Any tips for new bloggers?
Only post what you love!
I write about what I’m passionate about and products I love. There are a handful of influencers who do this very well, and even though they have sponsored posts I can tell they genuinely enjoy whatever it is they are writing about. It’s difficult to wait it out and only accept sponsorships from businesses you really love, but if you don’t you will just feel a lot of pressure and in the end dislike what you’re doing. If you create content you love everything else will fall into place!
What are your favorite books?
This could be a long conversation with several pots of tea, but I’ll try to make it quick!
Fiction: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Beowulf, Inferno by Dante Alighieri, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Persuasion by Jane Austen, The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
Non-Fiction: The Problem of Pain, A Grief Observed, The Abolition of Man, Letters Vol. II, The Weight of Glory, Latin Letters by C.S. Lewis, Orthodoxy, The Catholic Church and Conversion by G.K. Chesterton, The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth, Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien
What decade inspires you most for interior style for your home?
I get asked this question on Instagram a lot, so I thought I should add it here! When you are trying to find your personal style, my advice is to decorate with fabrics and items your eye is naturally drawn to.
I grew up in Mayberry and have a deep love for all things 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. My great grandmother’s kitchen was a 1930s time capsule. I have fond memories visiting her and feel most comfortable baking in a kitchen that has a 30s æsthetic. Most of my great grandmother’s appliances were the shade of Fire King’s jade glassware. While most of my kitchen is pink, I do collect vintage Fire King jade glassware…and lots of pyrex!
For the rest of our home I use a mixture of decades. 1940’s for most styling items and 1960’s-esque furniture. Looking for unique pieces at flea markets and antique shops is apart of my love language—the hunt is so much fun!
Favorite reading-time snack?
And book you couldn’t even finish?
I was asked this question on Tumblr! Favorite reading-time snack, definitely a charcuterie board and a bottle of red wine, preferably from France.
If someone wanted to understand you, what would they read, watch, and listen to?
Another question via Tumblr—read Dante’s Inferno, watch The Lord of the Rings, and listen to Gregory Alan Isakov & Chopin.
Book I couldn’t finish: recently, Crooked Kingdom. Reading it felt like I was getting my wisdom teeth pulled again.