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"Live The Way You See Life"

13 October 2011

Tonight I had the incredible experience of hearing renowned Dallas journalist and writer Rebecca Sherman share with Junior League Dallas about the journey of her blog, Houses Gardens People. I connected with her Art History background (I was a Public Relations major with an Art History minor in college) and was in awe of her resume which boasted time at Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Observer, the launch of personal favorites such as PaperCity and DWeddings and five years as Executive Editor at the mothership, DHome. Ms Sherman shared some of her favorite dwellings that she's covered on her blog and I am excited to share one of these inspiring spaces with you tonight as well.

I saw so much of myself in Lisa Brown, of Dunn and Brown Contemporary's, home. My Kentucky roots that blossomed in Big D had me digging through every corner of Rebecca's photos of Lisa's "farmhouse chic" Greenway Parks cottage with my eyes. I get a renewed sense of purpose when I spot something in a house tour that I have or have been aching for. In Lisa's home I loved the otomi fabric draped in the outdoor shot (I just ordered a poor-man's version on Spoonflower), the Wisteria boxes that I also just picked up at their recent warehouse sale and the jute rug in Lisa's living room that mirrors the one I found on Overstock for our master bedroom. If I could have anything from her place I think it would be the Helen Altman birds filled with nostalgic items from Lisa's life and of course the chicken coop!

Rebecca mentioned that Lisa's goal in her home was to "live the way she saw life." What a great way to approach building a home. I also found in interesting that Rebecca shared that Lisa found herself opting for more muted colors in her home since she is surrounded by brightness at her gallery all day. I chuckled when I compared this to my life, where I am in enclosed white space all day and come home to my Technicolor Dream House.

Ms Sherman also shared some great tips to blog writers in the audience. My top three takeaways as an developing blogger were

1. Be interested in it yourself.
2. Make the blog an extension of your passions.
3. Post when you have something to say. 

Such a wonderful evening. If you are not following Houses Gardens People, consider this my official plug. And tell me, what are you reading that I desperately need to be made aware of?

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