Blogger Feature: Rhoda M. Vickers of Southern Hospitality

A GRITS (girl raised in the South) who loves decorating and thrifting, Rhoda M. Vickers began her blog, Southern Hospitality, in early 2007. What started out as something ‘for fun’ became Rhoda’s personal journal as she faced drastic changes in her life, from a failed marriage to financial breakdown. In her journey, Rhoda shares her life’s ups and downs and her ideas on how to make a house into a home. A collector who loves giving old objects a new lease on life, she hopes to inspire others through her adventures in establishing a beautiful home without spending a fortune by unleashing inner creativity. Read on and learn about this steel magnolia and her heartwarming passions.

rhoda m. vickers flying santa
Photo by Rhoda M. Vickers of Southern Hospitality

Q: You chronicle your home renovation journeys so well in your blog. Readers are involved with your step-by-step narration and the helpful advice that comes with it. Do tell us what it is about home decorating that triggers you to share your experiences with your readers.

A: I have loved decorating ever since I moved in my first house back in 1985. The decorating process is so personal and such a big part of my life that sharing online became a natural outpouring of that creativity. I’ve been online since the internet began and loved hanging out on decorating boards way before blogs began. Blogging was the next step and sharing with my readers has changed my life in so many ways. I’m so blessed that I have such a loyal following of readers who love to watch my home renovation and enjoy seeing all the decorating shared too. I love keeping up with new ideas and staying fresh with my home decor too.

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Blogger Feature: Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room

Since July 2007, Melissa Michaels has been inspiring thousands of readers by sharing her ideas on how to create an authentic life and home. A pastor’s wife and a mom of three, she has extended her personal journey and embarked on a mission to motivate women to do the same. In just five years, her home decorating and interior design blog, The Inspired Room, has earned a readership of 300,000 unique readers each month. Read on and find out more about Melissa and her passion about stress-free and budget-friendly DIY decorating that leaves time to appreciate life’s little wonders.

Wreath Centerpiece by Melissa Michaels
Quick and Easy Wreath Centerpiece by Melissa Michaels

Q: When did your interest in DIY decorating begin, and how do you think your taste has evolved since then?

A: I’ve been interested in DIY decorating since I was very little. I used to decorate cardboard boxes for houses for my Barbies, so it was definitely an interest from an early age. My style has always evolved with the times and yet my taste has always tended to be a mix of old and new.

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Mom Talk Mondays: Making Bonding Time Fun

Spending time with the kids is an important goal because it does more than create close family relationships. Bonding contributes to building the character of your children and providing them with essential life values. Set aside time for talks about how to handle the ups and downs of life! Make learning fun while strengthening your ties with your kids with these ideas.

Bond with Music

Music has a way of bringing people closer together. Go to a music store and listen to different tunes, finding out which kind of music you and your kids both enjoy. At home, play upbeat music and learn the latest dance craze together. In the car, play your favorite CD and sing away! Maybe you’ll discover your kids’ special talents.

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Top Christmas Trends of 2012

Christmas traditions are one of the most anticipated activities of the holiday season, but sometimes we all need to switch it up a little, start new traditions and have a little more creative fun when it comes to making our homes more festive. Keeping up with holiday trends is a great way to be inspired to start new projects that involve the whole family. Not to mention: a unique Christmas tree is sure to have all of your guests buzzing about your decor. To have your home ready by the time the first snow falls, check out these top Christmas trends of 2012.

Grand Fir Christmas Tree

Upside Down Trees

The classic triangle shape of a Christmas tree takes a whole new form with the trend of upside down Christmas trees, which actually began much sooner than its revival today. Upside down Christmas trees were actually a Catholic tradition that began in the Middle Ages, designed to indicate that the tree was not merely a floral decoration, but a symbol of Christianity. Continue reading “Top Christmas Trends of 2012”

A Timeless Favorite: Classic Fraser Fir

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree…

The opening lines of Joyce Kilmer’s classic poem, ‘Trees,’ perhaps best captures the marvelous beauty of nature. Truly, a tree evokes many wondrous feelings, making it such a fitting symbol of the season of life and love. A traditional holiday centerpiece, it also plays host to many merry holiday practices that have been with us far longer than anyone can remember.

Families look forward to recreating this magical setting in their home each year. Fortunately, there are artificial Christmas trees that are so realistic you would be enticed to give it a closer second or third look just to make sure. The Classic Fraser Fir from Tree Classics is just that.

Fraser Fir
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