During the last session of Quick + Simple Clutter Control there was discussion in the forums about decorating. Several workshop participants were inspired to decorate and put the finishing touches on the spaces they had decluttered during the workshop. Does this happen to you, too? Do you get the itch to decorate after you organize and declutter?
I get the itch to decorate during certain times of the year—especially in the fall. I think it’s the knowing that winter is fast approaching. I want something fresh and new to look. I want to create a cozy space to relax and enjoy during the cold winter days.
So the timing was just perfect when the folks at Southern Living asked if I’d like to take a look at their new book Southern Living Style. Just one look at the cover and I was sold.
(Don’t you just love that turquoise, wooden box?)
When the book arrived I realized how little I really know about southern style. I grew up in Michigan…so you might guess that I don’t consider myself a southern girl. Yet, when I flipped through the pages of the book I realized that I could feel very much feel at home in a southern-inspired room. The rooms are comfortable, eclectic and many shown in the book are much more casual than I imagined southern style would be. I found tons of inspiring photos and project ideas. My creative decorating juices are flowing.
Want to take a look inside? Here’s a sampling of the eye candy you’ll find inside Southern Living Style.
This bright and cheery chest of drawers started out as a basic pine chest. Love this!
How about painting a door with chalkboard paint? So fun! (And don’t you love the “laundry” letters up on that ledge?)
I love, love this kids bunk room, and the idea of using heirlooms in a kids space…like grandma’s old quilts and a footstool brightened with paint. I have a few quilts from grandma (and great grandma) maybe it’s time to pull them out? I always say “If you’re going to keep it…have it out where you can enjoy it.” This space definitely embraces that idea.
How smart is this room…with two workstations in the family room? Terrific idea that would definitely help a family stay organized.
My favorite chapter was the kitchen chapter. It was loaded with inspiring photos and ideas. I have this thing right now for white kitchens. I love this eat-in kitchen, with the white slip covered chairs, wooden floors and table…and so much clean, crisp white all around the space. I’m definitely inspired.
(All images in this post courtesy Southern Living.)
Here’s what the publishers have to say about this book:
Southern Living Style, the most comprehensive design book from Southern Living magazine, debuts in bookstores on September 13. Like a gracious host, Southern Living Style ($29.95) serves as a visual, step-by-step guide on crafting rooms that are traditional, eclectic, and always unexpected. The book offers gorgeous rooms that have graced the pages of Southern Living magazine, plus countless helpful trends and tips.
Would you like a free copy of Southern Living Style? Here’s how to enter for up to four chances to win.*
1. Leave a comment that answers these questions. Do you get the itch to decorate after you organize? If so, what are your favorite decorating resources? Do you have a favorite design blog? OR…
2. Head over to Facebook and “like” simplify 101. Come back and leave a comment letting me know you did. OR…
3. While you’re out there “like” Southern Living magazine on Facebook. Come back and leave a comment letting me know you did. OR…
4. Mention this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, then leave a comment letting me know you did.
Comments will close on Sunday September 18, 2011 at 9 PM central, and the winner will be announced on Monday. *Please note that this giveaway is open to United States residents only. Thank you to the publishers of Southern Living Style for sponsoring this giveaway! And good luck to everyone who enters!
**UPDATE: Comments are now closed. Thanks for entering!**