Category Archives: One Sentence Interview

One Sentence Interview: Young House Love (John and Sherry Petersik)

Ever since I saw their column in DIY magazine..I have loved Sherry and John. They are candid, honest, creative, and very real. What I mean by that is they are a typical young family…going through projects in their home….but the way they tell the “story” of their trials and tribulations is captivating. You really do feel like you are part of their world and they give you the courage to go out and try something for yourself.

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Their style is fresh, approachable and easy….yet very put together. The make a ginormous sectional make sense, a painted ceramic rhino stand on it’s own as true art…and not look one bit out of place. The Petersik’s believe the things around you should have meaning…live amongst the items you love. I think one of my favorite things in their house is the gallery wall….I would sit and sip coffee by that wall…and just soak it all in.

And just so you know…I met them at Haven last week…they are as real as it gets. How they “speak” on their blog is exactly who they are in real life. Witty, kind hearted, sweet …and completely adorable (Clara and Burger too…:)

They have a book coming out this fall…and I guarantee you it will be filled with eye candy galore! So go visit The Petersik’s over at Young House Love…tell Clara and Burger I say hey!!

 

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Here is how Sherry answered the One Sentence Interview….

1. If you could bring back one trend from the past…what would you bring back?

Waterbeds! Just because they make me laugh.

2. If you were a dog…what kind would you be?

Burger – he has the life.

3. Most of the time I am craving…

Soup from Panera. I use their You Pick Two special to get two different soups.

4. If money were no object….I would buy _______

Today…. a pool for the backyard. It’s hot here!

5. If I wake up in the middle of the night…the first thing I think about is usually ___________…..

Our book. I have nightmares about it, like missing a deadline or seeing it at Barnes & Noble printed all wrong – it’s always in the back of my mind freaking me out.

6. When I go in a friends house…I usually end up in the ______________…

Kitchen. I’m usually the “taster” while they toss dinner together.

7. My favorite way to eat ice cream is __________________…

In a small sugar cone with rainbow sprinkles.

8. One design regret I have is ___________________

Not embracing color sooner – it’s way more fun than monochromatic neutrals.

9. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

The amazing friends we’ve made all over the globe who inspire us, make us laugh, and encourage us when things don’t always go as planned.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

No idea! We always say that five years ago we never would have guessed we be “professional bloggers” so you never know!

11. If you could add a room to your house that would serve a specific purpose…what would you add?

I have had this dream of having a room with two hot tubs and one giant TV. I like my tub hotter than John so we could sit in our tubs (each at our own preferred temperature) and watch our favorite cheesy TV shows. I think it’s an awesome idea, but John’s not quite sold…

12. Coffee?Tea?Milk? What is your comfort drink?

Chai tea + biscotti = true love.

Thanks Sherry!!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

One Sentence Interview: The Lettered Cottage (Layla and Kevin Palmer)

Cutey …and Patootie….that is what I will call them. Better known as Layla and Kevin Palmer from the super-blog The Lettered Cottage. They are like peanut-butter and jelly….toast and jam….jolly ranchers and roller rinks…(ok, is that just me…from 7th grade…I digress…) Layla and Kevin have been blogging for several years. Their post are infused with style, comfort and ease….I adore the home that they have put together. But the best part is that they are such lovely people. Truly…some of the kindest, sweetest and funniest bloggers I have met. I chatted briefly with them at the Haven conference. They were speaking about styling photographs and using your DSLR to the best of it’s ability. They have styled pictures for several of my favorites…The Nest, Better Homes and Flea Market Style…and also write for HGTV.com…I’m telling you..talent!

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Thanks for participating y’all!!

Here is how they answered…

Using just one sentence to respond……

1. If you could bring back one trend from the past…what would you bring back?

L: I’d bring back 80’s “hair band” rock- long hair, tight pants, and all!

K:I’d bring back 80’s rock, too!

2. If you were a dog…what kind would you be?

L: I’d be a Pomeranian because they always look like they’re smiling.

K:I’d be a boxer.

3. Most of the time I am craving….

L: to blog.

K: to play guitar.

4. If money were no object….I would buy _______ today….

L: a cottage near a body of water.

K: a house by a lake.

5. If I wake up in the middle of the night…the first thing I think about is usually ___________…..

L:  how long it’s going to take me to fall back to sleep.

K:  something to do with falling back asleep.

6. When I go in a friends house…I usually end up in the ______________…

L: rooms that they’d like to redo- ha!

K: room that they keep their guitar in.

7. My favorite way to eat ice cream is __________________…

L:   in a bowl because I can really get my mix on!

K:   on a cone.

8. One design regret I have is ___________________

L: not waiting until we could afford to do what we REALLY wanted to do, the first time around.

K: removing what turned out to be a load-bearing wall.

9. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

L: My favorite thing about blogging is the opportunity to be creative.

K:  reading/writing posts that affect people in a positive way.

10. Coffee?Tea?Milk? What is your comfort drink?

L: My comfort drink is chocolate milk.

K: My comfort drink is Diet Dr.Pepper.

Go see Layla and Kevin over at The Lettered Cottage….tell them I say hi!! And by the way…if you are wanting to learn (in a super easy to follow format) how to use your DSLR on manual mode…and get AMAZING pictures…be sure to stop by ShootFlyShoot. Kevin and his buddy Josh have put together some really fabulous information in an user friendly format! The only way to get better pictures is to stop being afraid…use manual and be happy ;)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

One Sentence Interview: Mandi Gubler of Vintage Revivals

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Mandi is completely and totally one-of-a-kind. Period. She designs spaces that are so unique…and takes chances with colors that you would never would think would work…and they work…over the top coolness..all the time. Mandi’s blog Vintage Revivals is a reflection of her passion for fabulous design…on a budget. She has made a lamp from thrift store tea pots….what some people would pay $300…she will create an even better version for a fraction of the price. I think what I love most about Mandi…is she isn’t afraid to screw up. And if she does….she is honest about it and moves on. Isn’t that the definition of learning??? Pick up and never be afraid to keep at it…and keep learning. Thanks Mandi for all your inspirations…because of you I cannot turn down a thrift store lamp…and bring it home to “revive” :)

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Here is what Mandi has to say….

1. If you could bring back one trend from the past…what would you bring back?

          SOUTHWEST!!  And I am DOING it!!

2. If I were a dog…what kind would I be?

         One that doesn’t shed or stink?

3. Something you never leave out when designing a room….

        Color!1

4. If money were no object….I would buy _______ today….

       My own hardware store.

5. If I wake up in the middle of the night…the first thing I think about is usually ___________…..

       Projects that I am dreaming of

6. When I go in a friends house…I usually end up in the ______________…

       Kitchen

7. My favorite way to eat ice cream is __________________…

      As often as possible

8. One design regret I have is ___________________

      Not trying to discover my style sooner.

9. What is your favorite thing about blogging? 

      Meeting people, building relationships with brands and all of the fun opportunities that it has given me!

10. Coffee?Tea?Milk? What is your comfort drink?

       Milk

 

Go see Mandi at Vintage Revivals

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

One Sentence Interview: Marian Parsons aka Miss Mustard Seed

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Marian is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to painting. She is one of a kind in her field…and there are thousands who are trying to duplicate what she does. So much so …that she was recently contracted to create her own custom paint line with Homestead House paints and write a how to book about her painting techniques. Her success is young…but she hasn’t let any of it go to her head. Her mission…”move mountains in your home” is based on the Bible verse Matthew 17:20

“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Kind of a great mantra to live by in my opinion….and she does move mountains. Marian is inspiring to me and I know she will be to you also. Thank you Miss Mustard Seed for participating…you are truly a gem ;)

1.      If you could bring back one trend from the past…what would you bring back?

I love old homes that were built with symmetrical windows that are designed to capture the best light and cross breezes. 

2.      If I were a dog…what kind would I be?

I’m a cat person….

3.      Something you never leave out when designing a room….

At least one antique or statement piece.

4.      If money were no object….I would buy _______ today….

A new leather sofa and hardwood floors. 

5.      If I wake up in the middle of the night…the first thing I think about is usually ___________…..

Honestly…what time is it and how much longer to I have to sleep!

6.      When I go in a friends house…I usually end up in the ______________…

I am one of those people who asks for a tour of the entire house.

7.      My favorite way to eat ice cream is __________________…

In a chocolate dipped waffle cone. 

8.      One design regret I have is ___________________

Wow…I don’t think I have any.  When there’s something I don’t like, I change it or sell it. 

9.      What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I have found some wonderful friends and it’s made so many of my professional goals possible.

10.  Coffee?Tea?Milk? What is your comfort drink?

 

I don’t drink coffee, tea or milk.  Diet Dr. Pepper is my comfort drink, but I mostly drink water.

 

Go say hi to Marian at Miss Mustard Seed

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

One Sentence Interview: Katie Bower

The Bower Power

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I am thrilled to have Katie Bower visit here today with her answers for the one sentence interview series. I am so happy you all are enjoying these as much as I am! If you missed the first two…I have interviewed Kate Pruitt from Design Sponge…and Kate Riley from Centsational Girl…and here today I have Katie Bower (so what I am sayin is if you are wanting to be sure you raise a creative girl…name her Kate ;) Ha! It is so neat to get a little quick behind-the-blog personality check with these lovely ladies.

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I adore Katie Bower. She is one of those bloggers who completely lay it all out there. She is the most real writer. Katie is personal, creative, kind and hilarious. I usually finish reading her post…and then proceed to blow my nose and wipe my eyes. She either has me in stitches or tears. Her blog is WILDLY popular…last year she won Apartment Therapy’s Top DIY blogger award. Big stuff ;) Thanks again Katie for being so kind and lovely…all the time.

Katie’s answers…..

    1. If you could bring back one trend from the past…what would you bring back?

Impromptu and uninvited visits from friends and neighbors.  I love the lost idea of ‘going calling’ – when people just drop in….probably because I don’t mind people seeing my messes and I always have cookies on hand :)

2. If I were a dog…what kind would I be?

A boxer.  Or a chocolate Labrador.  Ok ok –  a Boxador.

3. Something you never leave out when designing a room….

A mix of old and new…throw pillows and plenty of thrift store finds.

4. If money were no object….

I would buy a pool today….this Georgia heat is killing me!

5. If I wake up in the middle of the night…the first thing I think about is

Usually really random.  Last night it was why fish don’t get electrocuted when lightening strikes the ocean.  And the night before that was I really need to learn some more impressive dance moves…just in case there is ever an impromptu dance-off in my future.

6. When I go in a friends house…I usually end up

In the kids playroom.  Its way less intimidating to talk to other adults when you have Dora the Explorer next to you.

7. My favorite way to eat ice cream is

Slightly soft with slivered almonds and swimming in dark chocolate sauce.  YUM!

8. One design regret I have is

Being cheap.  It’s a flaw to not spend the money when it is something you love that will last you forever.

9. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

My great readers – they are a constant encouragement and make me laugh till I need a bathroom break.

10. Coffee?Tea?Milk? What is your comfort drink?

Vanilla chamomile herbal tea.

Again…I adore you Katie! Thanks so much for visiting me!! Here is Katie’s blog…The Bower Power

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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