Even if you aren’t a water person, I think you are going to love Mary and her style. I have been oggling her lake views and lovely photography for awhile. Come on, let’s hear what she has to say.
Hi Cedar Hill Farmhouse readers!
I’m Mary at Home is Where the Boat Is and
I’m thrilled to be joining Anita on her back porch today!
I live on Lake Norman in North Carolina with my
husband and four-legged children, Chloe & Gracie.
There’s nothing we enjoy more than pontoon ride
and feeling the breeze in our ears.
Well, besides a nap. . .
1. Why did you start a blog?
I started blogging as a creative outlet after 25+ year retail career. I’ve always enjoyed merchandising and putting things together. Blogging is like merchandising but with the satisfaction of it being permanent, I snap a photo and it stays that way! I also get to enjoy the holidays rather than work through them and have time decorate my home now rather than a store.
I still have to resist the urge and talk my ‘inner-merchandiser’ down from re-arranging shelves when shopping. A friend told me ‘you can take the girl out of retail, but not retail out of the girl’ 🙂
My blog allows me the creativity and to put things together, whether at table, in my Potting Shed, or with a recipe in celebration of the holidays.
2. What was the most exciting thing that has happened to you because of your blog?
I would have to say having a stylist and photographers come to shoot my Potting Shed for a magazine this spring was a little surreal. It was fascinating to watch the process and I was fortunate to have a wonderful stylist, Sunday Hendrickson, who put me totally at ease.
I’ve also been fortunate that my little blog came to the attention of Lifetime Brands, allowing me to photograph Pfaltzgraff and Mikasa dinnerware, and style tables for their website.
3. What is your dream gig or do you already have it?
I’ve always thought it would be fun to be a stylist for a magazine, but realize after my photo shoot that I’m a little too OCD, and would need anti-anxiety medication. 🙂 Doing my own thing online with no added stress is the next best thing.
4. What are a few things that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I’m shy when it comes to meeting people and don’t feel very comfortable talking about myself. I also absolutely hate having my picture taken and prefer to be behind the camera.
I have a bachelor’s degree in art and took some photography classes in college (back in the dark ages 🙂 and even developed film and printed photos but didn’t pick up a camera after graduation until I started blogging in 2010. Technology and DSLR cameras make a big difference!
5. How would you describe your style?
Since retiring from retail and moving to the lake, I’d say Cottage-Style suits us best and makes for easy lakeside living. I love using quilts on tables and borrowing garden elements, found objects, and bringing the outdoors in.
Distressed and weathered furnishings combined with organic materials~ birds nests, flowers, berries, leaves of the season~ from peonies to pumpkins make me feel comfortable and at home.
6. What are your top 3 favorite posts?
And a round-up of picnic recipes and menu inspiration:
7. What advice would you give new bloggers?
Good photos are essential! You don’t have to have a top of the line camera to take good photos, just make sure your photos are in focus. Play around with free editing software like PicMonkey or Picasa. Any photo can be improved with a little brightening, straightening or cropping!