Thursday, May 17, 2012

Blogapaloosa 'Restored' Giveaway!

Well Hello!!

I am so excited to be participating in Blogapaloosa and to have this great opportunity to introduce everyone to my new friend Rhonda McCleskey - proprietor of the brand new home furnishing and refinishing store in Alvin, Texas that opens THIS SATURDAY!!

Annie Sloan and I in New Orleans at the Unfolded kickoff! So excited. Many more Annie Sloan products coming soon!
Rhonda and THE Annie Sloan in New Orleans - jealous?!!
I met Rhonda when I visited her store last month, while the shop was still a 'work in progress.'  I was on a quest for the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint everyone has been raving about here in  blogland and was excited to find my own personal local distributor was just minutes away from home!   The store was already shaping up into something fabulous, so I cannot wait to see how it's all come together.  When she generously offered to provide the giveaways for Blogapaloosa, I wanted to do something special for her too, so we sat down to talk more about her vision and inspirations. 

Tell us a little bit about where you're from and how that has influenced your style?

I was born and raised in Wisconsin but I now call Texas my home.  I was a military wife for many years and have lived all over the U.S., but settled in Austin for most of my adult life.  We moved to the Houston area in 2006 and are so happy to call the Texas Gulf Coast home.  Over the years, I’ve had an extraordinary opportunity to be exposed to many different cultures and designs across the country, and there was something that I fell in love with in every place I lived.  Therefore my style is very eclectic and I believe that as long as you decorate with what you love, you can make it work!

Vintage Hymnal Dresser What/who has influenced your approach to design over the years?

My style is best represented in the Velvet & Linen blog - adore that blog and love what they call ‘patina’ style.  Aged, worn but timeless.  Beautiful.

 Who is your biggest fan (supporter)?

My husband. He is my rock and my encourager always!

The grand opening of your biggest 'project' to date happens this weekend!  What is your vision for Restored~Home?

I would love to grow and have several locations, someday beyond the Houston-area.  I dream of Restored~Home becoming a destination for unique, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and accessories.  I’m very excited about the future I see for this business because everything has come together so beautifully.  So I hope everyone will come out and see for themselves!

What do you hope to bring to the local community? To the blogging community?

Our store is located in Alvin, one of the cutest, friendliest towns in Texas!  I look forward to being a part of this community and supporting local business growth in Alvin as well.  I’m looking forward to participating in community events and perhaps even starting some new traditions!  I grew up in a small town and thought when I left I’d never look back. But settling in Alvin has reawakened my sense of ‘home,’ a small town where we can put down roots, and I am so happy to have found it!

I am equally excited about the blogging community.  I hope to become a go-to and an encourager for do-it-yourselfers.  I see blogging as a way to share my experiences and knowledge in a laid back, fun and sometimes funny way!

(By the way, you can catch up with Rhonda at

If you could only have one tool, what would it be and why?

A paintbrush . . . because they help me create and express myself.  In fact, I have a little bit of a paintbrush obsession.  I currently own over 100 brushes!  Some that I don’t use at all, and bought more for their looks than their function.  See what I mean?!  But my trusty favorite is a Purdy XL Cub.  Annie Sloan has just come out with her own line of paintbrushes and I have just started using them.  Just like her paint line, I must say her brushes are fabulous!

You've restored so many beautiful pieces and your store decor is breathtaking, but could you share with us a project 'fail'?

Oh my – I’ve had many!  I have a table that I have painted several different times – different colors, different finishes and nothing works!  It seems like no matter what I do to it, nothing looks right on it, so it’s probably headed back to storage.  Sometimes you just can’t make friends with a piece, and it’s best to move on!

Everyone seems 'too busy' these days - what do you do to help 'restore' balance in your life?

I love to read. I love to garden and spend time with my family.  They keep me focused on what’s important.

Any advice for others about what you do?

Ask lots of questions and allow yourself to learn from the experience of others.  Believe in yourself and never give up!  Don’t expect perfection and remember that as long as you love what you’re doing, you’re a success!
Finally, what can we expect at the Grand opening of Restored~Home?

Goodness – drawings, ASCP demos, refreshments, sales and lots of fun!  It’s from 10-3 this Saturday and you can get more information and directions at

Speaking of giveaways, here's what you can win!

3 samples of Annie Sloan Chalk paint and an ASCP color chart, 2 chip brushes and 1 bar of handmade "Painter's Friend' Soap!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rhonda has such a generous spirit and I am excited to let you know that in addition to this giveaway, 'local' gals can also enter to win An Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Techniques Class at Rhonda's new store in Alvin, TX - a $165 value!!


  1. So excited to see someone in the area is carrying Annie Slone paint! I just finished painting a toy box with it and LOVE it.

  2. OMG I am 15 mins away from Alvin! I am gonna have to go and check out her place!! I am so excited!

  3. I can't wait to see the finished store - she does such fabulous work!! Love, love her ruffled cutains and te funny story about them too - she's a hoot! Go meet her - you will love her!

  4. Her store looks awesome! Hopefully it does so well that one can be opened in my area :) The chalk pain is super fun.

  5. I've seen this chalk paint done before and would love to try it myself!

  6. SQUEAL! Oh.....I so hope to win! Thanks for the chances! Can't afford to buy it myself but would love to win it for free! TY....TY!

    Blue Strong on FB!

    Terri the Oregonian!

  7. I hope Canadians can win?! I would LOVE the chance to try some chalk paint... for free ;) Great prize!!

    Leanne @

  8. What an awesome giveaway!! Count me in :)

  9. I have seen so many beautiful projects using Annie Slone paint, but no stores in my little town carry it. I would LOVE to win the samples basket so I can make a pretty little project of my own. Thank you so much for the chance to win this great giveaway!

  10. First of all, I love those lamps. OMG! I need to make a pair ASAP! Would love to win the paint. I've been wanting to do some experimenting with chalk paint.

  11. Love the union jack! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Just found your blog and am a new follower. I've heard so much about these chalk paints and would love to try them.

  13. What a wonderful giveaway. Thank you so much for the chance.

  14. What a fabulous give away!! You are too fun!!

  15. Thank you so much for this giveaway, it's fabulous!