July 2014 | Live Pretty on a Penny

Creative Spotlight: Behind the Big Green Door

Happy Wednesday good folks! Thanks so much for stopping by and weighing in on my cabinet color selection on the blog and on Instagram. Your votes were so helpful, and I think that I may have narrowed down a color choice. I am excited, so stay tuned!

Moving on...I am back with another Creative Spotlight. You may remember when I posted about Brandi a couple of months ago, now I would like to present to you Alaya with Behind the Big Green Door.

I love Alaya's blog! I think it has a perfect mix of DIY, along with sharing some of her personal happenings. Alaya also has the cutest daughter, who she sweetly refers to as "Baby Girl" that pops up through the blog helping with projects occasionally. Enough about what I think, let's see what Alaya is sharing in her Spotlight!  
What are three interesting facts about you that we may not know through reading your blog?
1        - Most people are shocked to find out that as girly as I am that I’m a football fan and know quite a bit about the sport.  GO DAWGS! :)
           - I’m a huge lover of flowers. I keep fresh flowers on my desk at work and usually at home.
3     -I graduated high school and went off to college at the young at of 16.

Why did you select blog name?
I started with the blog name “My DIY Diary.” About a year later I changed the name to “Behind the Big Green Door.” My blog name refers to my big green front door. It’s abnormally tall compared to most doors. I felt this name better suited my blog as it allowed me to discuss not only DIY but also, life, family, recipes, work, and whatever randomness happens in my home.

How long have you been blogging, and why did you start?
I have been blogging on and off since Dec 2012. I started blogging at the encouragement of my family who thought I should share some of the project that I was doing around the house.

What has been the most rewarding experience from blogging?
The most rewarding experience from blogging is receiving text or emails from people who say I have inspired them to decorate or re-purpose instead of throwing away. I never thought the small things I was doing around the house would reach people and touch them enough to give it a try.

What has been your most challenging?
The most challenging thing about blogging is consistency. I go on a run where I have tons of ideas and then hit a dry spell. Or I just don’t have the time to invest. Knowing how to keep readers engaged during dry spells and off periods is challenging!

What has been your ABSOLUTE favorite project you completed, and why?

My absolute favorite project is my mother’s dining room. This was my favorite project because of how much my mom loved her space. She deserved it! It was a surprise from me to her on Christmas and she really loved it. I loved seeing her happy and knowing that all the thought I put into the project made her so happy.

Any networking ideas? How do you like to meet other bloggers/readers?
I have met other bloggers by stumbling across each their blogs and then eventually connecting through email. I would love to get more involved in networking and meeting others who share the same passion

What is your favorite quote to live by?
My favorite quote is “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” by Dr. Seuss. Yes, Dr. Seuss! Lol! It’s amazing where you can draw inspiration from. I always try to live by this quote and it’s inspires me to know that whatever I choose to have can be obtained and wherever I want to be in life, I can be there.. It is all up to me!


Many thanks to Alaya for her participation. Who knew she graduated High School at 16! Smarty Pants!! Just kidding. Make sure you check out her blog. She has tons of cute projects that are sure to inspire you. One of my favs is her DIY Polka Dotted curtain makeover. I think the part that warmed my heart was that her daughter participated. Adorable!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time!


Help!!! I Can't Choose a Paint Color

A few weeks ago I found this little cabinet on Craigslist, and I thought it was adorable.

I also think that it's perfect for my dining room, since it is one of the smallest rooms in my house. Under normal circumstances, I would go more traditional with a larger buffet, but for my small room, that isn't possible. I will be using this cabinet to store dishes or and serving related items. I have not decided what I want to do with it decor wise, but that decision will come in the future.

As cute as I think it is, it is SCREAMING for a makeover...or wait, maybe I am screaming for it to be made over, either way its gotta get a new look, with cabinet hardware and all.

That's where you guys come in (insert a big cheesy smile).  I cannot decide on a color. I don't want anything too loud, however I am not opposed to a color. I also thought about staining it the same color as the dining room table, but I don't know if that will be too much brown. I just can't decide, so please help me!

To give a better visual, here is a look at the entire room.

p.s. disregard my sad looking peace lilly plant in the corner. I neglected it during the Haven Conference and it started to look super sad. Now it's coming perking back up, so that's positive.

Anywho, any help that you all can provide would be awesome!!!! Please leave your suggestions in the comments section below. Thanks for your help and for stopping by today.

Attending the Haven Conference and Refocus

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend the Haven Conference, which took place right here in Atlanta. Those of you that are unaware of what the Haven Conference is, it is a a conference designed specifically for home decor and DIY bloggers. The conference sessions focused on DIY instruction, ways to grow your blog, with a mix of social media.

This was my second year attending Haven, and I must say, my focus was completely different. First of all, there were serveral bloggers that I knew were attending that I absolutely love. These women always inspire me over the web daily, but meeting them in person blew my mind. They were so sweet, down to earth, and humble. Being at a conference with 200 plus DIY bloggers can be overwhelming, but these ladies made navigating it all much easier.

Left to right (top): Katrina (Chic Little House), Brandi (Don't Disturb this Groove), Me, 
Darnetha (ChippaSunshine)
Left to right (bottom): Carmeon (Nubinteriors), Dayka (Dayka Robinson Designs)

Photo Credit

One of the other highlights of the conference was visiting with awesome vendors and the after parties. I got a bag full of goodies, which I really should have taken a photo of, but...you know how that goes:) I also was lucky enough to have this little guy as a dance partner all night.

Plus I purchased some fabulous pieces from Lakeitha with Wrist Soiree to rock during the sessions. I received compliments all day while rocking my jewelry. If you are not familiar with Lakeitha, you must check out her site and snatch up some pieces of your own!

Lastly, one of the main things that I wanted to focus on this year at Haven was to look for ideas that could help me to grow, be more consistent,  and improve my blog content. That is where all of you all, my reader peeps come in. Besides DIY home projects, what else would you like to see? I think my hardest part is trying to develop content that would keep your interest, outside of the DIY stuff. That would of course still be the bulk, but sometimes I want to reach out to you all in different ways. Leave me a comment below with any ideas that you may have:) 

I also realized that I am overdue for some rebranding, so hopefully that will happen soon!

Thanks for sticking with me so far and to all of  my new blog friends, I look forward to having you all around as I continue to grow!

Until next time.