Just in case Lucketts wasn’t exciting enough, this weekend is also the launch of my newest book – The Home Design Doodle Book!
This book was such a labor of love, partly because of the content, but also because it was drawn/written entirely by hand! I had no idea what I was getting into when I made that suggestion, but it made this book so much more personal. (In the end, we did have to use a hand written font for some of the text, because we realized editing a hand written book was ridiculous! But, the first draft was written entirely by hand.)
It’s different from any of my other books. It’s part journal, part decorating book, and part encouragement. I wanted this book to feel like a conversation we would have if I was in your house, holding your hand through finding your style, reworking your rooms, putting together your shopping lists, and working towards a home you love. It’s full of practical tips and thoughtful prompts, as well as little nuggets of encouragement that will (hopefully) help keep things in perspective.
I want this book to help unleash the “inner designer” in anyone, even those who feel like a hopeless case.
If you already feel comfortable with decorating, I hope this book with help you focus and just keep things organized. I’m planning to use it a lot when I start working on our next home.
I’m so pleased with how all of my sketches and paintings look on the printed page, but I also love the details the publisher put into this book. The embossed cover is so beautiful and they even included a pocket in the back and an elastic band to hold the book closed, so you can insert clippings and notes.
And the pages are thick, so you can doodle, draw, paste, and even paint on small swatches.
And, to celebrate the launch properly, it will be available at my booth at the Lucketts Spring Market this weekend (May 19-21.)
If you’d like to find out more about the book, you can check out the Home Design Doodle Book website and I’m also offering a FREE five part video series that is a bit of a companion to the book. It’s called The Home Design Starting Line and you get it for free when signing up to receive my blog posts via e-mail. (If you already are a subscriber, you can sign up for this series and you’ll receive the e-mail just once.)
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And, since Lucketts prep is in full swing, I have to share the process. We loaded the trucks today (TWO 20 footers) and, since last year we showed how we pack the trucks, this year we showed the view from inside the studio…
We have such a great crew of helpers each year. One of the guys has helped us load for Lucketts since he was in middle school and now he just finished his freshman year of college! (In the video, I loved seeing all of the guys playing with the typewriter. The one I bought this year makes the best clickety-clack sound when the keys are pressed.)
Once everything was packed, we fed our helpers, locked up the truck, and called it a day.
Tomorrow, we’ll be setting up the large pieces of furniture and taking care of a few other things, like hanging the garden lights and the mural. On Thursday, I have a small army of women coming to help me unpack all of the smalls and make the booth pretty.
Also, on Thursday (May 18), I will be taking an hour break from the styling to participate in a live chat on the Washington Post website! The chat will be from 11 am – noon (live from my space at the fairgrounds). You can ask questions ahead of time and/or join the live chat HERE.
One last thing before I sign off for the night – My mom asked if I had tried the Soapstone Chalk I purchased to sell at the market this year and I hadn’t. “Well, shouldn’t you try it?!”
“Yes, I suppose I should. But, I mean, it is soapstone. How can it not be awesome?”
She pointed out that just because it looks awesome and sounds awesome doesn’t mean it works.
So, I opened a pack and tested it on one of the milk painted chalkboards.
Where has soapstone chalk been all of my life?!
My mom tested it out and agreed that it was so much better than regular chalk. It’s very smooth to hold and write with and will ruin regular chalk for you forever.
If you do buy a pack, you’ve been warned.
I’ll shoot some video of the set-up tomorrow on my Instagram stories if you want to follow along!