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Creative Family Home – giveaway

by Camilla

Last Christmas, I gave my heart to this book. Creative Family Home by Ashlyn Gibson was top of my wishlist, and I dropped hints, added it to my basket, pinned pictures from it, bought copies for other people, and then finally gave up waiting and wishing and gave myself one. Even though it didn’t come gift wrapped under the tree (and was from me to me) it was probably my favourite present, and since then I’ve scoured it for inspiration and ideas on an almost daily basis. So I’m really thrilled that we’ve managed to get our hands on three copies to give away. 

These homes are beacons of originality, where ingenuity outshines big budgets and money plays second fiddle to imaginative flair.

– Ashlyn Gibson

Creative Family Home takes you into the homes of 13 families where imagination, colour and creativity rule. You hear from the children who live there, as they share their favourite bits about their rooms. Like Casper and Leo, who tell us: “Our room is the monster office. You’re only allowed in if you know how to make dens and create monsters.”

creative family home, ashlyn gibson

But it’s not just about the kids. There are loads of ideas for lovers of colour clashes, print and pattern, and collectors of vintage finds and curiosities from the homes of influential creatives like Camilla Ebrup of Lucky Boy Sunday.

This book is definitely one of the most well-thumbed in our house. So if you too wished and wished, but still don’t have this book on your shelves, here’s your chance!

Creative Family Home by Ashlyn Gibson out now
Published by Ryland Peters & Small. Price £19.99. Photography by Rachel Whiting

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Win a copy of Creative Family Home

We have three copies of Creative Family Home by Ashlyn Gibson to give away. To be in with a chance of winning one, just leave a comment at the end of this blog post or email us at competitions@folksy.co.uk with the subject line “Make my home creative”. The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 23 November and winners will be chosen at random after this date.

Please note that this competition is only open to UK residents.




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Heather Leavers November 15, 2014 - 10:00 am

Oh this would be great as we have been renovating since august, nearly got to the creative doesn’t-need-a-builder bit!

Jacky Edwards November 15, 2014 - 10:04 am

Great prizes. I would love to win!

Nicolette Craig November 15, 2014 - 10:16 am

As I’m first to comment, does this make me more likely to win?! Looks like an amazing book, would love it for inspiration- loving the sound of a monster office!

Emma Lewis November 15, 2014 - 10:18 am

Make my home creative!

Claire November 15, 2014 - 10:28 am

Ooh this looks fab, will have to buy it if I don’t win!!

sharon November 15, 2014 - 10:32 am


Sarah ellis November 15, 2014 - 10:32 am

This book looks simply divine

Lesley Carpenter November 15, 2014 - 10:32 am

The book looks good,I really like being nosey and seeing what others do to create colourful and interesting homes.
I like the mixup of old and new colour and pattern.

Zoe Mitchell November 15, 2014 - 10:40 am

I’d love to win a copy of the book please so I can be inspired to make my home even more creative in the new year!

Andrew November 15, 2014 - 10:41 am

Make my home creative

Mikki November 15, 2014 - 10:57 am

We’ve had this book out of the library for about six months! Would be great to have our own copy so the library could have theirs back. :-)

Terry Wren November 15, 2014 - 10:58 am

Having bought a few disappointing design books and mags for creative ideas I would love to own a book so highly recommended, please count me in!

Arlene Laurance November 15, 2014 - 11:04 am

I have been unemployed for over 4 years. I working now but with so much debt I cannot afford to spruce up my very shabby home. I would love to win this book to gain inspiration for creative inexpensive ideas for redecorating my home.

Tammie Richards November 15, 2014 - 11:13 am

I’d love to win a copy of this book, I need some inspiration to brighten our home, and the kids would adore a monster office!

Bridget Mellor November 15, 2014 - 11:36 am

Lovely book perfect for wet Winter days would love a cooy

Bekk November 15, 2014 - 12:11 pm

This looks great. I definitely need some inspiration as hopefully next year I’ll be moving with my husband to what will be my first home (neither solely his nor my mums).

Jessie Allaway November 15, 2014 - 12:12 pm

My house is 250 years old and yearns for a change of scene – this book would help me give it it’s best Christmas present ever!

elsa November 15, 2014 - 12:24 pm

What a sweet giveaway! I could certainly use a book like this to help with changing things in my home!
Thanks so much for the chance!

Jayne Burton November 15, 2014 - 12:38 pm

What an amazing book, right up my street! I tend to look at things with a ‘what can I do to that’ thought before considering buying it. Love upcycling things and the more ideas the better. LOVE IT!

Ruth November 15, 2014 - 1:04 pm

I would love this before we move into our new house!!! Fab fab book :)

Joy Beardsley November 15, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Yes please – looks like a lot of fun!

Michael N November 15, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Our family home could definitely do with some creative decorating ideas.

lesley bywater November 15, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Always looking for creative inspiration!

Jess Gilbert November 15, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Looks amazing!!! If I don’t win I’ll definitely be adding this to my Christmas list!

Chris November 15, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Oh the solution to so many home make-over dilemmas. Please let me win.

Gaby November 15, 2014 - 2:01 pm

We need this wonderful book to inspire our lack of creativity! X

Gina November 15, 2014 - 2:04 pm


Chris Rollason November 15, 2014 - 2:53 pm

I’d love to win a copy of this book – instead of buying it, I can spend the money on Folksy!

Tola Laseinde November 15, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Would so love this book

I am on a forever leaning curve when it come to design and would be pretty pleased to have this as my ‘coffee table’ book

*big grin*

Jan Brown November 15, 2014 - 4:09 pm

We’re still redecorating our home, two and a half years after moving in. This book would give our creative juices a jump start and our kids could finally invite friends around for sleepovers again! PLEASE let me win a copy!

Kirsty Ross November 15, 2014 - 4:10 pm

This book looks great for ideas and inspiration, I love the use of bright beautiful colours.

Zoe Cosgrove November 15, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Ohhhh yes please, I would love one for Christmas :)

Kevin Connell November 15, 2014 - 5:07 pm

This book looks great – would love to win a copy.

Sue Colbourne November 15, 2014 - 5:07 pm

I would love to win this fabby looking book! Pretty, pretty, please?

Heather November 15, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Make My Home Creative! Pretty please :D x x

rebecca legg November 15, 2014 - 7:10 pm

ooh my mum would love this…after I’ve flicked through it of course

Sophia Zanobini November 15, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Make my home creative please!

Kate Jones November 15, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Our family home really needs some colour, especially in these dark dreary days – looks like the book could help!

Sophie Styles November 15, 2014 - 10:24 pm

My name may be Stylish but my home isn’t there yet! We have polka dot bedrooms and an aqua living room but with 3 children 5 and under, I’m lacking the oomph to keep going. Please choose the style-less Styles’ to win a copy!

Julia Nelson November 15, 2014 - 10:35 pm

This book looks fab. We’re big on ideas but short on funds for doing up our Victorian home.

Helen Lloyd November 16, 2014 - 7:29 am

This is my kind of book. I need it!

Briony Russell November 16, 2014 - 9:39 am

I have some of my happiest moments “trying” to make my home cosy and fun. Fingers crossed for your draw.

Mrs Jaki Day November 16, 2014 - 10:25 am

To win this would be a crafter’s dream come true! and what a PERFECT Christmas Gift!!!

Sharon Gebhard November 16, 2014 - 10:31 am

I would love to win this.

Amanda Hill November 16, 2014 - 6:22 pm

I need some inspiration please! :) Would love to win!!

Catherine November 16, 2014 - 7:12 pm

Such great inspiration! Would love to win a copy :)

Katy Fox November 16, 2014 - 10:07 pm

God, I could do with this book! Our home is in danger of turning into a dogs dinner!

Amy Shillito November 17, 2014 - 11:41 am

Make my home creative!! A little inspiration goes a long way xxx

Laura November 17, 2014 - 11:45 am

Looks like a great book. I’d love to win a copy :-)

Sihem Elloumi November 17, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Fingers crossed :)

Roz November 17, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Our home desperately needs a makeover, especially the children’s rooms. So I’d love to win this book to inspire me!

Sue November 17, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Dear Folksy Santa, please could you add winning this fabulous competition to my Christmas wish list, my home needs a sprinkle of magic & creativity right now!
xxxx ps I promise I have been very good this year : )

Marta GR November 18, 2014 - 11:50 am

Small budget but big ideas!! That’s me!
Make my home creative please! xxx

Pilar November 18, 2014 - 12:10 pm

What a wonderful book … full of creative inspirations ! I would love to have this one in my home library !

Luiza November 18, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Make my home creative!

Michelle November 18, 2014 - 1:05 pm

I’ve been eyeing this book up for ages and has been on my wishlist for awhile. This recommendation now makes me want it even more please!!

Pollypet November 18, 2014 - 1:09 pm

Oh this book looks fabulous! I would so love to win. X

Lucinda Long November 18, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Make my home creative, this book looks fab. Would love to win a copy and have a creative fun home for my little ones to grow up in.

Natalie November 18, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Fabulous! A little inspiration to brighten up my home would be very welcome and appreciated! An early Christmas present to myself would also be a lovely treat!

Sarah Holmes November 18, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Ah, this HAS been on my wish list for a looong time! We are 8 years into our restoration (!) and the children have only just got their own rooms, so this would be fabulous! Thank you for the giveaway :)

Marti November 18, 2014 - 1:45 pm

Looks like it’s right up my alley – and much needed! Thanks for the chance…

lynne November 18, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Always love to be creative when improving my home (mainly due to lack of cash/lack of wanting to part with cash). Would love to see the ideas in this book.

martha November 18, 2014 - 2:18 pm

18 months on and we still have a mix of bare plaster walls and those with wood chip….along with a blue bathroom suit and a splattering of damp….some more inspiration in the form of this book is needed to reignite my creative energy for our house pretty please!

Jessica November 18, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Oh this book looks fab! I’m always lapping up homes inspiration and would love to add this book to my collection!

Danielle Coleman=Hill November 18, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Make my home creative would be a great gift to browse and collect ideas for my spring cleaning bug I get every January when the Christmas decorations come down!

Becky Pearce November 18, 2014 - 4:08 pm

This would be perfect timing. Am planning to give our home a bit of a revamp in the new year. Keeping fingers, toes and everything else crossed.

Jenny November 18, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Colourful creative homes = colourful creative kids. What’s not to love? Looks like a great book.

Fiona November 18, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Looks lovely. Would really like this book.

Bryony watson November 18, 2014 - 5:42 pm

I’ve just got home from 18 days as an in patient, after finding out I have a brain tumour and started 10 days radiotherapy yesterday. More than ever, I feel like I deserve an amazing treat : ) This book is right up my street and will get my creative juices flowing whilst resting! Fingers crossed!

Esther November 18, 2014 - 5:51 pm

After six years of house renovations with no budget & all done ourselves around babies & small children our little croft is finally finished – now it needs the final TLC & this book looks perfect!

Kate November 18, 2014 - 6:07 pm

Buckets full of inspiration, wonderful.

Fiona Milne November 18, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Make my home creative! Looks like an awesome book that will come in very handy :)

Ash Gallacher November 18, 2014 - 6:33 pm

This book looks amazing,my flat needs a good injection of colour to let the sun shine indoors as well as outside!

natasha white November 18, 2014 - 7:15 pm

Make my home creative,love a colour clash!

Suzi November 18, 2014 - 9:25 pm

This book looks fab, I’m sure my home would benefit from a bit of creative inspiration!

Stacey November 18, 2014 - 9:27 pm

Looks like a really interesting read. I’m sure it would fill me with plenty of ideas……getting time to carry them out it the tough part!

Kate Hill-Lines November 18, 2014 - 9:29 pm

I am always looking for new and fun ways to update my home so this book looks great. I would love to win it. Thank you for giving one away.

Sarah November 18, 2014 - 10:21 pm

Want to find my inner child but need to read a copy of Creative Family Home first!

Susan Duguid November 18, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Looks like a lovely book. Would love a copy!

roz November 19, 2014 - 6:24 am

I would love to win this book! I definitely need some fresh new ideas to inspire my creativity. Will keep my toes crossed!

Kate Bettaney November 19, 2014 - 8:53 am

I need more ideas to MAKE MY HOME CREATIVE… colours… styles… individuality….

Kate Cantwell November 19, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Lovely, will help me personalise my new rental on New Zealand :0)

Delphine Comte November 21, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Good idea!

Louise Miller November 23, 2014 - 9:04 pm

This looks gorgeous! We bought our first house a year ago now and are still trying to put our stamp on it. This would be just the ticket!!

Lou November 23, 2014 - 9:42 pm

This woukd be great to win! We are relocating to Cornwall on a budget x

Heather Crichton-Young November 23, 2014 - 10:26 pm

My house is a wreck (really) and I would love this book to give me the inspiration I need to fix it! Thanks hopefully! xxxx

Clare November 23, 2014 - 10:40 pm

Please help me to make my home creative. Looks like a fab book!

Alexa November 23, 2014 - 11:01 pm

Wow! We’ve been in our home for nearly 3 years &, with the almost immediate arrival of our firstborn, haven’t got round to the “creative bit” yet! This book would be amazing!

t November 23, 2014 - 11:05 pm

A perfect Christmas gift … to myself to.share with my family …. fingers crossed x

Harriet Hart November 23, 2014 - 11:06 pm

Yum, yes please!

Andrea November 23, 2014 - 11:17 pm

ME ME ME please. looks like a lovely book!

Nicola Taylor November 23, 2014 - 11:45 pm

Looks a great book! Would love a copy!

Camilla December 22, 2014 - 10:57 am

The lucky winners of this competition were Sharon Ryan, Jessica Wray and Sarah Holmes. Thank you for all your entries – this competition is now closed.

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