Hello and welcome to Simplicity in the South! I’m Tricia and I’m so glad you found your way here.
Simplicity in the South is my little place to share my DIY projects, organization tips, craft tutorials, painting techniques, and simple ideas to give your home character…all on a budget.
Even as a little girl, I was passionate about decorating. In fact, when I was sent to my room for getting in trouble, it was hardly punishment. I would spend my time rearranging my furniture or decorating my dollhouse.
Our family moved several times while I was growing up and my favorite homes were the ones built in around the 1920’s. I loved the hardwood floors, wainscoting, tall moldings and all the other details that newer homes don’t have.
When I bought my first home, a typical 1980’s ranch-style home, it was hardly the 1920’s craftsman cottage that I had dreamed of. But that did not hold me back from turning my dream into a reality with the help of a little DIY know-how, a few power tools and a lot of determination. Little by little, I found ways to add vintage charm to our basic-builder’s ranch.
My husband, Jason, and I are currently renovating a 100-year-old bungalow…our most challenging but rewarding endeavor yet.
Why did you name the blog Simplicity in the South?
Deciding on a name began as a process of elimination. All the names I had originally picked out were taken. But after settling with Simplicity in the South, it hit me a couple days later that it actually had a more personal connection than I realized.
I’ve lived in several states and have always come back to my roots in South Carolina. The “simplicity” part reminded me of a book I’ve kept on my coffee table that gives tips on how to simplify your life and home called The Simplicity Reader by Elaine St. James.
The main focus of my blog is finding ways to take your existing home and making it work for you and your family so you will learn to love where you live. That, in itself, simplifies life. But it also applies to how I view life in general…keep. it. simple.
Why did you first get into blogging?
I knew that starting a blog would be the perfect way to share my passion for DIY and hopefully help others who are looking for inspiration or have questions about home improvement. I’m not an expert, but I consider myself a “research girl”. If I don’t know an answer, I’ll Google it for you in a heartbeat.
Six months before I started Simplicity in the South, I began researching how to start a blog, taking notes about what I loved most about the blogs I followed and made a Pinterest board on blogging tips and time management. I’m still working on the time management.
One day (8-12-12 to be exact), I told myself, heck, I’ll take my chances, give blogging an honest try and it has been a bumpy but rewarding journey so far.
I’m a respiratory therapist by trade, which I love, but I also have a very right-brained/creative side that my full-time job doesn’t let me use very often. The best way I’ve found to express my creativity has been through DIY projects and decorating. I also enjoy helping and teaching people.
Because of this blog and you, I’ve found a great way to share what I am passionate about. I hope that while you’re here, you’ll find something that inspires you!
I feel so honored to be featured or mentioned on these websites and blogs!
So pour yourself a glass of sweet tea (or even a glass of wine) and check out our most popular projects!
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