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 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 skillset 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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