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decor8 Contest: Get a Hobby! Book Giveaway

I have 3 copies of Get a Hobby! 101 All-Consuming Diversions for Any Lifestyle by Tina Barseghian to give away this week. I own the book and love it because it turned me on to many new ideas that I hadn’t thought about before, a few I plan to try. I’d love to share this book with you, so if you’d like one, here’s how to enter…

Rules: To enter, Simply comment below and tell us, if money and time were no object and you could have any hobby in the world, what would it be? Only ONE dream hobby and only one entry per person. In order to qualify, you’ll need to include one of the following below your answer: 1) your blog address 2) email address, or 3) your website address. Please post your email address like this: Jane AT yahoo DOT com to avoid spam freaks. If you do not include a place where we can contact you, you will not be entered in the contest, so make sure you include a link of some kind. Thanks!

How winners will be determined: I’ll read through the comments that you leave below and the most bizarre and unique answers will be grouped into my top ten list. I’ll then post the top ten list on Saturday morning, May 5th and I’ll reveal the 3 that I selected as favorites. I’ll also email the winners to notify them. Winners: At that time, you’ll need to reveal your full name and mailing address so I can mail the book to you. It doesn’t matter where you live, the contest is open to anyone, and I’ll pay for the postage on it, so it’s 100% free all the way!

Have fun!

[UPDATE: 5/1, The publisher, Harper Collins, was so impressed by the response that they are giving us additional copies of the book so we'll have more than 3 winners! Yay! Keep the entries coming, this is fun!]

Posted in contests on April 30, 2007

Apartment Therapy: Small Cool 2007

Big pimpin’ over at Apartment Therapy today. Are you staying on top of the AT Small Cool contest? I check in daily to see who is on the chopping block, and today, it’s Ron M. of NYC in his tiny 300 sq ft studio. It’s tricked out, fo shizzle! :)

My vote is on Ron, and I’m not even into chocolate brown, but this place really inspired me because it’s one swank man den. You can tell a man lives here based on the color palette and patterns, but there’s not a lick of plaid, black, steel, FHM posters, Xbox, or action figures in sight. And no futon! I know I have male readers, so excuse me for saying that, but whenever I’ve helped a guy decorate his pad, I had to spend hours trying to decide where to position the massive amounts of toys, games, CDs, DVDs, plasma televisions, stereos, and the sea of black cables. So please tell me what you think of Ron’s place. I’d love to get your thoughts. And where are Ron’s wires?

The touch of yellow, the use of turquoise, the foo dogs on his desk, it’s grand, don’t you think? He was clever to use a chair with more of an open back, as it gives the illusion of having more space, same goes with the clear acrylic coffee tables. The rug separates the living space from the sleep zone, another intelligent choice. And he clearly has a love of lighting, because I see about 7 table lights, 2 ceiling fixtures, and a floor lamp = 10 light sources in one room. We can learn a lot from a man like Ron, because most homes I enter have about 2 light sources per room and then they wonder why one sock is black and the other is brown. Ron was also clever to use mirrors to give a sense of space and to bounce the natural light around the room.

Do you have any Small Cool favorites this year?

[Update: I found out that this man IS in an interior designer and has detailed views of his apartment above right here on his website. Drool fest!]

(images from at)

Posted in contests, inspiration on April 27, 2007

Addresse: Melissa in California (#112)

Meet blogger and crafter Melissa from Sacramento…

I am so lucky to have a room dedicated to crafting and sewing (as long as we don’t have a guest staying over). Enjoy the tour of my colorful craft/guest room!

My craft room is most like the fabulous stationary design Addressee. I wanted to be more creative than to go with matching colors but the bright green with bold black and white text caught my eye immediately. The overlapping letters work with my craft room which is usually 3 feet deep in stuff and piles.

Nearly everything in the room has been handmade my me or my husband. The nightstand was a rescue from the trash, a quick coat of paint makes it match perfectly. The art on the walls is also a budget deal, I got a magazine after Jan 1 for a buck and used the black and white images as art. I used upholstery tacks to put the images on black squares of wood. I love that my threads and other notions are off the table and hanging in the fruit basket.

I also love the curtains, you have to roll them by hand (around a decorator fabric tube that the fabric store gave me). Grosgrain ribbon provides an accent and holds the rolls in place at any height.

I finally covered all the storage with a quick curtain (sheet) from Ikea. I didn’t want to compete with the focal point of the bed so I stuck with white.The sign above the closet (if you can read it) says “The Shed” and is the one thing I took from my former craft room at our old house. My husband built me a free standing miniature house for crafting. Even though it was fully finished we called it the shed. Ok, that’s enough! Enjoy. Thanks for inspiring me to CLEAN!

Please click on images for larger views.

So! That was the last of the top 12 selected from our many entries in the Workspace Contest sponsored by Fabulous Stationery. One 3 will be chosen to recieve gift certificates from Fabulous Statationey – and these 3 will be determined largely by our readers, so cast your vote by commenting on your favorites! You may also email me at decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com if you’d like.

Winners will be announced on Monday, October 16th, so stay tuned!


(images by melissa for decor8)

Posted in contests, workspace on October 13, 2006


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