Memory Lane...

Today we are thinking back...

Way back to when we first started blogging...

How we felt?..What was it like starting out?...

This is really taking us down memory lane...

Like many bloggers, our first introduction to blogs was through Joni Webb of Cote De Texas...

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We had a fascination with Houston designer Pam Pierce's work and so I googled to see if she might have a website (at that time she did not)...the search lead us to Cote de Texas... we immediately fell hook, line, and sinker into the world of design blogs...

Pam Pierce now has a website and is still a constant source of inspiration for us...

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That was a little over 3 years ago... It may sound ridiculous, but it's true...our professional world has completely changed as a result of blogging...We are exposed daily to the best of the best in interior design...

Bloggers search high and low for the ultimate in design inspiration...Does your designer or decorator blog?...If not, how much innovation and new ideas are they being exposed to?

As much as we appreciate the inspiration from others and the forum to share our own ideas, it's the friendships we have forged that really enrich our lives and encourage us to keep doing what we do...

We think back...it's friends like...

Debra with Acquired Objects....is the sole proprietor of a company called

Oreillers~

Antique European Decorative Pillows and Textiles

Specializing in 15th - 18th Century European Textiles

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Debra will tell you that I was one of her very first commenters when she started her blog and over time we have developed a mutual admiration for one another...She has an amazing antique textiles business...You should get to know her if you don't already...We follow each other, we email, talk on the phone...Debra has even purchased things from our online store for her Studio and garden...Debra is our friend...

Debra with 5th and State...

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It was probably 3 years ago, Debra did a post about antique firebacks and their many uses..I went out to my front porch with my pajamas on and took a picture to send her of the fireback that we had installed in the stone by the front door. She amended her post and added my image..

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That was the start of a wonderful friendship...Debra is so talented. She has three shops in the Chicago area where she not only does interior design but is a fabulous landscape architect as well...she redesigned my gardens...

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We keep talking about it and it hasn't happened yet...but we will meet face to face... Sister and I are dying to join Debra on one of her guided tours of European gardens and antiques in either France or England...we love each other... We are friends...

Sam Hoffer with My Carolina Kitchen...Sam is a writer and food contributor and shares  the most amazing recipes...

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She has done guest posts for us and her calm and gentle spirit are a constant encouragement to us...we follow each other on facebook and keep up through our blogs...Sam is our friend...

Sharon with Roses and Rust from Cape Town, South Africa...yes, I said South Africa...We share a passion for European design. She does some of the most beautiful posts...

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We email sometimes but wish she lived next door, so we could chat for hours...Sharon is our friend...

We met Monika Clawson with The Splendid Willow not long after we started blogging...We both participated in a virtual Soiree with 41 other bloggers that was part of The Shiny Pebble Design Challenge that began at midnight and  lasted well into the wee hours of the morning...

Monika is a Swede living in Seattle...she is a fabulous designer...

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Monika has an amazing online store Splendid Avenue,  filled with unique and exclusive items that she is bringing to the US...

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We email, talk on the phone, encourage one another, and exchange ideas...I love her accent...Monika is our friend.

Julie and Danni are new friends of ours with T & G Interiors...We share a similar design aesthetic and have really benefited from our conversations back and forth via email...

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It's going to be really fun watching their business grow..Julie and Danni are our friends...

John Kelsey and Sally Wilson the dynamic married couple that also partner in the business

Wilson Kelsey Design...

These guys have phenomenal talent...

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John's design insight is unsurpassed...You need to get to know him, he's a wealth of knowledge...John and Sally are our friends...

Kristie Franklin with La Reportiste is a true and loyal friend...although we have never met face to face...I can tell you she has a heart of gold...She's also creative and sells her hand-made creations in her Etsy Shop...

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Kris doesn't always blog about design, but often about issues that concern her...she never misses one of our posts...she is our friend...

Renae Moore with Moore Designs is one of the few blogging buddies that we have actually met...Her husband had a temporary assignment with his job that brought him to Little Rock for several weeks.  Renae came to see him and we had lunch and she came to my home and visited Fabulous Finds...Renae is delightful...and very talented...she loves working with fabrics...

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We keep in touch and are always available to each other for advice...Sister gave her some tips when Renae hit a snag on a paint project...Renae is our friend...

Carla Aston of Carla Aston Designed, formerly Design in The Woods...Carla is another person that we would enjoy sitting and discussing this business with for hours and hours...she probably wouldn't have the time though, because her business is growing by leaps and bounds...she has an incredible new site that you need to visit if you haven't already...

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Carla is a very professional designer and a an important thought leader in our industry...she is  definitely an asset to the design community...

Carla is our friend...

We could go on and on and on...we have lots of friends in the Design Blog world...WAY, WAY too many to mention here...I know this has been a long post so I hope you haven't dozed off already...

Thanks for indulging us in our little trip down memory lane..

We appreciate each and every follower...we care about every single friend...and we get excited to see what the future holds for all of us...

It's your turn. Let's talk!

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The Perfect Day

This is the 9th Edition of posts on subjects created for the Group...By Invitation Only...

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This month we are to share what a perfect day would be like for us...

It's gonna be fun to see what all of the participants come up with...

Hmmm...

The perfect day...

That keeps changing for me...

No one loves to shop more than I do ... I could spend any one day perfectly happy shopping for ...

 

Jewels...(hint...I love bracelets)

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The house...

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The garden...

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The table...

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To spend a day shopping for any one of these things for either me or a client makes me very happy..

Yet the busier we get... I yearn for ...

Sunshine...

Water...

 Food, Wine, and Friends...

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And Just Great  Time Alone...

All the things you enjoy doing...Just do them.  

And that will be your perfect day...

It's your turn.  Let's Talk! 

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Dream Dinner Party...By Invitation Only

It's that time again...when a varied group of bloggers that make up the group By Invitaton Only formed by the talented and gifted Marsha of Splenderosa, post our version of a given topic...

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Today I'm to invite 10 famous or well known people (that cannot be a relative or Jesus), to a dinner party at the place of my choice.

This is a virtual event ...so we can go anywhere in the world.

I've carefully selected the guests and have chosen to have them in my home...where else can you be totally transparent...offer everything you have to give...a piece of your heart and soul, but in your very own home?

That being said...this is a fantasy ...so  home can be anything I imagine it to be...The evening will be filled with laughter, sharing and inspiration from a group of people who have influenced many with their personal sense of style and grace.

This is like a dream... a favorite old movie in black and white...

The guests...

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Grace Kelley

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Audrey Hepburn

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Katharine Hepburn

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Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis

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Princess Diana

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Julia Child

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Meryl Streep

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Diane Keaton

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Oprah Winfrey

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Michelle Pfeiffer

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Annette Bening

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and Paul Newman because he could totally handle this many women...

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The party lasted well into the night...and I've been able to think of little else for days.  Dreams can turn into inspiration ...if we follow them.

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Please visit the rest of the group over at Splenderosa to see the fabulous dinner parties they came up with. 

It's your turn.  Let's talk.

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