Instagram Contest Winners!

An esteemed panel of judges (being myself, Lindsey and Allison– and some feedback from Baxter and Oliver) picked the winners of the West Elm / EOS the book instagram contest! It was SO SO SO hard to only pick six of you (especially all of you who added your dogs in the pictures…) but we did it.  If you are listed as a winner please e-mail me at with your addresses!

1) The Terrace bar cart goes to @briannebarrett (how awesome is that latte???)


My Favorite DIY Hack.

When I was finishing up my former master bedroom I really wanted to share how great this little project came out but couldn’t because I had to wait for the book. But now I can! I am no DIY master- that’s just not my thing and it’s important that as a designer, blogger and person I honor my strengths and know my weaknesses (like any projects involving a power drill, sanding or sewing, thirty seven steps or incredible amounts of patience). However, sometimes a budget restriction requires you to get a little bit crafty no matter how DIY-challenged you are. I was DYING to get a fabulous dresser by Redford House for this room.  But my renovation and decorating budget was completely busted and so I had to improvise. Enter IKEA, some nice hardware, Andrew and his powder drill!

The result is here- lovely, functional and totally doable!
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Lamp –  c/o Bunny Williams // Art- by me, another way to save money! // Rug- Mohr & McPherson (I borrowed this, so it’s still available! LOVE.) // Jewelry Boxes- West Elm // Buddha- Homegoods, similar here

Pinch Me…

Hard. Because I have to be dreaming.

There is no way this is real life. How is this possible??

Best Sellers - The New York Times2

To be a New York Times best-seller in my category was a secret/ absurd / totally crazy goal of mine when writing the book that I only JOKED about accomplishing.   And to get the call today that it HAPPENED just rocketed me into outer space.

I honestly cannot believe it. In fact, am speechless.

So just….THANK YOU.

EOS the Book Instagram Contest!

When I was designing the exterior of my book it was really important to me that it be a beautiful object with which to decorate and accessorize as well as a worthy book to read.  I was OBSESSED with the idea of a striped spine once I’d pictured using it in my own home on my vertical DWR Sapien bookshelves.  And I’m glad to see you guys agree that the book is pretty fetch (“Gretchen, stop trying to make “fetch” happen…”) OK, I’m cracking myself up now…


(my book hanging out with one of the my father-in law’s books in our guest room!)

Anywhoo, I’ve been seeing so many fun Instagrams of my book used within your homes in stacks, on coffee tables, in offices and so on,  so I thought it would be fun to run a little contest in the same vein with my friends at West Elm!  Six of you can win my fave favorite items from West Elm just by posting a creative picture of EOS the book all styled up.