Pleasant Peeps, The Pioneer Woman & Pick My Presto!

Well, I’m back from Nashville, and although I wish I could use fun words like “bright-eyed” and “bushy-tailed” to describe my current state of being, “red-eyed” and “bushy-haired” are probably more accurate descriptions. But MAN that was an awesome trip! I shopped with, talked with, walked with, and broke bread with women that inspired me to wanna make things, bake things and remember to give back more. I’ll cherish my time with them forever, and feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to hug ’em all!

(Just a few of the friendly folks (and flea market finds!) I had fun with this past week: Allison, Ashley, Beth, Chris, Edie, Erin, Kate, Marian, Myra, Rhoda, Sandra, Sarah, Shannan, Shaunna, Traci)

The Opryland Hotel was wonderful too. It’s amazing how quickly they were able to renovate it after the flood. I roomed with my friend¬†Kate and was so surprised to wake up to a sweet feature over at this gal’s place one morning while we were there…

Holly, Melissa and I worked on her friend Hyacinth’s room (virtually) last year, but I had no idea she was going to write a post about our blog! (If you happen to be reading: Thank you Ree!)

Here’s one of the first presto-chango’s I created to help get Hyacinth’s creative juices flowin’…

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She implemented lots of our ideas, and it was an absolute thrill to work with her. I was particularly stoked when I found out she had decided to clad her fireplace with dark wood flooring, just like I had shown in that first inspiration drawing I sent her!

(Hy’s new fireplace facade)

What a trip!

Which brings me to my next presto-chango related idea’r.

I was talking to my blog buddy Beth a few weeks back and she said, “why don’t you invite readers to submit photos of their spaces for you to do presto chango’s with and call it Pick My Presto?”

Smart as a whip, that Beth.

So here’s what I’m thinkin’. If anyone would like one of these guys, just for fun

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…send me an email to¬†PickMyPresto [at] aol [dot] com titled, “PICK MY PRESTO”. Make sure to include your name, your blog name (if you have one) your design likes & dislikes, and one photo of the space in question. It should be fairly clear, and measure 400 pixels high x 600 pixels wide. (In other words: 4″x6″) Make sure it’s one you’re comfortable with me showing and writing about on our blog. Then, whenever I feel the urge, I’ll randomly select someone’s email and have a little fun creating some presto-chango/cottage-style inspiration. Oh, and since I love surprises, I probably won’t email you to let you know I’ve “picked your presto” unless I have a specific question for ya about your space.

I haven’t decided if this will be a weekly kinda thing, or a monthly kinda thing, but I do know that I would like it to be a stress-free kinda thing and a pretty regular kinda thing- so I’m hopin’ to get some photos to play with this week!

Whaddya think?

Anybody wanna play along?


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  1. says

    Layla – coming here via ShabbyBoNanny (one of my names for FlowerPatchFarmgirl!) – she seems smitten with you, and I had to come over to see what all the fuss is about. Congratulations on the PW post! Your blog is fabulous – and your idea of the Presto thing? Amazing! So glad I found your spot on the web! Have great day!

  2. says

    Alright, the skull with the blue eyes at the bottom right hand corner of the living room picture made me laugh out loud. What in the world IS that?

    Beth is a genius. You’re going to have a blast with these.

    I’m tempted to submit a photo myself…

  3. says

    Oh my, after reading Miss Mustard Seed’s comment, I had to go back and look for the skull. Can’t believe I missed THAT the first time I looked. I’m with her, I need to know the story behind the skull.

  4. says

    Sounds like a dream come true:)! I just need to pick up all of the toys before I take a picture of the room!

  5. gayle goddard carson says

    love thw idea about pick my presto sound great i so enjoy all these ideas thank you so much gayle goddard carson

  6. says

    How fun Blissdom looks. I was so happy to see Ree’s post about your amazing talent. You deserve recognition, you are very talented.

    What a fun idea to help folks who may want to re-do a room see how it might look with a few changes.


  7. Caren G. says

    What a great idea! I need to change my living room and could use some great ideas. Can we sent pics of more than one room? I need to redo a few.

  8. Julie says

    EEK! OMG….You have NO idea how excited I am! I have been so bummed that I missed an opportunity for a design consult from you and just haven’t found anyone who’s designs I love as much as you. Plus, it’s so fun and inspirational to see what you do for other people. So excited!! =)

  9. Joy says

    Love that idea! I love the presto chango’s. Definitely will send you a pic. Thanks!

  10. says

    What a great idea – a fresh take on a room that I’ve can’t seem to get inspired over would be a welcome opportunity for brilliance. Can’t wait to submit my room!

  11. says

    I love the presto chango! Do it weekly — they inspire me and I always go back to them. For me…they are better than any magazine, because they are real-life, real-lived in homes — not a staged to the max showplace. You are my favorite blog…and blogger — thanks for inspiring me!

  12. Kim in MD says

    Thanks to PW, I am now a HUGE fan of your blog! I am a very visual person, and I love the presto chango photos! I may even submit one for you to change up! Your design style is amazing!

  13. KTG says

    I have a room that’s been bugging me for 5 years would love a professional eye!!

  14. Rici P says

    I love the windows over your kitchen counters…are you doing this in the ear future? :0)

  15. says

    I LOOOOVE this idea…plus! it corresponds with a very personal need/want/dream to get your input on my own private space!!! Can’t wait! thanks for doing this…very exciting!

  16. says

    I can’t tell you how THRILLED I am about this idea! I’m sure you’ll be bombarded with emails, and mine will most definitely be one of them. Wahoo!