In 2015, I married two passions: communications and home décor. The outcome was Loveland Lodge, a blog about home renovations, décor, DIY and life. Featuring tips for renovations, simple and easy DIYs, budget makeovers and home décor inspiration, Loveland Lodge strives to show that having a home you love is accessible to anyone.
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About the Blogger
I’m a corporate communications professional by day, and home décor addict by night. My passion for interiors started when I sold my first home, a small condo, and realized the importance of staging a house to sell. My husband and I purchased our home together in 2014 – a 1970s contemporary ranch with potential. Somewhat resembling a ski lodge, the hubs named the house the Loveland Lodge and it stuck. We moved in two weeks before their wedding, and two weeks after our honeymoon, we started renovation. Almost 3 years later, we are still updating, renovating and having fun along the way. I saw an opportunity to share with others that it’s possible to decorate a home even if you have limited time and money, and that the lessons you learn are the most important part of decorating.
Why did you start this blog?
For a few reasons. First, I’d thought it’d be fun to document the progress on our home and share with friends and family. As I mentioned in my home tour posts, hoping that the blog will also help me focus and hold me accountable to make progress. I have a bad habit of big ideas, but then starting too many projects at one time and not finishing anything. Having the blog will help me prioritize. Like any good millennial, I want instant gratification and the blog will help see I’m making progress even when it doesn’t feel like it. Finally, as part of my day job (more on that below), I do work with social media, digital properties, etc. and I thought the blog would help expand my skill set in that area. It’s not something I’m an expert at and I learn by doing so a personal blog is a great way for me to experiment with things like SEO, social media, etc.
What else do you do?
I lead public relations, as part of a larger marketing team, for a management consultancy in Atlanta. I worked on the agency side for 10 years and loved every minute of it (well, almost!) and switching over to in-house/client-side has been a great learning experience for me. You’ll likely run across my other social media profiles, which are more geared towards my professional life, but I wanted to do something separate from what I do every day at work. Please know that all opinions on this blog are my own.
What’s your home decor style?
I would say I’m still defining my style but it leans towards modern farmhouse, but not quite as industrial. A friend once described it as Southern eclectic, and I think that fits. I like a few funky touches to bring interest and love vintage items. In the new house, I’m going much more neutral than I ever thought I would so I can change accessories out more. I’m obsessed with navy blue and my whole house and wardrobe would be navy if I didn’t think that’d be a bit much. I love red, but have found it a little harsh in home design (but it’s still my favorite color to wear). Overall, I want my home to be welcoming, relaxing and comfortable. I want to to have a house that when everyone comes over, they feel at home. I don’t want my house to look like a catalog because personal touches and family heirlooms are important to me.
What’s been your favorite part of renovating?
Finding inspiration. When I’m thinking about what I want to do with a room, I tend to find one piece that sparks an idea. It could be something small or something big. In the kitchen, it was these great coffee canvas paintings I found at consignment. The dining room was all about the white table. The hall bath is the fabric I found for the shower curtain, etc.
What’s your least favorite part?
Trying to be patient. I’ll get a vision for a room and then have to save money, or scour the internet until I find the right chair, or wait 8 weeks for my kitchen. I wish it could be done in a day, but I know it can’t. Rather than buy something I don’t really love just to call something “done,” I’m trying to be patient and find the right thing (which is why a room is never finished!).
How can I contact you?
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