. Stand Mixer


    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

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    1. http://www.wayfair.com/KitchenAid-Artisan-Series-5-Qt.-Stand-Mixer-KSM150PS-KAD1590.html

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    2. I adore my Kitchenaid but would love to upgrade to one of those!

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  2. I'd love to own this Le Creuset braiser in Palm green -- http://www.wayfair.com/Le-Creuset-Cast-Iron-Signature-Braiser-LS2532-LEC2416.html

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  3. I've been looking for a new lamp for my office space so I'd like a new one! http://www.wayfair.com/George-Kovacs-by-Minka-Georges-Reading-Room-Table-Lamp-P211-084-GKV1115.html

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    1. That's a good idea; I need an office lamp myself. :)

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  4. I would totally by this http://www.wayfair.com/Skyline-Furniture-Tufted-Linen-Storage-Bench-7125STLNN-SKY4084.html . It's perfect for my bedroom because i could sit on it to get ready and put shoes on but then i could also store things in it, out of sight!

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  5. I'd love to win this pouf: http://www.wayfair.com/Rizzy-Home-Cable-Knit-Pouf-Ottoman-T05-RZY2678.html?redir=rzy2678&rtype=8&dept=0&ust=

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    1. My favorite thing about this contest is seeing what you all find on the site. I *love* these!!

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  6. There is SO MUCH to love on their website. *SWOON* I really like the city themed pillows. A LOT. We are a military family and move around a lot. I love to have a little something from each place that we've lived. THIS would be a fun and colorful way to achieve that! Thanks so much for the chance to win! What fun!

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    1. You are so welcome, Sarah! I too have moved around a lot (despite not being military) so I am always attracted to items that represent the different cities where I've lived :)

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    3. I've been collecting artwork but I'm running out of wall space!!!! Throw pillows would make a lot more sense I think. ;)

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  7. I'm trying to spruce up my patio. You have inspired me. I would be shopping for some pillows and outdoor decoration.

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    1. http://www.wayfair.com/Antique-Revival-Classic-Rectangular-Planter-with-Legs-BU070A-SQW1220.html

      http://www.wayfair.com/Dash-and-Albert-Rugs-Fresh-American-Trimaran-Stripe-Cube-Ottoman-RDB-OTT-DAX2676.html

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  8. I love your patio! I'd buy some of the items here http://www.wayfair.com/Elegant-Home-Fashions-Dawson-4-Piece-Bathroom-Set-Dawson-4-EHF1105.html and add some storage to a certain teen girl's bathroom because there never seems to be enough.

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    1. Thanks Marie! And I hear you about the teenage girls. They use up that storage as fast as I create it!

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  9. I would like the Ninja Professional Blender
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I like anything that has the word "ninja" in it! ;)

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  10. I've been wanting this headboard so bad in sandstone. http://www.wayfair.com/Skyline-Furniture-Nail-Button-Arch-Upholstered-Headboard-85-SKY2909.html

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  12. Your pop of color really added to your patio set! I've been wanting to repaint my living room, so I could use that $100 for some fresh artwork for wall decor and maybe some new throw pillows to add my own pop of color.

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    1. Thank you! There's nothing like a new throw pillow to add an inexpensive pop of color to an existing space :)

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  13. Loloi Rugs Francesca Green / Multi Rug

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    1. http://www.wayfair.com/Loloi-Rugs-Francesca-Green-Multi-Rug-FRACFC-13GRML-LYH1510.html

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  14. I have been drooling over this leaner mirror for about 3 weeks now! It's just a little too out of the budget but i would love, love, love to have it in my living room! http://www.wayfair.com/Bassett-Mirror-77-H-x-32-W-French-Door-Leaner-Mirror-M3272-BMR1342.html

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    1. Maybe knocking $100 off will help! Good luck :)

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  15. Okay, I'm crushing on navy & white for the screen porch this summer. Loving all the navy & white pillow options at Wayfair and am thinking this navy & white stripe sets the perfect tone for a nautical/outdoor cabana feel ... http://www.wayfair.com/Majestic-Home-Products-Striped-Pillow-8590722082-JZZ1430.html?piid[0]=9413641

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway!!!!

    :) Linda

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    1. And I'm just crushing on your porch! ;) Thanks for stopping by, Linda!

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  16. I'm so in love with this pillow

    http://www.wayfair.com/The-Pillow-Collection-Qishn-Geometric-Cotton-Pillow-P18-PP-GOTCHA-PICO1317.html?piid%5B0%5D=9946850

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  17. I would love to get anything to make my living room a better living space!! I am sooooo bored with it!!

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  18. I love this rug so much!
    http://www.wayfair.com/Safavieh-Florida-Shag-Cream-Smoke-Rug-SG461-1179-FV16545.html
    alaine74014 at gmail dot com

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    1. Now you're kind of making me wish I had bought a rug ;)

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  19. I want this so much it makes my teeth hurt!

    http://www.wayfair.com/Le-Creuset-Cast-Iron-Signature-Oval-French-Oven-LS2502-31-LEC2385.html

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    1. I have to tell you that I have one of those and I use it all. the. time. ;)

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  20. Definitely this for my kitchen! http://www.wayfair.com/Le-Creuset-Signature-Rectangular-Roaster-LS2011-3-LEC3089.html

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    1. I didn't even realize Wayfair had Le Creuset until you all started linking to it. Good pick :)

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  21. I am loving the cable knit throw
    http://www.wayfair.com/Rizzy-Home-Cable-Knit-Cotton-Throw-TH01-RZY2677.html

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  22. I am really loving this comforter set: http://www.wayfair.com/Sweet-Jojo-Designs-Dinosaur-Land-Kid-Bedding-Collection-JJD2102.html

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    1. I know a few little guys who would love that bedding. :)

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  24. http://www.wayfair.com/Crosley-Palm-Harbor-Cushion-Bin-CO7300-BR-CRY2471.html

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    1. I might actually need to buy this. I so need one of those. (To protect my pretty new pillow, etc.)

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  25. I like this area rug, the black and white would be a basis for a fresh new look outside: http://www.wayfair.com/Safavieh-Courtyard-Rug-CY2961-3908-FV1848.html

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  26. Visited the site and I really like the Hinkley Lighting Congress 1 Light Wall Sconce. Its so modern!

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    1. This is the link http://www.wayfair.com/Hinkley-Lighting-Congress-1-Light-Wall-Sconce-3170-HD5447.html

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  27. I'd basically take one of everything you showcased...Love the pops of color you added to your balcony. When can I come visit?

    http://www.wayfair.com/DENY-Designs-Anderson-Design-Group-Chicago-Woven-Polyester-Throw-Pillow-13565-thr-NDY2015.html

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    1. That pillow is perfect for you my Chicago-friend. (And you can come visit ANY time!)

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  28. Well, let's just start of with there are too many wonderful goodness on the site! My husband and my favorite are the chic home bliss garden and the allison quilt set for our bed. We are in need for change and something more vibrant and inviting. Thanks for sharing! The patio looks awesome! Jazzed up vibrant colors are perfect for this time of year!

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  29. I would love to put it towards a new area rug for our living room
    http://www.wayfair.com/Surya-Frontier-Mediterranean-Blue-Winter-White-Rug-FT84-YA21340.html

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    1. That is beautiful. I am really starting to love Navy blue and need to find ways to incorporate it into my decor!

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  30. Your final picks look gorgeous. Green and orange always say "here comes summer" to me. Although I must say, I would be sooo tempted to buy the city-themed pillows!! I loved all of your options. I would have struggled to choose.

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  31. I would put this towards a storage bench for our mudroom. Not the most exciting, but very functional.

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    1. Actually, anything that has "cubbies" is exciting to me. I love things that keep me organized :)

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  32. Ooops, here's the link. :)
    http://www.wayfair.com/Simpli-Home-Williamsburg-Wood-Storage-Entryway-Bench-with-Drawers-and-Cubbies-3AXCCARBEN-QSI1270.html

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  33. http://www.wayfair.com/daily-sales/p/Gifts-for-the-Do-It-All-Mom-Storage-Plus-14-Piece-Set-in-Navy~REX1466~E10630.html

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    1. I have those and I *love* them! I got rid of all of my plastic tupperware awhile back and replaced it with these. No regrets!

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  34. This area rug would really brighten up our living room......Mohawk-Home-Free-Flow-Artifact-Panel-Rug-11493-416-MOH2077.html

    deb.rumball@gmail.com

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  35. I'd love to have this statue - http://www.wayfair.com/SPI-Home-Stretching-Yoga-Frog-Garden-Statue-50812-PPK2207.html

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  36. I love our San Diego bayfront! http://www.wayfair.com/DENY-Designs-Bird-Ave-San-Diego-Indoor-Outdoor-Polyester-Throw-Pillow-1361-othrp-NDY4461.html?refid=BLGACAS

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    1. I came sooo close to buying that one!

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  37. Of course I went straight to the Nursery tab...even though I don't have a need for a new nursery in MY home. Then I ventured over to the outdoor section and fell in love with this rope hammock! I'm totally impressed with the price too http://www.wayfair.com/Hammaka-Rope-Hammock-Chair-10051-KP-YT1120.html

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    1. Holy cow, that is a good price! Good find!!

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  38. Of course I went straight to the Nursery tab...even though I don't have a need for a new nursery in MY home. Then I ventured over to the outdoor section and fell in love with this rope hammock! I'm totally impressed with the price too http://www.wayfair.com/Hammaka-Rope-Hammock-Chair-10051-KP-YT1120.html

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  39. I would love to get this mirror! It's gorgeous :)
    http://www.wayfair.com/Global-Views-24-H-x-24-W-Mini-Sunburst-Mirror-9.90664-GXV1543.html

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    1. Ooh, that is gorgeous. I have always wanted a sunburst mirror. :)

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  40. I'd get the sweet gas grill!! http://www.wayfair.com/Char-Broil-Classic-Gas-Grill-with-2-Burners-463620413-HBL1007.html

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    1. Oh my gosh, you could totally get that for $100! Very cool :)

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  41. I'd start with these adorable mixing bowls... ;)

    http://www.wayfair.com/daily-sales/p/Gifts-for-the-Chef-7-Piece-Mixing-%26-Prep-Bowl-Set~BQSS1032~E10548.html?group_id=4

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    1. Oh my gosh, Ashley, I almost took this post in a whole different direction and based it on those bowls. (If I didn't already have enough mixing bowls I totally would have!)

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  42. I would purchase the Madison Park Laurel 7 Piece Comforter Set http://www.wayfair.com/Madison-Park-Laurel-7-Piece-Comforter-Set-MP10-43-QMP1315.html

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  43. I LOVE the geographical pillows, especially the California Coastal one! http://www.wayfair.com/DENY-Designs-Anderson-Design-Group-Coastal-California-Indoor-Outdoor-Polyester-Throw-Pillow-NDY4293.html?refid=BLGACAS

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    1. I am *still* thinking about those geographical pillows. May need to go back for those!

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  44. I really like the Surya Intersecting Lines pillow, it fits my room perfectly.
    http://www.wayfair.com/Surya-Intersecting-Lines-Pillow-FF0-YA33134.html

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  45. I would get the 5 qt saucier with lid.

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  46. Just found your beautiful blog via 5 Minutes for Mom!! My DH and I were out in San Diego for the first time last year and LOVED it!!
    I love Wayfair and to pick one thing I'd buy... hmmm.. I"m in need of a new wafflemaker.
    http://www.wayfair.com/Calphalon-No-Peek%E2%84%A2-Waffle-Maker-HE400WM-CPH1674.html

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  47. I like the Victoria Classics Isabella 8 Piece Comforter Set - http://www.wayfair.com/Victoria-Classics-Isabella-8-Piece-Comforter-Set-VQC1540.html


    sents saver

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  48. http://www.wayfair.com/Victoria-Classics-Naomi-Comforter-Set-NMI-VQC1504.html

    This is a new comforter set...I need a new one

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    1. Grey and yellow is one of my favorite color combos!

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  49. I would use towards buying this: http://www.wayfair.com/Caracalla-Ceramica-II-Vessel-Bathroom-Sink-QLA1054.html

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  50. I would use towards buying this: http://www.wayfair.com/Caracalla-Ceramica-II-Vessel-Bathroom-Sink-QLA1054.html

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  51. i would like to get a media cabinet off wayfair

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  52. I totally adore these Blazing Needles super colorful and warm outdoor pillows. It's our first year to have an outdoor area we can relax and enjoy and these would make it so comfy and cozy! http://www.wayfair.com/Blazing-Needles-Print-Outdoor-Throw-Pillow-Set-of-2-9910-S-2-REO-BLN1298.html

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    1. That's a great price for a set of two!

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  53. If I won I would put the money toward this Sweet Jojo crib bedding set for my daughter! http://www.wayfair.com/Sweet-Jojo-Designs-Chenille-Pink-Crib-Bedding-Collection-JJD1830.html

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  54. I could get lost on that site for hours. I like this copper fire pit set.
    http://www.wayfair.com/Unique-Arts-Copper-Fire-Pit-Set-M88001SET-UNQ1171.html

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    1. My husband and I have been talking about getting one of those, Good find!

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  55. I like this crib http://www.wayfair.com/DaVinci-DaVinci-Jayden-4-in-1-Convertible-Crib-with-Toddler-Bed-Conversion-Kit-M5981Q-DV2045.html

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    1. Aww, you guys with the crib stuff are making me miss those days when my kids were babies!

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  56. I like the United Curtain Co. Monte Carlo Single Window Scarf, they are perfect for my livingroom.
    http://www.wayfair.com/United-Curtain-Co.-Monte-Carlo-Single-Window-Scarf-MC4YD-FQC1188.html
    classy_mommie@yahoo.com
    Becky Richied

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  57. I'd get the Victoria Classics Mayflower 8 Piece Comforter Set

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  58. I love this bench: http://www.wayfair.com/J.-Hunt-Home-Kyoto-Bench-FR1480-FR1481-HUNT1007.html

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    1. Ooh, I actually have a good spot for one of those. Nice find!

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  59. You came up with some great choices, Elena! I love all of their decorative mirrors, especially the Happee Monkee one here: http://www.wayfair.com/DENY-Designs-Happee-Monkee-Honeycomb-Rectangular-Mirror-15365-mirr-NDY11284.html

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    1. How pretty is that? It has sort of an Indian feel to it. Love!

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  60. Fab giveaway! Loving this rug: http://www.wayfair.com/Safavieh-Soho-Light-Grey-Ivory-Rug-SOH732K-FV17276.html

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  61. OMG I love the geographic pillows the mostest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.wayfair.com/DENY-Designs-Anderson-Design-Group-Explore-America-Woven-Polyester-Throw-Pillow-13571-thr-NDY2054.html

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    1. I know, right? And that's a good one that you found! I hadn't even seen that one :)

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  62. I'd get a storage shelf system, I love this one http://www.wayfair.com/Winsome-Terrace-4-Tier-Storage-Shelf-92429-WN1742.html it'd be great in my son's room.

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  63. I would absolutely love this kitchen tool set from Le Creuset. The red is perfect! And that pillow is amazing!!)
    http://www.wayfair.com/Le-Creuset-Revolution-6-Piece-Utensil-Set-VB30016-LEC2706.html

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  64. OMG where to start? I want so much! Love what you did with your porch. I think my back yard needs some color, too!

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  65. i love the Boraam Augusta Pub Table

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  66. Your pops of color really make your balcony seem like a happier place -- your balcony is already pretty awesome, BTW!

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  67. This rain barrel is on my list! http://www.wayfair.com/Yimby-50-Gallon-Urn-Style-Rain-Barrel-US4000-RPD1001.html

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    1. Love this! (Now if we would only get some rain here is SoCal...)

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  68. i love this pillow! http://www.wayfair.com/Chooty-and-Co-Decade-Polyester-Pillow-cs17k-CHY4131.html

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  69. I love the http://www.wayfair.com/SPI-Home-Playful-Rabbit-Garden-Statue-33674-PPK1531.html.

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  70. http://www.wayfair.com/Bodum-Columbia-4-Cup-Double-Wall-French-Press-Coffee-Maker-11055-16-BMO1421.html

    I want a French Press! I have found a wonderful product but need a French Press to brew the Choffy!

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  71. We've been considering a bench like this for the foot of our bed. http://www.wayfair.com/Upholstered-Bench-23081-CTCI1143.html

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    1. I love that, Jen! (But why do I think it will be covered with little people? :)

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  72. I would get the Soho New York Sea Glass 8 Piece Comforter Set
    http://www.wayfair.com/Soho-New-York-Sea-Glass-8-Piece-Comforter-Set-SOHN1002.html

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  73. I would use it to buy the chandelier for my closet http://www.wayfair.com/Maxim-Lighting-Elegante-3-Light-Mini-Candle-Chandelier-2850EG-2850OI-MXL1597.html

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