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Help Me Pick “The” Rug + Win It!

Hey gang! Want to win a rug? GOOD because this is your chance. Okay, so in addition to my art wall projects around the house, I’m working on window treatments and rugs – one for the entry and one for Aidan’s room to replace the lovely flokati rug that I talked about here. I need to act quickly though because the baby is 4 months old now and I can tell he will be crawling pretty soon! Then it’s zoom! zoom! zoom! all over his room. Recently Armadillo&Co posted on their Instagram that they would send ONE lucky person who comments on this IG photo a rug just for suggesting one for Aidan’s room. Isn’t that nice? So if you could do me a favor and help me pick a rug, then comment below AND on their IG photo here, that would be super great!  You have to comment in both places though to qualify.

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So this is the deal. I will order a rug for Aidan’s room to replace the fabulous yet impractical flokati – I want the same size and shape (nothing round), just one that will work in his room and will be easy on his knees as he begins to move that little bod around. If you want to help me out, can you look over the Armadillo&Co website and see if you imagine any of those rugs for this space below? Remember, it will replace the flokati and be positioned in the exact same place.

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The new rug will need to coordinate with the current scheme and blend nicely but definitely not steal the thunder away from the beautiful window and wallpaper (“Kite” by Ferm Living). The colors in the room are mint, goldenrod, white, gray, black… and some blue. The walls are pale mint (“Cabbage White” by Farrow & Ball). The gumball round felt rug will stay in front of the changing table so the new rug will need to coordinate with it. It is mint, gray, white, goldenrod and beige. You can see more photos of the nursery here.

Here are some stripe-y ones that I’m considering… They’re not too “baby” and can grow with him for years to come. But the colors are right. I’m thinking that MAYBE I can ask them if they’ll create one of these rugs in a mint stripe just for Aidan’s room? What do you think? The charcoal is too graphic/harsh for this space and the duck egg blue will make the mint walls look more blue and I don’t want that… Plus I never imagined a baby blue boy’s room and so I’m trying to do all I can to steer clear from that. But stripes are always nice…

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Chevron is nice too… And I do have triangle patterns in the room so it could work… The two colors would need to be pretty close in tone though, not too contrast-y, because I don’t want it to be the focal point in the room… The good thing about the Chevron patterns is you can custom order. In this case, what two colorways would you go with for this space? I am imagining maybe sage and fog…

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Persia could be good too, but again, the colors would need to be very same-y so there isn’t a high contrast…

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What about Triangles? Not in this colorway but..

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Maybe a Ribbon Multi Stripe? Again, not these colors… We are just looking at design and patterns for now…

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Lots of people are telling me to just go with the big, round Dandelion Natural rug for this room. This would mean removing the felt ball rug from in front of the changing table and placing it in the corner in front of his closet (not shown). It is also great for little knees as I’m told it is soft and natural.

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Or I could go with the Marigold (which I love, but I wanted this one for my office!). But he is a BOY and he will have LEGOS and TRUCKS and stuff, will this open cut out pattern really be practical for a little growing boy? Or will I constantly be picking legos out of it when I vacuum? Or will he constantly be complaining because he cannot get his massive lego towers to stand on it without falling over? For this reason, the Dandelion above may be more practical. Plus Marigold does look a little feminine, don’t you think?

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OKAY so what are your thoughts? AND REMEMBER: To win a rug from Armadillo&Co you need to:

1// Comment on this IG photo with your rug suggestion for Aidan’s room.
2// Comment below on this post with your suggestion.

That’s it! But you’ll need to do both!

Contest ends when I choose a rug, which I’m thinking will be within the next two weeks so I’ll most likely close this contest on June 30.

THANK YOU EVERYONE and especially to Armadillo&Co for this amazing opportunity for a lucky reader!

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Posted in contests on June 17, 2014

Vote For Your Favorite Domino Mag Home! #sodomino

Hello everyone! I forgot to blog about this great contest, in which I am one of the judges, over at Domino magazine that ends tomorrow, May 28th —  So get hoppin’ and go on over to Domino to vote for one of the four homes that me and Emily, Joy and Joanna voted for. The winner will receive a spread in Domino magazine so go, vote, and help a homeowner get totally famous! I selected Park Collective because I think that home looks totally cozy and great for couples and kids – seems down-to-earth…

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Also, check out the summer edition of Domino magazine available now (cover looks like this) because me and Leslie Shewring are in it – there’s an interview with us and fun stuff about our new book, Decorate With Flowers. I’ve not seen it yet but I’m wicked excited. A big thanks to Domino for not only including me as a judge in their #sodomino contest but for the feature in their mag – very cool indeed.

VOTE HERE

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Posted in contests on May 27, 2014

WIN: Livingetc Home Tour Tix + Magazine Subscriptions!

Hello everyone! I’m so happy to announce that Livingetc and I have teamed up to offer decor8 readers a special chance to not only receive free tickets to their prestigious home tour event on May 9th in Notting Hill BUT also five 6-month subscriptions to the Livingetc iPad edition. It will work like this: those who win the tickets should be living somewhere nearby to the event since the magazine isn’t paying for travel. However, each ticket is valued at £75 and since their are only a limited number of them, whoever wins is sure to have a lovely time at a very special event. Livingetc and decor8 will give away 2 tickets to 2 winners and 5 subscriptions to 5 additional winners so we’ll have 7 winners total for this contest.

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More information about the event: On May 9 from 10am-4pm, join us for an exclusive and inspirational visit to four homes you’ve seen in Livingetc, plus explore our pop-up Livingetc House – a first for us – full of the latest ideas and new directions in interiors, styled by our very own creative team. Listen to a talk on how to shape and style ideas for your own space, given by the team at Livingetc at the nearby iconic Electric Cinema, then wander around the Notting Hill area, making the most of our special shopping offers at local stores.

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If you win, your exclusive Livingetc House Tours Plus ticket includes:
* Access to four stylish houses in Notting Hill, previously featured in Livingetc
* NEW! Tour of the specially curated Livingetc House
* PLUS! An inspiring design talk at the Electric Cinema
* Exclusive offers at local stores
* FREE! A three-month print subscription to Livingetc (this can added to the end of any existing subscription)

Five Runner’s Up:
* 6-month iPad subscription to Livingetc

TO ENTER, please comment below and let us know if you want to attend the event OR if you want the iPad subscription. Giveaway closes at midnight Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, May 1st. We will hold the drawing this Friday, May 2nd and winners will be posted on decor8 at that time. Good luck you guys!!!!

May 6, 2014: The winners have been chosen and contacted by Livingetc directly. They are:

The winners for the tour:
Nitasha
Marita Calero

The winners for the iPad Subscription:
Mari
Hannah
Kerry
Monika
Jill

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Posted in contests on April 29, 2014

Giveaway: 10 Copies of Decorate With Flowers, Enter Today!

Are you ready to win a copy of our new book? We are giving away 10 copies no matter where you live worldwide! But first, hello everyone! I’m a little embarrassed, but I totally forgot that yesterday the new book that Leslie Shewring and I wrote, Decorate With Flowers, released in North America! The wonderful Joy Cho over at Oh Joy! wrote about it on our launch date too, which was such a treat. I’ve been so busy with our baby boy that things just escape my mind at the moment – I’ve been in a baby fog for two months – in fact, today he turned 2 months old and he is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful in every way. I love being a mother sooo much, it’s wayyy better than I imagined. In fact, had I known it would be this good, I would have done this years ago. I digress… Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 1.27.53 PM

Anyway, to celebrate the launch of our book, I want to offer everyone no matter where you live, a chance to win a copy of Decorate With Flowers. My London publisher, Jacqui Small, is giving away copies of the UK edition and our American publisher, Chronicle Books, will also join our giveaway with copies of the American edition. The only big difference is of course, the English – one being British and the other American, and then the book cover/jacket is different along with the end papers and flap. In the UK, the end papers are a geometric pattern that Leslie hand painted and the flaps are acid yellow. In the US version, the end papers are lime green. The first FIVE winners get their choice of which edition they want, the rest of our lucky winners will get their choice on a first come, first serve basis. We will have 10 lovely winners!

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By the way, the gorgeous lifestyle photos above, showing Tina Fussell reading our book, were taken by her husband and are just so beautiful and are part of a book review she did for Decorate With Flowers on her blog. Tina will co-teach Blogging Your Way with me, our online class that kicks off Friday, April 18, so if you like her work and want to produce the kind of posts that she does then definitely sign up for it (more info here).

To win a copy of our book, please enter on our Decorate With Flowers website HERE (comments here are closed since the contest is on our book website). Good luck everyone!

ENTER TO WIN HERE

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Posted in contests on April 09, 2014

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