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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Blogger Block Party & Giveaway

Welcome to the Christmas Blogger Block Party.  I just love Heather and Vanessa of At The Picket Fence.   They were one of the first friend's I made in blogland and I truly value their friendship.  So of course when they asked me if I wanted to be a part of their Christmas Blogger Block party, I jumped at the chance.   Tonight's party is all about Christmas banisters.  

My banister is one of my favorite areas to decorate in my home.  I want the first impression when someone enters my home through the front door to be one of warmth and welcoming.
 I especially love it when it's all lit up at night.  
The bows are made using wired ribbon to coordinate with my decor.
I combine garland with lights, bows, flowers, and sugar plums.  

As with all decorating...it's all in the details.


Now I can't wait to see your banisters.  But before we get to the party, I have a special surprise.  I told you that December is going to be filled with giveaways, and today giveaway is especially amazing.

-----GIVEAWAY-----
The Summer Cottage is an Etsy shop with the most beautiful things.  Karen, the owner of The Summer Cottage, has owned an interior design business for 28 years and has worked on thousands of rooms for clients all over the US and even Japan!  Throughout her career, she has designed and created almost 100% of the items she provided for her clients herself, from sewing window treatments, pillows and bedding to creating custom floral arrangements and stenciling.  She is one very talented woman.  Now through The Summer Cottage, Karen offers the same unique and personalized items to design mavens everywhere.  So many of her products are customizable and are of the very highest quality workmanship that has always been the hallmark of her business.
  
Today, The Summer Cottage is graciously offering one DIYbyDesign reader a custom embroidered pillow.  Yep...you read that right...custom.  This elegant custom monogram pillow is the perfect personalized, eye-catching accessory to highlight any room in your home.  The "K" pillow pictured here is an 18" square cover surrounding an 18" pillow form.  The base fabric is an off-white decorator cotton fabric with a pretty linen weave effect.  The winner can choose a base color for the pillow as well as a braid (from choices they will be given) that will coordinate with the fabric chosen.  In addition the monogram thread color is also customizable.  The winner will have the opportunity to send photos of their room or the furniture they plan on using the pillow on to Karen and she will help you choose the perfect colors.  It's almost like getting an online decorator consultation!
The total value of this giveaway...over $95!!!

Are you excited? I know I am (too bad I can't enter my own giveaway...Lol)

Here's what you have to do:

MANDATORY

1.  You must be a follower of DIYbyDesign.  If you are already a follower, please consider following me on Facebook as well and leave me a comment letting me know.

2.  Please visit The Summer Cottage and let me know what else you love from her shop and stop back and leave me a comment letting me know.

OPTIONAL ENTRIES

3.  Post on Facebook, tweet or blog about the giveaway and come back here and leave me a comment letting me know.  

4.  Link up to today's party.  That's right.  Just by linking up you will have an additional entry.  

That's up to four entries for this gorgeous custom pillow.  



Ok, it's time to party.  Please grab this awesome button designed by Heather and have it somewhere on your post or on the sidebar of your blog letting people know you were at my party.  I love how it has my name on it.:) 


Also, please stop by At The Picket Fence  tonight to join in the doors 
and porches leg of this party as well. 




Can't wait to see what you've linked up.
-Judy

35 comments:

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Judy, your banister looks so pretty! It is so welcoming and inviting! Thanks so much for hosting this party!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Thank you for hosting this banister party! It is always fun to see other's ideas! I love your blog! I added you on Facebook to my favorites' page too! Your banister is lovely! It has some of my favorite colors in it! Merry Christmas!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

I love The Summer Cottage Believe scrabble pillow! So cute!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Beautiful job Judy! Thanks for hosting. I almost did not make it, but you pulled through for me, so I did for you:) Have a great night.

Gail said...

Your banister is beautiful Judy. It is so warm and inviting. Thanks for hosting.

Cindy said...

Gorgeous banister! I'm a follower, thanks for the chance to win!

Cindy said...

Love the Summer Cottage pillows and also her holiday swags...on tennis rackets too, so nice!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your banister looks great, Judy! I don't have one in the new place, but in our old house I used to take great care, too, because coming in our front door it was the first thing you'd see. I love how it kind of envelopes your chair and entry area just below it.

Great pillow! I could take that "as is"! : ) I love the holiday swag.

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

Love the banister!

I really like the Handpainted Birches cotton pillow. Pretty!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Hi Judy, I'm envious of your lights! If I want to add lights to my banister, I'd have to have an extension cord strung along the floor.

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh Judy it's so beautiful! I love all the details...your staircase is just so amazingly gorgeous. Okay now onto your sweet words...you made me tear up! Love you sweet friend, so glad to get to host this amazing party with you! The pillow....oh my just lovely! What a fabulous giveaway!

Heather

Terry said...

I am a follower and would love this giveaway.

Terry said...

I adore Summer Cottage's Oblong Pillow in the red and white with the D monogram. Of course, i would need an M.

Handmade by Hilani said...

Thanks for the Banister Blog Hop. :O)

Layn @ reignalayn.blogspot.com said...

I'm so your flollower! Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Awesome giveaway.

Layn @ reignalayn.blogspot.com said...

I love her monogramed pillows, but the Birches pillow is amazing! Had to go back a couple of times to check it out. Love it!

Lindsay said...

Your banister is gorgeous! Thanks for hosting this lovely party!

chedeb5353 said...

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chedeb5353 said...

I like the oblong monogramed pillow. chedeb5353@hotmail.com

debbie refresh restyle said...

Judy, your home is gorgeous! I wish that I had a banister so that i could join in the party! I'll check out everyone elses!
Debbie

Maria Elena said...

Judy, your banister decor is beautiful. Thank you for hosting this party!

Karen Jerread said...

Love your banister. Am a follower and like you on FB.

Karen Jerread said...

Wow is this woman ever talented. Everything in her shop is so beautiful. She has a sage monogrammed pillow that is really eye catching.

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

new to your beautiful blog and now a follower- 1st time here in the party too.
please enter me in the giveaway- thanks!!
Karen

kathy w said...

Your bannisters look wonderful! I liked you on FB. I really like the pillows at Summer Cottage.

Calypso In The Country said...

Your mantel looks gorgeous! I love the lights! Thanks for hosting!
-Shelley

Sue said...

My California ranch-style home doesn't have a bannister, but these are sure neat ones!

=)

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

I'm a follower

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

I like the personalized stocking ornament

custom picture frame said...

This one is gloriously looking one of the magnificent collection of the heart throbbing pictures. And the existing banister is truly looking awesome. The existing besides photo is exotically looking just great about it. Thanks for sharing.

The Lovely Mrs. P said...

I am your newest follower! I linked up tot he banister linky! And I love the Starfish Wreath! at The Summer Cottage! Thanks for hosting
Kim@madeinaday
http://madeinaday.com

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Just signed up as a follower and I love the Holiday door swag at the Summer Cottage!
I linked up to the party and thanks so much for hosting!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Lady Chris said...

I'm a follower of DIY by Design

Lady Chris said...

I love The Summer Cottage's Merry Christmas Handpainted Pillowcase

Princess Party Planner said...

Good post. I share all of these same.

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