Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Making the most of a small foyer!

Happy Wednesday friends!

I wanted to share with you how I made the most of our very small foyer...sometimes it's not how much space you have, but what you do with the space you do have...

We added the wainscoting soon after moving in 16 years the time, we wallpapered the top in a very bed & breakfasty type of pattern...a couple of years ago, I pulled the wallpaper down and painted it in what is one of my all time favorite colors!! 
Welcome to our small but functional foyer...the entry slate floor is one of the only parts of this house that has remained since we moved in...It's is so practical!!

The shelf/coat rack:
One of my favorite vignettes in the house...and a great place to change up with each season/holiday...I found the frame at a great flea market, didn't need to do a thing to it!!

This pedestal was a gift from my sis n law years it!!

I found this storage bench complete with this cushion at a local discount is the perfect size for the small space.....HOORAY!!!

Love the wainscoting...Thx to the added so much character to an otherwise boring space.
Small, but welcoming...
I found this shallow entry cabinet at Ballard Designs...again perfect for this small space and a great place to store my extra candles..

And, if you have been following me, this old window redo is one of my all time favorite simple projects!!

Hope you enjoyed my small foyer tour...please know that you are always welcome!!
xo, Mariaelena

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Monday, January 16, 2012

A healthy Pinterest's a keeper!!

Happy Monday friends!!


If your kids are athletes, you may want to take down this recipe...I found it on Pinterest....I wasn't planning on blogging about it, but it was super easy so thought I'd share...we go through tons of power type bars in our house and they can be quite expensive and the girls don't even really like the way they is a great alternative that I will definitely be making again and again.

These are the ones I made...YUM!!
Here is the link for the recipe:  I changed it up a bit based on what I had in the house...I used Agave instead of honey and I used dried cranberries instead of chocolate chips...the possibilities are endless!!

I hope you try these out...they really took no time at all and are delicious as well as nutritious!!

Friday, January 13, 2012



I feel as if I've been on a bit of a hiatus from my blog...after finishing our kitchen reno, celebrating Christmas and enjoying having all of the kids & my husband home for a bit, I'm just getting back in the groove....I have some projects on my planning tuned to see what will be happening in the "BURBS"
 And now it is time to announce the winner of my giveaway from My Uncommon Linens

We do things the old fashioned way around here...pulling a name from the basket...and my little one always wants to be in on the action...(btw, she is my blogs biggest fan!!)

The lucky winner is.......Gina from Random Thoughts
Congratulations to Gina and thanks to all who entered and follow my blog....
looking forward to growing & learning more in 2012!!
A special thank you to
 Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for supplying the beautiful prizes in this giveaway.
xo, Mariaelena

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Time is ticking...for my great giveaway...ends at midnight

Hi Friends!!
See the post below for my great giveaway from My Uncommon Linens!!...It's not too late...
You can enter until midnight tonight!!...Winner announced on Friday, the 13th...LOL

Good luck & thanks for following along!!
xo, Mariaelena

Friday, January 6, 2012


Hi friends!!!....

It's time to celebrate my blog "From Beach to Burbs" hitting 300 followers with a great giveaway.  Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia will be giving these wonderful gifts from her etsy shop My Uncommon Linens to the lucky winner! are the wonderful items you will win...

This gorgeous pillow...AND these beautiful sachets below!!
Thanks so much Kristin!!

Two ways to enter:

1)  become a new follower and leave me a comment letting me know........if you already follow From Beach to Burbs, leave me a comment letting me know that you'd like to be entered!!

2)  for a second chance, spread the word on your blog and leave me a comment letting me know you did!!

Since I began blogging last February, I have learned so much about the computer & blogging...(I still have so many questions lol)...and have accomplished so many projects...I have met some wonderful people (even though it's been online through the blogging world, in many cases it's a strong connection) I've been so inspired by all of you on a daily basis and I'm looking forward to seeing what this next year brings as I build my blog with new friends and new projects!!...THANK YOU ALL!...& good luck!

I will announce the winner the morning of January 13th!!
(lucky Friday the 13th)