Update on Contest Winners

Just a little update on who won the last two big giveaways.  The first winner Ariel, who writes the blog Loving Every Minute of It, won a custom drawing by Patricia Van Essche of PVE Designs.  Ariel chose her darling bungalow as the subject of the drawing.  I thought you might like to see the final results. As always, Patricia’s work is wonderful, warm, and personal.   First – take a look at Ariel’s house she shares with her husband and three boys in the Texas Hill Country:



 Ariel and her husband have updated their house, adding shutters, new paint, landscaping, porches, etc!!!!



And here is Patricia’s drawing.   I love the angle she chose to capture it.   It looks so inviting with the Adirondack chairs prominently figured, along with the trees and picket fence.     If I was Ariel, I would order the note cards that Patricia sells with this drawing on them.   It would be so cute !!    To read Patricia’s story about the drawing, go HERE.



The next big giveaway was the fabulous lantern from BROWN.    Here is the exact same lantern hanging in my client’s house that I worked on this year.   I was so excited when Jill Brown offered to give the lantern for a giveaway.  It was the largest contest I have ever had.  The response was phenomenal – so many people entered!!!!     I was only sorry I didn’t have more to hand out.   It’s a truly gorgeous light fixture and Jill was so generous to sponsor the contest.  


image The BROWN lantern was the largest giveaway I’ve done – both in monetary value and numbers of entrants. 





The blogger Brilliant Asylum from Atlanta was the lucky winner of the BROWN lantern.  As  you can read HERE, she had a choice of either having the four light bulb kit inside the lantern or just the one light bulb kit.  She chose the one light bulb kit with the beautiful Edison bulb, shown below.    Hopefully when she hangs the lantern Brilliant Asylum will send us a picture to see it!  Be sure visit BROWN’s web site HERE to see all their wonderful things.  


A huge thank you again to Patricia and Jill for the great giveaways.  



image Photograph of Christina Strutt’s house in Bath, England – taken from her latest book:   At Home With Country HERE.


P.S.  The newest Skirted Roundtable is now available with our guest Cabbages and Roses’ Christina Strutt.   From England, Strutt is Martha Stewart and Rachel Ashwell rolled into one – with a dash of her mentor Laura Ashley.   Beautiful fabrics and clothes.   Listen HERE.




Next week we have a HUGE HUGE HUGE guest coming on the Skirted Roundtable:  Robert McAlpine!  I am so excited I could DIE!!!  Wish me luck y’all.  This one has me nervous.   McAlpine is a major hero to me and I’m sure to you too!!!   YIKES!!!!!!!!


  1. Can't wait for tht interview. We are from the same hometown, and I love his work!
    Teresa (Splendid Sass)

  2. I do hope Brillian Asylum will share how she used the lantern with us!

    I'm sure you'll ask Bobby all the questions we're dying to know... such a fan of his and I'd be starstruck myself! Enjoy the interview...c an't wait to hear it!

  3. What wonderful guests for your Roundtable... UPS just dropped off my copy of Mr. McAlpine's new book to me less that an hour ago... I know what I will be doing in my free time this weekend... ~Terri

  4. That's such a lovely drawing, lucky winners! :0) I really need to get around to doing something like that of my grandma's house as I remember it as a kid. :0)

  5. 1st pic, the GARDEN HOSE? Oh dear.

    Move the iron shepard's hook off to the side & get a black hose.

    Where the turf is dead? Concrete stepping stones, 18" square, in a checkerboard pattern leading to the front porch.

    Love the rendering of this home.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  6. Joni,
    Firstly, thank-you for inspiring me with your knowledge and for posting this give-away. I had so much fun working on that illustration for Ariel. I know
    each and every home, no matter how big or small takes a tremendous amount of energy and passion to create.
    Just like our blogs do!
    I am glad you have nervous butterflies for Robert McAlpine. Just be you and it will be authentic.
    I can hardly wait.
    You enjoy it and it will show. Passion is my mantra.

  7. Love, Love, Love, Bobby! It is a good thing I don't live in his town I would probably become a stalker like Joni! Can't wait to hear!
    Tina Ramer

  8. Wow what a great win! That lantern is gorgeous! I do hope she shares a photo with us on her installation of it! have a great weekend!

  9. I just love Patricia's illustration of Ariel's home! I keep meaning to ask Patricia to do one of my house. And I'm so jealous of that lantern! I missed the deadline for that giveaway. I've missed visiting you Joni. I'm hoping to have more time in the next few weeks to stop by and get my Cote De Texas fix!

  10. Oh my God, I am so envious! You get to meet Bobby McAlpine! If I could have any architect design a home for me, it would be him. I LOVE his work!

  11. Congrats to your winners for the beautiful giveaways! And we'll be giving away Bobby McAlpine's book as well on SRT!

  12. Cannot wait for Bobby McAlpines's interview. I not only have his book but have bought it for 3 gifts this year. Several images in his book are inspiration for a country home we are working on right now. His concept of painting windows and doors black is something I have sold my client on as well. OOOOH, I can hardly wait.

  13. In beautiful Bath with their gentle climate you could enjoy that pretty outdoor room... here in Atlanta it would be burned around the edges due to the heat.....

  14. * Can't wait til the interview (!), & just the COVER of his book ALONE makes me want to run to Barnes Noble this very minute!!!

    Remember to E*N*J*O*Y this interview to the fullest~~~ (nervousness NOT NECESSARY, Sweetie)!!!

    (Remember, "YOU'RE THE MA'AM!!!)

    Linda in AZ *

  15. Patricia at PVE is very talented and Ariel very lucky. Linda says you are going to give away McAlpine book, I will religiously follow interview and contest. Joni, thank you for having me on your blogs list, you have no idea how many readers I have because of you. Many many many thanks.

  16. Joni,
    To have Bobby McAlpine on the skirted table is gorgeous!!!

  17. Thanks for showing us the end results!!!The picture of the bungalow turned out gorgeous...It gave the home such personality. I'm glad th lantern got a good Home.....It was a beauty. Congratulations on your guest for the SRT! How thrilling! Maryanne

  18. That'll teach me to spend a month with my daughter in ICU and miss your great giveaways! The picture of the bungalow is charming. What a treasure for Ariel! And I'm green with envy over that beautiful lantern. Your client's home is stunning. I thought that picture came from an advertisement or fancy magazine.

    Hope you're doing well. How are college preparations going?

  19. I just went to a book signing with Bobby McAlpine in Chattanooga, TN! Great store called Revival. They are having a designer series and Suzanne Kassler will be next! So excited!

  20. Joni,

    I just visited the most gorgeous McAlpine home at 315 W. Smuggler Ave. in Aspen. It's absolutely perfect. I adore his work. I took a few pictures and will send those when I return to Houston and my iphoto.

  21. Hey Joni,

    I hope you're having a nice summer I've taken some time away from blogging to enjoy mine....

    Congrats to the 2 lucky winners...oh I was so sure I was going to win that Lantern, what a beauty !!! I hope the winner will share what she did with it :)

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

  22. Thanks everyone. ok, tomorrow is the day! for bobby!!!! oy!!! vey!!!

  23. Congratulations to the winners! What a beautiful drawing... what a gorgeous lantern!

    Have FUN tomorrow ... that's really exciting!

  24. Hi Joni - I can't remember if I have already told you - I wrote about you on my own blog. Check it out!

    As always, you brighten my day with your terrific posts. Thanks from the bottom of my heart!

  25. I've only just begun looking through here, but your blog is fantastic. I love it.

  26. Can't wait for the McAlpine interview. His book is one of my favorites. Thank you for always inspiring us.

  27. I feel like I've been to England. I can almost smell the books in the library and the flowers in the garden. Thanks for the tour! Now we await Robert McAlpine. What a treat that will be.

  28. Can NOT wait for the McAlpine interview..... have adored his houses for years and years. Did I mention I can NOT wait?!!
    tap,tap,tap.... (that's my foot!!:)

    And Patricia's illustration- as charming as always!