365 Days of Blogging

A year ago, I sent an email to about 40 friends and family members announcing that I was starting a renovation/interior design blog, It’s Great To Be Home.  I didn’t know what to expect, but no matter how things turned out I knew that I would have a great time sprucing up my house, trying new projects, and sharing all of it with anyone that might be interested.  I’ve been so thrilled for this little ol’ blog to grow from 40 visitors to tens of thousands each month – how cool is that?

I Got a New Attitude

During the past year, tons of things have changed.  I left my job as an attorney, started a new career in real estate, flipped my first house, started working from home instead of driving 45 minutes to an office, began sprucing up the homes of strangers over the web . . . and it has been such a delight to get to share all of these changes with you, even the little ones like making our backyard a little less ugly and sewing some new pillows for the den.  Who new that there was a whole community of awesome people that are into the same things that I am?  Let me tell you, it’s been awesome to get to hang out with you guys.

Since it’s IGTBH‘s first blogiversary, I thought it was only appropriate to share a video with you guys that we shot the day we bought our house – the house that started it all, way before this blog was even a twinkle in my eye.  Want to take a tour of our home and see how it looked before we renovated the heck out of it?

If you weren’t busy getting seasick from Jason’s camera skills (sorry babe!!), here are some things you may  have picked up on from the video:

~ This was during my brief stint as a blonde – so weird to see myself like that!!

~ Our house had the most hideous collection of drapes ever known to mankind.

~ We pretty much stuck to our entire renovation plan!!

~ I say “Alright” at least 30 times.

~ Our breakfast room used to look like a circus tent.

~ I really think that was a gun cabinet in the laundry room – it had locks and everything!

~ I clearly had no idea that the “craft room” would ultimately turn into my office.

~ I’m hoping you weren’t blinded by the original fireplace – sorry about that.

~ Can you believe how dark our den used to be?  And that was with all the lights on!

~ Did you recognize those bookcases in the den that turned into my salvaged craft cabinet?

~ I’m pretty sure Jason’s closet is bigger than mine – don’t know how that happened!

~ Burglar bars were apparently “in” in 1968 when our house was built.

~ After watching this video, I’m going to burn those pants I was wearing.

Anyhoo, thanks for hanging in there with me this past year – I’ve loved every minute of it!!  Here’s to another great year!

If you want to see how our house turned out after the big renovation, be sure to check out the Home Tour page of IGTBH.

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Comments

  1. Meredith says:

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! I remember picking up on your site around March of last year, so I’ve been with you almost since the beginning!

  2. kathy says:

    congrats!!! i love the ‘before’ video of your house. and yes, husband could definitely improve the camera skills :)

  3. Tonya says:

    I can’t belive it’s been a YEAR!!! What a crazy year it has been! It seems like only yesterday we were trying to figure out a name for this wonderful blog! I am amazed at all the great things you have done this year! You are an inspiration! Congrats on a year well done :-)

  4. Averill says:

    Congrats on your first year! Your blog has been one of my favorites and it’s been great getting to know you over the past year. I hope one day we’ll be able to meet up so I can see your fabulous house in person!

  5. Jen says:

    Wow this year flew by!!! Congrats on the first of many years of making me want to redecorate & shop :)

    xoxo jen

  6. Liz says:

    Tonya,

    I KNOW!!! Talk about a seriously crazy year – we had fun, didn’t we?!? Thanks again for being such an amazing help getting IGTBH up and running – you definitely kept me going!!

    ~ Liz

    (P.S. And speaking of inspiration, look who’s talking, chick who started her own law firm!! You rock) :)

  7. christy says:

    Liz – congratulations on making it one year! Last summer at BlogHer I learned that the vast majority of blogs fizzle out and die after a year, but I have a feeling yours won’t be one of those – thankfully! It’s one of my all-time faves and I am sooo happy I discovered you last year! I too would love to meet you in person one day and come see your house! Love the before and afters – and again, Congratulations on your anniversary!!!