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August 19th, 2010

Review~ Paula Deen’s Savannah Style

by Gwen

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I have been in a major decorating slump ever since moving last Spring. We moved from a large house on an acre to one that is about half the size on a 1/4 acre. Just fitting in the house has been a challenge and decorating it? Don’t even go there.

Slowly but surely, I was coming around though and reading Savannah Style put me right over the hump. Luscious, warm, inviting, and homey are the thoughts that came to me while reading this book.

Paula Deen teamed up with her stylist, Brandon Branch for this book and they are such a good fit. The main text is all Paula sharing the stories of her family and the city she loves Savannah. The beautiful pictures are mouthwatering and Brandon Branch adds his own thoughts on how to get the looks in your home if you have a smaller budget or live in another area.

The book is broken down by Seasons and includes a beautiful section on Holidays. Not every house featured is the historic townhouses we all envision when we think Savannah. There are many shots of fishing cabins, sleeping porches, and dock areas.

Brandon’s Style Secrets have made me a huge fan with tips like

Remember, slipcovers are a cheaper way to change the look of furniture than buying new or reupholstering.

Don’t be afraid to use old lawn furniture that is rusty or has chipped paint. Courtyard furniture shouldn’t be mint perfect. A worn look is very good!

Instead of throwing out that old chest of drawers you’ve had since college, add old knobs and paint it an outrageous color. It will add a touch of whimsy to your rooms.

Take a tip from bookstores and display some of your more beautiful books face out, rather than spine out. They become a conversation piece and a focal point of the space that way.

If you know Paula Deen style and love what she cooks up in the kitchen, you will enjoy her down home tales of Savannah. She tells her story while winding the unique history of Savannah’s style in a way that makes you feel like you are sitting down together having coffee or that she is touring you around that beautiful city.

My decorating burnout is completely gone and I am ready to tackle my new cottage with a new attitude thanks to Paula Deen’s Savannah Style. If ya’ll don’t see me for a while, I am off painting!

You can browse Savannah Style at Amazon.

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Thanks to Pump Up Your Book for including me in the great book tour! Now if they could just get Paula Deen to cook for me, I would die a happy gal.

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July 16th, 2008

Practically Posh: The Smart Girls’ Guide to a Glam Life by Robyn Moreno

by Gwen

Practically Posh: The Smart Girls’ Guide to a Glam Life by Robyn Moreno

Spoiler alert! If you are on my Christmas list and under say 25, you are getting this book, so stop reading!

Robyn Moreno has created a manual for life. Practically Posh isn’t just about being practical, it is a how to book on just about everything in life. The chapters cover all of the bases from how to decorate, to how to ask for a raise and there is even a chapter on volunteering and going green.

The information is presented in a comfortable and visually pleasing style. You feel as if you are chatting with a girlfriend, not getting sage advice from a soccer mom. (no offense intended here) The thing is, it is sage advice. There are tips on what goods and services to splurge on and what to save money on, (ie. Buy the better foundation, but save on mascara) how to be a better boss, how to shop vintage and thrift stores, what to bring on trips, how to buy wine, when to buy organic and when to pass. The list goes on and on!
It is amazing how much Moreno was able to cover in the glossy, photo filled 242 pages. When I say that it covers everything, I am not kidding. Just look at these chapter titles;

Nesting
In the Kitchen
Hip Hosting
Workin’ it
Smart Style
Budget Beauty
Poised & Cultured
Get Packing
Do Good

Practically Posh was a fun and I am not ashamed to say that I learned a lot. Still, I think I will stand by my disclaimer above. This is geared toward the girls that are just starting out in the world. I have already purchased extra copies to give as gifts and I know that they will be just perfect!

Practically Posh: The Smart Girls’ Guide to a Glam Life by Robyn Moreno
List Price: $18.95
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Collins Living (July 1, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0061349461
ISBN-13: 978-0061349461

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