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.
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.
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.
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.
Stroll down any street during the holidays, and you’re sure to be inspired by the wide variety of lighting arrangements you will see. Creating a beautiful light spectacle using your home and landscape as your canvas isn’t as difficult as it may seem – it just takes some vision, planning and lights – plenty of lights. Here are some helpful tips and tricks for outdoor decorating for the holidays:
Color Scheme and Theme
Maybe you have a certain color scheme in mind for the holidays and maybe that vision changes each year. Maybe lights are your favorite means of expressing your Christmas spirit, and you feel a sense of exhilaration when you creatively light up your outdoor artificial Christmas tree varieties. If you’ve found a Christmas tree clearance or Christmas tree sale and want to make your new trees the prime pieces in your light extravaganza, be sure you purchase enough lights to trim each tree or consider a pre-lit Christmas tree, as long as it fits with your overall color scheme. Create a vibrant palette with a broad spectrum of colors, or select a single color such as red, blue or white, and continue plotting your perfect color scheme.
Say “Merry Christmas” by decorating your space with holiday greenery from Tree Classics. These stylish holiday pieces won’t evoke allergens or require a car to tote fresh greenery back home. In addition, artificial Christmas wreaths can be customized to fit any décor or theme.
The hanging of Christmas wreaths is a long-standing tradition in many homes. Tree Classics’ artificial wreaths feature highly realistic PE needles. Each has easy-to-shape branches and tips, allowing you to create the exact look you want. You can add personality and style to your wreaths and garlands with ornaments, ribbons, floral sprays and other items. Follow these DIY tips to create a themed wreath to perfectly match your holiday décor. Continue reading “DIY Wreaths to Spice Up Your Holiday Decor” →
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.