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We are so excited to introduce to you our first guest blogger this week, Erin from House of Turquoise.  Erin inspires us daily on her many decorating blogs. We LOVE to go there for inspiration and daily eye candy.  She is introducing to you our first category, LOVE.  If you notice, we have created four categories that all of our posts will live under.  LOVE is the category that is total inspiration…art, design, decor, bits & baubles, fashion…you get the idea.  As we prepared for Erin to come, we got inspired to create something new.  The Turquoise Tree of Life Necklace is a new addition to our SHOP.  And guess what?! We are giving one away.  Today, if you join our RSS feed (see the tag at the top right corner) and leave a comment, you will be entered.  There are more fun gifts we will give away this week so come back!

Thanks for joining us today!  Now, here’s Erin…

I’m so excited to be guest posting here today at LoveFeast Table! It’s an honor and a delight to be a part of the launch week! My name is Erin and I run the blog House of Turquoise. Every day I share photos of beautiful rooms featuring shades of my favorite color. Since I started my blog back in 2007, I’ve had some wonderful opportunities come my way and I’ve meet so many really amazing people…including Chris Ann & Kristin! I’d love to share a little bit about my journey in the blog-world with you!

I initially started blogging back in 2003, mostly as a way to journal my day-t0-day life, but also to keep my friends and family up to date. I loved how easy it was to share inspirational things I’d found online. My blog had no theme at all, just a mishmash of things I loved and my life. Eventually the “I love this!” section grew out of control! I was sharing great handbags, colorful bedding sets, shoes I’d love to have, and pointing my readers (well, lack of readers!) where to buy them. That’s when I decided I was going to create a shopping blog devoted to colorful clothes and things for the home, all the stuff I found and loved. It was so fun!

It only took me a month to realize that the turquoise items being shared on the blog were outrageously disproportionate….my obsession was pretty clear. That’s when I started my shopping blog, Everything Turquoise. I didn’t think people would necessarily buy anything I found (although I hoped they would!), I just thought a collection of turquoise things would be visually appealing and fun to look at. Little did I know, people did end up buying stuff. So I eventually expanded my shopping blogs, one at a time, rolling out new colors and combos every few months. Today I have 11 shopping blogs which I collectively call Decor by Color and working on them is my full-time job. Not surprisingly Everything Turquoise is still my favorite, and I update it more than the others with 5 new turquoise-hued items every weekday.

Around the same time I was starting Everything Turquoise, I was decorating a new apartment. I’d scour the web for inspiring images, then spend countless hours going back trying to find the photos. It seemed when I put them in my computer, they were as good as gone. I was having so much fun working on the turquoise shopping blog, I thought it would be just as fun finding, organizing and sharing beautiful turquoise-infused rooms. So that’s when I started House of Turquoise. I had no idea how many other turquoise fanatics would discover the blog and become loyal readers, and in some cases, even my good friends. Moreover, the opportunities that have come my way because of the blog…to travel around the country, meet people in real life that I’ve long-admired, in addition to meeting new inspiring, creative people! It’s beyond anything I’d ever imagined!


Aveda BlogLove Event via LoveFeast Table (that’s me, back row with the scarf!)

My favorite thing about House of Turquoise is knowing that the images I find influence people all over the world. Every day I receive emails from people who say my blog gave them the courage to paint a room or try something new. How awesome is that?! And I’m always hearing from readers who say visiting House of Turquoise is like taking a mini-vacation, it relieves them from their worries and takes them away…if only for a few minutes. I also love bringing opportunities to new designers or photographers. Hearing back that being featured on my blog opened incredible doors for them makes me feel so good!

A lot of people assume I’m an interior designer, as a lot of design bloggers are. Decorating has always just been one of my many hobbies. That’s really what I love the most about my job, it encompasses every single one of my hobbies. Photography, decor, web and graphic design, shopping and bargain hunting, statistics, writing, really everything that I love! Of course working from home and owning my own business definitely has its challenges, but the benefits greatly outweigh them! People often ask me if I want to pursue interior design. Of course you never know, but right now what I love is simply igniting the passion in people and giving them the tools to follow what is in their hearts.

And yes, I honest-to-goodness absolutely love turquoise, I have for as long as I can remember. There’s just something about the color…just looking at it makes you feel instantly calm and gently invigorated! Like a trip to the beach! Not only that, but it goes well with pretty much any other color, the possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating or fashion. What is not to love?!

A million thank you’s to Chris Ann & Kristin for allowing me the opportunity to share my love!! I do hope you come say hello over at House of Turquoise, or visit my shopping blogs at Decor by Color!

Contest closes at midnight July 29th. The Contest is now Closed.

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  1. Thta is such a dreamy color! I love it. Nice interior design.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. The necklaces are fabulous! This pics make me want to PAINT!

  3. There’s such a cool, calmness to turquoise; something about it reminds me of childhood. And though I love it, it never would have occurred to me to build a blog around it! I love all the images you’ve shared!

    And, girls…Love Feast is just GORGEOUS!! Congrats on your “new” site!!! :)

    xo

    • Kristin says:

      Thank you Robin! We are pretty excited over here. Isn’t our guest amazing! Turquoise is one of those colors that’s hard to do wrong.

  4. I’ve been a fan of Erin’s for a long time…it’s like opening a new design magazine everyday…thank you LoveFeast and Erin for all of your efforts!

  5. Have subscribed to the RSS feed and just want to say how much I love turquoise too. I think everyone does, actually. How can you not? have you ever met someone who doesn’t like it?? Lovely post. Reminding me of all the unlikely places where I have bumped into the colour and it’s been such an unexpected and pleasant surprise (a friend apt in Bombay—narrow dingy alleys leading to an apt on the fourth floor and you open the door and it was all white and turquoise. A real haven).

  6. Love the new look :) And turquoise is a color that always seems to make me smile. This post just brightened my dreary Monday. xoxo

  7. I have fallen head over heels in love with turquoise, due in large part to Erin’s blog. I have to be honest and admit that up until a couple of years ago I wasn’t a fan of this colour but lately I can’t get enough. I’ve just finished redecorating my entrance to turquoise, navy, and white and I’ve added at least 5 new turquoise bracelets to my collection. I LOVE the necklace you’re showing and I don’t think I can resist the temptation of checking out the rest of your website until I get home. Some things just cannot wait!

  8. Your new look is fabulous!! Thanks to Erin for sharing who you are and for inspiring us daily by sharing what you love! Congratulations on your new site – I love it! :)

  9. How beautiful is this place now?? I LOVE the aged wood sideborders!! Good job guys!

  10. love Erin’s blog and am now subscribed to yours, too!

  11. Wow! Gorgeous post, gorgeous color, gorgeous neckless and gorgeous Erin!

    This one made my morning!!!

    Have a great week!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  12. Well I am a crazy fan of House of Turquoise and I love the beautiful necklace in honor of your collaboration with Erin!

  13. Your new site is absolutely beautiful- and so is that necklace! I am off to browse Erin’s blog as we just moved- lots of off white on the walls begging to be decorated!

    Happily subscribed to your RSS, congrats!

  14. Emily Hart says:

    Great blog! Really beautiful pictures! I just moved into an apt. and am realizing I’m missing more of that magical color :)

  15. Love your blog and that necklace!!! Also, love HOT, being featured on Erin’s blog was a dream of mine and opened many doors ;) Great post!

  16. I have been a follower of House of Turquoise for a while, it’s nice to have another blog to follow!

  17. I actually never was a fan of turquoise, but after I subscribed to House of Turquoise, I think I started falling in love with it :) I’m a visitor of LoveFeastTable for only five minutes, but I have already found some really nice ideas. So excited to see more :) Good luck and neverending inspiration ;)

  18. I love turquoise and that necklace! <3

  19. A huge congratulations to Chris Ann and Kristin on the launch of your gorgeous new home. And nothing more appropriate to start the festivities with a decorative post. Turquoise reminds me of Florida, the water, the dreaminess. I must discover Erin’s blogs! I actually hope to be redoing and redecorating something very soon… so love the beautiful inspiration!

    • Thank you Jamie for stopping by. Erin’s site is total inspiration and delicousness (is that even a word?)
      We can’t wait for tomorrow’s post!

  20. I’ve added you to my Google homepage through the RSS feed. I adore House of Turquoise, and you should also check out her A-MAZING wedding photos on “Everything Turquoise” for the pop of color in her dress!! http://www.houseofturquoise.com/2011/06/wedding-photos-galore.html (hint: it’s not in her bouquet, hair or on her feet!)

    • Kristin says:

      We are so glad you shared the link to Erin’s wedding. We totally missed it and I just spent much time taking in the gorgeous ideas and I LOVE the peek of color under that amazing dress. Makes me want to plan my wedding all over again…Coming up on 20 years, maybe it’ll be an excuse to renew our vows.

    • Chris Ann says:

      Well one of us saw it ~ LOL ~ I did! And you’re right Kimmy it was beautiful!! Thanks or joining us at the table!!

  21. I, too, am in love with turquoise and Erin’s blog. I don’t remember now how I happened upon it, but it is a daily read for me and one of the blogs that inspired me to start my own blog 4 months ago about my main passions, art & design! I came to your blog via Erin’s announcement that she was the guest blogger, looking forward to checking it out and adding it to my daily reads!

    • Kristin says:

      :) Just realized we already fell in love with your pinterest boards today…not even knowing you had pulled up a chair to our table. Glad you’re here and we can’t wait to check out your site!

  22. The tree of life necklace is sublime!

  23. Brooke Barker says:

    I love when art and fashion collide. Great Necklace!

  24. Hi! I subscribed via email. Wow — your site looks great! I can’t wait to poke around! Congrats!!!

  25. What a beautiful necklace – love the turquoise/brown combination!

  26. So happy to be introduced to your table by Erin at House of Turquoise.

    Love the necklace. A dream catcher of the highest order.

    I’m also looking forward to getting to know you better.

    As an aspiring blogger, I am enchanted with the marketing strategies that are used in your world. Simply brilliant!

    Till soon,
    Flo

    • Kristin says:

      Flo, thank you for your kinds words. The beautiful thing is that this company and site has been birthed out of the authentic way we do life. It really is an extension of our friendship journey. In our everyday lives, we love gathering old friends and new to our tables, because it enriches the moment.
      We’re glad you have joined us.

  27. Lisa W. says:

    Ohhhhhhhhh the necklace is beautiful…would LOVE love love to win that:) Thanks House of Torquise for showing us a new yummy blog, gotta go check it out now!!! Thanks for the chance:)

  28. Susan Brown says:

    Beautiful necklace! I’m a HUGE fan of House of Turquoise and Erin – she’s a sweetheart :)

  29. I’m already a fan of Erin’s and House of Turquoise. Love the color.

  30. Love your site! Love turquoise!!!

  31. I just found your (Erin) site a few months ago and I was smitten! I have always loved Turquoise and recently I’ve been redecorating our kitchen to a pretty red/turquoise look. Your site is full of great inspiration!!

    This necklace is gorgeous! I’m pretty sure it would look fabulous on me ;)

  32. Your new site design came out beautifully! Love the new look.:)

  33. THANKS TO ERIN’S VISIT I FOUND YOU. LOVE YOUR SITE, WILL BE MY PLEASURE TO FOLLOW ALONG. THE NECKLACE IS GORGEOUS, YOUR ARE TALENTED.

  34. Thank you for a chance to win such a beautiful necklace… love turquoise and wondering how to add it to my home for a pop of calm and color… thanks so much.

  35. LOve the necklace. It will go great with the Peruvian opal ring I purchased in Kauai!
    Pick me!!

  36. Have subscribed to the RSS feed and just want to say how much I love your beautiful blog.

  37. What a great necklace. So unique!

  38. Ok so I`m a total pink girl. I love me some pink pink pink..but after seeing the pictures above, I might be switching to Turquoise. Especially the Kitchen pic. Wow! Mmm although it totally would rock a pink back too though.. hahah Love this guest post! xoxo

  39. Your new site is WONDERFUL!!! Love it! And love that ABOUT page…cute way to show off your conversation!!! Loved following your “back and forth!” … and ERIN! HOW in the WORLD did I not know you had shops, organized by color? Gah, I stalk you and didn’t know that. So glad you did this guest post so I could be enlightened to more of your genius.

    Much love to you all … you ALL inspire ME!

    • Kristin says:

      Thanks Melissa! You inspire us as well…on a daily basis. Thanks for stopping by our table and giving us feedback. And, Erin…she’s wonderful!! You should see her wedding photos. Drop dead gorgeous…especially her dress.

  40. Hey my name is Kristin too – cool :) Just found your website via House of Turquoise today – wow, what a find! Have very happily subscribed to your RSS feed. I love that necklace, its just beautiful!

  41. Ami Renee says:

    Just lovely…

  42. Kelli Lea says:

    Erin, you have an eye for awesome-ness! Chris Ann & Kristin, your new look here is breathtaking. Great work!

  43. I found my way here via House of Turquoise and subscribed. What a great site! And that necklace is truly gorgeous. Gonna pop on over to Facebook and “like” you there. :)

  44. looking forward to keeping up with the new site. You guys are great and it is looking great!

  45. Julie B. says:

    I have subscribed to your RSS feed. Turquoise is my absolute favorite color! I always wear a shade of it on my toes, am painting the spare room in my house a shade of turquoise, have robin’s egg blue ceramic tile in my kitchen, and on and on and on! It has become a serious addiction! I am crossing my fingers:) Thanks for the chance!

  46. mary fanara coleman says:

    Wow…how did you know my favorite color was turquoise. Just lovely…thanks for sharing.

  47. mary fanara coleman says:

    My favorite color….I follow you on facebook and I do follow all your pins on Pinterest. Which I spend way too much time on. What a lovely piece of jewelry.

  48. How could anyone not love turquoise? It’s the most calming and beautiful color ever! And that necklace is exquisite. I would wear it proudly!

    (I’ve got you in my Google reader.)

    Micaela

  49. Turquoise is my new favorite color!!

  50. Chris Ann says:

    The giveaway is now closed!

  51. I love the color, turquoise!

  52. Howdy! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my
    old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

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