Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lately.

I haven't been feeling as compelled to write about and photograph my house. I'm not sure why? There has been a big shift in blogging the past few months (not to be dramatic. I have been meaning to write about this, even before all of this happened.). Did you guys read this New York Times article? I guess I just feel like so many design blogs are getting over-saturated with ads and sponsored posts. I miss the days of "I bought this dresser at the thrift store and painted it!" Those were fun times. It seems like everything was exciting and new, and now you have to have a freaking production of a blog post to get hits and reads and comments. Each post has to be magazine cover-worthy and everyone is in competition. I feel like I can't keep up! What I can do, is photograph my work, and talk about it, so that's what I have been doing. I don't want to shy away from blogging about my house, decorating, projects I take on and crafts I do, but it is what it is. I intend to continue writing about my house, just because it's fun for me to decorate, and writing about it here is an interior design creative outlet (since I don't do that on a daily basis for work). I just thought I'd put it out there, and see what you guys thought about the article and the "shift in blogging" that everyone is talking about. Are you guys tired  of blogs turning into commercials, too? On the one hand - I get it (I have been known to do a sponsored post! I am not against them, if they are done sporadically), but on the other hand, it just makes things seem not as organic. Anyway. What do you think?


And now, I will move onto a lighthearted "what I have been up to" post. Or, the iPhone photo dump, if you will.


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I bought the gray metal stools from Target, to replace the orange ones in our kitchen. I am keeping the orange ones, too, I just wanted a change! I tend to be all about color one day, then crave neutral the next. I think it's a change in seasons thing. Anyway, I love the gray ones. What do you guys think!?


In other news, I am doing a really large scale watercolor painting for a client down in Florida. I had fun yesterday at the studio, playing around with the paints I bought and getting the feel for what I wanted to paint. I think I like where this is going:

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That's just a little clip of the painting I did. It's funny, because I still don't consider myself a painter (because I barely took painting classes in college. I was more a drawing major and took lots of drawing classes). I never realize how well I do actually know how to manipulate paint. It's when you introduce a medium that you aren't as familiar with, that you realize that! The one type of painting I did do in college was watercolors, so it was easy to jump back into the saddle. Watercolors are so fun and entertaining. The way they are headstrong and do what they want to do, and it can either go so wrong or so right - that's the great thing about them. This project is making me want to explore them some more. It's just so fun to play around with them. 


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This is the settee in my living room. I bought that lumbar pillow on Etsy. It just came in the mail the other day, and I love it. Like I said - neutrals, neutrals. 


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These eye pillows are from Kari Fisher! She makes the stamps, hand blocks the fabric, then makes both the pillows and the pom poms herself. Amazing. I feel really lucky to have some of her work in my house. She and I did an artist trade (I did a painting for her). She did the pom poms to match the rug in my bedroom. Amazing. 


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A little fall sampling  on my countertop. I posted this photo to my Instagram account (@kristenfdavisdesigns). We always have Halloween candy in the house during this time of year. Speaking of this time of year, have y'all decorated for Fall yet? I don't know if I'm going to get a pumpkin this year, but I do like to get those Bath and Body Works plug-in things. I love the "Leaves" scent and the "Cranberry Woods" one. I have both in my house now, and it smells like Fall to me. 



52 comments:

  1. Hi Kristen, just so you know, you're always the first (and pretty much the only blog actually) I read everyday. I love your style and love seeing glimpses into your home. The way you write is very natural and organic and is such a nice change from so many of those blogs who now only write sponsored posts. I also miss the days of "I bought a dresser at the thrift store and painted it". That kind of stuff is still the most inspiring to me. That's why I love your blog! :)

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    1. ahhhh, this is so refreshing to hear. thank you. it's so easy to get bogged down, and feel like you're only one of 50,000 bloggers.. why write? thank you for saying that. i don't plan to stop, or to even stop with my DIY/home posts, i just wanted to get that out there ,and see what you guys thought about it all. thanks again!

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  2. Well since you asked, your blog is set apart by the fact that you blog because you want to, not for money. That's precisely what brings me here. And your nice too...I make an effort to always reply to your posts so you know your blogging matters, it does to me anyway. Keep up the great work, you are full of talent and inspiration and personality...Alison

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    1. Thank you Alison! I really appreciate you always commenting, too. The comments really make me feel like there is at least someone reading...without comments, it's hard to know!

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  3. I second what Meghan said! You and your blog are like a breath of fresh air and I am so inspired by you! I loved your orange stools, but the grey ones look great…I think I may even like them more! Those eye pillows are amazing!

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    1. oh wow, thank you Molly. It really means a lot to hear you guys say that.

      I like the gray ones better too, I think!

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  4. Hi Kristen,

    I have only been reading the design blogs for about a year now, so they have always been full of sponsored posts in my experience. I can't remember how I discovered yours, but I keep coming back. I think it reached a peak where I was reading like 20+ something blogs daily, but frankly it got to be boring (everyone just copying what someone else did on another blog; who needs that?). There are only 5 blogs (littlegreennotebook, sarah m dorsey, designlovefest, amberinteriors, and yours) that I read now. What I enjoy about yours is that you are artsy naturally (it's easy peasy, not forced content). I am just like you in that I'm always moving things around in my house and I enjoy painting and being creative. I relate to you, and your the type of person that I'd want to be friends with.

    I love where you are heading with your home and thank you for sharing it. :)

    Best,
    Sarah X. Hernandez

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    1. wow - i read all those blogs that you included with mine, too, and i am honored to be part of the mix. i'm glad that you can relate .... you're right, i just do what i do, write about the things i want to write about, and leave it at that. thanks so much for reading, and for leaving this comment! i truly appreciate it.

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  5. love all the little glimpses, and i actually have been feeling the same and even wrote a bit about it today as well.

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    1. just read your post! thanks, cassie. i'm glad you agree! i thought about changing my blog to purely work-related posts, but i think i'd miss sharing what i have been up to in my own home, since it lets a little bit more of the creativity i express in my home/DIYprojects/life shine through.

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  6. I enjoy reading about what you are doing in and with your home because you enjoy doing the work and you live in your home and use your things. I am over, so over, (and I can't be the only one?) even the most beloved blogs creating to create and then recreating again just for blog fodder. Blog because you enjoy it and until you no longer do! Destiny

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    1. thank you destiny! i know, i feel the same way. i feel like if i read one more nature box post, i'll scream. nature box must really be offering a good package, huh!? haha.

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  7. I was sad to read the NYTimes article. It's a bummer that blogs have been changing. I do miss the "old days" of blogs not being so commercialized, but I get it. It has made me stop reading some though that take on too many sponsored posts. I read mostly for the people behind the blogs and personality as it feels like a friend is writing things (and being REAL). I don't at all feel like you are anything but authentic and I totally don't need magazine worthy spreads. Do your thing!

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    1. i get it, too. companies have to make money, and bloggers are getting to where they can blog for a living, too. it is a cool thing, it is just not my thing. i think the challenge that comes with every post being a magazine worthy spread makes some of my dinky little 'checking in!' posts some un necessary. but hey, sometimes i buy a lamp at target and want to talk about it. ha! i'm glad you guys still enjoy my posts! thanks for posting this!

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    2. Your "checking in" type posts with new target lamps are why I love your blog! It's something I can relate to and afford to do in my own home. Your painting and client projects are inspirational but it is the normal home posts that really get me to rearrange my living room or change my bedroom paint color.

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  8. Kristen...I LOVE your blog...you are so real and my absolute favorite! I love your home projects, house photos and photo dumps! I loved your condo and love your new house even more! So fun to see you paint walls and furniture over and over (I am the same....can't leave anything alone for a second or it might get painted!). You are awesome and will comment more often! I look forward to each post....please don't stop....and don't stop posting about your house! You are so talented!

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    1. thank you SO much, chrissy. it's so good to hear from you guys. i really appreciate the support..i promise not to stop :)

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  9. I agree with everybody. The sponsored posts can be annoying as they normally don't relate to anything I would have an interest in. I love how your blog is presented and your work. Would love to make my house look more like yours keep up the great blog and artistic work

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    1. aw, thanks sarah. these comments are making my week! it's nice to know people are out there reading. i will keep it up!

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  10. i'm not sure that i have ever commented on your blog previously but firstly enjoyed the photos of your home. secondly, i am in complete agreement with your beginning statement. as a blogger that started many years ago and am just fine without the huge surge of followers from constant sponsored posts/ ad agencies i still enjoy doing the i bought a dresser and painted it posts. i refuse so many random, have nothing to do with my content offers for sponsored posts it is almost silly. as a reader/lover of blogs i find i skim the titles more than read anymore because so many of my favourites are no longer producing original thought out content but just paid posts. don't get me wrong i completely understand the need to make money and the ads in sidebars do not really bother me but the consistent posts that are unrelated to why the blogger started is just hair pulling. i really enjoy seeing the progress in your home perfect photos or not. have a great day

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    1. me too! some of the requests i get are so funny... and annoying. it would make more sense if people weren't trying to incorporate things that have nothing to do with their blog content into their actual blog. if it were more like a commercial. id on't know. anyway - thanks for continuing to read. heading over to check out your blog now...

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    2. Meg: I just checked out your blog and took a virtual tour of your incredible home which can only be described as amazeballs. (I am about 30+ years to old to use that word, but it applies here.) It is truly unique and fascinating.

      You've got a new blog reader! Onto your etsy shop...

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  11. LOVE your writing. Organic, fun. You are a talent and it in awesome to see your work. Your DIY and Decor see genuine & not forced. Great space here! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. thank you! i always feel like i need to put up a disclaimer that i do not proofread my posts, and i promise i am a much better writer than i let on! haha. i just write quickly (usually before work) and try to be efficient - blogging takes a big chunk of time!

      i really appreciate that comment - i'm glad that things seem natural.

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  12. I want to jump in here too, just to say that I'm also out here and I read your blog whenever I see it pop up in my Facebook feed! (I found you through my friend's sister, who hired you to paint her nursery.)

    I enjoy what you're doing and hope you keep doing it. I read a ton of decorating magazines and go to decorating sites (Apartment Therapy, most of all, but tons of others) -- but I have been getting turned off by a couple of my daily blog reads (Emily Henderson and Elements of Style/Erin Gates in particular among my favorites) becoming too phoned-in or full of sponsored posts. I get the economics of it, but sponsored posts feel like a waste of my time. And yes, like a breach of trust. So, I really appreciate your integrity. (I'm sure it's hard for you to feel like others are profiting when you're doing the same thing though.) -- Erica

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    1. aw thanks! who is the sister of your friend? wondering which nursery it was!

      i also read those two blogs, and enjoy them. they are intimidating, though! so fancy! i don't know how emily juggles everything in her life. she has a lot going on! she's hilarious though - so multitalented.

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  13. Your blog is on my reading list and it's refreshingly different from other blogs which can be intimidating to say the least! I love reading about your home DIYs and especially your paintings, which I love! As a small blogger, doing my own DIY/decorating, I don't advertise and don't have many followers, but I still continue to blog, because essentially I am blogging for myself as an outlet for my creativity and nothing more! It's refreshing to see someone blog for the love of it, instead of the money or products supplied in return for sponsored posts! Sharon from England,

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    1. wow, thank you for saying that. i'm so happy you like my paintings! i am always a little insecure about my paintings - i don't know why. i really am glad you like them!

      i totally get it - i do it for a creative outlet, too. it really does help when you get feedback though. just someone checking in and saying "I love this!" or whatever... that way it doesn't feel like you're writing into thin air. a little positive feedback goes a long way with wanting to continue to blog.

      thanks sharon! heading over to check out your blog now...

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  14. You rock Kristen!!! Keep on keepin' on, because I love your decorating & painting style! Especially now that Young House Love is on hiatus, you are my #1 go-to every day. My favorite thing is how inspirational your design is, and that you do it in a BUDGET and shop at regular places like us everyday peeps. If you don't need this blog for income, then poo on what the "trend" is!!!!

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    1. aw thanks! that means a lot. it's cool to hear feedback on why you guys like my blog... it's hard to analyze when i am so "close", you know?

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  15. I like your checking-in posts. All of them actually. I am glad to see all the positive affirmation here for the hard work you do with the blog, it's well deserved. I have been following since I saw you featured on YHL once, and never left:)
    Alison

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    1. thanks so much alison! i'm glad my check in posts aren't annoying.. sometimes i save stuff on my phone, just for those posts, but i always hope you guys aren't bored by them :)

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  16. Kristen, I think your blog is one of my favorites because it's different than the normal interior design blogs. Not that being a designer is not an art form, because it certainly is, but you are truly an artist. I love your color sensibility and the clear, calm way you explain your decisions and choices. It is one of the first ones I read every day!

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    1. wow! what a comment. thank you! i love that you like the way i explain things - i always hope i don't sound crazy, haha. :)

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  17. I used to follow a lot of home/DIY blogs. I stopped because I found that the majority were doing sponsored posts & it just didn't feel like they were at all authentic. I still love checking your blog though and appreciate that you have kept it authentic - keep it up!

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    1. yeah. i mean, i do get it (and have done a few sponsored posts, mostly when they majorly pertain to something i want/need/like), but too much is too much. thanks for reading!

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  18. I used to follow numerous blogs but so many changed - they felt more commercialized and I don't like that. Now, you are one of the few that I read! Love your work, keep it up :)

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    1. agreed! either people are getting really really into the sponsored posts, or they just quit all together. i guess i am hovering somewhere in the middle. thanks for reading, holly.

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  19. I appreciate the "realness" you bring to blogland. Keep it up!

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  20. I read a lot of blogs.... blog-a-holic here!! :) If I don't like their post, or it doesn't interest me, including sponsored posts, I simply don't read it. I figure it's their blog and they can do whatever they wish with it. I find if funny and sometimes shocking to see readers telling bloggers how to run their blog. HA!!! Just my opinion.

    Kristen ~ I click on your blog daily to see if there is a new post. Love your home and your DIY, paintings, the stencils you make ~ are amazing. My favs are the nurserys that you paint.

    xo

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    1. true - but the readers are the reason they're there, sometimes. i guess it's just a balancing act, and every blog is different!

      thanks so much reenie, i appreciate your support and your commenting! it means a lot to hear from you guys!

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