In The BlogLight with HomeTalk



In case you aren’t completely addicted already, let me is an online community to share home-related projects, ask home-related questions, and be inspired by amazingly talented DIY-ers, bloggers, and professionals.  Each week, one blogger is chosen to be In The Bloglight!  So, here I am – um, super-YAY!

Miriam  (Lovely Guru to All & Director of Community at Hometalk) sent over a few questions for me:

Why did you start blogging?

I’m a full time Interior Decorator/Designer, as well as a serial home DIY-er, with a mild fairly serious addiction to light fixtures, paint fumes and thriftiness.  I started blogging in June 2011 for two reasons – first, to highlight client projects and demonstrate how accessible the design process can be; but also to share the DIY projects that I tackle, hoping to inspire readers to be creative in their homes.

What was the first project you ever posted, and the post with the most traffic?

The first DIY project I posted about was in Aug 2011 (with absolutely terrible photos I might add). I fell in love with this beautifully worn antique dining table that I absolutely did not need at all.  What we needed was a Coffee table. 

Dining table to Coffee Table
With the trestle base & newelled legs, cutting it down in height was a bit more challenging than a single pedestal table would have been.  That table is still one of my most favorite things. 

The post with the most traffic is definitely my custom living room wainscot. It’s unique, affordable, customizable, and super easy to install – so very accessible.  People still respond to that project.

Custom Wainscot Design


What do your friends and family think about your blog? Do they read all of your updates?

My family and friends are my biggest fans and supporters – they do read all my posts & updates.  My Mom even saves all her emailed posts because she doesn’t trust that they really are on the internet.  My Mister especially is very encouraging, & very patient (and helpful!) and patient…..oh, and patient.  Thankfully, he enjoys home/DIY projects as much as I do; we’re a really good team.

Me & The Mister


Do you stick to a strict posting schedule?

I really try to post weekly – but client projects obviously take priority over my own DIY projects, and anything else.  Balancing the two can be difficult, it takes a lot of hours to put a post together (on top of the project time!).  Honestly, I prefer not to post unless I have something (I feel is) relevant & interesting; I just really appreciate the time readers spend with me. 

How has it helped your business?

I have met clients through my blog, definitely.  I think a key feature of having the blog is that clients & potential clients get to know my personality, my work, my approach; I think this helps them decide if we’d be a good ‘fit’ working together.  I am most definitely the anti-stereotypical “diva” designer.


What IS your design style?

I’d describe my design style as practical, unique, clean lined, timeless. Ultimately, it’s learning about my client’s own personal style, and creating their beautiful.   That was also the creativity behind my company name – soulstyle.  A stylish, graceful home that tells our story is accessible to everyone, including those of us with real life budgets. This extends into my own home too – I don’t do “show rooms”, I want to live in spaces that reflect who I am, and that’s what I want to help my clients achieve.


What would you recommend to other bloggers looking to start businesses of their own?

Do it !  If you’re doing what you love, if you’re passionate about it, and you are committed to incredibly long hours and a ton of hard work – it will also come with enormous satisfaction and joy. 


Thank you so much Miriam, and Hometalk, for featuring me In The Bloglight! 

If you’re planning to re-decorate, re-design, or renovate, I can help you create the extraordinary. Fall in love with your home again.

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  1. Stephanie DeFazio says:

    Ahhhhh what a cute pic of you and the Mister.

  2. Thank you for this post, Tracy! Your work is gorgeous!! I love every one of your projects I’ve seen so far.

  3. So thrilled you were in the Bloglight this week Tracy! You have so much talent and it is fun to get to know a little more about the person behind all those fabulous projects! 🙂

  4. Tracy! So fun to get to know you better – you’ve got such style and I am in love with that wainscoting! Going off to pin it now!

  5. Tracy, your work is wonderful! You have a job most of us continue to dream about so it was really cool grasping a real life perspective on our ‘hobby’. Wonderful read!

    • Thank you Donna – I have to agree with you, because it totally is my dream job! I love that you visited! xoT

  6. LOVE, love, love all your projects! Seriously! I am over the moon for that wainscoting! Does he have any other patterns? My wainscoting needs to be higher because of the ceiling height? Do you have any other suggestions?

    • WOW that’s a whole lot of nice there KariAnne! Thank you! Yes, the wainscot is awesome, and there’s lots of other patterns…he’ll do a custom pattern as well, which is what mine was. Re: your other questions, send me an email directly, we’ll talk! 🙂 xoT

  7. SS…what can I say that I haven’t said already?! You’re one of the most talented designers that I know, I love your style, the way that you explain what you did for your different customers and how you achieved the look that they desired. I’m still drooling over your wainscot. and I’m still delighted to have you not only as a source of inspiration but as a friend. Congrats on your feature, SS! xo

  8. So proud of you. You’re an amazing, talented designer and I don’t think there’s anything you can’t do!!

  9. Congrats on the feature!!…Hometalk is just so wonderful….love your style!!!

  10. Look at you— loved this post! Such great information and oh my goodness you are too hot for words! Great job girl!