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Loom Decor is an online resource for customizable high-end home textiles that won’t break the bank.

You know how you see the gorgeous decor in the home design magazines and wonder how or where to even start creating a room like that?  That’s where Loom Decor comes into play!

Loom allows you to design your own bedding, drapes, pillows, table linens and accessories using decorator quality fabrics. Featured in Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, InStyle, The Nest, Rue, and other publications, its home decor and accessories are all easily modifiable with the click of a mouse.

I have my eye on this table runner for our dining room…

Loom Decor Tailored Table Runner

Loom provides users the ability to design and coordinate the perfect piece in over 400 carefully-curated fabrics for a fraction of traditional designer prices (up to 40% less to be exact).

So what are you waiting for? Get started designing at 

Tell me what you think!

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Like many great companies before it, Blurb was actually started by accident. In the early 2000’s, Eileen Gittins, Blurbs’ Founder, rekindled a passion for photography while trying to figure out her next career gig.

She wanted to compile her photos into a nice coffee table photo book, but she only wanted to print a handful of copies. The conundrum was that every publisher was quoting her hundreds of dollars for each book! She found this curious – and frustrating. So she asked herself, are there other people like me who want to affordably create their own high-quality book from their photos? The answer, of course, was yes, and it changed her life – and book publishing – forever.

In 2006, Eileen launched Blurb, a simple book-designing platform and a publishing process that could quickly produce beautifully made books at game-changing price.

Everyone from award-winning photographers, to couples wanting to commemorate the birth of their child started using Blurb – and they continue to do so today. Even after almost a decade, people are still blown away by Blurb’s user-friendliness, quality, and affordability. People trust Blurb to create every kind of book imaginable, including:

Blurb doesn’t just help people make books and magazines, they also help market them by providing publishers with their own dedicated sales page. Blurb’s dedicated sales pages allows authors to:

  • Make their book or magazine available to the public or by invitation-only
  • Write a compelling book description
  • Customize a preview of their book
  • Share their book with others on social media

Blurb also created their publishing platform to work seamlessly with Amazon and Apple iBooks Store so authors would have even more options for how they sell their books.

There are so many remarkable things to share about Blurb – too much for just one post! So keep an eye out for next week’s post because I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Blurb tools and tips — which, if you’re like me, will leave you thinking … “I didn’t know Blurb could do all that!”

Oh! And I almost forgot to mention that now through 4/28 you can get 20% off any book you create! Can’t wait to see what kind of book you create!

I know this may sound gross, but my oven is GROSS.  I don’t cook all that much because my husband is a foodie and a fabulous chef.  I do think, however, he doesn’t look at anything but the food in the oven… especially the bottom of the oven.  EWWWWWWWW.  This is one of the few places in the kitchen that I can offer some cleaning shortcuts.

3 helpful kitchen cleaning shortcuts

OVEN: Remove any large chunks with a plastic spatula (please wait until the oven cools down!).  Sprinkle baking soda over the remainder.  Spray water all over the bottom of the oven and let it all soak.  In the A.M. scrub the oven bottom with a microfiber cloth.

MICROWAVE: I love when my microwave is spotless.  Take 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and add it to  a cup of water.  Make sure that the container is microwave-safe.  Heat the concoction until it boils, and then let it continue to do so for 3 minutes.  Then, let it stand for 5 more minutes.  It should  be super easy to wipe down the walls of the micro at this point!

BROKEN GLASS IN THE DISHWASHER: I hate when I open the dishwasher after a cycle, and there is a casualty :(   To ensure that you get all of the shards of glass, shine a flashlight into the dishwasher (preferably with all other lights out) and look for sparkles.  Take a raw potato, cut it in half, put some gloves on, and run the potato over any specks that you come across.  The specks will stick to the potato!  I recommend running an empty cycle afterwards to make sure that any teeny tiny pieces are discarded.  Then go to Crate and Barrel/Bed, Bath and Beyond/insert your favorite housewares store here and get yourself some new glasses!

What are some helpful kitchen cleaning shortcuts that you do?!  Please share!




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Are you sufficiently styled for spring? Have you checked out  (BTW this site used to be GroopDealz.)

They’ve got an awesome selection of jewelry, footwear, cute clothing, and super cute decor – all at an unbeatable price!  Here are some of my picks:

Gold Bar Necklace – $5.99

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Charm Necklace – Blowout Sale! – $1.99

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Anchor Three Layer Necklace – 2 Colors! – $3.99

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Magenta Oversize Polka Dot Scarf – $7.49

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Chiffon England Scarf – $3.99

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Polka Dots & Stripes Infinity Scarf – $3.99

Retail Price: $16.99
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And guess what?! Eleventh Avenue has a special treat for Pellerini readers!

Starting today through 5/22/15, you can get 15% off Eleventh Avenue sitewide when you use the code AVENUE15.

15% off the already inexpensive prices!  Shop away!!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter

We’re getting ready here for a delicious brunch and Easter egg hunt with some neighbors followed by an insane top sirloin dinner with family.  I couldn’t ask for a better day!

Happy Easter from Pellerini’s family to yours!