Fire Pits, Vanities, and Game Rooms!? Oh My!

by Shannon RoseJune 28, 2011

Do you have a space in your home that you’re particularly proud of? What if your cool space could win you $2,500 toward future home projects and even cooler spaces? and are pairing up for the Coolest Space in Your Place photo contest. All entrants have to do is upload a photo of their favorite place in their home for a chance to win $2,500! All this talk of free money has me thinking of all the previously one-per-paycheck projects I could accomplish!


With a week of summer already under way, I can’t help but dream of an outdoor oasis. Sure, my back patio contains the basics: a gas grill and a couple lounge chairs, but it’s certainly missing a few essentials that would really put my backyard barbecues over the top. An outdoor fireplace is the perfect place for adults to chat over a few cocktails or for the kids to roast marshmallows and tell ghost stories. With $2,500 I could install a beautiful stone fireplace and have some money to spare for an outdoor tiki bar. That would certainly give my mediocre backyard a boost!

Although the gorgeous summer sun puts the backyard at the top of my to-do list, the inside of my home could certainly benefit from the Coolest Space in Your Place grand prize as well. My bedroom is by far my favorite room in the house, but it always gets neglected when it comes to renovation because no one ever sees it. But with an unexpected $2,500 I could finally give my favorite space the love it deserves! First on the list, a vanity fit for a princess.


After several curling iron burns to the carpet accompanied by cracked bronzer stains at the floor of my full length mirror, I’ve seriously contemplated the addition of a makeup station in my master suite. Whether renovating an old desk and chair, or purchasing a completely new set, for a vanity, this prize money would certainly allow my dream to become a reality. In addition, large, intricate mirrors are typically out of my price range, but I would love to include this mirror from Pier One Imports. The possibilities are endless, especially when budget is provided!

I love playing hostess, and although any understated home is more than capable as the setting for a variety of social gatherings, a decked out game room would definitely put my parties above the rest! This gorgeous pool table, on sale for $1,600, would serve as a fantastic focal point for any family game room or man cave for dad. What would I do with the remainder of the grand prize? Perhaps I could include a sensible stereo system or a video game station, or maybe I could decorate the walls with tons of sports or music memorabilia. Whatever the theme of your indoor playroom, $2,500 would certainly cover whatever your heart desires!

These extravagant makeovers would benefit my home in a variety of ways, but I’m beginning to think I shouldn’t put all of my eggs in one basket. A great way to spend such a grand prize: sharing the wealth! Perhaps your home doesn’t require one big project, but tons of little ones. Rather than completely renovating a single room, I could tweak various spaces in my place. With $2,500 I could revamp my coffee and end tables in my living room, get a much needed set of new bed linens, purchase new pots and pans to match my country kitchen, and replace the dated light fixtures featured all over my home. Contemplating all the options, I feel like a kid in a candy store, but first things first, you have to enter the contest! So, what are you waiting for!?

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