a simple matters giveaway.

January 5, 2017

simple matters + brahms mount | reading my tea leaves
It’s a cruel irony that in this corner of the world at least, the New Year begins at precisely the moment when some of us most want to hibernate until the daffodils come out.

In acknowledgement that sometimes what we most need to do in January is to crawl under the covers to moan and whimper and sometimes what we need to do is straighten the bedsheets and get to work, I’ve decided to kick off 2017 with a little giveaway of my book and a very favorite blanket. In celebration of Simple Matters’ one year anniversary, I’m hopeful that the book will inspire a bit of action in the New Year and that the blanket will provide a soft landing spot once the work’s finished (or even just begun). simple matters + brahms mount | reading my tea leaves





Brahms Mount, the wonderful mill in Maine that makes the Cotton Ticking Stripe Blanket that we keep on our bed (and that’s pictured on the cover of Simple Matters), is generously contributing the blanket portion of the giveaway. I’m wrapping up a signed copy of my book Simple Matters along with a few other tiny treats for wintry nesting. All you need to do is sign up for my newsletter by filling out the form embedded below.

With enormous thanks as always for supporting my work in this space, I’m wishing you all a very merry January, because really, why should December get all the good cheer?
simple matters + brahms mount | reading my tea leavesFill out the form below to sign up for my weekly newsletter and enter the giveaway (if you’re already a subscriber to the newsletter, you’ll still need to sign up through the form to be considered). Unlock bonus entries by following on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Open to all readers. Giveaway closes on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET. One randomly selected winner will be contacted directly and will get to choose a ticking stripe blanket in the size and color of their choice. (For the curious: We own a queen-sized blanket in slate!).

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61 Comments

  • Reply Rebecca N January 5, 2017 at 9:10 am

    That blanket and your book have been on my wish list so I hope I win. Happy January, Erin!

    • Reply MissEm January 5, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Ha – me too! I was just thinking last night how I’d like to look over the book again (got it from the library originally) and how it would be lovely to have a Brahm’s Mount blanket!

  • Reply Mary Ann in Vermont January 5, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I have been a HUGE Fan for some time now! Thank you for enlightening me in so many ways. xo

  • Reply Lynn @ The Not Dead Yet Blog January 5, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I really love that blanket!

  • Reply Katie G. January 5, 2017 at 9:36 am

    This giveaway is amazing! I just recently learned about Brahms Mount, and as a born-and-raised Mainer it would be so sweet to win this. I’ve been following your blog for a few months now, and it provides a nice bit of calm in my day. Happy New Year!

  • Reply abby January 5, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Love this! Such a sweet way to begin the really cold months.

  • Reply Rachel January 5, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Oh, that blanket looks so dreamy! I have been coveting a Brahms’s Mount blanket for so long. Classic and timeless. Thank you for the chance to win.

  • Reply Margaret Calvert-Cason January 5, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I started reading your blog about a year ago and I enjoy your thoughtful posts. Congratulations on the one year anniversary of your book!

  • Reply Maryfe January 5, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I’ve been admiring your blanket for a very long time. And I already have your book but a signed one will be sweet!

  • Reply Cecilia January 5, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Hi Erin is your blanket the gray or slate colourway? I’ve looked on the Brahms Mount website but it’s so difficult to tell from the photos! Thanks, Cecilia

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 5, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Mentioned above! Slate!

  • Reply Baltina January 5, 2017 at 11:30 am

    What a great start to the new year. Wishing you and your family a beautiful year and a very Merry January as well.

  • Reply Lexie January 5, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Thank you for your generosity!

  • Reply Heather January 5, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Happy New Year Erin. What a sweet giveaway – I’ve always loved your blanket. Thank you!

  • Reply Loribeth January 5, 2017 at 11:54 am

    I would love to have a signed copy of your book! I’d have to give my current copy away as a gift of course, but I know quite a few people in my life who would really enjoy having a copy of their own! We’ve been wanting to get a new blanket for our bed and I love.love.love yours!

  • Reply Libby January 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    This is so great! Thank you so much. You’re absolutely right. Today is a snowy day in my small town and it’s glorious but I do want to be cuddled up under my blankets.

  • Reply veronika goisova January 5, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    how wonderful love this blanket and your book! thank you for the giveaway)
    Veronika

  • Reply Emelie January 5, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    My husband and I are expecting our first baby in early April, and are currently in New York apartment-hunting after leaving San Diego in December. I’ve been eyeing your book for a year, and have always admired your beautiful blanket! With all that there is for us to take care of in the coming months, we sure could use some motivation, warmth, and simplicity. Wishing your sweet family the best as you prepare for your new little one!

  • Reply Georgie January 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Ooh I’ve been wanting a blanket like that for ages, thank you so much for running this giveaway – what a lovely idea! Fingers crossed. Really love your book Erin (I already have a copy) but it would be extra special to get a signed copy, and then I can pass mine onto my sister, who’s also recently taking up a simple living approach!

  • Reply Sian January 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Erin, I have been reading your posts for some years now including those for Remodelista. I especially loved the one on your simple wedding! The giveaway is so generous. Your book is here in Melbourne, Australia in many bookshops! The blanket is also a perfect way to start the year in a Melbourne summer! Happy 2017!

  • Reply Declynn January 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway. Curling up under warm blankets sound like heaven today!

  • Reply Lynda January 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    I already have your book on my nightstand, but would LOVE a signed copy. Then I can gift my book to a friend 🙂 Thanks for the give-away opportunity, and Happy New Year Erin!

  • Reply Liv January 5, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    My kind of giveaway! Fingers crossed!

  • Reply Courtney Trueblood January 5, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    What a lovely winter giveaway! ❄️️ We happen to have a need for a perfect, properly fitted blanket for our bed; and I’d love your book to read underneath! Happy New Year!

  • Reply Alix January 5, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    What a great giveaway. Though I seem to be one of the very few who love the cold and dark of winter, that blanket would sure make the season cozier!

  • Reply Meg January 5, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    This newsletter brings light to my life every week!

  • Reply Kari January 5, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    I’m so thrilled that there’s finally a giveaway that I can enter as a Canadian! I have all my fingers and all my toes crossed! I love your book and I’ve always wanted one of those blankets!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 5, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      Decided to cover the (hefty) shipping cost myself for this one 😉

      • Reply Sophie January 5, 2017 at 6:34 pm

        Entering from New Zealand, so a rather larger shipping cost! I’d be happy to help out though if I won 🙂

        • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 5, 2017 at 7:05 pm

          So sweet of you to say! Happy to cover shipping, though of course if there are other tariffs levied on the receiving end, I’d need the winner to pay for those!

  • Reply Kari January 5, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Also, I have four confirmed entry check marks, but the counter says I have only three entries. The counter number didn’t change when I did the Facebook following. Is there any way of fixing that?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 5, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      No way of fixing it, but not a problem. The Twitter and Facebook likes don’t show up on the counter for some reason!

  • Reply Eva January 5, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    This is so lovely Erin! Been eyeing that blanket ever since I seen you have it on your blog. It seems perfect. Like many others I have enjoyed your book and reread it during Christmas. It sparked the cleaning in me again and keeps me motivated to keep things simple and appreciate what I have already.

  • Reply Emily January 5, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Best. Giveaway. Ever!!!

  • Reply Rebecca January 5, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    What a wonderfully generous giveaway! A perfect start to a new year. Thank you for doing this.

  • Reply Mihaela Chirtes January 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Gorgeous giveaway! fingees crossed for me! Love the blanket!!! I am now reading a translated version of your book and i love it! If i win I promis to give my copy to help someone else organise his life, as it helped me

  • Reply auberie January 5, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Thank you so much for this giveaway. 🙂
    I am a daily reader even though I don’t always comment.
    I love your articles and your blog is my little happiness bubble on the Internet.

    Je te souhaite une très bonne année 2017 et plein de belles choses à toi ainsi qu’à James, Faye et N°2.
    Passe une bonne fin de semaine.

  • Reply karine January 5, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Today is the first time i leave a comment here! i love the sweet “atmosphère” from your blog (writing as well as pictures) for quite a long time (sorry for my english, i can’t practice a lot in my so little corner in FrenchAlps!). I wish you and your family une merveilleuse année 2017, pleine de joie et de rires partagés!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 5, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Merci mille fois!

  • Reply JP January 5, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I’ve been looking for a blanket for more than a year, just cannot make up my mind. This would certainly help.

    Sadly, it’s probably not possible to enter outside the US, or is it?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 5, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Mentioned above that it’s open to all readers 😉

      • Reply JP January 6, 2017 at 5:50 pm

        Amazing! I realize I do not consider myself ‘all’ when I read American blogs, apparently I am not as cosmopolitan as I like to think I am.

  • Reply sophie January 5, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Is this competition open to those outside the US ?

    Thank you and bonne année

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 5, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      Yup! Mentioned in the post that it’s open to all readers!

  • Reply Bryn January 5, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks for this great offer! What a sweet way to start off the new year 🙂

  • Reply Janean January 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    As your book sits in my Amazon cart (I have hoped to come across it locally first), I do hope I get to read it via a win! Of course, I will still purchase it for gifting. 😉 I am also in BK so know all too well how good books (and good blankets) help on those very-over-it cold days. Thank you for celebrating the new year with us in this way! Happy 2017, Erin!

  • Reply Jc Loh January 5, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    The book is perfect to jump start 2017 since I need inspiration and ideas to simplify my living space, something I need to do for far too long.

    Happy Anniversary, Happy New Year and Thank You!

  • Reply Nancy January 5, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I JUST FINALLY BOUGHT MY COPY and got it in the mail today. LOL. But I want that blanket, so if I win, I’ll gift the book. 🙂

  • Reply Jacqueline January 6, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Catching up on my reading as I cuddle with kids and cats on the sofa, it’s a bone-chilling -30C tonight. Your lovely blanket would be most welcome, though I’m afraid I’ll have to share. Thank you for your thoughtful offer. Your site and presence on social media have been a comfort this past year. Best wishes for 2017, Erin!

  • Reply marie January 6, 2017 at 7:01 am

    cross my fingers ! for book and blanket …but especially curious about the tiny treats : ) there are always such lovely tiniest details and habits in your texts and pictures. oh happy little surprises !

  • Reply Patricia Johann January 6, 2017 at 7:24 am

    We are in the opposite position: a new independent bookstore just opened in Boone, NC. It has a book group and an Advanced Reader Club and a knowledgeable owner. Small but wonderful!

    When I lived in Maine, the nearest bookstore was over an hour away, in Portland. Still, Maine is a magical place to live or visit. I was excited to learn that your blanket is from a Maine company that I’d be very happy to support. Thanks for putting it on my radar screen. And for the opportunity to spread the RMTL love with a copy of your book. Great give-away!

  • Reply Karen January 6, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago, and checked your book out of the library. I’d love to have my own copy! Thanks for a chance to win!

  • Reply Annelie January 7, 2017 at 4:14 am

    What a lovely giveaway and I’m so happy that is open for all your readers. I live in Sweden and would love a blanket like that right now. I’ve been reading your blog for some time and it’s such a inspiration to me. I cross my fingers…..

  • Reply Bernadette January 7, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    i hope i only signed up once Erin…but may have done it twice by mistake…sorry if that happened…RMTL is one of my multi-weekly bookmark checks but receiving your newsletter will be nice too. thank you for the chance to receive your special gifts. sending joyful thoughts to your sweet family and especially to you and your new babe for a wonderful birth day….

  • Reply kersten January 8, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Oh how nice. I would be very pleased about the blanket. All the best for you and your family*

  • Reply stephanie January 9, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Unrelated, but I love the color of your headboard! any chance you remember the name of the paint color?
    thanks, and sending you warth on this cold day 🙂

  • Reply Leah Gregory January 10, 2017 at 11:45 am

    All your posts are always so dreamy! I love them and feel so inspired after them! Thank you!

  • Reply Gina February 8, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Who won? The widget still says someone needs to be selected. Thanks!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE February 8, 2017 at 8:33 am

      A lovely reader from Texas!

      • Reply Mihaela C. February 9, 2017 at 4:14 am

        Congrats for the lucky one! I was olso checking regularly hopping to be selected! 🙂

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