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Book Review & Giveaway :: The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas

Recently I received a copy of Country Living’s The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas. Indeed it’s a little square book measuring only 7 x 7 inches, but don’t let the size fool you. This pint sized edition is loaded with big inspiration. It features a hand-picked collection of the magazine’s best advice (and how to instruction) on ways to organize, decorate or add a personal touch to your space. There’s even a chapter for gardeners giving smart secrets for growing lush, abundant landscapes. This book would make a fabulous house warming gift!

Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas REVIEW

With over 280 ideas presented, it wasn’t easy narrowing down my faves …  but here’s a few that caught my eye!

driftwood cabinet pull for fridgeblack painted china cabinetart wall from book illustrationsDIY toy barnyard animal candleholdersdiy wallpaper dressershadow box ribbon collectionDo you remember seeing this fun idea at work in the decorator show house equestrian bedroom?

Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas GIVEAWAY

I enjoyed reading this new DIY decor book and think you will too. The publishers have agreed to give one lucky Simplified Bee reader their own copy of The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas!

Here’s how to enter to win:

  • Simply leave a comment on this post (provide your email if I don’t have a way to contact you).
  • Extra Entry – become a new follower of Simplified Bee’s BlogTwitterPinterest or Facebook Page.
  • Extra Entry – mention this giveaway in a blog post, Facebook link, tweet or pin an image from this post, then leave a comment letting me know.
  • Please post a separate comment for each extra entry.

Entry period closes at midnight PST on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The winner will be chosen by and will be announced on the Simplified Bee Facebook page on Thursday, June 27, 2013.

Best of luck and happy decorating!


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Read full story By on June 19, 2013 in book, book review, decorating small spaces, Design Tips, DIY, Features, Giveaways, interior design, Tips/Tricks

Interior Designer, Angie Hranowsky’s Home + Weekend Reads

I’ve long been a fan of Charleston, South Carolina-based  interior designer, Angie Hranowky. The former graphic designer mixes pattern and color effortlessly. I especially like Angie’s style because it feels so personal, inviting and organic. When I heard that her new pad (a charming historic 1850′s home) was being featured in the latest Lonny Magazine, I just knew I’d love it. And indeed I did. Angie’s renting the home which has it’s challenges for anyone (including designers), yet she pulls it off amazingly. As you will see the window treatment, wall paint and lighting fixtures she selected make a huge impact in the space. In the article, Angie gives great tips on making a rental your own.

chic pink living room designroman shade in pinkchic chrome poster bedblue child's bedroom designorganized kid's play areapurple breakfast dining area

*images via Lonny Magazine

It’s Friday… one of my favorite days of the week. Over the weekend I’ll be diving into more shelter magazines and blogs. I thought I’d share a few links to blog articles I enjoyed this past week.

Mr Bazaar's organized pantry

Mr. Bazaar Styles his Pantry

inspiring organized kitchens

I Heart Organizing’s Kitchen Link Party Faves

sea inspired living room design

Pure Style Home’s Client’s Family Room Reveal


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Read full story By on April 12, 2013 in Bedroom, bedrooms, beds, curated look, Design Tips, home organization, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, Organization, Organizational tips, Playroom, Tips/Tricks, window treatments