March 29, 2013

Huge $500 gift card giveaway!

Hey guys! I am SO excited to share this giveaway with you guys! I can't believe that we are even able to do this...You are all so amazing & have been so supportive of me and Home by Ally  that you deserve a BIG giveaway as my way of saying thank you for being you & for following along on all of my home decor, DIY and furniture adventures. I am always trying to help everyone who needs it, especially with growing their business because we all have started somewhere!  I have teamed up with some of my sweet friends to bring you this amazing giveaway just in time for April Fool's Day ;) Yes, there really is a real giveaway, I promise :) 
Are you ready for it?????

Do you want a chance, well 8 of you, do y'all 
want a chance to win $500 in gift cards?
YES, you heard that right!

Home by Ally has the honoring of hosting this awesome giveaway! We are giving away to {EIGHT} lucky winners VISA gift cards from the amounts of $25 up to $100 which all total $500! WOW! Loads of cash to just give away right? You guys are just that awesome! And to think that our goal was only $300 at first...we surpassed that by a lot didn't we!

{3} Lucky fans will EACH receive a $100 Visa Gift Card!

{3} Lucky fans will EACH receive a $50 Visa Gift Card!

{2} Lucky fans will EACH receive a $25 Visa Gift Card!

YES! You read that right! We are giving away $500 in gift cards to 8 lucky winners!!!!

Over {50} different businesses have all teamed together to bring you this amazing giveaway! 
Here's a list of the great people behind this giveaway!!!!

Home by Ally

Photos by Ally
Marcool Air Conditioning & Heating Inc.
Getting Healthy with Visalus
ReFabulous Interiors
Erin Lynn Photography
Erin Lynn Design
Skinny Boca It Works!
Simple Matters
Oakley Photography
The Burd's Nest Trading Post
Porch Productions
Occasions by Rachel
Olive's Heirlooms
Simply Lovely Lumber
High Class Trash Boutique
Southern Reflection
Vintage Fictation
Kristi Coil Photography
River City Candle Company
Shabby Love
The Rustic Coop
Copper Roof Design LLC
Blink of an eye Boutique
Sheri D. Photography & Designs
Katie Pea Creations
Campbell's Melange
Melisse Campbell - Artist
Christina- Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant
Jennifer Borkowski Designs
The Little Orange Slipper
The Happy Nest Project
Pickin Peaches - Furniture Studio
Toadstool Pond
KL Weddings & Events
Lucky Day Design Co.
Brooklyn Restoration
Bee A Better You
Vintage Charm & Restoration
Getting Healthy with Visalus UK
LBP by Steph
When Pigs Fly Again
Lindsey Baillio Photography
Scentsy- Victoria Baker - Independent Consultant
Heirloom Hardware Home
Klassy Floral Boutique
Cara Welsh Oragami Owl - Independent Consultant
Cara Leann Designs
From Flea to Me
LahLah Consignment Thrift
The Doodling Bug
Pineapple Ave
A Pretty Shoppe
Brooke Mathews Photography
The Black Sheep Monograms

 How awesome are all of them! Yes, I hear your applause now... we thank you, we thank you very much ;) If you get the chance, leave them all some love after the contest about how much you appreciate them participating! I know I sure appreciate them :) 
{If for some reason, I forgot to include your name, please MSG me or email me ASAP 
and I will get it fixed! homebyally{at}}


All you have to do is follow us all on Facebook by clicking each entry. Each is mandatory! There are some extra entries available for following on Pinterest, Etsy or on our blogs or websites. This could be the easiest way to enter to win $500 in gift cards I've heard about ever! You can also  “pin” the giveaway to earn extra entries too! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to Enter!Of course we would love for you to check out our blogs too!
Again, we want to THANK each and every one of you for all of your support!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
GIVEAWAY RULES: No purchase necessary. To enter, participants must use the Rafflecopter form above. You must have a Pinterest, Facebook and/or Etsy account to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated, administered or endorsed by Facebook, Visa or Blogger or any other third party organization, group or business. The giveaway closes on April 15th, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. EST. The winner will be notified by email on 04/16/12 and will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Winner must be 18 years of age or older and a US resident in order to win. Prize total is valued at $500. Winners are responsible for paying any necessary taxes on winnings. 
Good luck :)

March 28, 2013

Kitchen/Dining Updates Tour

As many of you know who follow me on Instagram (@Homebyally), you saw this photo below a few days ago. I've had horrible decor block a few days months now and I was really getting fed up with just not being able to do the things I wanted to do, mostly because we were stuck in a rental, we don't know how long we're going to be here and I don't have any money
So, I changed a few things up. Folks, if you get sick of all of your stuff... take EVERYTHING out of the room except the large furniture. First vaccum. This ALWAYS helps me and makes it feel that much better in the space. Then, shop your home. Move things around. Try thing. Do a different furniture arrangement, etc and you'll be surprised at what you come up with... So here's a new few. I'll be sure to post a BEFORE/AFTER too!
Here's a peek at the kitchen. I still would love to get a roman shade for the kitchen window and a pretty sign for above the window instead of the ornant metal accessory. I would love to have the top of the cabinets trimmed with molding and have old books, antiques, trinkets, etc up there but for now, I used what I have. A lot of plates and other various items that I could find.

I am still in search of the perfect wall decor for either side of the dining room window below.

Here's a peek into the powder room which is off of our dining area. Ignore my picture-less frames and concentrate your eyes on the vintage mason's. :) 

I moved our shudder sage green cabinet with the stained top to the entryway. Not sure if it'll stay there yet but we'll see. I'm thinking about building a small console table to go underneath the chalkboard to hold stacked plates, linens and trinkets that I love...we will see!

See these bare walls, well they are ok. But I'd rather not rush the decor that will go up on them... so for now they will sit in all of their bare glory... sigh.

Here's another view. I'd love to find a colorful rug to go in front of that door to the left. But I'd rather be patient and find something I like than settling. I think our bar stools would look cute with neutral beige cushions on them but that can wait too. Did I mention how much I would CHANGE if this was my house? But it's not. Let's not forget we rent thus why this kitchen isn't white, we don't have butcher block countertops, the ceiling isn't beadboard or planked white and we don't have old, rustic floors. Need I say more ;)

Let's go back and see what it looked like when we first moved in... below. I hated these barstools but they were a "quick fix."  Hint, don't do QUICK fixes. They are quick but not a fix ;)

And here's another after we got new barstools and some more accessories... not bad but still eh...



Have you shopped your home lately? Do you think small changes can make a huge difference? What is your favorite thing about this space? Do you love your kitchen? What does your dream kitchen have in it? Thank yall for reading! And if you enjoyed this post and would like "PIN" any of these images on your Pinterest boards for future inspiration, you can do so below!

March 12, 2013

Some of my favorite things lately...

Hey guys!
As many of you know who follow me on Instagram {@Homebyally} and on FB {click here.} you may know that I am on a mini vacation here in North Carolina! I've really enjoyed just having some down time with family...and enjoying being in my home town and just relaxing really. I do miss my house and blogging and I felt weird today for not posting any blog posts the past week or any new projects! I think I have a problem, eh? I mean really, who's worried about a blog on vacation? Me.
Like I said, if you have been following me on Instagram & Facebook, you might have also seen that I am working on some updates for my mama & daddy's home, mostly just refreshing paint colors and re-accessorizing some rooms. We tackled the kitchen a couple of days ago and we still want to buy a few new accessorises for it. Next up is the powder room and again, the master bedroom! AH!
Tonight I would like to share with you some of my "favorite things" here lately.
Favorite Flowers.
My favorite flowers to decorate with and for landscaping are hydrangeas,
 all colors so naturally this photo was amazing.
Source: Pinterest
Favorite front door.
I love the richness of the front door against the white and beige exterior. It's sophisticated yet cozy.
Favorite Home Exterior & porch.
What more could you say about this exterior? It is the pure definition of
southern charm in my eyes and my little dream cottage.
Favorite Bedroom.
I love the simple nature of this room with the rustic bed with the gorgeous antique side tables and natural wood lamps. Just love it all and what a great inspiration for one of our rooms :)
Favorite Nursery.
This nursery is very simple but still pretty. I think they need a few more pop accessories but I like how it is otherwise. Love the grey with the board and batten along with the pop of pink from the curtains & monogram.
Favorite Dining Space.
I am in LOVE with the table and it's color.
And just wanted to let yall know, I am thinking of starting something on Facebook called a "Tagging Tuesday." Silent tagging has all the sudden become very popular, especially on Facebook as a way to grow your business pages' likes. I really don't like to do it every night because I do not want to clog up news feed and then get ignored ;-) So, if you would like to participate, be sure to follow along on Facebook by clicking HERE! and clicking the "like" button. Be sure to then "hover" over the "like" and click "Show in news feed." to be sure that you see all of my posts! Love yall!
Have a great night and don't forget to participate in Tagging Tuesdays at Home by Ally!

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