Dec 22, 2009

Love it! - Holiday Giveaway Results!

Wendy Submitted a photo of Williams-Sonoma at the Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Melissa submitted a photo of Pottery Barn on 59th Street, New York City.

Tony submitted a photo of a Williams-Sonoma at the Oakbrook Center Mall in Oakbrook, Illinois.

All 3 winners, randomly selected got to choose a Williams-Sonoma Home Cashmere Throw in the color of their choice retailing for $270!

For the second Giveaway, Williams-Sonoma Home's Sister company Pottery Barn wanted to share in the holiday Spirit donating 3 Tomlin Weekender Bags, retailing for $129 each! And in that same Spirit, we at Dose of Design wanted readers to instead submit nominees for a person they felt was deserving of winning the Tomlin Weekender Bag. Three winning letters were chosen and here they are in their entirety:

The person I am nominating is my sister. She is a nurse but at the moment she is not practicing. She is a stay at home mom with three young boys 4, 3 and 1 yrs old. She and her husband just moved into their first house this week too. But why I am nominating her is because in 2000 another sister of mine because gravely ill with stage 4 non-hodgkin's lymphoma. It was a very rare form of the cancer. Mary, the sister who is the nurse and the nominee, quit her job with a hospital in Chicago to become my other sister's private duty oncology nurse. So when my sister, Moira's husband was at work and was unable to be around Moira always had Mary. Mary would go with Moira to all her chemo treatments. Moira was given the green light in April of 2001 but wouldn't you know it the cancer relapsed a month later and she needed a bone marrow transplant. Again Mary was there with Moira as the chemo and radiation
treatments were more intense and harder on Moira's system. Moira was fortunate to have a bone marrow transplant in August 2001. Mary was with Moira in the isolation that she needed to undergo for three months afterwards. My name is Maureen Gallagher Burns. I know this person because she is my younger sister.
Palatine, Illinois

Hello and happy holidays!
I would like to enter to win the weekender bag for my husband, he is so deserving of it. In May, Joe graduated from medical school and we moved to a new state so he could start his residency a few weeks later. Since then, he has been working long, long hours for very little pay (average about $2/hour!). Many people don't realize the sacrifice new physicians make when they just start practicing. In fact, there are laws protecting them from working more than 80 hours because it's so prevalent for them to be worked longer. My husband has worked so hard in the last six months and he truly does it because he wants to heal people. I am so proud of him. Since he has started he has treated many folks with H1N1, devoted hours to make himself available to the family of patients, worked with those who just found out they have cancer, and has gone in early and left late to spend extra time with his patients. The weekender bag would be perfect for my husband when he is staying all night at the hospital and carrying an extra set of scrubs for the next day! Thank you so much for your consideration!
Wichita, Kansas

Dear DOD,
My husband and I rent a room in our house to our dear friend, Kimberly. Kimberly is a nurse who works tirelessly on 12 hour shifts to take care of others. In her free time she leads a church group for college students and sings in the choir. She's always available when people need help painting and remodeling and is always willing to drive when someone moves or needs to take a trip out to Ikea or the furniture outlets (In the DC area that is a constant need). I'm 8 months pregnant and she is constantly going above and beyond to help us keep the house clean and ready for guests and talks about how excited she is to help with the baby. I would like to thank Kimberly for being such a selfless friend. She does all the small and ordinary things with extraordinary love and generosity. She loves Pottery Barn (and bags) and I think this would be a lovely surprise for her. Thank you! I love the blog!
Washington DC

Congrats to all the winners and Happy Holidays!

Dec 18, 2009

My Latest Purchase - Kilim rug

Kilim's are so hot right now and Pottery Barn has hit the nail on the head with this one - I've been eyeing it for weeks. The vibrant colors and ethnic pattern, will add culture and design interest that light up any room you place it!

www.PotteryBarn.com - Oliver Kilim

Dec 17, 2009

Love it! - Emma dinnerware

There's still time to spruce up your holiday table setting with a new dinnerware set - mine has been Pottery Barn's classic Emma Set for the past 3 years now and I just adore it! A slight off-white, the embossed pearls keep it traditional and timeless - perfect for any formal occasion. Always in stock, just run down to you local Pottery Barn or order online now for free shipping!

www.PotteryBarn.com Emma Dinnerware

Dec 16, 2009

Love it! - Mini topiary

For your holiday table setting any combination of these mini topiary, available at Ballard Designs, will add the greenery to create the perfect holiday cheer. Varying heights and shapes will add dimension and texture - along with colorful bouquets and candles, your guests will be wow'd with your decorating talents!


Dec 15, 2009

Market Profile - Z Gallerie

I've been shopping at Zgallerie for years now and I must say they've really covered the market on home furnishings from furniture to accessories. With an eclectic, well-curated selection I can count on them to always have a bevy of interesting goods to catch my fancy. If you're looking for it, they probably have it. With a website that is literally overflowing with design inspiration, it would be a crime not to take a look!


Dec 11, 2009

Love it! - Holiday Giveaway!

Yes! The wonderful folks at Williams-Sonoma Inc. were generous enough to sponsor 2 giveaways with Dose of Design this year! For the first, Williams-Sonoma Home has donated 3 luxe Solid Cashmere Throws, each retailing for $268! The rules are simple, to enter you must complete ALL of the following:


-Take a photo of any (1) Williams-Sonoma Inc. brand store.
-Pick ONLY ONE of these stores to take a photo of:
Williams-Sonoma Home, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, PB Kids, PB Bed & Bath or West Elm.
-The store's name and facade must be in the photo.
-Email Dose of Design that 1 photo as a .jpeg attachment to DoseOfDesign@gmail.com along with your Name, City and State.
-Your email will enter you into the pool of potential winners.
-3 random winners in no particular order will be chosen to each win a cashmere throw in the available color of their choice!
-All Entries must be received by December 20th.


In the Spirit of "Passing it Forward" we at Dose of Design wanted the second giveaway sponsored by Pottery Barn to embrace the Holiday Spirit! They generously donated 3 Tomlin Weekender Bags with gorgeous leather accents each retailing for $129! (monogram not included) The rules for this giveaway are very simple, please include ALL of the following:

-Email Dose of Design (DoseofDesign@gmail.com) about someone you know that is deserving of this special gift, a simple "thank you" for being an amazing person in their own right. This second giveaway is about the selfless people that you know and have affected yours or other's lives!
-Keep your email to a couple of paragraphs.
-Include your name, full address and phone number.
-Your nominee's name, full address, phone number, how you know them.
-Entries must be received by December 20th.

*Friends and family of Dose of Design and Williams-Sonoma Inc. are excluded from these two giveaways.


Love it! - Z Gallerie 20% OFF SALE!

www.ZGallerie.com - PROMO CODE "M20" at checkout (on most items, see details)

Dec 10, 2009

Love it! - Ralph Lauren Holiday Scents & Custom Shop

What makes a better gift than anything from Ralph Lauren! Their candles and scents are classic and always appropriate, but the packaging alone is worth the price! And with their new Custom Shop, monogram any of their timeless treasures from key chains and jewelry to sweaters and shirts for only $10-15 - Now that's rich!

www.RalphLauren.com - Holiday Candles start at $34
The Custom Shop - Engraving, Embroidering, Create your own, Made to measure!

Dec 9, 2009

Market Profile - John Derian

John Derian is well known in the design world, but a secret talent in the mainstream. Known for pioneering hi-end decoupage for the home market, he's slowly but justly solidified a name for himself as the "It" guy for this art form. Impersonated by many, if you want the best you'll go to John Derian! Plates, trays, cache pots, lamps and more - his line and unique illustrations is ever expanding. Here are just some of MY faves!