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Linda McDonald of Restyled Home joins us today for as the next creative entrepreneur in our Interview Series. As a design business owner and creative blogger, please welcome Linda as we find out more about her, what she is passionate about and how that translates to her work and home life.
Congratulations Linda! You were chosen to work with an amazingly creative team on the premiere issue of Flea Market Style, which hit newsstands mid-February 2010. (Team included: Editor Matthew Mead (of Country Home & Matthew Mead Style) and Ki Nassauer (author of Junk Market Style, of Country Home, and Inspiration behind the Junk Bonanza) Heather Bullard (photographer extraordinaire, blogger and stylist.) Can you tell us a bit about this experience and how it was to work on a shelter magazine with such a renowned team?
I had a great time! It was a great team and we are all so proud of how beautifully the magazine turned out and the fantastic response we received from readers. I made it my mission to spread the word about the magazine via the blog; and the resultant buzz, as a result, was incredible. Before it launched, we received so many emails from people asking when it would be out and to “hurry up already” that I had a hard time keeping up! I am really proud of what we were able to achieve as a team so geographically spread out, but we all brought different talents and skills to the table.
ReStyled Home is your blog and your business. How did you arrive at your profession and how has your blog changed things for you?
I started Restyled Home as a staging business but it quickly segued into decorating, helping people with their renovation and building choices and finally, to offering writing services as my blog grew. My blog was initially intended for as a place for me to share my projects with clients and (interested) family and, to my surprise, grew very quickly into something that really meant a lot to me both professionally and personally. I now blog about decorating, family and other style topics. But I keep it all lighthearted and fun.
I believe our surroundings really inspire us in so many ways. You live in Nova Scotia, a place I have longed to visit for some time. Can you tell us how your local inspires you?
Well, I live ten minutes from the most amazing beach: white sand and the warmest waters north of Virginia. So, I definitely enjoy a bit of the coastal aesthetic, although not in a nautical way. I instead have decorated my home in watery shades of blue and green and enjoy including natural elements. Where I live is slower paced and beautiful, so I try to make my home feel feel that way too.
I also believe our “life stories” influence our homes in how we decorate, what we find comfort in, the belongings we surround ourselves with, and the memories we carry with us. Can you share with us some of your “life story” and how that affects your home today?
Well, I didn’t grow up with a lot of money. We emigrated from Ireland in the mid-seventies and my parents had to start completely from scratch. A single income and six children did not allow for us to go around with “silver spoon” attitudes (nor would our parents have allowed it!). So, I come with the belief that you can make things pretty without spending a lot of money; and I believe it takes more talent to do it that way, anyway. I believe in re-purposing, creating, and thinking outside of the box. I always joke that I wouldn’t make a very good wealthy person because I dislike pretension and have a hard time spending a whole lot on anything. But, I still like my home to be attractive, and so my husband and I do a lot ourselves and have realized that you can have real quality that way, too. I truly believe that you don’t need to spend $300 on a throw cushion, when you can make it yourself or head to somewhere like Homesense. I also really enjoy incorporating vintage elements into my design, and we all know where we can find those on a budget, right?!
In addition to running your business, you are also a busy wife and mother. What would be a few “take-away” tips for our readers on blending real-life with the desire for a lovely and welcoming home?
Well, with my new writing projects (I am currently working in an editorial role with Holiday with Matthew Mead and another upcoming magazine), I find myself working at home more than I ever did. Because I am writing about decorating, I tend to get my fix with others’ projects and haven’t done that many of my own, recently! That said, I really focus on putting everything aside to enjoy the supper and early evening hours with my family. I actually quite enjoy cooking, so I unwind by making dinner and hearing about everyone else’s day. We are very busy with our children’s activities; but still, I tend to nip back to the computer late at night and on weekends to try to get more work done. It is not a good habit, and is one I am trying to break. Indeed, now that the weather is nicer, I want to get back to doing my own projects and making my home an even more relaxing and enjoyable place to be…because I’m home a lot, now!
** Please head on over to www.holidaywithmatthewmead.com to see what I am working on now!
Thank you so much for joining us today Linda! I am thrilled to have you join us for my Interview Series, thank you for sharing your passions and creativity with us.
To learn more about Linda, or to follow her blog, please visit her at www.restyledhome.blogspot.com
It’s all about “flea market style” today. Are you fond of things from the past being re-used or re-purposed for today? Some people love everything in their home to be vintage or re-purposed, others just like a touch here and there to add personality and history to their everyday routines. I am in the middle. I enjoy many vintage pieces, but mostly as accents or accessories, not used as my primary furniture. Some of my favorite things in my home have been found at flea markets, vintage shops, or pieces that came from my grandmother.
For those of us who enjoy the hunt, there are those stories of favorite finds, and purchases that we didn’t make, but still haunt us. One of my favorite finds is my large vintage wood framed Coffee Sign in my kitchen. One of the pieces that I didn’t get and regret was a large cupboard that wouldn’t fit in my house at the time I found it. Today’s comment question: What is your favorite find or the story about the one piece that you didn’t get and regret? So, with the question set… what’s the fun part… the giveaway?
Today’s giveaway is the premiere issue of Flea Market Style !! (Which hit news stands mid-February.) After much searching, I have located a few issues, so I have one to giveaway to today’s lucky winner! Flea Market Style is loaded with practical and fun ideas and tips on creating a vintage or re-purposed look for your own home. From inspiring projects and entertaining ideas, to decorating and how-to tips, you will find endless inspiration from the pages of this premiere issue.
As Star Tribune reporter Kim Yeager writes, “Readers still bereaved over the loss of Domino, Country Home, Cottage Living and other home publications don’t have much longer to wait for the new mag in town. Flea Market Style, edited by Long Lake junking maven Ki Nassauer and New Hampshire-based lifestyle expert Matthew Mead, is trickling on to newsstands now.” Others on the editorial team include: graphic designer Stacey Willey, writers Linda MacDonald and Sarah Egge, photographer Jenny Mead, stylist/photographer Heather Bullard and antiques expert Tim Luke. Yes, an all star team from the flea market, vintage, and country decor scene assembled this new magazine.
Oh, another teaser for you… one of those wonderfully creative team members will be interviewed by me in my upcoming Interview Series…. keep reading in the weeks ahead for that post!
So, start commenting and the winner for the magazine will be chosen from those entries posted before 11:59 pm CST today, March 30th. The winner will have just enough time to read the magazine and prepare for the spring flea markets just around the corner….
Minneapolis themed art and vintage collectables
What a day… I was thrilled to attend this year’s Junk Bonanza in it’s new location at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. This annual antique, vintage wares, art sale, and junk market combined was fantastic, one of Ki Nassauer’s biggest and best yet! Among the highlights were book signings (by Ki Nassauer, Matthew Mead, and The Farm Chicks’ Serna Thompson) and a blog party. Matthew Mead and Ki Nassauer are style experts who are in the process of creating a new magazine, Flea Market Style, that will be loved by those who love the thrill of a good flea market, great vintage finds, or the discovery of good old junk that can be repurposed into wonderful new decor and collectables. The new magazine is slated for an early spring debut, so I urge you to keep up with it’s progress at fleamarketstylemag.blogspot.com
Here are a few more photos of the day…
A few shots from the stylish booth from Mustard Moon… vintage tin, metal and some white all mixed in for a delightfully neutral palette.
Now come back tomorrow and I’ll share some details from the blog party!