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The End of the Sofa Saga

Let’s go back to this summer. Back in June I was the winner of the Small division in Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool contest. My prize was $1000 to Joybird Furniture.

I used my credit to buy this pretty little loveseat, called the Calhoun.

And if you recall from this post, the loveseat I received 6 weeks later was all wrong. It looked a little uhm… different. (I would insert a Renee Zellweger joke here but honestly I just feel terrible about that whole situation.)

Anyways, I tried to return the sofa. Key word is TRIED. Joybird outsources their furniture delivery to local providers, depending on the location (most of them do) and lucky for me, my area furniture delivery company was terrible. I mean the WORST. Never called me, never scheduled a return pick-up. They didn’t listen to me or Joybird. We were 100% virtually ignored. Lots of calls, emails, voicemails and apologies transpired between Joybird and I. Joybird was mortified.

This went on for two months. Keep in mind we live in a very small house, where a misplaced sofa isn’t exactly easy to ignore. The longer it took, the angrier I became. I was mad at Joybird for not stepping in and fixing it. I was mad at the delivery company for being so, so terrible.

So I sold that damn loveseat on Craigslist. For $800. After the sale, I let Joybird know that I needed to cancel my return request. As a peace offering, they threw me a gift card for $500, the difference between the Craigslist sale and the price on the sofa, which I appreciated. Especially considering I had very little actual money of my own in the deal.

Anyways, I talked so much about it here that I wanted to close the loop. With the loveseat sold, we moved our Lubi daybed from the office out into the living room and it’s a good enough solution for now.

The end. Thank you Joybird for being sincere and apologetic with me. I appreciate it. Maybe I will use that gift card one day.








One More Vote

I’m a finalist so now I have the chance to win the whole thing. Go vote here!

It’s official. This week rules (and my life is going to be so boring after all of this). I won my division in Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool contest. A huge thank you to all of you who voted, shared and tweeted my entry. It obviously was a HUGE help! There’s one more round to go…

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I knew the finalists would be announced yesterday so the refresh button and I became fast friends. The rules this year were a little different. The top 5 entries (by number of votes) went to a judges’ panel for the final ruling. So yea, even though I had the most votes in my division, it was completely possible that I still wouldn’t win. I don’t know what the judges’ criteria was, but this pretty much made my day:

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Amy is a fancy pants senior digital editor for House Beautiful, Elle Decor and more. Amy, you don’t know me and I don’t know you but I’d totally be up for a super awkward phone call where I basically just stutter and babble about my throw pillow addiction and other ridiculous things. :)

And the art she loves so much is 100% attributed to our close friend Benjamin Rogers. All of our artwork that’s featured are originals done by him. Ben, you rock.

I don’t think I have a good chance of winning and to be totally honest—yes, while a 900 square foot is relatively small compared to homes in my area, it’s nothing in comparison to the 250, 300 and 500 square foot AMAZING homes I’m up against. They are the true small, cool homes. I’m happy to just be included at the top. And a little sad, because I think I’m not allowed to participate next year!

Thanks for bearing with me. The voting ends at 3 pm EDT today so this will all be over soon enough. I have a lot of content waiting to share… some kitchen posts, a bunch of DIY I did for the shoot and more. Hold tight!

Here’s the voting page. I am so appreciative!





Vote For My Small Cool Home

If you don’t want to read and just want to vote, here is my contest entry page. You “favorite” it to vote for it. (Thank you. SO. MUCH.)

Small Cool is an annual contest on Apartment Therapy that celebrates small spaces. It’s been going on for 10 years and I’ve participated in 2011, 2012 (got close with 4th place), took a break in 2013 to get married and am back in action for the 2014 edition.

2014 Small Cool Contest Entry

Click to see the full entry on ApartmentTherapy.com

Guys, I actually have a chance at winning my division this year. I am in first place and have been for about a week. I have been holding off talking it here because schilling for votes is right up there with painting cabinets for me—awkward and painful. *takes deep breath and keeps typing*

I am honest when I say I am indifferent about the prize (I don’t really have any room for new furniture…) but what I do care about is getting some recognition for my kick-ass minuscule (relatively speaking) house. My house, which stood vacant and disgusting for a decade, may now be winning an Internet contest. I think that would be an awesome 100th birthday gift for my 1914 home. Although I’m guessing my house doesn’t know what the Internet is…

I need your help to keep me at #1. You have to register to vote but I promise it’s 2 or 3 clicks and then done. Here is my contest entry page where you can “favorite” it aka vote for it.

I’ve learned a thing or two in my third year of competition. I thought it would be fun to look back at previous years’ entries. Dear house, you’ve come a long way. (And I think we can go further together, just don’t tell Aaron I said that.)

Bedroom – 2011, 2012 and Today In 2011, this was still the living room. I don’t own any of the furniture in this room anymore. The sofa, now in a grey tweed cover, lives with my sister in Illinois.

2011 Contest Entry

In 2012, it became the bedroom. This was prior to Aaron officially moving in so I’m still rocking the mattress-on-the-floor look. This layout is essentially how it is today. I actually like that dresser on the right better than what we have going on now. There’s a big chair there currently but while it works just great, I like the symmetry of the double dresser more.

2012 Contest Entry

And I’ve shared this photo a million times but here is where this room is today. This bed is actually broken at the moment so Aaron and I sleep squished to the left, because the right side is collapsed. I may or may not have used this bed as a step stool / jump landing one too many times. Classy!

2014 Contest Entry

Living Room – 2011, 2012 and Today In 2011, the space planning side of my brain was obviously on vacation because this space was made into a weird sitting room / front room of some sorts.

2011 Contest Entry

In 2012 it became the living room, which is what it is today. This is where my painting-black-walls-back-to-white experience began. I still find black here or there. And this is a different angle. The bedroom is to the right, the kitchen (you can see the wallpaper poking out) to the left.

2012 Contest Entry

And here is the living room today. The pillows have since changed and the brass peacock is on top of the bookcase, but you get the idea.

2014 Contest Entry

If you want to dig deeper, here are the full 2011, 2012 and 2014 entries.

So yea, PLEASE go “favorite” my 2014 entry over on ApartmentTherapy.com. My house and I are SO APPRECIATIVE. Do it for the house!!!

(But seriously, thank you.)



p/s: I am totally aware that for this year, the person with the most votes does not necessarily win (the top 5 in each divison go to a judge’s choice to select a finalist) but I don’t have any control over that so I’m just erasing it from my memory for the time being. :)