7th House on the Left


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A big thanks to everyone who entered the Rain Chains Direct giveaway! With the help of random.org, we have a winner and the lucky lady is… Mindy! Congratulations, Mindy!

April showers bring May flowers! Even though April is almost over, the rain probably isn’t going anywhere and our new friends at Rain Chains Direct are here to help make those rainy days even more enjoyable. Today, they will be giving one of our lucky readers their best seller, the Hammered Cup Rain Chain. We can already hear the “oooohs” and an “aaaahhs”!

“What exactly is a rain chain?” you ask. Originating from Japan, a rain chain is an alternative to conventional gutter downspouts that is not only functional but also easy on the eyes. You can hang a rain chain above a rain barrel to collect water for watering plants or even washing the car. Who said being “green” had to be boring? You can read more detailed information about rain chains here.

These pieces of art from Rain Chains Direct are 100% solid copper and will form a beautiful patina over time. Their products have been featured in Architectural Digest, HGTV, Fine Gardening Magazine, The New York Times, and Better Homes and Gardens. Here’s how to get one of these beautiful pieces of your very own:

PRIZE: One Hammered Cup Rain Chain (valued at $149.95)
2 WAYS TO ENTER: 1) Leave a comment on this post with the words “RAIN ON ME!”. 2) Leave a second comment telling us your favorite way to spend a rainy day.
PRIZE SHIPS: Anywhere in the US of A 
GIVEAWAY WILL WRAP UP: Friday, April 29th @ Midnight EST. As always, to keep things fair and square, up to two entries per email address. The winner will be selected using Random.org and will be announced right here on Saturday, April 30th. Good luck!!

What seems like forever ago, I talked about wanting a “special doorknob” for the kitchen pantry door (read that post here). As I explained in the post, I know wanting a “special doorknob” may sound completely pointless and a tad bit trivial, but ever since we bought the house there is one thing I knew: I wanted a pretty, unique doorknob for the pantry door in the kitchen. Odd? Maybe. Silly? Probably. Here are the three choices we narrowed it down to:

Keeping in mind that we posted about this just a few weeks (not even 20 posts in) after starting the blog, so we were really excited to see the votes come in (we didn’t even know anyone was reading!). Option C won by a 9 with 15 votes. We were happy that’s what you guys liked because that was the one we were leaning toward, too!

Nearly 6 months later, we finally got around to filling in what was just a hole in the pantry door and adorning it with our new hardware — or the pantry’s “jewelry” as I like to call it. Not to much surprise, we decided to go with Option C: the Tea House doorknob in Smoke!

We really like how the brown (or “smoke”) crystal doorknob ties in the with dark hardwood floors. It tends to “pop” against the white door whereas if we had picked Option A, the doorknob would have gotten lost.

and if you remember reading the previous post, it has the whole Pollyanna-Hayley-Mills-Glad-Game aspect thing going on. And that makes me a happy camper. When I’m happy, Greg’s happy. And when we’re happy, I’m sure happy-go-lucky Bentley has a little extra spring in his step too. What’s a home if it doesn’t make you happy, anyway?

Do you have any little extra special touches in your house that make you happy?


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…No, not the Academy. YOU! We are extremely honored, flattered, and elated to be named as the winners of the Annual JDR Blogger Awards in the Remodeling category!! We couldn’t have done it without you guys, our amazing readers, who voted for us!

This is our very first blogging contest win, and we couldn’t be more excited! We’d also like to thank Jackson Design & Remodeling for putting together such a fun contest. In the spirit of paying it forward, we are donating a portion of the $500 prize to Rebuilding Together Richmond. Rebuilding Together is the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities.

Rebuilding Together believes in a safe and healthy home for every person. With a network of over 200 affiliates in cities around the country, they provide free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of people in need. Read more about Rebuilding Together here. Find a Rebuilding Together affiliate in your area here.

Again, thank you all so very much for your support! Over the past 7 months, this blog has become very near and dear to our hearts — almost like a second child (Bentley being the first child of course!) and we’ve enjoyed every minute of sharing our home renovation projects with you. Basically, you guys just plain rock!