My First Blog Post!

Welcome! This is my first official post, and since I’m brand new to the blogging world, I thought I would start off by introducing myself for those readers who may not necessarily know me in real life (although to be honest, the only people reading this right now are probably my husband, my mother, and my mother-in-law!).

I have always loved beautiful things and places and have been seriously interested in interior design since high school, if not before. I also love to paint, and I discovered that it gave me an outlet for my love of beauty as well as my perfectionist tendencies. So, I pursued a degree in fine art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and after graduating back in 2011, I have continued painting, exhibiting, and selling my work (although my primary day-job is working as the assistant director of a local fine art gallery).

After getting married in 2016 and beginning to set up our first home, I have found myself increasingly drawn back into the world of interior design, and I’ve been continually surprised at how much joy and satisfaction it has brought to my life. I realized that it was time to take this passion for decorating a little more seriously, and I started following other decorating blogs and reading all the interior design books that I could get my hands on. I finally decided that maybe it was time to start my own blog, as a way of continuing to learn, share ideas, and document the process of decorating our home.

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However, this blog very nearly failed to get off the ground, because of my crippling perfectionism and the pressure of our “Pinterest perfect” social media world. I started making a list of everything that had to be done to my house before the rooms were “finished” enough to be blog-worthy, and I got more and more frustrated with myself as the end-goal began to seem less attainable. Then it hit me that if I was ever actually going to do this, I had to just go for it and show my home, as it is, definitely not perfect, and not even finished. I also felt insecure that I have no official training as an interior designer—I’m really just learning all this stuff myself. So this blog is obviously not a “how-to” decorating manual from a professional—instead, I hope to share my thoughts and experiences, successes and failures, as I teach myself interior design. I hope that we’ll be able to learn some things together and have fun embracing the process! Thank you so much for reading and joining me on this new adventure! Cheers!