This is so amazing to me that it’s worth documenting. When we rebuilt our house after the fire of 2010, Darlene and I collaborated on several rooms in my house. Up to that point, I had always been afraid of seeking help with design projects because I didn’t want someone telling me all the rules and how egregiously I was breaking them. Plus, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted already. But, she was the sweetest thing and she assured me that she would help me better identify my own style while helping me find pieces that reflected what I love.
So, how did this professional designer take my eclectic/cottage/Southern-chic/Texas-loving design tendencies and work with them? She didn’t let my funky style deter her one bit. She just took it and made it better. I can hardly believe how much I enjoyed working on this with someone who had more experience and more knowledge.
And the best bonus of collaboration? I now have a dear friend. Perfect icing on the cake! Or cupcake. I got to meet her beautiful family this past Christmas when they were traveling through the South for vacation.
Then, we had the surprise blessing of having this room featured in the BHG story which came out last January.
Y’all. For the first time in EVER, I have not had the desire to redecorate every six months. This room has been almost exactly the same for 3 years. This is some kind of record. I walk into and still love it. It has grown with my girls and is still one of my favorite rooms in the house. (You can see a tour of the room here.)
It’s a good reminder to me that we need each other, whether it’s in the area of design, cooking, writing, raising kids, or just living everyday. Which is why I’m so glad there are blogs. I can’t tell you how much I’ve grown and learned over the past six years by reading blogs and writing one myself. We can benefit from each other’s mistakes and wisdom in the most wonderful of ways. I’m so thankful for all the people who have collaborated to make my life better and more beautiful.
Also? Darlene’s been working on some projects of her own, including an adorable baby and THE NURSERY!! (You will NOT believe the before!)
I also love this post about why your home is already perfect.
I love her design manifesto, too!
So, what area of your life could you benefit from some collaboration? I’m thinking house cleaning is next on my list!