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?

 

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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.

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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. banquette by palmer weiss via likelikeyou Banquette Bonanza & Free Virtual Design!

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A banquette can be sophisticated like this one.

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Or perfectly kid-friendly, like this one.

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

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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!

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

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

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

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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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The Decorologist

 

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. 

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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!

Christmas House Tour & Fabulous Give-A-Way!

DSC 6244 11 Christmas House Tour & Fabulous Give A Way! It’s hard to believe it’s almost Christmas!  Thought you might enjoy a little tour of my home during the holidays.

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