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Update: Congratulations to our random winner Michelle, who says, “I fight the winter blues here in Michigan by looking at all the decorative elements in my house that remind me of the beach!” Check back on March 1 for another great giveaway. 

Is your home feeling a bit dull and ordinary? In need of a little color and spunk? With retro maxims like “It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring” (Marilyn Monroe) and “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful” (Mae West), the online shop Society Social specializes in vintage-inspired pieces designed to make your room stand out, from bar carts to faux bamboo furniture. That’s why we’re teaming up to give one lucky reader a set of one-of-a-kind designer pillows — the perfect antidote to the winter decorating blues.

Designer Pillows From Society Social

One reader will win the set of three pillows displayed above: two featuring a blue Moroccan-inspired print and one in a fresh, bright floral To enter for a chance to win, answer this month’s question: How do you fight the winter blues? Bright colors? Sparkles? Warm blankets? Tell us in the comments below.

Want more from Society Social? Check out the company’s brilliantly-styled “magalogs” and swoon-worthy products on its Facebook page.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 9:00 a.m. ET on February 1, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on February 4, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $270. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Update: Congratulations to Lorena, who says her 2013 goals include keeping her home “a bit more clutter free. I think the blanket box would definitely help with that,” she says. Congratulations, Lorena! Check back the first Friday in February for a new giveaway.

Just because the holidays have passed doesn’t mean you can’t get one more gift for the home. This month’s giveaway comes from sofa.com, a British-born home furnishings company recently launched in the U.S. with one very simple aim – to provide well-made, comfy and affordable sofas, chairs and sofa beds. We’re giving one lucky reader the company’s new Blanket Box to help conquer those “get organized” resolutions in 2013.

Blanket Box From Sofa.com

This modern-day treasure chest offers a plethora of purposes, from a stylish window seat to extra seating for guests. Tuck what you don’t want guests to see inside the roomy storage compartment.  Upholstery options range from linen to wool to trendy stripes, but we’re giving away a model dressed in plush, deep gray Florentine velvet.

Blanket Box From Sofa.com

For a chance to win the sofa.com Buttons Blanket Box, leave a comment below.  This month’s question: What are your 2013 goals or resolutions for your home?

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 9:00 a.m. ET on January 4, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on January 7, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $720. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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We have a winner! Congratulations to Emily for winning the HGTV Elf and a $100 American Express Gift card! Thanks to everyone for entering!

The HGTV Elf has been getting into shenanigans all over the HGTV office building. From hanging out with the Property Brothers to digging into some pumpkin pie in the cafeteria, she has made her presence known. We hope you have enjoyed following her adventures!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

To enter for a chance to win a $100 American Express gift card and the actual HGTV Elf (yes, she’s coming to live with one lucky winner), simply visit @HGTV on Instagram and find out what holiday objects were on the front of HGTV Magazine on Day 5. By correctly answering what’s on the cover in the Comments of this blog post, you’re entered in the sweepstakes.

Don’t have access to Instagram? You can check out the Elf’s adventures here:

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 3:00 p.m. ET on December 12, 2012 and 3:00 p.m. ET on December 14, 2012. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $135. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Update 10/15/12:  Congratulations to this month’s winner, Donna, who says she likes to make her Halloween decorations “as scary as skeletons, but my 4-year-old twins have always been around those at Halloween time so they don’t see them as scary.” Congratulations, Donna! Check back next month for another great freebie.

There are two types of Halloween folk: The ones who deck their yard out in fake blood, life-sized zombies and motion-activated vampires and the ones who stick to jolly pumpkins and mildly creepy ghosts.

Since I can’t watch a horror movie without developing a new irrational fear, you can probably guess which camp I fall into. But whether you go for the blood and guts or would rather keep it PG, you’ll love this month’s giveaway: a collection of outdoor Halloween decorations from Grandin Road.

Halloween Reversible Pumpkin - Grandin Road
First on the giveaway list: This creepy animated pumpkin. Sure, it looks innocent enough, but flip on the switch and it turns “evil” — complete with a diabolical laugh — when unsuspecting folks walk by.

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Hey, Freebie Friday fans! We’re smack-dab in the middle of outdoor party season, and one of you is about to get a party setup upgrade courtesy of our June giveaway. Ready to see who won this copper fire pit, plus a stainless steel beverage tub and pineapple hurricane lanterns, all from Frontgate.com?

Copper Firepit From Frontgate.com

Copper Fire Pit

This month’s random winner is Pamela B., who kindly answered my fill-in-the-blank question with, “I can’t have an outdoor party without you!” Congratulations, Pamela — I’d love to come celebrate with you!

Pamela has two weeks to respond to our messages — then we’ll choose another random winner.

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It’s finally spring, or as I like to call it, spend-every-waking-hour-its-not-raining-outdoors season. Spring, as you may have guessed, is my favorite time of the year: everything comes alive, new flower pop up every day, and it’s warm enough to read a book or eat a meal outdoors.

One lucky winner will be able to do both those things in their yard with today’s prize: Two outdoor benches from outdoor furniture and outdoor shed retailer Lifetime. Made of engineered wood, these sturdy benches won’t fade, warp or rot, so they’ll look good for years to come. But wait, there’s more! When you’re ready to eat dinner, turn the bench back upwards….

Lifetime Convertible Bench Upright
…and the bench also becomes a table! Push two together and you have a space large enough for family dining. Cool, huh? And since the bench-slash-table does double-duty, it will work just as well for an itsy-bitsy backyard as it will for a spacious one.

Lifetime Convertible Bench Table
To enter for a chance to win two Lifetime convertible benches, just leave a comment below. This week’s question: What’s your favorite spring activity? What do you wait all winter for? Tell us now!

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 9:00 a.m. ET on April 6, 2012 and 12:00 p.m. ET on April 9, 2012. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $459.98. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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For this month’s Freebie Friday, we asked you to tell us your Valentine’s Day plans in exchange for a chance to win two luxurious cotton and linen robes from organic fabric retailer Coyuchi.  Many of you are headed out for dinner with your sweethearts, while others will be calling,texting and mailing care packages to long-distance loves. Others are staying in with family and friends — reader Sarah is hosting a craft night for her mom and twin sister.

And one Freebie Friday fan, Trish, is even getting married this February 14. Congratulations, Trish!

So, who can add some time in these bathrobes to their Valentine’s Day itinerary?

Coyuchi Organic His and Hers Robes

This month’s lucky random winner is Sue, who plans to have a double Valentine’s Day: spaghetti and meatballs with the kids, then a trip out on town for after-dinner cocktails with her husband.  Congratulations, Sue!  She has two weeks to reply to our messages and claim the prize before we choose another random winner.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

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For last Friday’s freebie giveaway, we asked you what holiday music you’d blast on your brand-spanking-new, wireless home music set from Sonos. You got in the holiday spirit, shouting out everything from classics like “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole and “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby to more recent favorites like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas”  and “Joseph, Better You Than Me” by The Killers.

Sonos Play:3 Wireless Speakers

Now that you’re in the holiday mood (I may just start my Christmas playlist a little early this year), I’ll reveal this week’s lucky winner. Congratulations to Stacie M., who prefers Nat King Cole and Gene Autry when December roll around. Stacie has two weeks to respond before we choose another random winner.

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For last Friday’s freebie giveaway, we asked you to tell us your best holiday entertaining ideas to be entered for a random chance to win this chic faux-shagreen tray from SkateModerne.  You had some great tips — here are some of our favorites.

Skate Moderne Logo Tray

Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
Most friends don’t mind helping out a little, especially if they’re among the first to arrive. “I like to have a friend or family member in charge of welcoming people when they arrive, helping them with their coats, purses, food set up and getting them settled in with a drink…even leading them to mix and mingle if necessary,” says Jan T.  Or ask guests to bring a homemade dish, like reader cnpeyton does.

Get Together Ahead of Time
December too busy? Celebrate with friends in the summer, like two of our commenters do. “Since the holidays are so busy with family, we have a garden party in August with decorations and Christmas carols and many courses of food under a tent in my friend’s lovely yard. It’s less stressful for everyone, and there’s better weather,” says Andrea.  And Sylvie R. looks forward to her Christmas in July party every year: “We all dress up in thick, tacky sweaters, reindeer headbands, etc., and enjoy making gingerbread, peppermint schapps-infused hot cocoa and a white elephant gift exchange. Who says holidays only come once a year?”

Host a Traveling Party
Don’t want to play host all night? Try a progressive party like reader SweetLiz and her family members: “We go from house to house so we can see each other’s decorated homes and share a drink, snack or dessert. Sometimes we start with a brunch, sometimes with a late lunch. We try to do this a week before Christmas.”

Don’t Forget the Details
Little touches will put your party over the top — like simple homemade appetizers instead of store-bought or fresh greenery from the yard. And Felipe33 reminds us that “a must for entertaining is a clean and fresh-smelling half bath. This can be a deal breaker.”

Relax and Have Fun
So, you didn’t have a chance to make letterpress place cards or get out your fondue set. It’s okay! Once the party starts, go with what you’ve got and don’t sweat the unfinished details.  As wise reader Pat D says, “If you are enjoying yourself, most likely your guests will too.”  And as this week’s random winner, vintageviolet, reminds us, “Holidays are for spending time with friends and family, so don’t get so stressed that you forget that part!”

Congratulations to this week’s winner! She will have 2 weeks to respond to our emails before we pick another random winner.

 

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