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Feedly Collection Sharing & A Pinterest Re-Vamp

It seems like sharing what’s currently inspiring you is an ongoing hot topic in the blog and freelance world. Most of us probably start our mornings with a few solid minutes of finger scrolling through our favorite sites before we jump into the tasks of the day.  For me, I start my mornings with a cup of french press coffee, my iPad (sometimes my laptop if I’m feeling ambitious) and my two favorite sidekicks – Pinterest & Feedly blog RSS.

What Blogging means to me.

I’m sure you’ve heard about one of the biggest things to hit the web in the last few years: blogging.

A “blog” (derived from the term “web log”) is basically just a website with two key differences: First, it’s extremely easy to add information to it. A blog is like an online journal, so you just log in, type what happened today, post it, and you’re done! Second, you can add a simple little feature that automatically tells a whole bunch of other websites that you’ve made an update to your blog–every time you make a change.

However, what you may not know is that a blog can also be a very powerful marketing tool for your business, and some people actually earn an income just from blogging alone, learn more about professional marketing tools at

The fact is, blogging is fast becoming an extremely important strategy for any online marketer. An effective blog can:

  • drive swarms of traffic to your main website,
  • generate more product sales,
  • create an additional stream of advertising income,
  • be a great customer service tool,
  • and much more!

Blogs have an informal, conversational style, and readers can join in by commenting on each post. Blogs can be chatty, informative, opinionated and often humorous, and it’s this “human” aspect of blogs that draws many people to them.

But the best part about blogs is how accessible they are to everyone. Blogs are free (or very inexpensive) to set up using services like Blogger or TypePad . They’re also easy to use (you can literally create your own blog in less than five minutes) and easy to promote with all the new tools and resources that have been created specifically for blogs.

How You Can Use a Blog to Accelerate Online Success

The fact is, blogs are no longer just online diaries of people’s personal lives. Both online and offline businesses can use blogs to take their products and services to a wider audience, increasing their traffic, leads and sales.

Let’s look more closely at a few of the extremely powerful ways your business can benefit from a blog. With an effective business blog, you can:

  • Humanize your business. Because a blog is much more informal than other websites, you can write posts in your own voice and give your business more of a human face. This helps reassure prospective customers that there’s a “real person” behind the website who’ll take care of their needs. It also allows you to inject much more of your own personality into your online business than your main sales site could do.
  • Improve your customer service. Your blog can act as a kind of interactive FAQ, allowing your customers to submit questions and you to answer them. You can also provide product updates, how-to articles, and other information of relevance to your customers. Prospective customers who see your blog will be encouraged by your commitment to good customer service.
  • Give your target market the information they’re looking for. With its automatic archiving feature–by date and category–a blog is a fantastic content-management system. It’s easy for you to post new information on a regular basis, and it’s easy for your visitors to find the information they want. With a well-written, regularly updated blog, you can become a reliable resource in your industry and build a following of loyal readers who depend on your content. These people will be your best potential customers.
  • Drive traffic to your sales website. If you already have a website, a blog can give your traffic levels a real boost. For starters, your blog will attract new visitors that you can then redirect to your main sales website through links and special offers. But an even more effective technique is to use strategic keywords and links to specific sales pages to dramatically improve the search engine rankings of both your blog and your main website.
  • Build your credibility and establish yourself as an industry expert. You can give your credibility a real boost by regularly posting valuable and relevant information on your blog. It’s a great way to establish yourself as an expert in your subject area, and allow your visitors to feel much more comfortable buying from you.
  • Promote your products or services. You can actually sell products directly from a blog, or you can use your blog to mention new products and direct visitors to your sales website.
  • Generate extra income. There are now several advertising programs available, such as Google AdSense, that allow you to monetize your blog and generate an extra revenue stream.

3 Key Tips for Starting a Business Blog

Excited yet? You should be–blogging’s not just a winning strategy, it’s also a lot of fun! The beauty of blogging is that you can easily incorporate it into your daily schedule of tasks. You can even blog when you’re on the road.

But what does it take to become a really successful blogger?

  1. Great content: If your content isn’t interesting and relevant to your target market, your blog won’t work. It’s as simple as that. You’ll be surprised, however, how easy it is to find things to write about if you really put your mind to it. It could be news articles about your industry, product updates, interviews, personal insights into topics of importance to your target audience, and much more.
  2. Regular updating: I won’t lie to you: there are some days when I really find it hard to find the time to post a new article. But if I don’t post, no one will come back. It’s like subscribing to a daily newspaper but only getting a copy delivered now and then! So post often and your audience will keep coming back. And regularly adding fresh content to your blog also gives you a boost in the search engine rankings.
  3. Your own distinct voice: It’s important that you write in your own voice. A blog is no place for formality and corporate speak. It’s more of a forum, a place where ideas can flourish and topics of current interest can be debated. You don’t even need to be a brilliant writer; you just need to be able to relate to your audience and give them good content.

Veda News: Settling into the Mountains

I thought I’d stop by with a little life update for those who have been following along. It’s been 3 full months living here in Denver, Colorado and I will have to say the city is finally wearing on me. When we first moved here, I was really missing the comforts of familiar things and all the lovely activities St. Louis has to offer in the summer. I felt “off” for quite a while.

Thankfully, Denver is alive. It’s got an active spirit and when I say active, I am referring to just getting out and about in this city. I think a lot of people hear “Denver” and automatically thing of outdoor sports, snow, and mountains (at least that’s what I thought). Motorbike Sport have wonderful guide for outdoor sports. Yes, all of those things exist, but I’m finding out that being active also means a really amazing food scene, lots of one-of-a-kind shop/handmade goods, and lots of organized events like festivals/art fairs/farmers markets. These are all the things I loved about St. Louis. So far, the only thing I have found to dislike about Denver is how crazy inflated the housing market is. This might mean that buying our first home will take a few more years 🙁

If you’re someone who wants to remain an active lifestyle, there are an ocean of products online for you to choose from.

If you’ve visited Denver/Boulder/Vale/Breckenridge…I’d love to hear your recommendations. We are on a mission to explore as much as possible! Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

OUR 50’S EICHLER – Super Simple Guest Room

As promised, I’m back today to share a few photos from our makeshift guest room. This room is 1 of our 3 bedrooms in this house and it’s itty bitty. Because the bedrooms are so small its really important to keep them clutter free and to practice the art of restraint. I’ll be honest and say that pulling this room together hasn’t been on my priority list and it’s currently filled with the “leftover” furniture. If you’re in your 20’s you can probably relate to having a mix of college student furniture and your first “adult” quality purchases. Our previous guest rooms have been know as the place where college furniture goes to die. All the plumbing issues have been fixed thanks to the best plumbing company in town. These people are total experts just like Nance Services in Memphis. I have had multiple plumbing problems, but I know I can always count on the florida plumbing services.

When we moved into this new house back in June, I was determined to leave all the cheaper furniture in St. Louis and live with skimpy rooms here in Denver until we have the budget to afford nice pieces. The furniture in the room is  a collection of items never really extended to be in the guest room, but I think it’s working. Mosts importantly, we can currently have one house guest for those of you passing through. We’ll be upgrading to a queen bed soon so we can have some of our favorite couples come stay with us!

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My tips and suggestions for renters and home owners after the jump!

OUR 50’S EICHLER – Guest Room Inspiration

Dropping by today to share another home “renovation” moodboard as part of the the blog series Our 50’s Eichler. I’ve previously shared this moodboard for our outdoor patio, but haven’t got a chance to photograph that space just yet. I’m hoping to capture it before the weather fully changes to fall!

These images are more about the feel I’d like our guest room to have and less about what’s exactly in the room. I wanted the room to feel super calming and for me, the best way to achieve that is to keep it super simple and clutter free. I’ll be back tomorrow to share the actual space with you. I’ll also be sharing a few tips/suggestions you can use when pulling together a space you don’t own (renters).

I wanted to ask…When it comes to decorating your space on a budget, are there any aspects you really need inspiration for? Let me know!



Recent Work: Interview w. The Citizenry


Today I’ve got some more fun things to share with you! Last fall (almost a year ago now!) I started working with The Citizenry. The lovely duo, Rachel Bentley and Carly Nance launched Collection One about a month ago and we’ve been jumping with joy as the word gets out about these beautiful products. The three of us really “hit it off” before the design process started and our friendship just continues to grow as we jump all the hurdles of starting a new brand. I’m beyond thankful they have brought me along for the ride.

Now that Collection One (from Peru & Argentina) is now officially LIVE and out in the world, I’ve wanted to sit down (interview style) with the girls and reminisce about the ups and downs of the development and design process. It’s been a learning experience for the whole crew and I’ve really enjoyed looking back through the past year.


Let’s dive in, shall we?

In Collaboration W. Forma Jewelry

Hi Guys! Happy almost Friday. I don’t know about you guys, but this week has been a busy once paired with very little motivation. I did however has a lot of fun shooting a few images for Forma Jewelry, all pieces hand made by Galit Barak (goldsmith + jewelry designer living in Israel). When Galit emailed me to inquire whether or not I had interest in styling a few of her pieces, I never hesitated. Her limited edition pieces are right up my alley with clean lines, high-qality recycled materials and an overall simplistic aesthetic.

The pieces styled in this post are the Minimalist Oxidized Silver Necklace and the Black Nugget Studs. I’ve also been eyeing the Oxidized Silver Bangle that is currently 30% off in her Etsy Shop. Side Note: If you decide to get a few pieces yourself, you’ll notice that all her pieces come in really beautiful packaging!! Thanks Galit for creating such beautiful work and allowing me to share it.

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Inspired By: Minimalist Instagrammers

Instagrammer: Carol – Account: @oylife

Instagrammer: Faith – Account: @faithlord

Instagrammer: Victoria – Account: @oh.sopretty

Instagrammer: Alejandrina – Account: @alebesso

Instagrammer: Daniella – Account: @daniellewitte

Hey there! I can’t really come up with any other excuse why I haven’t blogged a ton recently aside from the fact that I spend every waking hour on Instagram. Haha. No no. Just kidding. I do spend quite a bit of time browsing my favorite minimalist Instagram accounts and I find their eye for pairing things down very inspiring. I hope you can find a few new gals to follow!

Notables No. 45

Hi Everyone! Hope your weekends were just splendid. I’ve been trying my hardest to get in the “fall is approaching” mindset even though I’m hoping summer will stick around as long as possible. My mister and I also spent the weekend get out into our new city (Denver, CO) and exploring a bit more. Let me tell you…the Contemporary Art Museum is a real winner.

I also spent a good chunk of my weekend browsing blog land and catching up on neglected feeds. It’s amazing how quickly you get behind!! Good thing there are lots of inspiring links out there. Some of my favorites are below.

Here’s a little inspiration for your week!

1. Lovely little paintings by  Satsuki Shibuya

2. The colors in this painting are stunning

3. Loving these calm beach photos by La Designerie

4. Ohhh pretty… minimalist kitchen

5. Beautiful sconce by Allied Maker

6. The home of Amanda Chantal Bacon via MOTHER mag

7. Another beautiful hanging light fixture

8. A glance inside The Standard via Blog Milk Blog

9. Pottery by Laura Letinsky

Our 50’s Eichler – Patio Inspiration

Hello everyone! Excited to get this new blog series (Our 50’s Eichler) started today. As previously mentioned in this post, we’ve recently moved into a 1950’s Eichler design Mid-Century modern home in the heart of Denver. This new series will hopefully give a little insight into how you can turn a rental property into something you love, hide a few of those gremlins, and do it all without breaking the bank. The very first project we tackled was giving one of our outdoor patios a small budget facelift. If you’re also planning on adding outdoor patio tiles, check out this list of the best tilers in Auckland.