Four Years and Many Changes

2.04.2014

Last week on January 30th marked my four year blogging anniversary. Wow, four years sure have gone by quickly!

 Forgive how dark these old photos are. Thank goodness I have a better camera and better photography skills now.


I am amazed that so many of you have been with me since the beginning and I have so many new ones joining me here almost daily. Many many changes have taken place in my home over the last four years. This photo above is from my very first post. My, how the foyer has changed over that time. Y'all know I am the crazy lady always tweaking, changing, painting, and rearranging and y'all are the crazy ones who keep reading and I thank you. Many friends from the past have started blogs and then later quit blogging. Blogging does take a huge amount of time and I totally understand those who have decided not to keep it up.


I never in a million years ever dreamed of making money from blogging, but boy it sure is nice. If I had not been making anything from blogging I would not have afforded to find the bargains that I do or to have made improvements in our home the last four years and I surely would not have been able to travel to France last September. I did a lot of saving to go on that trip.


Thank goodness I was able to do a lot of updates as my tastes have changed somewhat. I still love French country decor, but also with a mix of farmhouse and a little industrial thrown in. Most all the walls have been lightened except for one guest room and the master even though it was lightened up two shades from where it was.


I love that the blog is like a life journal and I can look back at where we were and how things are now.


But the absoulute best thing I have gained from starting this blogging venture are the friendships that have been formed. Nothing is better than that!

THANK YOU so much to all of you who come back day after day. If it wasn't for y'all there would be no blog. I hope y'all will hang in here with me until  either the house is done, are they ever, or I just run out of ideas to blog about. Hopefully that is down the road. 

I hope y'all will come back tonight and share your creativity at Wow Us Wednesdays!

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66 comments:

  1. happy anniversary! your home continues to inspire me.

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  2. Happy Anniversary Kim!! So glad you started blogging. You truly have been an inspiration for me.

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  3. I'm so glad I found your blog! I read every post!

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  4. Happy Anniversary Kim! You always inspire me and you were one of the first blogs I started reading.
    Cheers! - Shelley

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  5. Happy 4th Anniversary. Look forward to seeing your future posts.

    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

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  6. Happy Anniversary, Kim! Your energy and creativity have always been a source of inspiration for me, since I discovered you, along with blogging!

    Poppy

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  8. Happy Anniversary! Thanks so much for sharing your decorating and DIY projects with us! I hope to read SSS for many more years :)

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  9. Happy Anniversary Kim! I will always read, as you always continue to inspire.

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  10. Congratulations on your anniversary, Kim! You're talent and creativity always inspire me and so many others! I look forward to many more posts in the future!

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  11. Happy Anniversary Kim!! I'm happy to say we were friends from before blogging ;)...your one of the reasons I started my blog:)

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  12. Happy Blogiversary! I enjoy your blog and am inspired by all your beautiful photos! I look forward to many more posts!

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  13. Happy Anniversary, Kim!! I'm always in for a treat when I drop in to see you! Your blog is one that I've followed along time! I felt like I was reading a dear friend's blog especially since my daughter lived in Atlanta, Alpharetta area. I mean, I had been to the same antique store that you had been shopping in! Of course a friend! Your blog is truly amazing and what a joy to see all that you create andKim, you do it so well!
    Hugs, sweet girl!
    Nancy

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    1. Happy Anniversary, Kim! Thank you for sharing your creativity and talent with all of us for the past four years. Your wonderful blog has been on my daily reading list since the beginning…I admire that you strive for excellence in all you do and you are such an inspiration to me to do better. Thank you Kim for all you do!

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  14. Congratulations Kim on your blogging Anniversary! It really is hard to believe that much time we have been here!.

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  15. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! You are truly an inspiration to me and I love visiting your blog daily for ideas! ~~Angela

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  16. Happy Anniversary! Fairly new to your blog, but I sure do enjoy reading it each day, maybe its your southern accent. Always beauty, and always inspiring, Elaine

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  17. Happy Blogaversary Kim!…I am sure the time has flown by as you truly have fun doing this…and we are glad that you hung in there as we all benefit from that!…I love seeing how my home evolves along with others…I do not think you will ever run out of things to blog about as you are constantly changing, adding, and enhancing things around the house!…that is your passion…and as I said, we are the benefit of your passion…you have certainly been able to list many accomplishments and accolades in the blog and design world….so here's to many more years of blogging my friend!!!

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  18. Happy Anniversary! Four years is a long time in the blog world! Kudos! It's wonderful that your hobby and passion have turned into a career! They always say to do what you love! ;) Here's to many more!

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  19. Happy Anniversary to you! It's fun to see how much your home has changed since you first started blogging.

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  20. Happy blog anniversary! I have enjoyed every single one of your posts and loved seeing your style evolve. I also am very happy that we have had a chance to meet in person a couple of times!

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  21. Happy Anniversary. I found you 3 or 4 months ago and I just love you. There are only 4 or 5 blogs that I absolutely adore and yours is among them. I feel I have learned so much from you. It's great to look around and see how my style has evolved, all from my favorite bloggers.

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  22. Happy blog anniversary Kim! I'm so happy to have met you in blogland and in person! You are the REAL DEAL and I will always keep coming back to see what you've been up to. I can't imagine you EVER running out of ideas!

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  23. Happy Anniversary Kim...so happy you are such a big part or our blogging community...blogland is a much prettier place to be because of you!
    XO Barbara

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  24. Happy Anniversary Kim!!! I remember finding you on RMS and then in search of your Sunroom pics which served as a model for my own sunroom, I found your blog. I always look forward to your posts to see your new and beautiful ideas. I have found other wonderful blogs thru yours also. Although I do not have my own blog(maybe upon rtmt next April!!) I feel as though I have friends in blogland!! Your home is an inspiration and thanks for taking your time to share!!!!

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  25. Happy Anniversary!! I'm so glad I found your blog and have enjoyed reading your past posts and will continue to be a reader! To many more years of blogging!!!

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  26. Happy Anniversary 4 years of great inspiration!

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  27. Happy Anniversary, Kim. I've followed along with you from early on and look forward to continuing as long as you keep posting. You are a talented lady, and one full of energy. I admire you!

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  28. Hi Kim, What a sweet journey! I love blogland and so glad I found you when I did. Your pics on your first posts are good-I remember the pics I fist posted-pitiful! Amazing how we grow and change with our styles over the years. There are days I don't know what to post about, so I have to come to inspiration blogs like yours.
    Happy 4th blogaversary!
    Hugs, Noreen

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  29. Happy Anniversary Kim - your blog was one of the first ones I came across when I started !
    Many more !
    Suzan

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  30. Kim, you are so wonderful. I remember when you first started blogging--I remember thinking "Wow; she's going to be a big blogger!" Your style is just so admirable, and your kind heart makes you one of the best bloggers around. I'm so happy for your success, and I hope it just grows even more. You deserve it! :)

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  31. Congratulations on your four year blogging anniversary! Yes time goes by way too fast! So glad to have met you through blogging.Hope to meet in person someday.I just passed my 2 year anniversary!
    xx
    Anne

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  32. I have loved reading your blog the past 4 years, Kim! Always lovely eye candy and inspiration! So fun getting to know you!

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  33. A mí me encanta tu blog, tengo poco tiempo de estar entrando a ellos, pero como me gusta la decoración fue así como llegué a través de otros. Espero seguirte leyendo y muchas felicidades por tu aniversario. Desde Costa Rica. saludos.

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  34. I love your blog Kim, it's so beautiful and your first posts are just as gorgeous, you are so creative with great taste as well. Thank you so much for sharing it with us and for many, many years together in blogland. Congrats!
    FABBY

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  35. Happy Anniversary! Love your blog, your bargain finds and little Miss Bailey :o)!!

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  36. Happy Anniversary! Love your blog, your bargain finds and little Miss Bailey :o)!!

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  37. Happy Blogaversary, Kim! You've had more looks in four years than I've had in forty! LOL! blessings ~ tanna

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  38. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! Four years is a long time to be doing something and so I find your story very encouraging. Keep up the great work!
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  39. Congratulations Kim! Love you and your home :)
    Debbie

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  40. Congratulations Kim! I'm one of those who come every day here to enjoy your wonderful posts and your changes in your home. Most of the times in silence, as it is a bit difficult to me because of my poor English :(. I love all your french finds, your buffet, the farm table, the demijohn...everything look fantastic in your home.
    A big hug from Argentina and please! don't speak of running out of ideas! It's imposible, we are all waiting your posts day after day. You are a great inspiration, not only because of your deco ideas but because of your organized and nice way of blogging.
    Silvina
    Oh! I love looking your photos in Instagram too.

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  41. Happy, happy anniversary! SSS has always been a favorite of mine!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  42. Happy Anniversary . you are a wonderful blogger, person and friend. Thank you for inspiring us daily.

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  43. Happy Anniversary! I started at the same time as you and still am going. It is a lot of work but a great way to chronicle and push us to change our houses. I still love that first piece of furniture you had in the foyer..the best! I just love that thing. It's romantic vintage which I've learned really is my favorite style.

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  44. Happy Anniversary Kim!! I came across your blog a couple of years back when I started blogging but I never knew you could make money at it. I read your posts daily. Thanks!

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  45. Happy Anniversary, Kim! You are one of my blog heros! You have such great style and flair...thanks for sharing your beautiful home (even the older pics are wonderful) over the last four years.

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  46. Congratulations! 4 years is huge! I don't think you will ever run out of things to blog about, girl. There's always something to tweak or paint or cute grandkids to take photos of!

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  47. Congrats Kim! You are a role model for so many of us. Love your style and I hope to someday figure out how to make a little money off of my blog. lol!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  48. Congratulations on four years, Kim! Like many of the other comments, yours is one of the first blogs I started reading. I look forward each and every one of your posts, as I admire your design talent, and your writing. I think it's hilarious that you remembered me from Rate My Space! You were as kind then as you are now...thank you for the help you have given me along the way, knowingly or not. I hope your house is never done!

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  49. I loved the look back, Kim! Style all the way!

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  50. Congrats on four years! I know how hard it is and I admire your blog and your kindness to all the other bloggers out there just starting their journey!

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  51. Congratulations, Kim. I am so happy you started your blog. Your very first photo is pretty darn good. Glad we met :)

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  52. Congrats on your 4 years mark! to many more...

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  53. Congratulations, Kim. You know, I still love your first rooms, too.

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  54. Happy Blogaversary!!!!I am SO glad you are blogging as you are a huge inspiration to so many of us!!!! Your home is always beautiful, and it always surprises me that you continue to make it even MORE beautiful! Here's to many more blogaversaries!!!!

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  55. Happy blog anniversary Kim! Love seeing how your home has changed~ it's always beautiful!

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  56. Great post! I always look forward to reading your entries. Your design taste is beautiful. Thank you!

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  57. I've been with you since the beginning! I have loved everything you've done. That farmhouse table was quite a nice find. I wish I wasn't afraid to fly. I'd love to go to France!

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  58. Thanks for being an inspiration for four years. My favourite thing about blogging is to have friends all over the world, who have lifes that are so different from mine and still share the same interest in decorating!

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  59. Congratulations, Kim! You are such a gift to us... and a treasured friend. Can't wait until Haven this year!
    Here's to many many more successful years!

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  60. Happy Anniversary Kim! I'm definitely following along your blog and home journey for sure! CHEERS!

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  61. Congrats on your 4 year blogging anniversary, Kim. I'm so glad I got to know you through blogging and our trip to France would never have happened if it weren't for blogging! I don't think you'll ever run out of ideas!

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  62. Happy Anniversary! So glad I discovered your blog a couple of years ago. It's been such an inspiration and I love seeing all the changes you make. This was a great post because you highlighted when you started and where you are at now. It's an online journal of your ever changing decor.

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  63. One thing that hasn't changed over the years and that's your good taste. Even your very first posts exude your keen talent for design. Congratulations on your blog anniversary Kim! I'm so happy to have discovered you in blogland.
    xo
    Leslie

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  64. I can't even look at the first few post of my blog...it embarrasses even me:) Congrats on 4 years....It is the same for me this month!

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