10.26.2011

365 days and a THANK YOU

I have officially been blogging about interior design for a year.  
Naturally, I look very glamorous, put together, have stylish rings, and am surrounded by pillows and books as I type.  ;-)  In reality, I'm sitting at a desk surrounded by chaos and little boys and taking a sip of iced coffee whenever possible. 

I'm still considering getting my boys shirts that say this!

I'm taking a short trip down memory lane, because it's been a big year, and hopefully it may inspire you to try something new when you've been holding back.

My first post, last October, featured one of my favorite designers.

I went back to school for a class on "the fundamentals of design" and created this dream board for the living room in our old house.  I say "dream board" because I knew the pieces would never be our reality, but the assignment had no budget.  YAY!

My very first clients completed my e-design vision for their daughters nursery.  It was, and still is amazing to see something I dreamed in my head become a reality.

March was the start of my little company: M. Interiors. 
 I'm still pinching myself.

We moved into our new house in April and I've been making changes ever since.

I was interviewed and published in a
 furniture company's quarterly magazine.  

One of my clients got that call that they would be 
filmed for House Hunters on HGTV.

When I was putting together this post my eyes actually got misty with emotion.  If you write a blog or own your own business you know that it is so much work and sacrifice. I think of quitting often!
 But when you love what you do you just can't stop.
My life and this season is a huge gift.  And to you, I am thankful.  My surprising friendships that have grown from blogging are the best highlight of all.

My biggest piece of advice?
Please feel free to click on any image for the source.

Hugs and much love,

37 comments:

  1. congratulations! once you start blogging, your life is so changed - for better or worse, there's no going back :)

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  2. CONGRATULATIONS Abby!! We are so PROUD of everything you have accomplished! Mom

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  3. Yay! Congrats on your one year of blogging and all of the amazing things you have accomplished this year! :) You are very inspiring! And you're right- these surprising blogging friendships are the icing on the cake! :) All the best in the year to come!

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  4. Congratulations! I started following your blog a few months ago, and absolutely love it - you always have such great inspiration images and your design work is wonderful!

    After seeing this post, it's apparent that you have accomplished SO MUCH in one year and should be very proud of yourself - Keep up the great work!

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  5. What an amazing year you have had! Congrats on accomplishing so much!

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  6. Woohoo! Congrats on an amazing year! I am so inspired by all you have accomplished. So glad to have gotten to know you through blogging... you are totally one of my blogging besties! Can't wait to see what's in store for the next year!

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  7. Abby, Wow, what a great year you've had! Thanks for the inspiration. I'm only 2 months old in the blogworld and I can only hope I have such fun things to share on my first year recap. I'm enjoying watching your journey. Keep up the great work!

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  8. Congrats! You've accomplished so much in such a short time! Xo

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  9. Congratulations! I can't believe I've been reading you since even before you were A Delightful Design. I've loved watching you create your business and change up your new house. Blogging is a wild ride, I'm glad you're sticking with it.

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  10. It's been fun following along on your wonderful, successful blogging journey! Congratulations and here's to another great year!

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  11. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas over the past year. I have so enjoyed following along.

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  12. I didn't realize it had only been a year--amazing how much you have accomplished in just 365 days! As my dad, who is Irish, would say, "good on you!"

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  13. Congrats on the birthday! Just came across your blog! So glad I did...For sure becoming a new follower and scrolling back for more great posts!

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  14. I have enjoyed following you in this journey! You go girl..and keep up the great work!

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  15. It's been a very full year indeed. Congrats Abby - can't wait to see more of your house progress!!!

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  16. Congrats friend! We still LOVE the nursery, and I still think you need to put a little stack of business cards on the dresser!

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  17. Only 1 year, I think you are full of wisdom and style and have really enjoyed getting to know you and your impecible taste x

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  18. What a wonderful year for you, Abby! Congrats! You are a true inspiration and I look forward to reading more of your design adventures for many years to come. I love that Julia Child quote - so true! Gotta dive head first, right?!

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  19. Congratulations!! Definitely a great year for you, and I'm sure more to come :)

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  20. How fantastic Abby! Congratulations! I have loved every post along the way and have looked forward to your inspiration. Can'twait to see what the next 365 reveal! Best of all, your friendship is what I've enjoyed the most. Thank YOU. :)

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  21. Congratulations, Abby! You have accomplished so much in one year. Keep up the great work!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  22. Abby...here is a virtual HUG!!! You were so helpful to me when I started blogging.....I am so happy you have stuck with it and so proud that you followed through and because a designer.....What a year!!!

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  23. Woow Abby, congratulations!!! So many great things happening to you! That is the result of hard work and dedication. You deserve it, because you blog is wonderful and full of inspiration.
    I started my decoration and refurbishing company about 10 years ago, and I love what I do. I started with my blog a few months ago, and I´m absolutely addicted to it. It really is giving me a lot of joy although is hard work. I have 3 kids, I work in my business and this year I have gone back to school for an interior design degree (I studied Business Economics a looong time ago) so I´m exhausted.
    Your blog is a great inspiration for me!

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  24. That really has been an amazing ride, girl! Congrats on your success and here's to it just being the tip of the iceberg! Smooches! (c:

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  25. Wish I could give YOU a big hug Abby. Thanks for all the fun you bring to blogging.
    Mary Ann

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  26. Wohoo girlfriend!! Congrats on a very successful year and keep on rockin' it for years to come! You are very talented and inspiring to others.

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  27. WOW what a year you have had!!! a HUGE congrats! Love following along with you here and on Pinterest

    I'm currently in the process of a major business revamp and that Julia Child quote has become my daily mantra.

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  28. What a great year you have had! So much to be proud of. Congrats to you! xo

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  29. I just found your blog and it's numbered among my favorites! Love that nursery and the room boards you put together.

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  30. What a year! Congrats! I am coming up on my blogaversary also... There is so much to be proud of! I love reading your blog!

    Tiffany

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  31. And a wonderful year it has been! I'm looking forward to following your projects and continuing to be inspired by your talents!
    Congrats, Abby!
    ~ Wendi ~

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  32. Hi Abby,
    I can't believe it's been a year allready. I have loved everyone of your posts & look forward to many more. Especially the design boards. You are very talanted.

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  33. I'm so glad you started blogging and we 'met'!!! Looking forward to watching your business grow and succeed!

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  34. Absolutely loved this post. You have had a wonderful year...so many good things have happened! Great work...Congratulations!
    Kim
    www.inspiredlines.blogspot.com

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Abby M. Interiors is a boutique design firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. Combining the new traditional, vintage and a dash of the unexpected is her ideal. Contact Abby M. Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com

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