Creating a Happy, Colorful, Handmade Home & life on the shores of lake superior

May 23, 2014

With a Little Help From My Friends

I've been remiss in sharing some of the lovely features of my projects and home on other blogs and websites.  I used to share each one but then I worried that was a snooze for readers, so I began quietly filing them away on the press page, but then I realized that I'd rather share!  I want to be able to publicly thank these bloggers for the blog love, because it motivates me to keep on keeping on:

Cassie, of Primitive and Proper (a longtime read for me), asked me to partake in her "it's eclectic" home tour series.  I've been updating the lakehouse tour here pretty regularly, but it's neat to see the "before" and "after" photos of the lakehouse all together.  Click over to the feature to see!


Linsey, of Better After, was sweet enough to feature my velvet chair makeover, as was Apartment TherapyA lot of AT readers preferred the before (bugs and all), which I understand because the pattern was bitchin', but nothing beats teal velvet in my books.  A lot of folks jumped to my defense (thanks!), but one thing sort of irked me: some comments reveal an interesting assumption of readers who think anyone who submits a projects should expect "judgement".  I would argue that the purpose of blogs is not for people to get their nasty on, and say the kinds of things they wish they had the guts to say offline, but to showcase nifty ideas and makeovers.  I love seeing what other people do because it helps me see things in a new light (even if I'm just figuring out what not to do, because a particular makeover isn't my jam).  It would bring me no joy to tell someone I don't like their project (unless I felt I could add something constructive, like how some folks recommended a different kind of Danish oil than what I used), so maybe I'm just weird.  

But I was a chubby kid with glasses and braces, so no amount of snarking on my projects will do more than elicit a giggle.  It's a chair, people, calm down.


Speaking of Apartment Therapy, they also featured my cheap-cheap-cheap bathroom spruce, which - suprisingly - got RAVE reviews from readers.  Funny, right?  To me the bathroom is ho-hum and just good enough for now.  The chair is the real gem in my eyes.


Poppytalk did a round-up of summery Ikea hacks and included my upgraded Expedit hack.  This is another blog I've read for so long, so it was a real thrill to be featured!


This was awhile ago, but I'm still so tickled that HGTV.ca featured my framed agate art!  They are still packed up, and I'm deciding where I should hang them...

The style-savvy folks running EQ3's blog, Inhabit, chose me as May's blogger of the month, which is how I scored the sweet Eames Hang-It-All for the laundry room.  Pinch me!


This Saturday will be the first yard-saling day of the year for me, so I'm really looking forward to the weekend!
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  1. Love your response to the AT snarks, Tanya! Your blogging is EXACTLY what I look for when I'm cruising blogs: idiosyncratic personal style, rather than "pleasing the masses" decorating. Gotta love what teen-age trauma does for your self-reliance, eh? And meanwhile, you've not only racked up a doctorate, but you're shining forth on a whole lot of interesting sites. Brava!

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    1. Oh yes, getting picked on as a kid is what motivated me to be work hard and go for "smart," seeing as sporty was never gonna happen, lol. Along the way, I realized making me happy was more important than pleasing others.

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  2. Congratulations on all of the features!!! I agree on the comment on judgement in AT comments. I always see rude comments and it gets annoying. If there is a project I don't like, I just skip over it and move on. If people don't have anything constructive to offer, than they should just refrain from commenting.

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    1. Thanks :) I find it weird how indignant the naysayers can be about their "right" to cut someone down. I'm grateful for blogs because in the old days I used to have to wait a month for my expensive magazine to come in the mail. Now I get daily inspiration, for free!!

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  3. Another reason we were meant to find eachother... love me some Beatles. Help! I need somebody help! Not just anybody Help! Haha!

    Happy Friday! Good for you for all the awesome press you are getting!!

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    1. Happy to hear we have more in common! Hooray for the Internet :) happy weekend!!

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  4. Congratulations on the super publicity! You have earned it with all your hard work!

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    1. Awww, thanks! I have some other exciting opportunities coming along, which should be fun!

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  5. i second your thoughts on AT readers! solidarity, my friend! ;)
    and thank YOU for sharing your amazing home with my readers!

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  6. That's great Tania! Awesome exposure for you and well-deserved :). And I agree on your philosophy about commenting and blogging. I'm the same way :). Have a great weekend, I hope you score some good yard sale finds! Post on IG if you do :)

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    1. I'm glad that people who leave kind comments are still the majority.
      I will definitely post my finds, if there are any, on IG. Hope you have a great weekend too!!

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  7. Wow! You're one busy girl! Congrats on all those features. I know it isn't easy :)

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    1. Thanks :) Some were a surprise (like HGTV and Cassie's invite), but yes, I hustle a little. AT has, once or twice, featured something out of the blue but most typically I submit makeovers to them. I'm not so good at the self-promotion.

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  8. Tanya,
    Love your style and I'm enjoying keeping up with your blog as you update the lakehouse. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. That really means a lot to me, and I appreciate that you took the time to leave such a nice comment.

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  9. Haha while the old chair pattern is pretty awesome, to me it looks itchy as hell. I'd much prefer to sit on velvet. So soft :)

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    1. It was SO itchy, thank you for spotting that. Just really, horribly stratchy. I sat in that filthy thing to determine if it was worth re-upholstering (my butt chooses all seats, chairs, and vehicles we buy) and I couldn't wait to get off of it.

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  10. Congrats on all the features. That is awesome. I enjoyed your house-tour on Cassie's blog and just started following.

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