Show Us Your ‘Things That Matter’ on Pinterest

A funny thing happened when we started flipping though interior designer Nate Berkus’s new book, The Things That Matter, at a recent staff meeting. Camille started talking about a set of old suitcases she treasured — each had belonged to people in her family who had taken life-altering adventures. Then Abby told us about a mirror her big sister made her that helped boost her confidence. Soon we were all reminiscing about our personal treasures — and learning more about each other in the process.

It was so much fun, that we decided to show off our “things that matter” on Pinterest as part of our first Pinterest giveaway. Five lucky participants will win a signed copy of The Things That Matter. Here’s how to enter:

1. FOLLOW the Books for Better Living Pinterest page.

2. REPIN the cover of The Things That Matter from the Books for Better Living Pinterest page with the hastag #BBLthingsthatmatter.

3. Send an e-mail to with a link to your Pinterest account so we can notify the winners!

Winners will be chosen at random. U.S. residents only (not including territories). The contest starts today and ends on October 28, 2012 at midnight.

For inspiration, here are a few of “things” from our staff, and you can see more on our Pinterest page. Happy pinning!


“I bought this teapot from a local teapot specialty store for my fiancé for our first Christmas after we’d moved in together. I’d spotted a very similar teapot at her parent’s home featured prominently in her mother’s collection, and my fiancé had remarked that these teapots reminded her of her childhood and so many tea parties. When she opened the present, she was completely shocked but thrilled, and now this treasure lives in our kitchen amid our growing collection of vintage-looking kitchen toys that remind her of her childhood.”


“This toaster belonged to my great-grandparents. It not only looks cool and vintage, but it still works, and it’s fun to use. You drop a slice of bread into the slot to trigger a spring-loaded mechanism that lowers it slowly into the toaster. When it’s done, instead of popping up, the toast rises just as slowly. Every morning, I have a trusty, reliable reminder of my past. As my Grandpa Shirk would say, ‘They don’t make things like they used to.'”


“My very close friend Melissa gave me this glass pig for my 21st birthday. That year, 2008, was the year of the golden pig according to the Korean calendar (hence the golden ribbon tied at the top), and she folded each of the tiny origami stars inside by hand, enough to fill the entire container. It’s one of my most favorite things in the world.”

Enter and follow along on our Pinterest board. Happy pinning!

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