Style Scouting: Vol 2

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Every September, I get the overwhelming desire to make everything in my house all tidy and fresh. I know it has to do with years of getting a new start when the school year began. For me, it’s a time of bigger changes than New Years Day in January brings.

Bloggers craft room tour

This year, I started by cleaning off my work table in my studioffice. While I was getting it tidy, I unearthed a pile of decorating, organizing, and lifestyle books that I gathered over the summer to give away to one of you.

Well better late than never, right? I love all these books, but I have read them and in my quest to keep my house clutter-free I don’t need them anymore and would like to pass them along to one of you to enjoy.

I am even including a paperback copy of my book, Instant Decorating. It is dated, but the projects themselves when done with the current trends in fabrics and color will help anyone who likes to decorate on a budget with little or no-sewing.

Also, before I head into weekend mode, I am sharing a few posts I found online this week that I found inspiring.  PLUS – don’t miss the last one…. It is a chance to win something BIG and comfy for your living or family room.

Decorating, Lifestyle & Craft Books

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This is the such a cute post, This Explains A Lot. Have you read it? I loved it!!!

I want to try this on my next furniture makeover.

Need some lightweight, but cozy fall throws? These are an easy DIY.

DIY candle in blue and white coffee cup

Have you ever made a candle?  This one has me wanting to make a few of my own. Angie has a great tutorial for candle making newbies like me.

I bought this cute little guy for my living room. He even has two smaller buddies. They hold a small candle, perfect for getting cozy on an autumn night. You will see him when I post my fall home tour on September 17th.

These free Fall prints may just be the thing to kick off your Fall and get you into that cozy, comfy, hot chocolate sipping mode!

Not to miss... Another giveaway… but this one is BIG!  What color would you choose?

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  1. I would be TICKLED (my fav. color)PINK to win these books!! Wow, what a fun collection of reading. You’re generous to give all those away, & I thank you. Blessings to everyone. :-)

  2. I would like to win the books! I’m presently recovering from surgery, so reading and crossword puzzles are high on the list.

  3. This a.m. I had knee surgery, & this lovely stack of books would sure help the recuperation along. Thanks for the consideration.

  4. I would like to win the books. We are have been painting and getting ready for new flooring and I am excited to make some changes in our décor.

  5. Never too late for any book! Thank you for sharing. Wondering what you thought of the Lagom book. Would love to reach that stage, but have so much accumulated at this stage of life. Also, as a crafter/maker, how does one truly Lagom?

  6. I would SO LOVE to win these books….they secretly told me they wanna come home with me. ;-) It’s a great giveaway for which I’m appreciative. Blessings to all!

  7. What the hey! I would like to win the books. My favorite thing- browsing books and magazines. A girl can dream can’t she!

  8. I love September/fall /new starts.
    I would like to win the books.
    I will never again buy a sofa that I haven’t already sat on.
    My last one was a very costly mistake. Although that Blue Sven does look pretty…

  9. I would like to win the books! There’s just no other experience than having and holding a book, especially a decorating book to peruse at my leisure. Great excuse to put the screen away! Thank you for offering this giveaway.

  10. I would LIKE to win the books– Love to win the books, I enjoy spending my free time in the kitchen, making new recipes and exploring new ideas for my home.

  11. Hi Diane,

    Thank you so much for sharing my candle tutorial! I was just looking at my candle making supplies and thinking I need to make some fall scented ones now that it’s Septempber!

    Have a great weekend.


  12. I would like to win the books. Planning a master bedroom makeover this winter, would be so helpful.
    Thank you!

  13. I just love a good book and I would love to win the books you are giving away!!!!

    lynda Hall

  14. I would love to win the books! :) Thank you for the inspiration and lovely giveaway.

  15. Dear Diane. I love the idea of winning your books, reading them, then passing them on. I am moving from an apartment to a home in a few weeks and could really use some ideas for my new space. Thank you for the opportunity!

  16. I would love to win the books, especially the organization one! LOL

    I love getting your e-mails because they make me thing that I could actually try some of this stuff.

  17. Diane, I enjoy all of your projects, big and small! I always learn something from every post.

    I would like to win the books. Thank you for offering these!

  18. Computers are wonderful but nothing beats a book! I would love to win the books! Thank you.

  19. Thanks Diane… I would love to win the books and regift them to the public library. LOVE your blog!

  20. I would like to win the books! Thanks for the giveaway! Wish i was as talented as you are…

  21. I would like to win the books. I’d also like to keep the chain going and pass them on when I am done.

  22. I would love to win the books!!!!!! Awesome giveaway, thank you for the chance!

  23. I would love to win the books.

    Thanks for sharing your great ideas, inspiration and the books!

  24. I also feel renewed and inspired in September. It’s a good time to take advantage of back-to-school sales and buy new notebooks and “school supplies” for my various projects. All of the books you are giving away look interesting. I’ve just been hearing about this Swedish lagom notion lately, I like the sound of that. And I’m sorry to say I hadn’t realized you had written a book – I’ve been following you for years so I’m not sure how I missed that!

  25. I would love to win these books in hopes that they inspire me to change my hoarding ways!
    Fall equals purge…..I’m on a roll but could use some direction.

  26. I would like to win the books! I am planning to retire at the end of June and these books would give me tons of ideas for filling my days!

  27. I would like to win the books. We are going to be buying our forever home next summer, and books full of ideas would be so helpful.

  28. I would LOVE to WIN the books…that you so graciously are giving away, Diane! Thanks for the fun contest & blessings to you! :-)

  29. What a joy it would be to win these books! I have pared down our lives since becoming empty nesters this summer after our daughter married. I would love to win then after reading pass them on to my friends that love decorating as much as I do! Love you blog! I have been a long time reader!

  30. I would really, really be appreciative and grateful if I won your books. Your blog has been such an inspiration and I have gotten so many beautiful ideas from you! Thank you for all your valuable time that you put into your blog.

  31. I’ve never heard of Sven sofas before now Ö That Shadow Gray is calling my new house’s name Ü
    Thanks so much!

  32. I would love to win the books! We just purchased a new house and I could use the help and advice.

  33. I just realized that I have read your book! Goodness … sometimes I wonder about my brain. Anyways – I have read all of your favorites thanks to the library! Your winner will certainly enjoy them!

  34. Would be great to win the books. I have donated many of mine – shelving gets to be a problem for me. I spend a good bit of time at the library instead of purchasing more. If I shoud win, like you I would pass them on after enjoying them. Love your posts and thanks so much for the chance to win. By the wayI use to be a SC girl. Moved to Vegas 11 years ago and just recently relocated to Boise Idaho. Still a southern girl at heart though.

  35. I live in Maryland, and I’d love to have a copy of your book! and any of these others, they all look delicious!

  36. I would like to win the books AND a new sofa! You are SUCH an inspriation! Thank you for sharing everything you do and making it look so simple, even I can do it.

  37. Diane, that Sven Blue sofa would be gorgeous in your MB! I want the Charme Tan OR the Chocolate…..thanks for passing this opportunity along!

  38. I would Love to win the books . I am going to be moving in the near future and will need ideas to decorate
    my new home !

  39. Hi, I would like…no, love…to win the books. As a recently retired teacher of 40+ plus years, my home needs attention and my crafting focus needs to leave the classroom behind. Thank you for making these books available.

  40. Hi Diane–
    I would love to win some of your books. I already have yours which I refer to quite often. I also love your blog!! You are extremely creative and it’s wonderful that you share your ideas, tips, and crafts with your readers. Keep up the good work!

  41. I would LOVE to win the books! Besides being your fan, I’m a book fanatic! LOL
    Thanks for the opportunity to win, Diane. And I’m like you about Fall and the “new school year”….I tend to want to buy new notebooks and pens and pencils. I even catch myself looking at crayons….thank goodness I have advanced far beyond crayons now, but I do still enjoy coloring with them on occasion. Decorating Books……oh my!

  42. I would LOVE to win the books! Thanks for the opportunity and even more for all your inspiration.

    1. Hi Leticia – I forgot to write that the book giveaway is only open to readers in the US. Just added it. Way too costly to ship anywhere else. Wish that wasn’t so. :-( Thanks for reading my blog. XO