Before we talk turkey, trimmings and table settings, I thought I might indulge myself in a little R&R this week. Maybe head down to my beach house. You know the one—that cute bungalow down the street from my castle in the clouds. And in case you want to visit, there’s a light-filled guest room, decorated in lime green and white with a pretty lilac pillow I had made especially for you.


Well, one of you at least, because we’re giving it away! But this isn’t any ordinary pillow, mind you. What started as a story for the late Country Home about turning vintage dresses from the New York City Flea Market into throw pillows…


…then appeared in Lonny on our own guest bed…


…is now one of yours for the taking! Or should I say winning? But before that, a word or two more on all the thought, love and labor that went into this beaded beauty. Of all the great vintage dresses at the flea market that day, I chose this one for its color, sparkle and intricate rhinestone detailing. Pillows with that kind of work I’d seen at high-end retailers in the city for up to $400! So after a spin (or six) around the house as Cher singing Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, I headed to Calico Home, my one stop shop for fabric and upholstery. (Mod Makeover, anyone?) Now the beading on this dress had actually been sewn onto a sheer outer layer, so for the pillow, I choose a pretty lilac silk to back it and a rectangular shape to make the most of my yardage.


Serious craftsmanship from an unsung seamstress at Calico went into this pillow, and I love the way it turned out! It's feminine and pretty and not anything like my turn as Cher. Plus it's completely one of a kind and the perfect way to add glamour to a bed or sofa.


For a chance to win, leave me a comment, and we'll pick by random. Good luck, everyone!