Real-Life Decor


Real-Life Decor - 100 Easy DIY Projects to Brighten Your Home on a Budget
by Jean Nayar
Filipacchi Publishing
Robyn Liverant Public Relations
ISBN: 978-1-933231-70-9

128 pages
8 3/4" x 11"
100 color photographs

My Review: Exactly like the title says, "Real-Life decor."  This book has over 100 thrifty projects & ideas. All the projects have clearly written instructions, materials list and a color photo. The book is divided into 7 chapters that cover the following:

Furniture Fix-ups
Soft Touches
Surface treatments
Stylish Storage
Artful Collections
Easy Accents
Nature Arts

Here are some of my favorite projects:

Picnik collage
photo credit Aimee Herring

photo credit Joe Schmelzer

photo credit Deborah Ory

photo credit Aimee herring

photo credit Lucas Allen

photo credit Kate Sears

photo credit Deborah Ory

photo credit Aimee Herring

This is a great book for all skill levels & budgets. These projects will help decorate any space!  Since I love this book so much, I am giving away 2 copies. Yes, I said TWO!

Resourceful Links:
Filipacchi Publishing


Now for the GIVEAWAY!! Filipacchi Publishing & Robyn Liverant PR have graciously offered TWO lucky commenters a copy of Real-Life Decor. How to enter (any of these entries will work):

1. Leave me a comment with your email address.
2. Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway. Leave me a comment that you did (I want this book: Real Life Decor #giveaway #bookreview @beachbrights).
3. Open to US/Canada Only, No PO Boxes.
4. Contest ends Wed. April 14th.


**Thank you Robyn for the opportunity to review & give!**


Becky said...

I'd love to win this book. Ever since I became a renter rather than an owner I have been looking for easy, inexpensive, and less invasive ways to make our house a home.

Thanks for the chance!

Ali said...

This looks like a great book! I love the ideas you pictured and would love to give some a try!
Thanks for the chance to win! :)


ooh I love the photos, looks like a great book! with interesting ideas.

Verbenabeth said...

Very cool book chock full of great ideas! Can't wait to try some of them!

Monique said...

Looks interesting!
monique.burkes at gmail dot com

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I'm all for decorating for "real life." :) I'd love to win a copy. Thanks for the Giveaway!

elizabeth said...

I love what you have shown so far and think I would looove this book!!!
I love the map pictures
thanks for doing this for us -
you have my email!!!!

Hillcrest Acres said...
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Hillcrest Acres said...

Oh how I need this book. Please count me in on this great giveaway.

Sarah @ Dream In Domestic said...

This looks like an amazing book! I love thrifty things! Thanks for the giveaway!

My email dreamindomestic [at] gmail [.] com

Kim said...

ohhh this book looks perfect for me. I love the clean style look.

Jamie said...

Oh this book would be perfect because we are in the middle of redecorating our house and I am lacking in!!


Jessica said...

I love thrify, crafty decorating ideas! Thanks for the opportunity! Narniamum at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

I tweeted (@narniamum). Thanks!

Destination Seaborn said...

This looks like a great book full of good ideas! Lisa

katherinemarie said...

Sounds FANTASTIC! You are spoiling all of use with all your give-a-ways... :):)

Brassy Apple said...

woot! woot! would SOOO love this book! right up my alley!

crossing my fingers.... :)

Brassy Apple said...

just gave it a tweet too! :)

simpledaisy said...

Ooh....that looks like a really fabulous book:)
I know I am always looking for inspiration!

Barb said...

Had to stop by and check this book out. I'm always looking for ways to upcycle and recycle- looks like there's a lot of inspiration here!

Thanks for the chance to win a copy!


ruralmoms AT

Katie@Yoga Gal said...

Cool looking book: WANT!

:) Katie

Leslie said...

This is a wonderful book. So many useful and practical projects. I would love to add it to my library -

Leslie said...

I just posted about this on my twitter. Good Luck to all.

Jessica Hills said...

Oooh I would love to have this! Thanks for the great giveaway! I really like your new header with the yellow by the way.

Boom Boom said...

Oh please please please let me win. It's just the book I've been searching for lately. Love your new header too by the way. One of my favorite pictures at home is of a yellow door. My e-mail is Thank you for the great giveaway.

Amy Magallanes said...

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Amy Magallanes

M said...

Maggie Damron
mddamron at gmail dot com

Michelle Torres said...

Would be so Thankful to have this book!!! I enjoy your blog so much!!!! Have a great weekend!!!!

Michelle Torres

Dawn said...

Oh wow, that would be an awesome book to have!! Thanks for the chance - my address is on my profile. Thankyou!

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to have this book-the pictures look beautiful! Holly

Lisa said...

Great giveaway! This looks like a really fun book!

Linz said...

I'm moving cross-counrty in June, and this would be a great way for me to decorate my first post-college home!

Mandi said...

I would love this book! My first project would be the initial boards to corral all the paperwork that comes with school children!! I can already picture where to hang it, too!


Carolyn said...

carriemak at aol dot com

dor said...

A women can always use a little help.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Stephanie said...

Oh I would love to have this book! My email is

Thanks so much for the chance to win! :)

myflsun said...

This book looks great! I can't wait to check the whole book out!


myflsun said...

I tweeted, too! I truly do want this book!


Carolyn said...

Posted a comment on the page withthe original announcement and it isn't showing up here. I must be doing something wrong. Still it is a great book to have and would love to win it.
carriemak at aol dot com

Enbrethiliel said...


I'm not eligible for the giveaway (Boo!), but I have to comment on the lovely pictures!

I think it's the pictures which really sell a book like this, and so they really enhance your review. =)

Vivian Deliz said...

This looks like a good book to help one decorate.