Who Inspired You To Blog?

July 7, 2010

Hello friends, it is Leslie again here today with some delicious inspiration for you by Aran Goyoaga of the award winning blog canelle et vanille. When I stumbled upon the blogging world in January of 2009 Aran’s blog was one of the first three I fell into. I stared at her work with my jaw open in absolute awe.

Who Inspired You To Blog?

I loved Aran’s sense of lighting, use of color and texture, not to mention all the baking wonders she seemed to meticulously whip up in her kitchen. Don’t you think it is a gift when you can find someone who inspires you to try something new? The fact that she was self-taught in photography just blew me away and later inspired me to try taking photographs for my own blog.

Who Inspired You To Blog?

Between Aran, Holly and Benita (of Chez Larrson) I knew I wanted to start a blog. I am curious about whom if anyone inspired you to start a blog? Sometimes it can be nice to call out those who inspired you and say thank you. Today I am saying thank you Aran for all the beauty you create and share.

(images: aran goyoaga)


  • Reply Marija July 7, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I love canelle et vanille. It was one of the first blogs i started to read….So talanted!

  • Reply ibabe July 7, 2010 at 8:36 am

    To say truth, it was Benita the first I discovered and who´s blog inspired to start. Aran is from near where I live so discovering her in distance was such a pleasure and her photography is so charming…and inspiring, that makes me try to improve my poor one.

  • Reply margot July 7, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Martha B, from, inspired me. Thanks Martha (and Leslie). This photography is gorgeous!

  • Reply The Design Dish July 7, 2010 at 8:58 am

    canelle et Vanille is my go to food-photography blog! Thanks for featuring them!
    The Design Dish

  • Reply juliette July 7, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Honestly, I think Holly was! I started reading Decor8 right after she started it, so when it came time for us to move overseas, starting a blog seemed like a good way to stay in touch with friends and family. I still keep that blog active, but now I also have another blog, my ‘creative blog’ as I call it, which is also kept up to date. I also started reading Apartment Therapy at the same time, back in 2006/2007.

    Thanks Holly!

  • Reply sylvie of silver lining July 7, 2010 at 9:08 am

    what a thoughtful post!
    a blogger on and off for quite some time, i finally hit my stride two years ago after stumbling upon the hopelessly romantic blog, le love, and the sinful food blog, sunday suppers. to have something that stirs up inspiration in its readers is a gift… and i now use my love of music, fashion, food and literature to make the blog world a better place :)

    sylvie of silver lining

  • Reply Annette Q July 7, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Hi Holly!
    I’m so glad you started a blog, you’ve provided me with sooooo much inspiration!
    The lovely Kelly Rae Roberts ( inspired me to start a blog when I came across her book on amazon and then came across her blog. That was a year and a half ago…since then I’ve never looked back! :-)

  • Reply Nicole July 7, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Hi Leslie – great question – I been blogging for almost a year, and my inspirations to get started were Lara Cameron who has a lovely design blog called Kirin Notebook (, Jodie from Ric Rac ( who writes clever posts and makes clever things, and Kirsty from Kootoyoo ( who has great a style and aesthetic. Lots of blogs since then have also been inspirational, but I have these people to thank for setting the bar high for what I wanted my blog to be like.
    P.S. Since doing the Blogging your Way course with you and Holly this year, my blog has been inspired in all sorts of ways by all sorts of people – it was great – thanks!

  • Reply Torrie @ a place to share... July 7, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I am so grateful for the initial blogs and bloggers that I actually stumbled upon…having no idea that there was this wonderful little (or big:) community out there that I, too could be a part of. It came @ an absolutely perfect time in my life and I completely agree that it IS a gift that I hope to pass on to others!

    Although hers was not the first few blogs that I stumbled into, I was inspired to start a blog by Jessica, @ I wrote her an e-mail, and she wrote back asking, “What is the name of your blog?” I thought, “ME?? What would I blog about??” When I told her that I didn’t have a blog, she replied by saying, “By all means, if [or when] you decide to start one, let me help you!!” … I thought this was so sweet, that she (living very far away and not knowing me!) offered to take the time to assist me!

    …other females inspiring, connecting, befriending, creating, sharing, teaching one another…I realized that this one ‘party’ that I did NOT want to miss out on.

  • Reply Nicelle July 7, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I’m still discovering some wonderful blogs and it is addicting as well as inspiring! Decor8 has to be one of the first, most inspiring, then Kelly at Make Grow Gather is another great influence.

  • Reply Claire July 7, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Thank you for the post – I love hearing about where people get inspiration from. These photos are great, the colors are beautiful.

  • Reply Rhea July 7, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I am a very, very newjack– I just resumed blogging last night after being inspired by Angela of OhSheGlows. She has mastered the art of sharing health and fitness advice; fun and never preachy.
    It’s funny, because C et V was one of the first blogs I started following, as well. Not only that, but the beach post that hosted the pictures you used here was one of the first ones I read! I remember salivating over that thyme lemonade… mmmm.

  • Reply isabel July 7, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I adore Aran´s blog as well, she is fantastic!

  • Reply Suze July 7, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Ciao Leslie!

    Thanks for sharing this and some “behind the scenes” of your early blogging days!

    For me it was for sure Creature Comforts that I discovered in spring 2009 and inspired me to start my own blog last autumn. It’s still and always an fanbulous source of inspiration and I admire it so much.

    I have so many other beloved blogs and they are simply too many to mention.
    Let me just add that the next big step in terms of inspiration, skills, confidence (and fun!) was the amazing Blogging Your Way class I took here with Holly and you: I can only highly recommend it to anybody in blogland and for me it was simply one of the best learning experience I’ve ever had. THANK YOU!


  • Reply Kimberly July 7, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Actually, you inspired me!!! Along with Papernstitch, Creature Comforts, and Design is Mine. Thanks for the continual dose of inspiration, ideas, and eye candy!

  • Reply PriscilaPetersDecor July 7, 2010 at 10:04 am

    First, I have to say that these photos are art! Quite inspiring…..

    I just started blogging and that’s because I had just discovered a passion and also after coming across some beautiful blogs: made by girl, my notebook, decor8. All these blogs showed me originality and they talk about what I love now which is decor.
    So, thank you so much.

  • Reply Barbara July 7, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Alicia Paulson inspired me to blog. I found Posy gets Cozy through a random search on Google one day for Bird imagery. It was a few years ago and at that point Alicia had been making paper maiche birds.
    I was instantly taken with her writing style and the photographs that she took of her home.
    As I read more deeply I found that here was a woman after my own heart.
    She inspired me to really chase after my own dream, through her self deprecating humor, colorful home, love of dogs, and continual stream of projects.

    Thank you, Alicia, for leading me to this wonderful path!

  • Reply Abby July 7, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Two that I can recall being inspired by early on in my blogging life were:
    (1) Lisa at The Red Thread, who very kindly commisioned a wood you believe art work for me, when the one I loved had sold out. She is such a creative soul, I love checking in to see what she has come up with; and (2) Viv at ish and chi, who is one of the most stylish bloggers around. Love her blog, it is a daily indulgence.

  • Reply Michele July 7, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Holly has been such a huge inspiration for me. I found Decor8 by accident about three years ago and immediately had to go back again and again to read the daily entries. Its not just the images that she puts together, (which are stunning) its the way she writes, in a truly genuine way. When I sit with my cup of tea in the morning and check out the blog, I feel like I am sharing time with a sister or best friend. I have since started to blog and enjoy every minute of it!

  • Reply Amanda July 7, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Ana at Knock-Off Wood is a huge inspiration for me. Not only did I start woodworking, but I also started my blog to track my many projects. The process has been exciting and terrifying. Blogging definately makes me think more.

  • Reply Karen M. Andersen July 7, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Hi Leslie :) How ironic! I did exactly the same thing yesterday on my own blog ( I reached out and said thank you to my two main art/craft inspirations who, by sharing their art and life online, help to keep me focussed and inspired to make AND blog. It felt so good to give back and tell them what they mean to me. I really encourage everyone to do the same.

    I was first inspired to start blogging by then-scrapbooker and now artist/crafter-extraordinaire Elsie Flannigan (BLOG: around 5 years ago. My blog has undergone a couple of reincarnations since then, and I have stopped and started again due to my marriage breakdown a couple of years ago. I was inspired to start up a blog again in 2009 by Elsie and her best friend in art and craft Rachel Denbow (BLOG: Rachel is a young mum like me who is into so many of the same things that I am, so she is a particularly inspiring personality to me as she faces many of the same dilemmas that all crafty mums (and mums for that matter!) face. So, it is because of Elsie and Rachel that I blog, and chose to return to my crafty roots. Blogging artists Kelly Rae Roberts, Mati McDonough, Michele Maule, Stephanie Levy, and Lisa Congdon all inspire me to blog about my art and fuel my artistic drive and dreams, so I owe them a huge vote of thanks also!

    Thank you for this topic Leslie…it is very insightful and I will be interested to read others’ comments/experiences too!

    Karen xx

  • Reply Holly July 7, 2010 at 10:44 am

    First off, these photos are gorgeous! For me, there are so many great blogs out there but the first few that I came across that really inspired me are Jen of Made By Girl, Kayla Aimee, and of course, Holly. All three of these blogs are wonderful and I hope to someday have a great blog as well.

  • Reply Patricia Torres July 7, 2010 at 10:46 am

    sooooooooooooooooo gorgeous.. The light is just simply perfect !!

  • Reply eLfy July 7, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I fall in love with Aran’s blog, pictures, colors, ambiances last year too
    I think she also gives me the inspiration to start my own blog, even my own design studio…
    Thanks again for sharing
    and congrats to Aran who seems to be just in a wonderful world with her pastries, life, children and passion.

  • Reply Sarah @ Comfort and Joy July 7, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Alaina of LCY inspired me to blog. I was thinking about it for a while before I came across her blog and her first post really made me want to start one of my own!

    I have to say I’m really enjoying my fledgling blog and it’s totally been inspiring me to take on DIY projects and make my apartment into a really cool and welcoming place that totally reflects me!

  • Reply Gosia July 7, 2010 at 11:27 am

    my thanks go to my friend Bania who planted the very idea of blogging in my mind and also introduced me to the bloggosphere and then to Geninne who has the most colourful art blog i’ve ever seen. and there is also Holly and there are you, Leslie: the two of you that took me on a great blogging adventure with the one and only Blogging Your Way e-course!

  • Reply Mel Design Heaven July 7, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I didn’t even know blogs existed until I stumbled across Zee’s blog Homebug (sadly no longer updated). From there I clicked through to the wonderful world of blogs that inspire me everyday. So thanks Zee!!

  • Reply Nat July 7, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Anna of, Holly and Nicole of

    all very different, each resonated with something within me. Thank you, lovely ladies, for bringing a new dimention to my life.

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang July 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Oh what a great idea! I received the cutest etsy package with a card with the shop owners blog on it and I decided I wanted to meet who sent this adorable package… that led me over to April at

  • Reply Tina July 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    At the time I started blogging (about 5 years ago maybe) I was a scrapbooker so the inspiration was scrapbookers, like Ali Edwards and Cathy Zielske.

    After about 6 years of scrapbooking I was beginning to lose interest and killed the blog I had and thought my blogging days were over – but after a while I missed it.

    So I guess in the beginning it was scrapbooking, and my “re-birth” as a blogger came from all wonderful design and crafting blogs I read, who are too many to mention. :-)

  • Reply Virginia @ Where You Hang Your Hat July 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day, a year or two ago.

  • Reply Gabbi July 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    In my case it was, it was something about the way she wrote that inspired me.

  • Reply Nuit July 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Definitely Holly was a great inspiration. So was Manvi at Mochatini :)

    Also a beautiful blog full of art, culture, literature, photography and biographies that I love reading: The Errant Aesthete.

    Beautiful images!!!

  • Reply Laura (youngDCliving) July 7, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I love Aran’s blog! Her photography is incredible, and I only wish one day I could take pictures that look half as good as hers. Young House Love was really inspiring for me, as well your own, which I found later :)

  • Reply Emily July 7, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Emily of was the first to inspire me to blog. She’s a beautiful momma of three who creates great art, journals, scrapbooks, etc. Her blog is always inspiring to me!

  • Reply Traveling Mama July 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I still stare at Aran’s work with my mouth hanging open. Her work is nothing short of indescribable! Holly was one of the first that inspired me to blog and second was Ez of Creature Comforts. They have also kept me going and really pushed me to reach beyond my comfort zones!

  • Reply Make, Do & Send July 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Hey Leslie, Ez of Creature Comforts was definitely an inspiration, I think I even mention creature comforts in my very first blog post! This was a really nice idea for a post and I’m really happy you’ve introduced me to Aran’s blog! Alex x

  • Reply Renee @ July 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Design*Sponge, Decor 8 and For me, For you all inspired me to start blogging. All the creators behind each of these blogs are passionate, creative and driven and I love that :)

  • Reply The Office Stylist July 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Love those photos, makes me want eat a bowl of strawberries haha! No one inspired me to blog specifically, I think it was the blogger community as a whole.

  • Reply Nicole | blue bicicletta July 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Beautiful photographs! I can see why you were inspired by Aran!

    One of the main people who inspired me to start a blog was Marisa from Creative Thursday ( I found her blog at just the right time—I was getting back into art, but wasn’t sure what I was doing. When I saw Marisa in action {making a living as a full-time artist, largely through online means}, I got a glimmer of the life I wanted to create, at a time when I was really trying to figure that out. I still follow Marisa’s blog regularly, nearly three years later, and she continues to inspire me to keep creating my own way.

    I was also inspired by my friend Era—she was the only person I knew (in person) that had a blog, and this really made a connection for me–I could write a blog! She still writes a beautiful blog about life, crafts, and her biggest passion: growing things. (

    Thank you Marisa and Era!

    Thanks Leslie for giving me a chance to say thank you to these lovely ladies!

  • Reply Jenna July 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    What a well timed call for me to gather my wits and speak up. I don’t have a blog, but I have to say that you, Holly, were a huge inspiration for me to step out of the corporate world and start my own little boutique in San Francisco where I sell vintage and handmade clothing, as well as pretty little things for the home. My one year anniversary is coming up in mid-July, and I have been thinking a lot about what gave me courage to step out on my own. So thank you so very much, from the bottom of my heart. Your charming aesthetic brings a smile to my face every day.

  • Reply Petra July 7, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I´ve been bloging for almost 4 years now and the on who inspired me was who still is one of my largest inspirations! / Petra

  • Reply Enila July 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Oh yeah her blog is amaziiiinnng ! She’s so talented and she inspires me so much ! Just one point : it’s “Cannelle” in French, so with two “n” ^__^

  • Reply Carolina July 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Actually it would be my husband, then new friend. 6-7 years ago I met Carlos online, while we were living thousands of miles away from each other. He blogged back then (still does once in a while) and sent me the link to his blog. I loved that his blog let me see these pieces of him, however cryptic he made them. Each post felt like a journey, moving farther down some wooded path. I immediately started blogging myself, hoping to share little pieces of myself with the world as well. I’m not sure my writing has had the same affect on other people Carlos’ had on me. But deep down I do hope somewhere someone identifies with even just a part of me. Over the following 4-5 years Carlos and I continued to talk and became close friends. Then when he moved to the U.S. we finally admitted we had fallen in love and we’ve been together since :) He’s really supportive of my blogging, so if anything, I’m able to share pieces of myself with him that way as well as being together.

  • Reply Matti July 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Megan of the same place.

  • Reply Somer July 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Soule Mama, back in 2007. Her images of life were just so inspiring.

  • Reply leslie July 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Wow. What a treat to read all these comments of gratitude. Thank you for participating with me.

  • Reply Linda Chapman July 7, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    My daughter, Amber, moved to Aberdeen, Scotland to live for a year. She began a blog to share her experiences with all of us at home….and to keep up with family. I was so taken with HER blog, I was motivated in turn to start my own. I mainly share my day’s journal with family and friends and have been surprised when others ‘find’ me and ‘follow’……Blogging and reading are wonderful ways of SHARING with others!

  • Reply Vari @ Buttercup Ink July 7, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Sara at sarah + abraham (and previously of Oh My Handmade!) inspired me. I’m a newbie at this blog game. I love writing about my designs and inspirations – just not sure how many others out there are reading it! I look at as a kinda online diary of my business. Hopefully one day I can look back and see how far Buttercup Ink has come!

    Vari @ Buttercup Ink xx

  • Reply Lissa @ After Adornment July 7, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Mine would have to be Jennifer from Champagne Wednesdays (unfortunately no longer updated). This was the 1st blog I read on a weekly if not daily basis that really got me thinking. Why was I so interested in this persons life and point of view? It was great…..I then started searching for my fix all over the blogosphere and started reading many blogs. The more I read, the more I wanted to write my own blog and maybe….just maybe….have the same impact on someone else like Champagne Wednesdays had on me.

  • Reply Caleb | Tells His Fairytale July 7, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Hands down it was Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy! Joy inspired me but Melissa of Seagrass Interiors encouraged me to make it happen!

    Thank you both!

  • Reply Becky July 7, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Oh wow, what beautiful pictures! So summery. I wish we had a real summer in Austin. I have been craving picnics and outdoor fun, but swimming is really the only thing you can do here.

    I’ve been blogging for so long I don’t even remember how I started. It’s been almost 10 years! Goodness.

  • Reply Inspired Shares July 7, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    For me, I felt like I needed a creative outlet…and I love it! I started my blog this April and fell in love with the whole blogging community..everyone is so talented and I receive so much inspiration from each one, and hopefully I inspire others as well:)

  • Reply Christine July 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    What gorgeous photos!

    I was inspired to get into blogging back in 2007 after discovering art blogs, in particular that of Anahata Katkin. I’m so happy that I did :)

  • Reply Ms Matryoshka July 8, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Hello there,
    What a great idea for a post, especially as I’ve just launched my blog this week! So many blogging pioneers have inspired me, including this very site but a big shout-out also goes to Liberty London Girl, The Selby and What Katie Ate. Thank you for for your creative genius!
    Ms M

  • Reply das. July 8, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Your blog is one of my favorite and inspiring blog i always go…however i didnt start my own..hahaha..but thank you..i love reading yours

  • Reply debra July 8, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Very thoughtful and inspiring blog, my insparation has to be this blog as well as

    stated only last year and dying to do the course Holly offers but im in sa and dont have digital camera-oh well, soon i hope.
    Thanks for the lovely blg fill in -its great!

  • Reply Jutta July 8, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Well, I remember seeing Design*Sponge when I didn’t really know what a blog was. I bookmarked it and came back later and started following it daily. But what really got me interested was Vihreä talo ( because the blogger had a house from the same era and style that I dreamt of buying. And she was decorating it and photographing it in the most beautiful way. It’s actually still one of my favorites.

  • Reply beam July 8, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Leslie, you inspired me to blog! In fact, the very first entry of my first blog is about you! Every single time i look at your posts, i smile. ALWAYS! I hope that someday I can make my readers motivated too to make pretty things as much as you inspire me!

  • Reply Vintage & Chic July 8, 2010 at 3:09 am

    My main inspiration was (and still is) Anna Spiro from Absolutely Beautiful Things ( and also Cassandra from Coco+kelley ( And one blog that doen’t exist anymore (though I’ve kept many of the post via feed) All things bright and beautiful -I don’t remember the name of the author, sorry!

    leticia (from Spain)

  • Reply Claudia Bravo! July 8, 2010 at 3:19 am

    I love the fact that you shared what inspired you to start blogging! Thank you for pointing out the fact that Aran is a self taught photographer. That’s so inspiring!

  • Reply Susana July 8, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Holly did, no doubt about it! :-)

  • Reply Mari July 8, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Hi, first time to comment on any blog ever!
    And the blog who inspired me to blog was… decor8!
    I stumbled across your blog last year. I don’t recall how.
    BUT, It changed me how to think,
    and plan my future, to focus on what I really REALLY wanted
    to do.
    To decorate rooms.
    I live in Japan, but wanted to create the rooms and
    atmosphere, and interiors like the ones shown on
    decor8 blog.

    So nervous, but your blog gave me courage to take the
    firs step.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful blog everyday!

  • Reply Design Fixation July 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

    One of the first blogs I started reading was Design*Sponge; I absolutely adored their aesthetic, and the amazing inspiration they passed along to their readers.

    I have many MANY other blogs in my Google Reader these days, but Design*Sponge is still one of my favorites. They never cease to find beautiful things to pass along….

  • Reply Kyle July 8, 2010 at 9:33 am

    wow…lovely photographs….!!

  • Reply se7en July 8, 2010 at 9:53 am

    It’s our blogaversary this week and I have been thinking of what inspired me and turns out the blog that got me going was Maya*Made… First blog I read and a month or two after she got going I had to get started… You know you need to start a blog when your comments are longer than the posts!!!!

  • Reply Jennifer July 8, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    What a lovely post!

    A few years ago, I watched an episode of Martha Stewart, and she featured a lot of bloggers, two of them being MAV and Stephanie of

    Their blog inspired to create my own and to join a few blogging groups. It also led me to create a book club specifically for bloggers that read food related books.

    I have made so many wonderful friends through the world of blogging.:)

  • Reply Renata July 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    It was about 2 1/2 years ago. I was looking for storefront designs, for my future business and I came across Decor 8 shop tours. I fell in love with this blog, the pictures were breath taking and the content was so rich. It was Holly, I’ve seen blogs before but none captured me as hers. Since then I’ve found many new and exciting blogs, but not a lot can capture professionalism, while staying visually appealing.

  • Reply Piper July 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Such a great question! I just recently got into blogging and it was really Decor 8 and Lushlee that inspired me to get going on my own blog! Plus Holly’s class and learning from both of you was truly amazing and inspiring!!

  • Reply Julie July 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    For me, it was Jane at ill seen, ill said

    I love how she has shared so many facets of her personality & taste. Definitely a multi-dimensional women. Thank you Jane!

  • Reply Jessica July 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I started blogging in 2007 because a good friend of mine, my old roomie from college, told me i would be perfect for it. she said i always was sharing things over emails with her and others and i always kept a journal. put the two together and you’ve got a blog. so i said why not. and i’ve never regretted starting one. thanks miss greta!

  • Reply sunny July 8, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    what a great question! I started a blog after spending time reading Ali Edwards blog.

  • Reply Lisa July 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    This is such a great idea. I absolutely remember the very first time I ever saw a blog…it was the wonderful Velvet & Linen. I’ve been inspired by so many, but Brooke’s blog opened up a whole new world that I had always wanted to be a part of…just never knew it existed.
    Because of one blog I found many other wonderful places to visit and be inspired. Decor 8 is one of them!
    Love Aran too. She was my first guest chef. I fell hard too.
    xo Lisa

  • Reply Juli July 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Hi..its really true what you said ! I’ve decided to start my own too after being inspired by bloggers like you ! Even though we’re across the world from each other, it didnt stop me. I love your blog a lot !

  • Reply Glenda July 8, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I am a new blogger, just began in late January 2010 and just about to hit my 100th post.

    My inspiration to begin to blog was both of my daughters, who write great blogs and kept inviting me to join them. “You will love blogging, Mom!”

    They were right. Thanks Christy and Jenny.

  • Reply Ruth July 9, 2010 at 1:31 am

    The first blog I ever read was – blogging was relatively new back then and Dodo’s blog was the first ‘personal’ blog I’d ever seen. Pure Essence has changed a lot over the years and now it tends to be more about technical things but back in the day it was so interesting to get a glimpse into someone’s life.

    I started my first blog about a year later on Xanga… I won’t give giving out the URL because I will die of embarrassment!

  • Reply barbara July 9, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Hi Holly,
    I was inspired to blog by my bff, Barbara (a.k.a. Mammamsterdam). I am going through very difficult times and she repeaedly told me that blogging would help me, although I was quite skeptical at first. I do not particularly like to write, but I like to draw and paint so I decided to start a sort of online visual journal to commit myself to creating on a more or less regular basis, hoping that rediscovering my creativity would help me rebuilding my life. And I must say my friend was right. The support I receive from unknown kindred spirits from all over the world is amazing, it feels so real, not just virtual, and helps me feel less alone in this difficult journey. And my commitment to blogging helps me to move forward, to take steps even if I still don’t know exactly where I am going.

  • Reply barbara July 9, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Sorry, of course I wanted to say “Hi Leslie”…

  • Reply Lynn Minney July 9, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I was inspired to blog after subscribing to the Craft Gossip newsletter after starting my own business sewing accessories out of felted wool, denim and other vintage items. The blogs highlighted in that newsletter have inspired my work and taught me some new sewing techniques.

    I love to find out how projects come to life. I’m pretty new to this and still trying to figure out what to show and talk about on my blog. my blog keeps me accountable, helps me get more exposure and grow as an artist.

  • Reply Anna July 9, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Hi there,

    I got inspired by Dos Family. I just love the nice clean, Scandinavian photography and the cool vintage homes.
    I’m an allround styling student from Holland, so I see beautiful things almost everyday, cause I have to search images in magazines or online. It seems like a waste to not share these things with others…At first I didn’t want to participate with this new trend called blogging. But then I thought, I like taking pictures en share pretty things, so why not start a blog? I’ve only just begon, but who counting? :)

    Love, Peace, Anna

  • Reply Jessie-Lee July 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Wow! Awesome question, one you don’t really think about but you always know. I am relatively new at blogging myself. I just started about a month ago and I am always trying to find excuses to do it during my day. I simply love it! Before that I was quite the creeper. I was an avid reader but never a participater. There are three blogs I read everyday first and foremost before anything starts. These lovely ladies put me over the edge to blog myself. and They truely inspire me, and little do they probobly know I aspire to be much like them. Blogging lets me live in my “inner self” for a couple of hours today. It really is a joy!

  • Reply vosgesparis July 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Visiting the French blogs really inspired me to start blogging and I can say I had one, I visited as much as I could and really inspired me, partely because Iliked the mis en scenes/ still lives on the blog and the grey’s in iterior. This blog later changed its name and recently stopped posting.

    I would never have thought getting emails myself of readers who tell me that my blog inspired me to have another look at their house.. or using the colour grey! I think this inspiring we all do is one of the best things that bloggin (or readig blogs) brings us ;)

    Viva Olandia ;) Yes I do have one orange picture on my blog now ;P

  • Reply Anthonette July 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I started my blog after discovering Kristina Werner ( and her fabulous handmade cards. She started a Color Inspiration Challenge and I created my blog to post my card. That was over 2.5 years ago. I just recently discovered decor8 because so many paper crafters have mentioned this site. I love what I see.

  • Reply Rosalind July 9, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I think it was Ruby Ellen from

  • Reply Mily July 9, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Jora, of Domestic Reflections ( was my inspiration!

  • Reply elle pee July 10, 2010 at 8:11 am

    I started blogging in 2003! I must not be very good at it because I only have 8 followers, and 7 email subscribers. I was exploring the technology and the idea of preserving ideas while still sharing them all. The previous year my mother died unexpectedly and she was a talented writer – sending emails with short theater scripts, ect. She was never able to make a compedium. So, for me, it started as an exploration, then as I moved to Austria a way to keep track of my (mis)adventures. Now, I am in Italy but I rarely write about Italians I discovered blogs about home design and cooking and I started to post my crafts… right now I’m trying to keep a mix for my “readership” (ha ha ha) and am working on posting a new pressure cooker recipe a month, a craft a month, ect.

  • Reply tahni candelaria July 10, 2010 at 9:34 am

    i had already started a blog but wasnt too dedicated to it, until i saw misty mawn’s blog-
    she is an amazing artist, a sweet person, and i have always admired her blog.

  • Reply Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas July 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Oh, how lovely… I knew not of Cannelle et Vanille… would a gorgeous portfolio of images… and how cool that Aran is Basque : ).

    You had great influences from Holly, Aran, and Benita – all very impressive bloggers.

  • Reply kalanicut July 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I think it was DesignMom, Design*Sponge and Stephmodo who got me excited about blogs. Since then I have been inspired and energized about so many great things I’ve seen and read on blogs. I am so impressed with all the creativity and yet continually have to remind myself not to be intimidated, to remember that I bring my own unique style and contribution to the blog world. Blogging has been a fantastic way to combine my journalism education with my love of creative projects.

  • Reply jadeee_d July 11, 2010 at 4:35 am

    this website! also design sponge, and the fashion blog fashion toast. its amazing to see the quality of writing that i can only hope to aspire too.

  • Reply Jessica July 11, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    It was Hula Seventy for me. I had been blogging for a bit when I first found her blog (gosh 2006) and it was life changing for me to see her photographs. She really inspired me to take my own photography to the next level and I have never looked back! Thanks Andrea!

  • Reply kerry July 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    When I joined Boston Handmade, as part of membership, we have to write a blog post every month. So I might as well start a blog and I have been blogging ever since. It is a bit addicting.

  • Reply Leigha July 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    For me it was lovely Holly {decor8} and Alissa of The Goods Design {}. I have found blogging to be a great creative outlet – and the inspiration I find through other blogs has taken my designs and creativity to an entirely new level. How did I ever live without blogging?!?

  • Reply Alan @ sticviews July 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    No one really inspired me, I took it upon myself to get the word out!

  • Reply ANNA July 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    It´s Holly.
    Thank you Holly! so much.

  • Reply Meaghan July 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    You are my inspiration! And I can’t believe that you have only been blogging for a year and a half, talk about a success story for an inspirational blog. You inspire me continuously every single day, so be proud of the wonderful job you do!

  • Reply Amanda July 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I want to say thanks to Posey Gets Cozy – – I absolutely love her blog and inspired me to make my own. I think my family is getting kinda sick of me talking about her blog all the time, it’s like Alicia P. is part of my family everyday. Thanks Alicia P. !!!

  • Reply Patricia Shea July 13, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Aran’s work is so breathtaking and inspiring…I just love her layouts and colourations…everything is truly delicious!! and Decor8 is equally wondrous, thank you!!
    I was inspired to blog by my great friend and brilliant British nature illustrator Valerie Greeley who told me “I know you don’t want to do anything else on the computer but really you must consider doing a blog” and so I did and am really glad I took her very sound advice as I have found a new way to express the things I love and love to do, found new friends, found Decor8, Canelle et Vanille, David Lebovitz and so many other delights of the blogosphere…yea!!!

  • Reply bussbuss July 14, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Eegads, I feel like a dinosaur, as I’ve been blogging since 2003. I wish I could remember everyone who first inspired me, but I know it was Mighty Girl (way before Mighty Goods existed), Daily Candy and The Morning News (and a handful of Austin bloggers I SO wish I could remember right now, though I think I came across through Bust’s Girl Wide Web). It’s been incredible to see how the blog world has developed over the years and decor8 continues to be a favorite — a genuine, inspiring voice plus great photos.

  • Reply shellie August 3, 2010 at 10:45 am

    really i dont know how i missed this one…my inspiration to blog stemmed from the beautiful Frolic and Chelsea Fuss…

  • Reply Mysty August 15, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Hey! For me Mila from Loveology ( was the necessary inspiration to start my own blog ;)
    Holly, I’m going to link this post in one of my posts as you gave me a perfect topic for a post. Thanks, Mysty

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