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Tah dah! Contest Winners…

A huge thanks to all that participated either with an entry or a supportive vote for the decor8 Get a Hobby contest. If you spot your name and abbreviated answer below, please email me (decor8blog AT yahoo DOT com) with your complete mailing address so I can get one shiny new copy of Get a Hobby! 101 All-Consuming Diversions for Any Lifestyle by Tina Barseghian in the mail to you before I go on vacation. Now it’s time to announce our 23 winners (not in any particular order). Drum roll please…

Travel making gorgeous little travel journals. -Kristin
Take a train around the USA and research mustard.-hollye
Collect HOMES all over the world. -Amy D.
Photography Chinatowns all over the world. -Anita
Design and build miniature movie sets. -Masquaradj
Fulfill secret wishes like Amelie, be a happy-maker. -mooi hoor
Research the Italian mafia + their homes. -studiowellspring
Spent time with craftsman all over the world. -Hajni
Stay at every boutique hotel in the world. -the antibride
Build a beautiful + stylish indoor/outdoor aviary. -paula
Live in a repro period house, in costume! -mymarigold
Beekeeping. -Lauren
Write travel letters using locals inks and memorbilia. -Holly
Collector of rain from all over the world. -Tiziana
Travel via VWCamper + doc American culture. -SFGirlbybay
Be a gift giver to complete strangers. -sarah
Do residential interior design for FREE. -abbey
Build schools for girls in underdeveloped lands. -NYmuhtari
Make elaborate pop up books. -Melissa
Build tree houses for children and adults. – Tonia
Paint huge jungles and rainforests in ugly bldgs. -amrein
Build entire storybook cities for real people! -becca
Collect antique keys and their original locks. -marion


A special thanks to Harper Collins for supporting my idea to host a book giveaway, and for supplying me with 23 copies of this publication.

(congrats card shown above from bella bella – love her!)

Posted in contests, inspiration, small business on May 10, 2007

Vote for the winners!

Earlier this week, I wrote about a little contest to give away 3 copies of the newly released title, “Get a Hobby! 101 All-Consuming Diversions for Any Lifestyle” by Tina Barseghian, published by Harper Collins. In a matter of days, over 100 readers entered with some pretty amazing hobbies. The publisher was thrilled and shipped me 20 additional copies as a thank you, so I am now sending 23 books out, one per winner. My home is beginning to look like a book distribution warehouse! This is where YOU come in. HELP ME select the top 23!

Posted in contests, inspiration, small business on May 04, 2007

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


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