A Dream Event Venue

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My project manager Lindsey showed me this amazing place, The Barn at Flanagan Farm, an amazing event venue close to Portland, Maine and I just about died.  This spectacular barn and farmhouse, lovingly and painstakingly renovated by new owner Gail Landry (read more about the process here), is such a warm, gorgeous spot to celebrate some of life’s greatest moments. And what design inspiration too!

A Wedding You Just HAVE To See.

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I saw the wedding of fellow Boston blogger Amelia Eichholz yesterday on Style Me Pretty and just about fell of my chair. This has to be one of the most gorgeous weddings I have ever seen.  Designed by the formidable event wizards of Bash, Please and photographed by First Mate Photo Co. (you can see even more pics on their blog) this event is perfection from top to bottom. Take a look…

OUR BIGGEST GIVEAWAY EVER!!!!

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OK guys, it’s T-minus 8 DAYS until my book comes out (and I’m currently breathing into a paper bag…)  In celebration I get to host one HELL of a giveaway- oh yes, this will be the biggest, best giveaway we’ve ever done here on EOS.  I’ve teamed up with Simon & Schuster (my publisher) and Lulu & Georgia to bring you three different, awesome prizes to win in a variety of ways- enter by pre-ordering the book (or sharing where you pre-ordered), liking or following me and Lulu & Georgia on various social media or tweeting about the book release.

** Side note: For the West Elm book launch party in Boston tickets have sold out, however, I have 25 more tickets (with plus ones) I can give out starting at noon EST today HERE.  Also a reminder to those who have RSVP’d, this is an exclusive event with limited tickets so if your plans change and you can no longer come please go onto the Eventbrite site and cancel your RSVP to open the space up for others! Thank you!

FIRST PRIZE: An E-Design Package from Erin Gates Design!

We’ll work with you to design a room in your home exactly how you dreamed it could be done!  Working remotely, we’ll get to know you and your space and create a custom plan based on your wishes! Package valued at $2,000!

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SECOND PRIZE: $1,000 Gift Card to Lulu & Georgia

Who doesn’t want a grand to spend on fun furnishings and accessories for their home?? Lulu & Georgia has a great selection of brands, styles and price points. Here are five of my current faves from their site!

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THIRD PRIZE (20 winners!!!): Signed copies of Elements of Style: Designing A Home & A Life

I’ll dedicate each book just to you. Oh yes I will. And I promise to spell your name right and even write it in pretty gold pen. BOOM.

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ENTER BELOW!!!! You must enter through the Rfflecopter widget, comments are not counted as entries (although I love reading them!) Winners will be selected on 10/8 and contacted via e-mail! Open to US residents only.

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Flower Power: Hana Floral Design

My dear assistant/ project manager/ right hand Lindsey is getting married this weekend (YAY LINDSEY!) and so I felt inspired to share the beautiful work of a floral designer that I found on Instagram (who also just happens to be located in the area where my family has a beach house!)  Hana Floral Design in Mystic, CT is run by Yumiko Fletcher who clearly is a GENIUS with flowers.  I loved my wedding flowers, but if I were to do it again, I would hire her in a nanosecond.  Perhaps when Andrew and I renew our vows next year for our 10th anniversary (sidenote: is that sweet or tacky? I can’t tell… also, how the hell has it been TEN YEARS?) we’ll get Yumiko to do something small for us. :)

In the meantime, take a gander at these STUNNING arrangements (and follow her Instagram if you love seeing more of this!)

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