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1.06.2017

Let's talk about this blogging journey. Soon I will be celebrating my 7th anniversary of blogging. How on earth did that happen? After waiting several weeks to finally hit that publish button on my first post I had no idea where this journey would take me. The reason I started this blog was to share my home and my love of decorating and I didn't know it would go way beyond that with great friendships that would develop over the years. I value those more than anything.


 The blogging landscape has certainly changed over the last few years, but I really haven't changed much along with it. If I was younger and this was my career then yes, I would be going along with all the changes and would be going after it all. I'm not young and I don't want to spend all my time growing social media just to get bigger numbers and I don't want to sell you stuff on my blog, which I don't, to make more money. When I share new things in my home and if you want to know where I got something I am more than glad to share the info without expecting to make a buck off of it. It seems like so many blog posts are all about selling this and that.  I understand many bloggers want to do that and some need to do it financially, but I just can't seem to bring myself to do it on my blog. If I don't care for all that selling I'm wondering how my readers feel about it? I run ads on my blog because that income is what keeps this blog running, but if I wanted to I could do a lot more to make a lot more, but I'm in my sixties, and I don't want to spend all day and evening attached to the internet. I am on here way too much and I need to cut back. I swear time goes by quicker the older you get and it is passing me by.



I love sharing on my blog as I have things to share,but if I hit a slump I'm not going to fret over it. Usually in January I am on hyper drive and in full on nesting mode, but this time I'm having a hard time finding my mojo. Last January I painted two rooms and some furniture pieces plus more in a matter of days. This year I've been purging. I need to get rid of stuff before more comes in and ever after taking car loads out I still have much more to clean out.


 I somehow accidentally came across a forum on houzz.com not long ago where someone asked for people to name their favorite blogs to read since she was looking for some new ones. I was shocked and honored to be listed by a couple of people who chimed in, but at the same time, one of them had said yes that they loved my blog, but mentioned how I like to change things so quickly. Yes, I do change things often, but many times the changes are seasonable plus we have been updating our home with fresh coats of paint and new carpeting and other things as a house that is over twenty years old needs. I probably change the looks of the bedrooms more than most, as I just shared in yesterday's post, but it's like playing house for me. I love to dress up the beds in different looks. Hey, it's what I do and why I write this blog and if I change things too much for some folks then they'll just have to go read some other blogs since there are literally millions. I hope most are coming here to see those changes and to be inspired on how easy it is to freshen up spaces without breaking the bank because I can assure you I don't spend a fortune on the updates and many are done just by moving things from one room to the next. I am a bargain hunter. If I wasn't making money from blogging then of course the updates and changes would not be happening as quickly or as much as they do. For many years there was no spending on things because we couldn't afford them, but blogging has afforded me the ability to make the updates in our home or to change the look of a room or a piece of furniture as an idea pops in my head and then I share them here.


 I know a lot of bloggers have mentioned that there will be bigger and better things coming their way this year, but for me, I'm just going to be me and keep on sharing things like I have for seven years. I will post as I have things to share and of course that will mean changing things up around the house as the mood strikes. Wow Us Wednesdays and Home Style Saturdays will keep coming your way as well as some group tours with other bloggers. I hope y'all enjoy those.

 I do know of one huge project I will be sharing this year. The master bath is going to be totally remodeled and Mr. Savvy said he wants that done this spring. I can't wait to share the plans, progress, mess and reveal with y'all! Well, actually I'm dreading the mess.

I hope y'all will continue to come over and visit in this new year and let me know you were here by commenting. If you have some things you would like me to share this year just let me know in the comments. I need ideas y'all.

Have an awesome weekend!


Quotes can be found on pinterest

104 comments:

  1. Good for you! I am a little tired of the blogs that are shopping ads. Buy this, buy that, you need this or that. I don't need anything. I do like to get ideas about how to improve or make better use of what I have--which is something you do. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Kim, your changing up things often is why I drop by and keep your blog on my blog list. Which just goes to show half the people like something and half will like something else. I appreciate the lack of pop up ads that tend to take over and are so annoying on other blogs. And I am with you on the over use of social media. Guess that makes me an old school type! I've been blogging for 6 years as of Jan 1st and have dropped some of my favorite blogs to read because their ads are so annoying and often take over their content. I think in the end, one can only keep blogging if they do it for enjoyment. I've seen many bloggers ruin their blogs when making money becomes the first priority. I'm not saying making money with ads is wrong, just that when it is the first priority it changes what the blog is about.

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  3. Love to hear that you are going to stay the course. I love your blog and get so much inspiration from it. I'm 63 yo and this is just right for me. It brightens my days especially during the dark winter here in NH.

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  4. Your blog is still at the top of my list as a favorite. Love your home and everything you do to it. I also appreciate that you don't bring things other than decorating or style into your blog (religion, politics) as I'm here to zone out and find ideas to make my life and home pretty! Thanks for being you!

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  5. I am so glad that you have chosen to be true to yourself, that is one of the reasons I have continued to read your blog! You do not get caught up in what everyone else is posting. I also admire your energy and enthusiasm for all of your changes! Thanks for the last 7 years of ideas and inspiration!

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  6. I love reading your blog and am so happy *not* to see pop-up ads the minute I reach your page. Your style is classic and fresh and always inspires me, another 60+ something fan. :)

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  7. I enjoy your blog and check it regularly. I think changing things up quite often is normal for us mommas who may be empty nesters. As my boys are close to flying the coop I feel the need to do as you are doing. Being a stay at home mom for 25 plus years and now seeing that I'm going to need some other interests to keep me busy and fulfilled, decorating and redecorating
    my home is fun and satisfying. Keep doing what you're doing and don't stop doing you! Thank you for sharing your projects and a little part of your life.

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  8. I absolutely love your blog. I am envious of your vision and ability to make changes. I used to feel silly rearranging my house and thought there was something wrong with me because everything should have a place and stay there. Whenever I start to feel that self doubt, I tell myself that Kim does it all the time and I allow my house to evolve. Thank you for posting.

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  9. Kim, I love your blog! Sometimes, I don't want to spend money to change things up around my house. Your ideas inspire me!

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  10. I am glad to hear you are not changing a thing! I am always amazed at how often you change things up...but it makes for great inspiration...and it shows us how easy it really is to do. So keep up the inspiration...you have a lovely home! ;)

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  11. You are speaking my language!....Thanks for speaking the words that many of us feel!...It is all about keeping it real too....we all look forward to your changing interiors as it truly gives us all great inspiration....and yes, when you hit the big 6 - 0, time does fly by much faster and as for me, I want to enjoy every aspect that life has to give and not have any regrets that I spent too much time in front of the computer and missing out of life's special moments. Looking forward to your major bath renovation! Have a great weekend!

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  12. I agree with everyone else commenting....this is what will set you apart from the other bloggers trying to sell, sell, sell! In my opinion, the constant hawking of goods does not feel as authentic as someone who just wants to share their ideas, updates, and rooms to inspire others to make their spaces pretty. I love all the changes you make to your rooms because they show what a difference small changes can make, and the way you mix and match around your house is so motivating and reminds you to rethink ways to use what you already have. I hope you don't feel pressure to change they way you do things....as my kids tell me "you do you!" You will never please everyone...I appreciate your blog the way it is. :)

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  13. Your blog is actually my favorite. I look forward to seeing every AM.I say don't change a thing.

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  14. Don't change, Kim. I love your blog, your home, and your overall outlook on life and decorating. I enjoy the variety of your blog and frankly, your honesty. I love the comfort and welcoming spirit of your blog. Ads don't bother me, but too many has caused me to unsubscribe to some blogs I used to really enjoy. Some might as well get a business website. I appreciate good advice or recommendations and I welcome information about pretty or useful products. You inspire, Kim. Don't change. Happy 7! I am glad I found your blog and have enjoyed following along. Isn't 7 the number of perfection?! That just about sums up how I feel about your blog. Keep bringing that Saavy Southern Style my way! I need all the inspiration I can get! Thank you! BTW, love the bird pillow!

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  15. I thoroughly enjoy your blog. I've never understood people "judging" your choice in your own home of changing things or not. I agree with you; if it's not for you, go somewhere else! Your home is beautiful, and I'm looking forward to watching changes (or not). Thank you for sharing!

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  16. Kim - I love your blog. I'm just a plain ol person out there paddling around looking for ideas on how to improve what I have with what I have. Your blog is just that and that's what keeps me reading. You would be doing yourself a disservice to make changes. I love it just the way it is. Thanks for keepin' it real.

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  17. I have been following you from your beginning, and so appreciate you are authentic to yourself, and not an ad to sell whatever. I just love seeing all the changes you make in your home, but at the same time keeping the things you love by moving them room to room, not just buying new. That's real life for most of us. Your home is not only beautiful, but warm, inviting, and home. Thank you for sharing not only your home, but your talents with us...

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  18. Kim, all I can say is "AMEN!" You're at a different place in life than other bloggers you should not feel pressure to do anything different or do anything that you don't want to do. And as to the ongoing changes, keep them coming! That's what I and your other faithful followers look forward to! Just yesterday, I sent the link to your evolving guest rooms to my daughter who is decorating her first home. Young and ol . . . um, I mean mature alike, we all benefit from your ideas!

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  19. I am right there with you! Ditto...in my sixties, I live life, have no real monitization...except for 3 google ads on my blog. I do love clicks on the ads as I make a few pennies. Ha! I think one attracts readers because of your particular style. Enjoy! Keep on keeping on. 😊

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  20. Hi Kim, thanks for today's post. I appreciate as a 60+ reader. Definitely adding you on my read list. Also, thank you because I too want to blog. Who doesn't these days? But you have given me hope. Maybe some will read mine, maybe some won't. Our home is shared with our adult child and her family due to chronic illness and we do need the extra $resources$. We are into our 2nd blended year and with grands, my home has moved into chaotic lifestyle. And it shows. I hope blogging will give me the impetus to reorganize and earn $. Thanks for sharing. I hope to learn much in improving my home and hopefully I can share as much as I learn.

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  21. Kim, I love your blog! Don't ever change. I respect you not trying to "sell" things and love your concept of "playing house"! I have always enjoyed that.....as a child and as an adult! Keep up the good work.....I will always be here reading and enjoying your blog.

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  22. Please! Keep on keepin on! I look forward to your down to earth style and your design taste, and frankly, appreciate no sales. Happy New Year Kim!

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  23. I love your blog! Thank you for not succumbing to the pressure to advertise and push products. I find it so annoying on some blogs that have all the pop up advertisements. I tend to just not even read the blog after it reaches a certain point. I love that you shop your home and work with things you already have. It gives me inspiration for my own home to use what I already have. Like you, I'm in the purge mode and less is more for me right now. Thank you for your honesty, which seems a rare thing these days! Can't wait to see your new bathroom!

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  24. I love your blog and you just the way you are! Your style is my style! I live in North Louisiana with similar weather! Don't change!

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  25. Well, you know I have always loved your blog. You started about a year after me. I spent the last 8 years buying, fixing up and selling homes, you have spent your fixing up and keeping yours!

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  26. As always love reading your blog and always look forward to the changes. I enjoy all the design inspiration. If you didn't change things so often, it wouldn't be as much fun, but that is only my opinion. When you have a chance, please update your home tour with pictures of your rooms that reflect the newest changes. I probably look at that multiple times a year, just to get ideas :) Also, thank you for sharing your home, and your ideas with us! Happy New Year....

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  27. I love your blog and your blogging style ... you're an inspiration and the changes you make throughout your beautiful home motivate me to also try new decor combinations. Thank you for not overloading your blog with ads that make it difficult and time-consuming to navigate. I appreciate all you do to share your ideas and tips with us and am looking so forward to your bathroom reno! Wishing you an awesome new year!!!

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  28. Hi Kim,
    I'm glad you haven't gotten on what I call the "commercial" blog bandwagon. I think a lot of readers enjoy gleaning fresh decorating ideas from using things they already have or moving pieces around instead of buying the latest.
    Mary Alice

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  29. Love, love, love your blog and YOU! So glad you're not changing a thing!

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  30. Kim, thanks for being genuine and keeping it real. I have followed your blog way before I started blogging. Your changes are always interesting and fun...no need to do anything differently, just continue being you...it works'

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  31. Well said Kim. I luv your blog because I can see and get to know the blogger behind the scene. ☺
    Changing thins up is what you do, and me s well. Nothing wrong in that.
    But that being said, I can now day for me the pop up ads on some blogs are a huge turnoff to me. Inhale actually stopped following some blogs because of that. Sorry !!!
    Also the ones that to me' blog just for the sake of blogging and putting up a post', gone!
    I blog for me. It's my release and I blog when I have something to share. I don't want to be tied to the tablet/ phone/desktop either. I have a very active life that I enjoy.
    So keep on doing exactly what you do girlfriend. We will keep on reading!

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  32. Happy blog anniversary Kim! I love your blog just the way it is. I have gotten so many ideas from your posts- I especially love your sunroom and have copied several things in it. Don't change a thing. We appreciate what you do!!

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  33. Reading your post this morning is just confirmation of how I'm feeling, and have been for the last several years. When I was in my thirties I had a good sized "at home" decor based business. It consumed me and my family time. I never wanted that in blogging, and when blogging started becoming a "competitive sport" I got off the merry-go-round". I struggle with whether what I do is interesting to anyone anymore, but I have just kept "being me" my priority. I'm in my early 60's also, and want more out of my life than being under pressure to perform and compete. Thanks for always being a source of inspiration, humor, and down to earth thinking. Blessings for this New Year!

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  34. I enjoy your blog! We lived in Arkansas until I was twelve. I'm looking at 60 in the near future! I'm surprised by how much I connect with the southern style home. I look at a few decor blogs, but I rarely get through th others, I loose interest because of all the ads. Glad you are staying the course.

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  35. I love looking at all your changes. I adore your styling.
    Happy New year!!!
    Thanks
    Benitta

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  36. Kim!
    Love your blog just the way you are! ❤
    Yes, you are "changing things" all the time but I find that fascinating! You have such a storehouse of pillows, lamps & well, "stuff".
    Stay try to yourself...that's SAVVYSOUNTHERNSTYLE blog!!

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  37. Happy Blogging Anniversary!
    I guess then I have been following for 7 years! (How did that happen?)
    I like your blog...keep it just the way it is....I like it that way. It is the first blog I open in the AM (well second after I check mine to see if anyone reads it)
    Can't wait to see what you do with your bath...that is a huge undertaking....
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  38. Yours was one of the first blogs I started visiting years ago and it is still a regular on my list. I enjoy your style and changes you make to your beautiful home.

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  39. Thank you for such an open honest post. I enjoy your blog and glad that you stay true to yourself. Your home is beautiful.

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  40. Your blog was one of the first ones I read and I still enjoy immensely. Thank you

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  41. You're perfect as you are. I might add, of all the criticisms one may lob at a blogger, you change things too quickly? How is that even a problem? Is she copying you pillow by pillow and can't keep up?
    To be honest, I may have to drop some blogs because of the advertising. If every photo gets covered by an add, I'm out. And the roundups drive me nutty. Source lists are great. I want bloggers to make money for sure. I'm glad thus far you've enjoyed a good balance. Side note: wish I was there for the purge! I love purging almost as much as I love acquiring.

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  42. I love the way you blog, Kim, and I consider it an inspiration! I'm most amazed by how prolific you are. I also love the idea of simplicity in your business model. I would so love to be able to just have some ads and leave it at that. I, too, am nearing 60, and quality of life is important. But since I started blogging more recently, I have catching up to do. Still, I feel I spend way too much time attached to my computer. I do provide shopping guides and people tell me they like them, but I won't be writing any ebooks or courses or any of that other stuff any time soon. I also love that you change things up a lot. You are true to your style and make changes within that aesthetic and I find it a delight to visit your site!

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    1. Lory I'm curious as to what you are catching up to? Thanks

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  43. Kim, I could not agree with you more. As you know, I wrote a post not long ago that hit a nerve with some. I am not here to judge anyone. If you chose to monetize your blog and pack it with nothing but affiliate links than so be it. But, I am finding myself dropping more and more of those types of blogs from my reading list. At my age, I don't need someone to tell me what to buy. I am all for sharing things I like and have served me well, and I love those that do so as well. I think the problem is that some have gotten a bit greedy. 1-3 links in a post, I get it, but when every other sentence is a highlighted link it gets a bit much. I liken it to why I quit buying magazines. Too many ADS, not enough CONTENT. I read for fun, for inspiration, for the friendships I've made (gosh we met back in the very beginning), not to be bombarded with ads. I realize some are doing this to be able to make an income and support their families. I do believe it is a generational thing as well. The under 40s. More have also jumped ship from Home blogs to fashion blogs for the money. While I loved following those when they were sharing home projects and such, I am not interested in the latest fashions from Nordstroms juniors department. I am 48 with two 20 something daughters!
    You do not have to justify your changing things in your home to anyone. I personally love those bloggers who do so, most of the time using what they have. It's nice to see "budget" friendly decorating.
    I agree, I think it comes with age. How many things do you really need? how many times do you need to repaint your entire home? how many pairs of booties can you wear in a day? do you really need new Christmas decorations every year? I could go on, but I know you get it. To each his own. I just pray they don't all wake up 10-15 years from now and regret all the time/money spent for the sake of Social Media and blogging. Time is something you don't get back.
    Thanks for sharing so honestly.

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  44. Kim - I was so afraid that you would end this post by saying you were quitting blogging, and am so very happy to know that you will continue and will go forth in your very own creative style. You are "responsible" for my cozy yet chic bedroom look as well as many other areas of my home that I might not have had the guts to tackle. Thank you for a wonderful read and being my muse. P.S. I have pop-up ad blocking software on my computer, so they aren't a problem for me.

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  45. You go girl......one of the main reasons I visit often is called INSPIRATION!! You do many things that I love, so I wander in and out to see what will work for me to freshen our old home! I can't thank you enough for the time, knowledge, and motivation that you so freely share.
    Blessings to you in this nice new year!
    J

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  46. Kim, I have been following your blog for 7 years...And, this is the first time I have ever left a comment. I love everything about your décor and the way you change things around to create a new and inviting look. That's what I love the most. I, too, don't have the funds to buy new whenever I want a change of décor. And, you have taught me how to use what I have and create a fresh and new look. . . that's called artistry. I inhale your ideas, and I'm NOT looking for Ads. Thank you for keeping it Serene.

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  47. I just love your blog. Truthfully I only follow yours and a food blog. The beauty of your blog is you honestly invite us all into your life and your beautiful home. I wouldn't follow it if you were pitching products or selling things. It's so great that your gracious enough to share your ideas with us just for the sake of sharing. Oh sure if you found a product that you absolutely love and want to share the good news that's totally different. It's nice to connect with people who love their homes. I'm a homebody. I love being home. I sometimes dread my workdays because I hate to leave my house. I love to decorate seasonally as well. I love antiques and the hunt for them. I love all the collections you've shown on the blog. So happy your going to continue just as you have. As I was reading the beginning of your post I was thinking you were saying goodbye. Phew! What a relief! Can't wait to hear and see the master bath renovation this spring.. Thanks for sharing!

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  48. I have been enjoying your blog for years. I am so glad to hear that you are keeping your blog the same. Have a wonderful new year!

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  49. Dear Kim, 7 yrs is a reason to celebrate. I appreciate that you don't have tons of ads/sales hooks on your blog. I love it. Also I love your master bath and can't imagine why you'd need to remodel it-so share the whys behind your plan. Also, I'm a bit green because I thought you were in your 40's,not my age. I don't know whether it is skin care products you use or just good genetics-but if it is good products, please share. Have a great weekend.
    Hugs, Noreen

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    1. Noreen, aren't you sweet. Yes, I'm blessed with good genes! I did a post about the products I use a couple of times. http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/2016/06/nightly-routine-and-products-for-my-face.html

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  50. Kym, I been reading your blog for quite a while now and plan to continue as long as you don't change. Keep up the good work. I enough seeing what you're up to.

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  51. This is why I love you so much!! This is also my very first comment in the land of social media! I just started instagram. I have two followers even! I look at your blog and three others, that's it. Yours everyday around 8:00 am;) You are so relateable in the fact that you do "you" not a chaser, just playing house sharing your gift with old things and new. Not trendy just beautiful, just you. I'm 39 and always seeking the "class" that's gone. Seems unless you live in the south (which I don't) women my age aren't collectors of the finer things, just collectors of every "things" Im rambling about but I thank you so much for making my mornings brighter and Bailey too. Congratulations and best to you 2017!!

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  52. Kim,
    Congratulations on 7 years successful blogging. Obviously, you must be doing something right or you would not have connected with so many readers. Your ads seem to be a good balance to me. I often click on the Decor Steals to check out what's available, but do not find your ads intrusive. I think it is wonderful that you generate some income to help pay for your blogging costs.

    Looking forward to seeing what Savvy Southern Style has in store in 2017,

    Judith

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  53. I SO agree with you, Kim! I love your blog and seeing all of your changes. I am in my LATE 60's and time is whipping by so fast I could get whip lash! And, now that I have a granddaughter I want to be with her as much as possible. I am glad you are staying and am really looking forward to seeing what you do in the bath. I think you have expressed what alot of us are thinking. Thanks.

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  54. Oh Wow! Am I surprised and a little embarrassed. I was one of those who commented on that forum thread. Yes, I did say things were changed often. I will apologize if that offended you, it was not intended that way and I will say (as you will see in that thread) that I have recommended your blog several times on the forum. It is just that I do not personally know anyone who changes rooms up so often. I understand that it is probably a creative outlet for you and if that makes you happy, then of course, that is what you should do! I think comments made here about "freshening" rooms is hard for some to understand. I am one who gets a room to where I like it and it is not something I want to change often. We have family pieces of furniture, antiques and many small mementos in our home that are precious to us. I love that our rooms feel comforting and familiar to us. I don't feel there is anything wrong because I (and I'm sure there are others) am not constantly refreshing rooms. I am a bit younger than you,work part-time, am active in the community/church and have a bit of a social life (LOL) too. Probably some of the difference in opinions is because we all have different lives/outlooks, etc. I am a homebody at times, but I am not at home near as much as you, so probably not looking around my house as much for things to change. We are all different!! Again, no offense was intended. I do enjoy your blog and your home. I love hearing about Miss Bailey and Lela. Would love to hear more about those kind of things as well as continuing to see/hear about your home projects. Also would love to hear how the weight loss/healthy eating plan is going. Certainly on many minds this time of year! I hope I have explained myself and the comments made on the forum.

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    1. tina, as I stated if I was not blogging the changes would not be happening all the time. I'm enjoying do this for myself and the blog as in earlier years nothing got changed as we could not afford for me to do that. In the earlier years while raising the kids and working outside the home there was no extra for me to play house. Now, I can and it is so freeing for me to be able to create and share. The weight crept back on after not being able to just drink juices forever. I am back to working out now so hopefully some extra pudge will come off. I don't share about Leila because my days of babysitting are over since she goes to school now plus I have three grands in Tenn. and I can't just blog about the one near me. I probably will be sharing about possibly making over Leila's room sometime soon as it needs to be updated since she is six now. No, problem about the forum. I was flattered to be a favorite mentioned.

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    2. I'm glad you weren't offended. Maybe the fact that I don't know anyone who blogs (in real life LOL) explains things. Bloggers have to have something to blog about. The important thing is you enjoy doing it. Yes, I remember the TN grands and enjoy hearing about/seeing pix of them also. Look forward to seeing Leila's room! I didn't realize you were juicing, I remember smoothies and gluten free, but it is so easy to gain the weight back. Exercise will help! Our goals in this house (hubby and I) are clean eating and moving more! Losing weight/keeping it off is not an easy thing!

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  55. Happy Blog Anniversary! Your blog was one of the first that I started following (and still do). I love that you share the changes in your home and give us inspiration. I never would have had the nerve to do some of the things in my house if I hadn't seen them done in yours first. Keep on being yourself, and don't worry about anyone else. We all love you (and your blog) just the way you are!

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  56. Love your Blog just like it is. Your home is beautiful and I know what it is like to look around and think "what if I changed this or that". I do that all of the time. Now that I am in my seventies I have cut back on my buying but still go to TJ Maxx or Marshall's once a week, (no Home Goods here).

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  57. Kim~
    I think this is a very real and fabulous post. You do you!
    I don't know if you have ever showed it., but I would love to see how your store the linens and decorative pillows when not in use... I just cleaned out my hall linen closet yesterday and am giving away tons of blankets and sheets I just don't need... but I have so many pillows, some that don't unzip... how do you store your stuff??
    Happy New Year!
    ~Marcy

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    1. Marcy, I did do a post on that a few years ago, but need to do a new one and share where all this stuff is. It's not in one spot. I cleaned out so many down inserts last year that I just didn't need and they took up space. I won't buy a pillow if I can't take the cover off. I still have pillows not being used stored, but need to change that soon.
      Thanks!

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  58. Kim, I have been reading your blog for several years and always enjoy your ousts. I think my favorite spots in your home are the sunroom and the porch/deck. I truly appreciate that your blog has not become a platform to advertise products. I have stopped reading some blogs that once were favorites because almost every post now is sponsored by one or multiple products. So, keep on doing your thing! It is perfect!!

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  59. Please keep on "keeping on". I enjoy your blog for many reasons, one of which is I don't have to maneuver through numerous ads like being in a maze. I understand ads are needed to support the blogs but it seems as if some of the blogs are now ads with very little content. Thanks for not progressing to the new norm.

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  60. Kim, I think I've been a follower all 7 years. I enjoy seeing what you do and how you change up your home. If I were younger and had half your energy and spunk, I'd change more here. I'll be 69 this month, and big projects are not on my radar. ;-)
    Keep up the great work on your blog as is!

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  61. I so enjoy your blog Kim, and sharing on Wednesdays has been a fun journey also. With two grandchildren I too feel that time is running away from me. I swear last month it was the fourth of July and here we are in 2017. I read somewhere that time relates to our age. At 20 our lives move at 20 miles an hour and the older we get the faster it moves.Right now it is at Jimmy Carters speed limit lol, but it feels fast to approaching a speeding ticket !

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  62. Love your blog! Keep up the good work! Love how you decorate on a budget.

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  63. Hey, Kim congrats on 7 years! I'm hitting 10 at the end of this month and already have a post going that I've been working on for a couple of months. I see we are on the same page with where blogging is going and how it's a little disconcerting to me . I do some selling on my blog, but it's in moderation and I don't plan to move in that direction any more than I am already. I do think it has to do with age and what's important at this stage of life. I refuse to let social media take over any more than it has and I have no huge goals for my blog either. I'll continue to do what I've done for 10 years and leave it at that. Here's to staying true to our course! It's been fun getting to know you in all these years of blogging. It's a great community and I'm glad we over 50 bloggers have a forum.

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    1. My anniversary is at the end of the month, too. Yes, I knew you were thinking the same as me in the forum I read. I'm comfy with where I am now with the blog and the money from the ads is just the icing on the cake, but I don't need anymore than that. It has all become one big business of selling these days and that is not what I started this blog for. I think it drives readers away. Congrats on your 10!

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  64. Kim, Your blog is my favorite because your style is what I love. We recently sold our home which was decorated in a very formal French style. When we find our next home to buy, I will decorate with my lovely French antiques, but in a less formal way--much as you do. I have gained so much inspiration from you! Thank you for sharing your lifestyle on your blog. You have been through a lot lately and I hope knowing how much you are appreciated brings you some measure of comfort. Looking forward to seeing what your creativity comes up with in the new year! Thank you.

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  65. Well, I don't know why ANYONE would complain about you making changes! What the heck do they think they are coming to a blog for if not to see what is new and different!?!?!! I'm with you-although I am not a big blogger by any stretch of the imagination I don't want to go all out and do all the advertising and media hype that so many blogs do. It seems like some of the blogs I used to love and visit every day are into the money-making game and they have lost a lot of the 'real people' feel that I used to find there. It is all about show and tell and no real connection. Kind of sad.

    Blogging really has changed. I think I stay for the people I have met along the way and the connections and friendships I have made. I say keep on keeping on the same way you always have, Kim.

    Happy New Year- xo Diana

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  66. Kim...thinking the reason I feel in love with your blog is that you are so real.
    I did not discover you until late fall last year, but I'm so happy I did.
    I love your ideas...philosophy...creativeness..and genuineness. Looking forward to many more inspiring posts.

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  67. Love every word. My dad always said, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! I love your boundless creativity and inspiration. Keep it coming! :)

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  68. Dear Kim......I read through several of the comments from other ladies who follow your blog,add me to the list of those who are happy you are going to keep on doing things around your beautiful home and sharing all your pictures and ideas with us! As I read your post I was afraid you were saying goodbye...thank you for sharing your ideas and your home with me. I thoroughly enjoy your blog every day! It's nice to know I'm not the only one who loves to rearrange....a lot!!
    Blessings to you as you enjoy the snow quietly falling with Miss Bailey!
    Rebecca

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  69. Kim - I really like that you are a "real, down to earth" woman. I admire that you and your husband are hard working and have built a beautiful home that both of you love. I do like how you change out and move around things. I especially like how you mix patterns and colors. I have recently unsubscribed to several blogs mostly because of the time I was spending in front of a screen. Yours and a handful of others I still enjoy very much. Continue doing what you enjoy! Thank you!

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  70. Keep up the good work, Kim - I love your blog! If you need some ideas...I love seeing pics of your landscaping, and treasures you see while out antiquing. I hope you have a very happy 2017!

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  71. Kim, I love your blog! Your decor and room changes are inspiring! It's so interesting to see how you rotate things from room and I love the way you change-up your guest rooms with linens and swapping out pillows. So glad you aren't hawking and selling goods over here. I've stopped visiting a few blogs because there were way too many pop-up ads and they were always trying to sell something. With your blog there is just enough and I can easily close the ads I don't want to see. For all the time and effort that you put into writing and taking photographs for your blog you need to be compensated. Keep being your authentic self. You have a lot of readers who love things just the way they are. Can't wait to see your whole kitchen reveal and story about the renovation.

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    1. I want to share the kitchen details, too if I ever get a sunny day to take pictures. We have had cloudy days what seems like forever. Maybe I can take them this weekend since the sun should be out again....fingers crossed.
      Thanks so much for reading!

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  72. I think your page/blog/newsletter is just enough; I am of a similar age and I am still working! It can take me two weeks before I actually sit down and read updates, etc.
    I used your wreath mention to purchase two wreaths for my home this recent Christmas; I love your style but mine is slightly different and a bit more 'casual'. I love what you share and appreciate your honesty and humor when detailing what worked and what didn't.
    I look forward to what you will share this year, many blessings to you and your family.

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  73. Thanks for staying true to you! I am new to your blog...love your home, your writing style and when I read your posts, I feel as if I am a guest entering your "home" for a cup of coffee/tea. Keep sharing all the beauty that you create and find. Your blog is often a welcome break in a chaotic day. Happy 2017!

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  74. Kim, you are spot on! I love what you share about your home and your ideas. You speak to me as I am just like you, I love to change up our home with the seasons and the bedrooms get changed alot more than that. I am an interior design major and left the field years ago to stay home and raise our kids. One of which just had our 1st grand daughter Dec. 26th, over the moon about that little baby girl! But, I love that you don't sell on your blog, you give ideas and inspiration to your readers and I love that. And I thoroughly enjoy your blog! You speak to me because I do the same as you. I'm a bargain hunter, a garage saler, a thrift store browser and a huge proponent of use what you have designer. So, keep on keeping on Kim, I love your blog!

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  75. Kim--I'm going to chime in here, too! If I remember correctly, yours was the very first blog I followed. I absolutely adore your design aesthetic, your "shop your home" tips and the way you can easily move things from room to room since your house has great flow.
    Your timeless style is what draws me to your posts. Although I do understand that others use blogging for as much income as they can produce (can't blame them), it IS much less annoying as a reader to not have to sift through all those ads! Yikes--sometimes, I just close the blog as I keep getting redirected to other sites.
    Keep doing what you are doing, your sheer love of decor and design shines through all your posts!
    Looking forward to your bath remodel. I get wonderful inspiration from you which I can apply to my own little villa.
    Blessings!

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  76. I Loooove your blog ! Don't change a thing .

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  77. Keep on keepin' on. I love your blog!

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  78. I appreciate the fact that you aren't trying to sell me something. I think it keeps your blog ""real for me. I have written a blog for several years and am just now sharing it with friends and family. I don't ever want it to become a "business." I just like it for an outlet of my ideas etc. I like your style and always appreciate your honesty!! Congratulations on your blog.

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  79. Your blog is one of my favorites. I'm so happy to hear that you don't plan on changing it. Lately I have been unsubscribing to a lot of the blogs I follow due to too many ads, selling of merchandise and just not fitting into my style anymore. Keep up the great work. I look forward to your 2017 posts!

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  80. What? No paint line? No fabric line? No furniture line? No guest posters who pay you for exposure? No fashion over 50 posts? It's refreshing to actually read a blog for content! Remember when bloggers gave away what they were getting from venders instead of keeping it themselves and then singing its praises because they were being 'paid' to? I told myself I was going to stop reading blogs because it is so out of control now. Everyone and their mother-literally- has a blog. Every one is a decorating expert and I should pay them for "e decorating" consultations so my house can look just like theirs. I rarely read their posts anymore- I look at the pictures for ideas and now even that is just more of the same. YOU just keep doing what you have been doing-sharing the makings of a real home- not a showcase for the latest step in their carefully calculated branding venture. The more I write this the more I can see how this whole blog thing can bottom out suddenly for so many - like it did for the Young House Love couple. Luckily you have realized what you are doing before you implode. So keep on changing your rooms when and if you feel like it, not because we are expecting it and your numbers are sliding. Thanks for speaking from the heart. I think you'll know who your true "friends" are- they are all commenting here right now!

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    1. I agree with a lot of what you said here. When other bloggers get free stuff, and then try to sell it to you like it's an infomercial I get irritated. That's why Kim's blog is so refreshing. I don't feel like it's a sales pitch. I used to follow abother blogger who won an award from a magazine. I think the success went to her head because the blogging became sporadic and then she did three sponsored posts in a row. I was done!

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    2. Joanne, very well said!

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  81. You inspire me. Sorry if I don't tell you that. We are out here and know what you are talking about and can honestly tell the difference. I had my feeling hurt by one I follow when I asked what color she said was a favorite of hers. She couldn't tell me because I guess she is going into the business of selling paint.....When she had said before it was paint from a big box store.

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  82. Well. Thank you. I am over 60 too. And beginning to unfollow some blogs because they are really sales blogs. I like your choices and enjoy your views. Yes, time is speeding up for us. Our home is 23 years old and we have been doing some very nice remodeling. I too have been purging, it never ends. How did all this stuff get in our house? :) You never have to apologize for your design pleasures. You can change things every week if you are so inclined and no one needs to be judgmental. At this point in life it is great to enjoy your days. I really do appreciate many of the things you offer us.

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  83. First off I have to say that I always look to see if you have posted anything new before I read any other blog. I love your beautiful home and your style. I always say that some people have more hours in the day because they get so much more done than I can. You are the first to come to mind. Always changing rooms around, painting or mowing that HUGE lawn, you are one busy woman. I love to read about your shopping adventures and what you bring home. I also love the fact that your not always trying to sell me something. Thank you for the great job you do and please keep up the great work!

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  84. Don't change a blog darned thing! You inspire me every time I visit here. And I' ll be honest-- I am so sick of all those 'sponsored' blog posts elsewhere!!! They make everything feel so FAKE!

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  85. Kim,
    I started blogging in November 2010 and you were one of the first people to 1) follow me, 2) feature one of my posts on your blog and 3) you added me to your side bar blog list! I will forever be grateful to you for these and for remaining my blogging friend!
    Things have certainly changed over the years and I agree with you on staying true to your heart on blogging and even more importantly not letting anything interfere with real life…it does pass by so quickly.
    Yours has always been and will always remain one of my favorites…I so appreciate you!
    Many blessings,
    Cindy

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  86. Kim,
    Your blog is one of my favorites. I get so much inspiration from you and really appreciate that you are not always trying to sell something. I have quit reading so many other blogs because of all of the pop up ads and links to other products. PLEASE keep up the great work! Congratulations on 7 years!

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  87. I always enjoy reading your blog and becoming inspired by your decorating choices. I just like the honest girl talk I find in reading your posts. I seem to be getting busier than ever but I still make sure I keep up with what is going on in the Savvy Southern world.

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  88. I can't believe it's been 7 years! I don't even remember how I found your blog but am glad I did! You are my pillow loving soul sister! Your pottery barn outlet finds always make me so jealous! Why can't there be one near me? Lol! Thank you for not being an infomercial! Some other bloggers have stated that they too realized how they started and became well known was being swayed by the free stuff that was being thrown their way. I admire their honesty and makes me their loyal reader. I'm a loyal reader of yours too. I've enjoyed watching as you update your home. Some are simple changes and others are more involved but all are reasonable and give all of us great ideas!

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  89. Look at you...all of these comments and mine is #100! I wish that more bloggers would get back to the old style, and then there are those like you that stayed true to the heart and never left it:-) Have a fabulous 2017 Kim!
    xo

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  90. I've stopped reading a few blogs that have become too commercial for me. They are perfectly beautiful blogs, but not what I'm looking for. I love getting updates from you in my inbox because you always come up with different ways to decorate your home, but it always seem to come from an impulse you have and not from a product you need to promote!

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  91. Kim.. I am catching up on posts since vacation. I want to thank you for just blogging about your home, doggie, family and everyday life, I follow a few other blogs but have been a little frustrated because they only want to post about sponsored products. I have looked back and these bloggers were not like that 15 or so months ago...I am fine with a sponsored post but when it becomes the standard I have to make a choice to stop following because I am like you and I only want to spend a small amount of my time on the internet. I choose to spend some of that time with you!! Have a good day and I'll see you tomorrow.

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  92. Kim, I am sitting here catching up as Jamie says, we have had a challenging December and January so far. My wife lost her job of 22 years, my 80 year old father in law fell on his front porch on December 29th, was in ICU for 6 days before he got his Angel wings, my wife slipped and fell on January 1st, my birthday and is now confined to a walker until she can have surgery.... I say all of this because you are my ONE respite! I love that you change things up, that you love a good sale, and are not afraid to shop your own home. I have been following you for several years and have loved every minute of it! Keep doing what you do because I love it!!!

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