Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pretty Things: The Family Table (And a CSN Stores Giveaway!)

Back when I was getting married, there were two pieces of furniture I was focused on getting for my new home. The first was, unsurprisingly, a bed and the other was a dining table.  From my own childhood, the family dining table was a focal point of activity in our home, and I imagined the dining table of my marriage to serve a similar function.  This fantasy has certainly come true.  Not being ones to stand on ceremony - and having a smaller home that only has one real dining space - our dining table is a place for art projects, homework, play-forts, a place for me or my husband to set up a "work station" where we can also keep an eye on the kids as they play, and of course, meals.  The table also bears the marks, sadly, of all of our activity - water rings, scratches, heat stains, etc. - and someday, I'll have it refinished, to bring it back to its beautiful, smooth, original pristine condition. Also, someday, (while we're on the topic of "somedays") we'll have our "house of dreams" where I'll have both a dining room and a breakfast-nook/eat-in kitchen, so that I can have tables that look like this:












Though, I suppose if I'm completely honest with myself, I suppose most of these tables look less like formal dining tables, and more like the family table I already have.  Just um...cleaner.  With a cool light fixture.  And flowers.  ^_^  

So here's some fun news!  We were contacted by CSN Stores again, to host another giveaway for them!  We're so excited about this - the winner will receive a $65 gift code for use at any of their sites.  Some details - this giveaway is only open to U.S. and Canadian residents (sorry to our other international readers!).  If you're Canadian and you win this giveaway, please keep in mind that there may be international shipping fees. To be included in the drawing for this giveaway, this is what you have to do:

1) Be a public follower of our blog, and
2) leave a comment with your name and or Blogger ID and an initial (in past giveaways, there were a lot of common names and it was hard to distinguish one entrant from another.  Please leave us a way of knowing you from any other entrants, to avoid confusion).

To get extra entries (up to 2 more!) you can

3) blog about this giveaway on your blog, and leave a comment with the link, and/or
4) tweet about the giveaway, with an @raphaela235 or @kathrynshops, and leave a comment telling us you did.

On Sept. 24, 2010, the entry period will close and we'll do a random drawing from the entries.  Just a note - please don't leave your email in the comments. We want to help you protect your contact information. When we draw the lucky winner, we'll post it on our blog on September 26, 2010, along with directions for that winner to contact us. If for some reason, the winner doesn't get in touch with us within 48 hours, we'll redraw, and announce a new winner, etc.

Good luck to everyone!


***The entry period for this contest has closed.  Thank you for your interest.  Check back in blog's sidebar for future giveaways and contests!***

41 comments:

  1. Oh my...since we just got our new house, all of our rooms look incomplete. I hate that feeling! But we need to save up because furniture and decorations can add up! I can't wait to get our dining area fixed up too.

    Oooh I'm a follower of course!

    cindiwang@gmail.com

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  2. I'm a follower!

    scubagirl78@hotmail.com

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  3. I love home decor! I JUST ordered wall decor from CSN like 10 mins ago! weird!

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  4. I'm a follower! Thanks Carol, Kathryn, and CSN for the great giveaway...

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  5. Awesome giveaway! I'm a follower!

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  6. I'm a follower! I'll have to go check out their site!

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  7. What a great giveaway! Enter me, please :) I have been your follower for a while. My google ID is PetiteLittleGirl
    You can visit me at PetiteLittleGirl.com

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  8. I am a follower thru google reader. I enjoy your blog!

    Sandy L. D.

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  9. I follow! Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

    Yvonne S.

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  10. I follow on Google Friend Connect!
    Elizabeth N

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  11. Fun giveaway, I'm a follower!!

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  12. I'm a follower! i love your blog

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  13. i'm a follower via google!
    kate (cmf221)

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  14. I'm already a follower! Thanks for hosting the giveaway! :)

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  15. Thanks for the lovely giveaway, I'm a follower!

    And I blogged about your giveaway here: http://respecttheshoes.blogspot.com/2010/09/other-peoples-blogs_10.html

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  16. I'm a follower!

    Just blogged about your giveaway:
    www.acollectorofhobbies.blogspot.com

    Thanks!
    Cassie W.

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  17. I'm a follower, thank you! Rita L.

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  18. I follow your blog! :)

    I think Haven is pretty unique. :P

    an_original_username (at) comcast (dot) net

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  19. I am a follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I am fairly certain that there will be no other Ungurens out there.

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  20. I follow y'alls blog :)

    ~ Lori M.

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  21. Awesome! i'm already a follower :) CR
    musingsonmtn@gmail.com

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  22. Yeah!!!!!! I love interior design....and of course, your blog, which I follow religiously!! Kristina Clemens

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  23. Thanks for the giveaway! I am a follower. Lin G

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  24. I'm a follower! Thanks for the giveaway!

    -Julie Z.

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  25. I'm definitely a follower!

    ~Laura P.
    oneweekchic at gmail dot com

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  26. My tweet about the giveaway:

    http://twitter.com/OneWeekChic/status/24300168729

    ~Laura P.
    oneweekchic at gmail dot com

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  27. just found ur blog & became a follower

    sujin k

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  28. Hello girls, I just blogged about your giveaway!

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  29. I'm a follower of course!

    Sara
    Youmeandanthropologie

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  30. Ooh great giveaway! I think I'm already a follower but I'll double check. If not - I'm following now!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  31. thanks for holding this wonderful giveaway!

    xoxo Dianna a.k.a the potbelliedpiggie

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  32. Yay, a giveaway! (I'm a follower.)

    Lisa S.

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  33. Good evening ladies! Thanks for the giveaway! I am happy to report that I am a follower of your wonderful blog! Elizabeth L.

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  34. Hiii!! :)
    I was looking for tips on finding the best color for my cousin's skin tone and somehow I ended up here and I love this blog!! haha..
    You girls are too cute!! :D
    I'm here to say that I'm now a follower!! ^-^
    Can I post it on my facebook? I don't have a twitter account or a blog but I'm thinking of makeing one. :)
    AND my name is Edelmira Y.

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  35. I'd love to win! I follow you on Google Friends Connect (Jennai)
    Jennai K.
    HobartsMama {at} aol.com

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  36. I listed your giveaway on my blog
    http://jennaiscorner.blogspot.com/p/win-cool-stuff.html
    Jennai K.
    HobartsMama {at} aol.com

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  37. I'm a'followin'! I've been meaning to follow for a while, but kept forgetting. I love y'all's blog, thanks for updating so frequently!

    ~Ria

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  38. I am a follower and I love your blog. :)

    elizabethgreen@gmail.com

    Lyzi!

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