The Big Announcement!
I am so excited that I can finally share my big announcement with you. I have been waiting for more than a year to tell you I wrote a book!
We have been working on the book for a year and a half and It has been an incredible process. A Home to Share will be released on September 27, 2022, and be sure to click here for more details about my book!
My new book, A Home to Share, is available for Pre-order now.
Yes, I Wrote a Book!
A Home to Share is all about the spirit of welcome: It is a guide to giving new life to underused spaces and bringing cozy, truly livable decor to every room of the house—including outdoor rooms to extend home space in temperate weather. It’s also about creating a home that welcomes your family and friends, creating gatherings throughout your home, indoors and out, and some new amazing DIYs!
I am very proud to share with you we created new content for everything in the book! This means I have been living a double life for more than a year. While we created new content every day for the blog and social media platforms, we were also, in the background, writing this book.
I was a complete newbie to the process, which means I had no idea what the rules were for writing a book. Perhaps being new to writing a book was actually a blessing in disguise. Not knowing the rules meant that I wasn’t bound by a preconception of what or how the process should be.
How A Home to Share Came To Be
Many of you have encouraged me to write a book. I can’t even begin to thank you for your frequent comments and urging because, without you, this book never would have happened.
Once I decided to write a book, I signed with a wonderful agent, Stacey Glick with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC, who found an amazing publisher, Shawna Mullen at Abrams Books, and my idea for a book became a reality in the spring of 2021.
With only six months to write and photograph the book, we spent every day focused on concept creation and writing sessions. We also spent weeks planning the styling and how to execute photo shoots. Of course, I spent weeks creating the DIYs. On top of that, we had 14 full-day photo shoots which took place over three months.
Of course, all of this was happening behind the scenes while working full time creating daily blog posts!
It was an extraordinarily creative time and I am so proud of the final book. A Home to Share has definitely been a journey of love, laughter, creativity, sweat, and a few tears!
Behind the Scenes
We had fourteen photoshoots with our beyond amazing photographers Shawna Mullen and Natashia Holland from Public 311 Design. Because I had no preconceived idea of what a photo shoot for a book should be, on our first two photo shoots we completely flipped rooms by rearranging furniture, swapping out rugs and light fixtures, and completely changing the color palette of the room. At the time it seemed completely reasonable to me. Shawna and Natasha showed up and thought we were a little bit crazy, but the photos they captured were worth the effort!
Every single photo was beautiful!
Hiccups Along the Way
As crazy as this sounds, we had to reschedule the beach photoshoot four times. I drove all the way to the beach, twice, only to find that it was cloudy and overcast. Another day, I arrived at the beach to discover the entire beach was covered in stinky seaweed. Literally covered. It would have required a bulldozer to move the seaweed to get a nice photo!
And another day, I arrived at the beach to find a ten-foot ditch dug the length of our beach. Wait, what? Who knew that was supposed to happen?
Fortunately, the fifth attempt was a success. Thank goodness everyone was flexible and understanding that Mother Nature had some different plans for those days.
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Pre-Order, Pre-Order Bonus, and Join My Launch Team!
Preorder the Book
There is a new page on my website that has everything you need to know about A Home to Share. It’s also where you can order my book!
You can pre-order the book on Amazon. You can also pre-order from Barnes & Noble, and Bookshop. If you are in Canada, you can order from Indigo and if you are in the UK, you can order from Waterstones. You can also order a signed copy of my book here.
Get the Preorder Bonus
There is a pre-order bonus that you will not want to miss. Once you order the book, be sure to head to the A Home to Share page on the blog linked here. Fill in your information, together with your receipt or order number, and you will be registered for the pre-order bonus.
Join the Launch Team
I would also love for you to join my launch team! A Home to Share embraces the spirit of welcome and I am so grateful for your support and enthusiasm! My launch team is a dedicated group of friends and supporters who are excited about my book and willing to share it with their friends in whatever way feels authentic. As a thank you for your support, you’ll be invited to special events (online and in person) and we’ll celebrate together with a virtual launch party!
Below I am sharing some of the items that were used to style the photos in the book. You’ll have to wait until your copy of the book arrives to see how they are styled, but these are some of my favorites!
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Woohoo Leslie! Can’t wait to read your book. This is so exciting. You are truly amazing,
CONGRATULATIONS Leslie! What an amazing feat all the while maintaining your regular schedule and dealing with life’s bumps along the way. You truly are an inspiration.
Wow! You must of never slept with so much going on. Congrats!!! Can’t wait to see it.
There was so much going on! But all so exciting! Thanks my friend!
What an accomplishment Leslie, you are an innovator for sure! I know the book will be an inspiration to many.
Congratulations! This is exciting news! I’ll look forward to reading your new book. I’m sure it will be lovely.
I was so excited to learn of your FIRST book, and immediately preordered from Amazon, only to return to your blog and learned I could have ordered from another source and received a signed copy… Just proves that “ patience pays off!” Lesson learned! Congratulations to you & your editorial team. I have marked my calendar!!
Just cancel the order and order the signed one!!!
Congratulations, Leslie! I am so excited for you! You are so talented, creative, and an inspiration to many!
So excited for you! I just found your blog in the last year and love it! Can’t wait to see your beach house reveal!
Congratulations Leslie! That is so exciting. I can only imagine the wonderful details shared in your new book. Your social media and blog is filled with so many beautiful ideas. Opening your home and sharing with friends and family is such a wonderful thing. I hope to do more of it in the future. You’re such an inspiration!
What fun for all of us after your hard work and talent pays off! Can’t wait to get it!
Wow! Congratulations! Look at all the twists and turns your life has offered you! Way t make things happen! Quick question…. You said “ we completely flipped rooms by rearranging furniture, swapping out rugs and light fixtures, and completely changing the color palette of the room. ” My question is, why did you have to change things around for the book?
In the book I share a lot of ideas about how we need to look at each room in our home and make sure it works for us! That may include moving furniture or even completely repurposing the room! So we swapped up a few rooms to make them better for our friends and family.
Congratulations, Leslie! I am over the moon excited for you and will be praying your launch is a success! I can’t wait to read your book…thank you for always being such an inspiration and paving the way! Hugs!
Thanks Kelly! I am so so excited!
This is great news!! Congratulations! What a hard worker you are!! Can’t wait to get my copy!! Will be great to have all that inspiration in a beautiful book!
Leslie, I am beyond happy for you! What a great accomplishment! You have the most beautiful gift of hosting and opening up your heart and home to others. Congratulations on your book. I know it took lots of hard work, focus, and dedication. I guessed it correctly several weeks back. You were destined for greatness! All the best to you, Leslie. Can’t wait to preorder my copy!
It’s been hard to keep this secret! Thanks so much Bonnie, I can’t wait for everyone to see it.
I am so excited for you!!! Your blog is amazing so I have no doubt the book will be fabulous!
You should come to my home state of Alaska for a book signing! I’d love to host you
Thanks so much! How cool would that be!
Yay! I guessed it!! So excited and can’t wait to have that book in my hands!! It looks absolutely fabulous…congratulations to you!
Thanks my friend!
Congratulations, Leslie! This is such exciting news! It is a dream of mine to write a book one day. You continue to inspire! 💙
Thanks Molly! You are so kind.
Woo!! Congratulations Leslie – what an amazing project! Your dedication is over and above, and I can’t wait to get my hands on my own copy! I’ll be joining your launch team asap. ♥
Thanks so much Barbara! You are the best.
Congratulations Leslie! You put us all to shame!
Thank you Constance!
A BIG CONGRATS! You’re so talented, and I’m so happy for you! What a fantastic project, and it looks fabulous.
Thank you so much Janine!