Friday, May 27, 2011

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

Here to wrap up this little series is none other than Rene from Cottage and Vine!  I was instantly in love when I stumbled upon Rene's blog.  I absolutely love her design style and on top of that she's one of the most supportive bloggers out there.  She's always so encouraging and inspiring!  I was so excited when she agreed to participate!

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!!!  


  1. rene is one of my most favorite bloggers- she is sweet and kind, and has impeccable style and grace.
    and so true- anything can be painted.
    and yes- i feel the same about the community of house nerds! love it!

  2. Great post, Rene.
    Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

  3. This so cracked me up with the "house nerd" and not talking to strangers bit. I have thought about that so much. Feel so lucky to have met all of you and I just love Rene. One of my very favorites!

  4. Thank you for inviting me over Carmel and thank you to all of you sweet house nerds!


  5. Love Rene's blog, and so glad that I've now discovered yours!

  6. You said it right! I'm such a house nerd!!! Great post! It's so true that paint can go a long way. The art shop I'm working on has undergone some powerful transformations with just some black paint! Love the lack of passion is fatal quote :)
    Loving your blog Carmel!

  7. Rene is just the sweetest person. I always enjoy reading her blog and she is super helpful. It is so funny that we do talk to total strangers and photograph our homes, we would never tell children to do this. It is so much fun to chat with people of similar interest.

    I am a KY gal. It is nice to meet you! Glad I found your blog through Rene. I'm your newest follower as well. Have a great weekend!

    Amy R.

  8. I love your blog!!! I just discovered it-- can't wait to dive into the archives!

  9. I love me some Rene....she is funny and very talented! And I agree with the power of paint!

  10. I never thought of myself as a 'house nerd', but that totally seems apt!! I love Rene's blog and have learned a lot from her. And, I agree, she is such a supportive and encouraging blogger!!

  11. SO TRUE! We all share the same passion (:

  12. Absolutely love Rene and her blog! One of my daily must reads!!!


  13. Yay for Rene! :) Nice post.

  14. Carmel...

    This series has been great!! I have really enjoyed reading all
    of the insights and discovering new blogs! Thanks for sharing!

    Tiffany {living savvy}

  15. Great series, Carmel...loved reading them all! hope you're having a great weekend!

  16. What a great series! Rene is wonderful, and meeting all the strangers is the best part. ;-)


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