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Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 | 22 comments

Giveaway: Two Tickets to the 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Giveaway: Two Tickets to the 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Have you purchased your ticket to the 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour on May 7, 2016 yet? No? Good news, we are giving away TWO free tickets to the tour. The tour will take you inside 11 incredible Del Ray houses — old and new, updated and vintage, DIY and designer, big and small (and even tiny!). You’ll see reclaimed building materials, modern additions, unique storage solutions, eclectic interior accents and a few homes powered by the sun. There’s something for everyone and you’ll walk away with tons of design and decorating ideas to try in your own home. TO ENTER: Comment on this post and tell us anything — what you are looking forward to seeing on the tour, what you love about Del Ray architecture, or simply what you love about Del Ray. (One entry per person please.) PRIZE: Two tickets to the 2016 Del Ray House and Garden Tour on May 7, 2016, valued at $20 each. DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 26 at 11:59 pm...

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Posted by on May 1, 2015 | 24 comments

Giveaway: Gardening Consultation with Love & Carrots

Giveaway: Gardening Consultation with Love & Carrots

Spring planting time is here and we are positively thrilled to offer a giveaway of a one-hour gardening consultation with expert gardener, farmer, and the founder of Love & Carrots, Meredith Sheperd. Katie had the pleasure of meeting with Meredith last week for a consult on her back patio vegetable garden. She came away with a “wealth of ideas” on how to make the most of her space this season and for many to come. Love & Carrots is an organic gardening business whose goal is to “take the intimidation out of home gardening.” They provide a range of services from a personal consultation to design work to full-service garden maintenance. We first discovered and wrote about Love & Carrots a couple of years ago after we spotted some colorful raised beds in a neighbor’s front yard. If you win this giveaway, Meredith will design her consultation to your needs whether you’re a novice just starting out, or you’re a DIY-er or seasoned gardener and you want troubleshooting help...

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Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 | 8 comments

Giveaway: 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Giveaway: 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

We’re just about one week away from the 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour and to celebrate one of our favorite events, we’re giving away one free ticket to the tour! So far we’ve shared five sneak previews of some of the things you will see on the tour — from a house currently under renovation to homes that have already received masterful makeovers. We’ve seen mid-century design, refurbished materials and decor made by local artists. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.  In all there are 11 homes on the tour and two featured gardens. And new this year, the Del Ray United Methodist Church at the corner of Windsor and Dewitt Avenues will serve as a hospitality stop. HOW TO ENTER To enter the giveaway, simply comment on this post and tell us what you are looking forward to on the tour or why you enjoy this biennial event. If you win and you’ve already purchased your ticket, pass the ticket along to a...

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Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 | 12 comments

Holiday Giveaway #8: Nature’s Nibbles

Holiday Giveaway #8: Nature’s Nibbles

In our final giveaway in our Eight Days of Del Ray Holiday Giveaway, we’re featuring Nature’s Nibbles located at 2601 Mt Vernon Avenue. Throughout the month of December, we’ve partnered with several members of the Del Ray Business Association to offer giveaways to our readers. Keep reading to find out how to enter! I love Nature’s Nibbles for several reasons: It’s within walking distance of my home, has an outdoor dog wash area to use in the summer months, carries only natural and organic food options, and will deliver the food to my front step when I can’t pick it up. Oh, and the owners, Chris and Anne Gabriel, are personable, extremely knowledgeable, and, it goes without saying, enthusiastic pet lovers. I was thrilled when they agreed to take part in our holiday giveaway. Meet Chris. In addition to a wide variety of high quality dry, canned, and frozen raw food for cats and dogs, the store carries grooming supplies, accessories, and, naturally, balls of every shape and size....

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Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 | 24 comments

Holiday Giveaway #7: The Purple Goose

Holiday Giveaway #7: The Purple Goose

Today we’re featuring The Purple Goose in our Eight Days of Del Ray Holiday Giveaway. Throughout the month of December, we’ve partnered with several members of the Del Ray Business Association to offer giveaways to our readers. Keep reading to find out how to enter! The Purple Goose located at 2005 Mt. Vernon Avenue is a magical boutique with mesmerizing displays of toys and clothes, something like a delicious layered cake of colors, fabric patterns (think yards and yards of poofy tuile tutus)… …colorful accessories and irresistible toys. Owner Paula Hoelzel opened the boutique in 1992, originally as a consignment shop. Then, after 8 years, she started stocking new merchandise as well. Today, The Purple Goose mostly carries new items from Robeez, Skip Hop, Fleurville, Bobox shoes and more. Paula says she prefers “sophisticated, colorful, and often European” clothing. If you want something unique, like a wide-eyed or sleepy owl hat, The Purple Goose is likely to carry it. The Purple Goose is a delightful boutique with show-stopping seasonal window...

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