Sunday, August 9, 2015

Made For Us - Samantha Chase + Guest Post + Giveaway!!!

Guest Post: Top 10 Interior Design Tips by Samantha Chase

Hey, Everyone!  I’m Samantha Chase and it is a pleasure to be here with Ella talking about my new contemporary romance Made for Us book one in my new family series The Shaughnessy Brothers.  And I have to tell you, this series is one that I know you are going to fall in love with as much as I have.

There are six siblings and at the point that you’re going to be meeting them seventeen years has gone by since they lost their mother, and we see how this affects who they currently are.  Each book will not only introduce you to an individual Shaughnessy as they navigate through their life and eventually find love, you get to spend a lot of time getting to know the rest of the family, as well. 

My heroine in Made for Us is Zoe Dalton and she is an interior designer – that’s how she meets Aidan.  Sparks fly from the get-go and a lot of it is over his ideas for the designs in a home and how Zoe feels they should look.  Here are her top ten interior design tips for you!

10.  Wall Art.  It doesn’t all have to match but it does need to be hung at eye level.  These can add interest to a room and really change up your space.

9.   Mirrors are great for giving the illusion of more space.  If you have a small room, adding mirrors in some capacity can really help it feel bigger.

8.  Choose your paint color last.  Furniture and accessories first – because you’ll be keeping them longer than you have to keep color on your walls. 

7.  Pillows – more, more, more!  Throw pillows are a great accessory – don’t skimp on them.  Pile them on!

6.  Measure your space BEFORE you purchase anything.  Nothing ruins a room more than having furniture that doesn’t fit the space – either too big or too small. 

5.  Rugs.  The days of wall-to-wall carpeting are kind of going away.  Hardwood floors are all the rage but you can use area rugs to define a space.  Even in an open floor plan, you can use multiple ones and they don’t all have to match!

4.  Don’t be afraid to try something new!  Color can be your friend!  Not every room has to be white or beige.  If you’re afraid to go all-out with a bold color, try doing it as a feature wall.

3.  Be comfortable.  It won’t matter how beautiful a room is if nothing in it is comfortable.  It’s your home and you’re going to be living in it so make sure you’re picking pieces that you actually want to sit on and use.

2.   Lighting.  Natural lighting.  Supplemental lighting.  It’s all important.  Natural lighting is always best, but you need to make sure you’re utilizing all of your options to make your space bright and inviting.  Chandeliers, can lights, table lamps, candles…so many options! 

1.  Make the space your own.  Believe me, I can come in and design a room for you and decorate it like no one’s business, but unless you add your own personal touches, it’s always going to lack warmth.  Put out the things that have memories for you and let others see it.


Book Information

Title: Made For Us
Author: Samantha Chase
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Shaughnessy Brothers, Book 1


Can't make time for love?

The Shaughnessy brothers have spent the years since their mother's untimely death taking care of each other and trying to make their father proud. Oldest son Aidan is hard-working, handsome, successful-and still single. Sure, he'd like to have his own family someday, but who has the time?

She'll show him how to find it

Zoe Dalton, a stunning designer Aidan meets on one of his construction jobs, has the beauty and heart to make Aidan realize how much he could be missing. But it's not easy to break down walls you've spent years building up. Now there's a major storm bearing down on the North Carolina coast, and it could be catalyst enough to force Aidan and Zoe into some major decisions of the heart.

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Author Biography

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel,Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well. 

When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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