Win a Signed + Dedicated Sweet Paul Eat & Make Book

April 1, 2014

Want to win a copy of Eat & Make by Sweet Paul? We’re giving away 5 signed and dedicated copies… But first, I’m a friend and fan of Paul Lowe, we met once in New York City when I was teaching there and I wrote for his magazine last year. Bottom line – I really admire him; Paul is hands down the real deal and he has built his business from the ground up which I find so inspiring since I remember when he was just starting out online. He has always been consistently authentic, kind and supportive of the online community, and so unselfish with his time giving me advice and direction on things most people wouldn’t share so freely. I really have a soft spot in my heart for Paul as a person, but there is so much more to him than his relaxed and generous nature – he’s a terrific talent with loads of creative vision as we’ve all seen demonstrated in his issues of Sweet Paul magazine over the years — but now there’s even more… A BOOK. (swoon!)

Win a Signed + Dedicated Sweet Paul Eat & Make Book

His debut book, Eat & Make, drops today (April 1) and to celebrate, I’ve teamed up with Paul and his publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, to offer you a chance to WIN a signed and dedicated copy from Paul himself of Eat & Make. Here is a little video that he made just for decor8 readers…

Eat & Make merges cooking (loads of delish recipes, I’m definitely trying his fish taco recipe this summer) with kitchen crafting (salad bowl pendant lights, anyone?) for a creative spin on your typical cookery book. I love the combination of crafting with cooking and especially enjoy how personal this book is with photos from his own life and friends dancing around each chapter, I find it all to be quite endearing. I’ve written 3 books and haven’t had the courage to do that yet, to get so personal with photos of me throughout, so perhaps I’ll really bare all and be more like Paul in my next book. He can really pull this off so well because he is quite charming!

Another point about the book that grabbed my attention instantly was the book cover – showing his photo, recipes and crafts, it really told a story to me so I instantly new what the book was all about before even reading the title.

I also LOVE the watercolor-y illustrations by Susan Evenson throughout, I’m a big fan of watercolor so this was a big plus for me. The over book design by Joline Rivera and Nellie Williams is hands down stunning. I am so particular about book layout, and this one feels like something out of South Africa or Australia to me – very fresh like I found most cookery books from those parts of the world. The photography by Alexandra Grablewski makes the book because let’s face it, you can style and cook something wonderful but your photographer can ruin it with a bad angle or poor lighting – Alexandra doesn’t disappoint – the photos shine through and through. I also must mention that in addition to Paul Lowe (Sweet Paul himself) his collegue Paul Vitale worked on lots of the writing in the book, so it’s a real collaborative effort with a talented team of people.

Win a Signed + Dedicated Sweet Paul Eat & Make Book

Win a Signed + Dedicated Sweet Paul Eat & Make Book

Win a Signed + Dedicated Sweet Paul Eat & Make Book

Win a Signed + Dedicated Sweet Paul Eat & Make Book

If you want to win a signed and dedicated copy of Eat  & Make, comment below with the reason why you LOVE SWEET PAUL! That’s it! (Originally I asked people to tweet but lots of you wrote in stating you don’t use/want to use Twitter so I want to take everyone into consideration and open this contest up to ALL.) you’ll need to tweet and complete the following sentence and tell us why you love Sweet Paul’s style. Cut and paste the following, filling in your thoughts in the blank and make sure to end the tweet with @sweetpaul and @decor8 so we see them!

#ilovesweetpaul because _______ @sweetpaul @decor8″

Then comment below letting us know who you are and what you tweeted. The winners will be announced on April 8th!

Good luck everyone! And if you simply cannot wait to own a copy of Paul’s gorgeous book, click here to order a hard copy of kindle version on Amazon.

Update: The WINNERS are: #3 Lou, #11 Cintia, #15 Ann, Boheme Circus #26 and Sarah Lou #63. If you are listed here, please contact jessy [at] decor8blog [dot] com as soon as possible and let her know what you would like for Paul to write inside of your book, in addition to his signature of course, along with your mailing address. Thank you!

(images: holly becker)


  • Reply Lea April 1, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Holly,

    I just tweeted this: #ilovesweetpaul because everything he puts on the table looks so delicious and cute ;) @sweetpaul @decor8

    Have a nice day! ;)

  • Reply Debbie April 1, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    April is such an exciting month for book releases. Sweet Paul’s Eat+Make today and the release of your Decorate with Flowers on April 8th (in Canada anyway – I have it on preorder and can’t wait). April is going to be a month full of inspiration .

    #ilovesweetpaul because he inspires @sweetpaul @decor8

  • Reply lou April 1, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    i just tweeted (@myserendipities)

    #ilovesweetpaul because he makes me fall in love with cooking and fine food each and every month. what an enjoyment! @sweetpaul @decor8

    i remember just the last issue – gnocchi with lemon and ricotta. imagine me being INSIDE the bowl, licking my fingers afterwards. i used to make gnocchi with my grandmother and all my aunts in sardinia when i was a kid. gnocchi are home – and paul just brought that feeling back to me.

    he is just a big inspiration every month and having a signed copy of his book would be the greatest.

  • Reply Chloe April 1, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I tweeted (@chloecjoly) Such an amazing prize to win!

  • Reply Kailey Mo Becker April 1, 2014 at 6:50 pm


    #ilovesweetpaul because he inspires me to be a better cook & homeowner! @sweetpaul @decor8″

  • Reply Kathryn April 1, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I tweeted this on my twitter @kathryn_jones15 – #ilovesweetpaul because he is so creative and inspirational! @sweetpaul @decor8

  • Reply Kathryn April 1, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I tweeted via my account @kathryn_jones15: #ilovesweetpaul because he is creative and inspirational! @sweetpaul @decor8

  • Reply Julia April 1, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I just tweeted this:
    #ilovesweetpaul because his designs are absolutely gorgeous! @sweetpaul @decor8

  • Reply Krisztina @ April 1, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Just tweeted #ilovesweetpaul because he is so creative and everything he makes is beautiful @sweetpaul @decor8


  • Reply Cintia Soto April 1, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I just tweeted from

    I hope some day he can do + make a workshop in Tuscany Italy, I know he loves Italian food. Be my guess #SweetPaul

  • Reply Jason Nickolay April 1, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I just tweeted @parkerozgood.

    I love getting new ideas for things to make and Sweet Paul for sure has some good ideas! Thanks for the chance

  • Reply Aidel.K April 1, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Just tweeted from @aidelknaidel #ilovesweetpaul because the recipes & projects are relevant & do-able @sweetpaul @decor8″

  • Reply Eva April 1, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I just tweeted #ilovesweetpaul because his recipes, ideas, pics are so inspirational and I know I will ‘eat’ his book in an instant @sweetpaul @decor8″

    I’m a total food addict and draw inspiration from every corner in life, so of course Pauls magazine is one of my must reads – I totally love the winter editions for decoration and craft ideas. Hope to win a copy :-) ☆☆

  • Reply Ann Nordquist April 1, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Hi Holly!!!

    I love your write up on Pauls’s new book! Here is what I tweeted:

    Ann Nordquist ‏@AnnNordquist 26s
    #ilovesweetpaul because he makes everything fabulous…the food, tablescapes, and his awesome crafty ways!! @sweetpaul @decor8


  • Reply Alessandra April 1, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I am Alessandra, italian foodblogger. I tweeted this: #ilovesweetpaul because his style is unique! @sweetpaul @decor8

  • Reply 30 Days of Smiles April 1, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Hi I’m CJ from 30 Days of Smiles blog.

    I tweeted: #ilovesweetpaul because of his uniqueness and creativity in his approach to everything @sweetpaul @decor8

    My fingers are crossed.

  • Reply debbie miller April 2, 2014 at 1:16 am

    I tweeted! :)

  • Reply Jennifer April 2, 2014 at 2:17 am

    My twitter handle is @jenali and I just tweeted: #ilovesweetpaul because he inspires me to be a better cook & embrace my crafty side @sweetpaul @decor8

  • Reply Kate H. April 2, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Hi Holly & Paul!

    I love SweetPaul because of the colors, crafts AND culinary delights!

    -Kate @MiraJeanDesigns

  • Reply Victoria @ Alf & Emilio April 2, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Lovely looking book here !!! I love the watercolour and quotes on the pages- makes it more than just a recipe book but also an inspirational book to read and find clever ideas! !

    I tweeted- #ilovesweetpaul because the book is both beautiful and full of clever and interesting looking recipes! @sweetpaul @decor8″

    Thanks !

    Victoria @ Alf & Emilio

  • Reply Victoria @ Alf & Emilio April 2, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Great book !!!

  • Reply Cruz April 2, 2014 at 5:36 am

    I love Sweet Paul because everything he does looks AMAZING!

  • Reply Yvonne April 2, 2014 at 6:51 am

    I just tweeted: “#ilovesweetpaul because I admire his endless creativity ever since I came across his magazine for the first time in NYC @sweetpaul @decor8

  • Reply andriana April 2, 2014 at 9:10 am

    #ilovesweetpaul because the photos are so inspiring! @sweetpaul @decor8″

    thank you Holly!

  • Reply BohèmeCircus April 2, 2014 at 9:28 am

    The layout seems magnificent, I love when various arts are associated for speak about cooking. For me cooking that is to play with flavors but also with colors and I like the idea to play with the watercolor to glorify recipes and the photos seem very beautiful!
    If one day I write a book I wish I can play in this way with the layout, the calligraphy, the photos. It is such an enjoyment to mix several viewpoints to sublimate a project !
    #ilovesweetpaul because he’s good as a meal between friends. I’m hungry and happy when I observe his style @sweetpaul @decor8

    (I look forward to the copy of your book “Decorate with flowers” in french)

  • Reply viktorija zainckovsk ‏@neaash123 April 2, 2014 at 10:13 am

    #ilovesweetpaul because he is not boring @sweetpaul @decor8

    That’s what i tweeted


  • Reply Depin April 2, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Hi Holly,

    I would like to know where it it is oossible to find the paper / cover on the first photo. Inmean, the black and white one with pink and grey flowers.
    Thank you very much.
    Best regards,

  • Reply Alison Gibb April 2, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Hi Holly,

    Just tweeted #ilovesweetpaul because my eyes enjoy food too! @sweetpaul @decor8

    So inspiring…food should look nice! Little ones particularly like fun looking food – Aiden will let you know that!


  • Reply Roseanna April 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm


    I love Sweet Paul because he has wonderful, creative ideas to enhance your home and life!

    Thank you,

  • Reply Fenny Setiawan April 2, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I just tweeted under @sfenny : #ilovesweetpaul because the recipes are easy n authentic n my family love it.

    I really wish to win such an awesome book ;)

  • Reply Annie April 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I tweeted! @falls_annie

  • Reply Felicity Brigham April 2, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    #ilovesweetpaul because food should be tasty and pretty @sweetpaul @decor8

    my handle: @felicitybrigham

  • Reply Silky Hart April 2, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I just tweeted: #ilovesweetpaul because he is so very clever, genuine and creative @sweetpaul @decor8
    My handle: @silkyhart
    Yes, lots of great books coming out this month. I just ordered Decorate with Flowers! And, I signed up for BYW this morning. Woo Hoo!

  • Reply Kylie Loy April 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I just tweeted #ilovesweetpaul because everything he creates is so fresh, creative inspiring & makes me want to be a better cook. @sweetpaul @decor8

  • Reply Andreia April 3, 2014 at 12:39 am


    you can find my tweet @tricotaria:

    #ilovesweetpaul because he makes life happier @sweetpaul @decor8

  • Reply Keli April 3, 2014 at 4:22 am

    I tweeted:

    #ilovesweetpaul because his Scandi recipes remind me of my childhood with my Mor Mor and her Norwegian pancakes @sweetpaul @decor8

  • Reply Debra April 3, 2014 at 5:17 am

    I tweeted –> #ilovesweetpaul because I’m always guaranteed fresh & inspiring ideas :) @sweetpaul @decor8″

  • Reply Clara Frost April 3, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I just tweeted: #ilovesweetpaul because the recipes are very good and the gorgeous pictures inspire me! :) @sweetpaul @decor8″
    Thank you for the giveaway!! <3

  • Reply Nadja April 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I just tweeted (@adjanadja):

    #ilovesweetpaul because his creativity is so inspiring! @sweetpaul @decor8

    I would absolutely looooove to win this book!

  • Reply Hester April 3, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I just tweeted:’ #ilovesweetpaul because nobody merges craft, food and beautiful photography as well as Mr Lowe @sweetpaul @decor8′
    Thanks for the nice competition :)

  • Reply Susan M. April 3, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Love, love Sweet Paul’s web site, crafts, & kid’s crafts.

  • Reply pat sloan April 3, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    i just sent a tweet that says… I have followed his awesome work for years and I’m excited he has a new book! yeah Paul!…

  • Reply Becca Tally April 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    I tweeted from @justacrazywoman…

    #ilovesweetpaul because I’m #obsessed with well #designed books and his looks #fantastic! Beautifully done! @sweetpaul @decor8

  • Reply Eva @FoodVegetarisch April 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Here is my tweet… #ilovesweetpaul because I love his foodstyling and crafting ideas @sweetpaul @decor8…
    LG Eva

  • Reply Carolyn Meitzner April 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Hi! I just tweeted: “#ilovesweetpaul because he is so genuine and naturally elegant :) @sweetpaul @decor8” from @CBMeitzner. What a beautiful book!

  • Reply ac April 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    #ilovesweetpaul is tweeted! @sweetpaul @decor8
    He is everything. Everything.

  • Reply Sherril T. April 4, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Just tweeted #ilovesweetpaul because he is so talented and has been a real inspiration to get me in the kitchen again @sweetpaul @decor8

  • Reply bpucks April 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    So many I know will love this book. Thanks for your Blog!

  • Reply Gillianne April 5, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    :( Another great giveaway limited to those who use Twitter (sometimes it’s Facebook). It’s a shame that skipping social media eliminates a chance to win something I’d appreciate. I know that’s the way of the world these days. Still sad.

  • Reply Alissa Palmer-Still April 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I love a Sweet Paul because his recipes are achievable even for a beginner cook and each page if the book is a delight to look at.

  • Reply Catherine Kingston April 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Went ahead and tweeted! Wanted to help spread the word! (Changed the wording a bit!)

    Recently found @SweetPaul! (Thanks, @decor8!) Mormor pancakes today (tho mine would be Morfar), Salty Caramel Pie July 4th! #ilovesweetpaul

  • Reply Kathi April 6, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    what is not to love! cannot wait to see this book

  • Reply se7en April 6, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Everything!!! I just have to read this book!!!

  • Reply Ramona April 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I love Sweet Paul recipes, Illustration and also photos. It’s amazing!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this great book from Sweet Paul.

  • Reply Su Sa April 6, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Sweet Paul is a person after my own heart, creative, sweet and caring to share what he loves. Very inspirational. :-)

  • Reply Paul April 7, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Here is the my tweet: #ilovesweetpaul because besides having a cool name like myself, his work is truly an inspiration to us all

  • Reply Barb April 7, 2014 at 3:01 am

    I love the recipes and creativity.

  • Reply Jennifer April 7, 2014 at 3:09 am

    I love Sweet Paul because I love food that looks as good as it tastes!

  • Reply Ana April 7, 2014 at 10:18 am

    love food photography, this book is so inspiring. It makes me start cooking for my beloved family and friends in this wonderful longer spring days.

  • Reply Pauline April 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I simply love his recipes and I think he is such an utterly sweet person. So I give it a chance because I would love to have a signed book.
    With love, Pauline

  • Reply Nancy April 7, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    #ilovesweetpaul because he makes me feel good, puts colors in my day, gives me beautiful ideas and inspires me @sweetpaul @decor8

  • Reply Sarah-Lou April 7, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I love Sweet Paul’s easy elegance. The book looks lush too :0) x

  • Reply Nancy April 7, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I love his warm, friendly style and, of course, I love his recipes!

  • Reply EliotGrace April 9, 2014 at 6:30 am

    I love Sweet Paul’s yummy recipes and beautiful photography.

  • Reply Estela April 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    looks very yummy!

  • Reply decor8 April 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm


    Hi Lou #3, You’ve won! Write to my assistant with your mailing address and what you would like for Paul to write in your book, besides his signature. Thank you! My assistant’s email is

  • Reply decor8 April 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Cintia Soto,
    Hi Cintia #11, You’ve won! Write to my assistant with your mailing address and what you would like for Paul to write in your book, besides his signature. Thank you! My assistant’s email is

  • Reply decor8 April 15, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Ann Nordquist,

    Hi Ann #15, You’ve won! Write to my assistant with your mailing address and what you would like for Paul to write in your book, besides his signature. Thank you! My assistant’s email is

  • Reply decor8 April 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm


    Hi Boheme Circus #26, You’ve won! Write to my assistant with your mailing address and what you would like for Paul to write in your book, besides his signature. Thank you! My assistant’s email is

  • Reply decor8 April 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm


    Hi Sarah Lou #63, You’ve won! Write to my assistant with your mailing address and what you would like for Paul to write in your book, besides his signature. Thank you! My assistant’s email is

  • Reply Curtains in My Tree June 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I checked this book out at the library and I would definitely buy it
    Love his humor and pictures especially him caring the Louis Vuitton case for his art tools etc
    and then there is his precious little dog

    Love the book

    Janice Dauksch

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