Before I announce the winner, I want to thank each and everyone of you who entered the first #designhappylivinggiveaway for the chance to win a $4000.00 gift certificate to Thibaut. It was a lot of fun for me to read your comments and feel your happiness in having this opportunity.
Secondly, I want to thank my giveaway partner, Thibaut, for making this giveaway possible for you, my readers, blog subscribers and friends of my Instagram feed, Design Happy Living. Thank you, #TeamThibaut!
This was the first giveaway Thibaut has ever done in partnership with a lifestyle blog and your enthusiasm for their fresh, colorful wallpapers, fabrics and furniture made them happy to witness, too.
So without further ado…the winner of the $4000.00 msrp gift certificate to Thibaut is…. Susan Zager!
CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING THE WINNER, SUSAN!
Susan sent me a lovely picture of herself. See it below. She was so thrilled to win! She and her husband are in the construction business in Apopka, FL, a suburb of Orlando.
Susan and I had a fun conversation on the phone. It turns out that before she and her husband moved to Apopka, FL, they lived in an area that was around the corner from where I lived in Longwood, FL as a teen. And she was born in Texas, where I now live. What a small world, right?
Susan doesn’t post too much to her Instagram feed herself, but she is an avid follower of many designers and lifestyle bloggers.
She found out about the #designhappylivinggiveaway through this Instagram STORY that my good real life friend, Carla Aston, posted on the first day of the giveaway!!
It was a *it’s such a connected world* moment for me to find this out from Susan!
Carla: Susan thanks you…and so do I!
The winner, Susan Zager!
I found out that Susan has been a long time fan of Thibaut and has their wallpaper books!
She told me she has had her eye on Thibaut’s HONSHU wallpaper for her powder bathroom. But she also loves their new CENTRAL PARK wallpaper. See both of them below.
As the winner, which one will she choose? Both wallpapers are available in multiple colorways, too, so it will be fun to see which pattern and color she selects.
Thibaut’s team will now work with her directly to make sure she gets exactly what she wants.
As you can see, Susan will have 7 different colorways of HONSHU to choose from – if she decides on this paper vs. their new CENTRAL PARK pattern.
This is how one colorway of HONSHU looks on a powder bathroom wall, Susan. I love that Thibaut has these beautiful images available to download from their website so you can see how a particular pattern repeats.
DESIGN TIP: Always ask to see the largest possible sample of any wallpaper or fabric you are considering. All fabrics and wallpapers will have their pattern repeat information available, but without seeing that repeat in person, it can be hard to tell what it looks like up on your wall or on a piece of furniture.
It’s worth it to invest in a yard or two of a fabric or wallpaper before going * all in.* Please be aware, though: Thibaut only sells through designers, retailers and *to the trade* showrooms. They do not sell or sample out to the general public.
This is why hiring an interior designer to help you visualize can be so useful. Interior designers can visualize in ways that the normal person cannot and they can put together patterns with repeats of varying sizes in harmonious ways that is almost impossible to do for those not trained to *see* this way.
Here’s a close up. I love how the orchids blend into the background here.
This wallpaper [available also as a fabric ] is a new offering from Thibaut and is one I instantly fell in love with, personally. I can’t wait to see if you, Susan, as my winner, will choose your long time favorite, HONSHU, or this newer pattern, CENTRAL PARK, for your powder bathroom.
This is how the SKY BLUE colorway of Thibaut’s CENTRAL PARK wallpaper looks on a powder bathroom wall. I love the reflection of these colors in the surface of the sink.
DESIGN TIP: Whenever you’re designing your own homes, you’ll always want to take into account reflections.
Whether that’s what a mirror reflects, or the front of a TV screen reflects, what a glass door reflects or what the surface of a glossy countertop reflects, make sure the reflection is something that pleases your eye.
Susan also told me she has her eye on a fabric from Thibaut, for another area of her home – their Javanese stripe in Wedgewood Blue from their Antilles collection.
How pretty is this colorway? Do you love this as much as I do? It reminds me of walking through fields of lavender in Provence.
Here is how this pattern, in green, repeats on a chair.
BUYING TIP: Often you will find that if furniture – bought from any of the big lifestyle furniture stores – is covered in a fabric with a repeat like this, the repeat will not match from back to seat cushion and down the front like this does. And it will definitely not have a skirt with a perfect match from side to side, as this does.
This level of perfect pattern matching is what sets Thibaut upholstery apart and why designers love working with this line so much. Thibaut’s furniture frames also carry a lifetime warranty.
Why don’t the big lifestyle retailers offer this level of pattern matching? Because it takes extra fabric to get a perfect repeat match like this and the big lifestyle retailers have to keep their pricing as competitive as possible.
So, if you are someone who cares about pattern matching, please consider hiring an interior designer for this all important and more expensive purchase.
They know what shapes of furniture will work with what fabrics. Some shapes aren’t meant to go with certain fabrics with certain types of repeats.
They will also make sure you purchase enough fabric to get a perfect repeat match. They will give specific instructions to the upholsterer as to how the fabric should be applied, so you don’t make a costly mistake if you try it yourself.
In addition, they will go over these details with you and have you sign off on drawings, so you will know what to expect when your custom upholstery arrives, as custom upholstery is non-refundable/non-returnable.
I invite you to read much more about Thibaut’s wallpapers, fabrics and furniture on the original giveaway post I wrote here:
Celebrating their 135th year in business this year, Thibaut’s in house team designs all they offer from their headquarters in Union City, New Jersey.
Lastly, I invite you to watch this video where two of my long time real life interior designer friends, Lisa Mende and Jeanne Chung, and other designers, discuss what they love about Thibaut.
Don’t miss it!
Lastly, I want to invite any of you reading now, who are not already subscribers to the Design Happy Living blog, to please subscribe to my blog so you won’t miss the next exciting giveaway I will announce in September.
You can subscribe simply by filling out the sign up box with your name and email address [found on the sidebar of this blog post] or you can take my color quiz to find out your perfect #designhappyliving paint palette and download it with brand names and numbers. It’s fun! Give it a try!
Lastly, I once again want to thank you and welcome you to the world of Design Happy Living – where my mission is to inspire you, to uplift you, and to ping you with joy through color and stories…and fun giveaways!
And one last time: Susan, thank you for entering, congratulations on being my winner and I invite Design Happy Living’s readers to follow you on Instagram at https://instagram.com/susanzager.
I can’t wait to get your before and after photos and share them with my readers when you’re done remodeling your powder bathroom!
And if you haven’t seen the thibautdesign.com website, I invite you to visit now for a ping of happiness or to simply visit their Instagram feed at instagram.com/thibaut_1886 so you can see how designers are utilizing their products in their work.
I invite you to follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/designhappyliving and to reach out to me at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also invite you to follow my good friend, Carla Aston, a fabulous blogger and interior designer, who has been encouraging me to start this blog from the get go: https://instagram.com/carlaaston.
Carla: thank you for making it possible for Susan to find my blog, enter and WIN!
#afullcirclemoment #designhappyliving #inspireupliftjoy
Christine Kohut Interiors says
Congrats to Susan! I love the patterns she’s considering. And congrats to you on a successful launch!
Leslie Carothers says
Hi Chris! Thank you on her behalf. She is so thrilled!
And thank you for the kind comment re: the launch of my new lifestyle blog. As you know, it’s been in the works for a long time and it truly does thrill me that it’s finally live so I can do what I love most to do – inspire, uplift and bring joy to others.
Sending you lots of good energy!
Jennifer Hyman says
Congratulations Susan! Love the patterns you’re thinking about ❤️ They’re beautiful!
Congratulations Leslie for such a fun contest and the successful launch of your new blog. Carla is a wonderful friend 🤗
Leslie Carothers says
Thank you very much, Jennifer. I appreciate your kind comment for Susan!
And thank you, too, for the sweet comment re: the contest and the launch of #DesignHappyLiving. I appreciate you!
Deborah Main says
Congratulations to Susan!!! How wonderful that she already had her eye on two Thibaut fabrics and that she used to live in Texas too. Such a lovely blog post full of detail and examples of the fine textiles, wallpaper, and furniture Thibaut offers through their Trade Program with interior designers. It was such a fun Giveaway to launch your new lifestyle blog. Congrats to you too Leslie!
Leslie Carothers says
Thank you for offering your congratulations to Susan, Deb. I appreciate it and I know Susan will, too, when she sees your comment. And yes! It was so fun to find out that she has been a long time Thibaut fan and knew exactly what she wanted!
And thank you for the lovely comments about my post. Thibaut is a true favorite of mine, long before this blog was a glimmer in my mind. I’ve visited their showroom many times throughout all the years I’ve attended HPMKT as it always inspires me. To be able to do this giveaway in partnership with them was a wonderful #dreamcometrue!
Virginia Youngblood says
Congratulations to Susan! This is so awesome how things worked out!
Leslie, you are such beautiful person and your new site https://www.designhappyliving.com reflects your beautiful personality. The colors are outstanding!
Thibaut has such lovely fabric patterns and it’s great that Susan , your winner, is the blessed recipient of such a generous give away!
You are an inspiration to the entire design community! Thank you, Leslie! 🌸
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Leslie Carothers says
Thank you, Virginia, for such lovely comments about me & my new site -really. They are very generous and I appreciate them.
And yes, Thibaut has such gorgeous patterns in their fabrics and I love how easy their website is to navigate! And yes, Susan is indeed LUCKY! She was truly a randomly chosen winner and I can’t wait to see her before and after shots she’s promised to send me when she finished the re-design of her powder bathroom!
Thank you, Virginia, for being a new subscriber to my blog and I hope I can continue to bring you inspiring stories and fun giveaways for a long time to come!
Janet Lorusso says
Congratulations to Susan! And what beautiful choices she is considering! Congratulations to you too, Leslie, on a spectacular launch for your gorgeous new lifestyle blog – I know fabulous things are in store for you here in this pretty corner of the internet!
Leslie Carothers says
Thank you, Janet! I am not sure if Susan is reading these responses now..or not.. but I will make sure she sees them.
And thank you, too, for congratulating me on the launch of Design Happy Living. I am so happy you love it..and I appreciate your support SO MUCH, Janet.
Have a wonderful day ahead!
Mary Ann Benoit says
Congratulations to Susan and to you on the launch of Design Happy Living. And thanks for sharing Thibaut with us, what beautiful designs they have!
Leslie Carothers says
Thank you, Mary Ann. I know Susan will appreciate your congrats!
And you’re welcome re: sharing Thibaut with you. It’s true, their designs are BEAUTIFUL and have been a forever favorite of mine for #designhappyliving homes! I was so grateful when they said YES! to collaborating with me on this giveaway!
Amy Wax says
Congratulations Susan I have always loved how inspired the Thibaut product line is and of course their attention to color and every detail! Wishing you will with your next design in your home!
Sheri Bruneau says
Congratulations to Susan.
Leslie, your website is so happy and gorgeous!