Bloggers buzz on holiday gifts part II



Hi there! Hope you are doing well. Are you like me and getting really busy with the holiday frenzy?? Ready for another collection of fabulous holiday gift ideas from my super chic blogging friends? Well here’s another superb roundup of awesome gift ideas. I have to say I have gotten so many wonderful ideas. For the first time in years, I am feeling my stress 0′ meter go down…..not up!?

Let’s face it…the holidays are plenty stressful enough without the added pressure of gift giving pressure. I love all these ideas, so many unique ones, and something for everyone. Thank you ladies for your fabulous ideas! So let’s get started, ladies take it away………..

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Vicki from French Essence says…..
?Holiday Gift Ideas from French Essence?
Choosing gifts is such a pleasure? thinking of ideas, sourcing them and then
finding that perfect match. That is the best part? knowing that your gift is going
to please your special person. I love watching the un-wrapping? the guessing as
the parcel is prodded and poked? It?s all part of the art of giving?

I don?t believe that some are ?impossible? to buy for or that others ?have
everything?? the art of giving means not being defeated, sometimes thinking
outside of the box or oftentimes just keeping it simple.

When I think of a special gift, I think about what I would love to receive, an
indulgence that I might not buy for myself? something that would make me
smile and make me feel spoilt? a Cire Trudon candle is perfect. My preferred
scent is Odalisque? a blend of orange blossom, lemon and vanilla. I like a gift to
be long lasting and to evoke memories? this is a scent that does just that.
My other most loved gifts are books? nothing makes me happier? and I always
want to give as I would like to receive?

To purchase click here

????????????? ?The Best of Flair? is an exquisite piece and one that is the perfect addition to
???????? ? ?? any library? it is beautifully illustrated and has many of the features that made
???????? ? ?? the 1950?s magazines of the same name so popular. This is a collector?s item, an
???????? ?? ? intriguing and fascinating book that enchants on every page.

To purchase click here

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Carolyn? and Cynthia of the Buzz Blog says….
Here are our two favorite gift items this holiday season from our e-commerce site www.DianeJamesHome.com.

? Our mother raised us with a tradition of never arriving empty-handed to holiday parties and that?s one of the reasons why we added a range of beautiful botanically inspired gifts to our collection of faux florals on Diane James Home.? It was hard to pick two of our favorite holiday hostess gifts but given that we?ve just introduced our new Winter scent candle made by Seda France, we had to include it!? And why not pair it with a lovely set of French-milled soaps, presented in a festive red box ready for gift giving (or re-gifting, if need be.)? Both gifts are sure to please!

Our Winter Candle (brand new for this holiday season and made by Seda France) -?





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Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home says……

Hi Tina, Here are a couple of gift ideas that I will be giving this Christmas…

?These are only $18.95 for two pads of 100 sheets. ?So thoughtful with the name or monogram personalization…and you can ?create the look from lots of images. Here are some logos that I have used for friends (and even for myself).

?This Heart Key Chain would be perfect to give my girlfriends so they will know I care about them every time they use it.

?Thanks, Tina!


Desiree of Chic Coastal Living says……











My first gift choice this holiday season is this navy pom pom throw from Serena and Lily. I recently partnered with Serena and Lily and received this gorgeous substantial throw from them and all I can say is everyone needs one! I am looking forward to sitting by a ?fireplace wrapped up in this ultra cozy high designer throw while sipping a delicious latte. Serena and Lily states on their website…that this throw is an understated design element. I totally agree!
My second gift choice this holiday season is that adorable iPad Mini. This great little device is every inch the iPad has everything that you love about it! Including a beautiful screen, fast fluid performance, and thousands of amazing apps to enjoy. You can choose to have cellular service on it and different capacities. The best part is that it can fit in one hand!

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Kathysue from Good life of Design says…..

I love to give themed gifts. For some reason it helps me narrow down my choices. In the past I have chosen a monogrammed theme for gifts.

I try to get the beautiful towels that are on Neiman Marcus?s pink sale every year?.

You will get two sets of three pieces for $58, this is a real bargain. Plus, you can have them monogrammed.?

I have personally purchased these towels as gifts, and for my own personal use. Many of my friends have done the same!
If you like the option of a colored towel, and a colored monogram these are the towels for you. Only $12 for a bath towel.

?I usually purchase the white with a sand monogram for myself, but have purchased other colors for gifts.

Gift #2
The next theme gift I love to give is dinner related! I love to purchase nice plain white serving pieces from Crate and Barrel just go HERE!??.
I add this fun gift to the serving pieces. It is called Destination Dinners. You can go to their website by clicking on their name below the image?..
You can choose a dinner kit from any of the following destinations for $30:

I round it all out with monogrammed napkins from Pottery barn?..

These are just a couple of themed gifts you can give. I bet if you think about it from this point of view you will come up with your own ideas!!?

Happy Gift Giving,
Kathysue

Michele of Hello Lovely Inc. says…..

Thanks for including me, Tina!
* * *
My favorite gifts to give and receive are
handmade or vintage in nature because
they are usually one of a kind and extra special.

ORIGINAL Abstract Painting on Canvas...MAINE No. 35
original abstracts on canvas


Naturally, two choices from my hello lovely etsy shop
include affordable original paintings by me
(a perfect size for a gallery wall)
and assorted vintage European bottles
which are fabulous on their own,
as a styling prop, or vase.
(They may even work for holiday decorating!)

vintage embossed bottles


hello lovely inc.

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Luciane of Home Bunch says…..

Happy Holiday shopping, everyone!

Pick #1:
I have three small children and I’m always trying to make our home feels like a home for every and each member of our family. I like my kids to feel welcomed in every room, but I like to dedicate certain places exclusively to them. I think it’s really important for our kids to have a place where they feel completely free to create, play and learn.
When I saw these children plates I immediately thought how neat would be to have them hung in a playroom. These alphabet plates are adorable and I’m sure any kid would enjoy seeing them!

Aren’t they cute? The set for a mug and plate costs $26.00 and you can find them here.

?

Pick #2:

Maybe this Christmas we should do more than opening our wallets, maybe instead, we should open our eyes to see what the person next to one need.
We all get incredibly busy at this time of the year, we all try to send cards to all of friends and family and we’re running from store to store with a huge list on hands, but is it all we can do? Is it all we can give? Perhaps, we can do more, perhaps we should do better.
What about actually being the gift for someone this Christmas? Look around, you can help in so many ways and that’s a gift! Visit a neighbor you know could use of some help with the kids, or an elder person who needs help. You can do simple things, such as wrapping gifts or cooking some meals for the Holidays.
Offer help, be there and put a smile on someone’s face.
The best gifts in life are usually priceless and comes from the heart, instead of a shelf.

?

Happy Holidays!
Luciane
?

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Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips says…..

I am always on the look out, year round, for special items that would make a fabulous gift, so I was thrilled that Tina invited me to share a couple of picks with her lovely readers. I love to give things that will be savored, enjoyed and used. Personalized items are always a favorite of mine, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a monogram. My first holiday gift pick is the exquisite new book, Flowers, by Carolyne Roehm.?
The book was a true labor of love, as Carolyne created all of the floral arrangements and photographed them herself. If you know someone how lives for their garden, a gorgeous flower arrangement or just loves a fabulous coffee table book…this is the one for the season! The most cost effective way to purchase her book is via amazon.com, but you can also visit her website, www.carolyneroehm.com to have her personalize the book for your recipient.

My next gift pick is something I have and use on a daily basis. The Russell + Hazel Tassel Key Chain is just a fun thing to give and receive. The personalization comes in choosing the perfect color. Mine is white and is easy to find in the bottom of my handbags. ?Available at?zhush.com

Whatever you choose to give, remember the presentation is part of the gift!
xoxo Elizabeth

Thanks ladies! This is like the gift giving jackpot. So? many unique ideas, this is the beauty of having such talented blogging friends……wonderful ideas are always being generated and? of course the perk is getting to share them with you all. I am for once excited about my gift giving…how about you? Thanks again ladies and thank you everyone for stopping in….ho ho ho!

Bloggers buzz on holiday gifts part II



Hi there! Hope you are doing well. Are you like me and getting really busy with the holiday frenzy?  Ready for another collection of fabulous holiday gift ideas from my super chic blogging friends? Well here’s another superb roundup of awesome gift ideas. I have to say I have gotten so many wonderful ideas. For the first time in years, I am feeling my stress 0′ meter go down…..not up! 

Let’s face it…the holidays are plenty stressful enough without the added pressure of gift giving pressure. I love all these ideas, so many unique ones, and something for everyone. Thank you ladies for your fabulous ideas! So let’s get started, ladies take it away………..

 
Vicki from French Essence says…..
 Holiday Gift Ideas from French Essence?
Choosing gifts is such a pleasure? thinking of ideas, sourcing them and then
finding that perfect match. That is the best part? knowing that your gift is going
to please your special person. I love watching the un-wrapping? the guessing as
the parcel is prodded and poked? It?s all part of the art of giving?

I don?t believe that some are ?impossible? to buy for or that others ?have
everything?? the art of giving means not being defeated, sometimes thinking
outside of the box or oftentimes just keeping it simple.

When I think of a special gift, I think about what I would love to receive, an
indulgence that I might not buy for myself? something that would make me
smile and make me feel spoilt? a Cire Trudon candle is perfect. My preferred
scent is Odalisque? a blend of orange blossom, lemon and vanilla. I like a gift to
be long lasting and to evoke memories? this is a scent that does just that.
My other most loved gifts are books? nothing makes me happier? and I always
want to give as I would like to receive?

To purchase click here

              ?The Best of Flair? is an exquisite piece and one that is the perfect addition to
              any library? it is beautifully illustrated and has many of the features that made
              the 1950?s magazines of the same name so popular. This is a collector?s item, an
              intriguing and fascinating book that enchants on every page.

To purchase click here

 
  
Carolyn  and Cynthia of the Buzz Blog says….
Here are our two favorite gift items this holiday season from our e-commerce site www.DianeJamesHome.com.

  Our mother raised us with a tradition of never arriving empty-handed to holiday parties and that?s one of the reasons why we added a range of beautiful botanically inspired gifts to our collection of faux florals on Diane James Home.  It was hard to pick two of our favorite holiday hostess gifts but given that we?ve just introduced our new Winter scent candle made by Seda France, we had to include it!  And why not pair it with a lovely set of French-milled soaps, presented in a festive red box ready for gift giving (or re-gifting, if need be.)  Both gifts are sure to please!

Our Winter Candle (brand new for this holiday season and made by Seda France) – 





                                

      

Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home says……

Hi Tina, Here are a couple of gift ideas that I will be giving this Christmas…

 These are only $18.95 for two pads of 100 sheets.  So thoughtful with the name or monogram personalization…and you can  create the look from lots of images. Here are some logos that I have used for friends (and even for myself).

 This Heart Key Chain would be perfect to give my girlfriends so they will know I care about them every time they use it.

 Thanks, Tina!


Desiree of Chic Coastal Living says……

My first gift choice this holiday season is this navy pom pom throw from Serena and Lily. I recently partnered with Serena and Lily and received this gorgeous substantial throw from them and all I can say is everyone needs one! I am looking forward to sitting by a  fireplace wrapped up in this ultra cozy high designer throw while sipping a delicious latte. Serena and Lily states on their website…that this throw is an understated design element. I totally agree!
My second gift choice this holiday season is that adorable iPad Mini. This great little device is every inch the iPad has everything that you love about it! Including a beautiful screen, fast fluid performance, and thousands of amazing apps to enjoy. You can choose to have cellular service on it and different capacities. The best part is that it can fit in one hand!

 

  

Kathysue from Good life of Design says…..

I love to give themed gifts. For some reason it helps me narrow down my choices. In the past I have chosen a monogrammed theme for gifts.

I try to get the beautiful towels that are on Neiman Marcus?s pink sale every year?.

You will get two sets of three pieces for $58, this is a real bargain. Plus, you can have them monogrammed. 

I have personally purchased these towels as gifts, and for my own personal use. Many of my friends have done the same!
If you like the option of a colored towel, and a colored monogram these are the towels for you. Only $12 for a bath towel.

 I usually purchase the white with a sand monogram for myself, but have purchased other colors for gifts.

Gift #2
The next theme gift I love to give is dinner related! I love to purchase nice plain white serving pieces from Crate and Barrel just go HERE!??.
I add this fun gift to the serving pieces. It is called Destination Dinners. You can go to their website by clicking on their name below the image?..
You can choose a dinner kit from any of the following destinations for $30:

I round it all out with monogrammed napkins from Pottery barn?..

These are just a couple of themed gifts you can give. I bet if you think about it from this point of view you will come up with your own ideas!! 

Happy Gift Giving,
Kathysue

Michele of Hello Lovely Inc. says…..
Thanks for including me, Tina!
* * *
My favorite gifts to give and receive are
handmade or vintage in nature because
they are usually one of a kind and extra special.

ORIGINAL Abstract Painting on Canvas...MAINE No. 35
original abstracts on canvas


Naturally, two choices from my hello lovely etsy shop
include affordable original paintings by me
(a perfect size for a gallery wall)
and assorted vintage European bottles
which are fabulous on their own,
as a styling prop, or vase.
(They may even work for holiday decorating!)

vintage embossed bottles


hello lovely inc.

 


Luciane of Home Bunch says…..

Happy Holiday shopping, everyone!

Pick #1:
I have three small children and I’m always trying to make our home feels like a home for every and each member of our family. I like my kids to feel welcomed in every room, but I like to dedicate certain places exclusively to them. I think it’s really important for our kids to have a place where they feel completely free to create, play and learn.
When I saw these children plates I immediately thought how neat would be to have them hung in a playroom. These alphabet plates are adorable and I’m sure any kid would enjoy seeing them!

Aren’t they cute? The set for a mug and plate costs $26.00 and you can find them here.

 

Pick #2:
Maybe this Christmas we should do more than opening our wallets, maybe instead, we should open our eyes to see what the person next to one need.
We all get incredibly busy at this time of the year, we all try to send cards to all of friends and family and we’re running from store to store with a huge list on hands, but is it all we can do? Is it all we can give? Perhaps, we can do more, perhaps we should do better.
What about actually being the gift for someone this Christmas? Look around, you can help in so many ways and that’s a gift! Visit a neighbor you know could use of some help with the kids, or an elder person who needs help. You can do simple things, such as wrapping gifts or cooking some meals for the Holidays.
Offer help, be there and put a smile on someone’s face.
The best gifts in life are usually priceless and comes from the heart, instead of a shelf.

 

Happy Holidays!
Luciane
 

 

Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips says…..

I am always on the look out, year round, for special items that would make a fabulous gift, so I was thrilled that Tina invited me to share a couple of picks with her lovely readers. I love to give things that will be savored, enjoyed and used. Personalized items are always a favorite of mine, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a monogram. My first holiday gift pick is the exquisite new book, Flowers, by Carolyne Roehm. 
The book was a true labor of love, as Carolyne created all of the floral arrangements and photographed them herself. If you know someone how lives for their garden, a gorgeous flower arrangement or just loves a fabulous coffee table book…this is the one for the season! The most cost effective way to purchase her book is via amazon.com, but you can also visit her website, www.carolyneroehm.com to have her personalize the book for your recipient.

My next gift pick is something I have and use on a daily basis. The Russell + Hazel Tassel Key Chain is just a fun thing to give and receive. The personalization comes in choosing the perfect color. Mine is white and is easy to find in the bottom of my handbags.  Available at zhush.com

Whatever you choose to give, remember the presentation is part of the gift!
xoxo Elizabeth

Thanks ladies! This is like the gift giving jackpot. So  many unique ideas, this is the beauty of having such talented blogging friends……wonderful ideas are always being generated and  of course the perk is getting to share them with you all. I am for once excited about my gift giving…how about you? Thanks again ladies and thank you everyone for stopping in….ho ho ho!

Behind the blogger…meet Kathy Sue from Good life of Design!

Good morning! So happy to be here with another fabulous “Behind the blogger” interview. Today we meet Kathy Sue from Good life of Design.

Amongst the many people and blogs I have grown to like and need my “daily fix, Good life of Design is definitely amongst them. Kathy Sue,the blogger extraordinaire behind it always has something interesting, insightful and thought provoking to think about. After starting out working for a designer, she eventually started her own consultation service and continued for 30 successful years! Many of the clients became friends, a testament to the kind of person she is. She met her beloved husband at 16, got married at 19 and has been married for 45 years and going strong! She is blessed with 3 sons, and still resides in the home that each of them grew up in, how idyllic is that?



?She has a true gift for engaging the reader and her subjects run the gamut from household how to’s to etiquette to blog design and of course there is always plenty of eye candy featuring decor and design. What I enjoy and take away from her blog is a great and successful mix of ?visual treats (translation lots of pretty pictures) combined with?a sensibility and often a conversation about what she is posting. She is a kind, intelligent, capable and generous person who I am happy to have discovered. If you don’t visit her blog already, I strongly urge you to do so…..I can pretty much assure you, that you too will become a “regular”. And be sure to check out her own spectacular home, her stunning rooms are often featured on her blog and are always an inspiration. So lets hear what she has to say…and click on the header below to visit Good life of design!

Thanks Kathy Sue for participating…click on header picture below to visit her blog.

GOOD LIFE OF DESIGN

ENJOY THE PROCESS


So……. what inspired you to start blogging in the first place?

Two years ago I put my master bathroom and kitchen on?Rate my Space. To be honest it was the first time I had really done anything on the computer. I was fortunate in that?my rooms were very well received over there. I found out as time went?by that it could be pretty mean spirited.?Luckily I was never a victim of that.I?did not even know what a blog was until a couple of ladies that had a blog invited me to visit. That is where the story really begins. Oh my!?A whole world of like minded people,Wow!! I joined a?group of ladies in a design?chat room. We are still friends, and they are the one?s that?encouraged me to start a blog. My?grown children were also telling me I should.?In January of 2010 I started my blog. My DIL set me up, and I knew nothing about the computer, or what I was really doing. I guess the rest is history. I have never looked back and I can not imagine not blogging or having my blog friends!!?
How did you come up with your blog name?
Since my DIL set me up, she and I sat down and made a list of buzz words or phrases that related to my design career. She is the one that came up with the name, and it fits perfectly, because I had a great life in design for over 30 years, and now I am still having a wonderful life partly due to design. It is the gift that keeps on giving.
Do you have a favorite all time movie?
This is a hard one, since I am such a romantic sap. I think I have to say the one that touched my heart the most was, ?The Notebook,??When he said to his children, about his wife, ?She is my home!? I lost it. After the movie was over, my hubby and I just sat there until the theatre was empty, we got up, looked at each other,embraced, and we both cried. You see, ?He is my home!? I told you I am a romantic sap!!

You get to spend a month in the European? countryside…..is it Italy or France?
I have been to Italy and would love to go back. I am going to France next year, can I tell you after I get back?
Favorite meal?
I have actually asked people if you could only have one more meal what would it be? I think we all choose some of our favorites. I would have barbecued ribs, it is really the only red meat I like. A huge plate of fresh fruit of all kinds. Roasted asparagus and for dessert brownies with a glass of ice cold milk. Not gourmet by any means but I would be a happy camper.
Tell us as little or as much as you want to about your family.
I am pretty private?about my family. I don?t usually show pictures of them on my blog. I have been in love with my hubby for 45 years and married and in love for 41 of those years.?We have been blessed with three, now grown sons,ages 38,36,34. Two of our son?s are married to gorgeous, wonderful women. We have three of the most amazing,perfect grandchildren. Two?grandsons ages, 11 and 7! and a granddaughter age 8.

If you could have any career what would it be?
I had it already, a designer! If I had not been a designer, I would definitely have been a teacher. I was sort of a teacher to my clients, so I guess I got to be exactly what I was meant to be.
Favorite design style?
I definitely have a Traditional bend, but I love a touch of vintage and cottage. Ideally I would have an understated elegant beach cottage, with an ocean view of course!!

You get to have a private dinner with any two people in the world, they can be from the fashion, design world, literary world, Hollywood, politics,etc….your choice. Who are the lucky two? Ralph Lauren and Oprah!



If you could only live in one color what would it be?
This is another hard question for me. I think it might have to be blue, because it is so serene and calming to me.
Favorite season and why?
This is easy, Spring!! Perfect weather, everything in bloom, hope in the air for new things to come. It also shows all of my favorite colors of, Blue, green, yellow and pink!!
Design icon?
I love, love Phoebe Howard. I have made claim to the fact that I would like to be her when I grow up throughout many of my blog post!!
One place you haven’t been that you want to visit-
Definitely the East coast, The Hamptons, Cape Cod and Nantucket!!

What’s your number one pet peeve?
Rudeness! It is so easy to be polite and pleasant to others, and I think we lack that in our society as a whole. A??Yes, please!? and a ?No Thank you,??and how about a simple greeting and eye contact with our fellow human beings? Just the simple courtesies seem to be going on the wayside.?
What are the two best things about blogging?
Actually the two surprises have been the friendships, and how many ?like minded people there are out there in the world. I love that!! I also didn?t realize how much I enjoy the writing process, that was a totally surprise to me.

Do you have a favorite saying or quote?
Yes I do!! It is a bible verse:
Romans 8:38-39
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God?s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow?not even the powers of hell can separate us from God?s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below?indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.?(NLT)
This verse is so powerful to me. It is filled with hope and promise in the love that God has for us. It doesn?t get any better than that to me.

Most overrated trend right now?
I have actually written some post on this very subject. I realize it is totally subjective, but, for me it is:
  • Chevron pattern
  • White chippy paint, not the kind that occurs with time, but the kind that people are trying to duplicate to make look like it is truly old.
  • Gray, enough already.
  • Spray painting everything in sight!!
You are 18 again. What do you do?
I would actually go to college and get a degree in design and business. I think I would get married at 18 instead of 19.

What are your plans for the summer?
No big plans this summer. We? enjoy?just being home in our own backyard. Always some fun times when the?kiddo?s come to visit.?We try to take a lot of day trips to Carmel, Half Moon Bay?or Napa Valley. Overall just , ?Enjoying the Process of my life.?
In ten years I will be………………..
Older, wiser,? hopefully thinner,and better at writing and taking pictures.

If you could live anywhere on earth and money was no object where would you go?
Very easy question for me, Carmel by the sea or Pacific Grove with an ocean view of course!!

Best tip or two for any new bloggers reading this…….
Write about subjects that you are passionate about. Take off the word verification on your comments!!!

Blogging to me is??a?fun hobby?and?always an inspiration.
Give me four words that describe your personality.
Happy
Loving
Caring
Creative

Just a little recap of all the things that Kathy Sue loves…..

Thank you Kathy Sue! I realized how much we have in common in reading your interview, everything from the places that inspire you to your pet peeves,being a Phoebe Howard fan, to the most over rated trends. On a side note, ?dinner with Ralph and Oprah sounds like it could be loads of fun too so count me in for that one! Thank you for participating and wishing everyone a beautiful day!


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Behind the blogger…meet Kathy Sue from Good life of Design!

Good morning! So happy to be here with another fabulous “Behind the blogger” interview. Today we meet Kathy Sue from Good life of Design.
Amongst the many people and blogs I have grown to like and need my “daily fix, Good life of Design is definitely amongst them. Kathy Sue,the blogger extraordinaire behind it always has something interesting, insightful and thought provoking to think about. After starting out working for a designer, she eventually started her own consultation service and continued for 30 successful years! Many of the clients became friends, a testament to the kind of person she is. She met her beloved husband at 16, got married at 19 and has been married for 45 years and going strong! She is blessed with 3 sons, and still resides in the home that each of them grew up in, how idyllic is that?

 She has a true gift for engaging the reader and her subjects run the gamut from household how to’s to etiquette to blog design and of course there is always plenty of eye candy featuring decor and design. What I enjoy and take away from her blog is a great and successful mix of  visual treats (translation lots of pretty pictures) combined with a sensibility and often a conversation about what she is posting. She is a kind, intelligent, capable and generous person who I am happy to have discovered. If you don’t visit her blog already, I strongly urge you to do so…..I can pretty much assure you, that you too will become a “regular”. And be sure to check out her own spectacular home, her stunning rooms are often featured on her blog and are always an inspiration. So lets hear what she has to say…and click on the header below to visit Good life of design!

Thanks Kathy Sue for participating…click on header picture below to visit her blog.
GOOD LIFE OF DESIGN
ENJOY THE PROCESS

So……. what inspired you to start blogging in the first place?

Two years ago I put my master bathroom and kitchen on Rate my Space. To be honest it was the first time I had really done anything on the computer. I was fortunate in that my rooms were very well received over there. I found out as time went by that it could be pretty mean spirited. Luckily I was never a victim of that.I did not even know what a blog was until a couple of ladies that had a blog invited me to visit. That is where the story really begins. Oh my! A whole world of like minded people,Wow!! I joined a group of ladies in a design chat room. We are still friends, and they are the one?s that encouraged me to start a blog. My grown children were also telling me I should. In January of 2010 I started my blog. My DIL set me up, and I knew nothing about the computer, or what I was really doing. I guess the rest is history. I have never looked back and I can not imagine not blogging or having my blog friends!! 
How did you come up with your blog name?
Since my DIL set me up, she and I sat down and made a list of buzz words or phrases that related to my design career. She is the one that came up with the name, and it fits perfectly, because I had a great life in design for over 30 years, and now I am still having a wonderful life partly due to design. It is the gift that keeps on giving.
Do you have a favorite all time movie?
This is a hard one, since I am such a romantic sap. I think I have to say the one that touched my heart the most was, ?The Notebook,? When he said to his children, about his wife, ?She is my home!? I lost it. After the movie was over, my hubby and I just sat there until the theatre was empty, we got up, looked at each other,embraced, and we both cried. You see, ?He is my home!? I told you I am a romantic sap!!

You get to spend a month in the European  countryside…..is it Italy or France?
I have been to Italy and would love to go back. I am going to France next year, can I tell you after I get back?
Favorite meal?
I have actually asked people if you could only have one more meal what would it be? I think we all choose some of our favorites. I would have barbecued ribs, it is really the only red meat I like. A huge plate of fresh fruit of all kinds. Roasted asparagus and for dessert brownies with a glass of ice cold milk. Not gourmet by any means but I would be a happy camper.
Tell us as little or as much as you want to about your family.
I am pretty private about my family. I don?t usually show pictures of them on my blog. I have been in love with my hubby for 45 years and married and in love for 41 of those years. We have been blessed with three, now grown sons,ages 38,36,34. Two of our son?s are married to gorgeous, wonderful women. We have three of the most amazing,perfect grandchildren. Two grandsons ages, 11 and 7! and a granddaughter age 8.

If you could have any career what would it be?
I had it already, a designer! If I had not been a designer, I would definitely have been a teacher. I was sort of a teacher to my clients, so I guess I got to be exactly what I was meant to be.
Favorite design style?
I definitely have a Traditional bend, but I love a touch of vintage and cottage. Ideally I would have an understated elegant beach cottage, with an ocean view of course!!

You get to have a private dinner with any two people in the world, they can be from the fashion, design world, literary world, Hollywood, politics,etc….your choice. Who are the lucky two? Ralph Lauren and Oprah!

If you could only live in one color what would it be?
This is another hard question for me. I think it might have to be blue, because it is so serene and calming to me.
Favorite season and why?
This is easy, Spring!! Perfect weather, everything in bloom, hope in the air for new things to come. It also shows all of my favorite colors of, Blue, green, yellow and pink!!
Design icon?
I love, love Phoebe Howard. I have made claim to the fact that I would like to be her when I grow up throughout many of my blog post!!
One place you haven’t been that you want to visit-
Definitely the East coast, The Hamptons, Cape Cod and Nantucket!!

What’s your number one pet peeve?
Rudeness! It is so easy to be polite and pleasant to others, and I think we lack that in our society as a whole. A ?Yes, please!? and a ?No Thank you,? and how about a simple greeting and eye contact with our fellow human beings? Just the simple courtesies seem to be going on the wayside. 
What are the two best things about blogging?
Actually the two surprises have been the friendships, and how many  like minded people there are out there in the world. I love that!! I also didn?t realize how much I enjoy the writing process, that was a totally surprise to me.

Do you have a favorite saying or quote?
Yes I do!! It is a bible verse:
Romans 8:38-39
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God?s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow?not even the powers of hell can separate us from God?s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below?indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT)
This verse is so powerful to me. It is filled with hope and promise in the love that God has for us. It doesn?t get any better than that to me.

Most overrated trend right now?
I have actually written some post on this very subject. I realize it is totally subjective, but, for me it is:
  • Chevron pattern
  • White chippy paint, not the kind that occurs with time, but the kind that people are trying to duplicate to make look like it is truly old.
  • Gray, enough already.
  • Spray painting everything in sight!!
You are 18 again. What do you do?
I would actually go to college and get a degree in design and business. I think I would get married at 18 instead of 19.

What are your plans for the summer?
No big plans this summer. We  enjoy just being home in our own backyard. Always some fun times when the kiddo?s come to visit. We try to take a lot of day trips to Carmel, Half Moon Bay or Napa Valley. Overall just , ?Enjoying the Process of my life.?
In ten years I will be………………..
Older, wiser,  hopefully thinner,and better at writing and taking pictures.

If you could live anywhere on earth and money was no object where would you go?
Very easy question for me, Carmel by the sea or Pacific Grove with an ocean view of course!!

Best tip or two for any new bloggers reading this…….
Write about subjects that you are passionate about. Take off the word verification on your comments!!!

Blogging to me is  fun hobby and always an inspiration.
Give me four words that describe your personality.
Happy
Loving
Caring
Creative

Just a little recap of all the things that Kathy Sue loves…..

Thank you Kathy Sue! I realized how much we have in common in reading your interview, everything from the places that inspire you to your pet peeves,being a Phoebe Howard fan, to the most over rated trends. On a side note,  dinner with Ralph and Oprah sounds like it could be loads of fun too so count me in for that one! Thank you for participating and wishing everyone a beautiful day!

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