Spring really is, despite all the recent snow storms, just around the corner. The timing couldn't be more perfect for the exciting giveaway Debra Phillips of 5th and State has going on through Feb 24th - a chance to win a customized plan for an exterior makeover of your home. This beautiful Cape Cod style home (above) used to look this (below) before Debra devised a plan to create a welcoming entry and balance the home with dormers and windows in keeping with the architecture and addition of a new wing.

Here is the before of Debra's own 1856 home that previous owners decided to "upgrade" with '70s aluminum siding (above)
and now, with new shingles, trim, landscaping and a completely transformed look and feel. Love this!!
Debra was very kind to include me, along with Lauren of Pure Style Home and Deborah of Boxwood Terrace, as judges for the giveaway. If she hadn't, I would certainly be entering this giveaway. So, don't delay and don't miss out on this chance!

Here are the basics for entering as noted on Debra's blog - go here for all the info:

•email one photo only of the front of your home - debra (at) scentimentalgardens (dot) com
•include a short description of your hopes and dreams
•You can live anywhere, worldwide
•This has a value of $600.00
•Michele, Deborah, Lauren and myself will choose one home to receive a makeover
•Once picked I will send you a five page questionnaire. Included will be email interviews, I will have a load of questions!
•Stephanie Fania, our in-house artist and I will begin the pen and ink rendering with the changes discussed.
•You will receive a completed drawing mailed to you with ornamentation and landscaping suggestions
•Color recommendations
•Included will be a list of sources
•Send your photo, the giveaway ends February 24th!

I'll be in Chicago this coming June and am looking forward to meeting Debra and visiting her Geneva, Il store in person. Here's Debra last June when she hosted a party for Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar at Scentimental Gardens.To check out more of her wonderful landscape work, go here.