If you’ve ever drawn house plans on graph paper, you might be a design nerd. And, if that’s the case, you’re in good company! There are a lot of us out there….we geek out on fabric swatches, furniture templates, wallpaper samples, paint decks, mood boards, symmetry, focal points, accents that pop, and statement pieces. If that’s you, this first giveaway to celebrate the launch of my new book, Feels Like Home, is for you! If you’re not a self-proclaimed design nerd, well, this book just might turn you into one.
I think there is this idea when it comes to design that you’re either good at it or you’re not. Those who would describe themselves as “not creative” wave the white flag and leave the design work to someone else. But, I believe down to my very bones that design and creativity are learned skills that are practiced and developed. Yes, there are some people who have natural inclinations and who were raised in an environment that fosters creativity, but everyone, no matter where they currently are, can improve their creativity and design abilities through study and practice.
Let me make a comparison.
I stink at basketball. I actually played on a team for a season when I was a kid and I still don’t fully understand the rules or the nuances of the game. But, I know that if I really wanted to play basketball, I could improve my skill through study and practice. I’m at a definite height disadvantage and I’ll never be great, but I could be better. I could arguably even become a decent basketball player. But, I don’t have any interest in playing basketball. As funny as it sounds, I dislike the sound of the squeaky shoes on the wood floor and sweaty people pushing into me to get a ball makes me just want to give it to them so they’ll leave me alone!
So, maybe you haven’t practiced design and decorating because you’re just not interested in it enough and that’s okay. There is a whole world of hobbies, activities, and pursuits to chase. Chase what excites you. But, if decorating does excite you and you do want to give some time to it, you can improve your skills through study and practice. No matter how good we are, there is always room to grow and get better.
I talk about this in several places in Feels Like Home and offer up some exercise to practice your decorating when there isn’t the pressure to finish a room. I did this for years without even realizing that’s what I was doing. When I collected household items like knitted potholders and lebkuchen tins to use in my dollhouse, I was fostering resourcefulness. When I’d arrange my collected fabric swatches and played with combinations, I was learning what patterns and palettes I liked. When I would collect paint chips even when I didn’t have a room that needed to be painted, I was developing my eye for color. When I rearranged furniture even though the arrangement we had was fine, I was honing my layout skills. When I was reading through decorating books, I was studying composition and exploring other styles to learn more about my own. It was all practice.
If you didn’t grow up doing those things, it can feel foreign to you and awkward. But that’s how all new endeavors start. We start as beginners and have to grow in skill and confidence. But, I believe you can and I hope Feels Like Home will help you in that journey.
So, let’s talk about the goodies in this first prize package giveaway!
A set of three of my favorite GraphGear 1000 pencils. These are my absolute favorite and I have caused many people to become mechanical pencil snobs right along with me. The weight of these is so nice and I use them for writing and sketching…
They also retract when you engage the clip, so the lead won’t break off from being bumped.
A pack of my favorite white Post-it flags. I use these for marking pages in the books I read, so I can go back to pages that were inspiring.
They are repositionable and won’t damage the paper, so I can move them around when I reread books if I’m inspired by something new.
One of my favorite notebooks by Leather Village. This one has a beautiful cover and the yummiest deckled-edged paper. It’s great for sketching, painting, mixed-media, and creating design plans.
I’m also giving away another favorite notebook – the Ranger notebook. I use this one in a few different sizes because it has great paper and a clever design. There is a pocket, a band to keep it closed, and it lays completely flat when open.
This is a smaller version that I customized, but I’m giving away the larger size.
The pages are nice and thick, so there isn’t bleed-through if you use glue, paint, or pen & ink.
Also in the box will be some candles from Old Field Society, which are my favorite! I’ve included two candles and two matchboxes, so you can light some candles and put on good music to create an environment that stimulates your creativity.
And, lastly, I’ll e-mail the winner a $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble, so you can purchase some decorating books to study and gather inspiration.
As a recap, here are all of the goodies in this giveaway package…
Feels Like Home Giveaway | For the Design Nerd
- 3 Graphgear 1000 Pencils
- White Post-it Flags
- Leather Village Notebook
- Ranger Notebook
- Old Field Society Candles & matchboxes
- $100 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post telling me what you love most about your home. When you’re a design nerd or you take in a lot of inspirational images of homes on TV, in books and magazines, or online, it’s easy to forget the things we love about our home and express gratitude. So, let’s take a minute to do that.
The giveaway is only open to those over the age of 18 and in the continental US. (Some giveaways will be open to International winners, but this box would cost a fortune to ship!) The giveaway will close Thursday, August 19, 2021, at midnight PST and a winner will be chosen and announced by Monday, August 23, 2021.
PS – I received a physical copy of my book this week and it is so gorgeous!! I am so pleased with the size as well as the quality and feel of the cover and pages. It’s a beautiful book and I’m so proud of it.
If you haven’t preordred it yet, you an order it HERE.
Can you tell I’m so excited?!