Hello to Carmel's readers! I am Rene from the blog Cottage and Vine.
Wow, what have I learned from blogging? Not sure how to begin answering this question so maybe I can break it down into categories.
As far as design goes, I have learned that a little paint goes a long way. If it holds still, it can be painted. I have painted plates, lamps, curtains, and walls, etc. It is an inexpensive way to use what you have and make it fresh again. The bonus is that it works for any budget.
A great resource that I have learned about through blogging is etsy. There you can find anything from business cards to custom window treatments. I was so inspired by the etsy shops that I opened my own little store specializing in hand picked vintage finds.
The last thing, and probably the greatest part of blogging is finding a community where house nerds like myself all fit in. We may not have the same style, but we are passionate about our homes. We share what works and often what doesn't work. We share resources, support, and how-to's. Funny thing, I have always told my kids not to talk to strangers on the internet and what do I do? I not only talk to strangers on the internet, but I show them pictures of my house and my family. Go figure ;)
Thanks again for including me in your series Carmel!
SO true about paint; I'm always amazed at the power of paint! Thanks for telling us all what you've learned Rene! I couldn't agree more about the blogging community; it's so nice to be surrounded by house nerds :) I'll have to tackle the "not talking to strangers on the internet" thing with my kids in a few years. Right now they don't even know what a blog is :)
Have a great 3 day weekend!!!