Archives for February 2009

{Blissfully Thankful}

{Blissfully Thankful}

Today I am heading to Nashville for Blissdom! I can hardly believe it, I am finally going to meet some of my favorite blogging friends from all over the country! {faints} I wish YOU were ALL going to be there! I’m bringing my laptop (faithful blogger that I am) and if I can, I might even put up a photo or post of what we are up to just for fun, so keep an eye out!

Before I go, I wanted just make a couple of quick comments:

1) A big thank you and hug to everyone who so kindly nominated me to the Internet Cafe’s 100 Top Christian Women’s Blogs! I was unaware of the list and I was totally humbled to be included. I am always honored that you want to hang out with me in my little corner of blogland! It just wouldn’t be the same without all of you. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart. And congratulations to the other 99 blogs listed–go check them out!

2) Friday is our Mr. Linky Beautiful Life post. I am counting on you to all keep it going. I am scheduling the post so it will be here for you first thing on Friday (see how much I love you all?) and will peek in while I am away to catch up (and I’ll delete any links to tattoo sites, so don’t even try!). Meanwhile, chat amongst yourselves!

3) If you want a chance at winning a $50 Visa gift card (and who doesn’t?), Amy at Mom Advice has a great opportunity for you to win some spending money, click here to enter! Even if you already entered this week, you can enter AGAIN!


photo: Southern Living

An Inspired Crowd

An Inspired Crowd

Please welcome my guest today : Tim, The Remodeling Guy

I Feel Like I Already Know You

I hear that when presenting oneself to a new audience, be it in person or in writing, that it’s wise to know the audience. Sounds easy enough in theory I suppose.

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And it wasn’t too terribly difficult to at least get something of an idea of who I’m writing for today. All that was required was a little bit of time.

Some time reading way back through Melissa’s posts gave me a pretty good idea of what keeps you coming back for more. She’s got some great stuff here!

Then I went and clicked through to the blogs of some frequent commenters, and I checked out some of the “Inspired Links”. I’m glad I did that!

You Guys Rock!

I use the term “you guys” in a general sense of course. But seriously, wow! In Melissa’s posts and in all of your blogs I realize that I’m writing for a group that possesses some serious style!

I could have stayed for hours reading your posts and looking at amazing pictures. I even saw a plate on a wall that I liked! That is really saying something, because I generally prefer my plates on the table! Full!

I love the way you all use your blogs to not only express your own sense of style, but also to share it with others. I was able to use that to get to know you a little better. I think I should use the same method to let you get to know me. Some pictures of what I love and a few words about why I love it!

I’m a Color Nut

An Inspired Crowd

This is my dream kitchen! That ought to tell you a whole lot right there! My family and I live almost as far South as you can get and we like to pretend that we’re actually in the tropics!

Of course, as a construction guy, I see a whole lot more than color in this picture. Did you notice:

  • The inset cabinet doors (doors and frames flush)..great detail!
  • The white top half of the room and the way it calms the colors!
  • The 4-light windows and 4-light door… I like it!
  • The way the small paintings above the sink bring it all together!
  • The ceiling and the exterior dormer I know is there!

So I love color, that’s me, but I know it doesn’t work for everybody! I bet many of you wouldn’t live with this kitchen for longer than it takes to go grab a can of paint! But that’s what I loved about all of your blogs…diversity .

One thing that was clear to me is that you all understand a couple of my most preached principles.

Know Thyself

I encourage anyone who will listen to open their eyes a little bit and look around. Pay attention to what makes you feel good, even if it’s not exactly the thing you’re looking for. Take a look at this shot for example:

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People generally know if they like the look of a picture or not. The question that seems harder is, why? In order to do anything involving a need for design, and remodeling certainly involves design , you really need to know why!

When I look at this picture, I like it. But I don’t love everything about it.

I like:

  • The colors, of course! I like the two tones of blue green and the contrast on the floor and celings.
  • I like the way the window goes all the way to the ceiling. Cool.

Not so much:

  • The clear tables.
  • The lack of trimwork.

I bet each one of you knows exactly what you think about the photo, too. I think this knowledge comes from exactly what you’re doing right now, going to places that you know inspire you and exploring. You go out and see what you can find that makes you go “wow” and by doing that you get a real intrinsic understanding of what you love in a design.

And with that knowledge, you can understand and implement my second widely harped-on principle:

Create an Environment

To me, a house is more than just four walls and a roof. No matter how large or small your home is, no matter if your budget for remodeling is $500.00, $50,000.00, or $500,000.00 the goal is the same, and it is attainable.

The goal is to use whatever resources we have at our disposal, and we all have resources, be it time, money, materials, talent, creativity, or sheer determination. Use those resources in our homes to create an environment.

I like the word environment better than design or decor. To me, it says something different. It includes everything: structure, finishes, furnishings, lighting, even the smells, and sounds, and air flow. All of that is environment.

I could go on and on, and I do over at my blog. But I should give Melissa her audience back. I’ll leave you with a picture that says environment to me. If I’m the remodeling expert I claim to be, then sooner or later my new (75 years new!) house should look something like this:

An Inspired Crowd

How can you not love that!?? I sure do. (I’m a ‘maybe’ on the purple)

Thanks to Melissa for the honor of a guest post at The Inspired Room! She’s also enlisted me to write a regular column on “remodel-ey” things at Blissful Home on Blissfully Domestic. So I hope to see you there, where I will actually talk about construction!

In the meantime I can be found at