Here at Floor Coverings International Central Iowa, we are privileged to interview some of America’s leading designers and bloggers as part of our Designer Influencer Interview Series. Our goal is to give our readers valuable advice they can apply to their own lives and homes. In our latest interview, we are pleased to introduce Amanda of Little House on the Corner. You can follow Amanda on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Born and raised in Kansas, I still live in the Sunflower State with my husband (and our two rescue dogs). Since purchasing our first home more than eight years ago, the list of DIY projects has been ongoing–from finishing the basement, to repainting every room, to repurposing old furniture, to tearing down walls. DIY has become an addiction and nothing is off limits! (Speaking of addiction… Hi, my name is Amanda and I have four Instagram accounts.) My professional experience includes working as a marketing copywriter/editor for a worldwide manufacturing company for eight years. Recently I took a leap of faith to pursue other passions (including an Etsy shop) as well as to make more time for freelance copywriting and home renovations.
Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?
I’ve always had a knack for crafty things, along with a natural tendency to document everything. When we started doing a lot of DIY work after moving into our house, I found myself taking tons of before & after pictures. I had even started a photo album (yes, the tangible kind with real printed photos) as a way to share our progress with family and friends. After my sister started her own blog, I discovered this wonderful DIY blogging community and knew this was a perfect fit for me. It only made sense to combine my passions for writing and thrifty DIY projects. It’s gratifying to see a project through from beginning to end, and to be able to look back on all the progress we’ve made.
How would you describe your design style?
I would say I’m more of a mix-and-match kind of gal. The rustic/industrial look is really appealing to me. I like a good distressed coffee table, wood-and-metal barstools, and hand-scraped flooring. On the other hand, I’m still drawn to a little sparkle or a shiny metallic accent here and there. We recently bought a new cage-style light fixture that has a great industrial feel to it, but with a curtain of crystal droplets surrounding the bulb. I think this fixture kind of epitomizes my current design style. My vision for our kitchen remodel includes distressed two-tone cabinets and butcher block countertops, with a metallic hexagon mosaic backsplash for a modern contrast.
Where do you find most of your inspiration?
I follow a lot of other home bloggers on Instagram, so I’m constantly inspired by their ideas and gushing over their gorgeous homes. I love seeing the transformations on “Fixer Upper” and want to be BFFs with Joanna Gaines (but I’d settle for just being her design apprentice). Because my husband and I love to travel, there’s also a lot of travel-related influence in our home. I like to decorate with souvenirs, maps/globes, and photos from vacations. In this way, it gives our home more of a theme; our walls and shelves tell a story.
Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
I’ve repainted and refinished quite a few pieces of furniture, and each one is a learning experience. One of my proudest painting transformations so far is this two-tone coffee table (originally a $10 garage sale find). All it needed was a few coats of chalk paint (and a lot of distressing) to become this budget-friendly beauty with shabby chic appeal.