feels like home | giveaway for “the design nerd”

by | Aug 13, 2021 | Favorite Things | 636 comments

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.

house plans from a middle school mind | miss mustard seed

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.

Feels Like Home Book | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

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…

Feels Like Home Book Giveaway | Graphgear 1000 pencil | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

They also retract when you engage the clip, so the lead won’t break off from being bumped.

Feels Like Home Book Giveaway | Graphgear 1000 pencil | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

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.

Feels Like Home Book Giveaway | post-it flags | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

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.

Feels Like Home Book Giveaway | post-it flags | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

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.

Feels Like Home Book Giveaway | leather village notebook | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

Feels Like Home Book Giveaway | leather village notebook | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

Feels Like Home Book Giveaway | leather village notebook | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

Those pages!

Feels Like Home Book Giveaway | leather village notebook | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

Feels Like Home Book Giveaway | leather village notebook | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

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.

Feels Like Home Book Giveaway | ranger notebook | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

Feels Like Home Book Giveaway | ranger notebook | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

The pages are nice and thick, so there isn’t bleed-through if you use glue, paint, or pen & ink.

Feels Like Home Book Giveaway | ranger notebook | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

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.

Feels Like Home Book Giveaway | oldfield society candles | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

Feels Like Home Book Giveaway | oldfield society candles | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

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.

Feels Like Home Book Giveaway | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

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.

Good Luck!

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.

Feels Like Home Book | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook

Can you tell I’m so excited?!


  1. Meg

    So excited for your book to come out – its number one on my Christmas list! My favorite thing about my house is the fact that it needs so much work – it gives us a million blank canvases to set it up, and change it over and over and over again until we figure out what works best for our family in a particular season of life. Thanks for your blog – been reading for years and you never cease to inspire!

    • Kriss Bosley

      I love the 9’ ceilings in our 80 year old house, the fireplace and Birdseye maple floors. I’m so looking forward to your lovely new book!

  2. Becky Graham

    can’t wait for the book to come out. Look forward to reading it and adding it to my shelf with your first book. Favorite thing about my house is all the natural light.

  3. Becca P

    Our home was built in 1944 has lots of character that is often missing in newer homes like arched doorways, a tray ceiling, and pretty glass doorknobs! I love that!

  4. Martha Cool

    I’m that person who drew houseplans when I was a kid (I ALWAYS had graph paper). In fact, I did them right thru college! My dollhouse got rearranged on a weekly basis & I was always inventing new furniture with bits of plastic & fabric. I’m in love with my 1933 forever home, we call Winterborn. We’ve made major changes over the years but always retaining the original style by reusing bits & pieces of the old house (doors, built-ins, etc). Winterborn has grown a bit in size but it looks & feels like it’s always been as it is. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Since I do run out of rooms to decorate, I now have two dollhouses & numerous room boxes to keep my inspiration flowing!

    • Betty McKinney

      My house is a work in progress. When we moved in, January 2021 there were so many things that needed to be done, we did not know where to start. I checked out a few web sites and started in. Your site was a great reference. Thank you.

  5. Robin Coots Janashak

    We bought our first home at 51 and 54, we are late bloomers …..what like best? I think for me growing of our love and commitment through living, decorating and of course repairing (yikes) our home together as a couple….so many things! But I love the hand print and names of the kids in the cement of the original owners 1993….. the rose bushes in honor of our Father passing, planting the Easter hydrangeas I received as gift every year in our shade garden….we are truly blessed, and probably say that every other day…. ❤️🏡

  6. Danae

    I remember drawing house plans with my bestie. i go online searching for decorating ideas and sites where I can plan a room’s layout. What I like most about my house is that my five children grew up here. We are adding onto our house bc we have Sunday dinners here for at least 16 and sometimes 18-20 people. I am planning the layout for the new room addition, making our family room bigger. Fun!

  7. Connie Morgan

    What I love most about my home is that it can be a refuge for someone to come to-to relax, to unwind, to heal, or just feel loved. Thank you for placing value on being a “design nerd!”

  8. Lisa K.

    I love that my home has housed 2 sons growing up, 3 good dogs and our lifetime of good memories with family and friends. I love that it sits quietly and lets me try all of my decorating whims and wears them well. While I wish it had larger rooms, I’m happy that I don’t have too many to care for.

  9. Robin J Bentley

    What I love the most about our home is the love and laughter it generates when our 3 grown sons, (who grew up in it) are in it with their families, which only happens about twice a year.

  10. Melissa

    Creating in my own space ‘feels like home’ . Thanks for offering the give away 🙂

  11. SueA

    I’m a “design nerd”! Who knew there was a name for it? All I knew is that I wanted my house done “my way” when I finally got the money to do it. And I did EVERYTHING exactly per my taste. It happened organically and just kind of flowed but it turned out so nice! People who see it want to consult with me! I didn’t realize there was a name for it or that it is a unique talent until this post.
    That’s what I love about this blog. It is a process of discovery. As Marian discovers and shares, it opens new possibilities for us, too. Just wonderful. Thank you Marian.

  12. Christine Irvine

    I love the peacefulness of my yard and neighborhood, especially in the Winter.
    After a snowstorm, I feel like the trees and shrubs surrounding my property are hugging my house and keeping me warm and tucked away. A small clearing in a magical forest. And the fireplace helps too!

    Thank you for your wonderful blog.

    New Hampshire

  13. Rhonda K

    I’m soooooooo looking forward to seeing your book! My favorite thing about my home is that it is always a blank slate. Even when I have painted, re-arranged, new fabric, etc., I can always do it again! When I don’t feel like I have the funds, I can be creative; when I feel like I can splurge, it’s a treat. In the end, surrounding myself with the things I like and people I love make home my favorite place!

    • Kristin Fisher

      Dear Marian,

      Thank you for causing me to reflect on the happy parts of my home or perhaps the renovations that make me happy. One of my favorite things are the built-in bookshelves in my dining room. My husband, Phil, built them for me a couple of years after we were married. He declared that he was not going to move all of my book boxes again. Oh, what a happy day! I love how they came out, and I am delighted with having all my books out in the open. I am a very blessed gal.
      Thanks again! Kristin Fisher

  14. Denise C

    Four years ago we downsized to a one story home. It was in its original condition from 1980. We are slowly renovating it to make it ours. Our most daring move was to take out a supporting wall. (Replaced with an I-beam) We back up to bottomland forest. That view is my favorite part of our home. I struggle with decorating so I appreciate the ideas you provide. I look forward to reading your blog. Congratulations on your new book!

  15. Diana

    Our house is from the 1850’s, it was my husband’s grandmothers and we have been renovating it since we moved in 30 years ago…I love that it’s always a work in progress.

  16. Sherri Rampy

    Marian, So excited about your book!!! From what I’ve seen it is so visually appealing to the eye. I know I will get lots of design inspiration from it.

    My favorite thing about my home, first of all, would be who I share it with. My husband Troy, of 30 years. Secondly, this is the first home that I feel really reflects my personality. It is still a work in progress, but I absolutely love this home. My favorite room right now is our living room. It is open concept so, the kitchen and family room are one big space. It’s excellent for entertaining, which I hope and pray someday we all will be able to do a without worrying about this dang virus. Best wishes to you and I can’t wait to get my copy of your book.

  17. Lisa shovlin

    My favorite thing about my house is that its MINE! It’s a sanctuary with things I love and make me feel like home in this sometimes upside down world.

  18. Lisa

    I’m so sad to say it, but I don’t love my house. We moved here for my husband’s job, and left a house I absolutely, deeply, and truly loved. It was unique, while this house has several clones in our plan. It had the most gorgeous woodwork and hardwood floors everywhere, while this one has a lot of carpet and ugly flooring. The yard in our old house was more than twice the size of the one we have here, and it had a beautiful, big tree in the backyard. I keep trying to fall in love with this house, as home really is where my family is, and your blog gives me hope. Maybe with enough paint and fabric (I think I could open my own fabric store with my stash) and some patience, I will get there. But as sad as it is to say it, my favorite thing about this house is we have more bathrooms than people.

  19. Jackie B

    Your book is beautiful! What I like most about my home is that it is paid for! 🤣. I love that it feels peaceful and is my nest and is filled with things I have gathered over the years.

  20. phyllis

    My heart is racing as I read this post and hear about the wonderful tools that add to the inspiration of designing a space. My husband and I now own the home I grew up in and what makes it special is that it was built by my father and we are the second owners. It has been a joy to plan and design how to make this “feel like home” as I always had thoughts as a child for the ideas that are floating in my head. Having these special tools to put the ideas on paper is adding to the excitement of making our dreams a reality. Thanks for your generous offer to all design nerds!

  21. Sandra

    My favorite part of my home is that my family is in it and that is what makes it a “great” home !

  22. Brandi

    So many congrats on the new book, and thank you for the giveaway opportunity! What I love most about my home is that my family owns it. It is OUR space to do WHATEVER we want with! After many years of living in rentals that we couldn’t paint or change much about design-wise, it has felt so life giving to be able to paint walls the colors we envision them, to have a choice in how we decorate and design rooms, and to plant a garden in our backyard. I love that we finally have a space that we can truly make ours!

  23. Kimberly

    I just bought a new home in June, but this will be the second house that I’ve bought since my husband passed away almost 5 years ago. My favorite thing about it is that I ‘m planning to turn it into the most cozy/fun grandmas house so that when my kids and my grandkids come to visit and stay there, they’ll feel, comfortable, happy and loved.

  24. Rochelle

    My home is my comfort, my peace of mind, and my inspiration. It challenges me to take on projects, to do the work, and welcomes me home when I walk in the door. I am constantly looking for ideas. It could be a magazine, Pinterest, or a set from a TV show. It’s my entertainment. When I sit quiet, I get questioning looks from my husband. As soon as I say, “I’ve been thinking”, he gives me the big eye roll, and we are off on a new adventure. It makes me so happy!

  25. Sheri

    As much as I love my house, my favorite thing about it is its location. It is located down a long driveway and faces a beautiful greenbelt that looks like a part of a rainforest. Just this morning my husband and I spotted three deer that were nibbling on the trees along the driveway, showing no fear of us whatsoever. It is peaceful and makes us happy we have been able to enjoy it for 35 years.

  26. Kathy A Graybeal

    Cant wait to get your book! I love my home cause there is so much beautiful yard (1/2 acre) and im always dreaming of the next project that my husband will do for me. I come up with the ideas, he implements them!

  27. Ann

    Oh my, what a wonderful prize package. And my favorite part is I don’t have to “like, share or comment” in order to be entered. I always appreciate your very honest blog! What I love about my house is any of the rooms I gather with my now adult children when they come home to visit!

  28. Jennifer Rydell

    What I love most about my home is it is my safe space to experiment, a place to practice my decorating skills, a 3- D pallet in which I can play with and display all my thrifted and yard sale finds. It is a space in which to create, hang and display my art. Home is where I can inspire my family, friends, and myself. Thank you sharing your journey with all of us.

    • Cindy Mills

      I love the wide pine floors in my home! Even though the house was built in 1974 the floors give it that antique cozy feeling.
      I get my inspiration from everywhere.. books, magazines, nature & Online.. I love decorating & design it gives me peace to be working on a project. I am a very visual person so I look for & appreciate the beauty in everything. I love everything that you do.. you are very inspiring 🌻

  29. Bev

    The thing I like most about my home is the fact that we “rescued” it from foreclosure and abandonment by its previous owners. It was the neighborhood eyesore and had been empty for five years before we purchased and rehabbed it from top to bottom, inside and out. We did all the work ourselves with the exception of laying the hardwood floors and I like to think we gave the home back it’s spirit. I have followed your blog for 11 years and have taken lot of inspiration from your design style. I can’t wait to get my hands on your new book!

  30. Gina

    I’m definitely one of those design nerds-ha! I love that my home is filled with special memories of people I love. All I have to do is glance at the piano or look out the door to a tree and all the memories come flooding back. I also look forward to many more wonderful memories in the future.

  31. Fonda

    My favorite thing about my home is that it’s out in the country surrounded by orchards. It’s beautiful and peaceful.

  32. Bonnie Kilgore

    We bought our mid-century house two years ago from the estate of the family that built it. We’ve heard from the locals that it was the talk of the neighborhood when it was built because it was so different from all the farmhouses surrounding it. What I love most is that even though it is a different type of architecture, it has a custom, handcrafted spirit. It’s been fun to update the colors and furnishings and find ways to make our own stuff work…and it’s still a work in progress! Your new book looks divine! Can’t wait to see it.

  33. Jane

    The thing I love most about my home is all the color I have. No monotone color scheme for me.
    I just love to seeing how you use color in your home and paintings Thanks for sharing your talents.

  34. Sara McCall

    Natural light, scents that invoke the season, shades of blues and whites, an ode to the past, a safe, loving, and comfortable feeling is what I love most about my home.

    I so appreciate your blog and creative soul. I have learned so much from you and I look forward to your emails daily. Congrats on your book coming out! I have pre-ordered my copy and I am so excited!

  35. Karen

    While I’m currently living in a rental house, which is only temporary, I absolutely love it. For the first time, I have hardwood floors throughout the main living spaces like I always wanted. It also has granite countertops, white subway tiles, and a stainless steel gas stove in the kitchen. Another perk is the open floorplan with large windows that have faux transit windows above them. Although this temporary, rental house is not my forever home, it has allowed me to test out features I always envisioned for my future home and became an inspiration for that home. And for those reasons and more, I’m so thankful and blessed to live here. I can’t wait to read “Feels Like Home” to gain more inspiration for my forever home!

  36. Mary Beth

    My husband and I have lived in our home for 32 years and have fixed and decorated it while working and raising a family. It feels like us. There are so many memories here.

  37. Laurie

    What I love most about my home is sitting on my screened porch looking out at my beautiful flowers! Can’t wait to read your new book!

  38. Isabelle

    What I love most about my home is that even though I live in a condo, I have a west-facing balcony that gets a lot of sun and every summer I love to watch the bumble bees come and dance among the sage and cone flowers I grow to entice them.

  39. Wendy

    What an amazing giveaway! I love that I can make our home feel welcoming and cozy in different ways depending on the season. I love to tweak it to our needs-my family may not be aware that I do this but they appreciate the result. So excited for the book and new inspiration! You are a dynamo!

  40. Jen C

    We moved from an older home in town to a newer home in the country. Over the years we have collected a few antiques that I was concerned wouldn’t look the same in this newer home. We made it work and my husband and I are very pleased with the outcome. Thank you for so many ideas. I am anxiously waiting for your new book.

  41. Stacey

    My favorite thing about my home is that we built it, along with my dad, and were super hands-on with many projects. I raised my family here and the walls are infused with the voices of my beloved people. It’s so cozy and perfect. Congratulations on your book! It looks amazing!

  42. Anna Pry

    my garden is my favorite part of my home, especially the flowers and berries

  43. Cheryl

    Congratulations on the book! I have been a follower for a very long time and it has been wonderful to see all your accomplishments!
    My favorite thing about my home is the wood floors.

  44. Teresa C.

    Your new book and this “giveaway” is just the INSPIRATION that my hubby and I need to finish so many projects we have needed to do and to make our house a warm and welcoming place of sanctuary again, not only for others, but for US!!

    After all these years of giving to everyone and everything else, we need to take care of “us” and spend our remaining years giving to each other, and one of those ways is by making our house a “home” that we can be happy and content in again. We love to work on our house together, but haven’t been able to because of working and care-taking of family members. We wouldn’t have had it any other way, but it is TIME!

    THANK YOU, Marian for all your years of inspiration, encouragement and sharing of your family life and God-given talents.

    And, oh, yes, the thing I love best about our home is that it is PAID FOR and the fact that we HAVE a home! We just need to give it some TLC !

  45. Jane B

    Oh my goodness, I didn’t realize I was a “design nerd” but yes, as a youngster I drew house plans on graph paper; actually I did it even in my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s – LOL. I’m a paper geek too…I go crazy down the paper/journal/notebook aisle of any store!
    So, what do I love most about my home…that’s not easy to answer. We downsized 3 years ago from 2900 sq ft to an apartment that is 1450 sq ft. It was not easy for me to do, I dreaded giving up the space and the stuff. Now, 3 years later I am happy and so content. I love everything about our home, and it is a home now, not an apartment. I love the smaller spaces, I love the light coming through the windows, I love the cozyness, I love that every room has only those things that I love. And yet, in the end, what I love most is the man I share this home with, the family including 3 grandkids that comes to visit and fills this home with love. And I love how this home has blessed us and our lives with thankfulness to be just where we are meant to be.

  46. Alisa B.

    Your book looks amazing! Congratulations on your achievement!

    We bought our house nearly 17 years ago when I was pregnant with our second child. I love that every room, rug, piece of furniture, piece of artwork has a story – antiques purchased with my husband during our 7 years of unbridled spending before children, favorite books our children enjoyed when they were young, the perfect fabric my son chose for the loveseat when he was 5, my in-laws’ mid century sofa which I have reupholstered 4 times, my grandfather’s clock, my grandmother’s lamps and tea set, my daughter’s drawings, etc. My home is not perfect nor is it always clean, but we are happy and comfortable here as a family.

  47. Tanya Esposito

    (already preordered your book and I’m very excited to receive it; )

    What I love most about my home is my craft table/art table/buffet table. It’s just a large L shaped table in a centrally located room adjacent to our kitchen. The room never had a use other than my husband’s weight bench while we were dating ; )

    I designed and built the table myself. What I love most about it is how it functions as my craft/art space for day to day use and when we have large gatherings, I clear my stuff and the table becomes a lovely, very functional buffet table. I have so many fond memories of sitting at that table with my daughter and her friends. Before they all went off to college, I would host an annual Christmas craft party that the kids all looked forward to every year (the mom’s came too : ). I’ve been using the table a lot lately because I discovered watercolor painting and I’m absolutely obsessed.

    I don’t think I could’ve imagined that simple L shaped table was going to create so many memories and be as functional as it has been.

    I’m so very grateful for my home, my craft room, being able to design a functional space, build the table I imagined, and use it to create art and memories.

  48. Carrie Lunt

    I love that my home holds a collection of our lives. From my husband’s office with it’s Air Force memorabilia, to my kitchen with it’s 40-year-old Dansk stoneware, to the living room showcasing family photos, I feel like my home holds my life gently within its walls. There’s a peaceful sense of having been and now being and awaiting more to come. It’s full of memories and promises and life.

  49. Sue Cantrell

    We are at the very beginning of building a new house! I think I will love the living area the best as it is wide open. I have made several choices for my new home based on pictures of yours. We have very similar tastes in color and antique furniture. I usually hate painted furniture but have learned that it quite nice.

  50. Dionne Street

    Thank you for your posts. I love your blog and am interested in everything you are! I get very overwhelmed and unhappy looking at magazines and blogs because I want my home to be picture perfect like the ones I see. However, after getting covid and being sick for the past three weeks, it really changed my perspective. I am so happy to be alive and have a roof over my head. While I was sick, my home served me well. It was so cozy and comfy and I was so very thankful to have a place to rest and recuperate! It made me so appreciative of what I have instead of what I don’t have!

  51. Barbara

    What I love most about my house is that it is in my hometown, where I returned after being away for 40 years. Plus we designed and built it! And we are still working on all of the finishing touches. Can’t wait to get your book!

  52. Jill McDowell

    Hi Marion, I do love my small cape house. It may be tiny but it’s eclectic and filled with things that are part of my family’s history.

  53. Ruby Megan Sugar

    When my grandson moved in with me when he got out of the Marine Corps, he brought tons of stuff with him. He was drawing on graph paper one day. I asked him what he was doing and he replied, rearranging my room to make it more efficient. That sparked my interest and I started doing the same when decorating or rearranging (which I love to do). My favorite thing in my small house is changing out for the seasons. I love gathering choices together and then mixing old and new.

  54. tara

    i love our new apartment here in brooklyn. the building was built in 1927 + we still have the original glass doorknobs on all of the doors!

  55. Beth Craig

    I’m excited to get a copy of your book! Congratulations to you! Just trying to answer your question has made me appreciate my house more!! I love the natural light of our house and the views from the back windows :).

  56. Andre

    I love my HOME because of the feeling I get when entering the front door: CONTENT.

  57. Jodi Crudgington

    I think what I love most about my home is that I put it together piece by piece. I would never be one of those people who hires a decorator or designer to do it for me. As a result, it never “done”. It’s always a work I’m progress and something for which to look forward.

    • Theresa Davey

      I’m super excited about your book. I enjoy getting fresh ideas for my home.

  58. Maaike

    Can’t wait to get my copy of Feels Like Home! I love my kitchen the most, small and awkward though it is!

  59. Kathy Stewart

    I love my open floor plan. Everything is right there in the same space.

  60. Danielle

    My favorite thing about my home is the family heirlooms. There’s a secretary desk in our entryway and it makes me smile every time I look at it. And just the love! So much love!

  61. Maureen Boctor

    Congratulations on the launch of your gorgeous new book! I pre-ordered it and can’t wait to read it. The thing I love most about my home is the natural light that comes into most of the rooms! Also that there are a lot of projects!

  62. Stacey Ingalls

    The thing I love about my home is that it is collection of pieces carefully put together and each piece has a memory. Some are special items inherited from a family member, others may remind you of a special trip or town where you found it, still some remind you of a day out with a friend when you stumbled upon an amazing piece. Each piece has a story. ❤️

  63. Debbie

    I look forward to your book release. Fir my home, I love that it’s filled with the people and things I love most.

  64. Rebecca King

    I love our empty nest home. It was built in the 50s and has so much character you don’t see in newer homes. Lots of brick, vaulted ceilings, and paned windows. My favorite is probably the original Dutch doors! Super handy for mail and ups men while keeping my dogs at bay! Can’t wait for your book!

  65. Patricia

    My favorite part of my home is our Sitting Room. Small, cozy and where my hubby and I sit together and read. It’s our own little haven.

  66. Ella

    After a divorce, I lost many things that I had collected over 20 years (and before my marriage even). I moved into a much smaller home and found through the editing process that I only had room for things I really loved. And my young son and I built or refinished furniture to add what we needed to rebuild a decorated home. My favorite diy decorating project is a 8 x 10 foot wall of faux polariods we printed from our favorite iphone photos. What started as an inexpensive art project has become a conversation piece and a visual gratitude display of the adventures and friends we’ve gained in the last 4 years.

  67. Kim Stehr

    Can’t wait for you new book! I love the views of the trees from my house and all the windows. I love that with paint and fabric , I have made it my own!


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