The Decorologist is in the Houzz

I didn’t start this blog because I was a writer, or because I longed to write.  I started this blog because I was bursting with ideas and thoughts that I wanted to put down somewhere, to document them, to share with whoever might be willing to listen.



Sometimes I’m surprised by the attention The Decorologist (the blog, not the person) gets – the contacts I make with people is kinda astounding, especially when it brings unexpected opportunities.  If you are addicted to design and decorating and/or read design blogs, you have probably heard of


Houzz is the internet’s largest database of design and decorating ideas – it’s an amazing site full of inspirational rooms by over 60,000 top designers.   Way before Pinterest, Houzz gave us a way to collect images in ideabooks for reference when remodeling and decorating our homes.  They also provide awesome articles about how to make your home look fabulous.



Houzz contacted this little ol’ Nashville decorator a couple of months ago about writing some of those awesome articles for their site, and today my first article debuts!  It’s the first in an eight-part series about how to create a specific mood or feeling in a room.  This series is going to be chocked full of my best tricks-of-the-trade, the first one focusing on how to make a small room feel larger.  I guarantee if you follow my advice, you can add visual square footage to any room! 

Living Room Chic eclectic dining room


So here’s the link:–Small-Rooms–Spacious-Feel

This is not the title that I came up with – I’m seeing that I’m going to have to give up a little control because of editing and all that jazz.  It would be great if you left a comment on the article or add any tips you have for making a space feel bigger.  Me, a paid writer?  Who knew!

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19 thoughts on “The Decorologist is in the Houzz

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Thank, Dana! I try to not be overly wordy and just get to the point, but after seeing the way the article lays out I’m going to have to beef up the written part. Trial and error – and not being in complete control, argh!

  1. Paula Van Hoogen says:

    Kristie, Congratulations!! This is an excellent way of broadening your reach. I have looked at Houzz before when my husband subscribed to it in his IPAD, but didn’t realize that there were articles to read.
    Your approach IS right where we all live(or want to). Yes, I know that frequently the rooms are tidy up compared to “real life”, but truly, why do those of us who love to see these images seek them anyway? Is it not to aspire to a better way of living—cleanly and uncluttered? Your examples set the bar higher and that’s what I aspire to.
    Thanks again for all that you do!!

  2. Holly says:

    Wow Kristie – I’m so excited for you!!! I really enjoy Houzz and I think the website is designed really well and it’s so user-friendly. I can’t wait to go check out your article – congrats to you and looking forward to reading more of your articles over there.

  3. Susanne says:

    Hi Kristie. So glad you your gift for design continues to be recognized and rewarded. I can’t wait to become an e-mail client. In the meantime, I’ll be looking forward to reading and viewing more of your ideas and tips.

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  6. says:

    First of all I want to say great blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your mind prior to writing. I’ve had a tough time clearing my
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    • Kristie Barnett says:

      As soon as I determine my topic, I typically start with photos – but that’s the nature of the kind of writing I do: the writing supports and explains the visuals. The photos prompt me in regards to the writing. I’ve never considered myself a “writer,” it’s just that I’m passionate about my subject matter. And it takes writing to get it out there! Good luck with your blog, I’m sure you’ll do great 🙂

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