Love On Sunday on The Marion Housebook

the marion housebook Today is the day I get to share my exciting news!  I am BEYOND thrilled to say that I will now be a contributor on Emma Reddington's blog, The Marion Housebook!

via Kristin Sjaarda

Emma's eclectic style is a constant source of inspiration for me and many other bloggers and designers across the globe.  As a mother of 2 children, home editor of Canada's top women's magazine and a successful blogger, she's living proof that if you keep doing what you love, somehow everything will fall into place.

emma reddington quote via West Elm

So join me every Wednesday over at The Marion House Book as I will be sharing anything and everything that inspires me.  You can check out my first post today.  Hope to see you there!

Behind the scenes with Chatelaine (Part 2): Q & A with Emma Reddington

q & a with Emma Reddington, behind the scenes with Chatelaine, part 2 You know that feeling of seeing someone's home online and thinking, 'yeah, I could live there'.  I'm sure it happens all the time, right?.  Now imagine experiencing that in the flesh.  Emma's home is truly an inspiration to me.  It's stylish yet functional, refined yet comfortable and absolutely timeless.  All the characteristics I would want for my own home.

Emma Reddington Interview, Emma Reddington dining roomPhoto credit: Kristin Sjaarda

As the home editor of Chatelaine as well as the editor behind The Marion House Book, I knew Emma would be a wealth of knowledge and she was kind enough to answer a few of my questions:

With the growing amount of decor bloggers in Canada, how do you think this has influenced the content in magazines?

Generally speaking, I think readers of both blogs and magazines have come to appreciate a more undecorated look. Certainly blogs like The Selby and Design*Sponge have heralded homes of everyday people that are less decorated (or at the very least not decorated by professional designers) than what magazines have shown in the past. I think if the homeowners are interesting and the story is good readers are willing to look past so-called decorating flaws.

emma reddington, marion house book kitchen

There are so many talented bloggers and stylists who are self-taught. Do you think they are at a disadvantage by not having a design degree? What advice would you give them?

Style and taste are two things that are hard to teach. I think you either have it or you don’t. For some jobs like styling having a good eye (along with an assortment of other talents) is all that is needed. Interior design, on the other hand, takes some hard earned knowledge that is hard to pick up on your own (though not impossible). Building code, space planning, material specifications, detail drawings and above all making spaces safe and aesthetically pleasing takes time and discipline to understand.

Emma Reddington Interview, Marion House Book Kitchen

You've mentioned that since starting your blog almost 4 years ago, it has opened many doors for you. What advice can you give bloggers who want to develop their own brand?

Make it your own. Above everything else you have to blog about things that personally move you. If you have a unique or interesting perspective on the design world or are super DIY handy or take beautiful photographs then showcase those talents. There are already thousands of people reposting stunning images of interiors everyday so what is going to make your site stand out. I think the blogs that rise to the top are the ones where the personality behind the blog rises to the forefront.

emma reddington home

Your blog, The Marion House Book showcases the transformation of your beautiful Victorian home. What tips can you give to new home-owners looking to turn their house into a home?

Take your time! For me the most interesting homes are ones that tell the story of the people that live there. Objects accumulated over time, family photos, antiques handed down through generations all add layers of intrigue and make a house into a home.

Emma Reddington Marion Housebook kitchen

interview with Emma Reddington

What is your most favourite thrifted find and where is it from?

The round circular wooden frame I picked up at Post and Beam Reclamation in Toronto was just a cast off in the back corner but every time I went into the store it called out to me. I eventually brought it home and turned it into the mirror in our hallway. I probably get an email a month from someone wanting to buy it off me!

mirror, post and beam reclamation, marion house book, emma reddington interview

You have almost 4 million Pinterest followers that look to you for inspiration. Where do you find your inspiration these days?

I still get so much of my inspiration from magazines. There are also certain bloggers I always try and visit. Some people just have their finger on the pulse and I definitely try and cull from that!

interview with Emma Reddington, behind the scenes with Chatelaine

A big thank you to Emma for taking the time to answer all my questions.

Also, the December issue of Chatelaine will hit the newstands on Monday November 18th so don't forget to grab your copy!  Did you catch a sneak peek of the cover below?  Christmas is fast approaching and trust me when I say that this issue is going to have some serious inspiration for the holidays.  Stay tuned for my last behind the scenes video next week!

Chatelaine december 2013 cover

Behind-the-scenes with Chatelaine, Part 1

behind the scenes with Chatelaine I've been looking forward to this post for weeks and I'm so excited to finally share it with you all!  For those who missed my earlier post, my letterpress business cards won me this amazing prize at Blogpodium:

Chatelaine Magazine, behind-the-scenes via Anna With Love Photography

I died.  I'm a huge fan of Emma's blog, The Marion House Book.  So when she invited me to their holiday photo shoot in her home I pinched myself about a thousand times.  It has always been a dream of mine to see what it's like behind the scenes and I honestly learned so much by just observing Emma and her crew at work!

There is just too much goodness for one post so I've decided to split it up into 3 parts.  Obviously, I can't reveal too much since the issue doesn't come out until November 18th (by the way, it's a goodie so get your hands on it, people).

In the meantime, I've put together this short video for you to enjoy:

Check back next week to see Part 2 or 3!

Follow me on Instagram @amy_loveonsunday or like my Facebook page to see more behind the scenes photos. 

My First Blogpodium Experience

Signing up for Blogpodium was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made for my career and personal growth.  I've always been a little shy so attending a large conference on my own definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone. But I knew I had to do it and I'm glad I did because I feel more motivated and inspired than ever.

Blogpodiium 2013

The event was organized by the amazing Jennifer Flores who is an inspiration to me and I'm sure many other bloggers out there.  I admire people who believe in something, work hard, and make their dreams happen.  She makes everything look so easy and one of them being this conference.  I know she worked her butt off but honestly, I was so impressed.  From the programs, to the sponsors down to the tiniest detail - it was amazing.

blogpodium 2013photo via AnnaWithLove

Sarah Richardson was the keynote speaker.  It was great to hear more about where she came from and how her love for design evolved.  I love how she said, "...you all know I don't have a degree in Interior Design, right?"  She spoke openly about her education and experience which I loved.  Instead of going back to school, she taught herself by doing everything she possibly could to learn about the design industry.  She said:  "The best thing you can do is go out and do it. That's how you learn, that's how you grow"  Some other statements that really stuck with me were:  "You have to believe in what you're doing and you have to invest in what you're doing" and "If you keep second guessing yourself, you'll never get anything done". 

Some great advice to remember.  Especially for someone like me who's just starting out.

Blogpodium 2013

There were some great workshops that I attended but two of my favourites would have to be The Art of Monetization by Karen Bertelsen and Negotiating Partnerships with Big Brands, by Keka DasGupta.

Karen was absolutely HILARIOUS.  She was candid about how much money she makes off her blog and what steps to take if you're looking to monetize.  She really did keep us laughing until the very end!

I found Keka to be very informative, she provided some invaluable information on how to approach brands and what they look for.  Another point that really resonated with me was her own experience of dealing with success. Some women downplay their abilities and accomplishments in fear of sounding boastful.  Quite the opposite of our male counterparts.  As a VP of Marketing, she herself was guilty of this and she explained how important it is to recognize your strengths and believe in yourself no matter what position you're in.  It's so simple but I think A LOT of women downplay their achievements (I'm definintely guilty of it).  Let's be proud of our accomplishments ladies, we work too damn hard to be quiet about it!

Blogpodium 2013

And speaking of accomplishments, one of the big moments for me was the business card contest.  All attendees were asked to hang their business cards on this pretty little display:

Blogpodium 2013

and Emma Reddington, Home Editor of Chatelaine magazine chose the best business card.  It turns out she loves letterpress and gold foil just as much as I do because she chose mine!!!

Blogpodium 2013

The prize is so unbelievable I am still pinching myself, like really hard.  Never in a million years did I think I could experience something like this.  A behind-the-scenes look at a decor story and learn about propping and styling at Chatelaine?  Oh, hellz yeah!  It's honestly a DREAM COME TRUE.

Blogpodium 2013 photo via AnnaWithLove

Blogpodium 2013 photo via AnnaWithLove

I had SO much fun at my first Blogpodium.  I learned a ton and made some amazing new friends! I'm still amazed at how supportive and helpful this blogging community is and I feel so proud and fortunate to be a part of it!

Blogpodium 2013

Blogpodium 2013

Blogpodium 2013

At the end of the day I left with new friends, an AMAZING prize from Chatelaine, personal notes full of great tips and to-do's, a full belly, a huge bag of swag, a Ryobi string trimmer/edger (which I also one from Home Depot!) and a feeling of reassurance and happiness telling me that this is what I'm supposed to be doing.  I finally feel like I'm on the right track and being successful at what you love is absolutely possible.