My name is Barb Garrett and I am the overworked, underpaid writer
and creator at The Everyday Home.
I also love what I do with a passion...sharing "everyday" ideas to
for living a simple life.
Thank you to Pamela for having me as her guest.
She asked me to answer a few questions, so here I go...
1) What is my decorating style?
This one always throws me for a loop. My style has evolved through
the years, and one day I hope to figure out an exact name for it.
What do you get when you mix Farmhouse with Traditional with
English Country and a love of Charles Faudre?
You get The Everyday Home.
I have always said I need at least 5 homes, one for every style I love.
I guess some would call it “eclectic” but I have always thought that
word sounded so raw and uncertain.
I prefer to use the term “heartfelt.”
So...my style is “heartfelt”
My favorite room is definitely our Kitchen.
The farmhouse-style beckons back to my childhood where I grew up on
a large agriculture farm in NC.
It's also the room that has received the most sweat equity since we
moved in. All DIY projects.
You can take the tour of my home HERE.
2) How did you find your style?
My style has been greatly influenced by our travels.
Being a military family we have lived all over the Country, and was
blessed to enjoy 3-years abroad in Europe.
I think I found the style which spoke to my heart there,
more than anywhere we have ever lived.
Several of our antiques were purchased there...
(cheaply I might add!)
Two of my favorite pieces are this drop-front desk...
...and this Antique-Bed-Turned-Bench which my
Flemish neighbor crafted in his 300-year old barn. You went into his
barn and chose a bed from the dozens and dozens of vintage beds which he
had stockpiled, and then he turned it into a literal work of art.
You can also see some of the Blue and White Transferware I collected
during my travels thru England.
3 - What has been your most treasured find of your home?
Moving around every 2-3 years, we unfortunately lost items
along the way. It was always a gamble when
our entire household was packed up and carted away to
an unknown storage center and then shipped all over the world.
A few years ago, I opened a large suitcase I had not used in years,
and discovered a group of manila envelopes.
I started crying. Literally.
Standing in the middle of the attic,
bawling like a baby. Those manilla envelopes held
assorted baby pics and travel pics which I thought I had lost.
So without a doubt, that is THE most important "find" I
have made in my home in a long time.
4- What tips do I have for creating a beautiful home?
This is a tough one for me, actually.
I could give you the boxed answer like "let your style grow organically"
and "utilize magazines and blogs, etc, to help you discover your style."
But you know what? That is someone else's style. The problem
with someone else's style is that it is never quite your own.
So, instead - let your home speak to you. Every home has a
personality and if you try to force a style that doesn't fit you will
never love it.
Collect things YOU love, and not things that you see
everyone else collecting - particularly trendy things.
Don't be afraid to be original. If you have a passion for purple
feathers in black polka-dot vases, then by golly go for it.
Finally - and I mean this from the heart...
do NOT let Blogs and Blogger's Homes make you feel like your
home or your style is not as good. Remember that it is our job to
offer creativity at all levels and share the best of what we offer.
(If you saw my house on a day-to-day basis you would tsk-tsk.)
My style has evolved over the last 30 years.
I look back at pictures 15-20 years ago and cringe.
Don't be afraid to let your home evolve as your life does.
When someone walks into your home, let it be a reflection of YOU and
your family. Not someone else's home.
So that's a little bit about me.
Thank you again for letting me share this with you.
I would love for you to visit me at The Everyday Home or
follow me on my Facebook Page.
Most of all - I wish you blessings.
Until we meet again...
|Thank you Barb for sharing pieces of your home with us today! It is always fun to look back thru the years and see how our homes have changed. You have turned your into a stunner!|