I’m honored that you clicked over here to learn a bit more about me. I am Beth, the creative talent behind Home Stories A to Z . I started this blog in January 2008 simply as a way to share our life stories of living in the city with our two little boys, Asher and Zephan (A to Z).
Decorating and design have always been passions of mine. In January 2009, I discovered decorating, crafting, and design blogs and my world was forever transformed…and so was my blog! I couldn’t resist joining the party.
Q. What sets you apart from the other trillion home blogs out there?
I’m incredibly tenacious, resourceful, willing to take risks, and I love to teach as I learn. What this means for you is that if I can accomplish something, I believe you can too! I try to do everything with a sense of humor and hope you laugh along with me (or at me….or both :)). Most of my friends describe me as authentic, real, and down-to-earth. My goal is to encourage you to be the same. In a nutshell, I don’t take myself too seriously. I improvise as I go along. And most importantly, I believe in creating beauty out of chaos and sharing my home stories with you.
Q. What is your story?
My husband Matt and I have renovated several apartments and two homes together. We are city dwellers and currently live in a 100 yr old Italianate twin home which was completely gutted and “flipped” when we purchased it. I worked as a designer for a short period with a local home flipping company when we first moved here, and I LOVED it. That work gave me the confidence to step out and follow my dreams.
Q. Are you a real designer?
No. Although I sometimes wish I had a degree in design, my background is in counseling. I have my M.A. in Community and School Counseling and in my previous life worked as a family counselor and an elementary school counselor before starting this business. I moved around a lot growing up and was allowed to redecorate my bedroom at each new home. This began a life-long love affair with creating beautiful spaces.
Q: What are your blog accomplishments?
On Home Stories A to Z, I mostly blog about projects and home improvements I make to my home. However, my blog is a bit of a variety show consisting of decorating tips and tutorials, DIY projects, decor trend alerts, mantel link parties, occasional recipes, sponsored posts and giveaways. I also host a weekly link party on Tuesdays called Tutorials & Tips Tuesday and love to feature fab projects from other bloggers.
In addition to my work on Home Stories A to Z, I currently work as a brand ambassador for Shaw Floors, Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart, and Waverly Inspirations. In the past I worked as a brand ambassador/contributor to Homes.com, Lowes Creative Ideas, Houzz.com, and a 3M DIY Expert. I am a Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Pinner. In 2012, I joined a team of amazing DIY bloggers to help begin the Haven Conference, an annual DIY/Home bloggers conference in Atlanta, GA.
My projects and tips have been featured in several in print publication including People magazine (porch), Better Homes & Gardens Kitchens + Baths (kitchen), This Old House (half bath), HGTV Magazine (bathroom), Woman’s Day (backyard), All You Magazine (living room) and online by BHG, Country Living, Lowe’s, Pottery Barn, Birch Lane, HGTV, Apartment Therapy, etc.
Q. This is my first visit to A to Z. Where should I begin?
Well, hello there friend, and welcome! To see what I’m all about, I encourage you to check out my Project Gallery. Here you will find some of my most popular posts and projects organized for you by category.
Q. Okay, you seem kind of cool. How do I follow you?
There are many ways to follow along! I encourage you to “like” me on facebook and subscribe as a follower so you don’t miss out on a thing. You will find all of my social media buttons at the top of the blog.