When we decided to start this interview series where we interview interior design bloggers we didn’t expect such an overwhelming response. And we are so blessed to have gotten just the right people to interview. Jen from Noting Grace is a prime example of someone who did home decor as a hobby and was fearless enough to start doing this full time. So read about her story below and check out some of her incredible projects:

1. How many years have you been blogging?

I started blogging in 2010 as a hobby. I had stepped away from a career as a professional vocalist to become a mom and needed a way to funnel all that creativity. That’s how Noting Grace was born. In 2017, I switched gears from being a hobby DIY blogger to pursuing this as my full-time job and am so glad I made the switch.

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

My favorite project by far has been my most recent one – our sunroom makeover. It started with a vision for a space I love and turned out just as I imagined. That doesn’t happen very often!

3. Which project are you most proud of?

I am most proud of our kitchen renovations we’ve completed. We’ve done 2 so far, one in our old house, as well as just completing our current kitchen. Not only did they turn out beautifully, but we were able to accomplish a completely new kitchen at a fraction of the cost. Being able to share budget-friendly solutions for huge decor dilemmas is a big accomplishment for me! Not everyone can afford a total remodel and I’m honored to share how it doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful.

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

It’s a busy day! I start each day answering emails and comments and switch gears to blogging business. I save the afternoons for my DIY projects and tutorials, take a break for an afternoon with my boys and then get back to work in the evenings editing photos, managing social media or looking for ideas for my next room renovation.

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

This is a great question! Since moving to our new-to-us house, lighting has been a challenge. Our last house had so many windows that natural light was everywhere. This house is much darker, so ambient light has been a must. Finding the right lighting for each room is new to me, but a challenge I love! I think lighting is the trick to make any room feel comfortable and cozy and is an important aspect of any design project.

 

6. What is your favorite lamp or string lights that you’ve used for a project?

We used to live in Las Vegas and had a beautiful patio with string lighting. I have been missing that patio and am looking to purchase some of Brighttech’s Ambient Patio lights that are solar-powered. We hope to tackle that project this spring and get back that patio I am missing!

 

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

In creating a home you love, follow what makes you happy. If you love color, incorporate that into your home. If you lean toward a particular style, be true to what speaks to you. Too many times, people pursue the trends and end up with a room they hate. By creating a space in your home surrounded by those things you love, you will find a place that gives you comfort and can’t wait to get home to.

 

8. What is the hardest thing about interior design?

Finding economical ways to get the look you love without overspending.

 

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

I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, so I wouldn’t change anything. That’s what Noting Grace tries to embrace. Noticing the challenges in your home, in your parenting, sometimes in life, and giving grace where it’s needed. My motto is “finding beauty in the blemishes” – be it a forgotten piece of furniture on the side of the road, or a not-so-perfect DIY that went wrong. Each day, we get the opportunity to make it what we want, and finding ways to see all those blemishes and mishaps as something beautiful has changed my perspective on my entire approach to life.

 

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

Once I found my true voice and listened to my heart, I was suddenly started to see the impact on my audience. That gave me the drive to pursue this as a business and provide the best content possible. It’s an honor that people come to my website each day looking for ideas and inspiration. Hopefully, they walk away not only inspired but encouraged to tackle any DIY. If I can do it, so can you!

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.