The Handbuilt Home Giveaway

Those of you that have been reading this blog for awhile know that I like to make my husband we like to build furniture.

Bed Frame 045
West Elm Inspired Bedframe
Bed Frame 119small
West Elm Inspired Window Headboard

Nate likes to try to come up with his own plans but sometimes it’s easier to not have to reinvent the wheel.  That was the case with our farmhouse table.

Farmhouse Table

Ana White’s plan for the Big Ur Farm Table was very straightforward.  We loved the look of the table and there wasn’t much to improve on.

Ana White's site has also been super helpful with any building related questions that Nate has when I show him a piece of furniture and say “Please build this dear love of mine.”  She introduced us to the Kreg jig and our lives have never been the same since.  Seriously.  True story.

I was recently asked to review Ana’s book, The Handbuilt Home.

via Ana White

The book is full of furniture plans for every room of the home.  The book is very visually appealing with many photos of diagrams and completed projects.  I enjoyed the first few chapters of the book that explain what tools are needed, what kind of wood to purchase for the various projects, and what type of finishes to use on the projects.  The book also includes information on different types of cutting and assembly.

After reading this book I almost thought I could build furniture on my own.  Who needs that husband?  Not me.  Okay, wait. I do.  I can’t cut straight to save my life. I am, however, seriously thinking about learning how to use a saw. Seriously.  Baby steps.  I won’t be wearing heels though if I do.  That Ana is an impressive lady.

Would you like a chance to win a copy of your very own?  Enter below!

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***I was not compensated for this review.  I was provided a copy of The Handbuilt Home for free.  All opinions are 100% mine.  Like always.***

Soggy Doggy Super Shammy Giveaway

Bath time.  A dog’s worst nightmare.  It’s not exactly a dog owner’s dream either.


Look at that sad, dirty face. 

Bath time got a little more fun around the casa de Décor and the Dog.  The fine folks over at Soggy Doggy sent us a  Soggy Doggy Super Shammy to test out!


This shammy is 5x more absorbent than a regular cotton towel.  It is made from millions of textured, ultra-fine strands of microfiber chenille that are woven together.  The increased surface area of this shammy allows it to dry faster than cotton towels and it remains bacteria and odor-free.

The verdict?


The hand pockets were handy for drying the face and underbelly.  The shammy is super absorbent.  Ike has two coats of fur, a top wire coat and an undercoat.  The undercoat is tough to dry.  The shammy honestly did a great job of soaking up water that a towel normally doesn’t touch.  He snuggled up next to me after his bath and my arm wasn’t damp like it normally is after bath time.  Super Shammy for the win!

Besides bath time, we think this towel is super handy to keep by the backdoor for after walk cleanups! We tested it out last night after a gloomy/wet walk.  A little scrubbing and his paws were clean and dry.  My wood floors could stay clean for another night.  That right there won me over.

Did someone say walk?


Be sure to check out the Soggy Doggy Shop where you can pick out your own Super Shammy, Doormat (especially handy for those winter months ahead), or Slopmat (for those messy eaters!).

Soggy Doggy was kind enough to offer up a Super Shammy to one lucky reader (enter below)!  And because not everyone can win, use the code DECOR20 for 20% off of your purchase!

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***I was not compensated for this review/giveaway.  We were given the Super Shammy  to test out.  All opinions are my own.  For real.***