Want to Win a $10,000 Shopping Spree? Come Vote for Me and You Can Win!!

Want to Win a $10,000 Shopping Spree? Come Vote for Me and You Can Win!!


A few weeks ago I was invited by my friends over at Apartment Guide to do something pretty fun. I was given a nice budget and asked to go shopping online for four different rooms. OK! You want me to shop with someone else’s money? You don’t have to twist my arm!

Now, I’ll fess up, it was a virtual shopping trip and I don’t get to actually keep anything I chose (darn), but it was fun nevertheless. I was limited by a set budget for each room (which was actually more than I’ve ever spent on a room so it felt like a million dollars). And, I was asked to pick furniture in a specific style for each of the four rooms I put together.

My first design assignment was a “modern living room” and you can see the selections on the Apartment Guide’s design boards below!

Want to Win a $10,000 Shopping Spree? Come Vote for Me and You Can Win!!

Would you like to shop with $10,000 and KEEP WHAT YOU BUY?

How about the opportunity to WIN a $10,000 shopping spree sweepstakes to makeover your own room? HELLLLLLOOOO! Yeah. I thought so. That would get my attention too.

So here is how this works:

Is your place in need of a style update? Enter Apartment Guide’s Your Picks. Your Place. sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000 to redo your place to fit your personal design style.

From now until August 10, visit YourPicksYourPlace.com to vote for your preferred room design showcasing furniture and home décor items selected by featured bloggers.

The site will feature four different room designs every two weeks.  By voting, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize or one of eight $250 weekly prizes to go towards your own selections for your home.

Sound like fun?

All you need to do is go to Your Picks, Your Place and vote and YOU will be automatically entered in the $10,000 shopping sweepstakes!

(I’m not ashamed to be begging you to vote for MY design board, even if you don’t like modern design or hate my choices or think the shops I used are lame, you can STILL vote for me! Will you? Yahoo! Ok, seriously though, I love the other girls doing this so I won’t get too competitive).

You can vote at Your Picks. Your Place every single day between now and August 20th! I’ll be reminding you and showing off my other three design boards during the sweepstakes period.

Want to Win a $10,000 Shopping Spree? Come Vote for Me and You Can Win!!

Thanks SO MUCH for voting!

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Apartment Guide is owned by Consumer Source, Inc. Apartment Guide partnered with bloggers such as me to participate in its “Your Picks. Your Place.” Sweepstakes. As part of that program, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to select or what to say about my featured design boards, or what to say in my blog posts about the “Your Picks. Your Place.” Sweepstakes. Apartment Guide and Consumer Source believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Consumer Source’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Sweepstakes ends at 9:00 PM on 8/10/11, subject to the Entry Periods outline in the Official Rules.  Must be a legal resident of the U.S. in the 50 states or Washington, D.C. and 18 years of age or older. Sweepstakes subject to full Official Rules available at www.yourpicksyourplace.com. Void where prohibited.


  1. Hi Melissa –

    What program/software do you use to make your inspiration boards? I would love to learn how to do this to help me brainstorm ideas for my own house and to prevent buying & returning things that don’t work.

    Best Wishes,

    • Melissa says:

      I am not very good at it, but there are two programs I have used and had a lot of fun with. One is Polyvore.com online. Very addictive and fun. And then on my own computer I use Pages, which is a Mac Program. That is how I made the first picture in today’s post. Have fun!

  2. Done! Loved the color combo!

  3. I totally voted for yours. Love it! And, is there a place to find the list of sources. I love the pieces.

    • Melissa says:

      Thank you! Yes, the sources are all listed if you click the button under each board that says “view larger” … then under the photo you’ll see where the selections came from! So much fun!

  4. I voted for you and not just because I love your blog(which I totally do!) I liked your design the best!

  5. I voted for yours because I thought it was the best!!

  6. Colleen says:

    Holy cow! This is 100% the vibe we’re going for in the new living room. You BETCHA I voted!!!

  7. Voted for the best – yours :) Love those colors – might be re-thinking my living room now!

  8. Just voted… =)

  9. Just voted for u bcz your design was just right for my taste.I am a longtime reader of your blog but never commented before.I have to say that i love your blog and your house is more like real life than a magazine cover and still beautiful and cozy.

  10. Melissa,
    I’ll be votong for you ~ good luck!

  11. Thank you! I love your picks, so pretty. I voted for you because I love your choices!

  12. I honestly liked yours the best of all four. It’s still not !00% my style but I loved your colors.

    • Melissa says:

      Thank you, it is exactly my style either but I do appreciate some modern elements and that color scheme too :-)

  13. I love your choices! I’m not “modern” either, but I really appreciate seeing contempory design ideas that will stand the test of time. You nailed it!!

    Love the pillows!!

  14. Tere Carns says:

    DONE! Good Luck with this project… I voted for you because I thought your design was THE BEST ONE!!
    blessings to your day!
    Tere ♥

  15. Voted!! Love your board – those are two of my favorite colors. You are so talented and I enjoy learning from you!! AJ – queenofmynest(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. Great job with the Modern Room. I voted for ya.

  17. Thank you for the opportunity and what a fun way to do it! And you BET I will vote for you,cuz I know I will like whatever u do. :) All I have to do is get stoopidphone to cooperate. It’s been fighting me a lot lately. :) All good wishes&congrats on being one of the “chosen”! :) They know what they’re doing by picking u!

  18. Thought I would like the Traditional room, but am happy to report that I ended up liking yours the best. Would love to win … I’ve got a blank slate room (and a bolt of zebra print fabric) that I would love to turn into my home office.

  19. Voted! Best of luck.

  20. GORGEOUS ROOM!!!!!!!! I love it!
    This opportunity makes me dream! So proud of you :))
    love ya!

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