think pink! and a BIG giveaway!

*** this giveaway is now closed.  congrats, Lindsay W.! ***

Almost everyone I know has been touched by breast cancer in some way.  And when you look at the statistics, it’s no surprise.

Breast Cancer StatsOne in eight women.  Friends.  Wives.  Mothers.  Colleagues.  Volunteers.  Community Activists.  Daughters.  Cancer is horribly unfair.  One of the loveliest, brightest spirits I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing died from breast cancer at the age of twenty-nine.  She had her whole life ahead of her, and cancer took that away.  I think about her often.

Avon Breast Cancer WalkI dream of the day when cancer no longer exists — and I am extraordinarily grateful for everyone working toward that goal.  Yes, it’s the doctors and the researchers … but it’s also the race participants, the volunteers, and the fundraisers.  Charlotte is one of eight cities across the country to host an Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, and ours is scheduled for October 25-26, 2014.  Since its launch in 2003, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer has raised more than $500 million for breast cancer research, access to screenings and treatment for all.  That is some serious money.  And it takes serious money to make serious progress.

The Company Store LaCrosse ComfortersYou already know The Company Store is a TZD favorite, but what you might not know is that — from October 1 to 31, 2014 — The Company Store is donating $5 for every LaCrosse comforter sold to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  Any size, any color, any fill … the choice is yours.  LaCrosse comforters are one of The Company Store’s signature products, so — in the words of a college friend — we are talking major MMP.  Money-Making Potential.

Kids LaCrosse ComforterLaCrosse comforters, proudly made in the USA, are known for their comfort, craftsmanship and value — which is why I use them in my own home.  Oh, and they even come in kids’ colors.  A few more chilly days, and I’ll be breaking out my twins’ comforters!  I’m a fan of classic white, but I can totally imagine my kiddos begging for Spring Green and Caribbean Blue.

Faribault-Turn-Me-Loose-Colorblock-Throw-Rose_YA48_AltAre you ready for the giveaway?  One lucky reader will win a $200 gift card to The Company Store!  With winter quickly approaching, a new down comforter would be an excellent choice (hint, hint) … but there are plenty of other fantastic products to choose from.  Perhaps a crisp set of wrinkle-free sheets?  A scrumptious woolen color block throw?  On Tuesday, October 14, I’ll select the winner at random from the comments on this post.  If you tweet, Facebook or Instagram about the giveaway, you’ll get an extra entry — but please leave an additional comment telling me that you did so.  There’s no fuss, no muss, and no catch.

How has cancer touched your life?

All product images via The Company Store.  The Company Store has not compensated me for, or influenced the content of, this post.  To spread the word about the October donation period, The Company Store agreed to provide a gift card to the giveaway winner.  Yes, I truly do own LaCrosse comforters.    

studio saturday: giveaways galore!

StudioReception_STD(Sept2014)Lisa Mende and I are so excited about our Grand Opening event on Wednesday.  If you will be in the Charlotte area, please drop by for a glass of champagne and a studio tour!

Taylor Burke Home Blake Accent TableAs an extra incentive to attend, Lisa and I have put together some ah-mazing giveaways in celebration!  Because we believe in “paying it forward,” we are also using this opportunity to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.  Can’t attend the opening?  There’s no need to fret.  You can enter to win these fabulous prizes whether you are with us in person or in spirit!  

Tobi Fairley Saint Nick Pillow

Here’s how it will work.  For attending the opening, you’ll receive one raffle ticket.  For a donation (of any size!!) to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, you’ll receive another raffle ticket.  Your donations are tax-deductible, so this is a major win-win.    

Traci Zeller Home Candle by Ella B.Need an extra incentive to donate?  For a $100 donation to Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, I’ll send you a Traci Zeller Home signature candle absolutely free.  (If you are running the numbers in your head, the retail price is $38 plus shipping.)

Shark RocketOur studio is super-easy to find.  You’ll recognize the Providence Plaza shopping center for its popular restaurants (Mezzanotte, Block and Grinder and Chipotle), shops (The Pink Hanger) and services (FlyWheel Charlotte, The Little Gym of Charlotte, and Metropolitan Ballroom).  We are in the back section on the second floor, between The Little Gym and Metropolitan Ballroom.  You’ll recognize us by the table full of champagne out front!

NDI NP051216-305 Pink Peony Rockbed Watergarden in Large Glass CubeWe are adding to our list of prizes every day, but here’s a sprinkling of what we have so far!  A huge thank you to Taylor Burke Home for their ivory Blake Accent Table (worth $750!), to Tobi Fairley for a pair of Saint Nick Pillows in Charcoal/Daffodil (worth over $500!) and to Shark for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum (worth $200!).

Traci Zeller for Design Accents Pillow CollectionThere’s much more up our stylish sleeves, including the Pink Peony Rockbed Watergarden in Large Glass Cube by NDI  (worth over $500!), several Traci Zeller pillows (worth over $150 each!) and a few prizes we can’t yet announce.

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort ZoneI have to tell you how much I hate raising money.  Yes, Mom and Dad, I used the word “hate.”  I know I’m supposed to say “intensely dislike.”  I was always the kid who sold only the amount of Girl Scout cookies that my parents were willing to buy.

Love to the RMH ChildrenBut the one thing I hate more than raising money?  Seeing children and families suffer.   I pray that, in some small way, Lisa’s and my work for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island helps to alleviate the fear, worry and stress that comes with having a child in a medically challenging situation.  The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island has housed thousands of families from around the US and eighty other countries.  Thank you for helping us help them.

Will you please enter to win?

Product photos via Tobi Fairley Home, Shark, Traci Zeller Home and NDI.  Comfort zone graphic via Gina LaMorte.  Brick photo via The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.  

If you make a $100+ donation to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island via our donation page, and are unable to attend the grand opening, please send your mailing address to so we can mail your Traci Zeller Home signature candle.  This offer is good while supplies last, so hop on it, peeps!  And please forgive the infomercial language! 

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