Design Rules Giveaway

My friends, I just finished reading the first nonfiction book that I. COULD. NOT. PUT. DOWN.

I hereby boldly predict that DESIGN RULES: The Insider’s Guide to Becoming Your Own Decorator, by Elaine Griffin will soon become the BIBLE of home decor for us fanatically amateur decorators. (I say soon because this book just came out yesterday!)
Reading this book is like meeting your best friend, who happens to be an interior designer, at Starbucks, and picking her brain for hours on end, never realizing that you’ve missed three meals and the laundry is growing mold in the washer.
Ahem. Not that that’s ever happened to ME, mind you.
The inside cover of this book says that Elaine is “one of the country’s leading interior designers and style experts. She is a graduate of Yale (!) University and attended the New York School of Interior Design.”
Uh-oh, I thought, she’s one of those snobby designer types. The ones whose only clients are ultra-rich and stylish. She’s probably never worked with a Mom in central Ohio that only has $25 to redo her powder room.
Boy, was I WRONG. This book is written in a delightfully conversational style. Elaine is down to earth and downright chatty.
The book is divided into twelve chapters: the first nine are full of ideas for specific rooms (even the laundry room!), numbers nine and ten cover window treatments and flooring, respectively, and number twelve is all about choosing colors.
Each chapter covers the “design rules”, as well as how (and when) to follow them, break them, or just plain ignore them. Elaine offers tips for furniture arranging and accessorizing for small city apartments, palaces, and everything in between.
This is a fabulous book to read straight through, like I did, or to use “encylopedia style” and look up information as you need it.
Here’s my favorite “rule”: “Rooms should look like the people who live in them. Because if your house doesn’t look like you, then, sugar, you never really get to go home.”
Nuff said.
NOW FOR THE SURPRISE: YOU CAN WIN A COPY FOR YOURSELF!! Gotham Books is offering a free copy of DESIGN RULES to one lucky REINVENTED reader.
Just leave a comment on this post to be entered to win.
Living with Lindsay is giving away a copy of DESIGN RULES too! Head on over there to double your chances!
(Note: I was contacted by Gotham Books (wheee!) and received a copy of this book in exchange for this review. I was not paid for my opinion, my awe and excitement over this book are my own!)

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134 thoughts on “Design Rules Giveaway

  1. OMG – nobody on the planet could need this book as badly as I do! I’ve got so many half-completed projects going that my husband is threatening to revoke my ‘trophy wife’ status. As it turns out, he wants to demote me to “stay-at-home-mom”, which I feel doesn’t have quite the same ring to it…
    Mandy Diercks

  2. Also new to your blog, and you to my blog reader, and loving it! This book is right up my alley. I am guessing that even if I don’t win this will be on my Dear Santa letter. Thanks for the review.

  3. I love your blog! I always get excited when I see you have updated with a new post!!! I would love to have that book. I need it because I always have questions that go unanswered….well except for the answers I give myself! (They dont count)

  4. I CAN’T WAIT to read it! Your enthusiaam about the book is contagious. I’m already excited. If I don’t win. I’ll definitely purchase the book! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  5. Thanks for stopping by Jen and Juice and leaving a comment on the pin-board! I am glad someone wrote the rules to decorating! I kinda think I might need it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Pick me pretty please Kimm – I need this book!

    I’m with Lindsay up there – that random thingy hates me – it never picks me!

    Would love to win a copy though, for real!

  7. Yay! I soooo want to win this book!! I could certainly use a little help in decorating my new place and this sounds like the kind of guidance I am looking for. Pick me! Pick me! :0)

    Pam

  8. Uh, so a room should look like the person who lives there? Um, well, I’m so clueless about what that even might mean so you can tell I NEED this book! LOL! But, if I took this literally, then I should get a plus size house … sorry for the silliness, I need a nap! Hope I win!

  9. I’m glad that you liked this design book. I’ve purchased so many in my time and some of them truly fall short of sharing any NEW information. Sounds like this is book is a winner and I would love to be a winner of this book. Thank you for offering this as a giveaway!

  10. Still living in a freshly painted just about bare home (since June) and though I have plenty of ideas rattling around in my head, I have yet to just START. This book would give me a great place to start from!

  11. Since I homeschool my nine year old while chasing my 15month old around the house, there are not many books these days I can read cover to cover. But the reference option sounds great! Thanks for the opportunity. I desperately need to perk up things around here, and the expert advice would be so nice.

  12. As I type this comment I have drywall dust in my hair, paint spattered on my forearms, and the broken and chipped fingernails of a do-it-yourselfer! I promise I’ll follow the decorating rules if I know what they are!

  13. Please enter me! After eight years of marriage we are finally coming close to having a “real” job and buying our first home. I could really put that book to good use for the first time in many years.

  14. This is the second positive review I have seen on this book today, I might actually buy it full price retail instead of waiting for it to hit the discount bookstores – that is if I don’t win it!

  15. I could really use this book since I don’t like the way I decorate, you know, like I don’t have a clue! But I’m learning!!!

  16. Midway through a divorce, am creating my own place, and I would like it to be beautiful, not bland. I haven’t grasped how to achieve symmetry and balance & would love to know more! Thanks for the opportunity.

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