Monday, November 12, 2012

Grateful on a Monday!

I have Power!  Who would have thought I would be so grateful to have power, but I am! We got power back on Saturday and I have been cleaning and re-grouping ever since. I am also so grateful to have my family safe and a roof over my head. It pains me to know there are those still out there that weren't so lucky and my heart goes out to them.
I am also thankful to have been nominated by one of my favorite bloggers-Caroline of "Inner - Outer Beauty" for the Liebster Award.

This is an award to a blog for content etc that has less than 200 followers.  I was shocked to receive it because I started this blog a little under a year ago in hopes to  to send out some fun and informative tidbits and never expected one follower much less the wonderful 44 that I have now. Caroline has asked me to state 11 things about myself, and to answer some fun questions in order to receive this award. This is a difficult thing for me, I love to write about everything except myself so here I go!
11 facts about ME:
Before venturing into art and design I was actually an intensive care nurse in NYC, and was accepted to Columbia for the Nurse Practioner program.
I have always sketched and love art since I could walk, and my first drawing was of Prince Edward when I was in 2nd grade.
I have been married to a man that still makes me laugh for what will be 20 years in 2013!
I have 3 great children. I know that sounds so typical and believe me I don't want to brag but I have been very lucky to have girls that have only given me a few gray hairs so far!
I  volunteer at St. Hubert's Animal shelter.
My sisters are also my dear friends, and my youngest sister is my partner at Town & Country Interiors.
My sister and I have a crush on Christian Bale, don't worry my poor husband already knows!
My parents are still alive thank goodness and were such a help to us during the storm.. I dont know what I would have done with out them!
I lived in Ireland when I was a child for several months, and I still long for those days of running freely through the hills and smelling the turf burning!
I am a handy-woman, will attempt almost any type of home maintenance.
I long to design a Brownstone in NYC! Or at least assist Steven Gambrel in doing one, that would be amazing!

What makes you happy on a Monday?-
Monday makes me happy when I can look back on a good weekend spent with my 3 children and husband, that and non- fat chai in my hands!
 What drives you to write your blog every day?
 I love connecting with others who love interior design, art, interesting people and appreciate learning something new everyday! I think it drives me to post things that I think may be of interest to others and in turn I learn something myself.
Where do you want to live if you could choose freely?
This is a tough one! I miss living in NYC, there is something about it that always has me coming back for more.  However, I would need to escape from time to time to the country or mountains so if I could have the best of both worlds I would be in heaven!
City girl or country girl?
 I think the previous question answered this one! I am definitely a bit of both. I could tend to farm animals one minute and be off to a  Broadway play in the next!
Which is your greatest asset according to yourself?
 I am not sure, but I believe its helping others.  I sometimes feel that I don’t do enough but would if I could!
What do you think your friends would say is your greatest asset?
 I think they may say that I am dependable, and if they need anything they can always come to me I will help you anyway I can!
Favorite food? 
I have recently returned to my Vegetarian diet, but still long for a seared Ahi tuna with wasabi glaze and jasmine rice
Do you have a famous person you are inspired by?
There are so many wonderful people that inspire me, but I think I am a bit obsessed with Audrey Hepburn. I loved her style and grace and how she helped poor children in her elder years. I tried to name my youngest Audrey but my husband wasn’t quite as enamored with the thought!
Do you believe in the power of thoughts?
 Yes I absolutely do! I believe we have more power than we are aware of, and that positive thoughts can bring positive results. Just imagine if the whole world thought a positive thought simultaneously, there would be definite healing in that moment.
Where do you want to go on your next vacation?
 I would love to see Paris. I studied French in high school and need to brush up on that language before I embarrass myself abroad! I look forward to strolling the streets with a baguette in one hand a glass of champagne in another!
What is luxury to you?
 I think luxury is never having to worry about money, and using it to help others who aren’t as fortunate!

Again, thank you to Inner-Outer Beauty for the nomination! I will be posting my nominations tomorrow along with the questions for each nominee. I am glad to be back to blogging about what I love! 


  1. So happy for you, Karolyn. I know that you have been through it. I pray for all of you each day.
    Congratulations on your award. Great to learn more about you.

  2. So nice to hear from my favorite bloggers again!! Thanks so much for your kind thoughts! Have to catch up on reading all your posts too!!
    Xo Karolyn

  3. Hi, Karolyn ~
    So glad you have power! Congratulations on the Liebster Award!! And, many congratulations on 20 years come 2013. I enjoyed learning more about you.
    PS - That is awesome you volunteer at St. Hubert's Animal shelter. I am a huge animal lover :)

  4. So happy you have power again - that must have been so hard. Congrats on the Liebster award - well deserved and love that you lived in Ireland as a child.

  5. Congratulations on the award Karolyn :) We were in Paris back in July and loved it.. you will to! How wonderful that you are volunteering at the animal shelter. I'm sure that is very rewarding and you must be SO happy when you place a little dog or kitty.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by blog! Yours is a wonderful one, will follow!

  6. So lovely to read more about you, feels like a know you:) Have a great week!
    xo Caroline

  7. Thanks for stopping by our blog Karolyn! I love getting to know you through this post and look forward to our continued conversations. You and I have alot in common; kids, animals, art, design, handy woman... looks like we'll be great friends. Congrats on this award.
    xo Nancy

    1. Thank you so much, I actually nominated your blog for a Liebster award, its really a fantastic blog and I want to pass on the nomination to blogs that I think deserve recognition! Enjoy, Karolyn!


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