I know it’s Monday.
I know I didn’t take my Christmas tree down over the weekend.
I know you may or may not have had your first cup of coffee this morning.
BUT I COULDN’T WAIT ANOTHER SINGLE SECOND.
(total aside: please note that the upper case on the previous sentence should not be construed as yelling. I’M JUST SO EXCITED THAT I DON’T KNOW HOW ELSE TO EXPRESS IT BUT IN UPPER CASE!!!!!!!!!)
This is a 50 zillion exclamation point post because THIS IS MY NEXT BOOK.
I’ve been working on it for about nine months and I’ve poured my heart and tips and encouragement into every page and I can’t wait for you to see it.
It has a lot in common with you.
It’s full to the brim of amazingness. 🙂
I totally forgot to explain how I got here.
Let me go all Julie Andrews and start at the beginning.
I’ve been writing this decorating/DIY/random story blog for six years. I’ve posted about curtains and walls and room makeovers and befores and afters and space planning and accessories and styling a bookshelf. I’ve answered questions and talked about my favorite paint colors and the ins and outs of what works in different spaces in different rooms.
And along the way, I’ve discovered one thing.
We all need encouragement.
Decorating can be a little scary and overwhelming.
I get it.
I understand. Decorating is full of choices and crossroads and figuring out what goes with what and if this paint color even goes with the piece you found at the yard sale and deciding if that rug even fit in that room.
You want to throw up your hands.
You want to run.
You want to stick your head back under the covers and wonder why you even thought decorating anything was a good idea.
You might be worried you’ll make a mistake.
You might be worried it won’t look right.
You might be worried someone else won’t like your choices.
And that is EXACTLY why I wrote this book.
It’s full of funny, practical and helpful decorating advice and tips and projects that just have to be shared. It’s like you showed up to my house for coffee and we were talking about Hallmark movies and Christmas trees and chickens and then you asked me what color I painted my kitchen. And why? And where did I get my rug? And was I worried it was too big? And what should we both be looking for at yard sales? It’s full of a little random here and there, too.
Like this advice about space planning:
“Space planning is a lot like wearing Spanx to your high school reunion. They are both absolutely necessary.”
There are charts and measurements and design principles and tons of ideas for wall treatments and DIY projects and accessories you can make for your bookshelves.
There are pockets in the front and back to keep all the extras and at the end of the book are 16 pages of tear out extras including artwork you can hang on your walls.
There are even instructions for an origami bookmark Denton designed to help keep you organized.
I can’t wait for you to see it.
I want it to inspire you.
I want it to spark ideas.
I want it to encourage you and lift you up and give you the tools you need to plan and design and decorate and create a space you love.
I designed and imagined and created and wrote this book for YOU.
Because you are special and wonderful and incredible and amazing and creative. Just like your home.
Your home is one-of-a-kind.
Your home is loved.
Your home is a reflection of who you are.
And you, my friend, are perfect.
Just the way you are. 🙂
In exciting news, as my grandmother would say, the book has been selling like hotcakes. I’m so thankful and grateful and a little overwhelmed by the response. A giant shout out to everyone who has ordered already. If you want to reserve your copy to make sure you get one while we still have them in stock, you can pre-order The DIY HOME PLANNER here. Make sure to hold onto your receipt because your pre-order qualifies you for ALL of the incredible pre-order bonuses I’ll be posting about in the next couple of weeks (including a FREE video course that goes along with the book).
I need your help.
The publisher is putting together a book launch team. I’m so excited about this, I can’t even. Each member of the launch team gets a hard copy of the book mailed to them and access to an exclusive behind-the-scenes Facebook group, where I’ll be sharing about The DIY Home Planner LIVE every week. We’ll walk through the book together and talk decorating and random things and have coffee together and discuss why we should all paint our trims with high-gloss paint. We’ll have giveaways for the group and exciting promotions and design insights and tips and ideas. The goal of the group is to help get the message of the book out there to everyone who ever needed a little decorating encouragement.
I’d LOVE to have you join us.
All you have to do is fill out the form below if you are interested. The publisher will select 75 launch team members from the entries. All team members will be notified by e-mail as soon as they are selected.
(edited to add: the launch team application is now closed)
Thank you SO much for all your support and encouragement.
Here’s to decorating a home we truly love. 🙂