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’…

(Move your cursor back and forth over the photo below to see it in action!)

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

(Move your cursor back and forth over the photos below)

…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

    Glad you are back…you are a wonderful inspiration….can’t wait to hear all the fun had by all.
    Julie @…

  2. says

    It was PW who inspired me to check you guys out! I love your style! I am rethinking a lot of ideas I had for our old Alabama farm house. Thanks for your hard work. You are inspiring.

  3. says

    Fab idea! (that Beth…she’s a keeper!) :) So glad you had fun at Blissdom! I’ve been enjoying the heck out of all the photos floating around in bloggyland!
    LOVED your piece over @thepioneerwoman…how fun!
    Now go get some sleep!:)

  4. says

    i Saw the feature Ree did, it was great.T he makeover you helped her friend do was amazing. I think the presto change o is a fun idea.I’ll bet you’ll be flooded with pleas for help.

  5. says

    I LOVE the pick my presto idea. We are looking for a place to buy this very moment. When we get into a place, I’ll definitely send in a pic. Until then I can’t wait to see what others send in.

  6. says

    Wow! I love your blog!!! It’s soooo amazing!!!! I love the pics u have edited, the before and after affect! It’s sooooo nice!!! I am totally following you!!! You guys have got some serious skills!!!


  7. Lisa Bittner says

    Really?!? Soooo excited. I wanna play, too! Will get photo ready first thing tomorrow. Glad you had fun in Nashville!

  8. says


    Welcome home! It was great reading about you on Ree’s blog! What a wonderful idea pick my presto is. Excuse me while I go get my camera. :)

    Your Friend,

  9. says

    Sounds like you have been haven a great time with your girlies! I love your Presto idea. I’m off to take pictures of my bedroom. After remodeling our entire cottage, we still have the same bedroom furniture and comforter, etc., from our house from 6 years ago. I def need a cottage bedroom makeover. I’ll be emailing you soon. Blessings, Tia

  10. Jenny B. says

    Oooh! Pick My Presto! So fun and exciting! Would it be fair for me to send you a photo of every room in my house??? Yeah… didn’t think so. :) Your trip looks like so much fun. What a great bunch of ladies!

  11. Tracy Laf says

    LOVE this idea…I want to play too!!!!! :) Your design ideas are such an inspiration and you make it seem so easy!!! ;)

  12. kelly says

    the fun of blissdom is enough to make me want to start a blog! seriously…where will blissdom 2012 be held?
    presto-changos sound like a wonderful idea! would a laundryroom(glorified closet) by too small…and would you want to do presto changos to unfinished rooms (aka like a future office..formerly planned to be a media room…over a garage) or would you prefer that it be a presently furnished room? i would just love to see what you can dream up for any of the spaces!
    kelly (in georgia)

  13. says

    So glad you had a fun and inspiring time! I am going to try to go next year, was bummed to miss out on all the fun! I will be submitting my presto pics soon! What a great idea :)

  14. says

    Oh how exciting about being feature on Ree’s site. I was reading her blog way at the beginning. She and I used to be part of the same online homeschooling community. So exciting to see what’s all happened in her life! As exciting as watching all that’s happening in yours!

  15. Katie says

    I also learned about your blog from the PW’s post and so glad I did! I love your work – so inspiring!

  16. says

    LOVE it! I am so glad Beth suggested the idea. I always love seeing an original space and then seeing what you could do with it. Can’t wait!

  17. Geri Greco says

    I would love to Get picked!
    How many times can we play? Hehe
    I have got lots of rooms to choose from that
    Need a little magic wand(Presto/change)
    Done by the Amazing Layla.
    So glad you had a great time and you got home safely.
    Happy weekend. Geri.

  18. Linda says

    LOVE your style ideas! Your Tybee Island decorating make me long for a beach cottage. So glad I found your blog through The Pioneer Woman a few months ago.

  19. Alima says

    How exciting! I definitely want to send in some pictures! I bet your presto inbox is going to be full in no time!

  20. Laura says

    Are you kidding me – Wanna play along!??!
    You will be receiving my photo as soon as it is light enough to take one!

  21. says

    What a fantastic idea. I hope you keep doing it for a looooong time because someday, I’ll sell this house and buy another one and when I do…

    If I submit a photo, I hope you design a lot of built-ins in your presto-chango magically instantly beautified room! If only it were that easy to make it come true. Snap!

    So fun to meet you btw! You’re a hoot!

  22. says

    I think you are definitely “on to something” with your virtual room re-do. I love it! I think you are going to be flooded with requests. Can’t wait to see how this pans out.

  23. says

    Oh my! LOVE this. Beautiful ideas. I need you desperately for my daughter’s room. I cannot decide what to do with her room, so i have done nothing. The room offers some great architecural details, but I can’t “see” the room for what it can be. I’ll be sending a pic soon, I would love some help.

  24. Bethany says

    I wanna play! Perfect timing, we just bought our first house and it has the most awkward angle living/dining room which could use some serious help! I’ll have to take some pictures when we move in!

  25. 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!

  26. 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…

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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.


  30. 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.

  31. 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!! =)

  32. 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!

  33. 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!

  34. 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!

  35. 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!

  36. 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!

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