For this interview, we got together with Kellie from Gratefully Vintage. Kellie and her family are true fixer-uppers. They have fixed up at least 6 homes that we know of (and probably plenty more that we don’t). She likes to take her whole family and go bargain and antique shopping to find things to use for their next DIY project. Check out some of her incredible projects below:

1. How many years have you been blogging?

Almost 4 years!

2. What is your favorite Interior Design project that you’ve ever done?

Our living room at the beach house!

gratefully vintage beach house fixer upper

3. Which project are you most proud of?

I am most proud of all of my client projects because they are so happy when I am finished and it is such a gratifying feeling to use something that is so fun for me to help others love their spaces even more

4. What does a day in the life of an interior decor blogger look like?

For me it is work, but super fun!!  First of all, I like to have the house to myself…I turn on my favorite music and I get to work.  I am absolutely giddy when I am working on a post. I like to work in the morning setting up the space and then depending on the time of year, waiting for just the right lighting to take photos.  My son is a Lightroom expert so he taught me and often helps me edit my photos. I don’t think people understand how much work goes into just one post…from staging the photos, to editing the photos, to writing the post it takes me an entire day!! But I’m not complaining as I said before I absolutely love my job!

whole room ottoman remodel decor diy

5. What kind of lighting do you have set up for your work?

I prefer to use natural light, but in a very dark place, I have a lighting kit from amazon

6. What is the greatest tip that you could give to our readers?

If you are starting a blog, the first thing I would work on is your photography & editing skills! I took the class.


7. What is the hardest thing about interior design?

With clients, it is working on a home where the client wants a totally different look than is my own taste.  The first time I did a project like that it took me a long time because I kept being drawn to things for the project that I liked, so I had to really work on figuring out my clients’ style!  As a blogger, it is working from home. Sometimes I get distracted so I have to leave the house to write. People can find me at my Starbucks office during those days 😉


8. If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

I would have started blogging earlier than I did.  I wanted to, but I thought I wouldn’t be good enough so my fear held me back for too long and then when I finally went for it, I didn’t actually care what other people thought of it!  Doing something out of my comfort zone, really build my confidence!

decorating with wrapping paper diy home decor

9. What do you think had the biggest impact on making your blog a success?

When something doesn’t go the way I thought, I never think of it as a failure I instead think, “ok, I won’t do that again, how can I do it better the next time”.

We hope that you enjoyed this awesome interview. If you want to read about other really cool interior designers check out our interview with Michele that bought and renovated her own farmhouse and Christina’s dream of becoming an interior designer.