Home Decor Interview:
Connie from "Living Beautifully"
If Connie from “Living Beautifully” comes across as happy and loving life, that's because she is. And by listening to her, you'll come to appreciate your own life and be happier too, because Connie's positive attitude is infectious!
Connie is a stay-at-home-wife by choice, having left an extremely successful corporate job in Silicon Valley for the brave new world of Boise, Idaho. By all accounts, it was the best move she ever made. Not only has it led to a more stress-free life, but she also has more time to do the one thing you and I love most: decorate!
On her “Living Beautifully” blog, Connie documents her daily creativity, with enjoyable results and it makes for a fun read. Please take a moment to meet Connie and learn more about her life and background; you'll be glad you did!
In 1989 we survived the SF earthquake and couldn't find each other for several hours. That brought me to the realization of how much we needed to get out of there and how much I valued my husband. I was the highest paid woman in a Fortune 500 company that at that time was about 59 in the 500. My husband worked for a large computer related company and we lived a very good life. But our decision has never ever been regretted. We love our life here.
La Maison Rose to get rid
of some of our belongings. LOL When we moved to Idaho we bought a huge 5,000
square foot house on a hilly acre. After several years we decided to move from
that small town to a larger town closer to Boise. I determined that small town
life was definitely not for me. Plus we wanted a smaller yard as we aged. We
sold enough stuff to furnish a house plus we DID just about furnish our
granddaughter's apartment in Washington state. So I though I'd get rid of some
3. You used to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now you call Idaho home. How did you adjust to this culture change, and do you ever miss California?
I miss my kids in California but our
daughter might be moving up here soon. I love California; it was home to us for
many years. But now I am in love with Idaho. Adjusting to the culture change was
a bit overwhelming but we're used to it and Idahoans have accepted us very well.
I do know that small town life isn't what I pictured it to be and love our town
of about 85,000 people. I'd much rather be a small fish in a big pond than a
large fish in a small pond. I love my anonymity!
4. Congratulations on being able to stay home. Without the burden and pressure of working for someone else, what do you enjoy doing at home during the day? Does this allow you to spend a lot more time on your passion of decorating? Do you miss the corporate world at all?
I have many passions: decorating,
crafting, reading and computers. I absolutely love my computers. We have 5 just
for the 2 of us. When we travel my MacBookPro goes with me and hubby takes one
of his. I miss nothing about my corporate life.
5. One of the blog posts that touched me the most (and others too, as evidenced by the increased number of comments you received) was when you posted close-ups of your beautiful face. This was a bold move that I don’t think most women would have the courage to do. You also voluntarily pointed out physical features that you’re unhappy with, which again goes against the norm of most women. What inspired you to make that very refreshing, courageous post, and what was the reaction like from your readers?
Wow! I didn't think of myself as
brave. You've just made me cry, sugar! Yet I AM a very brave woman. I'm a
woman of faith and hopefully, love, morals and character. The world needs more
women of faith, those who aren't afraid to speak out honestly and be soft and
yet strong. There is too much coarseness in this world; we need more kindness
6. You have a lovely home, and readers can see pictures of it online that you posted. It’s as if each decorative and personal item has its own story to tell, and you deserve to be as proud of your home as you are. Of all the rooms you’ve decorated (including that terrific laundry room makeover!), which is your favorite, and why?
Thank YOU! It's just a very simple
home put together with love. Most items in this house have a story to tell, from
the little liberty bell and bird my son bought me on a trip to Philadelphia and
the little straw basket he made when he was a boy scout to the hooked rugs and
embroideries my daughter made for me.
7. You’re obviously a very creative person, and it shines through your website. How long have you been blogging, and how have you enjoyed the experience of sharing your creativity with the whole world?
I think I've been blogging about 3 years now. I absolutely LOVE blogging. It's a creative outlet for me. Actually, today brought it home to me when a fellow blogger contacted me and asked for some help with her blog. I help a LOT of bloggers out there. Here is the quote in my email to her:
After my main purpose for each blog (thoughts, musings, etc.) my focus is on the reader. Font, photos, ease of viewing. I've a very visual person and have to have it as perfect as I can get it.
I'd rather be blogging than just about anything else in this world. The composing, the photography, the editing of the photos and the text....all of it. Like many other bloggers I put my heart on the line out there in blogland. My goal is to make the blog a celestial, happy and serene place for the viewer to be. Wit helps me a lot as we are a very humorous, funny and witty family.
I am obviously more comfortable in
the corporate environment as I was very good at what I did. Crafting was
something I discovered in the early 80s. I simply needed a stress reliever and
something to do at home after hours spent in an office. One day while sitting in
my office I just wanted to be home baking cookies!
My advice to anyone would be to find a decorating style you love and then "perfect" it. Identify your style and then refine it so to speak. Look at pictures of real homes in magazines, not the mansions; although, you can look at them and have an idea come into your mind of a less expensive variation of it to make it work for you. I've done that in just about everything I've done in decorating. You do not have to spend a fortune to have your home lovely, not at all!
The decades of our lives are always
different. What we do in our 20s will certainly be different from our 40s and
60s. I'm speaking from experience and everyone who is younger than me has agreed
First of all, congratulations to
Connie on a whopping 48 years of marriage! That is quite an
accomplishment, and we're very happy that Connie is enjoying her life so much.
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