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Hi friends,

The day has come to celebrate you.  Why, you ask?  This week marks my 1 year blogiversary and I couldn’t have gotten here without your support.  To thank you, I put together a few of my favorite things just for you!  Here they are and why they are my favorite things.

I preordered Phoebe Howard‘s new book weeks ago and it finally came last week.  As soon as I received it, I knew it would be an instant classic.  I can already tell this will be a book that I refer to again and again in the years to come.  Phoebe’s style is classic and timeless, but it’s her back story that first drew me to her.  You see, Phoebe, like me, is a self taught designer.  She has no formal training in interior design.   She was a stay at home mom, who followed her passion.  She says in the introduction that she did not choose this career.  It chose her.  That’s how I feel as well.  It’s something I love and I do not feel complete unless I’m doing it.  I hope you enjoy Phoebe’s book as much as I do.


If you’ve read my blog for any time, you know that I have a passion for art.  This passion takes me to dk Gallery on the Marietta Square quite often.  This gift to you would not be complete without a piece of original art.  This piece is a watercolor by Maureen Engle.  Her loose, impressionistic style is beautiful whether she is painting in oil, acrylic or watercolor.   This flower reminds me of an old fashioned gardenia and makes me smile.  I hope you love it too.

A yard of Waverly’s Paddock Shawl is a gorgeous addition to any space.  Blue and white is a color palette I never tire of.  It is a wonderful traditional base, but add in a splash of citrine and it’s given a modern update.  This fabric would make beautiful pillows or even a gorgeous runner for your dining table.

And, last but not least, no space is complete without a little sparkle.  This mercury glass votive holder adds the perfect final touch.

What do you need to do to win my favorite things?  Only one thing.  Leave a comment.  No following (unless you want to!) or joining or giving me your first born.  This is a gift to you.  My way of saying thanks for an amazing year.  None of us know what’s to come over the next year, but I promise to continue bringing you information that will help you love your home.  Today is about you.  Thank you, for everything.

P.S. You can enter more than once by tweeting, facebooking or blogging about the giveaway.  Just be sure to leave another comment and let me know that you did it!


36 Responses

  1. How generous of you Lori! It’s been so much fun following along with you and quite the learning experience as well in my quest for being self taught as well. I’m looking forward to another year of blogging with you! Thanks for the inspriation my friend 🙂

  2. Always a pleasure to visit you and learn from you. Thank you for your energy and generous spirit.

  3. Happy Blogiversary!! So wonderful that you are doing what you love and sharing it with everyone.

  4. Hi Lori,
    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! Your giveaway package is fabulous in that it represents what you are about. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us. Frankly, I would never have guessed that you were self-taught because you are so good!

  5. I’m a budding designer, happily devouring any incite you give — thanks and congratulations on your anniversary milestone!

  6. Congrats again on one year! It has been a pleasure reading your blog and getting inspired I have also enjoyed getting to know you personally while helping you create your beautiful rooms! Here’s to another great year for you, your business and your beautiful girls. Oh, and I wouldn’t mind winning the book either. Looked like something I would enjoy when you featured it earlier.

  7. I LOVE you’re celebrating your one-year anniversary! I love your positive message of passion in what you do!! Thank you!! What an exciting time and milestone in your blogging life 🙂 I wish you continued success and growth!!

  8. Hi Lori, I just came over from Holly’s blog to tell you I like the way you work – nice article! I like what you said about preparation and flexibility. I just subscribed to your blog via feedburner – congratulations on your blogiversary … the watercolor you are giving away is beautiful. xo Sherri

  9. I’ve really enjoyed your blog. I am design impaired and need all the help I can get.

  10. Congratulations! I really enjoy your blog, I think I found it from Rhoda’s. I could really use that book…I need all the help I can get!

  11. Congrats on your 1st Year, you have done a tremendous job. I wish you all the best in your coming year. Thanks for all the inspiration,

  12. Congratulations on your anniversary. I enjoy your blog and read it daily. Great job!

  13. Congratulations on a terrific 1st year! Your giveaway is awesome. The art print is just what I need to complete my guest room makeover. Fingers crossed!

  14. Congrats on your first year! Your work and your design ideas are great and I am glad you have this blog to share them with all of us. Love this giveaway! I have a space on my coffee table for that book and a place on my wall for the artwork! Let’s try to get together after busy season!

  15. I’ve already purchased (and devoured) Phoebe’s book (love!!), so please don’t count me in the giveaway … but I had to comment anyway to congratulation you on your blog anniversary! Yay for you!!! So glad you started blogging so we could “meet”!

  16. Congratulations on your blog anniversary. I have really enjoy following your blog. Your blog was my introduction to the WORLD OF BLOGs. It’s an addiction, but thank you. The book looks very interesting, if I don’t win it I will be buying it!

  17. Congratulations on your blog anniversary. Yours was my introduction to blogging, it’s an addiction. But thank you anyway. The book looks very interesting, if I don’t win it I will buy it. DK Gallery is the best, hope we cross paths there again.

  18. Happy 1st year to you! I am a fellow Atlanta (Marietta & now Cumming) girl and have been following for several months. Your work inspires this stay-at-home-artist-mom! Best wishes and thanks for the wonderful opportunity!

  19. Congrats on your blogiversary! I also saw your feature over at West Elm’s Front & Main today. Congratulations!!!

  20. Congratulations on your bloggiversary Lori! I’m so happy you decided to start blogging. What a nice giveaway, I would love a copy of phoebe’s book.

  21. Hi Lori- Congratulations on your one year blogiversary!! I’m addicted to your site..I spend my free time viewing blogs and can not seem to find the time to actually apply the designing ideas!!! I stop by daily for inspiration.

  22. Congratulations on your blogiversary!
    As a newer blogger, and a new follower, it is so inspiring to browse your blog and see how far all of your hard work and talent has taken you. Just stopped over from Amanda’s blog – love her too! – and enjoyed reading your post while drinking MY morning coffee!
    How nice of you to offer us a gift on your anniversary…love the artwork and book. Thanks for the chance to win. Have a great day ~ Laura

  23. Congrats on your anniversary, your blog is so much fun! I adore Mrs. Howard and I think she is so special. That watercolor is to die for, I only wished I lived close enough to see her artwork in person. Cheers to another year of great blogging!

  24. Congrats on one year Lori! Here’s to many more years to come 🙂 I always look forward to reading and seeing what great stuff you are working on and finding.