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ShoeMint Giveaway

I’m working with ShoeMint today to bring you a fun giveaway. Five lucky readers will each win a pair of shoes of their choice!

ShoeMint is a members-only site, borne of the collaboration between Rachel Bilson and Steve Madden. They design stylish, high-quality leather and suede shoes (or in various fabrics, if that’s more your thing), and each style is $79.98. Below are the shoes I picked. I’m a flats kind of girl most days and I’ve been wearing those cute gray ones a whole lot, but they have some great heels and boots too.

ShotMint Shoes

They’re on top of trends, adding new styles each month, and you get free shipping and returns with each order. Which pair would you choose? Visit ShoeMint to register for free, then pick your favorite pair and leave a comment below with your choice for a chance to win!

p.s. You can save 20% right now with the promo code 20LUVUS.

One entry per person, open to US and Canada residents only. Entries will be accepted until midnight CST, January 17. Five winners will be chosen at random and notified va email, and they will be noted in this post once confirmed. Good luck!

* Congratulations to the winners: Mel, Cora, Barb, Sarah, and Teresa.

HomeGoods Vases and $500 Gift Card Giveaway

HomeGoods and Taniya Nayak created a fun quiz, the Stylescope, that helps you discover your style personality. They asked if they could link to Making it Lovely for one of their results, and of course I said yes. I even took the quiz myself, and I got my designated style! (“Urban Funk”, they’re calling it.)

HomeGoods Vases and $500 Gift Card Giveaway from Making it Lovely

Today, I have a great HomeGoods giveaway. I went to my local store to pick out a prize for you (I chose a set of three wooden Cynthia Rowley vases), and HomeGoods has provided $500 in gift cards. To enter, just leave a comment below. And if you take the Stylescope quiz, I’d love to hear what you got!

One entry per person, open to US residents only. To enter, leave a comment by midnight CDT, December 27. One winner will be chosen by random, notified by email on December 28, and will be announced here. Good luck!

* Congratulations to the winner, Katie K.

Go Boost Their Roost!

I’ve been working with HouseLogic to offer homeowners a chance to win a $20,000 home renovation to “Boost Your Roost.” I received hundreds of entries and had to choose just one to move on to the next stage of the contest. Narrowing them down was a long process, but I’m so excited about the family I’ve named as finalists!

Clara and Brantley in San Antonio, TX would like to add a screened porch to replace the falling apart covered porch they have now. I hear it gets crazy hot there, and they have a little girl who could use a shaded, breezy, bug-free spot to play outside.

Exterior (Before): It makes their daughter sad.

Their submission to the contest is below.

Located north of downtown San Antonio, our home sits in a small neighborhood of mid-century modern houses. The 1600 three bedroom / two bathroom house is incredibly efficient – the kitchen, living and dining room are one contiguous space. While we love our little home our only complaint is its lack of a usable outdoor living space. While Texas is known to be incredibly hot, with shade and a cooling breeze, spending time out of doors can be quite pleasant throughout the year. While a previous owner added a covered porch, its condition is deteriorating and the slab over which it was built slopes in a way that makes it difficult to use. More critically, swarms of mosquitoes make the space uninhabitable for most of the year.

Our daughter loves to play outside and the addition of a covered screen porch would provide a space for her to do that. Such an outdoor living space would also serve as an amazing venue for the entertaining of friends and family as well as a quiet place to enjoy the outdoors while being protected from the fierce sun and mosquitoes.

Screened on three sides, the porch would be open to the prevailing southeast breezes. Because of the sloping nature of our site, the porch would be a few feet lower than the finished floor of the house, creating a higher volume in which a large fan would further encourage the circulation of air through the space. A thin landscaped courtyard would separate the screened porch from the bedroom wing of the house, allowing all existing windows to open into the courtyard. To the west, a custom outdoor curtain would protect the space from the late afternoon sun.

A sweet family, a concise but detailed entry, and a thought-out plan… they had my attention. Then I watched the video, and yep: finalists. (The scene with the calendars makes me laugh every time.)

Bonus points, right? I want them to get their porch. This is what it would look like (note the now happy daughter).

Exterior (After): Ceiling fans would circulate air, along with their child's constant motion.

But they need some help. They are now one of six finalists, and only the project with the most votes will actually win the $20,000 prize. So head over to HouseLogic to check out the competition and cast a vote for your favorite project (*ahem* Clara and Brantley). You can vote once a day until voting ends on August 13th.

This post is sponsored by HouseLogic, a website for homeowners from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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