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Jessica Bruno

We are a crew of four generations all living together under one roof. We share our
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Summer Pool Fun with HTH Pool

Do you have a pool? If so, do you dread taking care of it?  We have a pool and while my dad and I share the responsibilities, my responsibility is to keep it clean and daily maintenance. He basically makes sure I do a good job. When the HTH pools approached me to try their cleaning supplies, I said sure, why not. Anything that will make my life easier, I am all for it! The supplies arrived in pre-measured bags (which is nice) and fully ready to use. The summer pool fun with HTH was about to begin ;).

summer pool fun with HTH

I am all about a super clean pool with minimal maintenance. We spend lots of time at the pool whether it be sun bathing, reading a book or doing fun family activities.

summer pool fun with HTH

The kids love to create and have fun.

summer pool fun with HTH

The summer goes by so quickly and honestly, maintaining a pool can be time consuming if you don’t use reputable products. I am a drop and go kinda girl so easy peasy is the name of the game in our household. The HTH packages worked fabulously and fits in the “drop and go” category.

summer pool fun with HTH

As many of you know, we live with four generations under one roof so family is extremely important to us.

summer pool fun with HTH

Who loves a good cannon ball?

summer pool fun with HTH

This little guy is a fish and loves to swim.

summer pool fun with HTH

I love the fact that I can hang out with the kids while the HTH pool care products take care of our pool. The products make cleaning our pool super easy and for me, I love that! Summer fun in the pool is the name of the game in our neck of the woods. I can’t thank HTH pool care products enough for sending us their product and giving us the opportunity to give them a try. Be sure to read more about HTH and hear about their promotions on facebook, twitter, YouTube, instagram and Pinterest.

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post however, all words and opinions are 100% my own.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of HTH Pool Care via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Summer Dining Room update

Summer is all about casual elegance and livable spaces in our home. We eat, drink, do home work and craft in this space so it needs to be conducive to kids. A quick summer update to our dining room using lanterns, new drapes and a roll of sisal did the trick.

Summer dining room with lanterns

I am over at HomeGoods sharing our mini dining room makeover and would love it if you came over to visit and took a peek at the rest of the room.

Summer dining room update with lanterns

Are you loving the sisal instead of a table runner and what do you think of the new geometric drapes? I am loving them! It doesn’t take long to spruce up your space for summer, come see how!

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How to Add Curb Appeal with a Portico

How to add curb appeal with a portico. Simple right? Last week I shared the start of our curb appeal project in the front of our home and how we are adding a new portico. A portico is a porch structure leading to an entrance of a building and are a fabulous way to add architectural detail and character to the front of a home. Prior to adding a new structure to our home, my mom and I always need to share images with my dad so he can visually see what we are talking about. My mom has wanted to add either a farmers porch or larger portico for a few years now and finally, my dad has agreed. The farmers porch is still on her wish list but she will take a new portico for now ;).

Baby steps when it comes to my dad!

how to add curb appeal with a portico. A family of four generations living under one roof expands their home and adds a new portico to the front of their home to create architectural interest and character.

Here are a few of our favorites that we shared with my dad to get him motivated.

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how to add curb appeal with a portico front door


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Dixie Delights

how to add curb appeal with a portico This Old House 

how to add curb appeal with a portico front porch


Here is the house now with the old portico torn off the house.

a new portico for our home

Which portico style do you think would look the best? You can see how tiny the existing one was and how out of place it looked as the house size grew. Do you think round italian style columns or square columns? Personally, I like the round and I think, because the home already has so many square/rectangular dimensions, the round would help break that up a bit. So many decisions! Stay tuned, the final product is coming soon.


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Giveaway winners {Pine Cone Hill & Wayfair}

Greetings from the lake! We are wrapping up a fabulous vacation week here at the lake but I wanted to pop in real quick to announce the slew of winners from the past week of giveaways. The Pine Cone Hill boys and girls bedding winners were announced and you can find out if you won by clicking the boys and girls links below and scrolling down to the rafflecopter widget.  An email has been sent to each winner! Congratulations!

Keep reading, the Wayfair gift card winner is announced at the end of this post.

Girls back to school bedding winner

Girls back to school bedding with Pine Cone Hill

Boys back to school bedding winner:


The winner of the summer picnic Wayfair instagram $100 gift card was Christi from JealousHands (instagram handle). Christi you were tagged and notified via instagram so please email me at jessica (at) fourgenerationsoneroof (dot) com to claim your prize. Congratulations to all the winners!! We will be back next week sharing lots of project news and updates from the campsite at the lake.

A new portico for our home

A few weeks ago, my dad decided to rip apart the existing portico on our home and build a new one.  My parents have wanted to increase the size of the portico for a couple years.  Throughout the years, my parents have added on to our home on numerous occasions tripling the square footage and the original one became dwarfed in the process. This isn’t the best picture below, but you can see the original one below.

a new portico for our home

A portico is simply a porch that leads to the entry of a building. Our original structure was supported by simple columns which were 2×4′s. As you can see, it’s a little small for the home.

a new portico for our home

Once the portico is finished, the next step in our curb appeal project is shutters! As you can see below, the old structure has been removed.

a new portico for our home

Unfortunately, my dad removed the entire roof while I was away for the weekend in NYC so I don’t have any pictures of the demolition process.

a new portico for our home

My husband and I drove in from being away for the weekend and I said to my husband, “the front portico is gone?” My husband said, “what are you talking about, that roof thing?” ha.

The existing cement step was definitely to small for the new project so we framed around the step with 2×4′s and 2×10′s and created a new larger landing.

a new portico for our homeThe new step will be constructed using maintenance free vinyl decking which will be fastened to this frame.

a new portico for our homeThe new portico is coming along nicely and it already is creating a new look for the front of our home. Our curb appeal project is in full swing and hopefully this project, will be done soon so we can move on to adding the new shutters. I think that the new portico and shutters are going to completely transform the front of our home. Don’t you think so?

PS. Did you enter to win the gorgeous girls and boys bedding from Pine Cone Hill?


Family updates + Wayfair giveaway ends today

This week actually flew by for us. I don’t know where the summer is going. My grandfather said to me the other day as he painted his Christmas gifts, “kid, Christmas is almost here, I need to get these painted!” It seemed a bit ridiculous that Christmas is almost here but he is right, before we know it, we will be celebrating Christmas and shoveling snow. Ugh!

family updates

My husband is on vacation starting today for the next week so we will be spending time at the lake and chilling out, although we plan on doing some work this weekend with my dad re-bracing the deck that the camper is adjacent to. Some of the deck boards are rotted and also need to be replaced so hopefully we get this project completed this weekend and can enjoy the rest of the vacation week relaxing.

Today is also the last day to enter the Wayfair $100 gift card giveaway that is being held over on our instagram page. Simply find this image below on our instagram page and leave a comment (on instagram) sharing your favorite childhood memory. Click here to enter.

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy spending time with family and friends. I am over at the Home Goods blog today sharing our summer dining room and how to add a bit of coastal to your space with lanterns and sisal. I would love some company so hop on over and say hello!

Boys Back to School bedding + Pine Cone Hill Giveaway

Thank you so much yesterday for all of your comments and emails regarding our girls back to school bedding ensemble. Today is the BOYS day! In case you missed yesterdays post, Pine Cone Hill asked me to be a guest bedding stylist and create two fresh smart rooms. One for a boy and one for a girl. Whether your boy just became a teenager or is heading off to college, you will love this boys back to school bedding themed room I put together. It’s classic and casual and in my opinion, pretty cool. The best news, we are giving away this exact duvet today here on the blog! Keep reading, the giveaway is coming up.

back to school boys bedding with pine cone hillI love coordinating navy and khaki for boys and the boxer pillow is the perfect finishing touch. What I love about this room is the duvet is interchangeable and would look great with any color or pattern. In my experience boys don’t tend to change their minds as often as girls when it comes to bedding but for me, I love a neutral duvet, just in case “mom” decides she wants something different ;). You know how that goes right?

 Duvet / striped blanket / boxer pillow / chambray sham / striped pouf / striped rug / laptop case / oatmeal box spring cover

Are you ready to enter to win your own boys back to school bedding / duvet ensemble?

Enter below via the rafflecopter widget

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Back to school is such a stressful time for parents and kids, why not make the transition a little easier with a fun bedroom makeover or create a new space at school that your child will love. There is nothing better than climbing into a comfy cozy bed at night. So what do you think, are you loving this boys back to school bedding ensemble? I want it for my room! :) If you haven’t already entered our girls bedding giveaway, you can enter here.

PS. Be sure to head over to Pine Cone Hill  as they are also giving away a couple items from our room above. The boxer pillow is up for grabs!!!!

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post however all words and opinions are 100% my own. Pine Cone Hill quality is fabulous. 

Girls Back To School Bedding + Pine Cone Hill bedding giveaway

Do we have a treat for you today! Can I just tell you, while this is a sponsored post, it happens to be one of my favorites of all time! Pine Cone Hill contacted me a couple months ago about collaborating on a boys and girls back to school bedding theme in celebration of their 20th anniversary. If you have not heard of Pine Cone Hill, it’s time I introduce you. They are an Annie Selke Company outside of Boston. Their fun home textiles have been making waves in the home design industry since 1994, when Annie started the business with an industrial sewing machine on her dining room table.Whether you’re building a beautiful boudoir or a rustic retreat, Pine Cone Hill has everything you need, in top-quality fabrics and imaginative designs. I have purchased many Annie Selke products in the past and they are all exceptional quality and gorgeous to-boot!

Boho girls back to school bedding with pinecone hill

They wanted me to create two fresh rooms, one for a boy (boy is tomorrow!) and one for a girl who may be in their teens or heading off to college. This was one of the funnest projects ever! I had my two teenage stepdaughters in mind when I created this gorgeous girls theme we are sharing today.

Girls back to school bedding with Pine Cone Hill

I am certainly not a professional stylist, just a mom who loves color, fun patterns and the latest modern trend. I am in love with this room! Even if your daughter isn’t heading off to college, wouldn’t it be fun to create a big girl themed bedroom using fun color and pattern? I used fuchsia and aqua as my base colors and white (the sheets) to balance the bold theme. Don’t worry, I am going to give you the source for every product that I chose and where it can be found over at Pine Cone Hill. The best news though, Pine Cone Hill is giving away this exact twin size duvet and standard pillow sham set to one of you today, here on our blog.

girls back to school bedding get this look #backtoschool #dormlife

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Are you ready to enter to win your own duvet and sham set?

Enter below via the rafflecopter widget.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Back to school is such a fun time to redecorate or invest in gorgeous bedding for your child heading off to school. Celebrate the new phase in your girls life with a fresh smart bedding ensemble and coordinating accessories to give her a stylish room to do homework or settle down in at the end of the day. Stop back tomorrow because we will be sharing our boys theme room and you will not believe how cool it looks! It is fantabulous!!!! Yes, we will be giving away more boys bedding tomorrow ;).

PS. do you want to win more items in my room above, head over to visit me on the Fresh American blog where I am a guest stylist. Pine Cone Hill is giving away another featured item. (goes live at 11am est 7/15/14)

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. However, all words and opinions are 100% my own. 

Summer picnic on the dock + $100 Gift Card Giveaway

We are in the middle of extending our boat dock to accommodate our new pontoon. The existing dock is in fairly decent shape but needed to be a bit longer. It happens to be a perfect spot to catch some sun and relax so when Wayfair asked if I would like to create a childhood memory using a few of their products, I jumped at the chance.

summer picnic on the dock

When I was a kid, my mom was constantly filling little baggies full of snacks for us kids and we would all sit around on the grass giggling or poolside and share our food. I find myself now as a mom, doing the same exact thing. I love to pack a basket or cooler full of our favorite drinks and snacks and find a cozy spot to sit and enjoy the goodies.

summer picnic on the dock

The lounger from Wayfair along with the insulated picnic cooler basket are perfect for enjoying a day in the sun. They are very reasonably priced as well. Click the product links to see ;).

summer picnic on the dock

I decided to also add a few tiki torch lights around the dock as well. They give off a warm flicker light which looks fabulous at night.

summer picnic on the dock

My son especially loves when we pack a picnic cooler full of our favorites and hang out for snack time.

Our summer picnic on the dock

It’s amazing how life comes full circle as you grow older and remember things from your childhood. I often wonder if he will remember these moments as I do my own childhood memories. I guess I can only hope, right? Our lakeside campsite has been so much so far this summer. . It has been a tremendous blessing in that it offers the peace and serenity we were looking for. Guess what, Wayfair is giving away a $100 gift card to their site via our instagram page. Be sure to check out our instagram page where I will be sharing one of these images above and asking you to leave a comment (on instagram) sharing your favorite childhood memory.  A winner will be chosen at random by the end of the week. Good luck!

Disclosure: I did receive complimentary products for this post. I was not told what to purchase or display, All opinions and words are 100% my own.

Our New York City Trump Plaza SOHO trip

A couple weeks ago, my husband and I headed to New York City as part of a business trip through my husband’s employer. NYC is a little over three hours from our home so we left early one morning and were in the city by noon-time. It was an all expense paid trip which was even better! We stayed at the Trump Plaza in SOHO which is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan and is known for upscale trendy boutiques, brick roads and walkways as well as a slew of chain outlet stores. It’s a wonderful place to shop!

NYC SOHO trump plaza trip

The rooms are gorgeous and have fabulous views of Manhattan. I pulled these two images off the Trump Collection site as my images I took with my phone, didn’t do the room justice.

soho trump place manhattan room

The day we arrived was rainy and overcast but that didn’t stop us from enjoying a delicious lunch at the Aqua Grill next door to the Trump Plaza.

New York City SOHO Trump Plaza Trip

The crab cake sandwich is unbelievable! We toured lower Manhattan and ventured through many of the boutiques.

New York City SOHO Trump Plaza Trip

Every large chain outlet you can imagine is here.

New York City SOHO Trump Plaza Trip

My husband mostly enjoyed the people watching aspect. The hustle and bustle of New York City is one you must experience at least one time in your life. We are fortunate to be close enough that a one night stay is doable and I must say, I don’t think I could live in city but it’s so fun to visit a couple times a year.

New York City SOHO Trump Plaza Trip

After a busy afternoon of window shopping, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for the evening.

New York City SOHO Trump Plaza Trip

They had a special dinner planned at the KOI Restaurant which was amazing.

New York City SOHO Trump Plaza Trip

After a four hour dinner, we were exhausted!

New York City SOHO Trump Plaza Trip

The next morning we were served a breakfast at the Le Train Blue restaurant at Bloomingdales on 6th ave followed by a complimentary shopping experience with our own personal shopper.

New York City SOHO Trump Plaza Trip

The dining experience on the roof top in the train is worth trying. So much fun!

New York City SOHO Trump Plaza Trip

I had no idea there was even a restaurant at the top of Bloomingdales. It’s a secret restaurant!

NYC SOHO Trump Plaza Trip

As a special bonus for my husband, he was given a gift card so we could purchase a few fun items. Yay! Our personal shopper was Lynnette who was fantastic! It was so much fun having someone pull the latest trends in your personal size and literally dress you! ha.

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The cafe and dressing rooms provided for your personal shopping experience are amazing.

NYC SOHO Trump Plaza Trip-

Photo sources: Gawker /  Bloomingdales / Trump Collection

Our New York City trip was a blast and we can’t wait to go back.

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Unfortunately, traffic in New York City  is a total drag so it took us almost 6 hours to get home. Note to self, get out of the city by 11am if leaving on a Friday to head back to Boston ;).

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