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When toying around with what my first blog entry would be, I came to a standstill.  I wouldn’t say it was writers’ block – I have pages and pages of content already written – I would say it was an intimidation that stops so many people in their tracks… “Where do I start?”

This is the question that haunts a lot of us when it comes to interiors as well.  You know what feeling you would like people to have in your house, and you may have pulled inspiration for the finished look as well – but how do you get all of it rolling?

For me, the struggle is how to start the voice of the blog, or the foundation of the content, or the manner in which it is presented?  This got me thinking about how I start my home projects.  I don’t turn over a room in a day or even in a weekend.  My maniacal drive starts with one object, usually a lamp or a vase – something small. Then my thoughts start to turn. I walk through the store where said lamp is residing, with a glazed over look, imagining all of the wonderful potential I have planned for it and all of the many places it would work… but the introduction of this one new piece means I would have to paint this, or move that.  Then the full blown revamp is underway.

I have always looked at interior design magazines, books, and blogs admiring how everything just comes together.  Then just last night (it happened like magic) I was reading through the book from domino editors, domino: The Book of Decorating. There was a section dubbed “the domino effect” where staff members talked through the transformation of a space, the items that inspired them, and the obstacles they had to work into the room design. I came to the realization that the way I decorate is (clearly) the way some professionals do it too – slowly.

I’ll take the same form with my blog.  I have billions of snippets of ideas and inspirations, but I’ve got to start somewhere.

There are so many great ideas for decorating included in this book as well (not just blog posts!). Pick up a copy today, I got mine at Anthropologie for $32.