Apartment Therapy – Living Room (and book giveaway)

26 Mar

We rearranged the furniture in our main room… which is right off the kitchen and holds both our dining nook and our living room space. Where there was once a wide open middle of the room with couches, chairs and other furniture pushed up against the wall… we moved the sofa to section the room off into two more intimate spaces. They now somehow feel more spacious, and I’m completely delighted by this room now.

We’ve been slowly plodding through this book, Apartment Therapy. The book divides your home up into a room for each week. What’s cool about it though, is that it doesn’t just work with clearing clutter, but focuses on things that will bring heart into your home (like buying fresh flowers, or cooking a meal at home). What with the little one, working weekends, and trips out of town, it’s taking us a bit longer than the prescribed eight weeks. But it’s been such a helpful way of approaching our home (which has imploded since we became parents). It feels amazing to be Clearing Space and make it feel more like a home than a landing pad for our stuff.

There weren’t as specific directions for the living room as there have been for other rooms, so I made my own list.

Apartment Therapy - Living Room Checklist, deep clean

The bookshelves have yet to be tackled, as the unchecked boxes show, but I picked out a few books to pass on to new readers. If anyone wants them, let me know and I will mail them to you. I have such a hard time getting rid of books, but they sometimes threaten to take over my house. I feel much better knowing they’re going to someone who will use them.

book giveaway Julia & Julia, girl's poker night, tom robbins skinny legs and all, I like you amy sedaris, a tuscan childhood, aromatherapy, tuesdays with morrie mitch albom the five people you meet in heaven

This book, Detox For Life, takes you through a process of detoxing your mind, body, relationships and home. It’s originally a sale Anthropologie find, so it’s filled with yummy pictures, and a really great thoughtful approach to making space to really nourish those areas of your life.

Detox For Life

UPDATE: The way to enter this giveaway is to leave a comment on this post saying which book you’d like.  If more than one person requests a certain book, I’ll choose one person randomly using a random.org widget.  If a book goes unrequested, then on to Paperback Swap it goes.  This giveaway will close Friday, April 6th, and the winners will be announced and contacted before the end of that weekend.  Thanks for entering!

This Giveaway is Closed

And the winners are….

  • Brooke won Detox for Life, by Josephine Collins
  • Valara won Girl’s Poker Night, by Jill A Davis
  • Ashley won The Five People You Meet In Heaven, by Mitch Albom
  • Tessa won I Like You, by Amy Sedaris
  • Marty won Skinny Legs and All, by Tom Robbins
  • Caren won The Art of Aromatherapy

Winners are being contacted via email.
Looks like Julie & Julia, The Art of Aromatherapy, and A Tuscan Childhood are headed for paperbackswap, unless there are anymore requests.
Thanks for playing everyone! That was fun 🙂
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10 Responses to “Apartment Therapy – Living Room (and book giveaway)”

  1. Kristal March 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    I really like the apartment therapy website, but I didn’t realize there was a book. Isn’t it amazing how much a rearrangement can do? I’d really be interested in winning that detox book!

  2. Manny March 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    Tom Robbins is amazing. I’m in for Skinny Legs. If we can try for two, I’d take Julie & Julia for my girlfriend, too. She was into that movie.

  3. Brooke March 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    I would love to win that Detox for life book! Detoxing sounds good right about now. If that one gets taken first, though, I would be interested in the Aromatherapy one.

  4. Valara March 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Mer! I want Tom Robbins too but it looks like Manny beat me to it. In lieu of that, I’m all in for girls poker night. (see what I did there?) 🙂

  5. Ashley March 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Getting your furniture aware from the wall is so key, in my opinion! Especially if you have the space for it. What a great way to pass on old books! I would either want Detox For Life or Girls Poker Night… I’ve heard the Five People You Meet In Heaven is good too though. (I loved Tuesdays with Morrie)

  6. Tessa March 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    I would like “I like you” I used to own a copy, but lost it a few moves ago. Amy Sedaris is hilarious, and her brother David is one of my favorite writers!! How do I enter to win?

  7. Chelsea March 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    I’d like Amy Sedaris’s I Like You!

  8. Marty Mason April 1, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    Oh,it would have to be Tom Robbins ‘skinny legs and all’ for me. Here’s hoping!

  9. Caren Gazley April 2, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    i’d love the book on Aromatherapy. thanks for being so generous!

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