Today I have Julie from Lilacs and Longhorns on the back porch. Wow she used to have a job on TV, for real!! Let’s hear what she has to say.
1. Why did you start a blog?
A few years ago when my youngest went off to kindergarten we decided that going back to work full-time wasn’t the best option for our family (my husband has a demanding career with lots of travel). At first, I kept busy volunteering at school and doing freelance marketing gigs (my former career). When my stable client no longer needed my long-term help, I began doing more projects around my home. Around that time, I stumbled across home/DIY/shelter blogs and was hooked. Given my background, I thought blogging would be a fun way to document my projects while doing what I also love – writing. Along the way, I have discovered a world of wonderful bloggers and readers who share my same passion for home. It has been a fun ride!
2. What was the most exciting thing that has happened to you because of your blog?
Quite honestly, the most exciting thing has been meeting so many wonderful people. I recently went to a blog conference where I got to meet several of my online blogging friends in person and it was wonderful. The friendships I have made online are genuine and real. I really couldn’t trade that for anything. These ladies “get” me because they, too get excited about finding junky treasures and revitalizing them. They understand the excitement of finding that perfect decor item and I don’t have to explain blogging to them! I have made some connections that will truly last a lifetime!
3. What is your dream gig or do you already have it?
In many ways I already have it. I love the subject I blog about, I like writing and relating to people, and I love being able to work from home. However, I do not like the technical side of blogging — like learning html code or troubleshooting when there’s a technical glitch on my site. I would love to get to the place where I could afford to hire someone to take care of all of those things and then I think I really would have my dream job!
4. What are a few things that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I was a television news anchor and reporter (I did the weather, too!) when I was in my 20’s, I am an introvert and my hair is actually curly — I have to blow it dry for at least 20 minutes if I want it styled like my blog picture.
5. How would you describe your style?
Casual, traditional, farmhouse, and cottage style — oh, I can’t forget the Texas-y ranch style. That comes from my husband but I have really grown to love it as well. If it were up to my husband, we would have wall-to-wall leather and cowhide, but thankfully we have finally struck a balance that works for both of us!
6. What are your top 3 favorite posts?
My favorite is my dining room reveal post. I worked so hard on this room — particularly the chairs. I reupholstered them myself and did a host of other DIY projects to complete the space. It’s currently my favorite room in the house (I suspect it won’t be for long, though. We’re smack in the middle of a kitchen remodel and I’m pretty sure the kitchen will be my favorite in just a few weeks!)
My favorite furniture makeover is also in my dining room — the little blue china hutch I bought off of Craig’s list and refinished with Annie Sloan Chalk paint. It is one of my first posts so the pictures are a little dark and imperfect, but it remains one of my favorite projects.
I also love my post, Thankful at Home. Why? It’s not because of the tablescape or the no-sew cloth napkins I wrote about. The post was part of a blog tour series that focuses on the heart and soul of home. I absolutely adore getting to the core of why home, family and holidays are so important.
7. What advice would you give new bloggers?
Blog about what you love, learn from what others are doing to be successful, connect with other bloggers, stay true to your own style and blog because you love it. Blogging is a lot of work and isn’t worth it if you don’t love it.