Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What Courtney's Learned - "You Could Learn A Lot From A Blog" - Guest Blogger Series

Today we have the oh so talented and kind hearted Courtney from A Thoughtful Place here to share what she's learned from blog land!  I'm so thrilled she agreed to participate in this series as she's one of the most creative bloggers.  I learn so much from reading her blog!  She's become such a sweet friend!  I could go on about her forever but instead I'll just hand over the mic   - take it away Courtney! 

Hi there! I am Courtney from A Thoughtful Place and I am so happy to be hanging out here at Our Fifth House. Carmel has quickly become a dear friend and I so admire all that she has created in her beautiful home. When she asked me to think about what I have learned from blogging, I had to really stop and think. Not because I haven't learned anything. It's quite the opposite. I feel as though I am learning something amazing everyday. Whether it be about myself, the design world, the amazing blogging community, or the vast opportunities and services that become available to us via blogging. So here are just three of the important things I have learned over the last eight months.

Number One: The Party Pom Pom.

So I have to admit I fell in love with these little numbers. I know they are everywhere, but I hadn't really taken note until I saw them in blogland. They are so easy to make and have transformed our party decor. I have used them for tea parties and birthday parties. After the party, I use them in the children's rooms for decor. They are a great pop of color and serve as a fun reminder of the parties. I used this tutorial to make mine.



Number Two:  I am addicted to Houzz

I think I first noticed when I was reading through Janell's blog Isabella & Max Rooms. If you haven't already been to this site let me warn you. You will be on it for a while! It is filled with spectacular images of homes. They are fantastic inspiration and allow me to drool for hours on end. Here is one of my favorite images from Houzz

Living Room modern living room

Rachel Reider Interiors via

Number Three:  Printables! I never knew how many talented people there were offering adorable designs for us to print for free. I have used many of them and am so thankful for the resources. Here is one of my favorites!

Christmas Tags from Jones Design Company


You may be wondering why I am showing you Christmas Tags in spring, but as you can see, the polka dot and chevron tags can be used year round. Just too darn adorable.

I could go on and on with what I have learned. I feel so blessed to have been introduced to the talent and generosity that abounds in blogland. I can't wait to learn even more from this great series! Thanks for having me, Carmel!

Thanks so much Courtney!  I learned about Houzz through Janell's blog too!  If you've never been over to Courtney's you seriously must go now - the girl knows how to throw a kid's party like nobody's business!  She's got what I like to call "the mad party skillz"!  :)  Tomorrow, Erin from Richmond Thrifter will be here to dish about what she's learned!  


  1. I really need to check out Houzz again. Thanks so much.

  2. I agree- so much inspiration over at Houzz. I found it through Janell, too! And printables are the best....just like you and Courtney (:

  3. So much inspiring stuff out in blogland... I definitely agree and am so happy I started reading/writing a blog! I also love those party pom poms! :)

  4. I love Courtney and her mad organizational skillz! I use Emily's tags all year long too. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us the rest of the week.

  5. ah yes, the printables!!!! i finally got a printer and have loads of saved images... can't wait to get crackin!

  6. LOVE printables too! And do you have the Houzz app on your phone?!? that pic you showed looks a lot like your living room!

  7. That living room is beautiful. I am going to have to check out Houzz again, sometimes I get so overwhelmed on it by all of the inspiration.

  8. Thanks for having me here, Carmel! I love being a a part of this blog world. It's overflowing with inspiration.

  9. It's funny that you mention the poms because I'm pretty sure I loved them, but never gave them a second thought until I entered blogland either! They really are so much fun! And those printable tags are the BOMB. Yay for the blogosphere and endless inspiration (c;

  10. I agree! Those are all wonderful discoveries from blogging. And the list goes on. What a great series Carmel!


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