03 March 2010

Creating An Inspired Home

 

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Anyone who reads Cote de Texas knows that one of my favorite go-to’s each morning is the blog - The Lettered Cottage.  Layla writes her blog while her husband does the renovating to their darling cottage.  She’s a bundle of energy and has really shown all of us bloggers just how far you can take this medium.   She has created something truly special with The Lettered Cottage and it’s an real inspiration.   Each day, there’s something new going on thereWhether it’s a funny video of the two of them ripping out yet another ceiling, or her showing us her latest flea market acquisitions or just trying to find a stray cat a home, Layla keeps it interesting and always humorous.  I look at her with awe and respect, she’s incredibly talented and also, she’s very, very sweet.  I know that one day I’ll be watching her on TV saying, “I knew her when” and I’ll be thrilled for her.  

 

image Layla’s Dining Room:  Lettered Cottage Chic

 

When Layla started The Lettered Cottage, she mostly went it alone.  Her popularity quickly soared and now, just over a year later, her blog has a huge readership.  Along the way, husband Kevin joined her in the endeavor and it’s a true partnership now.  Together Layla and Kevin have taken design blogging into another realm, illustrating that with tons of hard work, determination and lots of laughs, a blog can be something much, much more.   Recently Layla’s been excitedly telling me about an E Book she’s been writing and today  “Creating An Inspired Home” is finally on-line!    It’s a how-to book, all about renovating and decorating,  filled with tons of tips and before & after pictures that show how you can create your own Lettered Cottage look.    It’s available for just $11.99 HERE.   If you are like me and can’t get enough of Layla and her cottage chic – be sure to stop by and check out “Creating an Inspired Home” today!

Congratulations Layla and great success to you and Kevin!

The Lettered Cottage blog HERE.

E Book: Creating The Inspired Home HERE.

36 comments:

  1. She IS great! And you are a sweet friend to blog about her! Thanks for sharing. Oh, and I about peed my pants when I saw you visited my silly little family blog. Seriously, I almost DIED! :) Thanks!

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  2. A wonderful site - even for those of us who aren't quite handy (or brave) enough to tackle the really complicated DIY stuff! I absolutely love that she chose to do this as an e-book. Another inspiring move! Marija

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  3. You are a very generous soul. I love your blog!

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  4. Layla is so cute and I love her cottage BUT...Joni, you are the most generous soul on earth!!! Love you!

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  5. Agreed Joni- The Lettered Cottage is one of my favorites too- next to you of course!!

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  6. You are so right. Layla's boundless energy is inspiring. I check her out most days. It is always fun.
    This is the great thing about blog land---there really is a place for everyone. I am so glad you are here as well!
    annie

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  7. Hi Joni- it's so gracious of you to share Layla's new endeavor and success with your readers. Yes, she is quite an inspiration and thanks to your blog roll I found her last year.

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  8. Her work is so gorgeous I stopped reading for a while as I was getting depressed. haha. Everything is so perfect I was getting a complex. Her look is so fresh, I am smitten too. What a team.

    P.S. I blogged about my upcoming Houston trip and mentioned "a certain Houston blogger" which is you! I really do hope you have a minute to meet me. If you have any time, I would love to do a shop visit with you. David can drive us if you want us to chauffeur, but if you only have time for a Starbucks and chat, that would be wonderful too.

    Loved your last podcast with the photographer - think I wrote you that already.

    xo Terri

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  9. Joni, no url, just the name and signature on a comment... unfortunately I can't tell which of the one thousand sites I read today. But it was a popular one. I'll try to find it. Also when you click on the profile, there is a damask header and it says Houston and France.

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  10. Layla is super talented. I'm sure her e-book is inspirational and full of great tips. I just may buy it myself!

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  11. i love her site too...its gorgeous!

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  12. Joni, I agree...Layla and Kevin are not only talented but entertaining to watch. I have thoroughly enjoyed their series on remodeling the bathroom. I only wish I was as industrious!

    Congrats to Layla for her E-book. And kudos to you for supporting a blogging buddy.

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  13. Oh, Joni how sweet of you to showcase Layla's work. You have the most kind, generous spirit!!! You are the best!!!

    I love the cover of this e-book. I can't wait to see what fills the pages.....bet it's all wonderfully delicious! :)

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  14. I must be the only person who did not know about Layla's blog. thank you for opening my mind...I am going to visit right away. I love to read about do it yourself stories that become a way of life if not a business. I also can relate having done so a few houses by myself for lack of unavailable free laborers...

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  15. She has a great site, thanks for letting us know about her new book. I only wish my husband and I were handy! I envy people that are!

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  16. Hi Joni, I found this link from my history.

    http://www.blogger.com/profile/12730831104842783717

    I was thinking from the date it was something you were trying out back when.

    Actually, yesterday when I ran into it, my first thought was. What is Joni up to? I bet she will start writing posts from France, where she just got signed up for some FABULOUS blog writing deal. :)

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  17. What a great idea!

    I love the cover shot. I found a few of those cloches and use them to cover odd little elements in my house.

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  18. You are so right. The Lettered Cottage is a fantastic blog. I have enjoyed following.

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  19. Bought it! Viewed it! Loveit! Layla and Kevin have a energy that is contagious it comes through in this extremely well put together book. I agree Joni you have a very generous heart.

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  20. They seem like a darling family, and their work is terrific. Much to admire.

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  21. Joni.
    How sweet for you to tell so many about sweet Miss Layla. I met her at Eddie Ross' event here in ATL in January. You are right, she and her husband are just dolls and so very talented. I too, love their videos...they both are perfect for the camera!
    xx

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  22. Good Morning Joni...

    I just LOVE her blog...they are such a cute couple.....

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

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  23. Found u through Layla about a year ago, you are two are the BEST!!!!

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  24. Another blog to search, read, learn from. If you say it is worth it I truly trust you Joni, you are an inspiration. Ciao.

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  25. Yours is my favorite blog, but am I right that you are not posting as regularly/often as before? I really miss your long, detailed posts with tons of photos and inspiration that used to come every other day at least. I still love reading Cote, though, don't go away!

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  26. Joni, I'm with anonymous above. You have created a bunch of hungry little monsters that want, no NEED your nearly daily input. You probably are just very busy right now... or suffering from a little empty nest?! So take your time. Rest, Read, Recharge and come on back whenever you can. Meanwhile, we can all look back at the wonderful stuff you have produce so far. I loved your top ten design elements segments and top ten designers. Excellent resources!!! Whenever you feel like it, please label the designers as top ten and the elements as top ten as well. :)

    Yes, we are not only hungry, but we are a little pushy too!

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  27. Thank you Joni for this post, I dicover another great blog !
    Have a nice week-end

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  28. glorious photos..as an antique dealer in Santa Monica, California I need to keep in touch with what people want...You have it in spades..Thank you, Cynthia wolff

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  29. I adore Layla and I adore how wonderfully supportive you are of all your peers. YOU are a class act, Joni!

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