House TalkN is a fun lookiloo at houses, houses, houses. It will answer pressing questions like, "When folks build a McMansion on a small lot, what are they compensating for?" or "Was the real estate agent drunk when they staged this house?" or "Why don't the Smiths' ever leave their drapes open when I am on a harmless walk-by?"

Monday, September 30, 2013

It's Giveaway Time!

Do you love reading? Enjoy free stuff? Did you miss the boat on summer's GIGANTIC, multi-blog reading giveaway and you want another chance to win?!?! Well, we've delivered, except for one tiny difference - this time, it's EVEN BIGGER! Even more of your favorite bloggers have joined together to bring you the hugest giveaway on the innerwebz - you are not going to believe this prize package. Seriously. Now that the kids are back in school, maybe you find yourself with a little extra free time for reading grown-up people books with grown-up people words in them. Maybe, as the autumn air gets chillier, you're looking for an excuse to snuggle up inside under a blanket. Whatever the reason, one thing's for sure: you need some great stuff to read. Thus, we bring you...
THE BIGGEST FALL READING GIVEAWAY EVER!
First off, we've collected practically an entirely new library for you - nine (9) (NINE!!!) new books to make you laugh, cry, and forget that you were supposed to turn on the crockpot because you're just plain having too much fun. 
You Have Lipstick On Your Teeth, the long-awaited first humor anthology from In The Powder Room, is the #1 Hot New Release on Amazon for good reason - it's packed with 39 (mostly) true tales by women, for women, about being women—bodily changes, relationships, careers, motherhood, aging, illness, and more—written with the humor and grit that proudly sets In The Powder Room apart. The winner's shiny new copy will be signed by none other than Lipstick co-author and editor, Leslie Marinelli of The Bearded Iris! Do you have a copy of the hilarious best-selling collection of hilarious essays, I Just Want To Pee Alone, yet? Well, I bet you don't have a copy signed by four of the co-authors - Amy Bozza of My Real Life signed one with Kim Bongiorno, Kim Forde and Anna Sandler, and she's willing to part with it JUST FOR YOU! It covers every parenting topic from planning for your baby, to being driven insane by your children, to... wait, are there other parenting topics? Yes, don't be silly, of course there are. I'm pretty sure. From Abby Has Issues, you'll get a signed paperback copy of Abby Still Has Issues, the 5-star rated second installment of award-winning humor writer Abby’s compiled blogging neurosis - everything from the drama of a cab ride with Aunt Mable to her quest to become a naked sushi model. Carriage Before Marriage has two stories in the hilarious, irreverent anthology What Was I Thinking: 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories featuring essays from Carrie Fisher, Sex and The City producer Cindy Chupack and more. Romantic disasters spun into comedy gold for your entertainment! Janie Emaus is offering up a autographed paperback copy of her smart and compelling young adult book, Mercury In Retro Love - a story about crushes, conflicts and astrological confusion. Kim Bongiorno, of Let Me Start By Saying, has generously added an autographed paperback copy of her 5-star rated "Part of My World: Short Stories", a book that allows the reader to escape into 21 unique, exhilarating worlds.  To boot, she's including a "How Being a Parent is Like Being a Rock Star" note card, based on her hilarious graphic that's gone viral (blank inside, with envelope). You'll also win an autographed copy of Not Your Mother's Book...on Being a Parent, co-authored by Stacey Hatton of Nurse Mommy Laughs. These new anthologies are edgy "poultry for the chakra" books and will have you laughing instead of crying. Of course your library won't be complete without a signed paperback copy of the best selling debut of humorist Paige Kellerman, At Least My Belly Hides My Cankles - a touching story of cankles, gestational diabetes, and one woman's quest not to pee her own pants while carrying twins. Still want more parenting laughs? Parenting Gag Reel - Hilarious Writes and Wrongs (from the popular Life Well Blogged series) is for moms and dads who've fought to get little ones down for a nap, worn their pajamas to drop off the kids at school or can name at least ten shades of poop. If that's you, you're in the right place for an afternoon of laughter, thanks to some very funny bloggers, including Snarkfest. But wait - that's not all! Because we love you and we know that just WANTING to read doesn't always get you the time, setting, and accessories that make it possible, we're also including all of this: 
Because it's hard to concentrate on reading while the kids are awake, we'll set you up with the customizable kid's photo clock of your choice from ZAZOO KiDS! In addition to allowing you to upload your own photos, video and music, it has pre-programmed image alarms to show a child visually when they can start the day or when it is time to rest. Brilliant! For maximum reading time, we recommend setting bedtime to 4 PM.
Because they might still need a little help staying in bed, there's Duck Tape. Everyone can find a fun and creative use for Duck Tape, from crafty tweens to practical DIYers, to mamas who just want to read for a minute, for Pete's sake. We're giving away an awesome prize pack of Duck Tape in assorted colors and patterns. 
Because sometimes Mama needs a little glass of something while she reads, you'll get a monogrammed Vino-2-Go (Wine Sippy! Right? RIGHT? Awesome.) for those special times when you need to be the classiest bitch at a party, or when you're just afraid you might spill some precious vino on your precious book.
Because you need to be comfortable while you read, we're bringing you your choice of one throw pillow from Sewn, Inc. Sewn is a small design atelier in Brooklyn, NY, specializing in dressmaking, custom Halloween costumes for children, home decor accents, and quilted Christmas stockings.
Because you might be out and about while you're reading (hey, it could happen), the winner will also get a $30 gift certificate to the Jennifer Ladd shop on Etsy, which is chock full of gorgeous handbags and change purses.
Nostalgic Graphic Tees Elizabeth Horton
Because you'll need something clean for your kids to wear if you hope to put off the laundry one more day, let us introduce you to Nostalgic Graphic Tees by Elizabeth Horton. Brushed for softness and screen printed using multiple layers of environmentally friendly ink, you'll be happy when this becomes your child's favorite shirt because it'll stand up to life and washings and still look good enough to hand down to a little brother or sister. Winner gets to choose any tee from the Etsy site. That's winner's choice! You just have to pick from a size in stock.


Because you'll need something cozy to "borrow" from your husband's closet while you read (or because you're the husband whose cozy stuff keeps getting "borrowed," or because you just happen to like reading and comfort), Cool Dads is providing one of their tees. They work hard to make tees that their kids would dig, and that they would be proud to wear too. They feature a tailored fit, custom stitching, and high quality bamboo viscose material that makes their shirts softer than the softest cotton, keep you degrees cooler, and even repel sweat to keep you dry.
Because people are always trying to take the few things around the house that aren't made by Fisher Price (like your new fantastic book collection) and claim them as their own, label them in style with Name Bubbles. These sturdy, water-resistant and dishwasher safe labels come in a variety of colors, sizes, and fonts so you can personalize them just the way you want. We're giving away a School Labels Pack, an assortment of over 80 labels!
Because we know you'll get interrupted while you're trying to read, you'll get a $40 gift card to Snappin Studio, where they make unique hand stamped metal keepsakes like beautiful copper bookmarks. What a stylish way to keep track of where you left off, until you're finished getting the kids just one more glass of water at 10:30 PM! Shop for gorgeous hand stamped metal gifts such as personalized guitar picks, unique anniversary gifts, handmade wedding favors and more. Also, because we know we're all just barely holding it together ourselves, we're including a canvas I Just Want To Pee Alone tote bag so YOU can hold all this stuff together - super rare and totes adorable, you'll be able to carry all this incredible loot in style.
And finally, because we know we might have forgotten something (Who, US???), the lucky winner will also get a $175.00 Amazon gift card, to spend however he or she wants, although we strongly suggest using it to buy the giveaway hosts something pretty. That's almost $700 worth of fantastic prizes! NOW FOR THE NITTY-GRITTY: To qualify: You must have a deep, burning desire to own all or part of the stuff mentioned above, and live in the United States. (So sorry, non-United States friends - we love you big time, but we don't understand your sweepstakes rules and don't enjoy serving jail time. Also, POSTAGE. Gah. It's, like, more than college tuition.) Required: Do the little Rafflecopter thingy. Winner will be chosen at random and notified after the giveaway closes on Saturday, October 5. If there's no response from the winner within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen and so on until I decide just to keep everything for myself. (I'm kidding, of course. OR AM I? Yes, I'm kidding.)  a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

What I Say, What I Mean

"Are you going to wear that?" 
We all know what that means. 
"That looks horrible." 
I'm In The Powder Room today playing WHAT I SAY VS. WHAT I MEAN!
Meet me there and let's talk in code to each other.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Decorating For Fall, Y'all!

*I'm taking a look back (code for I haven't written any.freaking.thing for fall!) at last year's fall posts for inspiration! Remember this one?


Fall's Finest...
When I saw the quote "Taking the snobbery out of decorating" I immediately thought of my friend, Tracy.


While her house always looks fantastic, it never feels snooty. Tracy's home perfectly reflects her personality. It's fun, relaxed, and feisty!  (For example, when she passed me in her cute little Volvo today, she flipped me the big ole bird all the way by!)


While my big leap into fall decorating consisted of a single burlap wreath, Tracy went all out to welcome the new season. I feel like the Rhoda to her Mary.


Tracy's mother was visiting from California last week. Somewhere between soccer practices and games and homework and dinners and trips to the orchard, Tracy and her mother squeezed in some mother daughter decorating time!


Take a lookiloo at what they came up with!

Young Jack Sholem is the official greeter!



No one whips up a wreath like Tracy!


Be still my heart- shells in the fall!


Mantle Mania!



Camera shy Tracy caught tweaking!

Tracy's dining room table is passed down from her mother.

A beautiful wreath above the sink.



Keeping it real- "Funny Bones" indeed.

Maybe I can convince Tracy's mother to come for a visit to my house...in time to decorate for the holidays!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Sunroom Wardrobe Change!

Yesterday, I showed off my fancyschmancy (yet, neglected) brown velvet curtains that I am now using as a table runner.

I was feeling so inspired and eager to be a part of the REUSE! RECYCLE! club, that I used the other panel for a "costume change" in my sunroom. This time, the panel acted as a tablecloth!

But first, here is a lookiloo at a few other costumes my sunroom has donned...


Summer Whites.

Bright and Cheery!
Happy Fall, Y'all!





I have two panels left...what next?
Maybe I will face the beast, aka the sewing machine, and make some pillows.
Maybe I will wrap one around myself, cinch it with a jazzy belt and call it FABULOUS! (I can hear my sisters now- "What the #$@!% are you wearing??")


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bringing The Dickie Back!


Here at HouseTalkN, we aren't just about houses. We love to talk fashion, too! 
This week, we are sharing our new venture: "DICKIE-DO!"
"Dickie Do" is a movement to BRING BACK THE DICKIE! No more "Don't do the Dickie!" We are all about "Do the Dickie!"
Some folks in Hollywood gave the Dickie a bad name.

Take a look at the new Dickie- out and about with the Dickie!
Amy from The Momologist knows that sometimes, while you are facing mundane housework, you just need a little Dickie. 
Now that the kids are back in school, a Dickie with a friend 
is just what moms need! 
brought the big ole dickie!
Kim from Let Me Start By Saying knows
 all about the fancy Dickie!
Dickies aren't just for the ladies! Lots of fellas love their Dickies!
How about you? Do you have a Dickie in your drawer? 
Bring it out and show it off!




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Setting An Elegant, Grown Up Table!

*The kids are back to school. It's time to sit at the grownup table!

I don't know about you, but I often set the table like this:
"Y'all grab a paper plate and meet me at the table!"
So...when you get the chance to have a grown up par-taay or a romantic dinner for two, go wild. Dust off Grandma's china, polish the silver and bust out the goblets! 
Take a lookiloo at my gal pal, Tracy's big girl tablescape.













When was the last time you set a big girl tablescape? (Mine was circa 1997!)

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