Thursday, August 25, 2011

Back Decor8ing

I didn't know what to write for a while there.  In some ways I still don't.  What I do know is that life goes on, whether I'm ready or not.  I had been trying to think of something to do or somewhere to go to break the cycle of eating sweets at home in my pajamas.  Since I've been out of the loop, I was surprised and then thrilled to see this post this morning.

I walked hurriedly down 4th Street taking in my city by foot for the first time since the move.  A herd of Harley's roared toward the game.  As they slowed by the light, I heard one of them spreading Michael Jackson love through his speakers and several of my fellow pedestrians smiled or bobbed their heads to Billy Jean.  For the first time since living here, I felt like I was an extra in the city scene rather than the stand out tourist unsure of her way.  It felt good.

Holly was everything I imagined her to be and more - lovely, kind and inspirational.  I caught the tail end of her mood board demo then headed straight back to the book signing line, forgoing the tablescape of sweets (Lord knows I have enough of those).  I ended up at the head of the line, nervously chatting with a friendly Bay area native.  I readied my camera to find dead batteries.  My cell phone camera had to do in a pinch.  The picture is awful, but Holly's brooch and my boots are my favorite.
In addition to tweeting me back and saying she would look for me, she was such a dear about signing the book for one of my sweet readers.

Yes, you read right.  The book I walked through the city for, the book you can't get on Amazon, the book signed by Holly herself - it could be yours.

You can leave a comment a day through Monday at midnight PDT.  The name will be drawn at random.  In your comment, let me know what room most badly needs some decorating!

Kisses to my fabulous readers for their love and support - so glad I can give something back to you!

20 comments:

  1. How nice!! I would love to win a copy!! My basement is in need of an overload. :(

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  2. wow! that is such a wonderful and generous thing!

    The room in our house that needs redecorating the most would have to be my little sunroom/sewing room. Loads of potential, needs new flooring, good shelving, a new cupboard, and a paint-job. The problem is (as always) time & money...

    info {at} tractorgirl {dot} com {dot} au

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  3. That is sweet, I would love to own the American version too! Our bedroom and study need a paint job. Already picked out some lovely Farrow & Ball tones.
    x Iris

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  4. Ps Sending you strength after your recent loss...

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  5. What a nice evening for you! I would love to get her book, as I haven't snagged one yet! It us my living room that needs a redo, desperately! I have painted, but I really need new furniture and that is just not in the budget right now. Darn kids wanting to go to college!!!

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  6. Still thinking of you guys.
    what a neat experience to meet Holly!

    our bedroom needs some [ok, a lot of] attention!

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  7. Oh I would love to win this! I am not so great at pulling rooms together and would definitely appreciate inspiration and advice. How sweet of you to give away an autographed copy! Also glad to hear you're starting to feel a bit more settled in your new city.

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  8. So sad I missed the event, but I had a last minute girls night out. Let's meet up next week!!!

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  9. That is awesome! And I think you look great in that pic :)

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  10. love your boots! our living room is the worst, or maybe BIL's room. too bad I can't touch that! :P

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  11. Glad to see you back, I've been thinking of you!

    So cool! I think our living room could definitely use some love!

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  12. so cool that you are giving away a *signed* copy!! our living room is looking really bare, and i've looked through the book a bit already (i loove it) so i know it would be a huge help in planning everything out.

    amy@thankyoucardsshop.com

    thanks!

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  13. What an awesome giveaway!! It would make a great coffee table book, I love decor8!

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  14. Awesome giveaway!

    And I'm so glad to hear that you're getting settled in and starting to feel like SF is your home :)

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  15. I would LOVE to win this!!
    What a great giveaway :)

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  16. My living room/dining room needs som major help! It's this one big open space with vaulted ceilings and windows everywhere. I only have a mirror (above the fireplace) decorating the walls, I'm so stuck :S

    G_Patton@hotmail.com

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  17. Our nursery!! I would love to get a book!

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway!!! Our bedroom needs the most redecorating--it has 30-year-old ugly green carpeting in it!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

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  19. Thanks for passing your story and the inspiration along. Our bedroom is a hot mess. Each piece a different century...

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  20. Ack darn I *just* missed the sign up for this giveaway! The book sounds awesome. We're in process of having our new family home build and I know I could have used some decorating inspiration!

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