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Bloggers We Love: Q+A with A House In Bloom
Images courtesy of Tammy Damore
The blogger: Tammy Damore
The blog: A House in Bloom
Passion: Home decorating
When did you develop a passion for home decorating, and how long have you been blogging?
My passion for décor, rearranging furniture, painting, and the whole home-decorating shebang is really just who I am. As a little girl, I moved furniture around when my parents left to go get groceries.
My Dad worked a second job building houses and did a lot around our home. I was what he called “his flashlight girl.” I was by his side no matter what he was working on, so I learned a lot.
I started my blog and my Instagram account about two years ago, only really because my daughter and her husband encouraged me to. They felt I had something to share – something others would enjoy – so, I did it.
What inspires you?
I can’t get enough of the color white. Marble also inspires me. I love the movement. Also: moldings – the more the merrier; flowers – everyday please; textures; vintage and new mirrors; lighting – my hubby thinks I have a problem; and lastly, Christmas – it’s magical.
You call your home a “house in bloom.” What’s the story behind that?
I once owned a small antique business, which I called “A House in Bloom,” and I think it really represents my mindset. My home is ever-changing and never the same, like the new bloom on a flower.
How can others create a house that’s in bloom?
It’s really quite easy: Buy what you love, and don’t worry about where you’re going to put it. Most times, I put new décor in the basement until the day I figure it out. But if it speaks to me, I buy it.
Describe your home in three words.
Work in progress.
And your design style?
I always go for dreamy, romantic and tranquil spaces. They melt my heart.
What is your interior design philosophy?
I like to use design rules as a jumping off point, but I’m not afraid to break the rules a bit to make it my own.
Tell us about a favorite DIY project you recently completed. What are you loving about the finished results?
I recently gave a 20-year-old island top a makeover by using a faux marble paint effect. What I love about it: It’s a huge transformation that allows me to continue to use the piece – until it’s in the budget to replace it.
How can windows and doors impact a space?
I have 33 windows in my home and about 20 interior doors, plus eight exterior doors. So, in my case they make a huge difference. It’s important to me to choose products that are true to the time period of our home. When we started to replace the windows 20 years ago, we went one room at a time. For one particularly large opening, we had to custom-order nine panes, since that’s what was original to the home. Having the nine panes at the top really lends to the feel of the room and fits with the romantic style I enjoy so much. The windows and the atmosphere they create is just part of the bigger picture.
Best piece of home-decorating advice you’ve ever received?
"Don’t walk away from the merchandise.” Do not leave it there. If you are a house person like me, most of my time, effort, energy and money goes into my home. I spend countless hours every day thinking about how I can make my home more beautiful, function better and create a more enjoyable space for our family. So if I find something that moves me, speaks to me and tugs at my heart strings, I take it home.
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