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Win It: West Elm Giveaway

If you’ve been following P&S for long, you know that I don’t typically post on Saturdays. But today I’m making an exception, for a very special giveaway, as part of 24 Merry Days.

I’m giving away this martini side table from one of my absolute favorite stores: West Elm. Retail value $149. The gold one is my fave, but the winner will be able to choose any color she (or he) would like. Sound good?

Win this side table from West Elm

Let’s talk about the details…

There are multiple ways to enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Super easy! This giveaway is open to readers in the US and Canada only. Giveaway will run through December 14, 2013 at 11:59PM PST and winner will be announce shortly thereafter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

P.S. West Elm is having special sales every day this month. So even if you don’t win the giveaway, you’re still kind of a winner with their December Deals. I totally need a few of the ornaments in the this December Deal section (20% off). And maybe a couple of these totes too.

Hope you have a great weekend!



Calendar Roundup for 2014

Every year, around Christmas time, I get a new calendar (or two) to get a jumpstart on the new year. Is it me or is there something about a new calendar and a new year that makes you feel like absolutely anything is possible?

So I rounded up eleven of my favorite calendars to give you the kick in the pants you need to start thinking about 2014…

Awesome Things: Best of 2014 Calendars

1. 2014 minerals calendar from Lindsay Jones

2. sung calendar 2014 from Snug.Studio

3. 2014 astrology wall calendar from Prismatic Print Shop

4. 2014 Frankie magazine calendar from Frankie Press

5. oversized wall calendar for 2014 from One Canoe Two

6. 2014 Scandinavian floral calendar from The House That Lars Built

Best of 2014 Calendars (part 2)

7. 2014 prisms calendar from Julia Kostreva

8. 2014 calendar from Linda & Harriett

9. big number 2014 calendar from Decoylab

10. 2014 ‘Ain’t nobody got time for that’ calendar from Cranny

11. 2014 Stendig calendar from Need Supply

Don’t see your favorite calendar listed? Leave a link to your faves in the comments below. Always up for discovering a few more.

P.S. Brittany from The House that Lars Built is giving away a Public bike today, as a part of the 24 Merry Days giveaway event! Enter to win the bike here.



I love natural wood, and my first instinct is always to create a wood wall that looks as natural as possible. But I’ve seen some great painted walls lately, and know that there are times when painting your slat or tongue-and-groove wall surface really is the right call. The great thing is that painting gives you a large range of options. From white beachy horizontal boards to a dark Japanese look with deep blacks, you can give your wood wall some personality.

Maybe you have wood walls and love the texture, but the color of the wood doesn’t go with the rest of your decor. Or perhaps you already have copious amounts of wood in your interior, and need to provide a little visual relief. Painting your wood wall might be just the ticket. Don’t forget great options like a warm grey, or even a color if you’re being a bit daring. Or try one of the new lookalike wallpapers! And if you don’t really want to cover all that natural grain, a stain or wash in a similar tone can be just as lovely.

Do you love wood, and can you stand to cover it up?

(above) Black Vertical Boards


Vertical White Kitchen + Window Seat


Horizontal Black


Textured Grey Boards + Matte Black Stain


Vertical Lines

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.