May 6, 2019

Thoughts

I’m not gonna lie… the decision to get back into blogging regularly was a kind of tough one for me to make.

A recent misty morning at home

 

And once I finally made it and went back to it last week- it was a little daunting to hit “publish!”  If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll probably remember the typo’s and the stream-of-thought rambling kind of thing that goes on around here… I learned a long time ago that if I didn’t blog generally in real time and post what I was feeling in the moment,  I’d never actually publish a post or be able to justify the time spent attempting to post.

When I write a book, I spend hours- with others helping me at times!- editing and agonizing over each and every sentence and the blog is SUCH a different beast.  I just finished editing my book last week and the final manuscript is IN so it’s very weird to switch over into more of a comfortable journaling-type mode over here.  I’ve realized how much I miss it but it takes an attitude adjustment.  When I published my two posts last week- and went back to read them later- I saw the usual typos and places where I could have written better and it was a little harder than it was in the past to let go.  And that kind of made me realize how vulnerable writing a blog can be.  Unlike a book, you’re putting yourself out there without anyone’s stamp of approval.

And you’re pretty sure someone’s going to have a problem with something you say- sometimes you know what it is in advance, other times it comes at you from left field.  (Last week it was someone I don’t know or work with planning on “boycotting” my services because I love wisteria- though to be honest, I wasn’t surprised to get that one!  I normally don’t share any of that side of things with you because I’m not into the drama but I can share this one because I’m being boycotted and it won’t get back to him/ her anyway 😉 ) But anyway, I have to be honest, I do think I took a little bit of a step back from my blog a few years ago because it became a bit exhausting to try to anticipate all of the criticisms… and I have been treated very respectfully by most people and didn’t at all receive any criticism I couldn’t handle but I think the bit I did receive affected me in a different way… in a subconscious way… I think I began to write in a way that was super-censored to make sure it wouldn’t upset anyone.  (And I’m not kidding you, people can get upset reading about the way a room is designed!!) And, taking that far enough, I started to feel liked I’d watered down and filtered and explained what I was saying so much to a point where I wasn’t allowing myself to say anything or really let anyone in on what I was really feeling around here.  And then it got a bit less meaningful for me and it began to feel more like something I couldn’t let take me away from work.

Early morning in the kitchen- dirty dishes & all

 

I’ve also had so many “secret” things (like books, TV shows, product lines, partnerships etc.) in the works for so many years that I started to feel when I sat down to write that I wasn’t allowed to talk about anything!!  Blogging used to be where I’d go to share all of my home, business and design-related stuff but I wasn’t allowed to any more.  I had more children and had less and less time and so naturally, I blogged less and less.  I couldn’t bring myself to say I was “done” blogging because by then I knew myself enough to know I can “never say never” about anything I’m doing anymore, but I felt I needed to distance myself a bit and that maybe one day I’d come back to it.  I poured so much of our story and shared as much as I could through Instagram and the tiny captions & stories there.  And that was what I needed at that time. But I’ve journal’d my entire life and always found it helpful in working through things…  I find it slows me down- and just like what I’ think I’m probably doing right now- it helps me look back and understand why I have done things and what I need to do.  And now I think I might be feeling the urge to slow down and write a bit for clarity.  Like most people, I have so much going on in my head on any given day, so I find writing helps me make sense of it all.

And in my life right now, I’m finding I need a little help to make sense of things.  The days are flying by at the speed of light and the kids are growing so quickly. my deadlines often feel insurmountable, and I’m needed at every minute of every day… so I’m feeling the urge to take a breather and to get back into sharing on my own terms.

So let’s get into it… the reality is, my life has changed a lot since I stopped blogging regularly.  I have changed a lot since I stopped blogging regularly.

 

Some downtime this past weekend with the pups. Gisele loves to pick flowers and I’m wearing an azaela she found for me 😉

 

I’m still me, but there’s some change.  I’ve gotten older… and had both of my daughters.  Going from three kids to five kids has been a major adjustment.  I am so crazy into my kids and David and our little unit and so in love with them and thankful for them, that I think I got a little afraid to share it here.  Blogging can be like PDA and I don’t want to PDA in front of you!!! 🙂  I also wondered who would care about hearing me write about my family and what’s going on so I wouldn’t and then I’d end up saying nothing.

This little thing turned 4 yesterday. She loves gardening with me. We took this the other morning when we discovered out lilac bush was blooming.

 

And yes, I’m a decorator and I design homes for a living, but sometimes I’m excited about food and flowers and family and activities that fall outside of the “design” category and I worried that people didn’t want to read about anything from me other than decorating.  (And you might be one of those people who are here for my story and what’s going on, but I can promise you, there are so many people here just looking for design inspiration & the professional “afters” and that’s my specialty so they want me to stick to it!! And I totally get that!!!)  But I think that as I get older, that phrase “you can’t please” everyone really comes to mind.  I started this thing over ten years ago and I started from a really raw and honest place and I’d like it to get back there.  I’m not sure I can ever be as vulnerable again here as I used to be, because when I started only a handful of people were reading and I knew most of them, so I think pulling back a bit from that is a bit necessary, but I’d like to be able to share more of what I’m really feeling.  I’ve also become less sensitive, which I’m sure happens with age too…  I remember in the first year or two blogging and sharing my work and receiving criticism and it hurt my feelings. I’ve had my appearance picked apart along with my life choices.  Today, yes, I would LOVE it if everyone liked my work and thought I was gorgeous but the reality is that’s just not possible and I’m very okay with it.  My job is to design for my clients, not Pinterest.   And I look how I look and it ain’t getting any better!! Every now and then I’ll have friends message me saying that can’t believe someone said what they said and I laugh because I truly don’t get upset or even really take in criticisms as negative any more… and I’m glad about that.  I was THE most sensitive kid ever so I do have the internet to thank for that.

When I slowed down on blogging, I slowed down on other things too….  We haven’t had a “normal” life where we see our friends and family regularly and have a work-life balance in what seems like forever.  We straight-up just have work time and family time and then every now and then we get to do something social but we used to party like rockstars and have friends over all the time.  The truth is, by Friday now, I’m ready for snuggles and miss the kids so much (and vice versa) that I feel like I need to give them all of my time.  But that of course leads to guilt at not seeing friends and other family more.  Every now and then we get out (and I promise you- I’m still fun!!!) but it doesn’t happen as often as it used to, and though my good friends get it and still love me, I feel guilty.  It’s changed me a bit.

I’m still super into chronicling things… I love a story and want to remember things.  And I still love to share my life and what I’m excited about.  I have more of an urge to not be in a box and to just write about what floats my boat on any given day and it’s kind of hit me that my blogging hiatus is a bit like getting to start over again and I’m excited about that.

I’m just as into my garden (if not more!!) than I am into my interiors…

 

So I’m different but that same.  I often ask myself “who am I writing for?” The good answer, the one that keeps me writing, is always for both me and you.  When it became about the stranger on the other end of the screen who wanted me to serve only a single type of ice cream, I could feel it. And I let it change what I was serving.  And I got tired of feeling like I could only share one aspect of creativity when I had so much more I was excited about, so I all but stopped.  So- I’m going to try really hard to not care about how things are received in order to stay true to myself and my passions- which is why I started writing here in the first place over ten years go.  And I’m sincerely hoping you’ll find coming along for the ride worth your time.

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Anna
5 years ago

You, your garden, and your designs are beautiful! I’ve followed your blog off and on for several years and, as a mother of two young girls and also into design, I always find your posts and designs inspirational! I think you are winning at just being you! I hope you keep at it.

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  Anna

Aw thank you so much Anna xo

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jennq
5 years ago

I’m so glad you are blogging again! I started reading your blog a couple years ago, around the time I think you were slowing down. I went through today through your archives and there was al lot of really good stuff, and am excited to read future posts. Ps, I hope you have another season of BHOTB coming soon!

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  jennq

Thank you so much!!

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kedge0417
5 years ago

Lauren- I’ve been following your blog (and more recently instagram) since the very beginning; warts and all! Watching you grow, have babies, develop your design sense, add your product lines, ALL the moves, the sadness and the celebrations. I’m with you even when you’re quiet (because I know what comes next will be GREAT!). You are a true creative in many forms – but I also realize like me, you are HUMAN and not to be held to superhero status! You should do as you need to do- and not to please the folks that are unkind. I’m so glad to have stumbled upon your blog years ago. It’s been a great source of inspiration. Because of your influence, my husband used to say “do we really need to layer rugs, so many pillows, textures, etc?” to now saying “Our home is so cozy and comfortable, I really like it here, it’s beautiful”! So, even though we don’t officially know each other, my respect for your choices abounds. 🙂 keep it up, Lauren!! Thank you so much! ~kellie (insta: kedge0417)

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kedge0417
5 years ago

Lauren- I’ve been following your blog (and more recently instagram) since the very beginning; warts and all! Watching you grow, have babies, develop your design sense, add your product lines, ALL the moves, the sadness and the celebrations. I’m with you even when you’re quiet (because I know what comes next will be GREAT!). You are a true creative in many forms – but I also realize like me, you are HUMAN and not to be held to superhero status! You should do as you need to do- and not to please the folks that are unkind. I’m so glad to have stumbled upon your blog years ago. It’s been a great source of inspiration. Because of your influence, my husband used to say “do we really need to layer rugs, so many pillows, textures, etc?” to now saying “Our home is so cozy and comfortable, I really like it here, it’s beautiful”! So, even though we don’t officially know each other, my respect for your choices abounds. 🙂 keep it up, Lauren!! Thank you so much! ~kellie (insta: kedge0417)

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Kristen
5 years ago

I have missed your blogging. Your real, rambling, wonderful blogging. I have followed you for many years, since your green velvet couch and the chalk paint fridge :). The way you connect the outdoors, family life, food and home has been creative inspiration for me over the years as I create “home” for my family. Grateful for the light and beauty you bring to our homes.

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  Kristen

haha aw thank you so much!!

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Mckenzie
5 years ago

So glad you are back and excited for you to share the things that feel important to you! I always prefer when a blogger is being authentic. It’s true that it is not possible to please everyone but one of my favorite sayings is “it takes all kinds of kinds” I remember that when my thinking starts to get judgemental and it can go for when others are doing it as well. To remember that everyone has their own mind, thoughts and experiences is important and the key is to respect that. Looking forward to hearing more, your blog has always been my favorite little break 🙂

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  Mckenzie

So true- thank you so much!! 🙂

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Laura
5 years ago

I’ve followed your blog since at least 3 houses (and 3 kids!) ago, and I’m down for whatever your bring, whenever you bring it. You are so down to earth and funny and talented. You do you, and thanks, always, for sharing.

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  Laura

aw thank you so much Laura!!

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Mary Jo Miller
5 years ago

I started reading your blog several years ago. As jennq said I think it was as you were slowing down. Whenever I saw a post from you it was the first thing I read.
I loved your style of writing and sharing, perfect maybe not, but very readable and real. I loved seeing your children and your designs. I have watched your show and was was so happy that you had that opportunity. I hope you continue to share your thoughts, loves and creativity. Anyone that isn’t interested or dislikes what you share can choose to not follow your blog. By the way I love Wisteria. Thanks for your honesty and thoughtful posts.

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  Mary Jo Miller

Thank you so much 🙂

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Marilyn Shannon
5 years ago

Thank you for taking the time to blog again. I enjoy reading about what you are doing and seeing pictures of you and your sweet family.

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purestylehome
5 years ago

I’m so glad to hear it- thank you!!

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HouseGypsy
5 years ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the bit about the wisteria boycott. Things have been a bit challenging here and reading that made me laugh hysterically, snorting coffee inelegantly through my nose. What a relief to read about someone else’s monumental problems! As for me, and I think it’s safe to say the majority of your dedicated readers, we love the whole package – every delicious flavor you present, gardening, design, musings on family and life. Be yourself, your whole self. We only love you more for it.

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  HouseGypsy

hahahahha me too- it was definitely a good one.
thank you so much!!

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Suzanne
5 years ago

Lauren, welcome back! Love hearing about your family and the extended family, since I’m one of the Kansas City cousins who doesn’t get to see you much. Thanks for your “thoughts.” Seriously, boycotting you because you love wisteria . . . yes, it’s an invasive species, but it can be kept under control. Our son and daughter-in-law have some of it in one of their trees. They just keep cutting it back, and it just keeps coming back. It’s a pleasant battle for them, as they too love the flowers; they just don’t want it in any of their other trees.

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  Suzanne

Sending love!!
xoxo

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Debra Phillips
5 years ago

it’s YOU love, always; your place in life at any moment, your children, Dave, your home & garden, even your parents. It is YOU I am fascinated by, having watched your life progress, deviate, how you challenge yourself, how on earth you balance life………your thoughts which are so candid and interesting.

feel sorry for, and continue moving on, from those who truly have nothing but petty scorn for themselves that
they can only offer the same to the world. It does take getting older to understand that

You are beautiful inside and out, stay strong Lauren, you are loved and much appreciated and oh so talented!
xo Debra

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  Debra Phillips

Sending love Debra!! Thank you so much!!

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Laurel Bern
5 years ago

Hi Lauren, It’s always terrific to hear from you. I get nasty people sending in “helpful” aka: hurtful comments, too sometimes. Some of them so bad, I was in tears all day. I never publish them. Who needs to read that crap?

I’ve read about why some people do this and realize that it’s ALWAYS about them, not you. It is very difficult for me, but I’ve gotten better. And, found that the best way to handle that is to delete, block, ignore. Gosh, you’re undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous, talented women on the planet! It’s not easy balancing it all. I’m 63 and could never have done half of what you are doing when my kids were little. xoxo ~ Laurel

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  Laurel Bern

very true re ignoring! Can’t thank you enough for such kind words Laurel!!
xoxo

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Betty Spaghetti
5 years ago

I am so glad you’re blogging again. I’ve been reading you since you were pregnant with your first child and although I rarely comment, I so enjoy your wholesome stories and adore your style – effortless and chic at the same time. Your kids are adorable – especially in nasty times like these (political climate), everyone is just in need to hear and see something/someone living a decent life with all the bells and whistles. You’ve always had THE touch and finesse about designs and I am so glad that you’re as successful as you are with it. You deserve every bit of it! Forget nasty people, the burden to live with themselves is on them.

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purestylehome
5 years ago

Thank you so much Betty 🙂

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5 years ago

I’m so glad you’re coming back to it! I loved reading your blog ten years ago, and I love it now. Of *course* you’ve changed – we all should – but I love growing older with my imaginary internet friends. We’ve all lived the same years in the same world, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Thank you for being excited and curious about the world, even now that you have so many people and tasks pulling at you. I’m looking forward to continue to read your blog!

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  Leigh Reese

Thank you so much!!! 🙂

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Sheri Salargo
5 years ago

I am so happy you are back, I’ve missed you! The thing that made me love you so much in the first place was how real you were. While I absolutely love your design and that is what first brought me to you, I love even more how you are just a normal person who has been able to reap the rewards of all your hard work. I think it is more important that we get reminded of that. Normal people (even successful ones) have other dreams and desires, people and places that are important to them, and most certainly are NOT perfect!! So, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing YOU.

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  Sheri Salargo

wow, thank you so much Sheri 🙂

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Michelle
5 years ago

i’m so excited! I’m one of the people who loves to hear about all aspects of your life/interests 🙂

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  Michelle

yay thank you!! 🙂

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Shelley White
5 years ago

Our homes are influenced by the people and things we love. It makes total sense to write about what excites you and feels true to yourself here. Good design will come out of authenticity as well. All these things go hand in hand. Can’t wait to read what comes next.

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  Shelley White

Thanks so much Shelley!!

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Christina
5 years ago

So glad you are back to blogging! I love all the content you post…the gardening, the cooking/garden, the family life, the decorating. It fills up my cup and I have missed your blog. We built a home 3 1/2 years ago and I used your blog and Velvet and Linen as the inspiration for our home. Because of that, I really appreciated all the design content, but as a mother to seven, I am always for a great family-life story. BTW, you continue to inspire me…that gorgeous dress you posted a link to week or more ago…my college-age daughter wanted it. She is NOT in the position to purchase ‘investment’ pieces for her wardrobe yet, so I am making the dress for her…sans linen. Keep blogging and posting. There will always be wounded, sad, angry people who need to lash out. Say a quick prayer for them and try hard not to think of their comment again! You and your husband are living your life and generously allowing “us” to watch, be inspired, learn some. You bring beauty into the lives who read and I am all about truth and beauty, so thank you!

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  Christina

Christina, I tried to respond weeks ago when you wrote this but I have trouble with disqus… anyway, this made me SO happy to hear and I can’t wait to hear how the dress turned out!! Sending hugs & am sure it will be gorgeous!!

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Sheila
5 years ago

Honestly Lauren, your authenticity is what I love about you. I have loved reading your blog and appreciated your ability to embrace imperfect. It makes you so relatable. I LOVE your design work, but when I see glimpses of your personal homes with your family enjoying the spaces, especially the gardens, it is a breath of fresh air. I enjoy those posts the most. In the end, you will never regret time spent with your family. Thank you for being willing to be vulnerable:)

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  Sheila

Thank you so much Sheila 🙂

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jackie
5 years ago

I totally agree with all the positive feedback /comments you are receiving. You, hubby & kiddos are the bomb!
I don’t understand people coming back at you through the yrs w/ hurtful/nasty & personal attack!? If they don’t like you/your style & your blog – then don’t read it! You are sharing yourself, your expertise, your family, pictures, tips…so much ! You just keep on being you! Post what you want, when you want, how you want. Your true fans love it! And the others??? They can leave or perhaps you could block? Haters going to hate: stay away from their poison.

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  jackie

Aw thank you so much! I’m really okay about it and nothing was really that terrible but I think it just made me tired over the years lol… Feeling re-energized & ready to rock again though haha
xoxo

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Terri
5 years ago

Perhaps it’s not realistic, but maybe don’t have a comments section?. There is something about the internet that seems to bring out the nastiness and judgement in some people. Just a thought. I like your style, your design, and reading about your family. It’s all good as far as I’m concerned! Good luck with everything.

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alison giese
5 years ago

I’m so happy you’re sharing this, Lauren! Is it weird to say it “feels like old times” to hear your open, honest, and inspiring posts? It’s very understandable why you stepped away, but it also feels so right to come back to it! There’s just something that social media can’t completely capture, and it’s been missing for a lot of us. Welcome Back!
xo,
ag

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  alison giese

xoxoxo Thank you so much Alison!!

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sixteenfourteen
5 years ago

I’ve been following you forever, and I’m thrilled that you’re blogging again – love your garden and whatever kinds of ice cream you want to serve up. 😉

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Angela
5 years ago

Thank you for sharing! I love seeing your work, and to be honest it all looks perfect so thank you for sharing that you don’t always have everything down/together.

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I have always enjoyed your posts. I’m happy you’re back (hopefully). I recently returned to my site to post. I know what you mean about never really knowing what is going to set someone off, or irritate them over a comment about a certain granite pattern as dated. Hahaha. I don’t worry about it much. I post and hope that those that read it get something from my writing, if not, there are plenty of other sites they can visit, right?
Love your garden and enjoy your words.
xo,
Karen

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bungalow
5 years ago

I can’t believe people criticize your appearance! That is nervy. I love reading your blog, and if there are mistakes then it just highlights your humanness. I greatly enjoy your blog, your designs, and reading about your home and family. I admire you so much. I recently purchased my first single family home after looking for a long time — now I want to review your posts for design inspiration! I’m serious…I will be studying every detail with delight.

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kellie
5 years ago

Lauren- I’ve been following your blog (and more recently instagram) since the very beginning; warts and all! Watching you grow, have babies, develop your design sense, add your product lines, ALL the moves, the sadness and the celebrations. I’m with you even when you’re quiet (because I know what comes next will be GREAT!). You are a true creative in many forms – but I also realize like me, you are HUMAN and not to be held to superhero status! You should do as you need to do- and not to please the folks that are unkind. I’m so glad to have stumbled upon your blog years ago. It’s been a great source of inspiration. Because of your influence, my husband used to say “do we really need to layer rugs, so many pillows, textures, etc?” to now saying “Our home is so cozy and comfortable, I really like it here, it’s beautiful”! So, even though we don’t officially know each other, my respect for your choices abounds. 🙂 keep it up, Lauren!! Thank you so much! ~kellie (insta: kedge0417)

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kellie
5 years ago

Lauren- I’ve been following your blog (and more recently instagram) since the very beginning; warts and all! Watching you grow, have babies, develop your design sense, add your product lines, ALL the moves, the sadness and the celebrations. I’m with you even when you’re quiet (because I know what comes next will be GREAT!). You are a true creative in many forms – but I also realize like me, you are HUMAN and not to be held to superhero status! You should do as you need to do- and not to please the folks that are unkind. I’m so glad to have stumbled upon your blog years ago. It’s been a great source of inspiration. Because of your influence, my husband used to say “do we really need to layer rugs, so many pillows, textures, etc?” to now saying “Our home is so cozy and comfortable, I really like it here, it’s beautiful”! So, even though we don’t officially know each other, my respect for your choices abounds. 🙂 keep it up, Lauren!! Thank you so much! ~kellie (insta: kedge0417)

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Carrie Martin
5 years ago

So happy to see new posts from you! I first found your work when looking for inspiration for my small DC co-op, goodness, 8 yrs ago?? So many moons and homes later and now having a daughter a few months younger than your Giselle, I’ve also loved your family stories as well as design inspiration. Hopefully the positive experiences of blogging will far out weigh the negative and we’ll continue to hear about your incredible journey!

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Anne Nickol
5 years ago

All I can say Lauren is, “Good for you!!” Welcome back. and share your life with us, with all its facets. I can’t wait to read your new posts. I missed you!

Fondly,
Anne

Guest
5 years ago

I am so glad you are back, Lauren! Beautiful post.

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cotedetexas
5 years ago

I’m glad you’re back of course. I love your Instagram too. I was so obsessed with your new house I saved all your ig photos in a file to figure out the floor plan. I found the original real estate photos to compare the before and afters. I just obsessed over the originality of the house. Your bathroom! The family room! The small room off the garden ! The shutters. I’m a gray shutter girl. But I do like the dark ones too. And hey. Going out versus staying in can be a sign of getting older. Leave the family for the holidays and your weekends for your kids. Now. Talk about your house and garden more!!!!!!! Lol. Love ya

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jennibell
5 years ago

If you were my neighbor or someone I knew, I would want to be just like you!!! I probably would never be able to approach you or be bold enough to say, “hi”, but I would probably watch you from afar all the time. I’m glad your back to blogging so I can be inspired again 🙂 You have a beautiful family and gorgeous, simple taste. It’s changed a lot since the beginning, softer and more refined….maybe like you?

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Alice Byrne
5 years ago

I’ve followed you for most of the 10 years you’ve blogged. I miss your voice when you step back from blogging and am always delighten when you return. I enjoy your voice and the range of topice you share. If something does not interest me I move on and visit again another day, sharing is a brave thing to do in the environment of the internet. I am so glad you have a brave soul. Welcome back!

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Julie S
5 years ago

Thank you for coming back, Lauren, and sharing your real self again! The things people think they can say to people online never ceases to amaze me. As a long time reader whose life has changed with time too, and have always preferred blogs to other social media options, I am glad to be here enjoying whatever you’ve got to share in this season. I’m a lot more comfortable with the random sharings of family, garden, etc than I probably would have been 6 years ago before I didn’t have any of those things myself 🙂 Mad props for being so much more settled with yourself and less vulnerable to irrelevant criticism – I’m trying to get there myself!

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Meghan
5 years ago

Absolutely love this. Thank you for sharing anything you have to say about your life, family, garden, design work or anything else you have to say. It is all inspiring! I love your honesty. It’s genuine and refreshing. Will look forward to every post!

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Brenda
5 years ago

I want to read it all! Tell us whatever is on your mind be it family, food, travel, design, etc. I’ve missed your blog (started reading three houses back) and how real it was – glad you’re back!

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ifnothingelse
5 years ago

I’m so glad you’re back! I love your voice and your style and hearing about your life. Thank you for sharing with us and being so real. I’ve missed your blog more than any other. And I can’t wait to see where it takes you this time around.

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Barbora Skalová
5 years ago

So happy to read all your thoughts about staying true to yourself. Way to go! I love your interiors, love your garden, love how you dress your cuties, love your books, I am sure I would love your shows but haven’t had the chance to see them here in Europe, and also love your blog “ramblings” cause they just feel real and I completely understand and agree with you… actually pretty hard finding something I could criticise… wait… no, nothing. Wishing you good luck in all you do and looking forward to reading and seeing more from you

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Barb
5 years ago

I have enjoyed reading your blog from the beginning (that first article in the Post!)
and missed it – glad you are back at it. BTW- did you DIY your raised garden beds?

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Lynne
5 years ago

I’m so glad you are blogging again! I am such a fan of yours that at times I’m afraid you may think I’m a weird stalker! Lol! I always wonder why people get upset over what someone chooses to blog about. No one is forcing anyone to read anything! If I start to read a blog post and it doesn’t interest me I just move on. No need for critical comments or worse, snarky comments. It’s your blog and I love reading about your kiddos and your animals and your house- well, I’m just interested in you. I feel like you are my friend. Also- I wish so much that negative comments could just be forgotten, especially when the majority of comments are positive. Being human, fo some reason, we seem to fixate on those negative ones instead of the positive. Why is that? I do the same thing and it just drives me bonkers! Just so happy for all your success and I wish you all the best.

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Shellie Gruber
5 years ago

I’ve always loved you and your family. Even your typos cuz you are like me and just write on the fly and don’t want to look back to edit. It is scary to go back and read what I’ve written sometimes though! But I am glad you’re back. As a good friend once said, “Life’s too short to dance with ugly men.”

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Kim
5 years ago

I don’t read blogs much anymore because of those reasons that held you back. Scripted polished edited etc. Gotta be cutting edge on the wit, perfect lighting/styling, fashion forward, all the things!!

You are a breath of fresh air, and I love the ease and flow of your authentic ramblings, typos included! Browsing through your posts today felt like reading a letter from a friend. Then I found this honest from the heart one and thought oh I wish she knew how special and rare this space is! Just beautiful – as is, this space and you. Thank you!!

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purestylehome
5 years ago
Reply to  Kim

Wow, thank you SO much Kim. I really appreciate it!!

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Brenda
4 years ago

Yay! I’m so happy you’re back! I’ve followed you for a while and love that you are back to consistently blogging. Your design aesthetic pulls at me, but I also love hearing bout your family, food, gardening, your pets etc. To me it makes you more human that just designing spaces. Looking forward to reading more.

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