Wednesday, July 23, 2014

{giveaway with The Aestate}

If you have read this blog for a while you know that I don't do many giveaways around here which means that today's giveaway really means a lot to me!  After seeing her Beverly prints in my Chicago home, the fabulous Jessica of The Aestate offered to do a giveaway with my readers which I immediately jumped at the chance to bring to you!

 Today you can enter for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to The Aestate's online shop so you can score a Beverly print of your own or one of my other faves below!  Simply leave a comment on this post to be entered (more rules at the bottom of the post).  You do not want to miss out on this one- I already have my eye on a few more prints from her shop for our new place like the new Sophie print!

Giveaway Rules

Prize: One $50 gift certificate to TheAestate's online shop

Entry:  To enter this giveaway simply leave a comment on this post- if you are not a registered commenter make sure to leave your email address.

Additional Entries:  For one additional entry: "like" Mint Love Social Club & The Aestate on facebook then come back here to leave an additional comment letting me know that you have done so!

This giveaway will end on Sunday July 27th at midnight PST.  I will draw a winner at random via the comments and contact them directly on Monday July 28th.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

{loft bedroom before & after}

In addition to our outdoor deck (which I'll be sharing next week!), we were able to finish the bedroom area of our loft pretty quickly- I mean there is nothing like sleeping on an air mattress for a week and a half to motivate you right?!?  Our old loft actually had walls around the bedroom area, this time around we are in a true loft situation with the bedroom being located just on the other side of the kitchen separated by a partition wall.

Not much has changed in this room since our Chicago bedroom, we had to lose the slatted bench for space reasons and we brought in the Beverly prints from TheAestate since this is the only wall they will fit on nicely.   The moroccan wedding blanket has found a home at the end of our bed and I love the bohemian vibe it adds to the otherwise glam-inspired decor.  The one problem area I haven't figured out in this room is what to put on the gray credenza (which used to be our bar) that is under our largest (and favorite!) piece of art.  I don't want to overload the piece with a bunch of stuff, but it definitely needs something, but I'm not in a big rush to figure it out since it's always nice to have a little project to work on.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for a special giveaway post with The Aestate!!

Sources to items that are still available for purchase (everything else is old or vintage) at the bottom of the post!

diy navy blue headboard
nightstands + overlays (diy here)
bedside lamps
moroccan wedding blanket
white quilted euro & boudoir shams
Beverly Palm prints
picture frames for large prints
floor mirror

Here's one more sneak peek "before" photo looking into the loft from another angle.  I can't wait to share the living room area which is almost done!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

{friday cocktail: poppy negroni}

I was looking to stock our bar with a few of the essentials that didn't make it through the move- specifically all the fixings to make a Negroni.  Downtown Los Angeles is pretty sparse on specialty liquor stores, but there is a pretty good selection at Artisan House which is right by us.  In spite of their variety they don't carry Campari, but they did inform me they carry an organic substitute called Grand Poppy and after reading a few reviews of the product I decided to give it a try.  While the bright red color of a classic Negroni is more subdued in this recipe, the flavor is definitely still there with a bit more of an herbal/floral note as well as a sweeter finish to the drink.

 {yarai mixing glass from here}

{a dried orange wheel instead of the classic fresh orange slice or peel}