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YOUR HOME, YOUR STYLE + A GIVEAWAY! by emily starr alfano

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well i can't say that being featured in a book is an everyday occurrence. more like once in a lifetime! i'm honored to have our home {#farmhousedialfano} included in Your Home, Your Style: How to Find Your Look & Create Rooms You Love, a recently released book by my gal donna garlough who also happens to be the style director for joss & main.i hope you keep reading because you're interested BUT if you're not {it's ok. i guess.}, at least scroll to the bottom to learn about our giveaway {insert smile}.

donna has really outdone herself with an easy-on-the-eyes, easy-on-the-brain book that should appeal to pretty much anyone who owns a home and is looking for some style advice. joyelle west {who has photographed our house 3 other times here, here, + here!} was the exclusive photographer for the book and unsurprisingly, the images are beautiful. 

coffee table /  joyelle west photography

so what's the book all about? donna features 13 homes that were designed + decorated by the owners rather than interior designers. it's a guide to designing and styling but also a guide to learning more about your own style, what you're drawn to, and how to build off of that. she offers tips, takeaways and helps you focus! 

we photographed the house in december of 2016 after max's early arrival pushed back shooting and by then, donna and joyelle had a lot of great content already so we skipped photographing the kitchen and max's room and focused on the living room, dining room and master bedroom. so it's interesting to see the book images a year and a half later as the house has changed! nothing major but new rugs, pillows, side tables etc. and let's be honest, i'm changing things up in here weekly which means it looks different than the glitter guide shoot from just this past november. and different from just a couple weeks ago so....

master bedroom /  joyelle west photography

master bedroom / joyelle west photography

because they want you to buy the book {which, you know, makes sense. and you should buy it!}, the publisher rizzoli only allows promotion of the images you see above. but there's so much more i want you to see! so here's a little peek into the book...

dining room chair detail

dining room chair detail

our coffee table styled two ways {#1 and #4}

our coffee table styled two ways {#1 and #4}

the living room. since then i've changed out pillows and replaced those feather prints with photographs from our travels.

the living room. since then i've changed out pillows and replaced those feather prints with photographs from our travels.

the back of max's door

the back of max's door

the ledge over our bed. it's been updated since then.

the ledge over our bed. it's been updated since then.

my animal-themed jewelry display.

my animal-themed jewelry display.

a nook in the living room. it's also been updated!

a nook in the living room. it's also been updated!

there's more in the book so buy it here! also check out an interview i did for donna's blog, self styled, here!

and just in time for mother's day, donna and i are hosting a giveaway! she's signing two copies of the book so for the design enthusiast mamas out there {or those who want to make their special day even more special!}, make sure you're following me on instagram and be on the lookout for a post this weekend with details on how to enter. 

lastly, i put together some links for items you see in the book. shop them below.

happy friday!

ps. looking for help with your home? ask about our interior styling services.

pps. fun fact! both courtney {who used to work for me}, and lindsey {who is a former bride + current collaborator} are also featured in the book.

#FARMHOUSEDIALFANO ON GLITTER GUIDE {AND SHOP IT!} PART 3 by emily starr alfano

the last stop in the #farmhousedialfano glitter guide tour...max's room and our bedroom! the former is probably my favorite in the house, the latter is my least favorite.

i'm constantly making little changes to max's room! both for functional purposes as she gets older and design-wise {cuz i can't help myself}. it's a small space but a happy and bright one that's filled with a mix of sentimental keepsakes and new items. because it's so small, i wanted to make a statement but due to its size, felt the room couldn't handle too much on the walls. we painted it benjamin moore patriotic white which is actually a very soft pistachio color and went bold on one wall with anewall decor's oh deer mural. max loves animals and some of her favorites are all in the incredibly beautiful artwork.

above you can see a couple very meaningful additions to the room...a romper that i wore as a baby and max wore in her newborn shoot {framed by framebridge} and a framed bunny print that hung in my room as a child.

more sentimental additions above include a pair of my toe shoes that we used for max's 1st birthday party, the first piece of clothing i bought while pregnant, a vintage dress gifted to max, her very first briar bonnets, and an old edition of house at pooh corner. 

and now onto our bedroom! we have a few things working against us.

1/ it's a rectangle shape which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing BUT the bed can only go in one place {across from some built-in shelving} which means you walk directly into a bed corner every day. and the rectangle shape is awkwardly split by the bed and the door to the bathroom.

2/ besides a bed, we haven't bought any furniture for the room {we moved in july of 2014} . which means we're using a mishmash of old dressers + armoires and they're not super functional in the space. 

3/ there's a very small, very narrow "walk in" closet. when i say narrow it means that when clothes are hung, you have to slide in sideways and try to view the clothes that are essentially in your face. 

4/ slanted ceiling above the bed.

anyways, we did paint the room when we moved in and i try to make it feel as cozy + comfortable as possible with bedding, pillows etc. but ultimately? it's not even close to where i want it to be. 

nightstand { similar } /  linen sheets  /  linen comforter  /  blanket  /  picture ledge  / hanging shelf { similar }

nightstand {similar} / linen sheets / linen comforter / blanket / picture ledge / hanging shelf {similar}

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hanging shelf { similar } /  candle

hanging shelf {similar} / candle

and that’s a wrap on the glitter guide feature! naturally, things already look different around here, and i have {really desperate} hope for some additional projects this year (quartz countertops, new couch, new fan/light in the living room, additional storage options, bedroom wallpaper accent wall yada yada yada) but i'm glad you all got to see how the house looked in november when it was photographed.  AND i’m just about done with my former office which is now a playroom/office combo so stay tuned for that reveal. 

shop max's room + our bedroom below....all links are listed above as well. 

thanks for following along and be sure to check out parts 1 and 2

the entire glitter guide feature is here.  all photos by joyelle west

and as always you can follow what's currently going on in my world over on instagram.

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