INTRODUCING: ME :)
Ok, even if only a couple people end up reading this, I felt it appropriate to create an introduction blog post!
Ever since I was little, I was obsessed with decorating and home design. I honestly thought everyone was. So when I'd meet a new friend and see their room for their first time, I was truly shocked at how little most people cared! Haha!
I loved to draw, paint, craft, bake, take photos, rearrange my room....etc...etc. I was artsy. Always being constantly inspired. The older I got, the more excited I got about one day having a little space of my own. My own canvas so to speak. I remember my first little rental suite. It was full of donated pieces from relatives, a handmade table my dad had made, leftover remnants from my bedroom at home, and a folding card table as my kitchen table. I remember getting my first pay check and going and buying my first couch and chair on a 12 month payment plan. Oh how proud I was. I was so grown up :)
I didn't have much money, so I bought some art posters from a gallery and hung them as my artwork. I thrifted some decor pieces, and I slowly built from there. I loved it. I never let the small budget deter me from having a space I loved.
I then got married, and we rented an apartment. We were only there for about a year and a half, but I convinced the caretakers to let me paint. Pumpkin orange - as crazy as it sounds. But this was the late 90's. Remember Monica's apartment on Friends - it was purple. It was the thing back then. Bold colors. I was going to school at the time and on my lunch break, I'd watch Martha Stewart Living. I seriously learned so much from her! She's an amazing teacher. About decor, cooking, crafting. I wanted to be her!
We then got our first house. It was a small bungalow and it was basically a dream come true. I could do whatever I wanted! Paint as much as I want. Rearrange as much as I wanted. The only way I believe I got better at diy's, home renos, painting, tiling, furniture placement, etc, etc, was by trial and error. Just kept doing it over and over. Slowly I was starting to refine my taste a bit and settle on my vibe.
Over the years, we bought and sold a few homes. Once I acted as the general contractor and we built from scratch. Learned so much! Every house presented new challenges, new projects, different budgets, different limitations....etc. It really forced my brain to work. I feel most inspired when there's a new and huge project on the horizon.
So, about 6 years ago, I started really following different blogs and loving how people would break down projects. Show you how to do stuff! They really gave me inspiration. So much so, thought I thought, why not start one myself?! So I did! (click here to visit my old blog!) Just on Blogger. Never owned my domain. Never had a business plan. Just thought I'd join the club of people sharing and inspiring. I was able to gain some traction fairly fast due to the fact that I got mentioned and noticed by some much bigger bloggers/voices at the time. Style at Home noticed me too, and I was able to be a contributing blogger for them. The Nate Berkus Show (which was on tv at the time) found me and flew me to NYC to show off my home and a diy segment. (He's fantastic by the way!) I got a decent little following in a short amount of time. It was crazy. I had started it as bit of a hobby and within 8 wks, I was on a plane to New York. Pretty cool for lil old me!
However, I lasted under a year. I had a 2 yr old at the time. I ran a busy wedding photography business back then. I was always working on our home. Blogging took a lot. I got addicted to seeing my ranking get higher, and connect with more people. It was fun, but I wasn't making money off of it. I felt like it became a bit of a burden. A chore. I wasn't able to justify the time commitment. It was work and I was working for free. I started getting emails about advertising and the opportunities started to arise of working with brands. But it all became a bit overwhelming, that I had to simply say no. I went from 5 posts per week to maybe one. Then eventually realized, if you're not really committed, it won't go anywhere. At that time, I had a job, so figured I'd better focus on the secure choice. I didn't regret it either. I needed to make that choice.
But now, I do photography on a casual basis. My first love has, and will always be home design and DIY's. So, figured I'd give it a go! I have the time now. My youngest is now in grade 3, so I'm not tied down to a baby anymore! We moved into a 1990 fixer upper about 2 and a half years ago, and we've slowly renovated and are renovating this whole darn house! So, I'm excited to share with you what we've done, what we're working on and inevitably, how we'll never be 'completely done' as our home is always an evolution!
I'm hoping to post twice per week. As of right now, I'm not solid on the schedule. I'm also hoping to share a bit about the blogging process. Starting with a clean slate has some serious disadvantages, but leaving my old blog behind is something I feel necessary to take this in the direction I want to go now. I'm basically starting out like a complete newbie, so I'm trying real hard to follow the guidance of the quote below!
"DON'T COMPARE YOUR BEGINNING TO SOMEONE ELSE'S MIDDLE"
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