Who knew that blogging could make the world so small? But in a great way!
When Jeff and I started designing the kitchen and bath renovations we looked for inspirational images in magazines, books, on TV and the internet. It was then that I discovered (quite late, I’m afraid) the entire world of design blogs out there. Of course I had come across some while in design school (thanks to my lovely school peeps, you know who you are), but I hadn’t really found all the cool DIY ones, or the really homespun ones. Initially I discovered Rambling Renovators, a really great blog for inspirational design ideas and DIY stories (her husband HandyMan is, well, really handy) based in Toronto, Canada. It was where I got the inspiration for our floors in the half bath. But the tale doesn’t end there.
Through reading comments on blogs you can find other blogs you like, too. So I did. And now I have several that I read every day, and hunt for others by reading recommendations, or checking out links left by commenters. So, by sheer happenstance, I discovered Holyoke Home, a blog from right here in Holyoke, MA, while reading comments on a blog based in Canada. Who’d have thought I’d have to go to Canada and back to discover a neighbor in my same city? Anyway, I checked out the blog – which has some great posts about local arts, architecture and antique-home DIY dilemmas – and contacted the author just to say hello. And she asked me to write a guest post on her blog! How cool is that?
Oh, and here are some beauty shots of wintertime in Holyoke. Enjoy!