Sunday, September 30, 2012

Decomates Review and Giveaway (Ends 10/07/12 - Worldwide Entries!)

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I recently contacted Decomates and they generously agreed to send me two of their wall decals free of charge in exchange for my opinion of them in this review. They also agreed to a giveaway where a winner can also choose two free wall decals!

To begin with, I went to their website (http://decomates.com/) and began navigating my way through it to choose two wall decals. It was so hard to choose just two! There is such a wide assortment of choices, which they have nicely broken down by categories. The categories they have include - Animals, Children, Decor, Flowers, Holiday, Labels, Paintings, Scenic, Text and Other.

Well, my first decision to make was which room did I want to put a wall decal in? This decision would help me narrow down which decals to choose. I narrowed the rooms (and ideas) of my home to: kids' bedrooms (Brandon has a dragon theme, Daniella has a fairies/flowers/butterflies theme), dining room (something blue, brown, white), living room (black, something representing family/love), master bedroom (purple/something about love? Faith? Trust?) or our downstairs bathroom (lighthouses).

Okay, then from there, I started navigating the website by categories to see what I liked. Brandon's room what my first choice as the dragon theme is new and he doesn't have anything on his walls that goes with it yet. Sadly, there wasn't anything with dragons. That one got scratched from the list. Next, I looked for lighthouses. There IS one!
Reusable Decoration Wall Sticker Decal - Serene Lighthouse Sailboats
(http://decomates.com/Reusable-Decoration-Wall-Sticker-Decal-Serene/M/B00332U340.htm) But after reading some of the reviews on it, we decided not to do that one, as this would be our first experience using wall decals and on the the reviews said it was a bit detailed and hard to pull apart some of the small areas. It wasn't a bad review, it just made us think twice since this was our first time doing this. Scratch the downstairs bathroom of the list, too. But that is okay, it was helping me narrow down which room to use. Imagine if there was something for every room that I wanted - I would have never decided! :)

I went through the Text category to try to find something for the master bedroom. I REALLY liked this one

Reusable Decoration Wall Sticker Decal - Proverbs
(http://decomates.com/Reusable-Decoration-Wall-Sticker-Decal-Proverbs/M/B006YHTN0Q.htm)

But I wasn't so sure that the black would show up very well on the deep plum purple in our bedroom. I would need white most likely and couldn't find something that worked well there either. Scratch the master bedroom of the list.

Next, I looked for ideas for the living room. Since we have a wall art in there of an autumn scene, I thought I would look for something to coordinate well with that, maybe. I went to the Scenic category. Nothing there really caught my eye. Scratch the living room off the list.

Well, that left two rooms left - the dining room and Daniella's room. And the search began for them - I started with Daniella's room. At first I saw this one -
Nursery Easy Apply Wall Sticker Decorations - Reading Tree and Hearts
(http://decomates.com/Nursery-Easy-Apply-Wall-Sticker-Decorations/M/B0041EKX6C.htm)

which I thought would look cute near her bookshelf. But it didn't really fit the general theme of room (fairies, butterflies and flowers). So I kept looking...
I considered this one -
Easy Instant Decoration Wall Sticker Decal - Dream Castle
(http://decomates.com/Easy-Instant-Decoration-Wall-Sticker-Decal/M/B0060B693K.htm)

but it seemed to princess-y for her room. But it would look really cute in a princess themed room!

I LOVED this one -
Reusable Decoration Wall Sticker Decal - Pink Floating Dandelion Seeds (Velvet with Rhinestones)
(http://decomates.com/Reusable-Decoration-Wall-Sticker-Decal-Pink/M/B004BPD0VG.htm) but wasn't so sure how well it would stand out on her wall color so I passed on this one, too.


Here are some pictures of her room decor that I was looking to match this with -





A little fairy sitting in a pink flower looking at a butterfly
Pink flowers






I finally decided on this one for her room -

Reusable Decoration Wall Sticker Decal - Vivid Colorful Butterflies
(http://decomates.com/Reusable-Decoration-Wall-Sticker-Decal-Vivid/M/B003698FEK.htm)

Here are some pictures of them hung in her room:

They are over her toddler bed. As she grows and we convert her crib to the larger bed, I placed the butterflies so they will look like they are flying out from behind the bed. Well, at least, that was the look I was going for!


They are a bit shiny around the edges....but they are made from vinyl, so that is to be expected.

She LOVES her new butterflies!

She loves to jump on her bed and try to touch them! :)

One little monkey jumping on the bed....



They were SUPER EASY to apply. After I applied some, I decided that I wanted to move some of them around some to have them spaced out better. While they are really well adhered, they were also just as easy to un-stick as they were to  apply. And they reapplied nicely as well. It was also the perfect amount of butterflies. Any more would probably have been over-kill.


After finally making ONE choice - I realized, I still had another room to decide on! :) I knew with the dining room, I really wanted something in chocolate brown and preferably floral of some sort.
I started off looking in the Flowers category on their website. I didn't find anything there...so I looked under Decor - and there it was - exactly what I was looking for -
Easy Instant Decoration Wall Sticker Decal - Mocha Hanging Vineyard Bloom (Velvet with Rhinestones)

(http://decomates.com/Easy-Instant-Decoration-Wall-Sticker-Decal/M/B004AGICKA.htm)

I loved it! We did make the minor mistake (out of excitement and not being patient) of applying this one on a humid day. For a few days after, we had to press down some of the edges to "remind" it to stay on the wall. Nothing major and within a few short days, it was stuck for good! :) This one was a big more difficult to apply as we had to assemble it ourselves, but it turned out fine!

Here are some pictures of it hung in our dinging room! (Sorry that the picture quality isn't that great. The lighting wasn't so good at the time).
Full wall shot

Closer in

Close up shot

Now, this one is textured. It is a velour/velvet like feel and it has rhinestones on the droplets. It is much prettier than this pictures make it out to be! :)


Overall, we are very pleased with our new wall decals! AND they are super reasonably priced! Prices on their website are as low as $2.21! I believe the highest price is about $25. Decomates also sells wallpaper and wall clocks!

Here is their shipping info on their site:

Important Shipping Notices

Decomates ships all other orders within 2 days from the order date (excluding weekends and holidays) using USPS or UPS depending on the selected shipping method. Once your order is shipped, either Decomates or Amazon will send you a shipping notification.
Decomates ships Monday through Friday only, excluding national holidays. All 2nd & Next Day orders must be placed by 11:00 AM Pacific Time Monday to Friday in order to be shipped on that day. If there is any delay or cancellation of your order, you will receive a notification. Please feel free contact us from our contact us page if there are any questions or comments.



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Right now on the Facebook Page they have another giveaway going on -
They will be picking 1 winner from the first 25 people to 'Like' their DecoMate's Milo cat. Here is the link to the picture: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=421364141258918&set=a.414868755241790.96765.163553197040015&type=1&relevant_count=1


And on to the giveaway!!!

Here is the rafflecopter:


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