Dreaming BIG

We all have them, right?  Those almost-too-big-to-dare-dream kind of goals, the ones we hope to achieve but never really expect to?  I’m not much of a dreamer – I’d say I’m too practical for that.  But in the course of a pretty normal and mundane week, I met one pretty big goal in my decorating career.  

goals quote c s lewis


And this is it:  one of my designs is featured in the August edition of a national decorating publication, Romantic Homes magazine!


The Decorologist in Romantic Homes Magazine 


Although I’ve been in dozens of newspapers and several prominent design blogs and online news sources, it’s a big honkin’ deal to me to be in a printed magazine that I can pick up in Target or Krogers!  And it’s an entire page (page 39, to be exact).  I ran out to buy a short stack of them the other day and gave one to my client and to my photographer yesterday.  It was a first for all three of us, actually!



Photomontage by Melanie G Photography


The 4-page story in August’s Romantic Homes written by executive editor Meryl Schoenbaum is about Erin Olson Moser’s House of Turquoise blog and some of her favorite turquoise rooms, which include this coastal shabby home I shared with Erin’s readers when I wrote a guest post for her last year.

As you can tell, I am just as pleased as punch.  Makes me want to spread a little more turquoise love around.  Who loves to use turquoise in their home?




  1. First of all, HUGE CONGRATS!!!!! Second of all, there can never be ENOUGH turquoise. Long live turquoise AND the Decorologist. Way to go Kristie!!! The first of MANY. :)

  2. Congrats Kristie! I am sure this is just the first of many magazines you will be in! You are amazing!

  3. ME!! :) Congratulations, Kristie! Very exciting indeed!

  4. Congratulations! You have clearly worked hard towards your goals. Your body of work is so impressive. I simply adore your designs.

  5. Michelle Burke says:

    Very exciting! So proud of you!

  6. Never enough turquoise. Kristie you are fabulous and so happy to see you getting the recognition you deserve! I can’t wait for my new house to finish being built so you can help me put a touch of turquoise in there!

  7. Kristie, CONGRATULATIONS!! and wishes for many more such “Dream Big” opportunities. I love almost all blues and am presently working with a client who loves turquoise specifically and so several of the patterned fabrics we selected are this color. I myself like it very much, but don’t have much in my home right now. Enjoy the rest of the summer season.

  8. Maggi Bowden says:

    Congratulations! I suspect we’ll be seeing you in more and more print magazines.

  9. Michelle L. says:

    So proud of you….Melanie G. too!!

  10. How wonderful for you! I like turquoise, but I’m more of a mint green kind of person; but they’re close, right?
    Love your blog, and we’re selling a house soon, so keep those tips coming! Thanks and kudos.

  11. So happy for you Kristie!! I always told you that you were a superstar! So deserving- I know how hard you work. And I love your C.S. Lewis quote- so true for me also! xoxooxoxoxo

  12. Melissa Raines says:

    Love the design that you did for me. I proudly showed my friend the design board and Pinterest board this morning over breakfast. Congratulations! Your work is amazing!

  13. Congrats Kristie! Well deserved!

  14. Congratulations! I love both turquoise and teal so much – I used to be afraid of using them but I am growing bolder the more I read blogs like yours and House of Turquoise. You inspire me so much and I look forward to reading every new post and revisiting older posts, too!

  15. Francie says:

    Congratulations, Kristie! Turquoise is one of my favorite colors, and the only design blogs I read regularly are yours and House of Turquoise.

  16. Mr. Man says:

    Great Job!!! I’m very proud of you! The first of many.

    Love ya very much!

  17. That’s wonderful! Congrats on your well-earned design recognition!

  18. Congratulations Kristie. That is a beautiful room that is magazine worthy. I was surprised to read that this was your first. Hopefully there are more mags to come!

  19. how wonderful, congrats! quite the accomplishment. it looks so very pretty & i know just where to pick up a copy. i have turqouise paired with chartreuse on our back porch and just started an overhaul of our guest bedroom and bath now that the last little chickie has found his own nest. we live on the water and are boaters so i am using a sand/sea cottage-like feeling for our guests that are dry docked :-). since we are staying with the teeny 50s/60s original pink bathroom tile and toilet, will be doing lots of white with touches of aqua from Ball canning jars and theN the colors in the bedrm in neutrals & blues with small touches of pink. kinda granny-fied.

  20. I’m so SO proud of you girl – this is HUGE! Congratulations, you deserve the recognition and more!

  21. wow! That’s huge. Congratulations Kristie. I’m sure it is the first of many and it was very well deserved.

  22. CONGRATULATIOS!!!!!!!! I am sooooo excited for you!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!!!!! Keep on believing Kristie!!!!! Nothing is Impossible… Best Wishes and look forward to hearing and seeing many more great things!!!!!!!

  23. Yaaaay for you! That’s so exciting!!!

  24. Whoop! That validates me as one of your readers! Congrats!

  25. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am soo excited for you!

  26. Jennifer says:

    Congratulations Kristie!!!!!!!!! So well deserved…….DREAM BIGGER girl! :)
    I’m super happy for you and the room is just fabulous!
    Jenn XO

  27. Kristie, You really are hands down the BEST. I’m always wowed by what you can do with just paint. Congrats to you but it’s really no surprise to your readers!

  28. congrats to you! That’s awesome :-)

  29. YEA! I’ve always loved that room! Congrats! That is some great work!

  30. Georgia55 says:

    Well done Kristie, congratulations!

    I think your Mr. Man has it right – the first of many.

    Long may you dream and God willing may they all come to pass. :-)

  31. BIG congratulations to you Kristie. SO well deserved!! xo Jenna

  32. Yup! That’s an achievement to be super-duper proud of! Congratulations! BTW, I love the room design too!

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