Everything But the House – The Secret is Out

You know I love a good sale.  I especially love estate sales where I can find unique vintage (if not antique) furniture and accessories that really give a home personality and history (even if it’s someone else’s history!).

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keep reading to see how you can win $100!

To get the good stuff, it’s often necessary to get there early.  Sometimes standing in line in the front yard if there’s something you REALLY want.  I’m not a morning person, so I’m not usually one of those people in the “early bird” line!

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I’ve also attended a few live auctions in my time.  They’re a lot of fun, if you don’t mind sticking around for hours until they finally get to auctioning the specific item you’d like to bid on.

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And I’ve always been a fan of Ebay, where you can bid on practically anything.  But it’s not always practical for large, heavy items like furniture.  And sometimes I really want to see or hold the item in real life to make sure I want it.

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I’m about to let you in on a secret I’ve only known about for a short while:  there’s a better way!  Everything But the House (or EBTH, for short) is a new kind of online-auction-meets-estate-sale.  EBTH.com connects people to unique pieces from estate sales across the country. It’s an auction site, so it’s a great way to snag awesome vintage or modern pieces at a great price, with less hassle than searching flea markets or resale shops.  It began in Cincinnati and has now expanded into five other markets, including Nashville, Lexington, Indianapolis, Louisville and Columbus.


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Simply browse sales online, follow items you are interested in, and make bids within the week the sale is live.  You can even browse by category, if you are on the hunt for something specific. You can either pick up your winnings onsite or have EBTH ship your items. They asked if I would try it out for myself, which I was more than happy to do!  Would you like to see some of the cool things I scored on EBTH?

vintage childrens books

vintage children’s book collection 

I adore this set of vintage children’s books.  The stories inside are classic, and the colors are divine.




I won this fabulous gold tray, which now hold my collection of amber glass:

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I won these crystal candleholders, beautiful and  blingy.
And this fantastic console I’m currently using as a sofa table:
I’m trying to decide if I’ll paint this piece or leave it as is.  I love the gold drawer pulls:
On EBTH.com, you can either bid online and pick up any items you win at the sale site (or at their warehouse in each city) after the auction is complete, or you can have them ship items to you.  You can even attend a pre-auction viewing of the items for sale.  I recently attended a preview of one sale here in Nashville, which is where I snapped the first several photographs in this post.  Now, Everything But the House is offering one Decorologist reader a $100 credit, so you can try it out for yourself!  This is what you need to do:


  • “Like” EBTH on Facebook.
  • Visit EBTH.com and take a look around.  Return to this post and share a favorite item you discovered here.
If you want an extra chance at this giveaway, follow EBTH on Twitter and/or Pinterest (just make sure to let me know you did below). I’m so excited that EBTH.com is sponsoring this post, and we’ll announce the winner next week.  Isn’t this a fantastic way to shop???

I’m a Rug Designer – Who Knew???

I’ve learned some important lessons about business and life over the last several years.  You never know what you are capable of until you try, and when someone asks me to do something I’ve never done that might actually help me grow in some way, I now say “YES.”

So when Carpet One Flooring asked me if I would design a welcome mat to aid breast cancer research, guess what I said?


decorologist designed welcome mat

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The $50 Home Makeover – Book Giveaway

Perfectly Imperfect blogger, Shaunna West, has written a new book, The $50 Home Makeover.

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The $50 Home Makeover by Shaunna West

You guys know how I love a good decorating book or magazine, right?  I’m always looking for new ideas and inspirations, and that’s what this book is all about.

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What You Could Win at my Decorating Workshop

My friends at Merridian Home Furnishings just let me know some of the fun prizes and giveways they are planning for my upcoming Decorating Workshop.  If you attend my Just the Right Furniture Arrangement Class at Merridian in Nashville, you may be the lucky winner of this fabulous coffee table!


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Ragan Coffee Table from Merridian

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Free DIY Books Giveaway – Inspired You by Miss Mustard Seed

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and long holiday weekend.  Before we get full-force into Christmas decorating and shopping, I’d love to get the new Miss Mustard Seed book, Inspired You, into the hands of three lucky readers.

decorating book  Inspired You, by Marian Parsons (Miss Mustard Seed)

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Banquette Bonanza & Free Virtual Design!

Oh, how I ADORE a great banquette.   What a great way to add architecture and a sense of coziness to a home.





A banquette can be sophisticated like this one.




Or perfectly kid-friendly, like this one.



If you upholster your banquette seating, make sure it’s outdoor fabric or scotchgarded so crumbs and spills can be wiped up easily.



You can do dual benches, or one bench with chairs on the opposite side.  The banquette is a major space saver in a small kitchen!



Or you can even do an L-shaped bench in a corner, then finish it out with a couple of chairs.



Great place to do homework while Momma’s making dinner!



I’ve always been a fan of the nostalgic breakfast nook, like this one here:



Which is why I designed this one for my own home a few years back.  I’ll feature the befores and afters in a post sometime soon. 

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You have 2 days left to sign up for The Decorologist’s Free Virtual Design for any room in your home!  Make it happen by clicking here.


Spring Give-A-Way from The Decorologist: Virtual Room Design!

It’s nearly Spring in Nashville, and I can’t wait for warm weather to be the norm for awhile!  Do you have Spring Fever, too?  It’s a great time of year to spruce up your house, change some colors, add a few new accessories.  I’ve been doing frequent on-line designs lately and decided to host a Virtual Room Design Give-a-Way in honor of Spring!  The winner will receive a Virtual Room Design for any room in their home, complete with paint colors, instructions for furniture arrangement and specific product suggestions (furniture, lighting, accessories).  It’s a $150 value, free to one of my treasured readers. 

To be eligible, simply:

1) subscribe to The Decorologist via email,

2) become a fan on Facebook, then

3) leave a message on this post letting me know which room in your house you’d like me to create a Virtual Room Design for.  

For an extra chance to win, post this to your Facebook page, then make sure you leave a comment to let me know you did.  I will close the contest in a couple weeks, and the winner will be announced on Friday, March 18th.

Good luck!