doing more with less + phone giveaway!

by Grace Bonney

Images above, clockwise from top left: Striped cocktail napkins, $4.95 for 20; Wire baskets, $98–$125; Float martini glasses, $100 for 2; Iomoi lucite tray, $100; Hendricks Gin, $29.99

Over the last few months I’ve been cursing my cell phone to anyone who will listen. It keeps dropping calls, taking what feels like three hours to open an application and refuses to deliver texts within 15 minutes of me sending them. So I’ve been on something of a phone rampage lately, asking everyone what phones they use and how happy they’d been with their phone’s performance. Normally I’m not a big fan of giveaways on D*S, but when I heard from our ad network that they were offering up a free smart phone to our readers, no strings attached, I listened. I half wondered if I was eligible for the free phone but of course, I’m not. But thankfully most of you are. Phones and laptops are such crucial pieces of our work lives and I know what a pain it can be if yours isn’t working or you’re struggling with one that’s out of date. So I thought it would be nice to pass along this small giveaway to anyone who’s in need. The full rules are below after the jump, but all you need to do to enter is leave a comment below describing your most recent phone frustration or a time when you really needed your phone to work and why you’d like a new phone (you don’t need to name a phone brand/type β€” I’m not looking to bash any company or specific phone) and you will be eligible to win a new Windows 7 phone! The comments will be open for two weeks, until November 29th.

Also, as part of the giveaway we were asked to talk about “doing more with less.” Rather than do something tech- or phone-related (since that’s really not my speciality), I decided to focus on one of my favorite pieces of versatile furniture: West Elm’s Parson’s table ($219). My version of doing more with less or getting more for less is to use furniture that can be changed up with a few small modifications to serve a range of purposes. If you’re like me and are living in a limited amount of space, this table is perfect as a desk, dining table or impromptu bar. So I thought I’d roundup accessories you can use to transform this inexpensive piece into each of these purposes. Hope they’re helpful! xo, grace

Image above, clockwise from top left: Teak flatware, $189+; Amanda tablecloth, $110; Red Graniteware pitcher, $29.99; Rabbit napkin ring, $7; Gwen napkin, $8; Inkwell dinner plate, $24

Image above, clockwise from top left: Galison pencil cup, $7; Striped folder, $7.50 for 6; Carpenter Lamp, $69.95; Eames Aluminum Management Chair, $1,749

*Contest Disclaimer: This giveaway is brought to you by the new Windows Phone 7. You can learn more about Windows Phone online and see it in person at local T-Mobile stores today.*

CLICK HERE for the full rules of the giveaway after the jump below!

  • Comments will be open for two weeks, until November 29th, 5pm EST.
  • Applicants can only enter one comment during the contest period (repeats will not be counted).
  • Design*Sponge will randomly select one winning comment using Random.org.
  • The winner will be contacted via email and will have 5 days to respond with their contact information for mailing the phone.
  • Contest open to US residents only.
  • Click here for the official rules.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) 18 years and older. Ends 11/29/10. Void where prohibited.

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