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Hi friends. Hope you had a happy weekend. I am discovering that recovery from my eye surgery is taking a lot longer than I planned on. I am actually blogging this by talking into the voice activated feature on my phone from my bed, with my eyes closed tight, in the dark. I hope I am in fact blogging and not saying all this in a text message to my mother-in-law or something like that. Who knows.

I didn’t have the typical LASIK surgery, mine was a little more intense called PRK, which is where they do the laser directly on the surface of the eyeball because the cornea is too thin. I hope you’re not eating breakfast and reading this. Ew. Sorry.

Anyway, I hope will be 100% here soon. And capable of doing things like looking at computer screens, and driving, and not having to remember what my kids look like based on memory alone.

I will be back whenever possible, and I will announce the winner of the giveaway as soon as I can, so I guess that’s just extra time to get those entries in!

See you soon!
I hope!

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In Good Taste

Enjoy this Better After flashback! Happy Saturday!
Jilly had an enormously long living room on her hands. If you’ve ever been to suburban Arizona, you have seen this phenomenon. It seems that local building codes require half a football field’s worth of uninterrupted living space upon entering the front door.
But Jilly had had enough of that nonsense and found the perfect set of giant bookcases to help break up the cavernous room. Perfect in every way except they were kinda woodsy, and not her vibe at all. Not a problem when you’ve got paint, simple wood cutouts and a handy set of friends who will help with the dirty work! Looks absolutely fantastic!
See more on her blog Girls with Good Taste.
jilly bookcase makeover before
jilly bookcase makeover after

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Bathroom Babe Alert

Have you ever watched a makeover show, where a frumpy lady is like “No, no, I hate my arms!  I hate my legs!  I must wear my clogs and frumster overalls with a sweater tied around my waist to hide my horrible body!” And then they put her in a decent pair of jeans and some sexy heels and she’s shocked to discover that she’s actually a total babe?  (On an unrelated note, are you watching Girlfriend Intervention yet?)

Did you know your house can do the same thing?  “No, no!” you are thinking, “I hate my bathroom! The shower is all squatty and weird. There’s this soffit thing, plus it’s so ugly and depressing I pretty much use the bathroom with the lights off.”

Stop it right now!  Your bathroom IS a total babe.  You just have to dress it right.  Instead of one wimpy little shower curtain that only emphasizes how low and boxy the shower is, Sabrina chose a double curtain design that goes all the way up to the ceiling! High drama! High style! This bathroom is getting asked out on a date tonight!


pink bathroom makeover before


pink bath shower after

Of course, the new tile doesn’t hurt either.  I also love the butcher block countertop, not a typical choice for a bathroom, but I think it really adds a lot of warmth to the room. Fabulous!

pink bathroom makeover vanity before


pink bath vanity makeover afterMuch more to see from Sabrina at Little Pink Notebook.

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Slipcovers With Shelley Giveaway!

Do you know Shelley?  Slipcover-ess extraordinaire? The self-taught seamstress who turned her hobby of slipcovering furniture into a profitable business? If you’re not acquainted, you’re about to GET ACQUAINTED. Check out the magical magic she works:


slipcovered chair with ruffles before

slipcovered chair with ruffles after |


Gadzooks, that is gorgeous. All that ruffly goodness from a sad little thrifted chair?  Amazing.



Shelley clearly knows her stuff, and lucky for us, she wants to SHARE her stuff.


She wants to teach YOU how to slipcover too!  Yes, YOU!

shelley logo

shelley slipcover products

Shelley has come up with several products to help you do exactly that and MORE:

Slipcovers with Shelley DVD – an easy to follow step-by-step guide to sewing your own slipcovers.

Get It Covered – take your slipcovers to the next level with this advanced guide.

Pillow Talk – learn the techniques it takes to sew professional-quality pillows.

The Whole 9 Yards – a guide to starting and running your own successful slipcover business.


But Shelley didn’t stop there.  She has continued her creative streak by providing thrifty home makeovers that maximize a minimal budget, and teaches you all her tips and tricks along the way in her new e-book, “Styling Cents” – Reuse, Repurpose, and Revive Your Space.

shelley cover

We all want our homes to look beautiful and pulled together, but unless you’re Beyonce, you probably need to stick to a budget and find inexpensive ways to get there.

Shelley and her friend and coauthor Camille are pros at finding creative ways to strettttttch a buck, and they share it all in Styling Cents.

I was able to review a copy, and I was truly impressed with how much helpful information Shelley and Camille have packed into this 55-page ebook.  They share their secrets for successful thrift store shopping, their favorite sources for online bargains, tips and tricks for staging a home to sell, pricing guides for what you should expect to pay for secondhand items, decorating myths, tutorials, photos, and so so much more.


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A professional designer can charge $50-$100 per hour for a simple consultation, but you can easily take charge of your own space with Styling Cents. Here’s some more cool stuff:

  • Process for decorating a space
  • Shopping Tips–where to go to find the best deals
  • How to shop at a thrift store
  • Used furniture pricing guide
  • How to negotiate on pricing
  • Advice on choosing paint
  • How to paint and stain furniture
  • How to accessorize
  • Curtain hanging tutorial
  • Furniture placement
  • Hanging pictures
  • Quick change ideas

And today, just for us,  Shelley is giving away a copy of Styling Cents PLUS her Slipcovers with Shelley DVD! Over a $60 value!

One lucky Better After reader will win, and heck, it might be you!

shelley win

Simply leave a comment to enter, that’s it!


And if you are all sweaty with anticipation and about to go dust off your sewing machine, stop right there, because first you need to know this news: Shelley has also given us an exclusive Better After discount on all her products!

shelley discount

It’s the biggest discount she’s ever offered!  That’s 30% off of Slipcovers with Shelley DVD, Get It Covered, Pillow Talk, and The Whole 9 Yards, AND Styling Cents.

The e-books are instant downloads, so you could very well get started today, and pretty soon you might just be sending me projects like this:

slipcovered chair before

slipcovered striped chair after

Good luck friend, I hope you win!  Winner announced next Friday, Oct 10th.

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