A Giveaway!

August 25, 2011

I’d love to go to design school and always have but it’s never quite worked into my plans so far, unless  you count an 8 week course at our local college.  Awhile back, I found myself searching for instructional design books or even text books that would go into greater detail about the design process and fill me in on all the secrets that end in great design.  But I came up empty-handed.   Then one day, Lily and I got an email asking us if we would kindly review the brand new book  The Meghan Method by Meghan Carter.  Of course!  We love books.  And it didn’t hurt (and may have made  us blush a little) that she mentioned the Birch + Bird blog as an online design resource among many of our favourites on p. 82.

The Meghan Method isn’t the usual design book, you know, the ones with the glossy pictures of fabulous over the top rooms that are inspiring and at the same time discouraging.  This book is all about you and your design hopes and dreams.  It is exactly what I was looking for.  If you’ve always wanted to learn a little more about what goes on in the head of your favourite interior designer and can’t afford to hire one, Meghan walks you through from inspiration to finished room.  It’s a hardcover design workbook, at your service.

After completing not one but two degrees, Meghan realized that she hadn’t been following her dreams.  She had always wanted to be an Interior Designer but with two degrees behind her already, she couldn’t justify another.  So, Ask the Decorator, was born.  Her online home-improvement and decorating show, features product reviews, design tips and of course, her interviews with experts in the design field from whom she gained her wealth of information.  Now, with all the tricks of the trade, she published her first book and is passing all this knowledge on to us.

all images from  Meghan Carter

And we would love to pass along a hardcover and autographed edition of  The Meghan Method to one of our loyal readers!  If you would like to win some DIY design inspiration, here’s what you need to do…

1.  Leave a comment at the end of this post.

2.  Become a BirchandBird Facebook fan.

3.  Follow @Birchandbird on Twitter.

Oh, if you do win and follow Meghan’s advice, we’d LOVE to see your finished space.  We will announce the lucky winner on September 2nd!  Good luck!


1 Hanna { 08.25.11 at 6:04 am }

Would love to win a copy – it looks like an amazing book

2 Jana { 08.25.11 at 6:42 am }

I have spotted this book earlier on Pinterest, but didn’t know, what’s inside. It seems it is really really interesting. Heading to FB and Twitter right now to have a chance to get a copy!

3 Lori E { 08.25.11 at 6:44 am }

Well count me in on all 3 counts. Comment here…done, Facebook Follower…done and Twitterer Follower…done too.

I think this is a great prize. Can’t wait to win it. Gulp. That was rude wasn’t it.
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4 Kevi Zupancic { 08.25.11 at 7:32 am }

What a great giveaway! I would, of course, love to win! Thanks for the opportunity ladies!
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5 Meg Thorne { 08.25.11 at 8:29 am }

I’ve seen this book reviewed a couple times and it looks like a great resource! I would love to be the lucky winner! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!
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6 Anne-Laure { 08.25.11 at 8:59 am }

It is so strange… I am wondering why, inside the book, the content seems wonderful, when the cover looks so little attractive…

Do you have your own copy, Rachel and Lily?

No hard feelings for the comment?! :)
The content is obviously the most important.

7 Rachel from Birch + Bird { 08.25.11 at 9:46 am }

It’s the inside that counts, right? We don’t have our own copy but I’m thinking about ordering my own. :)
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8 Courtney C { 08.25.11 at 9:09 am }

Thanks for the chance to win, looks like a great book!

9 Janelle {re:find Joy} { 08.25.11 at 10:00 am }

Oooh! I too have been searching for great design books! This seems like the answer to all of our home design prayers. I would love a copy, and will probably buy one if I don’t win! Thanks for sharing this with us. :)

10 Caitlin H { 08.25.11 at 10:26 am }

Me please, my house needs help!

11 Kelly { 08.25.11 at 10:36 am }

Hi! Just wanted to let you know that your blog is one of my absolute favorites out there! This giveaway was practically made for me! I am in the same shoes as you and Meghan. I love design so much, but can’t really afford to go out and get another degree. I would love to get my hands on this book! It looks super helpful and inspiring!

12 Elissa { 08.25.11 at 10:52 am }

I love new books! I hope I win :)
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13 Shona { 08.25.11 at 11:01 am }

I can use all the help I can get. Love your blog!

14 Bri { 08.25.11 at 11:08 am }

that book looks amazing. love your blog, btw!

15 Lillian { 08.25.11 at 11:09 am }

Great giveaway! I’m in the process of figuring out a few rooms in my house, so I’m definitely going to check out this book as a resource now:)
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16 Heather W { 08.25.11 at 11:18 am }

What a lovely book. It sounds wonderful. Thanks for all your design inspiration too. I love the resources you use and the photos.

17 Aubreylaine { 08.25.11 at 12:19 pm }

I would love to win. I like you on fb & twitter
littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

18 Kim { 08.25.11 at 12:32 pm }

Need all the help I can get – sign me up!

19 Kim { 08.25.11 at 12:33 pm }

Also a fan on Facebook!

20 Kim { 08.25.11 at 12:33 pm }

Also follow you on Twitter!

21 Joanna { 08.25.11 at 12:39 pm }

Moving to a new apartment in November and would love this book for some how-to and inspiration! Thanks for the opportunity!

22 ana {bluebirdkisses} { 08.25.11 at 1:18 pm }

I would love some inspiration for changing our apt! right now its very much filled with baby toysand items…it needs a major revamp!

23 Jessica Muoio { 08.25.11 at 1:36 pm }

I love it. Hope I win.
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24 Jessica Muoio { 08.25.11 at 1:37 pm }

I became a fan on FB
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25 Jessica Muoio { 08.25.11 at 1:37 pm }

I am a follower on Twitter
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26 Kathi Messer { 08.25.11 at 1:42 pm }

I need all the help I can get with interior design! What a great idea!

27 Girlie { 08.25.11 at 1:56 pm }

I’d love to win this so I can get help redoing my bland condo.

28 rachelandlily { 09.02.11 at 10:42 am }

Congratulations Girlie! You’re the lucky winner of our giveaway of the book “The Meghan Method”! Please email us at birchandbird@gmail.com and we’ll get your info to ship it to you right away. Have a great day!
Lily + Rachel

29 Jennifer Orr { 08.25.11 at 2:26 pm }

I typically don’t “like” things on Facebook, outside of supporting a couple friend’s businesses and my alma mater, so this is a big deal… :)

Please put my name in the hat!

30 colleen { 08.25.11 at 2:36 pm }

Great idea ..one smart Lady!
Thanks for the opportunity to WIN!
(p.s. I better figure out how to twitter!)
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31 Carmen West { 08.25.11 at 3:44 pm }

I would love a chance to win this awesome book! My place is definitely due for a facelift and I have a couple of ideas brewing… but I would really welcome some more inspiration! Oh, and I’m already following you on Facebook (as Carmen West Creative and from my personal account) and on Twitter!
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32 raggygirlvintage { 08.25.11 at 7:12 pm }

Sounds like a fabulous resource! My TV/family room is the space that needs some love.
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33 Vanessa { 08.25.11 at 7:12 pm }

This book looks great, if I dont win a copy I should just go buy one. I think my house would thank me.
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34 raggygirlvintage { 08.25.11 at 7:15 pm }

I think I already “liked” you on fb but I just did it again to make sure:-)
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35 Birch + Bird Vintage Home Interiors » Blog Archive » Weekend Warm-Up { 08.26.11 at 12:03 am }

[…] Oh yes, it’s that time again…the weekend is here! Nothing on the agenda except sunshine, playing with the kids and fun with friends! With maybe a wee bit of market planning and treasure hunting thrown in for good measure but, all in all, we’ll be savouring this second last weekend of the summer break. Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments on Rachel’s giveaway post yesterday! The Meghan Method is a fantastic design resource and you have until September 2nd to enter our giveaway. […]

36 janis- pinecone camp { 08.26.11 at 7:26 am }

You ladies are a fantastic design source! Looks like a great book. Not a facebook girl though :(
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37 Kassel and Kate { 08.26.11 at 7:47 am }

This book looks very helpful and amazing! I need some decorating direction!

38 Sarah { 08.26.11 at 9:30 am }

I would love this book! I love to design and re-design space… my home is an ongoing project! I am a fan on FB but don’t do twitter :(

39 Christy { 08.26.11 at 3:08 pm }

Love to win-looks great!
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40 Devon Carpenter { 08.27.11 at 12:13 pm }

Meghan is absolutely adorable. I’m sure her method is too. Please sign me up!


41 Devon Carpenter { 08.27.11 at 12:23 pm }

Hi, I am now following on facebook!

42 Devon Carpenter { 08.27.11 at 12:25 pm }

I’m beginning to feel like a pain, but now I’m following on Twitter, too! Hoping to win!

43 barbara@hodge:podge { 08.27.11 at 1:14 pm }

YES! i need that book. I too have always wanted to go to design school and I have two degrees under my belt so I doubt that is in my future. And good for me, I follow you on twitter and like you on Facebook :) I am destined to win *wink*wink*
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44 aubreylaine { 08.28.11 at 11:16 am }

I’d love to win. I follow you via Facebook and Twitter

littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

45 Paper Dolls for Boys { 08.29.11 at 6:20 am }

Well, you don’t make it easy for an old lady to enter! But I sludged through and figured out how to like + follow you.
Cheers to a great give away and LONG LIVE vintage.

46 Jenny Oppriecht { 08.29.11 at 6:12 pm }

Pick me, pick me! I have a baby on the way and am in serious nesting mode! I would love to have this book as a resource.

47 The Simply Inspired Home { 08.30.11 at 7:17 am }

Done, Done, Done. I’ve taken care of it all! I would love to see that book! Great Resource!

Thanks for the give away!


48 Donna { 08.30.11 at 6:38 pm }

Would love to win the book! It looks inspiring and instructive! I follow you on FB, I’ll sign up to Twitter as well!

49 Andie { 08.30.11 at 7:31 pm }

I would love to win this book – looks inspiring, and I will need some inspiration for our new home :)

50 Jen R. { 08.30.11 at 9:24 pm }

Pick me!!

51 Ashley Bond { 08.30.11 at 9:38 pm }

If I won the Megan Method, Spread Love Events would likely be seen infusing her ideas into our event decor (and my apartment!). Interior design, and the personal spaces and details are what inspire our event design the most. Thanks!

52 Lysa Wierzbicki { 08.31.11 at 7:10 am }

Me likey!!

53 Tamara { 08.31.11 at 3:46 pm }

I would love this book…it looks incredibly practical.

54 Tamara { 08.31.11 at 3:48 pm }

And am a facebook fan. :-)

55 Tina { 08.31.11 at 9:48 pm }

I’m always up for a good design book! Great giveaway!

56 Mary Jo { 09.01.11 at 12:24 pm }

I would love to win this for my daughter! She and her family are just starting out and she’s discovering her ‘hidden’ talents that she’s gotten from me! So this would be great for her!