I think one of the best things about blogging for me will be that I can look back and see where I have come from. I am new to this, but am having fun with it! I was thinking whatever got me started in the first place.
I really got the design bug in our last home. (Actually, I have always been obsessed with it. When other little girls in our neighborhood would play school, I was making my own magazines--my first one was called "Paisley Park"! I totally remember it. I also remember these lace-up floral boots I wore in 6th grade. These stick out in my mind because they are my first memory of taking a bold design move.)
Anyway, I knew I had this passion and I had a friend come help me, Anisa Darnell. She is awesome. I will post her house someday when she lets me. Her home will be in a magazine (or two, or three) one day!
She helped me get out of my comfort zone and get a little bold!
The kitchen wasn't so bold--but these stripes were a bold move! (I know I look tired in that picture. Wyatt didn't sleep well til 20 months!)
Yet, even after we changed our home, Chris and I knew in our hearts that it was time to sell our home. Bad market in Atlanta notwithstanding, we still listed it.
It sold at the first showing. I am not being boastful, it was God's will....just explaining that this gave me some confirmation for my passion for design. I worked my hiney off to stage that home (Chris did, too)! I cleaned, got a storage unit, and learned a lot from Ms. Sabrina Soto. They day of our first showing I bought $20 worth of white roses from Wal-Mart and sprinkled them throughout the home. I loaded up two babies, the dog, and what I had left of my sanity. I prayed that day, "God, I feel that it is your will for us to move. If so, please let it be today. I don't think I can do this again."
It went under contract!
We found this diamond-in-the-rough....so I needed some design help.
Then begins my first experience with design blogs. While looking at Wisteria's website (sorry, don't know how to do embedded links yet), I looked at their "design community" link. I saw this blog:
I loved it! I began searching and learning. Not only did I love Brooke's style, I loved her spirit. I think one reason I never got into a career in design was my fear that all design lovers were superficial and materialistic. My brief experience in the fashion world in my early '20s showed me that.
I was wrong. I began learning that many design-obsessed (like myself), loved design for the art of it; like they were expressing their souls. From her blog I found others like Erika from Urban Grace, Marianne at Haven and Home and Rachel at Nest Egg. Not only were these women talented (and lovely), but I could tell from their posts that they did so to glorify God.
This gave me hope!
From there, I found Lauren's blog at Pure Style Home. At first, I must admit, I was jealous. Not only is she uber-talented, beautiful, and seemingly living an ideal family life, but she is ambitious!
(I love this bedroom redo she did at a woman's shelter. Style really doesn't have to cost a lot!)
I have learned that when I feel jealous it usually means that I need to get my butt up and do something.
Now, I really just feel respect for her.
I loved how open she and revealing she was in her blog. I also got some ideas from her!
I feel in love with this:
Her breakfast nook
So, I emailed her and she told me where to get this:
So sad, but it was discontinued! So, I found this at Home Depot:
I absolutely love it! (And the price fit our budget well).
From there, I found myself discovering more online design, like Sibella Court:
Whose style and fearlessness is so inspiring. When you take risks, not everyone will like it.
I love that about designers.
That makes me think about Lauren again. She became a bonefide designer here:
You hang a globe up like a light fixture--then you've got design cahones!!
My favorite blogs also come from Sweden...I love images like these (credits unknown):
Wow...that was cheaper than therapy! Take care, Julie