‘Design Rules’ Book Review & GIVEAWAY

November 17, 2009

Several weeks ago, Gotham Books sent me an advance copy of Design Rules: An Insider’s Guide to Becoming Your Own Decorator, written by Elaine Griffin, an interior decorating specialist, and also rated one of the country’s top 100 designers by House Beautiful.  I was delighted to be included among the group of bloggers that were given copies of this text. 

Perhaps you’ve read a few of these reviews, like my friend Lindsay over at Living with Lindsay who wrote an incredibly insightful review, as did the marvelous Kimm at Reinvented.  Once I read their reviews, I simply had to read Elaine’s book cover to cover for myself !  I’m so glad I finally did, because I carried away dozens of helpful tips and tricks.  And now I get to giveaway a copy of this text to one of you !

Design Rules: The Insider's Guide to Becoming Your Own Decorator, in stores November 3

Elaine breaks down what seems an intimidating science into simple, manageable, easy techniques for getting a designer look without actually paying for a professional.  She offers us all some very helpful tools to do it ourselves, like the proper scale and proportion of furniture, as well as many rules of thumb used by designers.  This charming and seasoned author and designer is sharing her knowledge so that her readers can truly decorate their homes themselves.  As an avid DIYer, this completely appeals to me.   

When we all admire the best designed spaces, what is it we notice time and again?  Take a look at this living room space designed by Elaine, and notice how several of her practical tips are incorporated. 

elaine griffin move sofa console table

The furniture is pulled away from the walls, floated in the middle of the room and anchored on an area rug, yet it still allows for proper flow of traffic.  There is a mixture of wood tones, and the clever use of the versatile console table, with its perfectly paired candlestick lamps.  The furniture is not upholstered in all the same fabric (a big design no no), rather there is a medley of complimentary textures and patterns in the fabric choices.  An upholstered ottoman serves the same purpose as a coffee table, completing the look with a practical tray, some flowers, and hardcover books. 

elaine griffin bathroom

In the bathroom, Elaine makes these observations.  Stylish bathrooms often use field tile to add wainscot to the walls that ends about 48” above the floor.  A guaranteed chic design even with simple white tile is when it’s installed in an offset pattern.  And when it comes to bathroom fixtures, it is perfectly okay, in fact encouraged, to be ‘matchy matchy’ with your faucet finishes. 

This book breaks down many of the tricks of the design trade room by room. 

Are you struggling with how to create a foyer where there is none, or how to fill your entryway with stylish yet practical furnishings? 

Do you long for tips on how to to display art in an interesting way ? 

Have you ever wondered where and how to install proper lighting, whether it should be overhead, direct or indirect, task or decorative?  

Want the skinny on proper proportion for coffee tables, end tables, sofa tables, and just about any piece of furniture ? 

Then you will value this book.   And if you want it all shared in a casual and laid back presentation, complete with plenty of honeys, darlings, and sugars, then you’ll appreciate Elaine’s informal writing style, and feel like this Southern gal’s best friend in no time.  You can pick up your very own copy of the book right here

For your chance to win a free copy of Elaine’s book Design Rules: An Insider’s Guide to Becoming Your Own Decorator, simply leave a comment.    

Giveaway ends Sunday November 22, 2009, at 8 p.m. PST.  One winner will be chosen by Random.org, and forwarded your own personal copy by Gotham Books.

All images via ElaineGriffin.com


349 Responses to “‘Design Rules’ Book Review & GIVEAWAY”

  1. Lori H says:

    This sounds like just the practical advice I can use! Thanks!

  2. deezie says:

    OH I would love to win this book. I love all the designs you have shown already
    Hope I win :)
    have a happy day

  3. Oh how I NEED this book. I sure hope I win! If not it might be on my Christmas list!

  4. Charla @ For the Sake of Time says:

    What a great giveaway! I would love to win. The bath pictures really show that even a small bathoom can be done in style.


  5. You, Lindsay and Kimm have me dying to read this book! I hope I win!

  6. janie says:

    would love to read this book. sounds fabulous!

  7. ldh says:

    I’d be thrilled to win a copy of Elaine’s book Design Rules An Insider’s Guide to Becoming Your Own Decorator
    Kindly, ldh

  8. Tamara says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. We are in the middle of relocating and it would be very helpful with picking out new furniture, etc. Great giveaway.

  9. Astrid says:

    Looks like a lovely book. I could certainly use decorating advice. :)

  10. Liz says:

    I would love to win this book! I have wanted to get into reading design books in addition to the great blogs online like yours! I could see it now on my coffee table!

  11. Meghan says:

    I would love to win this book!! I have a small house that desperately needs a dose of style!

    BEST! – Meghan

  12. Clara says:

    I could really use some helpful hints with my new place. This looks like just what I need.

  13. Lisa Johnson says:

    Great giveaway! I need all the help I can get.

  14. Kristi says:

    I’d love this book — I have design ADD and I need help!

  15. Cool giveaway! I’m always open to new tricks and ideas! I might just go grab a copy even if I don’t win :)

  16. Kristi says:

    I would love this book — I have design ADD and need help!

  17. Katie says:

    What an awesome giveaway. This book is something I could absolutely use!

  18. JulHannah says:

    Those rooms look amazing and I have a living room suffering from furniture against the wall. I could use some help.

  19. Kristen W. in Atlanta says:

    I would love to win this book, as I pour over all things about design, but often lack the confidence to trust my own instincts! This book would be very helpful.


  20. Amanda H. in FL says:

    This looks like an awesome book. I need help re-styling our house; my husband lived here before we got married and, well, it still looks like a bachelor pad LOL.
    Thanks for the opportunity! Love your blog!

  21. Amy A. says:

    I hope I win! If not, I’m putting this book on my Christmas list!

  22. Karen says:

    I have heard about this book before. It must be great from all the buzz I’m hearing. I would love to win it.

  23. teena says:

    Oh, the book looks so handy and useful! I would love, love, love a copy! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

  24. Erin says:

    This book would be incredibly helpful! You did a wonderful review of it and have me sold :)

  25. LISA says:

    I would love to have this book. It would be a great resource for decorating my home and a wonderful coffee table book.

  26. Debbie D. says:

    Wow, looks like a great book with tips I could not only use…but need in some places.

  27. Amy Erpelding says:

    Now that I am a firt home buyer/owner I am enjoying the freedom to decorate. It is one of new hobbies that I can’t get enough of. Since I am new at this I think this book would be amazing to have, to help me on my way to creating my own design. What a great book with such wonderful ideas!

  28. Kelly says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book to add to my decorating book library! Enter me for a chance to win, please!

  29. Krista says:

    I would love to win this. I could diffinately use the advice from a book like this.

  30. Kathryn says:

    Thanks for the opportunity – looks like a very valuable book! :)

  31. Cara says:

    Ohhh, how I would love this book!

  32. bobbie says:

    Sounds good to me!!

  33. Queen Mommy says:

    Sounds like a fab book, and I can use all the help I can get! :-)

  34. This looks like such a great book! A few extra decorating tips sounds fabulous. :)

  35. Sindy says:

    Sigh. . .I would love to have this book, so I keep entering the giveaways, but I think I will just absolutely have to go buy it!! :)

  36. Rebecca says:

    Love it! I’m in!!

  37. Wilma says:

    What a great book! It’s going on my “to buy” list if I don’t win!

  38. kim says:

    We just bought our first house and I need this book.

  39. Mrs. Johnson, Jr. says:

    I would LOVE to win this book! Mr Johnson, Jr and I will be moving into our first house at the end of the year and I need the wonderful ideas suggested in this book.

  40. Carrie I says:

    If I don’t win then I’ll just have to pick it up! My mom, for the first time in her 60 years, has decided that she wants a decorated, put away home that screams ‘this is MY home’. It sounds like the book would make a great x-mas gift for her.

  41. Sherri S says:

    Oh I so NEED to win this book! Looks like it has awesome tips that would assist me in pulling everything together I am trying to do in my home. Great giveaway!

  42. Stephanie says:

    I have heard great things about this book. I’d love to have a copy for myself.
    Great giveaway!

  43. Lauren says:

    What a great giveaway! Especially for someone who struggles in creativity department like me :)

  44. Sandy in MI says:

    Looks like a great book! I could use some helpful hints.

  45. Karena says:

    I would love to win this book, I know it is full of wonderful ideas.

  46. Laura M. says:

    I’d love this book :)

  47. Hillary says:

    My parents just built a beautiful house and I know my mother would LOVE to have this book! And then I can borrow it. :)

  48. Julie says:

    I definitely need this book! It sounds like it has just the tips that I’ve been looking for.

  49. Amy C. says:

    I am so have trouble with furniture placement/traffic flow in my living room. Sounds like this book has some great advice. Love the photos from the book.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  50. Jen C. says:

    YES! I need help with this one:
    “Want the skinny on proper proportion for coffee tables, end table, sofa tables, and just about any piece of furniture?”
    Thanks! :)

  51. Lorri says:

    That book sounds like what I’m looking for. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  52. janetro says:

    just what i need! thanks!!!

  53. janet says:

    Just what I need! Thanks!!

  54. Viviane says:

    I can totally see this book being so helpful! I hope to win it!

  55. Brie says:

    That book sounds fabulous! If I’m not the winner I’ll have to see if my library has it available to check out.

  56. Leslie says:

    Wow – I need this book. So many of us probably need this book!!!

  57. Anne K says:

    This book would be great!!! I am looking for some great ideas for my mom’s house and my newly finished basement!!!

  58. Heather C. says:

    Would LOVE to win this book! I’ll have to tack that on to my wish list if I don’t win.

  59. Peggy says:

    Ooh I could use this book! I would love to float my furniture…particularly my couch and put a sofa table behind it…however, I’m confused as to what to do with my side tables then…it just looked weird when I tried it. It’s not a particularly huge room…any suggestions?? :)

  60. Jamillah says:

    OMG, been eying this book since they had it in Essence. Even if I don’t win, I already have it on my wish list on Amazon. But I so want to win…He He!!

  61. Sarah G. says:

    I could use this book. We are finishing our basement, and I need some decorating tips ASAP!

  62. Hillary says:

    Wow! What a great book! Hope I win!

  63. Selena says:

    Although were are renting for 6 months or so before we buy I am still struggling with what to do with our living room. It’s at least 32 feet long. We jokingly call it the great room. It’s in a 60’s ranch home and is the biggest room in the house and is begging for some 60’s themed parties to happen. I’m trying to get my hands on a vintage hi-fi to at least fill the room a bit more. This book seems like it could really help my rare “too much space” issue.

  64. La says:

    I’ve been wanting this book since I saw Lindsey’s review. If I don’t win one I’m going to buy two – one for me and one for my MIL. =)

  65. Kristi says:

    I would love this book – I have decorating ADD and need help!

  66. homeclynn says:

    Sounds wonderful. I just finished making your “thankful” swag. LOVE your blog!

  67. evalina miller says:

    maybe i should have a book of this type. i’m sometimes afraid that i have no decorating talent at all.

  68. baila says:

    This book sounds like the perfect handbook for every room!

  69. Tanya says:

    I could use all the help I can get! This book would definitely be put to use in my house.

  70. Beth says:

    My husband and I are in the process of buying our first home…and boy does it need some design! Well, it actually needs and new roof and new carpet first…but I digress!

    I would LOVE to have some practical advice in turning the now smurf blue monster into a beautiful home!

  71. Tess Murphy says:

    I would love to read this – Thanks for the give away!

  72. Sonja says:

    Gorgeous pics from the book! I need all the help I can get — I’d love to win this giveaway!! It’ll be on my wishlist regardless!! CHEERS!

  73. Sonja says:

    Oh heck, I couldn’t wait, and just purchased this book!! Can’t wait to get it in my hot little hands! Oh, also purchased “Domino”! Yes, I do need a lot of help in home decorating!! LOL

  74. Frances says:

    Just bought a house, and really need some tips! Hope we win!

  75. Michaela says:

    This would be a great book to have – I need all the help I can get when it comes to decorating!

  76. Wilma says:

    What a great book! This will definitely be added to my “to buy” list, unless I get lucky!

  77. Heike says:

    I would love to win that book! I’m German and it’s amazing to see how much interior design differs from country to country.

  78. Allison W. says:

    I lover her style and would love her book.

  79. Molly says:

    Count me in! This book looks great!

  80. Suzanne says:

    I NEED this book!!!

  81. Alana says:

    I am wondering how big or small I need to go in buying living room furniture. I think I need to buy this book! I love your blog, though I mostly lurk, don’t post.

  82. Kirstine says:

    This book looks like it has some wonderful ideas.. Would absolutly love to read it and get some ideas for our house. There are some things that I love that I did and other’s that still need lots of work…

  83. Holly says:

    Still trying to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  84. I am guilty of a big design no-no. All of my furniture is upholstered in the same fabric! I need this book in order to retain my freedom to decorate.

  85. Liz says:

    The book looks great. I am struggling with getting to one thing at a time because there is so much in my house I want to do!

  86. Holly says:

    Sugar, I need help!

  87. Boy I could really use this right about now! I’m having a DIY home design motivation problem.

  88. Rachael Boyd says:

    I have heard so much about this book. With having just bought a new home, this book might be the guide I need to really make our house feel like home!

  89. Leslie W. says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  90. jessica lewis says:

    This book looks so wonderful. I would love to win it!


  91. Claudia says:

    oh I SO want this book!!!

  92. Angie says:

    I’ll have to look for her book this weekend. Thanks for the heads up!

  93. Michele Heath says:

    I so need some inspiration!

  94. Michele Heath says:

    Please, please, please!!!!! I could so use the extra inspiration : )

  95. Sandy says:

    Great review! I’ll definitely have to take a look at that book!

  96. If you saw my house, you would throw that book at me!

  97. Lauren says:

    What a valuable giveaway! I could learn a lot from this book!

  98. ash says:

    I came across your blog and love everything you have done with your house. I’d love to see what I can do to my own house with the book you’re offering. Keep up the awesome work.

  99. Janell Beals says:

    Oh yes, I would love to have a copy of this book!!! I’m keeping my fingers crossed…Janell

  100. OOOOOOOOOOoooooo! Just what I need! I’m usually design challenged. I can copy ideas with the best of them, but when it comes to decorating my new house, I’m having the hardest time!

  101. Sounds like an awesome book, if I don’t win it I just might have to add it to my Christmas list!

  102. pam says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. It appears to answer so many of the questions I have! Thanks!
    And, I love your blog.

  103. Marcie says:

    I am so stuck in the design of my house. This book will help me out tremendously!

  104. Janell says:

    I would love a copy of this book! I enjoy making my home more beautiful and think that this would be a great way to give me some new ideas!

  105. I would SO love to have that book! Thanks for the great review!

  106. Jamie says:

    This book is EXACTLY what I need!!

  107. mary beth says:

    I would totally love this book, especially if she calls me honey like we were best of friends! I love that kind of talk in a book – I need to be best friends with a designer that’s for sure!

  108. Meredith says:

    That sounds like such a fabulous book, I would love to own a copy of it! If I don’t win, this is definitely going on my Christmas list. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  109. Marjorie says:

    This is exactly the book I have been looking for! Thank your for the excellent review and giveaway.

  110. I would love to add this book to my collection!!

  111. Dar says:

    I need this book…..:)

  112. Ashley says:

    My house could really use this book along with a personal visit from you to make it really come together.

  113. Marsha says:

    I could really put the lessons in this book to work in my own home. Pick me!

  114. Allison says:

    Wow do I need this book. My husband and I are constantly at odds with each other on decorating. As a result… we don’t do much. I can’t wait to show him that all furniture doesn’t need to be the same fabric. : )

  115. Mary says:

    I would love to have this book. All help is appreciated, but I like to DIY.

  116. Carolyn says:

    I’d love a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance!

  117. Torey says:

    Decorating books and magazines are my downfall. I absolutely love looking at them. Alas. . . we moved into our house back in March and I have yet to actually decorate anything. Maybe this book would spurn me into action. :)

  118. A says:

    I would love to get a book filled with so much great info.

  119. I have several rooms in mind for redecoration, and could so use some advice and inspiration! I am preggers with Baby #4, so I think I’m nesting, but I have plans for almost every room in the house, so this would be a great tool to help me not get overwhelmed! Here’s hoping!!!

  120. Sara S says:

    Ooo! I so need that book!

  121. andrea says:

    I’d LOVE to win a copy of this book! Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  122. Nancy says:

    I discovered your web site a week or so ago. My lucky day. I spent the better part of a day looking over many of your projects and creative ideas. I am recovering from a couple of illnesses over the past year and a half and finally have my energy back. You have inspired me to get back to the crafting and sewing that I love. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  123. Dawn says:

    Just getting ready to redecorate my entire house and this would be ever so useful!!!

  124. Shea Lynn says:

    This sounds like a great book! I need all the help I can get. :)

  125. Julie says:

    I was so excited to read your post about this book~~looks like what I’ve been waiting for!!
    Also, I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog (just found it a couple of months ago). Thanks for all the great ideas!

  126. Lindsey says:

    I would love a copy of this book!

  127. barbara says:

    OOOOHhh.please pick me…..embarking on many projects , some spurred on by the big fire 2 years ago…..carpet still “gone” upstairs but downstairs wood floors refinished…stairs redone…new headboard…..windows needed….narrowing down choices and affordable selections….juggling…..loving my OWN vintage stuff tho and glad I still have it…………
    love your blog. thanx for all the sharing.

  128. Julia says:

    Sounds like a very useful tool, thanks!

  129. Anita says:

    I sure could use this book right now. I just started the process of looking at each room in my home and deciding what stays and what goes and where it goes. In between all this I am decorating for Chirstmas. It’s a nightmare.

  130. Kerri says:

    I would love a copy.

  131. Norma says:

    Sounds like it’s loaded with good info! Thanks for the chance to own this

  132. Alisa D says:

    Wow… I could really use the tips in this book! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  133. Lena says:

    I first became acquainted with Elaine Griffin when I read an article about design workshe did too update and beautify a “Safe House” for battered women and children. Elaine is a talented designer, who defiinitely has a kind heart; as evidenced by her work at the women’s shelter. I look love the opportunity to read her book and learn new design principles!

  134. Kim says:

    I need this book!!

  135. Amber says:

    This book sounds exactly like what I need to decorate my house!

  136. jenny says:

    who couldn’t use some expert help in doing it yourself, especially since I simply cannot afford a professional to come out to “fix” all of my many problem areas LOL!

  137. jenny says:

    who couldn’t use some expert help in this area without the cost of hiring out per hour which quite frankly isn’t affordable to me in this day and time

  138. Lisa says:

    I am in need of some down to earth, real style decorating tips and it looks like this one fits the niche nicely.

  139. Amanda says:

    As a former interior design student this book excites me!

  140. hayley says:

    I would love this book. I love to learning new tips!

  141. Kristen says:

    Sounds like a great book! Very useful, easy tips to follow!

  142. Julia says:

    Oh, I need this badly! We just moved to a new house and I am currently looking at an un-skirted decorator table that’s filling in until I figure out how to furnish this new space. I just dont know what I’m doing!!

  143. Julie says:

    I have recently heard of this book and that is a must have. I would LOVE TO HAVE since I need decorating help! Thank you for sharing!

  144. I would LOVE to add this book to my collection!!!

  145. kathy from ct says:

    Thanks Centsational – that’s might generous of you!

  146. Abbey G. says:

    Sounds wonderful!

  147. crib tales says:

    I Love design books, and usually get them by the armful from the library ’cause I’m cheap that way. Would love to own this one!

  148. Jen G says:

    I’d love to win this. Thanks for the opportunity!

  149. Kathy says:

    Thanks Centsational! That is very generous of you!

  150. AmberG says:

    I would love to win this book. It seems I have a fear of decorating and need a boost to just get over it. We have lived in our home for EIGHT years and still have boring cream colored walls because I haven’t known what to do (yes I know how sad that truely is LOL). Thanks for providing a website with so many great ideas (I am actually going to redo my first chair this weekend after checking out some ideas on your site).

  151. Sarah says:

    What a perfect book!

  152. Elizabeth KS says:

    ooooo please help this newlywed in dire need, i need this desperately!! :) thanks for the great giveaway and book tip!

  153. Kari S. says:

    Can’t wait to read this book, it sounds great!

  154. Melanie says:

    I need this book in the worst way! None of my furniture is pulled away from the walls and I have matchy matchy upholstery in my den! If I don’t win this book, I will definitely be buying it!

  155. Oh could so use this!! I’ve lived in my house for 4 1/2 years and it is still not completely decorated. I can use all the help I can get.

  156. Chelsey says:

    I’m very curious to read this! I LOVE design books. They’re great for curling up with.

  157. Melissa S says:

    This would be a great help!

  158. Virginia says:

    It could help me. I am a woman that was born without the decorating gene. I am also missing the shopping gene. Sigh…………I would love to have my house look like we live there!

  159. suz says:

    Oh my gosh — I would LOVE to win this book! My fiance and I just bought our first place and we have empty rooms that I have no idea what to do with! Thanks for sharing! :)

  160. Ooooooh, I would love to have this book, it looks wonderful !

  161. Sara says:

    I need this book! I need all the help I can get! Thanks for the giveaway!

  162. Beth in CT says:

    I would love to win this. Hope it has some ideas on for my dark and dated family room.

  163. marcy says:

    kate- i love your blog and would LOVE a copy of this book. thanks!

  164. Clare says:

    Oh I can’t wait to check this one out!

  165. suzanne says:

    Oh, who couldn’t benefit from such a great book? count me in, for sure!


  166. I would soooo love to win a copy of this useful book!

  167. Megan says:

    YES PLEASE!!! I keep hearing so much about it and boy do I want it! But I am B. R. O. K. E. broke. XD Being a college student is fun like that.

  168. Carrie says:

    I was just thinking about getting some home design software, and this would be the perfect companion piece! Thanks for the chance!

  169. Betsy says:

    pick me :) thanks!

  170. Stefani says:

    I have seen this book reviewed on many blogs now and I would just LOVE to have a copy, please! :)

  171. Sue says:

    You make this sound like a “must read” and I would love to have a copy. Throw my name in the hat please!


  172. kimb says:

    I would love to own this book!

  173. gail says:

    Okay, you already know that I am decorating challenged. You think this book could help even me?
    Would so love to win this!
    thanks for a great giveaway!

  174. Danielle says:

    I’d love to win this book – it’d be a great addition to my design library!

  175. Natalie says:

    Could totally use some help!

    Thanks :)

  176. Jessica Y says:

    I could definitely use this book!

  177. Jamie says:

    Oh! Count me in!!!

  178. Jessica says:

    I’d love this book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  179. Brenbren says:

    pix me pix me! Holy Cow I have been wanting this book!

  180. Angie says:

    Oooooh, this sounds like a great book!! I would love a chance to win it, thank you!!

  181. Doina says:

    I so want this book:) Thanks for sharing!!!!!!

  182. Rebecca says:

    In a new house and needing all the help I could get!

  183. Bethany says:

    This book looks so great! I’m working on decorating our first house, which we just completely renovated! I definitely need lots of tips.

  184. Sarah S says:

    Would love this! I have no foyer. :)

  185. Audra says:

    I would be thrilled to have my own copy of this book! It looks great.

  186. Sounds like a great read!! I need all the help I can get. ;)

  187. Julie says:

    I need this book! Please pick me!!

  188. Marnita Parry says:

    I love your website and would love this book!

  189. Kayduh says:

    This looks like a great book!

  190. Amanda says:

    Love southern writers with a sense of style; please include me in the drawing!

  191. Emily S. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I could definitely use some decorating knowledge!!

  192. Daniele says:

    I LOVE your website. I have been inspired to redo some Goodwill chairs and to someday redo my staircase. I just enjoy seeing the pictures on your blog..they are spectacular. Thanks for being so generous with sharing your home and your ideas.

    I would love a copy of the book, thanks!

  193. Looks like a great book! I love learning new tips and tricks when it comes to decorating! Thanks for the chance to win!

  194. Aimee says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this book. I’m a wanna-be decorator who really needs some basic rules.

  195. I read about this book on a different blog! I’m so glad you’re able to give one away! I really think this would be helpful book. Thanks!

  196. Linda says:

    Looks like a very practical book for answering many of the design problems amateurs encounter. Would love to have it.

  197. Catherine says:

    Oh boy, do I need this book! I’m trying to fix up our house and feeling rather lost.

  198. Stacy says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway. I’d love to win a copy of this book to ad to my design library!

  199. Liz Anderson says:

    I would love to get my hangs on this book. Even if i don’t win. I love decorating as it is but when you see these designer rooms you are just in ahhhhh. It would be nice to see how you can create that in your own home. Thanks for the chance to win….and for your amazing abilities and talent.

  200. Holly says:

    What a helpful book! :) Love it!

  201. Katie says:

    looks like a great book!

  202. Samantha says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  203. ButterYum says:

    What a wonderful book – thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway!


  204. Staci says:

    I need this book! It sounds amazing!

  205. Sarah says:

    Looks like an awesome book!

  206. abbey says:

    Sounds very helpful!

  207. Melissa Nunley says:

    This looks like a great book! :)

  208. Laura says:

    I SO want this book. I hope I win!

  209. Vanessa says:

    This book is a must have for any amateur diy decorator :)

  210. Sara says:

    I would *love* a copy of this book! I just recently bought my first place and am having trouble figuring out how to furnish it.

    Thanks Kate… I love your blog and all the tips you give to us :)

  211. sheley says:

    Sounds like JUST what I need!

  212. michele says:

    Oh, I hope, I hope! :)

  213. Jamara R says:

    Looks like a great read! Can’t wait to dive in!

  214. Wendy Pearce says:

    I’m always looking for some more decorating tips and hints….hope I win the book!!

  215. Marie says:

    Pick me! Pick me! Thanks!

  216. oooo I would love to have one of those suga darling!

  217. This sounds like a wonderful book for my collection! What an honor to be selected to review it. Congrats on that!

  218. Mary says:

    Sounds like a great way to break down the elements of design for the rest of us!

  219. Margaret says:

    After 17 years of marriage we finally bought our first house last year, a 1935 Spanish Ranch. It has many great details, and I would really like to make it home, but I could use help with the decorating. My hubby would be happy to see it coming together on the inside as he works on the outside. This book sounds like a godsend.

  220. jamie V says:

    looks like a must have for a wanna be decorator like me :)

  221. Teresa says:

    That sounds like a great book. I’d love to win a copy!

  222. Andrea says:

    Looks like a winner! I would love to be the winner of this one!

  223. Nicole says:

    Looks like a very useful book;)

  224. Well, OK then since I didn’t get offered a book, I’ll sign up for your giveaway (pouting) :) Looks like a good one to add to my collection.

  225. Molly says:

    Funny… I just requested this from my local library this morning!! :)

  226. Jennifer says:

    Great book! Great review! Hope I win!

  227. Nora says:

    Looks great! I’d love to give it a thorough reading.

  228. Heather says:

    Thank you CG for this Centsational giveaway! ;-)

  229. Carey says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  230. Arielle says:

    What a neat book! I love reading practical expert tips- they’re incredibly useful, and help me to think about decorating in new ways.

  231. Beatriz Rodriguez says:

    This would help me a lot!!. I’m constantly having trouble on how to decorate a room or small space. I’d love to have this book! :)

  232. That book looks great! I would love to add it to my collection. And congrats on getting a copy – your blog is great!


  233. Carolyn says:

    Ooh, thanks for the great giveaway. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  234. Adrienne S. says:

    When it comes to decorating, I need all the help I can get!

  235. Dawn says:

    Looks like a great book. Thanks for all your inspiring ideas!

  236. Anastasia says:

    This book sounds so helpful! I would love to win it. Thanks for the review!

  237. Liz Mann says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  238. Rachael Woodstuff says:

    I would simply adore a copy of this book – so many tricks compiled into a single space!

  239. Tiffany says:

    Sounds like a super book!

  240. Bree says:

    I need some serious help with decorations. I love refinishing furniture but it’s the decor I get caught up on. As always, thanks for the chance to win!

  241. Lisa B. says:

    I would love a copy of this book, thanks for a great contest!

  242. Brandi says:

    What a help this book would be! Please consider me “in” for the give-away!

  243. Our house needs a revamp…this book sounds like just the thing!

  244. Noa says:

    Oh, I hope I’m picked!!!

  245. Jenny says:

    I would love a copy of the book!

  246. Katie says:

    This book looks fantastic!

  247. kari says:

    Looks like a wealth of information! Sometimes the littlest things make the biggest changes..its just knowing all the little things. I think this book would help

  248. Aimee says:

    This sounds like such an excellent resource! I would love to have a copy!!

  249. lisat says:

    getting ready to redecorate my living room and remodel my kitchen, could use some professional assistance from a book like this.

  250. R Kahl says:

    I need this book!

  251. Melinda says:

    Man, I could really use that book! I hope I win!

  252. Chels says:

    This book would be great.

  253. Jaclyn says:

    It looks like a great book!

  254. Deanna says:

    I NEED this book! My house needs major help :)

  255. Shana says:

    Would love a copy of this book! Thanks!

  256. Debkb says:

    I’d love a copy of the book!

  257. Gina says:

    I am so decorationally challenged. I need the help!

  258. carmela hershey says:

    wow…looks like a wonderful book!!!

  259. Mary says:

    I have heard so much about this book and would love to have a copy!

  260. Lena says:

    I first became familiar with Elaine Griffin through an article that showcased her efforts to design a “Safe House” for battered women and their children. Clearly, if I know nothing about Elaine Griffin, I do know that she has a heart for people in difficult situations. She did a Fabulo-tastic job!!! I imagine that the residents were uplifted by such a beautiful environment. I would absolutely love to win her book and learn new priniciples to continue the never ending process of transforming my home.

  261. Heather says:

    i’d love to win!! I’m also going to add this book to my amazon wish list!

  262. Julia says:

    Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win.


  263. Lisa says:

    Oh, I need that soooooo bad!

  264. Colleen says:

    This book looks awesome.

    Thank you, again, for all these awesome opportunities’


  265. Sarah Scholze says:

    We built our new house, so since we got to pick everything out I thought making it “home” would be easy. Wrong, I so need help & would love to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity, I enjoy all the inspiration from your blog too.

  266. Jess says:

    This book looks great! I could use some help redoing my bedroom.

  267. Jane Little says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this book! Everyone raves!

  268. Heather H says:

    I have read other reviews of this book as well and it sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  269. Melissa says:

    I’m always on the hunt for some design books for inspiration. I refer to the Domino book and The Home Book regularly, I’d love to add this to my library.

  270. Michelle says:

    I’m In!

  271. Sheri says:

    Thanks for the info on the book, helpful, since I never win anything! :)

  272. Natalie says:

    Can’t wait to find out all the rules!!

  273. Eileen Sanchez says:

    Love this decorating book. Lots of information here.

  274. Kara says:

    Oh, I could so use this!

  275. Flick says:

    this sounds like a valuable tool… I can use all the helpful tips and hints I can get, I can imagine making the most of her insight and skills!

  276. I don’t always follow the rules, but it would sure be nice to know which ones I am breaking. :-)

  277. Jessica says:

    I would love to get my hands on this book!

  278. Pat Froehner says:

    Just moved into a new home, starting over. This book would be such a help!

  279. Amanda says:

    This book would help with decorating our new house!

  280. Jessica says:

    I LOVE this book and could really use this copy of it. I cannot wait to find out all the rules!

  281. Krissa says:

    awesome…I could use all the help I can get!

  282. Esther says:

    I would love this book!! And I am enjoying your blog!

  283. Marissa says:

    I would love to have this book. I need all the help I can get with decorating this house.

  284. This looks like it would be so helpful! I need all the help I can get!

  285. LaTasha says:

    NOBODY needs that book more than me. Thanks for the giveaway.

  286. Nikki says:

    Love your blog! Thanks for sharing your style with us!

  287. Susan says:

    This sound like a wonderful book and I could use the help.

  288. Danielle says:

    Pick me! Pick me! The book looks great :)

  289. Lisa says:

    Yes…I would love to have this book!

  290. Dianne says:

    If I don’t win this I am going to buy it!

  291. michaela hoenigman says:

    I love/need/depend on/yearning for/counting on winning this lovely book!

  292. Molly says:

    I keep hearing about this book and the way you described it really makes me want to give it a look!

  293. wendy says:

    Sounds like something I need! Thanks :)

  294. Annatjie Bouwer says:

    Your creativity is really inspiring and you have great ideas!! I think the book will be a helpful resource in decorating our home.

  295. Yes indeedy…I would love a peek at that book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  296. Susan says:

    I need this book—I want but really need it. Help!

  297. Kitty says:

    Pick me, Pick me! I’m about to have awhole new house to decorate!

  298. les says:

    I love your blog and would love to win this book. Thanks!

  299. Melanie says:

    I could use this book right now with the move to the new house. We have a two story greatroom that is going to be a delimma to decorate.

  300. CindyJ says:

    Wow! This book looks fabulous! Can’t wait to read it!

  301. I’m asking for this book for Christmas–unless I win. ;-)

  302. DeboraR says:

    I could really use this book. Searching the internet for inspirational pictures of bathrooms is how I came upon your blog. (Love yours by the way!) It is so hard for me to make decisions..so many choices out there! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  303. Grace says:

    I was about to order this book on Amazon but will wait to see if I am lucky enough to win this fantastic giveaway! Thanks!

  304. Robin says:

    That books looks exactly like what I need. One that I would use a lot. Thanks for the giveaway!

  305. Laura E says:

    Love the site – and would love to have this book!

  306. barbara says:

    Oh I LOVE your blog….!! What a wonderful book and I would love to be blessed with it..(ohpleasepick me). we are trying to juggle multiple home projects , some of them a ripple effect of the big fire 2 years ago….our french doors broke open and altho our street did not burn, others a few blocks away did and we had extensive soot/smoke damage, even a large ember found on our wood floor. we also need new windows….ripped out the carpet and wallpaper upstairs due to smoke (ins only pays for cleaning….our noses knew that was not enough!)…but new floor will be last…so many decisions to make and budgeting…YES! This book sounds like it would be VERY helpful! Thank you for considering me.

  307. Stacy says:

    This book is on my Christmas wish list! Maybe I’ll win it from you and save Santa the trip! ;o)

  308. robyn says:

    Ohh – if i don’t win I will have to ask for it for Christmas. What a great book!

  309. Jennifer says:

    This book sounds wonderful! Just what I need!

  310. kara says:

    I really really want this book. :)

  311. Jenna W says:

    I have so much to learn about decorating, this book sounds perfect!

  312. Yisenia says:

    I would love to have this book to referenceas as I go on my new DIY decor adventures.
    Thanks for posting.

  313. Rebecca says:

    Love your blog! We bought a fixer upper 6 years ago and have slowly (and budget-mindedly) been DIYing our way into the home we want. I would love another book on the subject!

  314. voula says:

    I really would love to have this book.Pick me, pick me, pick me!!!

  315. Emily says:

    Sounds like a great read. Sounds like it would be a good one to look over before our big Christmas party. That’s the excuse that I’m giving to all of my home projects. Not much more time left! Eek!

  316. Rena says:

    I need this book so very much! Thanks for the give away.

  317. Susan says:

    What a GREAT book. We rent, so I cannot knock out the wall between the family room and the formal dining room, or even put a couple of windows in there…I could really use this book.

  318. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for such a fun giveaway! This book looks great.

  319. Sounds like a wonderful book.

  320. Maryann S says:

    Wow, this book looks like it has great information — and inspirations. I would love to win this book. Love your blog! Thanks!

  321. oooohh i would LOVE to have this book! sounds like a fun read with lots of good tips :)

  322. Katie says:

    Sounds like a great book. I definitely need some help in the design department

  323. Smitha says:

    Oh I would love to get my hands on this book. Even though I know what I like, it’s hard to pull it all together, so some simple rules from a professional will definitely help.

  324. Laura says:

    Definitely could use these tips!

  325. Lynn in MD says:


  326. Kim says:

    Hoping for this new book! Thanks for offering it up! Someone will definitely be happy. :)

  327. stacey says:

    we are dreaming of our first house in the next two years, so this would be perfect to get us started on the right track!! :)

  328. Derrelyn says:

    As a younger newly married woman, who doesn’t come from a decorating background, I would LOVE to have this book. It would be such a valuable tool for me to learn. :)

  329. Jacqui says:

    I’d love to win this book! But I’m never quite sure if prizes can only be shipped in the US only? There are lots of us international readers out there :) Love your tree advent calendar. Cheers from Down Under!

  330. Jet says:

    This book looks so good! I think I’ll put it on my Christmas list. Unless I win it, of course!

  331. stephanie says:

    that bathroom is beautiful!

  332. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I need all the help I can get!! :)

  333. Lisa says:

    Oh how fun! Thank you for offering this! I am so excited about learning more about home decor even though it’s overwhelming, lol. I just found your blog and am a HAPPY new follower. :)

  334. Jessi says:

    This book sounds awesome! We would be very helpful as we move into our first home in December.

  335. diXymiss says:

    Great review. I’d love to get my hands on a copy of this helpful book ~ thanX for the chance to win!

  336. Rebecca says:

    I have not been blessed with the home decorating gene and my poor little house suffers for it. I’d love have a copy of the book to break down the “rules” of good design into bite sized pieces for me. I love your blog . . . your foyer transformation made me want to add a second story to our house – just so I could copy it. :)

  337. Leslie says:

    I love your blog… hope to have a chance to win something ……at least one time in my life!!!
    The book looks GREAT!

  338. Amy says:

    Oh I need this book! A toddler, an infant, tons of kid stuff, all in 1100sf apartment. I need help!

    Or, I should just give in and move to the suburbs. But reading this book would be easier, no?

  339. Karen says:

    No one needs this book more than me! Love your blog. You are very generous in sharing your ideas.

  340. Stephanie says:

    This books sounds so helpful – our new house if still half empty, I don’t know what to do with it!

  341. TraceyCK says:

    That looks like a fabulous book! I an always use more creative ideas : }

  342. Katie says:

    I would love to win this book!

  343. Holisticgal Jen says:

    Thanks for the giveaway, Kate! Loved your dressers re-vamp-stunning gray-, and the advent tree was brilliant!

    Enjoying the daily eye-candy,
    Holisticgal Jen

  344. Terri says:

    OH, I need this help!! Thank you!

  345. […] better.  Why?  Why the lovely Elaine Griffin, that’s why!  You may recall I reviewed her book last year, and was delighted to find so much practical advice from one of the Top 100 Designers […]

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