Let's Play 20 Questions
Twenty Questions - This game conjures up wonderful childhood memories of long road trips to see my grandparents.
"Oh, oh is it furry?"
"Does it have stripes?"
"Is it a leopard?"
"You already asked that one."
"Duh, I knew that. I was just making sure you were paying attention."
1. What makes Leighton Lane different from all of the other home & garden sites?
As you will notice quickly, it's a place where we have fun letting our creative design and DIY juices flow and we marry these things with real stories about life and faith -- placing focus on the real treasures of this world.
Photo Credit: Michelle Taulbee Photography
2. What's your home like?
We live in a modest 3 bedroom cookie-cutter home in a cookie-cutter neighborhood with great neighbors, plenty of playmates for our son, and sidewalks throughout. It works well for us at this point in time with our lifestyle and budget. Our dream home would be on the river or the beach and maybe one day we will make that happen. For now, we are content and grateful.
3. How would you describe your design style?
Our home is definitely a work in progress and I am not sure if we will ever completely finish. I would describe my style as a mish-mash of coastal, traditional with a touch of farmhouse and a little Americana.
4. Who do you share your home with?
Meet the LOVES of my life. Mike and I have been getting into crazy shenanigans since we were teens and our son -- Our World, came along 15 years later to join in the fun. We also have two fur babies, Charlie & Hershey, that keep life interesting.
5. What's your favorite bible verse?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3: 5-6
Walls can be repainted and furniture can be replaced, but time with your loves cannot be remade.
6. What's your favorite design tip?
Unless you live alone, make sure to include your loved ones in the design process. I love the look of a French provincial bedroom with light distressed furniture and frilly fabrics, but my husband wouldn’t be very comfortable in a room like that. Note, there is nothing wrong with having a “me” space if room permits.
When your kids get to be a certain age, let them lead the way for their own space of course with guidance from you if they ask. I would not be so creative if my mom had not let me have lavender walls, a hammock, and a leopard comforter when I was a teen. It was her idea to add a hammock to the room, because she grew up wanting to be a Lost Boy off of Peter Pan. She was never one to squash the creative imagination of her children.
7. Where does your inspiration come from?
I love to write and tell stories and that’s how I approach my design choices. My aspiration is for my home to tell a story. “The walls to talk” so to speak. Not everything is a family heirloom or a great find from a trip, but I like to pick something up at the store that reminds me of a moment in time, summer trips to my grandparent’s house, dreams, or a loved one that is gone. Designing for a crowd with beautiful, durable, and multi-functional products also tops my list because I love a good get together and there are a ton of kids in my family that are rough on stuff.
I can’t conceivably come up with all of these ideas and words on my own. I gather inspiration from loved ones, passerby’s, experts and novices alike, nature, books, and magazines.
8. What's your calling?
Given that this site is all about fixing up your home – you would think that my passion is design. It’s definitely a love of mine, but writing and telling stories is my true passion.
In Middle School, a teacher once told the class when facing doubt in a multiple choice test – always go with your first choice, your gut instinct. In some ways, I wish I would have applied that concept to many choices in my life. Often overlooking Option 'A' for What’s Behind Door 'B' or 'C' and darn it if I didn’t get the “Zonk” more than a few times. If you are unfamiliar with the term “Zonk” it’s the booby prize on Let’s Make a Deal – a popular game show that originated back in 1963.
If I would have directly applied this concept to my choice of majors, I would have went with my first choice of Journalism. I don’t really remember why I changed my mind and didn’t pursue the journalism degree. I’m sure it had something to do with my sensible business side and the starting pay for journalists is well, not so good. Nevertheless, I often wonder if the road to getting to where I want to be could have been quicker and easier had I went with my first choice. But then again I wouldn’t have as much to write about back then as I do now.
Looking back, I realize there were a lot of times where I should have gotten the hint that writing was my passion – a gift that I was given. I’d ace all writing assignments and never treated them as work. Words flowed freely and I would get so wrapped up in the story – time stood still. Emotions pouring out as I would laugh out loud, tears flowing as memories were recalled – good and bad, and an indescribable peace within my soul. I would literally dream of stories and wake in the middle of the night, write them down and then drift back to sleep.
I feel ALIVE when I write.
So Leighton Lane was started so I could share my stories with you and pursue a passion that’s been brewing for some time. I hope you enjoy your time spent here as much as I enjoy creating it for you!