7th House on the Left


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Earth Day is coming up next week (April 22nd), so Target asked us to put together a terrarium DIY that tied in the message of Earth Day for their online magazine, A Bullseye View. Being an avid ABV reader since the beginning, it’s always a little mind blowing when I see an article that we’ve written and photos we’ve taken posted there on the front page. So, this is totally one of those, “Hey, Mom! Look!” moments.

Earth Day DIY // 7thhouseontheleft.com

When rolling around ideas on how to make this terrarium project different from others we’ve done (I love me some terrariums), we finally came up with the idea to scale things down and do a miniature version reusing used spice jars. Lucky for us, the Archer Farms spice jars make the perfect little terrariums. The post goes into the process, but it turned out even cuter than I imagined and I’ve been loving having my mini terrarium sitting here on my desk. It’s a super simple way for us non-green thumbed people – raising hand – to bring in a little green.

Mini DIY Terrariums using recycled spice jars // 7thhouseontheleft.com

I had to keep my word count super short for the article (which was a miracle for me!) but here’s an extra tip: When prepping the spice jars to use as a terrarium, peel off the label and pop them in the dishwasher. If they still smell like the spice after a cycle, try the dry mustard method to remove any residual smell. It works wonders! Or you can always just start out with a dry mustard spice jar, haha!

Check out the article on A Bullseye View here!

Two weeks until Thanksgiving. Two weeks, people! I know it sounds cliche, but time has flown by this year. It seems like just a few weeks ago, we were outside bearing the sweltering Virginia heat while working on our little landscaping project. Now… we’re bringing plants inside to protect them from the 29° nights.

Happy Weekend / 7thhouseontheleft.com

This weekend, we have a conglomeration of things going on including celebrating my grandpa’s 80th birthday, working on a small update in the guest room and (maybe) going to Green Front to shop around for some furniture. Yes, we’re still planning on working on the half bathroom updates (we posted about those here). We actually hit a snag with being able to find the right exhaust fan/light combination to fit the existing fan without having to redo all of the wiring/ventilation in the attic. We think we found the right one, so now we just have to wait on the shipment. Yep. Fun stuff, right there.

Target's A Bullseye View // Not Your Grandma's Gift Basket // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Before we let you guys go for the weekend, we wanted to share a link to our latest article for Target’s online magazine, A Bullseye View. They asked us to put together our version of a Fall gift basket. Since gift baskets are one of my favorite things to give – especially during this time of year – this project was especially fun for us. I read A Bullseye View all the time, so it was super weird (and awesome!) to click there today and see our photos front and center on the main page.

Not Your Grandma's Gift Basket // 7thhouseontheleft.com

We went to Target and picked out a bunch of our favorite Fall favorites like a cozy throw blanket, coffee, pumpkin spice coffee syrup, tea, a yummy Fall candle and a bunch of other goodies. Our favorite little project inside the basket was probably the S’mores kit we made by using a tea box. Check out the full article and more photos here. Happy weekend, everyone!


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You know that kind of moment when you’re like, “Oh my goodness, is this seriously happening right now?”. We had one of those moments Sunday afternoon sitting in the Lowe’s parking lot. Before I get to that, let’s back up a few months… Back in November we got an email from an editor at Better Homes & Gardens’ Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine asking if we’d be interested in having our kitchen featured. Umm, yes please!! A few days later, I had a phone interview with the ever so nice Maria. I must say, this was only the third phone interview I’ve gone through since we started the blog, not to mention the first one with BHG, so I was extremely nervous – and I was getting over a cold. Go figure.

After exchanging a few more emails, photos, etc, Maria mentioned the feature would appear in the Spring 2013 issue. Four whole months away! I could hardly stand it. Greg, being my ever so patient better half, assured me it would be here before I knew it. And he was right…

7th House on the Left BHG Feature

Back to the Lowe’s parking lot. It was pouring down rain, so Greg said he would just run in and see if the magazine was out yet. I stopped by a few days before, and they didn’t have the new issue out yet, so I was trying hard not to get my hopes up. Then, here comes Greg, jogging back to the car in the pouring rain, with a Lowe’s bag in his hand. I thought, “Did they have it?! Maybe he picked up some batteries. Or a new light bulb for the dining room.” He opened the door, handed me the bag and said, “Page 30!”.

BHG Magazine Mention / 7th House on the Left

Sure enough. There it was. Page 30. An entire page with a fancy pull quote and everything. Greg started reading the article out loud while I hesitantly listened, hoping I didn’t come across like I was in a cold medicine-induced fog. We were both really pleased with the article. When Greg read the part where Brown & Barkley was mentioned, we both stopped, looked at each other and said, “No way!” We were on cloud nine, and still are! This is our very first national magazine feature and it’s pretty cool that my Grandma in Florida or my brother in California can go to Barnes & Noble or Lowe’s and see our goofy selves on page 30 of a BHG publication. Oh, and we were excited to see that we share the Blogland’s Best section with our blogging buddy, Jessie, over at Cape 27 (we featured their first house’s kitchen reno here).

March Good Housekeeping Magazine Feature

In other print news, our “Glass Speaker” post from way back when (check it out here), was featured in last month’s issue of Good Housekeeping. Needless to say, there’s been a lot of magazine purchases around here lately :)

On to the weekend! This weekend, we have plans to make a dent in some Spring cleaning around here – including straightening up the carport and getting it geared up for Spring. We also may or may not be doing some painting in the hallway and foyer. If we decide to take the plunge and pull out the paint brushes, we’ll be sure to fill you guys in on that next week. Happy weekend, everyone!