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Win a Signed + Dedicated Sweet Paul Book: Eat & Make!

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!)

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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.

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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)

Posted by decor8 in contests on April 01, 2014

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  1. Lea commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 5:23pm

    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! ;)

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  2. Debbie commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 5:33pm

    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
    Debbie´s last blog post ..Mini Spring Floral Bouquet

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  3. lou commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 5:50pm

    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.

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  4. Chloe commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 5:58pm

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

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  5. Tiffany commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 6:45pm
  6. Kailey Mo Becker commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 6:50pm

    @kaileymodesign

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

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  7. Kathryn commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 7:07pm

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

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  8. Kathryn commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 7:11pm

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

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  9. Julia commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 7:28pm

    I just tweeted this:
    #ilovesweetpaul because his designs are absolutely gorgeous! @sweetpaul @decor8
    Julia´s last blog post ..Spring Recipe: Brioche

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  10. Krisztina @ krisztinawilliams.com commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 7:57pm

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

    ~@KrisztinaAW
    Krisztina @ krisztinawilliams.com´s last blog post ..My Favorite Beauty Picks for Spring / Summer 2014

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  11. Cintia Soto commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 8:10pm

    I just tweeted from https://twitter.com/cintiasotoz

    I hope some day he can do + make a workshop in Tuscany Italy, I know he loves Italian food. Be my guess #SweetPaul
    Cintia Soto´s last blog post ..Val D’Orcia – Tuscany

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  12. Jason Nickolay commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 9:26pm

    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

    https://twitter.com/parkerozgood/status/451077880097693696

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  13. Aidel.K commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 9:27pm

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

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  14. Eva commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 9:54pm

    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 :-) ☆☆

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  15. Ann Nordquist commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 10:19pm

    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

    Cheers!!!

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  16. Alessandra commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 10:58pm

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

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  17. 30 Days of Smiles commented
    April 1st, 2014 at 11:29pm

    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.
    30 Days of Smiles´s last blog post ..How to stay motivated with healthy living

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  18. debbie miller commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 1:16am

    I tweeted! :)
    debbie miller´s last blog post ..Swimmer with Circles 2

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  19. Jennifer commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 2:17am

    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

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  20. Kate H. commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 3:00am

    Hi Holly & Paul!

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

    -Kate @MiraJeanDesigns

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  21. Victoria @ Alf & Emilio commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 4:44am

    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

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  22. Victoria @ Alf & Emilio commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 4:45am

    Great book !!!

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  23. Cruz commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 5:36am

    I love Sweet Paul because everything he does looks AMAZING!

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  24. Yvonne commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 6:51am

    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

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  25. andriana commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 9:10am

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

    thank you Holly!
    andriana´s last blog post ..Ooooommmmm……

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  26. BohèmeCircus commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 9:28am

    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)
    BohèmeCircus´s last blog post ..Incoming mails

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  27. viktorija zainckovsk ‏@neaash123 commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 10:13am

    #ilovesweetpaul because he is not boring @sweetpaul @decor8

    That’s what i tweeted
    :)

    ‏@neaash123

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  28. Depin commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 11:03am

    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,
    Marie-Luce

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  29. Alison Gibb commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 11:15am

    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!

    Alison
    xx
    Alison Gibb´s last blog post ..Old Bag / New Bag

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  30. Roseanna commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 3:29pm

    @FiberArt

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

    Thank you,
    Roseanna´s last blog post ..First Day of Spring????

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  31. Fenny Setiawan commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 4:13pm

    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 ;)

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  32. Annie commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 5:51pm

    I tweeted! @falls_annie

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  33. Felicity Brigham commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 9:09pm

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

    my handle: @felicitybrigham

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  34. Silky Hart commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 9:51pm

    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!
    Silky Hart´s last blog post ..Hello world!

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  35. Kylie Loy commented
    April 2nd, 2014 at 10:05pm

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

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  36. Andreia commented
    April 3rd, 2014 at 12:39am

    hello,

    you can find my tweet @tricotaria:

    #ilovesweetpaul because he makes life happier @sweetpaul @decor8

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  37. Keli commented
    April 3rd, 2014 at 4:22am

    I tweeted:

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

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  38. Debra commented
    April 3rd, 2014 at 5:17am

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

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  39. Clara Frost commented
    April 3rd, 2014 at 9:02am

    I just tweeted: #ilovesweetpaul because the recipes are very good and the gorgeous pictures inspire me! :) @sweetpaul @decor8″
    Thank you for the giveaway!! <3
    Clara Frost´s last blog post ..Törtchenzeit // Pfefferminz Cupcakes

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  40. Nadja commented
    April 3rd, 2014 at 2:28pm

    I just tweeted (@adjanadja):

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

    I would absolutely looooove to win this book!

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  41. Hester commented
    April 3rd, 2014 at 3:02pm

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

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  42. Susan M. commented
    April 3rd, 2014 at 6:06pm

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

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  43. pat sloan commented
    April 3rd, 2014 at 7:03pm

    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!…
    pat sloan´s last blog post ..Pat Sloan: 2014 Aurifil April Block of the Month

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  44. Becca Tally commented
    April 3rd, 2014 at 10:37pm

    I tweeted from @justacrazywoman…

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

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  45. Eva @FoodVegetarisch commented
    April 4th, 2014 at 4:00pm

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

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  46. Carolyn Meitzner commented
    April 4th, 2014 at 4:19pm

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

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  47. ac commented
    April 4th, 2014 at 5:21pm

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

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  48. Sherril T. commented
    April 4th, 2014 at 11:19pm

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

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  49. bpucks commented
    April 5th, 2014 at 2:09pm

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

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  50. Gillianne commented
    April 5th, 2014 at 11:46pm

    :( 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.

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  51. Alissa Palmer-Still commented
    April 6th, 2014 at 3:42pm

    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.

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  52. Catherine Kingston commented
    April 6th, 2014 at 3:46pm

    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

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  53. Kathi commented
    April 6th, 2014 at 4:06pm

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

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  54. se7en commented
    April 6th, 2014 at 5:37pm

    Everything!!! I just have to read this book!!!
    se7en´s last blog post ..Se7en + 1 Have Been Boxed Again, Thank-You Sonlight…

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  55. Ramona commented
    April 6th, 2014 at 6:40pm

    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.

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  56. Su Sa commented
    April 6th, 2014 at 9:35pm

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

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  57. Paul commented
    April 7th, 2014 at 2:26am

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

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  58. Barb commented
    April 7th, 2014 at 3:01am

    I love the recipes and creativity.

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  59. Jennifer commented
    April 7th, 2014 at 3:09am

    I love Sweet Paul because I love food that looks as good as it tastes!
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..Handcrafted

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  60. Ana commented
    April 7th, 2014 at 10:18am

    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.

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  61. Pauline commented
    April 7th, 2014 at 1:35pm

    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

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  62. Nancy commented
    April 7th, 2014 at 2:42pm

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

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  63. Sarah-Lou commented
    April 7th, 2014 at 3:43pm

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

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  64. Nancy commented
    April 7th, 2014 at 5:41pm

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

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  65. EliotGrace commented
    April 9th, 2014 at 6:30am

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

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  66. Estela commented
    April 9th, 2014 at 8:50pm

    looks very yummy!

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  67. decor8 commented
    April 15th, 2014 at 5:04pm

    lou,

    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 jessy [at] decor8blog [dot] com

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  68. decor8 commented
    April 15th, 2014 at 5:05pm

    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 jessy [at] decor8blog [dot] com

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  69. decor8 commented
    April 15th, 2014 at 5:06pm

    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 jessy [at] decor8blog [dot] com

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  70. decor8 commented
    April 15th, 2014 at 5:07pm

    BohèmeCircus,

    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 jessy [at] decor8blog [dot] com

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  71. decor8 commented
    April 15th, 2014 at 5:09pm

    Sarah-Lou,

    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 jessy [at] decor8blog [dot] com

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  72. Curtains in My Tree commented
    June 4th, 2014 at 5:09pm

    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
    Curtains in My Tree´s last blog post ..Broke It

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