Wednesday, 15 February 2012

One word with Debby of Inspired Design

Good morning, hope everyone had a happy Valentines day, whatever you did (if you did anything) I know for many I know, its just an ordinary day. We had a lovely and relaxing dinner with great friends.  In continuing on with my new series "One word" I am so happy to have Debby of Inspired Design with me today. Sometimes, its more than "one word" and that makes it even more interesting!  Inspired Design is such a beautiful blog, a sure thing and  one of my  first stops every morning as I make my rounds throughout blogland. For those of you who are already a fan of Inspired Design, I know you agree and for those not yet familiar, I cannot stress enough how wonderful it is!

Debby has a unique knack of beautifully mixing the worlds of decor, fashion and travel sprinkled with an inspirational message of some sort. She always leaves me thinking and gives me a reason to ponder whatever she might be posting about that day. Debby also has a very successful graphics design business under her belt, so if you are need of a blog makeover or just starting out, doesn't get better than Debby. I loved hearing more about the world through Debby's eyes and so enjoyed getting to know her more. So without further adieu, here's Debby...

       Debby from Inspired Design

One quality I love in people is..
Realness. I can't stand pretentious people. I think we all crave authenticity. The people who are the most charismatic are those who are comfortable in their own skin and don't try to be anyone else.

If my house could only be furnished in one color it would definitely have to be...
One color? This is tough. I'm a girl who loves color. I'm honestly stumped. I think I may be incapable of living in a colorless world.

One luxury I cannot live without..
Anyone who knows me knows that I live for my hair appointments. I'm gonna go with multi-dimensional highlights.

If I had to have one designer decorate my entire house with zero input from me it would have to be...
Jamie Herzlinger. I've actually gotten to know her a bit via blogging and she is as sweet as she is talented. There isn't a room she touches that isn't fabulous in my opinion.

If I had to choose coffee or tea it would be...
Coffee! I don't drink, I don't smoke, but give me my coffee! It's a vice. My Keurig and I are the best of friends.

One place I have been that I would love to go back to....
I know it's cliche but most definitely Paris. I'm trying to figure out how to live there for a year. Kind of a problem seeing as I don't speak the language, don't have the funds and don't have a job lined up. Sigh.

One place I am longing to visit it....
Oh, only one? There are so many! I would say Tuscany and Florence are top of the list.

One talent I wish I had was...
I would love to be able to sing. Oh, I sing... but it's not pretty... china breaking bad.

I think most people would agree that I am very....
Down to earth. I have an aversion to snobbishness.

If I could change one quality about myself it would be...I would forgive easier. I'm working on it.

One career I could see myself having is.....Interior Stylist. Having the ability to combine my visual merchandising background with my love of interiors would make me one happy camper.

If food is therapy, when stressed I indulge in....I hang with Ben & Jerry when I'm stressed. Those boys never let me down.

One of my favorite brands for clothing is....
Anthropologie and  J. Crew are my go-to stores.

If my life were a book, the title would be.....
Girl Reinvented. I chose this for a title because that is exactly where I'm at. Calling it quits after 19 years of marriage certainly makes you view life in an entirely different way. All of your plans and security go out the window. What's a girl left to do? Reinvent herself! Who knows, I may just really write it one day.

My favorite flower is....It's a tie between a peony and a hydrangea.

I would love to have coffee and a chat session with this famous person...
Barbara Walters. How fun would it be to interview the one who has interviewed so many? Maybe she'd cry. 

A favorite t.v. show....
I haven't been watching very much t.v. these days but I always laugh my head off over Modern Family.

Hollywood is...
Overrated. I'm unimpressed.

Tuscany or Provence?
Oh, I want to go to both. Seriously. I'd say Tuscany with Provence a close second.

The next presidential election will be....All over the media too much.

The one best thing about blogging is:
Without a doubt... the great friendships you form with other bloggers. Who knew?

A guilty pleasure for me is...
Catching an episode of The Bachelor, (hanging head in shame). It's entertaining to say the least.

A clothing designer I think has great style is...
Kate Spade. She knows who she is and she's not afraid to show it. Love her use of color and her uncanny ability to make fashion whimsical and fun.

My strongest quality would have to be....I'm sensitive. Some people might view it as a weakness but I think it's a gift. It allows you to love deeper,  feel things fully and sympathize with others.

The best restaurant I have ever been to was..
I'm gonna go with Ladurée in Paris. I was just so thrilled to be eating breakfast there that they could have served me dirt on a plate and I would have been smiling from ear to ear.

The most overrated actor/actress is..
Jim Carrey. I can take him is small doses.

If my life were a documentary, I could see this actress playing me...
Katherine Heigl only because 2 or 3 people said that she resembles me. I don't see it.

One thing I like about my appearance is....
My smile. Thanks for the braces, Mom. Guess the headgear was worth it.

One thing I can honestly say I love about myself is....
My sense of humor. It has gotten me through a lot. The skill to laugh at yourself or find humor in an unbearable situation will carry you through.

Town or Country?
Probably town but it would be great to have a weekend place in the country.

One person I admire...
My Uncle. Hands down. He's brilliant, cultured, well-traveled and has been there for me my entire life. I respect his opinion and always go to him for advice because I know he has my best interests at heart and anything I tell him in confidence will never escape his lips.

Pick a decade to live in, any decade.
The 80's was just crazy fun. I could do it again. Not too sure about reliving some of the fashion but I did like the fact that all the style rules were broken and freedom of expression ruled.

My favorite room in my house is....
My kitchen. It's true... the kitchen is the heart of the home. People migrate there during parties. I love my oversized island, double ovens and glass cabinetry.

If I were an animal I would be a...
Since I'm a dog lover, I would have to say dog. Can I be one of my two? They've got the life. They have me trained well.

A book I would recommend to everyone would be..
God Never Blinks, by Regina Brett. I'm currently reading this. Regina is a journalist who wrote 50 life lessons she had learned upon the arrival of her fiftieth birthday. Each lesson is based on her personal experience and she makes you want to be friends with her. She's very wise.

If I were planning a huge family reunion, this is where I would like to have it....Nantucket. I would rent a house right on the ocean and have clambakes, volleyball, barbecues, music and big brunches.

One thing I wish everyone could be more of...Compassionate. Everyone has something they are going through. We never truly know what struggles they are facing.

In one word life is....

Debby, no wonder I like you the way I do! I found myself agreeing with so much of what you said. Paris, Florence, Tuscany (even though, sniff sniff, I have never been to Tuscany), three of my most favorite places on earth! Ben and Jerryshola! Need to forgive easier, guilty as charged (but working on it), so agree about Kate Spades personal great style and yes, the world needs A LOT more compassion. And thanks for giving a shout out to Modern Family and peonies and hydrangeas! Love how you think, Debby!! Hope you enjoyed this, and hope you will take a minute to head over to Debby's beautiful blog and say hello and introduce yourself. Click  here to visit Debby. It always means the world to us bloggers, to hear from the readers. Debby, thanks again and to everyone for stopping in. Wishing everyone a fabulous and enchanting day!

One more kitchen has been featured in not one but two blogs today (just found out) I am soooo honored!! Thank you Lucianne and Veronica!!! I am humbled, truly!
Please if you have a minute, visit them and check it out......

Thanks girls!!!!

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