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I was thinking the other day about how I became the way I am. Meaning that person who sees a piece of forgotten furniture on the side of the road and immediately start thinking about how I can give it a new life, always thinking about how I can improve my home on the lowest budget possible, always trying to figure out how I can make that piece of furniture I see in the store myself instead of buying it.
So I thought I would give a run down of a few of my top influences:
1. Martha Stewart
Ok, what can't this woman do?! I mean, she wakes up in the morning picks eggs for breakfast, feeds her cows and horses, goes antiquing before lunch, whips up some amazing craft in the afternoon, then throws an amazing dinner party she cooked over her woodburning stove using wood she chopped the day before.
Wow, if only I could have half as much talent in my whole body as she does in her little finger! I try to be diverse in my projects like her but will never be on her level. Of course she does have a daughter with a TV show where she makes fun of Martha's old shows, so its a give and take.
2. Decorating Cents
Oh my gosh, do you guys remember this show? I loved it! Making over your house with only $500! Amazing! My favorite part though was the Trash To Treasure segment. I couldn't wait to the end of each episode to see what they came up with this time. Decorating with old shoes, using an old crib as a shelf, it went on and on. And it gave me hope that I wasn't the only one out there that enjoyed turning junk into something special. I was sad to see this show leave HGTV.
3. Design On A Dime
Loved this show too! They had so many great ideas to make over your home on a budget. A lot of their projects required knowledge and skill with tools. This motivated me to learn how to use a jig saw, buy my own drill, ect. (Sometimes this got me into trouble though.) I'm sorry this show isn't on anymore either. I like all the House Hunter shows, but I like design ideas too!
4. Trading Spaces
Ok, not only did this show have great inexpensive design ideas, but they had some serious eye candy as well. (It doesn't hurt is all I'm saying.) I loved Genevieve's Mod style, and Vern's clean, slick architectual vision. There were so many ideas I could implement in my own home. Another thing I loved about this show is that they went all over the country. My friend and I applied but the show was cancled not long after we sent in our application. Sadness!
5. And last but not least- My Mom! Not to be cheesy or anything but she was really understanding of my obsession with roadkill rescue furniture (during high school I think I had up to 8 chairs in my room at one point), or rearranging my room every few months. And she was always willing to take me to my favorite junk stores before I could drive. Thanks mom!
So, who inspires you?