Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Right now, I have pumpkin pie and harvest menus on the brain, plus the excitement of the Halloween weekend is just days away!   My kids have finally settled on their costumes (a black cat and Stormtrooper) and we’ve even made our plans and travel arrangements for Thanksgiving.

But I have a confession to make.  It’s absolutely true that I have already fondled and nearly purchased admired a few sparkling Christmas baubles on display at local retailers, and I may or may not have made the decision to deck my halls with mostly blues with mixed metallics this year.  Yes, it’s true, I was quietly humming a holiday tune earlier today.  So it goes without saying, I’m definitely looking forward to my copy of ‘Holiday with Matthew Mead’, which will be mailed to my doorstep next week!


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"Holiday with Matthew Mead is a book-azine that encompasses all that I love about the holiday season: the traditions, celebrations and magic that is the holiday season. The pages of ‘Holiday with Matthew Mead’ are filled with fresh, easy ideas that can be achieved in two or three steps. It’s a novel approach to almost everything holiday, and I hope you take a chance to pick it up and see how these updated ideas might inspire you.

With 144 pages of holiday inspiration – featuring well-known and admired designers, bloggers and top-notch stories – and printed on beautiful paper (while not drowning in ads!), we consider ‘Holiday with Matthew Mead’ part book/part magazine – a publication that you will keep from year to year and add to your collection of holiday decorating, crafting and cooking magazines and books."

~  Matthew Mead, author and stylist

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Matthew Mead is a expert stylist and regular contributor to Better Homes & Gardens (I always look for his table settings and seasonal vignettes!).  He is also a co-editor of Flea Market Style.

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Want to win yourself a copy of the book-azine ‘Holiday with Matthew Mead’?

Well I have two copies to giveaway!

All you need to do is leave a comment answering this question:

What is your most prized holiday decoration?  Is it your inherited vintage ornaments, your nativity, or your novelty Santa doll that shakes his booty to the tune of "Jingle Bell Rock" ?  (Our family has one of those.)

Eligibility to win one of two free copies of Holiday with Matthew Mead:

1)  Leave a comment naming your most prized holiday decoration.

2)  Want a second chance to win?  Either tweet or post about this giveaway on Facebook, then leave a second comment telling where you linked (FB or Twitter).

Giveaway ends Thursday October 28th at 8 p.m. PST (so the winners can be included in the first mailing).  If you simply can’t bear to wait, you can purchase a copy here and it will be in the mail to you next week!

Tomorrow, I shall return to my autumn state of mind.

See you then!



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Winners & Warm Fuzzys

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Congratulations to the following two winners of the Noteworthy Giveaway:

#44: Jenna W. who wrote:

“I’m about 5 months pregnant with my first so I was drawn to the baby announcements, shower invites and thank you notes. I love the Shower Banner Invitations and would love to pass this along to my sister who is throwing me a shower in a few months!”

#366 Whitney who wrote:

“Wow! I love them all – but I think I would definitely choose the “On the Road again” Moving Announcements!   My husband is a Navy Pilot and we just recently moved AGAIN – this would be a great way to let everyone know!   Or maybe I would pick the Blue Circus Birthday Invites for Monkey Man’s 1st birthday!”

Congrats Jenna and Whitney, please email me! 

And congratulations to #263 Vanessa, the winner of the ‘At Home With Country’ Giveaway who defined what ‘Country’ means to her: 

“Country means: cornfields, backyard gardens, outdoor dogs, gravel drive ways, quietness that goes on for miles, family, painted mailboxes, good cookin’, big tractors, hard work, shade tree and animal sounds.

Country decor is a place where you can kick up your feet and relax a while. Rocking chairs on a porch, clean and tidy interiors that are still so inviting, big windows with wonderful views, crisp and relaxed linens. Nothing too fussy or that can’t hold up to some good use. Country decor is like your most comfortable broken in pair of blue jeans that fit just right.”

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Wow.  Well said !  How inspiring is Vanessa?   

Reading through all of your definitions of ‘country’ to me reads like a feature article in Country Living magazine ~ there are some very humorous comments, some poignant comments, but most are heartfelt, and I can’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy reading them.  The definition of ‘Country’ for most of you is analogous to a feeling of ‘home’, how delightful is that?  

So thanks to all who shared what ‘Country’ means to you.  And speaking of hard work Vanessa, today I’m beginning to the grueling work of pulling out the carpet tacks on our staircase.  Ouch !!  

Have a lovely Sunday y’all. 

All above images via Country Living, where else?



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Pine Cone Hill Love & GIVEAWAY

Friday, August 20th, 2010


I’ll never forget these fantastic chairs on the February 2009 cover of House Beautiful.



The fabric is Annie Selke’s ‘Scramble’ in ‘Slate’, and I’ve always always always loved it!  Annie Selke is also the genius behind the textile companies Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert.   Her visionary designs are undeniably divine! 

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Many of you are already aware of Annie’s beautiful patterns and Pine Cone Hill’s reputation for suburb quality.   So when the kind representatives of Pine Cone Hill offered to send me a few yummies from their linens collection, how could I possibly resist ? 

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