Twitter Chat with John Gidding, and a HUGE Giveaway!

You remember the lovely bedroom redesign that I did with the help of Membership Reward Points from American Express, yes? Well now I am working with them again to host a Twitter Chat with HGTV designer John Gidding. John will be giving tons of advice next Thursday on how to decorate and find creative ways to stretch your budget — just like I did using my points.

John and I will be on Twitter for one hour on Thursday, July 29 at 8:30p.m. EST/ 5:30 p.m. PST (search #AmexHome). John will be answering your home design questions about anything from creating amazing guest spaces to choosing the right colors for your home. He’ll also have plenty of inexpensive ways to get your home ready for sale and ideas for upgrading rooms on a tight budget.

Now, you may have noticed the whole HUGE giveaway thing we’ve got going on here…

How do you enter to win?

Comment on this post with your questions for John and we’ll discuss some of them during our Twitter Chat. By leaving a comment, you’ll be entered to win items like a KitchenAid mixer, a Bissell vacuum, or a set of Cuisinart cookware (all of which can be bought with Membership Rewards points). There will be ten winners in this giveaway! Here are the prizes:

  1. Cuisinart® 10-Piece Commercial Cookware Set
  2. Cuisinart GR-4N Griddler
  3. Krups FBC2 6-slice Convection Toaster Oven
  4. All-Clad 6.5 Quart Stainless Slow Cooker with Ceramic Insert
  5. KitchenAid Stand Mixer with Attachment Pack ( Empire Red)
  6. Wusthof Classic 8-Piece Block Set
  7. Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright Vacuum Cleaner
  8. DeLonghi Esclusivo Magnifica Super Automatic Machine
  9. Viking® Professional Digital Hand Mixer
  10. Le Creuset® 7.25 Quart Round French Oven

(All of these items are available on

This giveaway is open to US residents only, one entry per person. Ten winners will be randomly chosen on July 30 to win one prize each. International readers are welcome to participate in the Twitter Chat and submit questions, but are not eligible to win. Remember you can ask anything about design and home improvements — this is a fun chance to get advice from an HGTV designer!

I know many of you are following me on Twitter @makingitlovely, but you can also follow John @JohnGidding. If you want to get some ideas for home improvement immediately, go to And be sure to follow along to #AmexHome with John and I on Twitter next Thursday.

* Update *
Thanks for joining us for the Twitter chat, everybody! Comments (and therefore entries) are now closed. Congratulations to the ten winners: Aimee (aimeeroo), Mim (mimsfam), LeeAnn (leeannhuber), Sara (naturemurph), Sarah (Sarahquail110), Cara, (cara.andersen), Suzy (sayitaintsuzy), Sarah (Pooglit), Devon (devon.cook), and Kc (kcerveny).

1,570 Responses to “Twitter Chat with John Gidding, and a HUGE Giveaway!”

  1. Regan July 29, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    What’s the best fabric for a sofa? I need kid & pet-friendly yet I want it to be something that I like to look at and is comfortable. Thanks!

  2. Angela N July 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

    I want to hang 2 large pieces of artwork over my stair case. I am just not sure how to get the measurements right. I found the mid point, but how do I know how high to hang them? And what distance apart? Thx!!

  3. Chalyn Coleman July 29, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    I live in a rental home with horrible wood paneling in the family room. Unfortunately I have to fight the daily urge to tear each plank off, since it’s not my home. But is there something I can do to brighten up the room and take the focus off the wooden elephant in the room?

  4. Lindsay July 29, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    I too am an interior designer, my question is related to the business end. How do you grow your company and brand in this economy? In addition to local designing, I offer online decor packages, what are ways I can increase the notion that great design doesn’t always have to cost so much!!

    Lindsay@ A Design

  5. Jane July 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    John, do you have any frugal landscaping tips?

  6. Lindsay July 29, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    Our hallway (the bedrooms and main bath are off of it) is standard – not particularly wide. Is it best to leave it blank or hang some framed pictures or art work? Any tips?

  7. Lindsay @ Likely Design July 29, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    What home items do you think it is important to splurge on, and which is it okay to buy “cheaper” things for? Specifically, what items *must* be in a house, and what can be more disposable. I hope that makes sense! Thanks!

  8. Shay July 29, 2010 at 8:15 pm #

    What’s your favorite ceiling treatment? How do you feel about white painted ceilings? Wallpaper – a passing fad or here to stay?

  9. Patti D July 29, 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    I have asked questions in the chat- but I do have some more.
    Small, teeny, tiny bathrooms, again, for renters– making them nice?
    Adding pizzaz- and where can I find resources to do this?


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