Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Giveaway: Speed Decorating by Jill Vegas

GIVEAWAY time! It's been a while since I've had one and it's definitely due time.

I was sent this amazing book called Speed Decorating by Jill Vegas.



I was a little hesitant about the title - I don't think decorating should be done with "speed" - it takes time to completely decorate your home.. in fact I never consider mine done. BUT when I opened this book I was very pleasantly surprised. There are tons of great tips and tricks that aren't necessarily "speedy".

Here are a couple of my favorite tips:

- Think of furniture arrangement in terms of groupings: a few pieces that relate to one another and create distinct spaces for activities like conversation, reading, or writing a letter. You can have multiple groupings in one room. This will create walkways and add functionality.

- (I'm a huge fan of this tip and always tell my clients this): If you have posters hanging on your walls, pull them down and replace with original art or family photos. Those Monet water lily posters give your space more of a college-dorm look than that of a grown-up room. For a great twist on framed photos, you can have a picture you love printed out in large format at your local copy center or search the internet for an online printing resource. (This is my favorite).

But let's be honest - we all know what our favorite thing about interior design books is - the pretty pictures! Here are some of my favorites I have scanned...

Love the unexpected blue striped chair:


OMG:


Pink wingbacks with nailhead, that chandelier, black fireplace. Perfect.


GENIUS. Have a tight slipcover made for your mattress and box spring in a fun print or pattern, especially if it shows!


Love this vignette...


So, you guessed it, I have a copy of Speed Decorating to give away to one of my readers!

To enter, simple comment to this post by this Thursday, 12 AM EST. The winner will be announced this Friday.

Good luck!

229 comments:

  1. What great ideas and the settings are quite chic. The cover indeed belies the goodies in the book. As they say, don't judge a book by its cover but that's human nature isn't it?

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  2. I'd love a copy of this book.

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  3. Sweet giveaway! I haven't heard about this book yet, either. Smart of them to give a copy to you to get the word out. :)

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  4. I think the slipcover over mattress/box spring is so interesting!! Love to get new ideas!!

    www.everydaychicny.tumblr.com

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  5. I'd love any book with great decorating ideas!

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  6. This book looks great! I just moved in with my boyfriend and searching for grown up ideas on how to decorate our pad!

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  7. Love the blog.
    Love the book preview.
    Love a giveaway!

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  8. If anyone is in need of a book to help with decorating.... it's me. ;-) Thanks for doing a give away!

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  9. That looks like an awesome book!

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  10. Great book! Those pictures are gorgeous!

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  11. Been following your blog for a while now, and I love it, though this is my first post (it's a giveaway, duh!).

    Would love to win the book!

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  12. that book looks amazing, and right up my alley! even if I don't win, I might try to pick it up elsewhere. ;)

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  13. I'm going to have to try that slipcover for the boxspring; what a great idea! I'd love that book.

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  14. Awesome rooms! I don't have any design books and I need to start my collection! Thanks Bryn!

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  15. This book looks great! Staging is something they don't teach in design school, but they should.

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  16. I would love this book!! Thank you!

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  17. I would love a copy of this book. Maybe then my renovations wouldn't run on for months & months at a time!

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  18. Great giveaway! The book looks great!

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  19. I'm definitely intrigued!! I would love to check it out, what a great giveaway!

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  20. gorgeous pics. that pair of red etageres is awesome! i'd love a copy of this book.

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  21. Awesome, thanks, Bryn!!!! I love books...both for their content and for how pretty they look in a vignette/tablescape:)

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  22. Love your blog! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. i die over that red bamboo etagere. thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

    (and as a side note, welcome to NC. I live in Raleigh and am SERIOUSLY bummed that I have a prior engagement on March 20 otherwise you can bet that I'd be at Furbish that day)

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  24. I would love a copy of this book.

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  25. As usual love your post, and would love the book!

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  26. Oh I would love this book! The pictures are amazing!

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  27. This book looks great! I think it has some good tips.

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  28. Wow... that does look like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  29. i've never been sure what my style is, but i can look at these types of books and tell you what is and what is NOT my style

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  30. I am going to wish myself luck - it would be cool to win a book from a comment I left on my birthday!!

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  31. Great giveaway! Thanks for the review :)

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  32. Sounds like a great book! And with twin toddlers I need speed decorating! :)

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  33. I love design books! Awesome giveaway!

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  34. Looks like a fun book!


    teri12481@hotmail.com

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  35. Wow! All of these images are fabulous. I am crossing my fingers to win!

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  36. Wow- I love every picture! I hope I win :)

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  37. I really need this and fast! Thanks for the speedy give-away!

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  38. Looks like a great book. I'd love to win it!

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  39. I would love this book. We are moving soon and will need some help with our new place. This book looks perfect!

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  40. i'd love to win the book--the photos you featured look great!

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  41. This book would help me out so much! We've got a tiny apartment in Chicago that needs a major update!

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  42. i would put this book to good use! thank you!

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  43. Sweet - I'm into anything that makes my home warmer, cozier and more inviting.
    - Danielle

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  44. I'd love to win that book! I had to teach my husband about posters when we first moved in together:)

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  45. I love your blog, Bryn. I'm getting married and moving into a new condo this summer, and I've been using mostly your blog for decorating ideas/inspiration. Hope you're enjoying your new home!

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  46. Looks like a great book to get started

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  47. oh how i'd love to have this book! i've been enjoying your blog more lately than ever before. awesome job!!

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  48. That laquered red etagere is perfection!

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  49. i once took a ton of old white pillowcases and sewed together to hide my box spring.. i love that checkered look on those matresses!

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  50. This book looks great, I'd love it!

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  51. Holy cow! I love those little red scotty dogs! At first glance, I thought they were a couple of Fu dog statues. Now that's a fun unexpected surprise!

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  52. casuallydefined.blogspot.comMarch 2, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    I want I want I want I want. The end :)

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  53. Great ideas! I would love this book!

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  54. I'm a book worm and a design junkie, so this is perfect for me:)

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  55. love the images! thanks for sharing!

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  56. I'm always looking for new ideas!

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  57. Looks like a fabulous book!...hopefully I win!

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  58. I love the chair/books as a night stand! We just bought a new (to us) house- a 1970's ranch. I can't wait to decorate!

    Do you remember our old house in Texas? You used a pic of my dining room with the huge mirrored buffet and blue wall on your blog once and did a mood board for my son's blue/orange nursery. My tastes have already changed since then and our new house will be much different. Wish you were in Oregon to help me out!

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  59. This book looks lovely - crossing my fingers!

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  60. thanks for the giveaway. fingers crossed!

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  61. Ohh, I've never hear of this book-it sounds awesome! Right up my alley. The pics you scanned are just gorgeous.

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  62. These are great ideas! Definitely would love a copy of this book!

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  63. I'd love to add this book to my collection. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  64. Totally excited to have a copy of this book!

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  65. This looks like a great read!

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  66. I need all the help I can get! I'd love a copy!

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  67. I'm not usually much for design books because they always seem so overwhelming! This one looks Do-able!

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  68. me me me me meeeeeeeee! thanks bryn!

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  69. Love it! Hope you are enjoying NC!

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  70. This looks like it would have some great advice! And I love the advice about the grouping of areas in a room. We're planning on doing two areas for conversation in our living room, with the ability to move it around for big get togethers (like a book club meeting).

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  71. Looks like a great book filled with good ideas.

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  72. I'd love to see all the tips, ideas, and photos!

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  73. Another pretty and practical design book is always welcome!!

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  74. great giveaway! i'd love to win a copy.

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  75. Love this book! Borrowed it from the library and wish I had my own copy!

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  76. This looks like an awesome book! I love that fitted boxspring cover too! Pick me! :)

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  77. I like the speed idea of it, sometimes you do need to get a room together quickly for whatever reason. Would love to have a copy!

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  78. Love the pictures you scanned- great ideas!

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  79. Oh Bryn, this is the first comment I've made and I've been reading you since your Newlywedisms days.
    I'm so excited for you and have loved watching your personal evolution!
    I'd also love the book! :)

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  80. I'm loving living your dream with you. Thanks for all the great posts lately!

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  81. Perfect...I spend tons of time thinking about decorating, but as a working mom I NEVER get to do anything about it. Hence the house we've lived in for 7 years still has cardboard boxes for furniture and no curtains.

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  82. I'd love some inspiration, speedy or not. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  83. Fun! This could come in handy when we move next year as my husband pursues his PhD. I am not a good mover. I freak out when a place doesn't feel like home, and I ruin my marriage trying to decorate everything within five minutes of getting the keys. I could use all the help I can get. :) Thanks for a fun giveaway!

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  84. I'd love a copy- both to get tips on staging my condo to sell and for decorating a new house!

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  85. When my husband and I moved into our place it was right before we got married. It was a mismash of both our styles. It still is a combination of our separate styles now 11 1/2 yrs later. This book would help in us melding things togehter.

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  86. I am with the previous poster - I need all the help I can get! I am in the process of redecorating most of the rooms in my house and would love some new ideas!

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  87. So I never enter giveaways...except for the one time I did, and won!...but I can't resist this one. Thanks for doing it, Bryn.

    jbhat

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  88. Love you. Love the blog. Would live to have the book!

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  89. I love the Tips that the book offers.

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  90. I'm going to blow up the text about posters being dorm room decor, frame it, and hang it next to my husband's wall of posters.

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  91. The pictures are great! I can not wait to read this book.

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  92. What a fun idea. I love changing things up in my house, this would be perfect!

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  93. I could definitely use some help. Great giveaway!

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  94. Great give-away and an interesting read!

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  95. Wow, this is such a great giveaway! I would love to be entered!

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  96. I'd love a copy of the book!

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  97. I always love a new book! Especially one with such great pictures...love those red bamboo shelves.........

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  98. It looks interesting and insightful - count me in!

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  99. Thanks for the great giveaway...love the sneak peek photos and would love to see more!

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  100. That box spring idea is genius! I'd love to see the rest!

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  101. I need all the help I can get with decorating, so something that helps me get started and see results quickly may keep me going.

    Thanks for the chance Bryn!

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  102. Ooh, pretty. I love pretty pictures.

    And I love your blog, Bryn. : )

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  103. I love those red etageres! I think this book is a great idea - I need something to help me decorate faster. By the time I get it done, I've already decided to change it to something else! Aaahh!

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  104. Great pictures...love the idea of a slipcover on the boxspring.

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  105. looks like a fabulous book! i'd love to win!

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  106. I love the slipcovered mattress and box-spring!

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  107. I want these books so I can pour over those gorgeous pictures!

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  108. Love the idea behind this book. As someone who lives in an apartment quick fixes to change things up are always on my mind!

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  109. Slipcovered mattress? Why haven't I thought of that. Love it!!

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  110. I L-O-V-E the idea of covering your box spring! Genius and sooo much better than those ugly dust ruffles!

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  111. What a fun giveaway! Loving the covered boxspring.

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  112. I would love to have this book! It looks like it is full of great tips!

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  113. Oh I need to be better about designing fast! That is hard.

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  114. Would love a copy of this book!

    Aimee
    aimee432@comcast.net

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  115. that would be an awesome book! and we're building a house right now (and i'm local :) - you might be getting a call!).

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  116. Love those photos, would love that book!!

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  117. Yay! I love your blog and am so excited to see some of your new rooms!

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  118. This book would really help me out!!

    jakebri@gmail.com

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  119. Very inspiring! I'd love to have a look at that book.

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  120. What amazing photos, and what an awesome book!

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  121. yes please!

    fun giveaway. thanks.

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  122. those photos are very "you!" and I totally have a pic of one of those pink chairs next to that fireplace -- weird!

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  123. I've lived in my home for 4 years and am looking for ideas to update my space. This book would be great!

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  124. This book looks like great inspiration!

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  125. One can never have enough decorating books.

    manlycow@verizon.net

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  126. Looove the splicovers for the matress ans box spring!!! i've been wanting to hide that view and just found the answer in that photo...

    I'd love a copy of that book..

    Jael

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  127. Enter me in! I am redecorating right now and could use some inspiration :)

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  128. My house neeeeeeeeddddsss this book!!

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  129. My house neeeeeeeds this book!!

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  130. Looks like a great book, love to have it!

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  131. LOVE the red etageres!!! what a great idea. this is a great giveaway and a book i actually don't own:)

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  132. Looks like an awesome book.

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  133. Looks like a fun book to browse through!

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  134. I love the blog, and would LOVE this book! PICK ME!!!

    Melissa

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  135. I adore the pink wing back chairs! A-D-O-R-E!!!

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  136. What a cool book! I just bought my first home and definitely need some ideas for making my living room work :)

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  137. Looks very intersting...love a book of great pics and tips!

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  138. As a new mom - I really need the "speedy" part of the decorating!

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  139. Oh my, I'd love a copy of that book!

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  140. At first glance I was skeptical also, but your review made me really interested in this book!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  141. we just bought a house and are at a loss as to how to start decorating. this book would be so helpful!!!

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  142. Oh my gosh, this book sounds amazing! I love this clean design vibe....you can have simple and stylish all in one!

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  143. What a fun book! I'd love a copy!! Thanks for sharing all those beautiful pictures!!
    Kelly

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  144. I spent the month of August in a house in Luxembourg surrounded by interior decorating magazines all in French. I don't speak french...very well.. but I was quite content with all of the beautiful photos highlighting all of the lovely homes and gardens.

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  145. this book looks fabulous!!! even if i don't win it, its definately on the must buy list!!

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  146. I would love a copy of this book. You have been to my house.....I definitely need it! : )

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  147. I'm curious to see more. My favorite pic is the one with the zebra rug.

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  148. I always love a good decorating book. Great giveaway!

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  149. Thank you for this! I would enjoy this.

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  150. Oooh ooh! Me! Me! I'd love it!!! Great ideas!!!

    www.jennyfreestyle.blogspot.com

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  151. What a fun giveaway! I love the photos you posted from the book. Seems like the perfect thing for a lazy weekend day.

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  152. I'd love the book! It looks great.

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  153. Love the slip cover over the box spring idea... so much better than a cheap bed skirt!

    This book looks like a great resource.

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  154. Great Giveaway! And great blog. I find myself looking forward to reading it every day.

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  155. ooh, love those pictures. I'd love a copy of that book!

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  156. sounds like a great read. speed of decorating isn't my strongest point, so these tips sound right up my alley. :)

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  157. Boy, I'd love to win this! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  158. I had put this on my Christmas list but didn't get it, so imagine my delight when I saw your giveaway! :) I hope I win! Or something more sportsman-like, such as "best of luck" to everyone else. :P

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  159. wow, fabulous pictures...makes me want the book!!

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  160. Oooh how fun! I would love to have this book ~ excellent addition to my coffee table conversation starters! :)

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  161. The box spring slip cover is just the inspiration I needed! Great ideas!

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  162. Looks like a great book! I would love a copy!

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  163. This looks like an awesome book!

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  164. I love design books for inspiration!

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  165. What a great book. Love the chair as a sidetable idea!

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  166. I'd love a copy of this book...please!

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  167. Been stalking your blog for awhile and never left a comment before. Today felt like the day!

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  168. As Thomas Jefferson once said, "I cannot live without books." And neither can I!

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  169. Hi~ Just "found" you... great blog! Am I too late to enter the drawing? Either way, I'm enjoying it!!! ~ returning later to back-read tonight!

    Best,
    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  170. Count me in! I'm only in an apt now, but like making the best of my limitations here *and* thinking long term when making purchases!

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  171. I would love a copy of this book!

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  172. I have just gotten into interior design and would love to win this book! I need help!

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  173. I so need this book! I'm so lost when it comes to decorating!!
    Email me at meredithethington@gmail.com if I win. :)

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  174. Great book! Thanks for the preview!

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  175. I love your blog and this is a great give-away.
    Thanks

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  176. Hoping to get to read this book! Also, so excited to learn from you at Jamie's class! Can't wait.

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