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Sunday, July 19, 2009

My 2 year blogiversary, and a very special giveaway of Phoebe Howard's book!


Two years ago, on July 19th, 2007, I started my blog. Looking back, I posted four times on that day! I envisioned my blog as an online scrapbook, a place to save my favorite pictures that were beginning to overwhelm my laptop. Here is my very first post:

I have always had a love for art, design, and architecture. I go through periods in which I will obsess on architecture and homes, then I will morph into an obession with furniture and interior design (never fabric, just furniture). Then I will look at Etsy and get obsessed with art again, and take an art class.

I love to research, and can spend hours on the internet tracking down where that piece of furniture in that favorite design magazine came from. I have recently discovered a treasure trove of information on blogs devoted to art and interior design.

Over the past two years, my blog has become so much more than an online scrapbook to me! It has become a place to share and exchange ideas with a community of people who love design, architecture, and art as much as I do. There have been some wonderful moments, and posts that have really made me think in new directions. I have learned so much from my readers, and have developed real friendships with fellow bloggers and readers. My blog has enabled me to really define and refine my own style, and has caused me to see things in a different way. As an extra bonus, it is been a true honor to have been selected for the Washington Post blog watch 9 times over the past 18 months.


One of the turning points in my blog came from an unexpected source. Designer Phoebe Howard contacted me and asked if I would be interested in profiling her Atlanta city apartment on my blog. I had never done anything like this before, and felt a mixture of excitement and nervousness. Would I be able to do the apartment justice? I am handy with a camera, but not a professional by any stretch of the imagination. When I met Phoebe that day, and she gave me a tour of the apartment, I knew it would all be fine, and I loved writing up the post. To get a private tour of a designer's home, and hear the thought process that went behind every design decision, was a thrill and a honor. It made me realize that I could push beyond the boundaries of what I had been doing with my blog. Since profiling Phoebe's apartment, I have profiled several beautiful homes that belong to wonderful and talented people (both in Atlanta and beyond), and I have plans for more of these kind of profiles over the next year.

In honor of my two years of blogging, I have a VERY special giveaway - Phoebe Howard's book 'Pretty'. This book is a wonderful treasure, and is not available in stores; it was compiled and published by Phoebe and her team, and represents the best of her work over the past decade (some of which has never been published on either Phoebe's website or in magazines). In the introduction, Phoebe writes:

Pretty, by definition, is something that attracts with delicacy and grace.

Pretty is not imposing or formidable, not handsome or stunning. It is neat and elegant without elevation or grandeur. It is attractive but not grandly conceived.

Pretty is the term I use most often use when describing my style of decorating.

When creating pretty rooms, I feel that a classic, timeless quality emerges. My goal is for the rooms to entice and enchant guests upon entering, with the eye not drawn to any one thing in particular.

The book is divided into two main parts: 'neutral', and 'color'. It also contains a section with all of the magazine articles that have featured Phoebe's work. Normally this book is used for internal marketing purposes, but I have a special copy to give to one of my lucky readers! To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post. Perhaps you could tell me whether you have a favorite post of mine. Or just say hello! I will pick the winner in a random drawing from the readers who comment. All comments made through Tuesday, July 21 at midnight will be considered, and the winner will be posted on Wednesday morning! (Giveaway is now closed, and the winner is Jen from Our Home in the Country. Thank you for participating!)

One of my favorite rooms designed by Phoebe.

If you haven't seen the Washington Post article on Phoebe Howard in the July 16 paper, I highly recommend it - you can see it online here. I also recommend the Mrs. Howard blog, written by the talented Leah Kennelly. Don't miss the new feature on the before and after of a room designed by Phoebe - the first room featured is a bedroom, and the transformation is stunning!

As always, thank you for reading my blog. I look forward to many more years of writing about the things that inspire me!

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239 comments:

  1. Congratulations.... and your words are beautifully written.

    Just as Beautiful and Inspiring as your blog! Love coming to visit.
    The book looks fabulous. How generous of you!

    xo Laura

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  2. I'm so happy to have found your blog! I love love love Phoebe Howard's designs; "pretty" is perfectly descriptive of her work.

    For those of us that don't win...how might we get ahold of her book?

    Happy Anniversary! - Lauren

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  3. Beautiful rooms! Excited to be included in the drawing for Phoebe Howard's book! Glad to have discovered your blog!

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  4. Ms. Howard's work is fresh and elegant, as is your blog.

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  5. Congratulations on your anniversary.

    Thank you for introducing me to Phoebe Howard's beautiful designs. I can't wait to go back to some of your older blogs to see other inspirational pictures.

    Karen

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  6. Happy Anniversary - Love you blog.
    Keep posting.
    Yvonne

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  7. Happy 2 year anniversary! I love your blog, and I love Phoebe Howard's designs!

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  8. Happy Anniversary! Since finding your blog, you have inspired me to search my own design style and find a renewed love of design. You introduced me to Phoebe Howard and now I am inspired by her as well. Especially after reading the article in the WP. Congratulations.

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  9. congrats on your blog, what a rewarding piece of work! Well done keeping it up to date and interesting...

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  10. I'm thrilled to have discovered your blog. Thank you for the beautiful design work - I've been inspired!!!

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  11. Congratulations on two years! I enjoy your blog so much! Thank you for bringing fresh ideas and insight into the design world to all of us. Phoebe is fabulous and "pretty" really is the bottom line, isn't it?

    Thank you again...Judy

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  12. Happy anniversary I have never left a comment on your blog before(it is one of my favourites) but the chance to win this wonderful book was an opportunity not to be missed. I love Phoebe Howard's designs.
    Kind Regards
    Karen
    PS: I look forward to reading all your future blog's

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  13. I hope I win this book!! I can use it on a soon-to-begin renovation of an 1894 farmhouse that looks like a wreck!!
    Thank you for taking the time to put together your beautiful blog... so inspiring to read almost every day!

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  14. I would love to have this book, so enter me...Now I am going to go back and look at all the posts . thanks

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  15. Happy Blogiversary! That bedroom photo is stunning - very serene looking. I'm all for pretty!

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  16. Good for you for pushing yourself...I've been introduced to many designer's through your blog...can't wait to see who invites you into their home next!!!

    Best,
    Michelle

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  17. Congratulations! I am usually a "lurker" :), but would love to enter the giveaway! I empathize with you...so much to love, so little time! Thanks for a great blog.

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  18. Patricia HarmanciJuly 19, 2009 at 9:04 AM

    Happy Anniversary! Since your first blog you have opened our eyes to both interior and exterior design. And you have introduced us to great decorators. (I adore Phoebe Howard's work!)
    We readers are grateful to you for your generosity and hard work creating a blog that we look forward to receiving and studying!
    -Pat Harmanci

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  19. Congratulations on your blogiversary! I have a whole stash of articles featuring Phoebe Howard...she is consistantly my favorite designer and never disappoints. I bet the book is fantastic!!!

    lar90tcc@yahoo.com

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  20. Thank you for the comments, everyone! Welcome to the regular commenters, and welcome to the lurkers who are coming out to enter the giveaway! I am enjoying reading comments from both, and it is lovely to read comments from a few new names!

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  21. Congratulations and thank you. I do so enjoy fellow Atlanta bloggers. You help me know a bit more about what is going on here, introduce me to designers, streets, houses, stores, events, and ideas. I can go see them for myself, and I have. Thanks again.

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  22. Congratulations on two years of beauty and style. Your blog is indeed a thing that inspires.
    -Gesine

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  23. Congratulations! This is probably one of the first design blog to made it into my blog reader back a year or so ago. There's so much great inspiration here!

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  24. Virginia from TexasJuly 19, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Happy Ann'y to you! I am always a bit calmer after reading your blog. It's filled with beauty...and PRETTY things. Wouldn't Phoebe Howard's book be PRETTY anywhere? If another wins, do we contact her store for a copy? Thank you so much for this gift!

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  25. I have quietly followed your blog for sometime now. Think you are a wonderful writer and I always learn something from you.

    Also a fan of Mrs. Howard so would love to add the book to my collection

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  26. I love Phoebe Howard...You are to be applauded for two full years of blogging...It's a great milestone! Continue to inspire and be inspired, xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings.blogspot.com.

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  27. I have contacted Phoebe's assistant about how readers can get their own copy of this great book, since I only have one copy to give away. I have the original version - 'Style' - and Phoebe has since created a new cover - 'Pretty'. I picked 'Pretty' for this giveaway since it so aptly describes her design philosophy, and the cover has one of my favorite bedroom designs!

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  28. Love your blog! I also love Phoebe Howard! We are currently building a farmhouse in KS and your blog has provided a lot of inspiration. Congratulations on your 2 year anniversay!

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  29. Your blog is one of my daily reads. Thank you.

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  30. Congratulations on two years! I always enjoy your postings. They are beautiful and informative. I especially love the ones that feature mirrors. I have some kind of strange love of them. Thank you for all you share. The book looks wonderful.

    Charla

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  31. Congratulations.... on 2 years of blogs, I enjoy every moment being on your blog...
    My favorite blog is the "youtube" video of the Choral Tribute to Lily Allen...I have watched and listened to it many times, I love Lily Allens music and they did a wonderful tribute. Even my hubby watched it and he is not into blogs at all...
    I would love a copy of the Pretty book, I to would like to know how to get a copy if I did not win it...
    Thank you again for the hours of enjoyment we all get from your blog.
    Regards, Carol Ann x

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  32. Congratulations on your two year anniversary. I am a designer in Pennsylvania, and read your blog for inspiration...Best wishes for many more years!

    Melanie Lark
    Refine & Redesign Interiors
    Berwyn,PA

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  33. When I see that there is a new post from "Things That Inspire" my pulse races a little...I immediately start thinking...ATLANTA! For me, Atlanta is home even though I have not lived there for more than 20 years. I do, however, get home often. But, any taste of my beautiful city is just thrilling. Thank you for all your many posts highlighting the lovely homes of Atlanta!

    Happy Anniversary,
    Donna

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  34. CONGRATULATIONS on your second anniversary!

    Your blog is a favorite read and I look forward to each new post.

    Lisa

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  35. Happy blogiversary! Although I only found you about a year ago, I have thoroughly enjoyed going back through all of your earlier posts. My favorite posts are those that cause me to take notice of things differently than I had previously--"Light on two sides" and "Steel Windows." As I look at design all the time, it is SO refreshing to see things a little differently! Best wishes for another "inspiring" year!!!
    Suzanne

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  36. I just LOVE your blog. I actually copy and paste pictures from your blog into a running word document to reference when decorating my house! haha.

    Have you ever done a nursery room post?

    I hope I win the book! Happy Blogaversary!

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  37. Congratulations on your two year anniversary. I just had my first year and it's hard to believe how time passes so darn quickly. I enjoy your blog and look forward to viewing it in the future.
    Fondly,
    Roberta

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  38. Happy Anniversary!
    Your blog and Phoebe Howard's homes and stores can all be described as "Pretty", as defined by Mrs. Howard herself.
    Thank you for your gorgeous blog and your bloggy friendship. I can't imagine the blogging community without you. I look forward to enjoying what you have in store for us in the next year!

    xo
    Brooke

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  39. Phoebe Howard is one of my absolute favorites! Congratulations on your blogiversary, and I look forward to more wonderful posts from you!!

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  40. Congrats on your blogiversary and all of your achievements since starting this blog. I have just now found you thru Simply Natural and am so glad that I have!
    My husband and I own a Paint and Decorating Ctr. in Macon, Ga. and it is so fun to see what is happening in other places in design. Here's wishing you many more years of blogging!!!

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  41. Conratulations on you 2nd blog anniversary! Blessings, Vanessa

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  42. Happy Anniversary!:)

    It's so nice when one thing lead to another, like in your case you got to show other homes!

    I love fabrics and buttons and love going to flea markets and second hand stores so you can guess what my home looks like! ha ha ha I have difficulty in deciding what "style" to have...uhmmmm.

    The bookcover looks so nice...a peaceful home where one can rest!

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  43. Congratulations! Love your blog, it's the best out there! :)

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  44. Adore your blog and love Phoebe Howard! When I wake up and see a new blog post, it makes my day. Thank you for all of your effort!

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  45. yeh!!! i figured it out! i love your blog....please keep inspiring all of us. i would love to be considered for your special giveaway. congratulations on your 2 year anniversary!

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  46. Your blog truly inspire me....I always look forward to your postings. I am very fortunate to live in Washington, DC and read every Thursday the Post "blog of the week". Phoebe Howard is truly an amazing person...."You should be the best decoration in your own house"...

    Congratulations and many more years to come and enjoy your blog and good taste.
    Rox

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  47. Happy anniversary! I am new to your blog after being referred by a neighbor. What a treat. You give me great hope and inspiration after staying home with 3 little kids. Thank you!

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  48. We are practically twins, though you are "older" than I by a few weeks. I am pretty sure I've read every post, but I especially loved the hunt for the sconces. Objet obsession is too familiar here. Congratulations on two great years. Patricia

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  49. Happy Anniversary! I love your blog and that book looks amazing!

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  50. Happy Anniversary! What a great giveaway. I recently found your blog and love the inspiring and beautiful photos that you post!

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  51. Congratulations on 2 years of wonderful and inspiring, interesting and creative posts. I have enjoyed all that I've seen and have gone back to see several posted before I started blogging. I always enjoy your blog. I hope you continue for many more years. Hugs,Marty

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  52. Whether its an observation like the trend of steel windows, helpful hints like 'Freecycle', or information about what other designers are doing, like Phoebe Howard, it's always a great start to my day when I find your post's waiting for me. I often find these tidbits very useful and its fun to learn something new. Thank you and keep up the good work!

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  53. Glad to be with you all this time! And her work is lovely though I have to resist the urge to force some color into some of these rooms - restraint: not my strongest suit!

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  54. Congrats on your two year blogiversary!! I've only been blogging since January, but in that short amount of time I've discovered lots of fabulous blogs and "met" lots of wonderful bloggers. The blogospshere is a great community, and I'm happy to be a part of it :-)

    I think my favourite posts on your blog are the ones about the big wall clocks. A couple of the pictures you posted are now in my inspiration folder :-)

    The Phoebe Howard book is a wonderful giveaway prize -- thanks for giving us all the opportunity to win it :-)

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!

    Kelly @ DesignTies

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  55. Oh, hearty congratulations on your two year anniversary! An accomplishment indeed! I do so enjoy visiting your blog. You write about so many things I myself am passionate about, and you do so in a such a charming fashion. Well done.

    I have loved your articles on the talented Mrs. Howard, and also the Atlanta houses that I myself know so well. But I suppose, my favourites are the posts about your own home. I do love those!

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  56. Congratulations on your 2nd year!It is also my 37th birthday today :o)

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  57. I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed your blog. It's the best!!! I love everything you post. Thanks for all your hard work. Keep it up! Thank you!

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  58. Happy Anniversary, and many happy returns.

    As for Phoebe's young girl's room, I think it's a stunning room , reminded me of a box of delicious chocolate that's filled with white crème and raspberry.....
    I think Phoebe's look represents elegance and sophistication.

    One of my favorite blogs was when you showcased Frank Babb Randolph's work. I live in the Washington DC area, and I always look forward to seeing his beautiful work. Thank you for sharing .

    Regards,
    Amal

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  59. Congrats on two years! Your blog gives us something to aspire to. And so does Phoebe Howard's work.

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  60. You indeed inspire me every time I read your posts, it can be one small design element or accessory, or the entire room. I would be honored to win Phoebe's fabulous book!

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  61. Happy Blogiversary. I love your posts, your sources of inspiration--they just get better and better. Phoebe Howard's work is amazing, as is her store. All of the best.

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  62. Congrats on the two year anniversary-- you've opened my eyes to so many wonderful design elements, thank you!

    I can't imagine a whole book on Phoebe Howard, how fun!

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  63. I, in fact, visited your blog site for the first time due to the reference in today's Washington Post article (Phoebe Howard's favorite design blogs.) Thanks for showcasing such wonderfully inpiring homes!

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  64. Congratulations on your 2nd year anniversary!

    Love, love, love Phoebe's work too.

    xo,
    cristin

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  65. You brighten my day. helena

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  66. Happy 2 year blogging Anniversary! Congratulations! What amazing success you have had with your blog. Love the "definition of Pretty" written by Phoebe and would love to have this book for my collection! Thank you!!

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  67. Hi,
    I'm fairly new to reading blogs (about 6 months), but yours is one that I consistently wait for! I live in the DC suburbs and loved the article on Mrs. Howard (and LOVE her rooms). When I design rooms for clients "Pretty" is often the same word that I use to describe my style. You ARE inspiring. Congrats on your anniversary!
    Deb

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  68. don't ever stop doing what you're doing! as an architect/full time mom i am always re-doing rooms in our home. your photos always inspire me! it was your suggestion to use an upholstered headboard in my bedroom which frankly i never would have thought of! we beamed our bedroom ceiling as i saw in one of your many photos and placed mirrors and paintings in places that i never imaged they belonged thoughout our home........
    thank you for everything!!!!
    ellen

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  69. I absolutely LOVE your blog site! It's exciting every time I see a "Things That Inspire" subject line on my e-mail. I'd love to be in the drawing for the Phoebe Howard book. I really like her style.

    Thanks so much and congratulations on your 2-year anniversary!

    Tracy

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  70. I read your blog daily - but this is the first time I've posted. Would LOVE to win that book. I used to live in Atlanta (in NYC now) and Phoebe's shop was always a favorite. Her work is so inspiring!
    Kate

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  71. Love all of your posts i have read so far, and especially the posts on ms. howard and her book and apartment.

    hope i will get to read your posts for another 20 or 30 years. you're good!

    michael

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  72. What a wonderful giveaway! I wonder why it isn't published - maybe it will be in the future?

    Congratulations on 2 years! I love your blog - one of my all time favorites is the one on painted floors and also on herringbone patterned wood floors.

    Happy Blogiversary! Michele

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  73. So excited about the book giveaway - such a wonderful treasure! Your blog is truly an inspiration to all who follow. Thank you for sharing your ideas for the past two years. I hope you will continue on your design journey and allow the rest of us to come along with you.

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  74. you are an inspiration with a distinct style of your own! you are one of the few i recommend on my blog. congrats and looking forward to many more years of being inspired. thank you!

    fondly,
    debra

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  75. I read your post faithfully and am ready to make a trip to Atlanta just to visit Phoebe Howard's store!

    My favorite posts: the Howard's apartment and Lori Tippin's home.

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  76. Happy Anniversary!! we love your blog so keep up the great work!!

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  77. Best wishes to you for sharing with your readers your talents and good taste to showcase some really pretty houses and interiors for 2 years now. Keep up the good work!

    Your last blog on Ms. Kassler's former home, or at least the exterior landscaping surrounding the front door, made me cringe with the changes the new owner's landscape designer/service made to the original plan. Why must supposedly professional people find it impossible to leave well enough alone? Is bad taste growing up madly in Buckhead for the sake of change? I rather think it might be. I think this blog will go down as my favorite of all time! BD

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  78. Congratulations on your two year blogiversary. I discovered your blog a few months ago through a "House Beautiful Magazine" link. I can't tell you how pleasantly surprised I was to discover that you were blogging from Atlanta, which made the content even more relevant.

    My "design history" has taken me from a housing development in upstate New York, where I pushed furniture around a bedroom that I shared with one of my 7 siblings, to my current home which we recently built here in East Cobb County, where we have four extra bedrooms to share with friends and family when they visit. I love Mariette Himes Gomez, Roderick Shade and Barbara Barry. One of my favorite design books is "Style and Grace: African Americans at Home", by Michael Henry Adams. My latest design books are, "The French Room" by Betty Lou Phillips, and "domino The Book of Decorating, by domino editors. I collect cookbooks, I have over 200. My favorite cookbook is anything by Ina Garten , Edna Lewis or Scott Peacock. I love Art and art books and I am an avid reader. Some of the novels I've read this summer are, The Story of Edgar Sawtell, by David Wroblewski, "The Summer Kitchen" by Lisa Wingate, and "Testimony", by Anita Shreve. I have gone from reading "Conran's House Book", to Architectural Digest, which I never thought I'd be able to afford.

    I enjoy your blog, because it celebrates all things beautiful while at the same time remaining fresh and "aspirational". You have not told us what to do, but you have shown us what is possible. It has become my learning tool as well as my source for ideas for my own home. I try to get to every show home that I can and your blog brings them right to my computer. I love the fact that you have not only taken us into homes that you love, but you have opened your own home and have asked your readers to send in their ideas for problems you may be having with your rooms. I am thinking particularly about your foyer which is also my challenge. Although I am not a designer, I love beautiful things and "Things That Inspire", is at the top of my list. If I were limited to one sentence, it would be: Things that Inspire is the quintessential blog!

    Barbara

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  79. Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary in blogland. Beautiful post and book!

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  80. These comments are making my day! They also validate why I spent the time to blog. I am so thrilled to have such wonderful readers!

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  81. I am an aspiring Interior Designer and your blog has been such an inspiration to me. I love the homes you feature in your posts. They are fresh and modern with a touch of vintage antiques. I think that Phoebe Howard's book looks like such a treasure that any designer would be lucky to have. Happy Anniversary!
    -Chelsey

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  82. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary. Thanks for sharing beautiful things.  I never tire of receiving or reading your posts, and so appreciate the many dimensions of design you incorporate in your blog.  We share the same admiration of Phoebe Howard's work and accomplishments.  I was thrilled to see her featured this week in the Washington Post and warmed to see Things That Inspire named as one of her faves.  I hope her book becomes more widely available; it's sure to be a big success especially here in ATL. In the meanttime, fingers crossed!

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  83. Happy Anniversary! I love your blog, I learn something new with every post. I'm not sure I could pick a favorite, but I really loved the wall of windows in the kitchen post and the two walls of light. Your posts always make me think in a new way, and I thank you for that! And by the way, awesome giveaway. I hope I win!

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  84. Happy Anniversary!! As an interior designer for over 20+ years, I can't tell you have delightful it is to read your blog.

    Sincerely,

    Maureen Sullivan Stemberg
    Boston, Ma.

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  85. I stumbled upon your blog site recently and now look forward to each new posting. I thought my obsession with analyzing what makes a look "work" was my own little quirk. Thank you for providing a design "fix" to a fellow addict! Happy 2nd!
    Beth R.

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  86. Congratulations on two wonderful years! Your blog is always so beautiful and inspiring. The book looks fabulous.

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  87. 2 wonderful years..amazing...Love Phoebe Howard

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  88. Happy Anniversary! I found your blog through Cote De Texas. I think you and Joni have similar styles. You, Joni and Brooke at V&L
    are my favorites!! I loved your post New On The Atlanta Market! I am still gathering post before I put a page up.
    Tina

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  89. Congratulations on your blogiversary! I always enjoy reading your posts, and you make lovely selections :-). It's so generous of you to give away the book, someone will be very lucky!

    Amy

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  90. I have been reading your blog for almost 18 months. I have found it be so Inspiring and educational. I lost my home in hurricane Katrina.Duing the rebuild of our home,I often went to your blog for inspiration and information. I have learned so very much from you. I have often wanted to leave a comment but never have. Now is the perfect time. Thank you for the time and effort you put into your blog. I know your readers appreciate it. I sure do.
    I recently had the pleasure of visiting Mrs. Howard's and Max and Co. in Atlanta. Both stores are incredible. Phoebe Howard is amazingly talented. I would love to purchase a copy of her book. would you please let me if it is possible to buy one. Anyway, Thank you for blog.
    Happy Anniversary keep on blogging!
    Gina A - NOLA

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  91. Your blog is so inspiring, gorgeous, fun to read, full of incredible photgraphs, and...I could go on and on.
    It's the kind of blog that makes you want to linger, dream, and take it all in! Thank you.
    Rhonda

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  92. Wow!!! two years and going strong. Your blog is in my favorites and I always get inspired and I find it extrememly informative. thank you for the time and energy you spend on bring all of us in blogland new and fresh experiences. Phoebe Howard is one of my alllll time favorite designers and I also enjoy her blog. I would love to enter to win a book by her, Amazing give away. Thank you Kathysue

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  93. Happy Anniversary! It is my one-year anniversary reading your blog and have been so inpsired by peeking into your design world. I was absolutely delighted when I stumbled across your blot a year ago. It coincided with our move to a new house. As a working mother of 3 busy teenagers, I wanted a totally fresh, clean and calming look for our new house. Over the last year I have perused and studied your old and new blogs for design ideas that to apply to my house. On a tight budget (and without the design resources offered in bigger cities), Things That Inspire truly inpired and transformed the decor in our new home. I have almost finished the interior rooms, and could NEVER have created such a beautiful and sophisticated home for our family without The Things That Inspire! Thank you...I can't wait for your next entries...

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  94. I look forward to many more years of inspirations. Congrats.
    I just featured Phoebe's famous blush pink rooms. Her works is so clean, elegant & still relaxed & not forced. I love the way they look alive & undecorated: the hallmark of design artistry.

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  95. hi! i am an architect, wife and mother of 3 boys (with a baby girl coming in november). i love reading your blog and just last week i discoveded phoebe howard's blog, which along with yours is one of the two i subscribe to. i absolutely love her work and the images on her website are a constant source of inspiration to me. keep up the great work!

    best,

    monica

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  96. Please include me in your drawing. I am a recent follower of your blog thanks to The Washington Post. I often look at the blogs they suggest, but I have only signed up to receive two. I find the pictures that you select are just what speaks to me. I have recently rehabilitated a town house at the beach and am enjoying being my own designer. Thank you. Kathryn

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  97. I love your posts!

    I think my favorite was the one with the kitchens you did awhile back. They were such an inspiration that we are have started planning a complete re-do!

    Thanks for bringing enchanting design, brilliant ideas and tremendous inspiration to us all!

    Daphne

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  98. I have a folder where I save posts that "inspire" me and that's where most of your blogs go!

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  99. Love your blog! And would love to win this book! xx- Brooke

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  100. Congrats! I am coming up on my one year blogiversary myself at the Material Girls Blog! I know how much time and effort we all put into our blog posts! Happy Blogiversary! To many more!

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  101. Happy blogiversary! I'm fascinated by interior design and currently redoing my living and dining rooms, and you're a never-failing source of inspiration. I was delighted to read the Phoebe Howard story in the Washington Post--another of my favorite designers. No wonder she singled you out! Keep up the good work.

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  102. Congratulations on reaching two years! This take a lot of commitment. I am very pleased to have found your blog and read every post. A favorite that comes to mind is the feature on the new house in Atlanta. (May 25) The house and the coverage were both brilliant. Thank you for bringing that and hundreds of other inspiring design features to me.
    Jan, Vancouver Canada

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  103. I don't remember how I originally found your blog but I am so happy that I did. It makes my day every time I get an e-mail!

    Congratulations on 2 years of documenting beautiful things.

    xo, Tracy McCurdy

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  104. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this! I better win - I want this so badly!!!!!!

    Congratulations on two years - your blog is one of my all time favorites and the first I go to each time you post!

    Joni

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  105. Hello and happy 2-year anniversary! How very exciting and I'm sure for you, very rewarding. It's only been 6 months for me, but in those few months I have gained so much inspiration and have met some wonderful friends! Thank you for such a beautiful blog.

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  106. Happy Anniversary! Your blog is truly inspiring. And thank you so much for the Kasler table information. I look forward to it hopefully gracing my dining room one day soon!

    A

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  107. Congrats on your 2nd year blogiversary! please enter me in this great givaway.

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  108. What a lovely give away. I also have one going on and would be honored to have you come by.
    Cheri
    www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com

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  109. Happy anniversary and hooray for Things That Inspire. Your readers agree that we should remember to celebrate all things PRETTY in this life of ours. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  110. Just want to congratulate you on your second blogiversary. I am inspired by your comments, details and photographs. Thank you for the beauty in my future rooms.

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  111. Hello. I very much enjoy your blog. I've been a subscriber for five months. You are a very talented reseacher.

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  112. Your blog is beautiful and inspiring! Cheers, Victoria x

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  113. Congratulations on a wonderful anniversary!!

    I always enjoy reading your blog - it's a wonderful way to start my day, before I get into the world of steel and construction.

    Best,

    Musette

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  114. Well, oh my I'm overwhelmed with what to write to such an inspiring blog! It's amazing that two short years you're such an inspiration to so many! Congratulations on your endeavors! I always love visiting you! Thank you for being such an inspiration! Luanne

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  115. Happy Blogiversary to you! I love Phoebe Howard's work and your post on her apartment was my absolute favourite. I still dream of her floors... the herringbone patterns... the exquisite tile in her kitchen. That was a great post - and true to your name, inspiring!

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  116. I am a relatively recent follower of yours and I love your passion for all things that inspire you. Reading your 2nd anniversary post was very moving because I know how hard it is to initiate something like this and to put yourself "out there". I am a piano lover who recently attended the Van Cliburn Piano Competition and kept a blog during the Preliminaries. However, the thought of musical devotees reading my thoughts was too intimidating, and I never opened my blog up to the public. Perhaps I dhal try again and take a chance.

    I also love beautiful spaces, beautiful gardens, ballet, classical music, beautiful landscapes, painting, architecture, etc. In short, I am a beauty junkie!

    I really have enjoyed your blog. Keep finding beauty and report on it--the world needs more of this.

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  117. Congratulations on your two years! Your blog is inspiring to me, and I always look forward to your posts. I remember very clearly the one on Phoebe Howard's home which was wonderful. I would say that probably my favorite post of yours is the piano post because I have played since I was a child. Also I love your "Light on Two Sides". So many good ones to choose from. I would absolutely pour over that book! How happy am I that she is opening a Charlotte store in a few weeks.

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  118. I was never a blog-follower until I found yours. Now, I have all of my designer friends hooked! A highlight to each day is seeing that you have a new and motivating post. I often refer back to it when I am looking for inspiration for my projects. Many thanks!

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  119. Congratulations -- your blog was an incredible find and a wonderful inspiration to many.

    Best, Neha

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  120. Congratulations on your Anniversary!

    A loyal reader (& learner!)-
    XOXO

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  121. Congrats on your blogiversary! I think one of my favorite posts of yours was on metal windows - love 'em. :) Keep up the fabulous work!

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  122. Congrats! I love reading your blog and looking at all the pictures. It is just so fun!

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  123. Dear Things that Inspire:
    After a day of work in the city, I love to come home and look at the beautiful rooms and objects on your blog. Thank you.

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  124. The remarkable thing to me about your blog is that while the photos are professional, the writing is professional, the research is professional, and the content is presented professionally, the FEEL of the blog is personal. despite everything being "done" really well, you make part or all of the subject attainable through attention to the parts that make the whole. the variety of material and ideas is to your credit: you may fixate on some aspect of design, and present many examples of your interest but you have so many interests that i never feel like i'm seeing the same old thing again. i am regularly impressed by the depth of the content you send with your photos. and on top of all that you actually REPLY to comments. if that isn't personal, i don't know what is! this is no catch-all that catches your fancy, but a beautifully and thoughtfully recorded collection of things that inspire! congrats on a productive and inspiring two years! jane

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  125. I love this blog and am so happy to have discovered it. As a transplant from Washington, D.C. to Wilmington, North Carolina, I still read the online Washington Post and was excited to see the article about Phoebe Howard there the other day. I didn't know the Post had also honored your blog, but then I always did know it was a good newspaper.

    Congratulations on your anniversary and please keep the blog coming!

    Terri
    P.S. I'd love to win the book, of course!

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  126. Congratulations on your two successful years in the blogosphere! I'm so thrilled I found you! Keep it coming for many more years to come. Best wishes always!

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  127. Happy Blogoversary! I enjoy your blog and it looks like I would enjoy Phoebe's new book as well. Beautiful.

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  128. Happy 2nd Bloggy Anniversary!!! I love your blog. It's simply breathtaking. I would LOVE to win that book!!! What a truly fantastic giveaway!

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  129. I have just "discovered" Phoebe Howard. Though I have peruse Architectural Digest, Southern Accents, Veranda and House Beautiful for years, I did not know of Phoebe Howard. The article in the Washington Post this week was fabulous. I'll be moving soon and redecorating a new place and look forward to learning more about Phoebe's style, etc. The book looks great...hope I am the receipent of your gift.
    Best wishes. Love your blog!

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  130. I have just discovered design blogs and you are one of my favorites. So inspirational!
    Congratulations on your anniversary and thanks for the chance for the sneak peak at Phoebe Howards beautiful book and work.

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  131. Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful giveaway...those of us who love Phoebe Howard will be salivating over the prospect of winning her book. I so enjoy your blog and the great work that you do here! On those days that I find you waiting in my "In Box" I can't wait to see what you are offering! Here's hoping that there are so many more anniversary celebrations in the future!

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  132. Love your blog!! Congrats on the Big 2 :)

    Phoebe Howards amazing and I would LOVE to have her book!!

    ginabee06@hotmail.com

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  133. Congratulations on your 2 year blogiversary (I like your new word – so appropriate). Your site delights my soul and inspires me to the utmost.

    Thank you for taking the time, for informing us so beautifully……..

    I would be thrilled to win Phoebe Howard’s book – what a nice gesture on your part.

    Sincerely,

    Judy

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  134. Congratulations on two years of blogging success! I am certain your success will expand beyond cyberspace! I can't think of a more appropriate give away for Things That Inspire than a book by Mrs. Howard herself! Pretty is how I would describe your blog. While the word pretty might not evoke the emotion of some of today's over used buzz words, it evokes a softness when spoken or read. Thanks for introducing us to the pretty things that inspire!

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  135. Happy Anniversary! I am a huge fan of Phoebe Howard's so I absolutely adore this giveaway. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

    And it is far too difficult to pick a favorite of your posts - they are all too wonderful.

    Samantha

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  136. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your blog is such a great escape and a "pick me up". I love seeing beautiful things and I'm grateful that you make viewing pretty things so accessible!

    From Veronica B.

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  137. Much congratulations! Your post on Phoebe Howard's Atlanta place is how I first stumbled upon your blog. Have enjoyed it ever since. I stop by to dream in her stores in Jax Beach whenever I am in town visiting my folks. Such a talent! Always trying to channel her into my home! Best wishes for future inspiration!

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  138. Congratulations on your blogiversary! I started obsessing over design blogs exactly two years ago and yours and perhaps 3 more were the only ones I followed religiously! I have honestly loved all your blogs and I think the most inspiring ones for me are the ones on lighting or bedroom design. Thanks for continuing to inspire me in home design!

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  139. What an opportunity to get a copy of what I'm sure is to be a fab read. I just came back from Atlanta's Merchandise Mart and made sure to get over to Mrs. Howard's based on your recommendation. I was in love from the moment I stepped through the doors. The structure is amazing and the designs from the wonderful Phoebe took my breath away. Love your post. Happy Anniversary!

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  140. I've turned your blog into one of my "can't miss" blogs. I've especially enjoyed the posts in my "dining room" search, as that's a room I'm working on. I think my favorite is the kithen / dining area with the black and white buffalo check curtains. What fun!

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  141. Enjoy your blog! Would love the book!

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  142. How exciting that Mrs. Howard has a book out. I can hardly wait to get my hands on one.

    Oh please please gods of Random.org. Smile favourably on me!

    Thank you TTI!

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  143. Congratulations on your fabulous 2 years! Your blog is perfectly names as you do offer inspiration! I love that you don't dictate but show the potential, the possibilities. I love your eloquent style and always look forward reading your latest post. Thank you for publishing such a wonderful and very inspirational blog.

    Phoebe Howard is one of my favorites! I'm crossing my fingers and hope to be the fortunate winner! Best of luck to all those that entered!

    Again, congratulations on your 2nd bloggerversary!

    Tina
    http://enchantedrosestudio.blogspot.com

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  144. Marcia PiepgrassJuly 20, 2009 at 7:43 AM

    Congratulations on two years of successful writing. You have introduced me to design blogs. Nearly every morning I check yours. I am always excited when you have written a new one. Then I check the blogs listed in your sidebar. Of all your blogs I have enjoyed, my favorites have been the one which traced the history of the home in Newport way back to its society days and its French predecessor, next, the Fourth of July entry on the unbelievable remake of the columned colonial, and finally, the home of the young designer who built a gorgeous "carport" instead of a garage! Thanks for the time and effort you put into writing such informative and well illustrated entries. Happy anniversary.

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  145. Happy Blogiversary! Your blog is one of my favorites, and Phoebe Howard is one of my favorite designers. I may have to take a trip to Atlanta sometime soon--(like Brooke/Velvet and Linen) It seems like a great place for home decor/inspiration! I'm sure I could spend a whole day wandering around Phoebe Howard's stores. Thanks for including me in the drawing.
    Beth
    bperullo@comcast.net

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  146. hello!

    congrats on 2 years!

    i am a huge fan of yours, live in chicago area but atlanta is my second home; always there buying for my biz. and you bring good design and atlanta to an intimate level.

    your blog is one of the few mentioned on my fairly new blog as a favorite. keep inspiring!

    debra
    www.5thandstate.blogspot.com

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  147. Found your blog after reading the Washington Post article on Phoebe Howard. Thank you for sharing your blog. I look forward to reading future posts! Denise

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  148. I have enjoyed your "blog" for the past year
    Having lived in Atlanta for 25 years before moving to DC, I especially loved the highlights from Atlanta.
    Keep up the good work

    Ronni

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  149. Love your blog, love Pheobe Howard! Pretty is the perfect description! What a wonderful giveaway!

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  150. congrats on two years of blogging! the book looks so inspiring!

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  151. congratulations on your two years of blogging!!!! That is some achievement that I hope to make myself one day. I'm going to check out the P.H. link. Thanks!

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  152. congrats on your 2 yr anniversary! keep up the wonderful posts.

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  153. I want to say thank you for the continual pleasure I have received from Things That Inspire - your posts are always interesting, fun and a visual treat. As a fellow blogger I know how hard it is to constantly produce the ideas and the words. Bravo and huge congratulations, xv.

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  154. It is amazing to me how young blogging is. I feel it is such an invaluable source of information, and for those of us who love beautiful things, it is a true gift. I love your blog and adore Phoebe's shop in Atlanta.

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  155. Congrats on your 2 year anniversary! As some many others do, I adore your blog and read it religiously. I keep referencing your 'Chair Transformation' post from June as I have six chairs that are very similar to yours and I'm attempting to re-do them myself, so I need all the inspiration I can get.
    Thanks for inspiring all of us!

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  156. Congratulations on your 2nd blogiversary. I am new to your blog, but can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed it so far. Your research and resources just amaze me. Love the House with two owners – how each breaths life into the same space….and I also enjoyed Ben and your entry way. Just a few beautiful pieces, but oh so welcoming.

    I didn’t know Phoebe Howard had a book – about jumped out of my chair….and tried Amazon.com, even though you said not available. Ugh! I hope she decides to share her book with everyone – she is such an inspiration.

    I noted too that you and Brook (Velvet and Linen) both blogged on the Atlanta mart. That was fun to read both of your views. Keep up the excellent work – you brighten up my day. Diane

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  157. Congratulations!

    I went through my file of design inspiration photos I've collected over the last 6 months and I can't believe how any of them come from your blog - you are my first stop for design inspiration.

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  158. happy blogiversary!

    fab book! i hope i win the book!

    http://anhesty.blogspot.com

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  159. Thanks for keeping us all inspired for the past two years! Many happy returns to you.

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  160. Happy Blogiversary! I enjoy seeing the inspirational ideas that you share. This book looks wonderful...would love to see it in person! Thank you for sharing you happy day with us!

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  161. Love your blog and Mrs. Howard!

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  162. Congratulations. You deserve every bit of praise. Few bloggers spend as much time and research on their posts and I always learn something from TTI.

    Can't wait to read this book. Cheers!

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  163. Really stunning - appealing to both men and women.

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  164. Congrats on the two-year blogoversary! I'm so excited about this prize -- I absolutely adore Phoebe Howard (the article in the WP was great, btw) and would be thrilled to own this book.

    As for favorite posts....the private tour of PH's apartment definitely ranks up there! I also loved your recent house tour of RI.

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  165. Michele from BostonJuly 20, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    I really enjoy your blog. It's so nice to find someone with the same taste and interests. It's been a pleasure subscribing! Congratulations on your two year anniversary.
    All the best-
    Michele

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  166. congrats and what a great giveaway!

    recently, i loved the post about the evolution of your foyer. the end result is magazine worthy, but you also reminded me that beautiful and personal spaces aren't built in a day!

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  167. I discovered your blog recently and have been enjoying your posts. Congrats on you 2 year blogiversary!! I am excited to be able to enter your 2 year giveaway:)

    Tammy M

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  168. You know I love Phoebe!!! Maybe you can put in two entries for me???

    Thank heaven you are in the blogosphere. I love reading your blog most of all!

    Congrats on your success. Now, I want to win that book!!
    xo Terri

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  169. Congratulations on 2 years - I look forward to many more. Blogs like yours fill the hole left by the closing of so many design magazines. I love to read you and learn so much. As a Washington DC resident, I was very excited to see that Phoebe Howard is thinking of opening a store in Washington DC - keeping my fingers crossed that it will happen! Her book might just have to be a substitute until that can happen.

    Susan D, Washington DC

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  170. Congratulations! You have a beautiful and inspiring blog!

    Christi

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  171. Omg, how wonderful -count me in! I remember when you featured this beautiful apt -I was thrilled by it and remember saving the pictures into my inspiration files. I'd have to honestly say it was my favorite post of yours!

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  172. Dear TTI:

    Having read your prior blogs for most of the past 2 years, I have learned many things.

    I began reading many design books and blogs when I was embarking on a gut renovation of my pre-war apartment. I find some blogs interesting, some erudite, some dreadful, some amusing, some merely vanity sites.

    I have found your site different than many because you consistently choose rooms that have a balance and elegance and seemingly reject those that are faddish, pretentious, overdone, etc. I well realize that doing so is not an easy task, especially when you base much of your blog on homes in Atlanta, where many do not exercise similar restraint.

    You introduced me to Mrs. Howard's site which is very beautiful. I am sure that I would enjoy her book. Regardless, I look forward to your future posts.

    Sincerely yours,

    Barbara

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  173. Pick me! Pick me! Your writing has such a lovely voice to it, and your thoughtfulness is wonderful. I really enjoy the few moments of something beautiful to look at and interesting to consider that your blog provides. Congratulations. Nancy in Vienna, VA

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  174. What a special giveaway...very exciting! I find great inspiration with your blog, I hope you continue with it far into the future...

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  175. Many congratulations on your 2 year blogiversary. I signed up as a follower after seeing your Champ Soleil post (oh be still my heart, lol).
    This is a special and generous giveaway you have here. I collect beautiful books and have been very inspired by Phoebe Howard's designs.
    One of the things I love most about blog-land is discovering so many talented people, it's like an extremely good book. impossible to put down. congrats again and looking forward to another Things That Inspire year, Happy posting, Kathy.

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  176. Congratulations on your 2nd blogiversary! Your blog is beautiful and soothing, exciting and relacing! I always look forward to what I will find here. Thank you for hosting a giveaway of Phoebe Howard's beautiful book!

    Amy
    Aimala127@gmail.com

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  177. I started getting these posts when someone did an entry on the "Devil Wears Prada" office - it was so neat that I have been getting the email every since - thanks ever so much and Congratulations! - wolfehe1@hotmail.com

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  178. Hi! I just found your blog because another blogger (the author of Nest) decided to follow me on Twitter. So - I am very happy to be reading your beautiful thoughts and ideas. And - it's no wonder that Phoebe Howard asked you to review her apartment. It was meant to be. How wonderful for you. I am such a fan of hers - have been for years. She inspires me to create beauty. She does it so effortlessly, it seems.

    Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary...keep up the great work. I look forward to reading more...now that I've found your blog!

    Linda Leyble
    Studio of Decorative Arts
    Beautiful Staged Homes

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  179. Congratulations! Always a pleasure reading your blog and learning about designers like Phoebe Howard and others. Cheers.

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  180. Congrats on the anniversary! Looking forward to many more years of inspiration.

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  181. Congratulations! Look at how much information you've produced and shared with all of us over this 2 year period. Thanks for giving.

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  182. I am so inspired by your blog - congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

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  183. Congrats! Happy 2 year Anniversary! Wow time really flies. Thanks for always posting about the most amazing things. I'm always inspired by you and have printed out many of your posts to keep on file for my new business.

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  184. oh my goodness i want this book!! hahah Ok, I think one of my favorite posts of yours (there have been so many) was the one about there being light on 2 sides. I'd never thought of that before & once you alerted me, I started noticing it everywhere in favorite rooms.

    congrats on all your blogging success!!!
    Best,
    Lauren

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  185. Hello,
    You have a lovely blog! And that book looks amazing!

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  186. I always look forward to emails of your blog; in this day of e-overload, your photos and commentary stand out! Congratulations on turning Two!

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  187. Congratulations and thanks for all of your wonderful posts. I discovered you blog after some of my favorite magazines shut down. I'm still trying to figure out proper blogging etiquette and have never commented. Your blog is a constant source of inspiration and I am grateful to you for the time you spend enlightening your readers.

    My favorite post was the one about Christopher Alexander's theory about light on two sides of a room. You might say I am a real estate junkie. I've moved my family three times in the past five years (all in the same neighborhood). I think the closing attorney is beginning to think I'm nuts -- especially because we have two children under three! Your post finally helped me realize what I was looking for in a house.

    Many thanks,
    Mary

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  188. That book looks like a good one! I love reading your posts, it's always such an inspiration! :)

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  189. Dear TTI,
    As a fellow Atlantan, but relatively new to the area, I enjoy seeing so much your posts on local architectue and your view on each. You introduced me to Phoebe Howard and her lovely style. I like the title of her book, "Pretty", it is an interesting concept to ponder and may be a word not used as often as it should. Some writers want a "wow" factor and use words like stunning, or outstanding or...and miss the simple elegance of "pretty." Congratulations to you on your blogiversary, keep up the great work, I always enjoying popping in to see what you are up to!
    Blessings...
    Renae

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  190. Happy Blogiversary!!! Are you still reading after all the comments? Great work and I hope there are many more years of Things That Inspire!!

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  191. Yay for 2 years! I love how restful and serene her rooms look.

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  192. I love Phoebe Howard! I even added her to my Facebook so I wouldn't miss what she says, does, and sells.
    I would dearly love to view and touch this book.

    I love your blog. It is so evocative of what I am trying to accomplish in my home and life. I wish you happiness and many more anniversaries.

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  193. This is my first visit to your blog - I will be back a great find. Congratulations on your blogiversary.
    Annika

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  194. I always eagerly anticipate your new postings on your most wonderful blog. Congratulations on your anniversary! My favorite blog entry was Lori Tippin's home.

    How might those who do not win the entry purchase Phoebe Howard's book?

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  195. Congratulations! I love reading your posts, a true inspiration! Thank you for an amazing giveaway, keeping fingers crossed x

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  196. Congrats on 2 years...heres to many more....love your blog.

    xoxo
    Charlotte

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  197. Just came across your blog. How inspiring and fresh! The book is a wonderful gift! How lucky for someone to win it. Be sure and check out my blog, I'm having a give away too.

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  198. Your blog is both relaxing and inspiring. I look forward to it as an escape and a way to improve my own space. Thank you!

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