Sunday, April 1, 2012

TAG...I'm it!

A tidbit of Julie & Danni's design work

Julie and Danni from the blog T&G have such a clean updated traditional design look, a look I would be proud to have in my home and I hope if you get a moment you stop by and say hello. Their blog is classic and stylish and they’re just wonderful gals. Julie and Danni tagged me a couple of weeks ago. This is just like the game of tag from our youth. The rules are as follows: 


You must post the rules
Answer the 11 questions the tagger posted for you and create 11 new questions for people you tag.
Tag 11 people and link them to your blog
Let the people you tag know they’ve been tagged….simple!

So here we go with the questions that were posted to me:

1) Who are your favorite designers?
John Saladino via House Beautiful

Darryl Carter / The New Trational

McAlpine Booth & Ferrier

Eleanor Cummings

Stephen Sills

Pamela Pierce

I could keep listing and showing designers that I love all day but are you starting to see my style? I like clean lines, uncluttered rooms and if possible a hint of European elegance.

2) What is your favorite room to decorate?
Jose Solis Betancourt
The living room, I think you have more design choices and can get more creative.

3) What trend do you love?
Pamela Pierce

I’m not really much of a trendy person but the one item I have fallen for is burlap fabric. I love its relaxed causal look without being cheap looking.

4) What's your biggest pet peeve in design?
Atlanta Lifestyles & Homes

Atlanta Lifestyles & Homes

CLEARANCE! My biggest pet peeve is people not allowing enough clearance around furniture and in kitchens. The first image you don’t have enough clearance to get the oven doors open. There’s another bench on the other side of the island but the picture was too big to show so there’s nowhere to move that bench. The second picture, if people are sitting on the right side of the dining table there’s no way to get out and walk behind the chairs. So clearance is my biggest pet peeve!

5) What have you learned or gained from blogging?

I’ve come to know my personal style more and I’ve made some amazing friendships. I’ve learned how generous people can be not only with their time but also their sources. People truly are the best and blogging seems to bring the best people.

6) How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging two years come June and never did I think I had so much to say or show! It’s been so much fun, thank you everyone!

7) What exciting things or opportunities have happened to you because of blogging?

I haven’t really had any opportunities come my way mainly because I’m not an interior designer I’m an antique textile dealer. I used to be an interior designer and that’s why I love blogging.

8) What do you hope to achieve from blogging?

I hope my blog makes people happy and I come away with a new friend.
9) How long does it take you to do a post?

I think probably two hours but I don’t really sit down and do a post all at once I pick at it as I have time. I usually start with pictures first and do the writing last. I love it when posts come together of their own accord and in less than thirty minutes it’s posted.

10) A little unknown fact about you?
I’m a little bit of a germ-a-phobic, yep it’s true those little unseen things can sometimes send me running straight for my bottle of Clorox bleach!  

11) What do you hope your blog will achieve in the long run?

Nothing really, I hope people leave my blog a new friend and they’ve enjoyed themselves and what I’ve shared.

People I've tagged!

Teresa at Splendid Sass
Debra at 5th & State
Joan at For the Love of a House
Luciance at Home Bunch
Desiree at Decor de Provence
Kristi at Simple Everyday Glamour
Veronica at Tassels and Twigs
Elizabeth at Pretty Pink Tulips
Lisa at A Room with a View
Sharon at My French Country Home
Michele at Hello Lovely

Now it's time for me to share questions for people I tag.

Your 11 Questions to answer
What’s your personal style when it comes to design?
What is your one must have item for a room?
Who is your favorite designer?
What is your favorite room to decorate?
What’s your biggest pet peeve in design?
What is your favorite piece of furniture?
Are you in your dream home and if not what’s your dream home like?
If you could only have two rooms in your home which would they be?
Why did you start blogging?
Do you have any hidden talents we don’t know about?
Do you have a pet and if so tell us about the other person who shares your home?


There you go a little bit more about me and what I love about blogging and designing. I hope you’ve all enjoyed it and for those I’ve tagged I hope you’ll play along.

Enjoy your week everyone and if you have time please send warmth up north…I’m freezing!



Splendid Sass said...

Thank you, Debra!
I love every room here! Love Julie and Danni's work too! Such a great blog too.
Happy Sunday.

quintessence said...

So nice to hear a bit more about you Debra!! I already knew your leanings toward clean elegant uncluttered style - so many great picks you've shared!! I always enjoy myself visiting you!! Sending warmth your way!!

debra @ 5th and state said...

again, we share so many likes! somewhere i have a long ago snap of my parakeet sitting on my cat preening her whiskers. forgot about it until i saw that image.

thanks for the tag deb. i consider YOU one of the many blessings of blogging and a friend
warm hugs!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Thanks Debra for the kind words. Love every image you put on your post. Your style love is also ours. It was fun getting to know you better.

Karena said...

Debra it is always good to learn more about our friends!! You have such superb taste, I adore all of the images in the post!

I hope you will Come and enter my amazing Cross Bottle Guy Giveaway!

Art by Karena

Decor de Provence said...

I LOVED this post!! I'm so in and I'll start tomorrow! I love how much more I have learned about you! You're taste is stunning... you're truly an inspiration to me! Thanks for your friendship!

much love,

Heather Robinson said...

Oh my, I loved everything you posted here! All of it! Just gorgeous. I would say that we have the same taste but I think that would be giving myself a big compliment! :)

Bisous to you, scratchies to you know who,

Victoria said...

Such an interesting post, Debra. I say "Yes" to every one of the designers you love, with John Saladino at the tip top of the list. Clearance is great point. I could not believe those oven doors. Do they move the bench to another room when they cook?
Blogging has become a wonderful pastime for me from the perspective of a reader not a blogger, and I thank you and all the bloggers I regularly follow for imparting such fascinating information and entertainment to my life. Learning a little bit more about yours was enchanting -- even the Clorox. Have a wonderful day.
All the best,

A room with a view said...

Thank you for tagging me, Debra! I am way behind on responding to another set of tag questions so perhaps I will do a combined one. I have an issue with clearance, too, and always bring it to clients' attention - something constantly overlooked. I like the style of the rooms you have picked - they appear to have evolved over time.

for the love of a house said...

hi Debra- Well, that was a fun read! Loved reading all your answers (and I never realized you only posted on weekends!) Thanks for the tag;) I'll have to give those questions some thought! Hope you and Dylan are enjoying this beautiful day!

Anonymous said...

Great Tag post! I feel we have a lot in common!

Stacy CUrran said...

I love this post! Everything is so beautiful, and I loved your answers! Love Julie and Danni too :)
PS - thank you so much for your nice comment today!

Veronica said...

Hi Debra. It was so good to learn more about you! I love each and every one of your fav designers pics that you posted. T&G is also aregular stop for me and I love their work! Now about that pet peeve of clearance that you have... I am afraid that I have that problem in my dining room. The table that I orderder was made a size to large and when it arrived I decided to keep it and knock down a wall in the entrance hall but alas that stil has to happen!!! Mr Tassels (former) was not one bit enchanted with the idea of knocking down the wall! Should I remain here I will most certainly demolish that wall... it drives me crazzzzzyyyyy!!!!

Thanks for the tag... will post by the end or Monday at the latest!

Have a great week!


Looking forward to visiting your other tag as well!


Unknown said...

Well, hello Debra! Not only did I enjoy reading all your answers, but see that I was tagged along with some of my favorite bloggers!!! Which is really great, because sometimes we NEED ideas of what to write about!

I, too, love burlap. I've used it as a table cloth and as a liner for my curtains. I would use it all over the house if I could.

And, love the designers you chose. I could definitely see a common thread among them. And, it's a look I would be all too happy to have in my home!

Hope your week is off to a great start!
xo Elizabeth

Ispirato Design said...

Between your post on Enchanted Home and now this one I feel like I'm really getting to know you! I love all of your designer/ design choices- every single one! I always enjoy whatever you decide to write about. Keep up the awesome job :)

Luciane at said...

Hello Debra!

How sweet of you, my friend! Thank you so much for this! This is actually the 3rd time someone "tagged" me and I'm in a serious need to return it to all of you! :-)

I loved getting to know you a little better. You're sooooo fun!!!

Big hugs to you.

Luciane at

Anonymous said...

I love hearing a bit more about you! Thanks for introducing me to some new designers. I just shared one of the dining rooms on Pinterest. I agree with your statement about clearance - a room has to be moveable. xo

-Lisa said...

Hi Debra,
This particular group of questions & answers was especially wonderful for me to read since I am still new at blogging. It was nice to read questions specific to blogging and all that comes with it. I absolutely love blogging. I know it will evolve as time goes on but for now it is one of the most satisfying outlets I have ever experienced.
Thank you for such insightful honest answers and especially for sharing it with all of your readers.

Ivy Clad said...

Hi Debra!

I love your designer choices. Julie & Danni's work is just so beautiful and that Eleanor Cummings room-- SWOON!

Thank you for your comment over at my place! I'm still on the face of the earth! :D I have been lured away, but am back with finger once more flying across the keyboard! I'm working on a gardening post-- one of my favorite plants that grows in abundance around my place. So I hope to talk to you again real soon!!

Enjoy your day!


It was great to learn all these things about you Debra, and I love your style and your pet peeve, definitely agree! Great post


Splendid Willow said...


So easy to love you!

Looking at the pictures you chose and reading your answers just validates why I am following your blog! You are one classy gal.

Warm hugs,


Kim @ French Country Antiques said...

Debra, what an interesting post. Thanks for sharing info about yourself. I love reading your blog. Hugs, KIm

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


I am happy that you liked the post. I love your online store/web site. I cannot beleive the unbeleivable selection of textiles! As I said I am in awe of the age and beauty.

I would love for you to show more of your wares! And to tell how you find these pieces, and how you got into textiles. I am sure it is a fascinating story.

Have a great week, Elizabeth

Simple Everyday Glamour said...

Hi Debra,

Thanks for tagging me! I've been working on my post...look for it soon!

So glad to know a little more about you, wonderful images!


Simple Everyday Glamour

The enchanted home said...

Hi Debra, don't know how I missed this but just making a few visits to get some much needed diversion after a horrific 2 days. Thought it would be nice to visit some of my friends and see something uplifting. This was great and entertaining. I agree about your pet peeve, clearance is SO important. And I can attest to the fact that your blog makes many people, myself included very happy. Thanks for sharing some interesting tidbits about yourself, always fun to know more about you.

LaPouyette said...

Very intriguing indeed!!!

Would love to follow the rules....maybe in a few weeks time or even in May.

You've done a brilliant job with this post, Debra!

Sunny greetings and best wishes for a lovely and Happy Easter,

Ivy Clad said...

Hi Debra!

Thank you for your sweet compliment! I'm so glad to help pass on the information on ivy, and I hope you prevail in getting some planted. The links to the study are interesting and, of course, go into considerable greater depth than my post including a section disputing the claim that the aerial roots of common ivy (Helix) take root into the structure.

Good luck, dearest!


Splendid Willow said...

Hi girlie,

Just stopping by to wish you and your family a Happy Easter/Spring.

Love to you.

See you next week!


Barbara@HausDesign said...

What a fun interview Debra! I couldn't agree more on your design style and designer wonder I love your blog. :) Thanks so much for your continued comments on my posts during my crazy move...I am starting to get settled and will be by more often coming up. Have a great weekend!

Elizabeth at Eiffel Tells said...

An enjoyable read. Thank you.
My heart sank when I was tagged - I felt that I had to play the game, but was reluctant to such exposure. However, once finished, I realised that I really enjoyed the process. It was disappointing that there was little response by those whom I tagged. I note that you have tagged some of the same people - I'm looking forward to reading their responses.
Warm regards.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


I hope that you have a HAppy Easter! I have so enjoyed your blog and your webstore, I am in awe of your beautiful textiles and the things you make. Since discovering your blog, I have been seeing beautiful vintage textiles everywhere! And I love finding more information about them.

Have a wonderful day,

christina @ greige said...

Wishing you a wonderful Easter!


sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Hi Debra

I'm so sorry I missed this, the week has been mostly crazy. Thank you for including me in your tag list, I am very flattered for MFCH to be included with such great blogs. I shall try and follow up on your tag next week.
Just love the pictures you chose for this post
best wishes

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