WOW! I'm not sure if you're feeling the same way I do, but this has been a very busy and eventful summer! I can't believe school is starting soon and summer is winding down. I've kept busy with a few projects and a whole lot of traveling, so my posts have been few and far between. Fear not....I'm back home and ready to start sharing some projects with you!
A few weeks ago, my very sweet blog friend Shanna from Restoration Redoux, asked me to join in on a blog land tour. You're probably asking yourself, "What's a blog land tour?!" What the tour is all about is getting to know me and a few other blog friends. We are each asked four questions to answer and share with our readers.
Before I get to all the fun questions and answers....I know you can't wait, right? I want to take a few moments to talk about Shanna. She's one of those people who seems to endless amounts of talent. She's a beautiful person, inside and out as well. I was lucky enough to meet Shanna last year at the Haven Conference. Since I met her, she's been a huge help when I have questions. She also inspires me with her gorgeous furniture redos!
Shanna and I both enjoy re purposing and giving furniture a new lease on life. Here's a perfect example of how well she does this.
I still can't get over how cute this project is!!! Shanna took an old tube TV she was given and turned it into a dog house! And not just any dog house....this is one adorable dog house and one lucky dog!!
Here comes the question and answer part of this post! I know you've been on pins and needles waiting for this!
I'm a stay at home Mom to my adorable 9 year old son and wife to the most amazing husband in existence. He puts up with my creative personality and supports my crazy ideas....well, most of them!
We move around a lot for the hubby's job, so my blog was born out of my desire to keep in touch with friends and family. Also, a friend of mine dared me to start a blog, in her words, 'like Design Sponge". I took that challenge and started My Passion For Decor a little over 2 1/2 years ago. The blog has slowly morphed into me sharing my love for design, anything vintage and giving old furniture new life.
What am I working on right now?
OK, this is a loaded question and I'm convinced my husband asked Shanna to ask this question! In all seriousness, I'm working on so many projects right now it's hard to think straight. We moved into our home at the end of April and I'm slowly getting the house in order. This "getting our house in order" has taken me a lot longer than I anticipated however!
I'm right in the middle of my guest bedroom project now. I'm designing and decorating the space to get ready for company, so every other room has been put on hold. The only hint I will give about the room is I'm using some reclaimed wood I purchased from a salvage company. I'm happy with how the room is fitting the vision I had in my mind...I love when that happens!
How does my work differ from others in this genre?
These are really hard questions, Shanna!! I try very hard to just be myself in my posts and share the story and process behind what I do. I don't want to share something and just show a before and after picture...I want you to have the information and steps to be able to do the project too.
When I walk into a thrift store, yard sale, flea market, etc and I see a piece of neglected furniture, it speaks to me. No, I don't hear furniture (or dead people), but I get a feeling like I can't let the piece stay there. I need to rescue it and give it a new home.
I feel like I run a furniture rescue, kind of like a dog rescue, but with furniture! The overall difference between me and some others in this genre, is my NEED to rescue these pieces. There are times when I hear from people who think I've ruined a piece of furniture by painting it, however, what they're not seeing in the pictures is how the piece was falling apart. I don't buy priceless antiques and paint them, I paint pieces that need an update and some major TLC. I feel it's my mission to extend the life of some of these incredibly beautiful and well-made furniture pieces.
Oh and I post TONS of pictures in my posts...good or bad, I love to share the pictures so you can feel like you're here with me looking at this beautiful furniture!
These are two examples of pieces I've rescued over the years and given new homes.
This navy blue dresser really needed some help to bring out it's beauty. It's one of my most popular posts as well as one of my all-time favorite dresser projects. You can see the before pictures and the entire story here.
This piece I purchased on Cragislist. I found this one in the basement at an estate sale. It was peeling, dirty and smelly and screaming for a rescue. You can read all about this piece here.
Why do I write/create what I do?
I've already touched on this subject a bit in the answer to the last question. I do this because I love saving old and neglected furniture pieces. Also, I do what I do for me. I have to create and use the creativity I was born with. If I don't, I feel like I'm not being true to myself or doing what comes naturally.
Ever since I was a child, I've enjoyed changing, creating and rearranging. When you're little, it's not like you can ask your parents to buy you a dresser to refinish, but I used my creativity in other ways. I was always rearranging and designing my bedroom. I wasn't one of those kids who left their room the same way for weeks on end. I had this overwhelming desire to change and improve my space in creative ways. Now I use my creativity by painting furniture, decorating and designing the rooms in my home.
Basically, if I didn't write a blog I would still be creating something, but there wouldn't be the outlet to share what I do. I write/create what I do to inspire others. I DON'T write this blog to brag about what I did to give a tired old dresser new life. Anyone can do what I do. I write my blog to inspire people and to give them the courage to try to do these things in their own homes. I get email after email from people saying, "I can't do this, I'm not creative, I have no vision." I'm here to tell them to give it a try! If you don't try, you'll never know what you're capable of.
I saw this quote recently and I think it explains what I'm trying to convey.
How does my writing/creative process work?
HAHAHAHA, this one makes me laugh. Not because it's a bad question (it's a great question), but because I'm not sure how to answer this one.
Everything starts when I find a piece of furniture, have a room that needs a makeover or I have a need for something (storage, etc). There are a lot of amazing bloggers out there who plan out their posts months in advance. Sadly, I'm not one of those bloggers. I'm not the most organized person around. My entire writing/creative process feeds off my life. If we've moved, I take before pictures of our home and then figure out what needs to be done. Then when I'm doing the work, I take pictures and ultimately write a post. More times than not though, I do all these steps, but don't have time to write a post or I finish another project and decide to share it instead.
While I'm working on a project, I'm writing the post in my head while I'm working. It keeps my head in the game so to speak and helps me figure out what I want to say.
Having a 9 year old in the house, I have to figure out how and when I'm going to get these projects done, photographed, edited, written and posted. I work best when no one is around and I can focus on what needs to be done. I have a tendency to get way too distracted by everything around me. This means I generally work on projects while the kiddo is at school or camp in the summer. If he's home with me, like he is now, it's a lot harder to get things done.
My industrial pipe shelving is a perfect example of a project being born out of necessity. I needed a place to display some of my clutter...I mean collection, so I built this shelf. You can find all the details for this post here.
Well, there you have it...you probably know more about me than you thought you ever would :-) I hope you found this interesting. If you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I do return my emails and enjoy answering your questions.
NOW, I want to introduce you to someone who has lots of creativity and wonderful ideas. Jill from Weathered Pieces. Jill writes her blog, raises a family, sells at a several booths in stores, but also sells one of my favorite brands of paint, American Paint Company.
I met Jill last year at Haven as well. She's been a great inspiration to me and a huge help when I have paint questions.
Here's a peak at a piece she recently finished with paint from American Paint Company. Isn't it gorgeous?!
Thank you so much to Shanna for asking me to participate. AND thank YOU for reading!