Friday, September 25, 2009

Guest Post on Guest Room Redesign

Want to read about my plans for transforming this orange and tan study into a fun and modern guest room? Head on over to A 'Lil Welsh Rarebit, to read all about my proposed design plans for Christy's guest bedroom and vote for your favorite plan. This is my first stab at decorating for someone else and it was definitely a lot harder than I expected. But, while incorporating someone else's tastes, needs and budget while still staying true to "my style" proved to be quite a challenge, I'm happy with how both design plans turned out.

In other unrelated blogging happenings, I was flattered to receive the "Honest Scrap" award this week from Laura over at JourneyChic and Sarah at Real Estate Style -- thanks so much, ladies! Upon receiving this award, I've been instructed to share "10 Honest Things" about myself and then present this award on to 7 of my favorite bloggers (who makes these rules up, by the way?).

So here are 10 "honest" things about me:

1. In high school, I missed my senior prom to participate in an economics competition run by the Federal Reserve Bank in D.C. We didn't win, but I still don't regret not attending my prom.

2. I met my husband Dave on while I was a law student at the University of Texas. He was a graduate student in electrical engineering and we lived mere blocks from each other. Despite attending the same school and living so close to each other though, I doubt our paths would've crossed without the intervention of the WWW.

3. I have one sister, Jane, who is 15 months younger than me. She is the only person in my immediate family who is not an attorney (she's a licensed counselor) and I'm so proud of her for that.

4. I'm 6' tall in flat feet, but I graduated high school at 5'10". Imagine my dismay in college when I managed to grow another two inches.

5. In college (long story short) I somehow found myself hosting a debate about Nostradamus that appeared on the Discovery Channel. Rumor has it that this very low budget production can still be seen occasionally in the wee hours of the morning.

6. My college roommate met my cousin at my wedding. Six months later they were engaged, they got married in June of 2008 and are expecting their first child in December. Talk about fast forwarding.

7. My undergraduate degree is in Classical Civilization, but I've had a fascination with Greco-Roman culture, art, and history since childhood. I recall specifically loving Greek mythology and Pompeii (I must've watched the National Geographic special on Pompeii 100 times...).

8. I could barely read until the third grade and struggled in school until I was 9 or 10. Definitely a late bloomer.

9. I'm a perfectionist. I'm also stubborn, bossy and I like having my own way. [Being honest necessitates at least one negative bullet on the list, no?]

10. As a kid, I wanted to be an artist when I grew up -- specifically, I wanted to be a animator for Disney. I stopped drawing when I entered high school, but I've always had a creative hobby, be it scrapbooking, crafting, or (like now) decorating/design.

In the spirit of "paying it forward", I'm passing this award along to seven of my own favorite blogs:

If you haven't checked out these wonderful blogs before, be sure to do so this weekend! As for me, I plan on getting some things done around the house before some dear friends come for a visit next weekend (and my in-laws the weekend after!).

OetA Update: I can't believe I was so remiss as to fail to thank Kitty over at Organic Orgy and Shindigs & Soirees for the Kreative Blog Award! My (rather pitiful) excuse is that I was traveling all week and it's rattled my brain a bit, but believe me, the honor is very much appreciated, Kitty!


High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Oh congrats on the award! Loved reading up on your interesting facts! Can't wait to go over and check out your plans for that guest room. Have a great weekend!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Thank you sincerely Averill. I have been such a lousy blogger as of late & I do apologize. So for you to list me made me very pleased. I sure miss readying your blog/all the others/& writing new posts. Seeking balance..seeking balance.

Such fun reading more about you. Amazed that you grew 2" after H.S. My mom actually did the same thing to reach 5'11". I'm excited to see the progress for Christy. You will do fabulous, no doubts at all.

Thanks again & I hope your weekend will be a good one! X

Sarah Klassen said...

I really enjoyed your interesting facts, Averill! It's a fun exercise, and we get to know you a little better in return. Congratulations on the award, and I cannot wait to read what these other bloggers will say...

Hope you have a lovely weekend :)

annechovie said...

The awards are well-deserved and it's so fun to get to know you a little better, Averill! Have a great weekend!

Sanity Fair said...

Aww - thanks Averill! I SO enjoyed reading your facts - this is going to be tough! Have a FANTASTIC weekend!

vicki archer said...

I loved reading your facts ......Have a wonderful weekend, xv.

Style Redux 2 said...

Averill-Thanks so much for choosing Chinoiserie Chic-it is an honor, and you have chosen many of my favorite bloggers as well. I really enjoyed your guest room post. Your facts were very intriguing and revealing-great fun. Have a lovely weekend, and relax a little. Even perfectionists like you and I need some down time.

Couture Carrie said...

Love your facts, darling ~ so with you on #9!


Cristin said...

How fun! I will need to see your designs.

Also, just gave your blog another award! These little awards are popping up everywhere. Drop by when you get a chance to take a look.


Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Interesting facts, especially how you met your husband! Janell

Jenn said...

Averill -- Thank you so much! You are too kind and I loved your facts. Now I'm going to have to keep my eyes peeled when watching Discovery late night!

maureen @ The Inglenook Decor said...

so awesome to know some facts about you! it's so sweet that u & ur husband met at! so the advertising facts are real:)And oh, how I wish I'm taller!

oh & u have to call me when u check out hey cupcake here in Austin!

The Blushing Hostess said...

Oh, well done! And very kind...

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Yay, thanks for the lovely award!! :) How fun is that?!?

Christy said...

I love the re-design and as you'll see in my post tonight I've already started purchasing your suggestions! Thank you so much!

And I love your list - and thank you so much for selecting me to do so too. I look forward to completing this one!!!

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