Sunday Reading + Winners

October 7th, 2012

Happy fall weekend everyone, the weather is finally cooling down but we’re settling indoors to relax and watch some great football today!  Here are the latest articles over at my other blog for your reading enjoyment, click the buttons to read the full articles.

fall porch accents bhg

dramatic dark walls bhg

multitasking mudrooms bhg

decorating with orange bhg

painted pumpkins bhg

gorgeous grasscloth bhg


And two more of my articles published earlier this week: 

Transitioning Your Living Room for Fall at My Colortopia

Secondhand Sprucing: Dining Rooms at HGTV


The winners of the Plush Pumpkin giveaway announced here, the winners of the Yvonne Estelles Home Decor giveaway announced here.  


Enjoy your Sunday!

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On the Nightstand: Fall Edition

October 5th, 2012

I like to read before I go to bed each night after I catch up on the news.  After all the serious stuff, I look for something lighter to nod off to sleep to and I turn to design books and shelter magazines a lot.  Here’s a roundup of some of the books I’m enjoying right now. 

books on nightstand


blue house beautifulAn ode to my favorite color is BLUE from the pages of House Beautiful which includes tips on decorating room by room and highlights accessories, furnishings, color pairings, and blue hues expressed in all variety of motifs. 

BLUE explores every shade that’s been used by decorators including paint colors and fabrics, and you’ll recognize spaces by Steven Gambrel, Tobi Fairley, Phoebe Howard, Miles Redd and many other talented designers. 


  blogging for creatives .

Blogging for Creatives is a helpful guide for any person (crafting, food, photography, art, design, etc.) who wants to share their creativity through blogging.  The book tackles most of the basics you’ll need if you’re just starting out including the technical side such as choosing a platform, design tips for your blog theme, and tips on writing good content, monetizing, and promoting your blog.  It’s great for beginners or those who’d like to use their blog to better promote their talents.


first apartment

I’ve been a fan of Kyle Shuneman for years (read our spotlight interview here) and I’m so excited about his first book.  Kyle is a master at creating stylish spaces on a budget, and The First Apartment Book is perfect for those just starting out or living in small spaces, and all of us who love clever interior design.

Kyle highlights ten different styles of decorating from Preppy to Bohemian and he coaches you through simple ideas from fabric backed bookcases to repairing chipped furniture.  Congratulations Kyle!




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