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Working on Where I Work

I’m working with Sherwin-Williams to redo my office. I’ll have a $1000 budget to use, and I’ll be trying out the new line of HGTV® HOME by Sherwin-Williams color collections and paint. I also have two giveaways to tell you about too! But first, let’s discuss the office.

I started to make some changes to it last year. I rearranged the furniture, brought in a pretty mirror and a crazy zigzag rug, but that’s where the progress stopped. I was going for a kind of granny chic look, remember? Then I found out I was expecting (and I had zero energy), and we also started on the basement remodel (yes, I still need to finish my studio and the playroom too). Then I had my baby (sweet little August), and well… work on the office kind of stalled.

The room is more than just an office though. You’ll see in the video below that it’s also where Eleanor and August spend much of their time playing, and I would like the room to feel cozy and happy. Want to see how it looks right now?

To recap, these are the main issues I’ll be addressing.

  • Either the rug needs to go, or I need to reupholster or replace my office chair. They don’t match, and since I do like the rug a lot, I’ll probably switch out the chair. The Eames Management Chair is still the chair I dream of owning, but they’re very expensive and I don’t want to buy a knockoff. I’ve been watching eBay and Craigslist, but I may have to keep looking for an alternative.
  • I need to move the redundant computer and clean up the cords on my desk.
  • Storage and organization: Yes, please.
  • I’ve had a curtain for a closet door since we moved in to this house in 2007. Our house is 100 years old, so nothing is standard. We’ll need a custom-sized door, which is why we’ve put off fixing it for so long.
  • The window needs curtains and a new shade.
  • I’ll be painting the trim white, and painting the walls. The HGTV® HOME by Sherwin-Williams colors are grouped into 8 collections to make it easier to choose colors that will work from room to room in your house (I liked the Livable Luxe and Traditional Twist collections). There are a lot of nice greens, but I’m leaning toward a light, creamy neutral for the walls, along with painted white trim.
  • It’s time for the ceiling fan to go. It’s not terribly ugly, but it hasn’t been working well lately and I’d like to replace it with a prettier light fixture.

Now, about those two giveaways…

  • Need some color and design help in your house? Enter the What’s Your Color Now? sweepstakes for a chance to win a $5000 home makeover from BHG.com and HGTV® HOME by Sherwin-Williams!
  • I also have a 4GB Flip MinoHD camera to give away (so you can make stellar videos like mine, ha). Just leave a comment on this post to enter for the camera (one entry per person). This giveaway is open to US and international entrants, and will run through June 30 at midnight CST. One winner will be chosen randomly on July 1.

Good luck to you in both giveaways!

p.s. How much do you think it would cost to reupholster an Eames Management Chair? Say, if I found one from 1986 with really awful fabric?

July 1: Congratulations to Jennifer, winner of the Flip camera! And remember, there’s still time for everyone to enter the What’s Your Color Now? sweepstakes.

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473 Comments

  • Reply
    Rosie
    June 27, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I would think in the Chicago area you would be able to find a good vintage one on Craigslist at a good price. I often envy the larger variety of items you can find in the Chicago Are Craigslist listings.

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    Katie L.
    June 27, 2011 at 9:17 am

    How exciting to do an office/playroom re-do! I loved Young House Love’s take in their last home with the same combo, with the addition of a guestroom.

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    Katherine
    June 27, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Love your ideas, you always seem to come up with something that turns out beautiful, yet different than the mainstream. Keep us posted!

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    Ashley
    June 27, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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    Lauren
    June 27, 2011 at 9:24 am

    i love that rug too, but i’m sure whatever you come up with will look fabulous!

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    Maureen
    June 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Your office is in much better shape than mine! I love all the fun colors and zigzag rug! As I’m expecting my first baby at the end of September, I’d love the flip camera to document his/her firsts.

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    Kirsty
    June 27, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Eek, I can’t wait to see what you decide to do–your interiors always turn out so (for lack of a better word) lovely! Also, I like your video! It’s so odd to hear a blogger’s voice, but I think it kind of enhances the blogging experience lol!

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    LisainIllinois
    June 27, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Get the chair you want…you are worth it! Please enter me for the flip camera! Thanks!

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    June 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Can’t wait to see the final product!

  • Reply
    Bonnie
    June 27, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Hello!

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    Ashley @ Pretty Clever
    June 27, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I’ve always loved your zigzag rug. I hope you can find a new chair/paint colors to match it!

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    Holly
    June 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Yay!

    You may be able to reupholster that chair yourself. Many office chairs have cushions that screw on from the underside. Can you contact the seller to see if that is the case?

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    Janet
    June 27, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Fun! I love redoing workspaces, mostly because I have an intense love of organizing and office supplies. Also, I’d love that camera. ;)

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    Bee
    June 27, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I *love* this chair. I can see why you wouldn’t want to accept a knockoff! Just reupholster that baby yourself! :)

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    Jessica R.
    June 27, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I love your rug! If you put it on craigslist let me know so I can come up there and get it:). Great ideas for the office re-do, I’m sure it will look lovely.

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    Jaye
    June 27, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Fun make over! Would love that camera to take stellar videos too!! Excited for the ‘after’!

  • Reply
    Tracy
    June 27, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Can’t wait to see what you do with it, you are such a source of inspiration! We are adding on to our house so there is a lot of painting in my future….

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    Kathy
    June 27, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I find it quite admirable that you’re taking on this project with the two little ones in tow! My husband and I are redoing our shared office and it’s going terribly slowly. Can’t wait to see the results! I love your “granny chic” idea!

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    Stephanie
    June 27, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I also think you should keep the zig zag rug and find a new chair. I bet whatever you do it will be lovely! :) And I’d love to win the camera.

  • Reply
    leslie
    June 27, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Love the video tour! :)

    And fingers crossed for the camera!

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    Kelly
    June 27, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I love the zigzag rug, and I actually really like your current chair, so reupholstering that is a good option to match the rug!

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    young c
    June 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

    What great giveaways – both things I could really use, lol! Have fun revamping the office!

  • Reply
    Claudia
    June 27, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I love that the kids have a space in your office as well. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

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    Janelle
    June 27, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I love watching your makeovers unfold. Can’t wait to see it. Would love that cam too.

  • Reply
    laura
    June 27, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Can’t wait to see what you do with your office!!!!

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    Shasta
    June 27, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Can’t wait to see the after!

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    Marcia
    June 27, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing how it all goes. You’re keeping me inspired! With love from the Philippines!

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    Caro
    June 27, 2011 at 10:14 am

    It’s not even finished and it already looks miles better than my home office ever did (or could). I can’t wait to see the final result.

    And I’d love the camera, it would help document my upcoming trip to the US.

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    laura
    June 27, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Nicole — I would LOVE to buy the rug if you decide to sell it. If you want, let me know and I will snatch it up so you don’t have to put it on craigslist!

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    Melissa
    June 27, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Excited to see how it all turns out!

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    heather f
    June 27, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I love re-decorating. our house is old and when I start getting the strong urge to move I re-do something. It’s cheaper than moving and I feel like I have something new

    I’d love to win the camera, I’ve got a new grandbaby due in august!

  • Reply
    Laurie
    June 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I really love the zig zag rug. I hope you end up keeping it.

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    Rebecca
    June 27, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Looking forward to seeing the finished office! I would love to win the camera!

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    Charity
    June 27, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I want to make my space lovely!

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    Shaun
    June 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I would keep looking for that chair, reupholstering it if you can find a decent price on an older one sounds like the way to go because the shape and design of it is so pleasing.

    I would also love to be entered to win the Flip!

  • Reply
    Laurendy
    June 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

    can’t wait to see what you do with your office!

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    Dana
    June 27, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I’m excited to see it all come together!

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    Sarah
    June 27, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Can’t wait to see the result! Would love to win the flip too :)

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    Rebecca
    June 27, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I love the current rug and would keep looking for a white office chair. White office chairs seem so modern and lady-chic!

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    melissa
    June 27, 2011 at 10:33 am

    That chair is gorgeous!

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    Didi
    June 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Can’t wait to see you work your magic, Nicole. I’m partial to the rug because of it’s color and pattern. A chair in white would definitely be lovely. How about a rugged white denim or canvas fabric? If I won the flip I’d share my recent endeavours!

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    Jennifer
    June 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Oh man – what a fun giveaway!

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    Tracy
    June 27, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Now I’m very confused :) So the office is separate to your studio – In my head the office and studio were the same room, and this room had moved to the basement and it was now Eleanor’s bedroom!

    Is August going to move out of the nursery when hes a bit bigger too?

  • Reply
    Loren
    June 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

    yay for a flip video. as we don’t have a video camera at all (and we have an 11 month old) this would come in quite handy!

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    Marisa
    June 27, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Oh a FlipVideo! So exciting! Baby on the way and this would be amazing to have!

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    Sarah Hettervik @ http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/
    June 27, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I’m excited to see your progress. It’s actually nice to see the before pictures.

    – Sarah

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    Emily
    June 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

    So excited to see what you do!

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    jodi
    June 27, 2011 at 10:56 am

    super exciting! looking forward to seeing the finished space.

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    Judith
    June 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I always get excited when you start a new makeover, so of course I can’t wait to see how this one turns out! Just curious, is the flip what you made your video with? I still have the first gen flip, but if the video is that clear now, I may need to upgrade!

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      Making it Lovely
      June 27, 2011 at 11:04 am

      I used to have a first gen Flip too, and the HD ones are much nicer.

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    alana degraaf
    June 27, 2011 at 11:00 am

    It will look fantastic once you’re done – as the rest of your house does. I’m not too familiar with sherwin williams colours so I’m interested to learn more about their colours :) have fun!

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    carak
    June 27, 2011 at 11:02 am

    would love to win the flip video camera! we’re expecting a baby in august and we want (need?) a video camera to capture the extra special moments!

    love following along with your room makeovers!

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    andrea p
    June 27, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Wow, I would LOVE to win the flip video camera! I am expecting my 1st baby in December…this would be perfect to capture all those “firsts”. :)

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    Ameya
    June 27, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I look forward to seeing your makeover! And also to possibly winning a camera.. we bought one a few years ago yet it’s quality is like out of 1992, I was SO upset, we couldn’t even return it! :(

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    Kim
    June 27, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I always enjoy seeing what you do with both your house and your photography…a flip camera would be cool! We take copious movies of our almost 2 year old.

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    Sarah
    June 27, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Ooo, I would love that camera! Can’t wait to see your updated office!!

  • Reply
    Megan
    June 27, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I’ve wanted a flip forevah! I can never justify it, but my kids are getting so big and I’m missing so many things. It would be so much more fun and easier then using my camera to take a few short videos. Thanks for the giveaway. I can’t wait to see what you do with it. However, I’m confused. I thought that your office/studio was the one that you moved to the basement for Elanor’s room?

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    Cortney
    June 27, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I would love to have a flip! Unfortunately, my budget doesn’t allow for the purchase of one right now, but I would be SO excited to try this. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Shannon R
    June 27, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I’d love a camera!

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    Nicole
    June 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

    My MIL has been begging for more info on how our ‘kids’ (pugs) are doing, so a video camera would be perfect! :)

    I’m excited to see how the office comes together – always love what you do!

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    Amanda
    June 27, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I love the rug. Keep it, oh yes keep it! Toss that chair. Oh redo the fabric.

    Also this video was so cute Nicole. A few more is in order! Hehe.

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    katie
    June 27, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Can’t wait to see the new office. Thanks for the opportunity to win a video camera:)

  • Reply
    Shannon
    June 27, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Thanks for the giveaway. Your home is very similar to mine and love all the ideas you give.

  • Reply
    Erin
    June 27, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I can’t wait to see what you do with your home office! Mine needs an update, too!

  • Reply
    Rachel
    June 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I would love to win the flip! I’ve been taking videos with my phone forever, and they don’t look so great. Thanks!

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    Bre
    June 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Love that run!

    I just got a quote to reupholster the chair and a half we have from Ethan Allan, it was going to be $200 + fabric. I buy all my own fabric since I’m so close to the fabric district. I’m guessing for that size chair it can’t cost more then $150.

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    Casey
    June 27, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I would love this camera as I just had a baby in March. I can’t wait to see what you do with your home!

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    sara kelly
    June 27, 2011 at 11:49 am

    We have a baby due in a few weeks and a terribly outdated camera with no video capability. I would love a Flip to record our little one for family far away!
    Sara

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    Juanita Z
    June 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

    This camera would allow for showing grown ups that they are just as silly as the “kids”.

  • Reply
    Carly
    June 27, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I would love a Flip camera! Last time I used a video camera, it used Beta tapes, so…it’s time!

  • Reply
    Beewow
    June 27, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I think re-upholstery is the way forward – you could end up with something really unique.

    And thanks for the opportunity to win a camera!

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    June 27, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Thanks for this giveaway! I love taking video.

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    Kate @ Savour Fare
    June 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I’m having rug issues generally. I can’t afford what I really want, and the ones I can afford are either too cheap looking or don’t go with my decor.

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    vanessa
    June 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    i am curious what the different functions are of the home office and the studio? i had the impression that they were the same and you would be moving your home office to the basement. clearly i was wrong.

  • Reply
    Aryn
    June 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Would love a Flip! Good luck on the office…it’s especially important for us work-from-home folks.

  • Reply
    Amanda
    June 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I would love a Flip camera!

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    Amy Kelly
    June 27, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Oh, please keep that darling rug! I’ve been so enamored with that rug + mirror + lamp (granny chic) look since you put it together! I think swapping out the desk chair is the way to go. I really adore that pale green paint color you have in the swatches. I really look forward to seeing what you do with the space, but I honestly will be heart broken if you decide to get rid of the rug.

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    Melissa
    June 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I would Love and very much appreciate to win the HD flip camera….I’ve never owned a video camera before….there have been TONNES of moments where I wished I had one. Camping season is upon us…what better way to save memories.

    My fingers and toes are crossed : )

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    AJ
    June 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Your voice is so endearing and warm. I bet you are a great mom. Also, it’s nice to see you have things like half hung curtain rods and old computers around. You are human after all!

  • Reply
    Erin
    June 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Love the redesigns and new spaces you have planned. Cant wait for more details and pictures of the basement!

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    Alisa
    June 27, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    this couldn’t have come at a better time. with my new at home adventure I am going to try this year, I am planning on cleaning out and redoing the home office/guest bedroom and replacing the bed with a pullout.

    PS: For those of you wanting a flip, buy one now, while they are still available! They are awesome! My FIL works for Cisco and I got one for xmas. So easy to use, I immediately sold our camcorder.

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    justine @ you're so martha
    June 27, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    can’t wait to see what you do!

    and, i’ve been wanting to buy a video camera – hoping i finally win something!

  • Reply
    Melissa
    June 27, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Would love the flip! We just had a second baby and would love to document it all!

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    Stephanie
    June 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I would love a Flip. We are putting the finishing details on our nursery now and our new addition is scheduled to arrive in Mid-August. The Flip would be great to document milestones (and of course DIY projects)!

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    mirabelle
    June 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    baby is just about to walk so would love that flip camera!

  • Reply
    Chloe
    June 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Can’t wait to see how your office turns out! And thanks for offering the flip camera giveaway – I’ve always loved those video cameras.

  • Reply
    Mel Bean
    June 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Would LOVE to win a flip. Can’t wait to see how the office turns out!

  • Reply
    Melissa
    June 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  • Reply
    Leanna
    June 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    video camera! yes Please!!!! it will help me do little vids for my blog! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Reply
    kendra
    June 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    wow can’t wait to see what you do! would lvoe to win the camera:)

  • Reply
    ElaineMicheline
    June 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I would love to win the Flip cam …it would be a great camera to have for our trip to Aruba :-)

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    Lisa
    June 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Looking forward to seeing the new office and please bring us more home shots like in the past. Also, what happened to Murray? Is he ok? I noticed we don’t see anything written about him anymore.

  • Reply
    Janette Farias
    June 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Would love that camera. Looking forward to seeing the new office :)

  • Reply
    Trish T.
    June 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Great giveaway, I’ve been wanting a Flip camera for a while now!…Also, good job w/ the video! It was fun to get a better perspective of the room.

  • Reply
    Erin
    June 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I love that rug and mirror can’t wait to see how it all comes together.

  • Reply
    Victoria
    June 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Looking forward to seeing the updated office!

  • Reply
    Kate
    June 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I don’t know anything about the upholstery, but I would love the camera. :)

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    June 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Ooh..ooh…I want the camera!!! *fingers crossed* :)

  • Reply
    Nikki
    June 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Super giveaway! I’d flip to have a flip camera.

  • Reply
    Angela N
    June 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I would die for a Flip!! It would be fantastic to catch some videos of my 2 girls as they grow up together.

  • Reply
    Iram
    June 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I would love to win a flip! So handy for kids home videos.

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