Hey there! I hope you all had an awesome weekend! Jesse and I had a date night, got some stuff done around the house, and celebrated a friend’s birthday, so I’d say it was a success. But now, it’s Monday and I’m so excited to kick this week off by participating in the Tour Through Blogland! The Tour Through Blogland is basically a chance for you to get a glimpse into our home and learn a little bit more about how I blog. My buddy Kelly from Corner of Main passed the fun along to me after she shared some details about her gorgeous Colonial-style home. One of my favorite rooms in her house is her gorgeous dining room. I especially love the pops of yellow! And of course she has an adorable toddler, so that’s a plus!If you’re visiting from Kelly’s blog, welcome! I hope that you like what you see and stick around! Now, let’s get this party started! My husband, Jesse, and I bought our home on Valentine’s Day 2012.
The house was in great shape, and adorable on the outside, but the interior was a little outdated. One thing that really dated the house were all of the beige and red colors paired with thick wood trim in every room. We decided to keep the natural wood trim, so the best way to update the interior was to add a mix of contemporary colors and design elements, mixed with traditional options, to the space. The best example of that is our recently redesigned living room. I painted the room gray, with a dark gray accent wall, a modern sectional sofa and a classic armchair. My favorite room in the house is our dining room. I painted it a green color and have accessorized with colorful plates, fun curtains and a classic farmhouse table and chairs. I slowly add more plates to the walls on either side of the window as I find them at thrift stores, HomeGoods, etc.Our bedroom is on my hit list to be repainted something darker and more cozy, if I can convince Jesse. For now I’m still loving the light, soothing color on the walls and the bright bedding.
For more photos of our house, check out my home tour page because we have to get to the question part of the blog tour!
What am I working on right now?
Right now, I’m finishing up the dining room chairs. But the real project on the horizon is our guest bathroom. We found some issues with the flooring and are going to have to redo the floors and replace the toilet. While we’re at it I’m also hoping to paint the cabinets, repaint the walls and finish off the space. We were supposed to start on this a few days ago but hit a few speed bumps. We should be starting soon though! We’ve even picked out new tile!
How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Hmmm… I feel like the biggest difference is that we work at a really slow pace. Jesse and I both have full time 8:30-5 jobs, so after a long day at work it’s hard to get the energy to go out to the garage and work. Weekends are our most productive times, but sometimes you need a date day, or just a day off. I don’t mind crafting on the couch after work, but sometimes craft supplies can be expensive. I’m not one to dump a lot of money on a project for the blog, this is my hobby and I’ve got bills to pay. And bills trump ribbon and plastic pumpkins.
How does my creative process work?
My process is kind of all over the place. I get inspired by things all around me and of course, there’s Pinterest and when inspiration strikes I’m all in. I will spend nights and days working on something, but if the inspiration leaves then I can let something sit half done for weeks. I also run most of my ideas, especially if they are for the house, by Jesse and sometimes he kills my creativity a bit with his analytic brain. Sometimes he has awesome ideas and is fantastic at helping me execute things, like our farmhouse dining table.
How do I write/create what I do?
I do all of my blog writing from the comfort of our couch. I usually turn on the television, pour a glass of wine or grab a snack, and sit for a few hours to edit photos and write a post. And… I write all of my posts the night before I publish them. I’ve tried scheduling posts in advance, but it’s hard to keep up with. I’ve always worked better under the pressure of a last minute deadline, even in college I wrote my best papers the night before.
Samantha is a local Richmond blogger that I met at a blogging event last year and she’s a very talented interior designer. It’s so nice to have a local blog friend that I can talk shop with and she doesn’t think I’m a weirdo.
These ladies will be sharing their posts next week, so make sure you check them out! Happy Monday!