living room facelift

29 October 2014

One of my many life skill deficits is having a totally blind eye for interior decor; or any decor but most especially the interior variety. I'm mostly totally okay and comfortable with my God given not-talent but when we spend so much time sitting/playing/reading in the living room I've often thought it would be nice not to feel less than warm and tingly feelings about its appearance. My brother and I painted it last Thanksgiving which most certainly helped a ton but with the help of Lulu & Georgia (spoiler alert: quickly scroll down for an awesome giveaway or stay here and listen to me) I was able to freshen things up a bit. And now the feelings are all kinds of hot and happy. Inappropriate feelings about a living space? Why not?!

Our awesome wedding photographer (well, his awesome wife) sent this wedding canvas to us because 5.3 years in and we have yet to print any wedding photos to hang. And Simon's grandpa sold his house and is slowly getting rid of furniture and so we lucked out with this 8,000 pound mirror that I adore. Lulu & Georgia sent this gorgeous Lullaby Rocking Chair that is awesome because you can just wipe it clean and it's totally Bash-proof as he has already done his best to destroy it. Love this corner.


It's tough to strike the "have to live here but don't want a massive mess" balance with kids and their toys although we are mean parents and relegate two baskets of toys and a few books for the upstairs (the rest goes in the basement but is slowly being donated before we move .... sshhhh) but I thought this Lulu & Georgia Ronan Bookshelf would help solve that conundrum ...


Simon doesn't trust the kids around our nice books (rightly so) so he's already packed some of them away but I saved a few for the top of the shelf ....


... and if you were wanting to compliment me on my faux greenery creations, you may. And if you were thinking they look hideous and terrible, they were totally Simon's idea.


And here we have another mirror snag from Simon's grandpa's attic. And my fearless prop in Phoebe'e circus ...


I've had that Ikea couch since long before I met Simon and we'll probably have it for many years to come because it's so easy to clean with baby wipes but I don't love it.

I do love these Lulu & Georgia LiLou Pillows that spruce it up a bit ...


... and Prop #2 does too, obviously.

Lulu & Georgia has tons of amazing inventory like this and this and THIS. Each page is better than the next and manages to walk the "not so trendy that this will look weird in five years" line very well. I was so flattered that they wanted to collaborate because our house is the furthest thing from stylish but it was a ton of fun to help it along. When we go down to look for houses in Florida I know I'll just be envisioning where I can put my new grown up furniture and not worrying about bedroom logistics or if the backyard is fenced in for my runners. 

So there's a $250 Lulu & Georgia credit up for grabs today! Theo has generously volunteered his affection to all the losers (ahem, non-winners) ...


... so how can you go wrong? (Phoebe says, "you can.")

Follow the Rafflecopter to victory and thanks for reading and playing!!

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441 comments:

  1. Wow, it looks great! Love the bookcase!

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  2. I loooovveee that book case!!

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  3. I got 99 problems. That bookshelf would solve roughly two of them. Possibly three.

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  4. Opal mirror. By far. So gorgeous!!! Also. Some of the rugs are awesome. How can I choose??

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  5. LOVE Lulu & Georgia! My favorite is the Painted Desert rug, hands down.

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  6. I've always loved their rugs! And now I really need a new rug for my nursery. This would be super helpful!!

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  7. I commented, but not sure if it showed up - so again - I like the wall hangings from Lulu and Georgia!

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  8. I love the Asher Side Table - it is lovely!

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  9. I really need that bookshelf in my life, right now! Perfect for homeschool supplies. I also LOVE the rugs and pillows. This minimalist mama loves the clean lines and natural look to a lot of their items!!!

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  10. Our dark livingroom needs 2 lamps and I love all of their options!

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  11. So much great stuff. Love the bookcase and the greenery.

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  12. There are so many neat items! Love the twisted ebony floor lamp!

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  13. We have some IKEA furniture that I do not love, but always find I can not live without, so we just keep lugging it along with us for the ride we call "moving all the damn time". (My husband is in the Air Force, we aren't gypsies.) (Not that there'd be anything wrong if we *were* gypsies, but we're not.) (I'm too lazy to erase all of that, so just ignore me.)

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  14. We are desperately in need of an entry table--that Fairmont one looks nice.

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  15. I've never heard of these so called Lulu & Georgia people. I will go forth and educate myself.

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  16. love that tilde geometric pendant. ...like diamonds in the sky...

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  17. I've been trying to find "THE" perfect chair for our bedroom since I redid the closet and got rid of a hideous dresser (making room for a chair) and I'm pretty sure I just found five. One that my husband would approve of (The Churchill Chair) but four others that are so pretty to look at! And then I found about 5,834 other things that I wanted. Nbd.

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  18. I love that bookshelf! And from their website, I love the crush vase in green.

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  19. I love the Better days print set and the be yourself print

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  20. Mirrors! Hard to buy pieces like that these days - they look great! I badly want a LARGE mirror for our living room. And a console table... We shall see!

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  21. Love Lulu & Georgia! i'm a huge fan of the their rugs especially!

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  22. My husband and I just bought a house and I could totally use one of their rugs!!! Or any of it, really... it's cute!

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  23. I am a teensy bit green with envy over that bookshelf.... looks great!

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  24. love the pillows and book shelf! such a good living room pick me up

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  25. Oh my gosh, I can't decide on just one thing to comment on. The Morrocan poufs are amazing, and the throw pillows, and etc. etc. etc.

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  26. Need that rocking chair! And can I just say...I'm loving all the blog posts!

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  27. Oh wow, so many pretty things to choose from! It would be so exciting to pick out a housewarming gift for ourselves.

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  28. Love the city prints, they would look great all together for the traveler!

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  29. Just moved into a bigger place that is in dire need of some pretty things like that bookshelf!

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  30. That bookshelf is perfect! And I love all of their prints, so punny :)

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  31. love lulu and georgia! i've had my eye on the painted desert rug for a while- super cute!

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  32. I've been on the hunt for an overdyed blue/turquoise rug (they seem stylish but still hard to destroy) and I am loving both the Kuma and Chadna rugs!

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  33. Love their rugs and lights and, well, basically everything! But esp. the Mirabelle rug!

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  34. Went right to look at their table lamps since ours are A. ugly. B. broken. Super cute, especially the white ones. Thanks!

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  35. I love so many things but seriously obsessed with their morroccan pouf and the teak cube!

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  36. We desperately need a new rug. Our terrible rug is still throwing lint everywhere 9 months later, and I can't cope with it anymore. Adding far too much lint and dust to our lives.

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  37. I am in LOVE with the Ronan bookshelf! I have a huge open wall in my living room that I have been trying to fill with a statement piece and that would be perfect! Fingers crossed!!!

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  38. If "all of it" doesn't suffice, then I'd have to say a pair of the Maurova Lamps. And then all the rest of the site, because their stuff is amazing!

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  39. I'm actually in desperate need of that bookshelf. Thanks!

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  40. Aussie coffee table - needed in the worst way.

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  41. Oh, the jojo rug in blue for sure. Blue stripes have always been my downfall.

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  42. I've been eyeing the TILDE GEOMETRIC PENDANT big time!

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  43. The Maddox Chair would be perfect in the reading nook I dream of adding to our master bedroom.

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  44. Love the state pillows-so cute! All of the rugs are gorgeous-I can't decide!

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  45. I'd totally put the money toward a couple Florence ottomans in royal blue!

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  46. Love the lullaby rocking chair!!

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  47. My cat is notorious for ruining rugs... so I have had my eye on a new one for a while!

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  48. The greenery was a perfect addition to the bookcase!

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  49. Fun, bright pillows all the way!! :)

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  50. That bookshelf!! No words but NEED IT!!

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  51. i love the tristan chair in beige.

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  52. Love the Brier Teak Accent Table and all of their pillows!

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  53. I love the chalk boards!!! So cute

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  54. Um, we have way too many books ... I think I'd go with a bookshelf! :)

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  55. The Console tables are beyond! Love!!

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  56. LOVE that shelving unit!!! And the greenery - nice touch ;-)

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  57. The table lamps. Any of them. But specifically the Reita Lamp (Aqua). Also, designer nerd alert: their logo. Swoon!

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  58. Love the face lift! I need pillows for the couch and master...so I'd go with a few of their lovely options.

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  59. I love the Moroccan poufs in any color but the white one (kiddos)

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  60. Girl, look at that room looking all fancy! That mirror is amazing. Also, we have the same Ikea couch! After three years with that couch I thought it was indestructible... but our foster dog is clearly proving me wrong with her lovely scratch marks on it. Doesn't she know we shop at Ikea for a reason? #moneydoesntgrowontrees

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  61. We just moved I to our first house that is bigger than out previous apartment and we are in desperate need of some furniture! Love the bookshelf and all their rugs!

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  62. I have been on the hunt for a good book-holder in our kids' room and I THINK I have settled on the ronan bookshelf :)
    Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!!

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  63. That is the book case that I have been looking for! Rustic but still classy.

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  64. I love the huge selection of rugs! Have a couple picked out for our nursery. I am hoping it's a girl so we can get the Caitlyn rug in rose blush!!

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  65. Too cute! I need some interior love like none other.

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  66. It looks great, Grace, and I'm so impressed with your bookshelf styling! They can be so daunting!

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  67. Ohhh my gosh that book case! I love the mirrors too. I'm on the hunt for some pretty antique mirrors, and now I'm missing them even more!

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  68. I love the Jojo Indoor/Outdoor Rug in Blue!

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  69. This is amazing! Love the mirrors and the bookshelf.

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  70. I loooooove all their cushy-looking chairs, and those colors are awesome!

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  71. Um hello the Rizzo Bench in Hot Pink is crying out to me. What an awesome giveaway!

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  72. My fav piece is the the Hidalgo armchair, $564.

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  73. Our living room needs new throw pillows more than you know.

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  74. The room looks great! And still kid friendly :)

    I love their poufs and rugs!!

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  75. Love the pillows- our couch could use some freshening, too.

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  76. That Roman bookshelf is everything. And I want 40 of the Red Poppies print. kthanks.

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  77. The Tamarack Teak Wood Console is amazing.

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  78. I love that bookshelf, so unique!

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  79. The desert painted rug has been on my wishlist! Waiting for it to be back in stock for weeks now.

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  80. That shelving unit is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  81. Thanks for this opportunity. Your babies are absolutely adorable!

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  82. I've never heard of this store before... trouble. Your bookshelf has inspired me.

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  83. Ahh so much prettiness over there! I really like all the map print wall art, especially Manhattan & Paris.

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  84. Also - I love the mexican blankets on LuLu and Georgia!

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  85. I love the lisette tower chairs in red!

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  86. Love the home state pillows! And I also love that Bermuda pineapple!

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  87. I really like that Ronan bookshelf.

    Also, do you have a book called Simon and Grace? That's awesome. (And also, I apparently can't help reading other people's book titles even online.)

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  88. loving the fake greenery, giving you the credit, also loving the bookshelf, need the bookshelf and maybe another little one to be my prop in photos.

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  89. the yellow lemon drop rug and the state pillows!

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  90. I am crazy in love with that bookshelf! And I want scoop up one of those garden stools!

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  91. I love that bookshelf. We just moved and our new home is so empty and cold. I need some cute touches.

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  92. I love the Deandra mirror. And your bookcase. I didn't see it on the website, though.

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  93. i'm moving soon and want to buy every single piece for our new place but i'd probably end up with the ladder shelf or the marcy bar cart!

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  94. I'm in the market for new pillows!

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  95. I don't know how I will ever choose WHEN I win (wink wink wink wink) but right now I'm leaning towards the Knitted Cube Pouf, the Mikel Throw in aqua, or maybe just maybe I'd choose the Pinhole Rug in grey to replace our lovely, but dog-scented living room rug.

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  96. You are hilarious! I love the green on top of that awesome book case!

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  97. Ahhhh! I love it all! You did an awesome job! And those mirrors, man, does he have any he wants to ship to Alaska? I mean shipping can't be that bad on 8,000 lbs right? But seriously it all looks amazing!

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  98. Love the bookshelf and the chair! I know the feeling about "the good books". Out of sight...out of mind.

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  99. Pillows, pillows, pillows. I am in desperate need of a pillow refresh!

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  100. I have the exact same Ikea couch and I will have it until my last kid graduates high school so like for another twenty years. totally need the pavia blue rug or a coffee table

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  101. I would love one of those Moroccan poufs (I know...last one to that party!) for Harper's nursery. Those shelves you snagged are awesome. You are a brave mama, I could see my 2 year old scaling those suckers the minute I finished stocking them!

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  102. The gray pavia rug for our secret room!

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  103. I never win these things buttttttt I need that bookcase.

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  104. love the bookcase (and the greenery!)! So so cute!

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  105. oh oh oh. I want all the things... loving the moroccan poofs on the website.

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  106. We are moving to Seattle in a couple of weeks and, thus, into a new home. We sold a ton of stuff so we have a ton of stuff to get...excited about this giveaway. Also, I love that rocking chair!

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  107. I love the fairmount coffee table!

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  108. I am obsessed with that bookcase! Love it!!

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  109. I like the square knot poofs, perfect for kids.

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  110. That bookcase is gorgeous! I love it!

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  111. So many gorgeous things! I'd love to have that bookshelf for our family room.

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  112. Seriously loving that bookcase! I'm eyeing the Kadence rug in ice blue!

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  113. I have been married for 16 years, 3 kids in, and still don't have grown up furniture.

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  114. I love the estee table lamps. They would be perfect in my bedroom! Must win...

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  115. Not sure if my previous comment posted but I think you made some great choices! And I am right there with you on the non printing and hanging of the wedding photos . . .

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  116. The bookcase is very well styled for someone who claims to have no decor skillz! :)

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  117. Looks great! I love the Lullaby Rocking Chair

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  118. Love the bookcase and how you've decorated it!

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  119. I *like* my leather IKEA couch,too. Our last fabric one was torn apart by cats & dogs so we got one that could be wiped down easily and doesn't attract claws. I do miss the coziness of fabric.

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  120. Amazing giveaway! Especially since we're buying a new home!

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  121. I LOVE the bookshelf, but for now I think the "You and Me" doormat will be perfect for the first home that my boyfriend and I have together. :)

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  122. would love to have this gift card! our home needs some new pieces!

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  123. I want that rocker you got. It's modern, yet timeless! I can replace my stained and weary recliner.

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  124. Ah! Yes please! We JUST moved into a new house in a new city and we're rushing to get things unpacked and decorated before our first baby arrives mid-December. I would just love to win some free decorating money :)

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  125. Love all their stuff...especially the pillows!

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  126. Looked at the website, I want ALL of the wall prints. Would make attractive replacements for my kindergartener's marker art.

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  127. Love the TRINA TURK ANZA EMBROIDERED PILLOW, PERSIMMON pillow. Perfect.

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  128. Your living room looks beautiful and cozy!

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  129. That lullaby rocking chair and sheepskin rug are perfection!

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  130. I loooove the bookcase you got! I am a hoarder of bookcases, and may or may not have stolen one of Jeff's... don't tell him.

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  131. Need a place to store our Racing Rody

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  132. I love the pillows! My living room neeeeeeds them!

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  133. Love the Ronan bookshelf! Like you said it is definitely timeless and would look great with the rest of our rustic chic living room!

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  134. i love the otago lattice pendant! so cute!

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  135. I love all the prints! Ahhh and everything

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  136. I love the bookshelf you got! I would totally love that

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  137. aaaand that bookshelf nailed it!

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  138. I'd have to copy you - that ronan bookshelf would be perfect in our bedroom!

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  139. After 4.3 years of marriage, we haven't printed a single wedding photo. You have me beat!

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  140. Dying over that bookshelf!!! Though in sure it would be torn to pieces in .00002 seconds at our house. Also. tHE RUGS. I'm such a sucker for rugs.

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  141. I actually think the greenery looks good girl. And the state & international pillows… I love!

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  142. LOVE that bookshelf! But I also love...the Maylin throw in waterfall and the NY print and the Always be waiting for me :) ha The California dish towel is a cute gift idea too! Love your blog Grace, you (and of course your kids) are the cutest!

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  143. Oh. The painted desert rug is amazing!!

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  144. Loving all the wall art - especially the city prints by Rifle & Co. I'd pick those in an instant!

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  145. Love the Railway Bundle Bench!

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  146. So much prettiness! I especially like the Moroccan poufs!

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  147. Ooh! So many beautiful pieces! I'm partial to the Lullabye rocking chair because it reminds me of a

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  148. Love the pillows - especially the Shanghai Links Needlepoint one!
    xoElaine

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  149. Of an Eames rocker.
    Sorry, I forgot you can't edit a blog comment on an iPad. Whoops.
    Also, my entry is under my full name, maybe I can email it to you.

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  150. So many fun things! I love all of the prints!

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  151. "At this time, we do not offer shipping internationally or to Hawaii or Alaska." *cries* The line that slays me every.single.time. We just bought a house and I am ALL KINDS on the hunt for super fantastic things. I have zero interior design talent as well, so I recruit the help of friends that do! BUT... it wouldn't be Wednesday if something I wanted couldn't be shipped to Hawaii. Cry for me.

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  152. Love the lamps! Can't pick just one :).

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  153. I LOVE the bookshelf you picked out and I totally want to copy! (Sarah H)

    shoskinsfam at yahoo dot com

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  154. I love the Moroccan poufs and the lemon drop rug. Actually, I love everything, I'm a huge fan on the website!

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  155. I could spend it all on pillows and still not have enough!

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  156. I love the book shelf and would even enjoy the faux greens.

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  157. That gold mirror is so awesome. From L&G I love the Reita lamp in aqua!

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  158. That bookshelf is awesome but I need those pillows!

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  159. love the bookshelf! love the pillows.

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  160. I think our bedroom could really use the Zerah Rug.

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  161. oh man i love their rugs. the girl on a budget option came up with some super nice ones! and i think i have crush on their karmon chairs ;)

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