Win a Polished Aluminum Stag Head…

I’m celebrating my new blog, and giving away a polished aluminum stag head (retails for $159.99)!!!!! These are one of my top three selling products ever, and if you see one in person, you’ll know why. They’re gorgeous! One of my interior designer clients used five of them to line a hallway in a beautiful ski chalet – fabulous!

polished aluminum stag head

Polished Aluminum Stag Head

If you’re new to my blog, you’re going to find out that I LOVE doing giveaways!!! It’s so much fun, and always such a good way to meet new folks in the social media universe 🙂 I try to make it easy, so

To Enter the Draw:
1. Click here to visit my new Facebook page (Coffee & Couch). Make sure you “like” the whole page, ’cause that’s how I pick my winner 🙂

2. For extra chances to win, you’ll get one extra entry for each time you do the following…

– Share the giveaway post on your Facebook page

– Twitter about the giveaway by using “@coffeeandcouch is giving away a #silverstaghead http://ow.ly/en44s”

– Pinterest the photo of the stag and come back here to let me know you pinned it

3. Cross your fingers, eyes, toes…

Here are the gruesome fine print details:

To win, you must be 18 years or older and live in Canada or the contiguous United States. Only valid where it’s legal to participate (sorry Quebec looks like I can’t include you). Void where prohibited.

Draw Date: Friday, October 26

Happy Day 🙂

rustic rooster betty giveaway…

I can’t help it. I feel a little fall-ish. The leaves are changing colours and the air is cooler at night. I’ve been looking at all the amazing images on Pinterest and they inspired me to hold another giveaway! This time, there will be not one, but two winners of one of my Rustic Rooster Betty aprons!!!! You’ll be baking up your fall delights in country-chic style 🙂

Rustic Rooster Betty apron

How to enter:

1. Most important: click HERE to visit my Nicole Jane Home Facebook page and make sure to “like” the page.

2.” Share” the Nicole Jane Home giveaway post on Facebook.

3. Tweet the following “#Win @nicolejanehome’s #giveaway http://ow.ly/dg8uF rustic roosters apron :)”

Draw Date:

Tuesday, September 4 2012

Pesky Fine Print:

Must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada and 18 years or older. Void where prohibited. Good luck 🙂

sophie conran jug giveaway…

Somebody’s gonna get lucky on my birthday!!!! I’m giving away this beautiful hand-blown Sophie Conran glass jug (1L (1.75pt)). It’s really quite stunning and I think you’ll love it, lucky person.

You can earn an entry for each of these steps:

1. Go to my Nicole Jane Home Facebook Fan Page and click on “like” at the top of the page. That way you’ll like the whole page, not just a post. https://www.facebook.com/NicoleJaneHome

2. Twitter about the giveaway. Please make sure to include the following, so I know you tweeted “@nicolejanehome is giving away a sophie conran glass jug bit.ly/K1wiVp”.

3. Follow Nicole Jane Home on Pinterest   http://pinterest.com/nicolejanehome/

Draw Date: Friday, June 15, 2012

Boring fine print:

You know the drill…must be resident of U.S. or Canada and be 18+ years old. Void where prohibited by law. Sorry, Quebec…looks like you’re not allowed to play (it’s prohibited there).

Casbah take me away…

You know that feeling when you’ve been away on a vacation but you’re dying to come home (OMG…I really need a trip somewhere)? It’s like that for me with spas.

photo courtesy Casbah Spa

My every waking hour could be spent getting rubbed, waxed, plucked, and painted in spas, so I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur. And I enjoy visiting new spas, but I NEVER find any quite as fabulous as the gem right in my “back yard” — Casbah Day Spa in South Surrey. It’s the Cat’s Meow, the Lamb’s Lettuce and the Bee’s Knees all wrapped up into one glorious location.

photo courtesy Casbah Spa

It’s the type of place that makes your heart skip a beat when you receive a gift certificate, and I want my bloggy pals to get that tingly feeling, so I’m giving away a…

$50 gift certificate for Casbah Spa’s services or products.

Hey…if you’re not local, but you know someone who is, you can still enter the draw and look like a hero when you give it to them. Otherwise, it’s worth a car/plane/boat trip just for the sheer pleasure of it.

Jane Iredale cosmetics photo courtesy Casbah Spa

Perhaps you missed the hidden meaning in this blog post. Let me thump you on forehead with it….

“Dearest husband, I have adored you for 23 years, but let’s face it, you’re a bit “planning” challenged. Mother’s Day is approaching quickly, and I know you haven’t thought about what your loving wife would like from “the kids”. Two words: CASBAH SPA!!!!!!!!”

How to enter:

1. Click here and I’ll take you for a ride on the World Wide Web right to my Facebook page where you can click on “like”. If you’re already a “liker”, you’re already entered.

2. Earn an extra entry every time you tweet about the giveaway. Make sure to include a link to this post and my Twitter name. You can just use, “I want to win @nicolejanehome’s $50 Casbah Spa giveaway http://bit.ly/J9TfSU”.

3. Earn an extra entry every time you Facebook about the giveaway. But make sure to come back here and tell me each time.

Draw Date: Saturday, May 5

Here’s the pesky fine print: Must be 18 years or older and eligible to participate under local/federal laws.

early christmas present…

I believe it’s time for another giveaway! This time, New York is my source of inspiration, and I’m giving away a laptop bag worth $59.99!! I always use mine when I travel and I love it.

All you need to do is “like” my Nicole Jane Home Facebook page. Click HERE and you’ll arrive at the page where you’ll find the “like” button on the top, just to the right of my mugshot. If you’re already a liker, you’re already entered for the draw.

I’ll draw for a winner on Monday, December 12. Good luck everyone 🙂

Here’s the pesky fine print: Draw is open for residents of Canada & U.S.A., who are 18 years or older. Sorry, but it’s not open for residents of Quebec.

It's winner time!!!

Get it? Winner time? Dinner time? Flatware? I’m giving away a set of the new Present Time Mix ‘n Match flatware I carry on Nicole Jane Home. I have a set at home, and it’s the one that all of us prefer to use. They’re just so whimsical, and they feel pretty comfortable in your hands. You probably already received this flyer if you’re on my newsletter subscribers list.

Like the picture says, I’d love it if you could pop by the Nicole Jane Home Facebook page (CLICK HERE) and click on “like”. Good luck everyone 🙂

lucky birthday, nyla free…

This just might be your lucky day ’cause it’s Dabble Magazine design columnist, Nyla Free‘s birthday and of course that means a giveaway!!!!

This one’s awesome. It’s a Design In A Box custom designed for you by Nyla herself. I won last year, and I’ve already bragged about it on this blog many times 🙂 I’m sure you’re all sick and tired of hearing me rave about the colours she picked for my living room, and the drapery, and the furniture, and the layout, and the accessories…oh…and the artwork!

Pop over to her blog and checkout the contest details…just click on the picture and it will deliver you right to it, lickity split! Good luck 🙂

life in Spain & Reisenthel baskets…

My good friend, Katharine, at A Girl In Madrid writes about her life as a photographer, epicurean and marketing genius in Spain.

Her latest post is a drool-worthy collection of photos from her recent jaunts to Zurich and Amsterdam–rough life!!!

photos by Katharine Herringer via A Girl In Madrid

photo by Katharine Herringer at A Girl In Madrid

Katharine is hosting a giveaway on her blog, and all you have to do is visit Nicole Jane Home, visit the Reisenthel Bags department, go to A Girl In Madrid and leave a comment telling her your favourite pattern. The winner will receive the bag of their choice. Pretty good, huh? Draw date: June 30, 2011 Open to residents of Canada (except Quebec) & U.S.

photo by Reinier DeSmit for Nicole Jane Home

win bespoke cushions…

Good news! I’m giving away a set of NJH Bespoke cushions to one lucky winner on July 10! They’re worth over $340!!! It’s super easy to enter the draw. All you need is have a Facebook account and hop over to the Nicole Jane Home Facebook page and….

Oh…and I’m giving the people who “like” the Nicole Jane Home Facebook page a 10% discount on all purchases until July 10. That’s on top of our regular FREE SHIPPING over $30. All the details are on the page.

she's so sophie…

Knees shaking…dry throat…and the ever-present threat of two ill-behaved dogs on the verge of hysterical barking…

You guessed it! That was me dialing the phone to call my design idol–Sophie Conran–who kindly agreed to be interviewed. When I heard her cheerful, “Hello”, I was instantly at ease–she’s even more personable and interesting than I imagined.

Sophie’s accomplishments are vast in the world of design and good taste, including work as the entertaining editor for In Style, writing entertainment and recipe features for Living Etc., and writing for House Beautiful about what makes a house a home. Not to mention all of her cookbooks and designs in tableware, glassware and wallpaper.

Sophie also turned a 15th century manor into a retreat–Sophie Conran for Temple Guiting–for country weekends in the Cotswolds. It’s looks and sounds absolutely idyllic–I can just imagine how beautiful it would be for a wedding! (Mark…if you’re reading this…take it as a huge HINT for our 25th Wedding Anniversary…no point being subtle anymore!!!!!)

Sophie Conran for Temple Guiting

Sophie Conran for Temple Guiting

Before I go any further, may I offer my advice for the best way to read this interview? Make yourself a pot of tea, sit in a comfy chair, and drink out of one of Sophie’s irresistible cups. Or feel free to fill it with jelly beans and munch away, like I did during a photo shoot a few weeks ago!

photo by Janis Nicolay for Nicole Jane Home

Jennifer: Sophie, your tableware is wildly popular in Canada and the U.S. What was your inspiration for the beautiful organic shapes and colours?

Sophie: One source of inspiration came from my childhood. My family used to drive from England to our little house in France and stop off in Limoges on the way. My mom would visit the ceramic factories to buy seconds of their porcelain, which were always plain white and wobbly and each piece was individual. Another inspiration came from the Japanese, who have amazing potters. I really love the way they hand-make such delicate pieces. They have a saying that if something is perfect, then it’s not beautiful.

Jennifer: I’m most impressed by the fact that your tableware is strong and delicate at the same time. How were you able to achieve that balance?

Sophie: It has to do with the material it’s made with. It’s pure porcelain, which is fired at really high temperatures, making it incredibly hard and durable. All the pieces can go in the oven, dishwasher, and microwave. When we were making the samples, I kept on asking, “Can we make it thinner? Can we make it thinner?” because I wanted that delicacy. When you drink a cup of tea, and you have a very thin cup, somehow the tea tastes better.

Jennifer: Your cups are the ones I drink my coffee with every morning.

Sophie: That’s lovely. I’m delighted that my website has a picture of Mrs. Obama drinking out of one of my cups during a visit to England.

Jennifer: One of the best things about your tableware and glassware is that they are truly multi-purpose. I frequently reach for one of your teapots or glass jugs to hold bouquets of flowers. Do you have any suggestions for unique ways to use any of the other pieces?

Sophie: All of the pieces can be used in the oven, so I’ve made berry crumbles in little tea cups and everyone gets their own personal serving. I also use lots of tumblers filled with tea lights and flowers on my table during dinner parties.

Jennifer: You’re a member of a highly creative and accomplished family. How did your parents foster creativity and encourage you and your siblings in your creative pursuits?

(Sophie is the daughter of UK designer, Sir Terence Conran and cookbook author, Caroline Conran, and her brothers, Sebastian, Jasper and Tom are all renowned in their respective fields.)

Sophie: My parents were always showing us things, getting us involved, and asking us our opinions. The business very much revolved around our home with my dad’s design studios based there. We moved to an old school when I was little, and the old classroom blocks became the design studios and workshops. The carpenters who made all samples would come over for a drink and dinner and stay the night. It was our playground and we were all involved in the photo shoots for my father’s catalogues. It was a huge deal when a new design or new piece of furniture came in–very exciting.

Jennifer: Did you appreciate it when you were a child? That it was something very special?

Sophie: I don’t think so. I didn’t do well at school, but home was fun for me. My mom was always cooking and writing recipes for books and magazines. When we moved into the school, it was pretty derelict, so we lived in a “building site” for a pretty long time. There were old walled gardens, which had been a Christmas tree farm. They were all cleared out and we built a huge vegetable garden and remodeled all of the greenhouses. It was pretty amazing actually. There was always lots of creativity around us.

Jennifer: It sounds wonderful, but it also sounds like a lot of work.

Sophie: I really enjoy work. I’m happiest when I’m working.

Jennifer: As a mother and businesswoman, you are an inspiration to women all over the world. What advice would you give to someone just starting out in a career or building a business?

Sophie: I always put my kids first. Be patient, always be true to yourself and don’t be scared of making mistakes. And always work with great people—make sure that you interact with reputable companies, it’s very important.

Jennifer: Do you get to travel very much for your work?

Sophie: I don’t travel very often. I’m a bit of a homebody. I’m in my office right now, but it’s attached to my home.

Jennifer: Whenever I visit England, I’m always so impressed by the bold British design aesthetic—particularly the exquisite paint colours and wallpapers. In Canada and the U.S., we’re seeing a strong resurgence of wallpapers, and I’m excited to see your new collection. What inspired your designs?

Sophie Conran wallpaper collection

Sophie: I absolutely love nature. The wallpaper hanging in my office at the moment is based on a Japanese kimono book. It’s full of beautiful irises, which were inspired by the exquisite floral designs and embroidery on the kimonos.

Sophie Conran's "Fleur" wallpaper

The inspiration for another collection that I designed was from a childhood stay at a chateau in France. It was completely falling apart. Each of the rooms had incredible paintings, fabrics, and such fabulous fading wallpapers.

Sophie Conran's "Belle" wallpaper

Sophie Conran's "Juliette" wallpaper

Colour is also a really big inspiration for me. Contrasting colours always get my creative juices flowing.

Sophie's home featured in the April '08 edition of Australia Home Beautiful

Jennifer: [The interview with Sophie took place two weeks prior to the royal wedding] Will & Kate‘s wedding is just around the corner and we’re getting very excited about it in Canada. My 77-year-old mother is even planning to wake up at 1 a.m. to watch the ceremony on TV. How will you be celebrating the royal wedding?

Sophie: They’re such a sweet couple—always smiling. We’ll be attending a big party that a friend is throwing at his home in the Cotswolds. Lots of people are organizing street parties, and I think that 10 million visitors are expected to be in London for the wedding. People are baking and decorating—it’s really, really nice actually.

Jennifer: If you had a day all to yourself, what would you absolutely love to do?

Sophie: We have a home in the country, and I love to be down there with my family. I spend time gardening, and visiting the gardening centre–just doing nice stuff around the house with my kids and husband. I really enjoy cooking, and friends often come over with their children and we’ll have a big meal together.

Jennifer: Imagine that it’s Monday afternoon at 2:43 p.m., and you’ve been hard at work. Do you reach for one of your delectable Whoopie Pies and a piping hot cup of coffee?  Or is it an apple muffin and iced tea calling your name?

Sophie: I don’t really like a lot of sweet things. If I was busy, it might be a little piece of avocado on toast with a squeeze of lemon. Or it might be some humous and carrot sticks, or a smoothie.. I normally have something already prepared in the refrigerator, like lentil salad, so I might have a bit of that. Those are the kinds of snacky things I like to eat.

I’d like to thank Sophie for taking time to chat with me. She’s such a dynamic person, and I look forward to seeing many more amazing things from her in the future.

CONGRATULATIONS, Anita T: You won the Sophie Conran giveaway. You were lucky #9.

SOPHIE CONRAN GIVEAWAY!!!

I’m such a huge fan of Sophie’s products (we use her tableware every day in my home) and I want to celebrate her interview by hosting a GIVEAWAY. One lucky winner will receive one of her gorgeous white cake plates, a set of 4 white dessert plates, and a white teapot!!! Everything you need for tea time!

All you need to do is:

* Visit Nicole Jane Home and sign up for my newsletter (don’t worry, I NEVER send spam. If you’re already on my newsletter subscribers’ list, you’re automatically entered.

* Leave a comment below to let me know you signed up.

Here’s the small print: You need to be a resident of the U.S. or Canada (we’re not allowed to run contests for residents of Quebec), 18 years or older. Good luck everyone!

Draw Date: May 25, 2011

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