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Wednesday, July 21

Real People And Their Homes - Colorful and Comfortable

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I love the "eye candy" photos out there in blogland -
those perfect pictures of homes and
food from catalogs and magazines . . . 

Since other bloggers are already showing those,

I've decided to make my blog about 
real things I'm involved in and 
real people I know -
all presented with my IMPERFECT photos!

(But I'm working on the photography part!)

Today I'm starting a new series called
"Real People and Their Homes".

 I'm so excited to introduce you to my dear friend Debi and her 
(P.S. - I can take no credit--Debi did everything herself!)

I asked Debi some questions so that you can get to know her:

Question: You are not afraid of color - in fact use of bright color is one 
of the trademarks that makes your home special - how do you make your choices?
Debi: "People often tell me, 'I wish I dared use color!' I have a very eclectic style. I got that from my mom. She was ahead of her time in her color choices and she picked things other people weren't picking even back in the '50's. Most of the things I choose are because of the color 
or a memory the object invokes. Color-wise,
everything goes with everything. The sky is the limit and I don't have a lot of rules."

Question: What collection is your favorite?

Debi: "My collections have changed over the years. I used to collect cookie cutters & nutcrackers, but I don't feel anything for them anymore. Now I collect words: books,  favorite quotes, favorite lines from movies. I wanted to write on my walls before vinyl was invented!"

Note: one of Debi's favorite quotes is on her family room wall:

"All the people I love come here on their way to &
from the most important moments in their lives"

Question: If money were no object, what would you buy?

Debi: "A big, huge gingham & floral sofa AND a swimming pool!"

(Debi created this ribbon window treatment)

  Question: What store could you spend hours browsing?

"Home Goods. Or if I'm in New York City, Kate's Paperie."

Question: Where do you turn for inspiration when you are in a creative funk?

Debi: "Music, great blogs, Studio 5 (local TV show), & memories"

Question: You brought up music, what is the theme song of your life? 

Debi: "I recently had stage-side seats to a James Taylor concert. My kids asked what I would say to James if I got a chance to talk to him. I would say, 'Thanks for being the soundtrack to my life".

 Question: What projects are you most proud of?

Debi: "In the context of my house, having an inviting & fun place
where people want to be. But more importantly, I'm proud of my
marriage. We've endured a lot in 37 years!"

Since I never want to leave, I would say Debi has accomplished her goal a fun home 
where people want to be. Thank you, my friend, for sharing with me
& my readers.

Warmly, Michelle

The Lettered Cottage


  1. Well, I LOVE HER HOUSE. I love all the fun colors and can just feel a fun spirit coming from her home.
    That was a fun post.

    Like Oprah says "your home should reach out and greet you"

  2. That's my momma! I love this lady and I love her home as well. She is so much fun and I am so grateful to have her as my mom. Thanks for featuring her on your blog. It's fun to see her home through someone else's lense. I love you mom. :)

  3. I'm going to LOVE this series and can't wait for the next one. Although, it'll be hard to beat the clear, colorful vision of about courage! Absolutely LOVED it!

    And, I loved meeting you on Monday too...I can't believe I'm going to use this corny phrase, but you are a sweet spirit. You glow. Look forward to perusing your blog and getting to know you better.

  4. What a cheerful and happy home! Thank you for sharing!
    Have a pretty day!

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE her home. What great taste. Wish she could help me with mine!

    My first time over. I came on a great day. LOVE your blog. Great new idea for your post too!

  6. am into colorto -- LoVe LoVe her colors and I always try to put the spirit of comfortable+ness in my home too -- I can relate to her home indeed! New to your blog - be back soon..

  7. Thanks for visiting Completely Cottage! I will take you up on your deal - in fact I am going to write chocolate bars on my grocery list so I can make your chunky choc chip cookies - they look amazing!!

    Thanks also for allowing us to see this beautiful home - love the colours!!

  8. Hello there...thanks for stopping by my blog which in turn has led me to yours. Your layout is amazing. I'm such a sucker for those types of things. Did you do it yourself? I'm afraid that I have fallen into the category of "reposter" child. I look forward to the day when I'll have spackel on my fingertips and paint in my hair. For now I can only dream about what will come. Enjoy your weekend!

  9. Michelle Responds:

    Thanks, Cashmere 'n Cotton, for the compliment on my layout. I'm still new to blogging, so I'm not even sure I understand the question, but the artwork on the sides is from I love it! The header & button artwork is by an artist named Carson Davidson (there is a link to him on the sidebar). He surprised me with this pixie version of myself. I was so flattered & I am enjoying it. Thanks for stopping by!

    Warmly, Michelle

  10. I love fun! Her comment at the end is priceless...I am proud of my 37 years of marriage....doesn't that say it all!!!

  11. Debi truly is an amazing and inspiring woman and I'm so blessed to have her for a neighbor! Everything from her home to her darling personality radiates JOY!

  12. What an inspiring blog you have. Thank you for the comment!

  13. We just built our home i want to uses the exterior colors you used. I am having a hard time finding the colors. Please can you tell me the name brand paint and color you used on the outside of your home. Thank you

  14. We just built our home i want to uses the exterior colors you used. I am having a hard time finding the colors. Please can you tell me the name brand paint and color you used on the outside of your home. Thank you


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