When you’re young, you want to be hot.
Super sizzling, burning hot.
And you want everyone to know it. But as you get a little more life experience behind you, “being hot” becomes more about temperature and less about the level of your attractiveness. So let me just say, that this past weekend I was so incredibly, amazingly hot. (But not very attractive.) We were attending a soccer tournament north of Dallas in an otherwise beautiful area that suspiciously felt like the blistering surface of the sun. Seriously. So as my daughter and I melted in the outdoor sauna during half-time, I started flipping through the pages of the latest issue of This Old House.
I came across a photo of a cool ombre painted staircase and immediately thought, ”That looks like Angie’s staircase.” And of course, it was. I had seen that blue staircase floating around Pinterest this past year, but I was able to actually meet Angie in person, last month. I then immediately started following her cool home renovation blog, Angie’s Roost.
It was fun to discover this fab feature in a national magazine from a girl I’d met in person, but it wasn’t the first time. Many years ago, I thought that someone had to be almost famous (or incredibly wealthy) to have their home featured in a magazine. Over this past year, though, I’ve been recognizing more and more of the photos in various shelter magazines as belonging to people I know or have met. It’s exciting to me that publications are beginning to feature actual, lived in homes in addition to the typical, heavily styled showpiece. With the surge of ”doing it yourself” or DIY, many people are gaining the confidence to turn their own living space into something they truly love.
And there are a myriad of blogs centered around houses, trailers, apartments or rentals, filled with good ideas and great style. Proving that terrific homes come in all shapes, sizes and income levels.
So what about you, talented and (dare, I assume) hot readers? What are some of your favorite home decor/DIY reads? (I’m always on the lookout for great, new-to-me blogs.)