Thursday, March 3, 2011

Gratitude & Giveaway


To say I've been a little tickled the last couple days would be an understatement.  More like blown away! I was not expecting such a response to our little dining room makeover.  I have loved reading your comments, each and every one.   You absolutely made my week.  For all of you that took the time to look, for all of your kind and thoughtful words, and to those that are new followers - A GREAT BIG THANK YOU!

Also, a big squeeze to Holly and Rene for featuring my room on their gorgeous blogs.  It makes me happy to be a small part of such a supportive blogging community!  You all know how to make a girl feel GOOOOD.  So in honor of all the blog lovin, I want to give something back to you.....


Last October, I posted a little bday wish list for fun on my blog.  (girls - they really work!)  I ended up receiving 2 copies of this book.  (Jen S., if you are reading, I kept yours! :))  The other I planned to return but never did and figured I would save it for a gift instead.  Well, I can't think of a better time to give. (It's making me feel all legit, having a giveaway on this little blog!)

This is a lovely book full of classic and traditional design.  Books are my favorite gift to give and receive and this one had me by the title alone.  I scour blogs to find pictures of homes that I feel have soul.  Not the overly perfect, staged, glossy homes, but rather the cozy, collected, welcoming ones that look like places where a good life is lived. 

Please leave a comment.  If you aren't a follower, you don't have to become one, I'm just happy you stopped by.  (I know!  Breaking a trend here!) But please make sure you leave your email address if it's turned off on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, so I can get in touch with you if you win.

I'll announce the winner on Tuesday.   Have a lovely weekend!  I'm looking forward to getting to "know" those of you that are new around here!

xo, Tessa

44 comments :

  1. Your dining room was fantastic. I had to go back and look at the pictures twice to really make my eye see what made it so much better the second time. The differences, while subtle, made a world of difference!

    Thanks for the chance to win this book. I love Chris Madden, so I'm sure it's chalk full of beautiful pictures!

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  2. what a great give away........LOVE design books and cook books and classical books and on and on and on.....

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  3. Hum...a new design book? Absolutely yes! Thank you Tessa!! partridgeathome@yahoo.com

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  4. I saw your pretty dining room over on Rene's blog, Cottage & Vine, and everyone loves it! I have not had the opportunity to look at this book but it looks like it is nice. Great giveaway!

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  5. Your dining room inspired me to work with Holly. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  6. Tessa, I saw your DR today on Rene's blog and I was blown away! It's so pretty!! You definitely have a great eye and talent, girl! Congrats!

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  7. I'd love this book...especially knowing it came from you! That would make it so much more meaningful!

    I've done a number of stationery giveaways, never asking for followers. I honestly don't get why people tie following to giveaways. So I'm refreshed to see you giving just to give.

    And sweet Tessa, you were legit long before this giveaway, and long before you had a blog. You matter to the King of kings every single day. :)

    Love,
    Linsey

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  8. I love your new dining room. I saw it through Holly's blog originally and I then passed it on to my Mom. Neat book!

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  9. Tessa, your blog I'd honestly the first one I visit. I love that you post about both your family and your home. I hVe gotten MANY ideas from you! Thank you!

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  10. Tessa, what a nice gift! I don't blog and I don't follow (not just your blog, but any blog), I don't tweet ... I just check in to different blogs from time to time to get some inspiration. Your blog is 'favorited' and I visit often! Loved your dining room makeover so, so much. It is exactly what I would have wanted and has inspired me to bring red back into my home. I'm looking forward to more inspiration!

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  11. I have started following your blog just recently, so I in now way deserve this book, but I want you to know that I absolutely love it!

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  12. At first I thought you said "ticked" and I thought "oh no!" :-)

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  13. LOVED your dining room. my husband and mom BOTH got the link & i've requested silhouettes for mother's day :)

    would LOVE to learn from this book too!!
    Thanks SO much for sharing u'r lovely house & this book!
    -r.

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  14. I love design books! I saw your makeover on Cottage & Vine and have now added your site to my favorites.

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  15. Hmmmm...a birthday list. What a great idea! If it's posted in the blogosphere, husbands, kids, and friends can't say they don't know what you want.

    I love Chris Madden and would be so thrilled to have her book. *crossing my fingers*

    bluewillowmom.blogspot.com

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  16. Tessa! I somehow missed the last couple of posts! I'm BLOWN away with your dining room!!!!! So warm, so cozy, so YOU! : )

    xo
    Melissa

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  17. WOW ... love everything ~ the new blog look, the new dinning room redo, the slip covered chairs, the silhouettes of the boys ...

    Jo

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  18. Love love love your dining room makeover! Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

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  19. I discovered your blog through your dining room re-do and fell in love. I love your tales of your village and your stories about your family. We lived in Belgium for 2 years and loved the country.
    Lisa lrfamily@verizon.net

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  20. Found your blog from Holly Mathis Interiors and just love it!! I've already looked at all your older posts too. That book would be wonderful to win because it's actually on MY wishlist too! I've got you on my "favorites" list so I can follow you daily. I am also a mother of 2 boys so we have that in common. I don't yet have a blog but my sister does. She is Savvy Southern Style. I believe she is a follower of your blog also. Looking forward to future posts and thanks for the exciting giveaway!
    keldotson@comcast.net.

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  21. Boy, I really mess up typing on my comment!

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  22. I'm so happy for you! You're dining room really is gorgeous, I tried leaving you a comment the other day about it but it wouldn't let me for some reason, hopefully this one works. Congrats on all of the blog love and cheers to all the dinners you'll be eating in your 'new' dining room!

    ~Meg

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  23. I so enjoy reading your blog...so many inspiring ideas! Your new dining room is just beautiful... What a transformation with the added bonus of not having to paint or redo window treatments! I absolutely love incorporating the children's silhouettes...

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  24. http://amomseyeview-lulu.blogspot.com/2011/02/blog-post_6927.html

    I love your redo! And I love yours and Holly's blogs. I am working on a dining area redo myself. I included post above. I only hope to one day have a decorated home as you and Holly do. We have much the se style. As a matter of fact that is how I found the two of your blogs- I saw a pic of Holly's built in hutch on pininterest and it looks almost identical to mine.

    Thanks for the giveaway'

    Danielle

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  25. Wow! I was out of town and not reading blogs for a few days, and it looks like I have a lot of catching up to do! Your blog looks wonderful, and I love Chris Madden's style! Thanks for hosting such a great give away!

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  26. I love your blog and really would like that book - Chris Madden is one of my favorites!!! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway :)

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  27. Love your dining room- I kept going back to look at all the details, paint colors, etc. So classic and elegant. Would love to win the book!!
    sgreenman7@gmail.com

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  28. Just found you via holly. I'm in love with your dining room. Holly has been helping me with a couple of projects. Wish we could all get together and coffee. Our tastes are so similar and I'm home with 4 little boys. :). This book looks terrific. :). Fun to follow you.

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  29. You know I love your DR! What a lovely giveaway.

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  30. Just stumbled upon you from Holly Mathis Interiors. Love your new dining room and I always love a good book for inspiration. taraet@Mindspring.com

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  31. What a delightful give-a-way! I love to give an receive books as well. Thanks for the chance!

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  32. Thanks for the note about the "Fried Chicken and Champagne" cookbook - that's too funny! I will definitely have to get a copy of that. And, I'd LOVE to enter your giveaway. Naturally, I'm a follower. :)

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  33. So glad to have recently discovered you and your blog. You have some great taste girl!

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  34. tessa - i found your blog through holly's post on your dining room - love it so much i'm posting a comment on a blog for the first time ever!

    pat

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  35. ooooooo...I just got this book from my public library and I INHALED it in one sitting! Loved it, so classic and put-together; just what I hope to be when I'm a "grown up." (I'm 42 btw) Would love to own this book but a little pricy for me.

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  36. I'll throw my hat into the ring since the house on the cover of the book has ivy on it - I'm a total sucker for ivy covered homes! xoxo

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  37. Just found you via Holly's post on your dining room. it's terrific!
    I have always wanted this book and have never made it a priority. Since you have an extra...I would love to be your winner.

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  38. Love your blog...Ive told you that before and love your DR facelift but I am truly, truly in.love. with your playroom...you just nailed it and I look at it all the time as I am always tweaking ours...would love this book, I adore books and esp coffee table books about homes and design...Chris Madden is great.

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  39. how fun! i can say, "i knew you when"! glad so many people have discovered your wonderful blog :) much love, katie

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  40. hi there! i am here by way of holly! what a lovely makeover. i especially love that most things weren't replaced, just repainted, repurposed or repositioned. thank you for sharing! xo

    spannfam at hotmail dot com

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  41. already mentioned I LOVE your dining room...plan to spend my free time this week looking at your older posts and enjoying that playlist

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  42. What a perfect title for a book! Loving your blog!

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  43. Oh fun!!! I love books and I am in dire need of a good decorating book. I need all the help I can get! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

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  44. I am loving that book! I borrowed a copy from my local library and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have my very own!

    Ellen
    ddbemb@kc.rr.com

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