Friday, August 10, 2012

Nice To Meet You...

(Thank you to Jennifer Rizzo and The Ironstone Nest for featuring this post!)
Hi, everyone!  In case you missed it, on Wednesday, the wonderful Amanda of The Ivy Cottage Blog invited me to guest post.  Here I tell a little more about myself and my blog…
First of all, let me introduce you to my hubby, Keith.  He makes me laugh every single day, many times so hard that my stomach hurts!  We’ve been married for about 13 ½ years (and been friends for 26) and we don’t have any kids. (My sister has 4, and we enjoy them and our friends’ kids!)  He works in a crime lab-yes, a real ‘CSI’ guy!  But best of all, he totally supports me in everything I do, including all of my sometimes crazy decorating ideas. (I just roped him into totally changing around ALL the furniture in 4 bedrooms upstairs when he took a few vacation days!  He hardly complained at all ;)
I am a self-professed decorating addict.  My mom and I have owned a little 'recycled home goods' shop for about 5 years, and we have the best time with it!!  We love to scour flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores…just about anywhere to find our goods to stock the shop!  Hence, the ‘must love junk’! Here is a picture of a room in our shop…

Naturally, a lot of our goodies find their way into my home, which we’ve lived in for about 7 years.  My style has changed and evolved over the years, and I’d be hard pressed to put a specific label on what my style is.  All I know is that I love a mix of farmhouse, vintage, and rustic, with some industrial thrown in, and I love to display things in sometimes whimsical ways!  This is my front entry/hallway, which you can read more about, here.
One of my favorite things to do over the last few years has been perusing (ok, stalking) décor blogs.  I just love looking at other people’s homes!  It’s so fun to view what others have ‘scored’ and how they incorporate them into their décor. There’s so much inspiration out there!  A while ago I began to itch to have my own blog, but too many fears and plain old procrastination deterred me, until I finally took the plunge in May!  I just went for it!
(Here is one of my many addictions, I mean, collections, that I’ve shared--vintage suitcases, also in my hallway, here.) 
And I’m so glad that I did!  It’s been great fun to share my home with peeps who ‘get’ me and my style!   On my blog, I've recently wrapped up the tour of our first floor.  One of my favorite rooms is our sunroom.  We spend a lot of time out here relaxing, reading, napping…I post more pictures of this room here
Another room I use a lot is our office.  This is where I blog!  It was really fun to put together and display more of my collections on these built in bookshelves.  You can see more of my office (plus a cool picture of it from 1957!) here
Well, I sure hope that you enjoyed this little recap of my home tour, and a little more info about myself!  I'm so thankful for you, all of my faithful followers and readers!  Have a wonderful weekend :)  I'm linking to these wonderful parties:
                                           My 1929 Charmer
                                           The Tablescaper 
                                           Alderberry Hill
                                           Joy 2 Journey
                                           Boogieboard Cottage
                                           Coastal Charm
                                           i should be mopping the floor
                                           Kathe with an E
                                           A Stroll Thru Life
                                           Cozy Little House
                                           Knick of Time
                                           The Farmhouse Porch
                                           My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
                                           The Ironstone Nest 
                                           One More Time
                                           Ivy and Elephants
                                           Faded Charm
                                           From My Front Porch to Yours 
                                           Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
                                           Live Laugh Rowe
                                           Jennifer Rizzo
                                           A Delightsome Life 
                                           Common Ground 
                                           The Brambleberry Cottage


  1. Hi Susan,
    What a great post!!! How cool that your husband works in CSI!! I Truly adore your decorating style and your home is just gorgeous!
    Thanks so much for sharing more about yourself with us!

  2. Very eclectic style.. I like that. Sweet sun room. Amaaazing suitcase ( valise) collection by the way...
    Cheers , Gee

  3. Sounds like you married a great guy! I'm married to a great guy too, but I don't think he would move furniture around for me. LOL Fun to see your home. Thanks for the tour. ~ Sarah

  4. I am so impressed your husband is a CSI. I am obsessed with the Investigative Discovery channel. Your home is gorgeous and the 2 of you are adorable! Great post:)

  5. Great post. I watch CSI on tv all the time. Your blog is a real inspiration and I so get your style as I am crazy about the relaxed farmhouse, country, shabby, rustic, industrial decor style. We are moving house soon and I can't wait to start dressing my new nest and I will 'shamelessly' copy a lot of your ideas:)

  6. I totally "get" your style and love it! 'Cuz it's my style, too! I just noticed the collection of First Aid kits and whacked myself in the head...I have a collection of those, too! I also have a collection of suitcases...mostly striped. So weird.

  7. Love you blog and so glad to get to "know you better"....Your hubby's job sounds so very interesting!...

  8. nice to meet your csi husband, susan:) i love your style--so creative!

  9. Like you, I love seeing other homes and reading about their success stories. I also love how you have a great love story to go with it all.

  10. I'm having Vintage Suitcase Envy now! *LOL* Your Collection of them are the Style I Jones' for the most. *Smiles* Your Home is Amazing and it sounds as if your Family are equally as Amazing as your Personal Style and Aesthetic. It is great to be supported in our Passions by those we Love... I know my Family have endured my obsessions and hoard of Beautiful and Interesting things for many years... I'm just now beginning the Great Adventure of Re-Sale of it at an Antique Mall... so much Fun and now gives Purpose to the Passion! Congrats on being a Blog Guest Host of a Post!

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  11. Hi Susan,
    OMG!!!! Loved every room in your home. Love that entry hall and the antique sign 3/4 mile. Love it!!!! Love that sun room too. I would be out there all day so comfy and cozy. Thanks for sharing your home I love every room. I wish I lived closer to come to your shop. It looks like there could be some neat treasures in that shop!!!!!! You and your hubby are adorable.

  12. Susan, love your house and your shop. Looks like you have lots of fun. Your talent shows through.

  13. Your home is just fabulous, so glad to have came across your blog! New follower, hope you'll stop by and link up or follow as well if you get the chance!

  14. I am in love with your home and I loved learning more about you as a person! I am so glad that you took up blogging since I know you have so much that we can learn!!! Thank you for sharing at The "Sunday Stop"!

  15. Hi, Susan! Thanks for showing us more of your home and sharing more about you and your husband. You are a lovely couple!

  16. I love it all - as you already know!! And you are totally adorble too - love the photo!

  17. After the office tour I became such a fan of your style. I just love your blog!

  18. love your home!!!!! I have a stack of suitcases, but I need more, I like how high yours go!!!!

  19. Wow I'm so impressed with your home. I love your style, you live in such a beautiful place!

  20. What a great story!
    That is the most impressive stack of vintage suitcases I've seen!

  21. Great home, so impressed what you have accomplished.

  22. I loved getting a chance to hear more about you, your shop and your home. It's all so beautiful. Your ever-changing style is comfy and perfect. Thanks for taking the time to give us the inside scoop!

  23. your home and store are lovely and your husbands sounds very sweet

  24. Love everything about your lovely home... and it was so nice to learn a little bit more about you and your husband.

  25. Miss Must Love Junk, it's totally not junk, it's all wonderfully beautiful! I'll take that, and that, and that! What a lovely suitcase display, wowza~!

  26. It's so nice to meet you Susan. Your home is just beautiful, love your story! My husband makes me laugh on a daily basis too...isn't it wonderful? We are so blessed! Hopped over from Cozy Little House and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit. Judy @

  27. You two make such a cute couple, and it is so nice that you have a business with your Mom. I am going to look through your blog and see what I have missed!

  28. Love everything. You must love the thrill of the hunt as much as I do. Happy hunting to you!

  29. Your home is simply gorgeous!

  30. What a lovely life you have! My goodness, a shop with your mother, what fun!!! This was a great post and it was very nice to meet you!

    ***Stopping by from the Sunday Best hop, have a lovely week.

  31. I love a man with a sense of humor, so I'm wondering how the hubs and I got together (just kidding). I love learning a bit about you and your hubs, and congrats on doing a guest post! Your home is beautiful and love your sense of style - I love the thrill of the hunt, gives me joy! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  32. Love love your tower of suitcases. I now have about nine or ten and had a post about them syndicated on BlogHer which was cool but yours are so much prettier in that tower. Visiting from Brenda's, Olive

  33. Love getting to know more about you and your hubs! As well as seeing more of your lovely home! Thanks for sharing at the party! I shared your post on my facebook page too ♥

  34. Such a darling house and full of wonderful things to look at! Then look again to see what you may have missed ;)

  35. The room in your shop is set up so nice! I wish we had places like that around here to visit. You have a great eye for placing things where they just work together nicely. I think I would have fun wandering around your house and looking at everything. :)



  36. Everything is so beautiful!! Would love it if you would share it at Share It One More Time...

  37. Oh...I am a new follower love your blog

  38. Love, love, did I say love? It all! How nice to see your CSI guy too. I see your happy in the photo. Your home is lovely and I think you have amazing and creative style. Hugs!

  39. I love your blog're a natural! Wish I could visit your shop, looks great.

  40. Hello Susan, it's nice to meet and follow you! It is a joy to look at your blog. I love your home, so neutral and shabby!

    Thanks for sharing

    Ciao Bella
    Sensible Sarah

  41. Hello.
    My first time here. Visiting from Kathe's blog hop.

    I am not in the least bit creative, but I do enjoy watching the home makeover shows. Lovely photos. I especially like that big, vintage -looking clock on the wall & in your button. Tell your hubby I said hello too. Real-life crime shows like First 48 & Investigation Discovery are my favorite to watch. I commend him for the job he does. Nice post. Thanks for sharing.

    E is for: The Eyes Of Life

  42. Hi Susan, just wanted to let you know i've featured you for the month. Head on over and give it a read, let me know what you think. Hope i have done your blog justice, thanks.


  43. I loved seeing all of your beautiful rooms again!!! I so wish I could stop by your shop!!!! Love your style girl!

  44. Looks wonderful, love your story and very nice to meet you!
    Saw you featured at One More Time and I'm following your fabulous blog!
    Debbie :)

    1. Oops, sorry I meant to say I saw you sharing at One More Time!

  45. I loved you home tour and can't wait until the weekend when I'll have more time to take a leisurely jog through your blog. You have come closer to anyone I know to my style (whatever our style is)! I'm your newest follower :)

  46. OH MY GOSH...I HOPE YOU GET IN A MAGAZINE...YOU DESERVE IT! Stop by and see my junk sometime!


  47. Thank you so much for linking up to Share it One More Time...this is really something to be shared!

  48. Calling by from Share your Cup Thursday, your business sounds like so much fun, although I would probably want to keep to much for myself.

  49. Susan I loved learning more about you and oh my I would LOVE to shop your shop. Thanx for coming to the party!

  50. Hey Susan, I just love your style! Your header photo is a fave of mine, you know how to put together a mean vignette! Your sunroom and office have such a great blend, I always love coming to visit!!

  51. Girl, you have such great stuff! I love looking at all of it.

    So cool that your husband is a real CSI guy. You know that we all want to know more about him, right? :)

    Love touring around your home.

    God bless, Amy

  52. I didn't know you had a shop! I'll have to take a little day trip and come down to the shop...maybe I can make it before winter snow.

  53. Love the vintage suitcases of course.
    I also love your office, so many treasures to look at.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely home.

  54. I love your style. I can't wait to see more of your home.

  55. Hi Susan, I love your style! The mixture is just perfect. I so wish I lived close and could shop at your store. The stack of suitcases is so fun. Thanks so much for sharing with Share Your Cup. So happy that you took the plunge and started your blog.

  56. I want to shop @ your shop! I bet you and your mom have a great time....oh my....I *so* get your style! I love, love LOVE it!!!!!!!! I have been snooping over here for the past several minutes, and I am so happy you found me through Elaine's blog so I could find you!

    I am your newest follower! :D

    Ricki Jill

  57. I adore your home! thanks so much for sharing!

    ciao bella
    your newest follower....I truly hope you do stop by sometime!

    Creative Carmelina

  58. Oh, I'm so glad to get to read this bit about your life & get a glimpse of it all. Your house, dear lady, is AMAZING! Seriously straight out of a magazine. Good for you to start blogging and record stuff and share it with the likes of us...'cause it is so inspiring. :)

  59. PS---thanks for popping by my Little Prairie Baby blog-you totally made my day!


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