Reflections On A Blog Journey: “House Appeal” & the 400th Post

400th Blog Post:  House Appeal Blog/ 2012-2015
400th Blog Post: House Appeal Blog/ 2012-2015

My 400th post. When I consider the mere reality of compiling 400 posts to share with the world, I stand in amazement at where this blog has taken me. 400 posts since 2012. “Ponderings and Inspirations of living a beautiful life”. Yet why acknowledge the 400th post vs any other iconic number in the world of blogging? Why is my 400th post so pivotal? For certain, I have not acknowledged my 100th, 200th or even 300th post. Yet this year has been personally life altering for me and this blog has been a personal source of strength. It has been a year of awakenings, epiphanies and growth on so many levels. The moving force that has run through this blog since its beginning is appreciation. A focus of appreciation on the beautiful things that life has to offer. For the gifts that surround. For the appreciation of the timeless, classic elements of the world which endure to bring appeal. It is and has been a personal desire to remind the world to look closer. Details. Appreciation.

What began as a personal escape into a visual world that I was compelled to compile, compose and push forward into the world-wide-web has gifted me in return. When you share, passionately, the beauty and classic, timeless and enduring elements of life that inspire you, it is inevitable that the focus of appreciation flows not only onto your keyboard or notebook, filled with words embedded in ink, but it is the internal world within you that is impacted. Perfectly stated: “What you focus on expands”. Indeed, focussing on appreciation has expanded my appreciation for life itself. And of my “blog world” of focus? Broad, perhaps. With a love for what I believe to be timeless and classic elements of fashion, visual appreciation of iconic architectural elements and a desire to showcase the vast world of classic elements of interior design, culinary and confectionary appreciation, nature and its gifts, travel and the view from behind the lens and other elements that surround and comprise our lives, the compelling desire to share will endure. Compilations that I hope endure to provide inspiration and further appreciation by those that stumble upon the “Pages” of House Appeal.

A brief visual look back at 3 years and the 400 posts of broad focus that fill this blog…

January 2014…Exterior Color Inspirations: The Bold Distinction Of The “Black” Painted Door

Exterior Color Inspirations: The Bold Distinction Of The “Black” Painted Door

And a look back at fashion’s compilations…

January 2013/A High Collared Fashion Classic: The Iconic Black Turtleneck

A HIGH COLLARED FASHION CLASSIC: THE ICONIC BLACK TURTLENECK
A HIGH COLLARED FASHION CLASSIC: THE ICONIC BLACK TURTLENECK

November 2014…The Artistry Of Makeup: The Dramatic & Intense “Smoky” Eye of “Kohl” Eyeliner

The Artistry Of Makeup: The Dramatic & Intense “Smoky” Eye Of “Kohl” Eyeliner

July 2014/ A Fashion Icon: The Classic & Timeless “Ballet Flats”..

A Fashion Icon: The Classic & Timeless “Ballet Flats”

March 2013…Flowing Elegance Of Graceful Adornment: The Enchantment Of Tulle

Flowing Elegance Of Graceful Adornment:  The Enchantment Of Tulle
Flowing Elegance Of Graceful Adornment: The Enchantment Of Tulle

And a link to the Fashionable Windows of Chicago….

City Inspirations:  Fashionable Windows Of Chicago (January 2015)
City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago (January 2015)

The world of the interior…

September 2014: French By Royal Design: The “Louis”, “Fauteuil” & “Berege” Chair

French By Royal Design: The “Louis”, “Fauteuil” & The “Bergere” Chair

December 2014: Form & Function: The Architectural Distinction Of The Fireplace Within The Interior

Form & Function: The Architectural Distinction Of The Fireplace Within The Interior
Form & Function: The Architectural Distinction Of The Fireplace Within The Interior

June 2014: A Symbol Of Hospitality: The “Welcome” Appeal Of The Pineapple

A Symbol Of Hospitality: The “Welcome” Appeal Of The Pinneaple

January 2015: Personal “Statements” On Display: Artwork On Walls

Personal “Statements” On Display: Artwork On Walls

The world of culinary and confectionary wonders…

November 2012: Culinary Flair: The Coveted Copper Pot

Culinary Flair:  The Coveted Copper Pot
Culinary Flair: The Coveted Copper Pot

June 2012: The Decadence Of The Towering Cake: Croquembouche & Meringue

November 2014: The Foundation Of Entertaining & Serving: White Platters

The Foundation Of Entertaining & Serving:  White Platters
The Foundation Of Entertaining & Serving: White Platters

Seasonal inspirations…

November 2013: Table Top Display: Thanksgiving Inspirations & Embellishments Of Style

Table Top Display:  Thanksgiving Inspirations & Embellishments Of Style
Table Top Display: Thanksgiving Inspirations & Embellishments Of Style

And of the world of nature…

May 2013: Exotic Delight: The “Palm House” & The Interior Embellishment With “Palms”

Exotic Delight: The “Palm House” & The Interior Embellishment With Palms

April 2013: Nurturing Nature: The Serenity Of The “Potting Shed”

Nurturing Nature: The Serenity Of The “Potting Shed”

June 2014: Arbors: Airy Structures Of Shelter & Exterior Style

Arbors:  Airy Structures Of Shelter & Exterior Style
Arbors: Airy Structures Of Shelter & Exterior Style

And of course…flowers…

June 2013: Inspiration In Bloom: Flowers Within The Interior

Inspiration In Bloom: Flowers Within The Interior
Inspira Btion In Bloom: Flowers Within The Interior

February 2014: Frilled, Layered & Ruffled Elegance: The Magnificence Of The Scented Carnation

Frilled, Layered & Ruffled Elegance: The Magnificence Of The Scented Carnation
Frilled, Layered & Ruffled Elegance: The Magnificence Of The Scented Carnation

Travel from behind my lens…

May 2015: New Orleans, French Quarter: A Visual Paradise Of Architectural Delights

New Orleans, French Quarter:  A Visual Paradis Of Architectural Delights
New Orleans, French Quarter: A Visual Paradis Of Architectural Delights

When you look at every day as an opportunity to discover and be inspired, it is endless to find appreciation with what surrounds. With the goal of appreciation, every day, one’s life can daily be transformed. It is a choice. A personal choice. A choice we each can make to gravitate towards a perspective of awareness for the beauty of what surrounds. Simple details and grand details. Looking closer at the world that surrounds with open eyes. A renewed perspective. Looking closer at the details. With appreciation. Of course, a nod of personal gratitude for those that follow along this blog journey with me. Onward. Compelled to share. More to come, indeed. A journey of appreciation that perhaps has only just begun…

Onward,

Kristin

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary”
-Margaret Cousins

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4 thoughts on “Reflections On A Blog Journey: “House Appeal” & the 400th Post

  1. Congratulations! I hope you will continue to inspire us all to look closer at the finer details. I absolutely love your articles and I learn so much! Thank you for sharing your passion!
    Smiles!
    Terry

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