Welcome Home Book – Create a Beautifully Cozy Home

Whenever I come across a fantastic resource written by someone who has not only talked the talk, but also walked the walk, I feel the need to share it with you. Do you remember Shannon of AKA Design? She was part of my Designer Challenge series a few months ago, where she put together an amazing mood board for an industrial style study.

Since then, Shannon has finished writing her first ebook titled Welcome Home. Having read this book cover to cover, I can say it gave me the inspiration to get back on track with decorating and organizing my own home. I’m finally working on some projects that I’ve had in the back of my mind for months!

Welcome Home Ebook - Tips, tricks and ideas for creating a beautifully cozy home.

Shannon contacted me earlier this month and asked if I’d be interested in sharing the book with all of you and my immediate response was, “Of course!” She then asked if it would be okay to give away two copies. Sounds great, right?!

I always like to know the background of a book, so I asked Shannon to introduce her Welcome Home Ebook from her perspective. Why exactly did she write the book? What is it about? What influenced the content…

Hi there, Satori readers. I’m thrilled to be here today! My name is Shannon Acheson and I write the blog AKA Design. My husband, Dean, and I are a Canadian couple sharing our thrifty design finds, organization ideas and affordable DIY projects. Just over two years ago we bought our war era bungalow in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario. It needed SO much work. We have tackled renovations like a full kitchen makeover, a partial bathroom gut and building a master bedroom. We have also done floors and walls and furniture; projects big and small. All while on a budget and raising our three kiddos.

Shabby Chic Bedroom Design - AKA Design
Bedroom Stencilled Wall - AKA Design

I’m here on Satori today to share a giveaway with you…

Creating a cozy home for our family and helping others to do the same is my passion. I love beautiful spaces. But I also I love it when someone visits our house and feels right at home putting their feet up with a cup of tea. Or when my kids sprawl on the shag area rug in the living room to play a board game. And I love when things are easily tidied up because everything has a place. I want to help others create the same welcoming spaces in their home.

Industrial Office Space - AKA Design

I write our blog to share our projects and inspiration. I also wrote an eBook called Welcome Home.

My eBook is divided up into three sections. Part One is called Begin at the Beginning and it shows you how to do just that; a few do’s & don’ts plus three elements that make a great space. Part Two is all about where to find inspiration and how to use that inspiration. Part Three helps you get down to business with small space decorating ideas, budget decorating tricks and bargain shopping tips. Plus a whole bunch more all packed up neatly in one little package!

DIY Numbers Canvas Art - AKA Design

I’d like to offer up two free PDF copies of Welcome Home for Satori readers. If you’d like to purchase a copy now and you win the giveaway, I’ll refund you in full for your purchase. You know, if you just can’t wait! :)

Welcome Home eBook - Shannon Acheson

Book Giveaway Details

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment right here in this post telling us why you’d like to win a copy of Welcome Home.

*This giveaway is now over. Winners are Amanda and Wendy.

Thank you Shauna for having me over today!

Your information is kept strictly confidential and is used for award purposes only. Contest closes Saturday, February 4 at 8 pm MST. Winner will be announced on Sunday, February 5, 2012. If winner does not claim within 48 hours, another name is randomly selected.

Aren’t the photos of the Acheson home gorgeous! Shannon and Dean have done a clever job creating a unique and welcoming home on a modest budget. I love how their book walks you through the process step-by-step. I encourage you to check it out. I know you won’t be disappointed!

Wishing you the best of luck!

Shauna Oberg - Satori Design for Living


  1. I would love to win. I have so many “half done” rooms in my house. I need a little inspiration to finish them!

    1. Kristina, 
      That’s exactly what I found and Shannon’s book really inspired me to tackle them! Her home is truly unique and she shows you how to achieve this for yourself!

  2. While I am creative in so many aspects home design is not one of them. I am never quite happy with my home and am constantly trying to re-arrange and re-do. I would love to get to the point where I can be happy and relax.

  3. This book looks fabulous!  As a fellow designer, I’m always looking for more inspiration!  I’d love to purchase even if I don’t win it, but winning it would be way more fun!!  :)

  4. This is exactly what my husband would want me to have – just kidding! :) I am always looking for new things and finishing touches to put in my home decor. Keeping my fingers crossed!!

  5. I would love to win and apply the knowledge I learn from this book to my house and even my business! I hope I win!

  6. Love her house! I’m getting a new/old buffet for my dining room and would love ideas of what to do in there now!

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