I’ve Been Nominated!

Rena from Lemon Peel Design (go check her out!) ever-so-sweetly nominated me for a Liebster Award last week.  If you haven’t heard of the Liebster Award, it’s a lovely way of recognizing fellow new bloggers while learning a bit more about them.  It’s also a great way to discover new blogs! (Side note: my computer keeps auto-correcting it to Lobster Award, which is awesome).  So thank you, Rena!

Liebster Award
The rules are:

  1. You must link back to the blogger who nominated you
  2. You must answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominating blogger
  3. You must nominate 11 blogs with a relatively small following
  4. You must give 11 questions to your nominees
  5. You must notify your nominees

I may have to cheat on this because I don’t think I follow 11 blogs that would qualify.  (Forgive me, Liebster Award gods! 11 is a big number!)

Here are my answers to Rena’s 11 questions.

1. What got you started in blogging? 

I can’t even remember the exact impetus anymore that made me finally create the site–it was more a slowly growing feeling that the skills I was gaining and my DIY projects might be helpful if shared with someone other than my (rather indifferent) three-year-old.  Austin and I had recently bought our first house, and I was slowly trying to decorate using what I had on hand and what I could find on Craigslist.  I really think I was bored one day and just went for it!  But I’m so glad I did it–it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Lobster Award Nomination
2. How would you describe your design style?

This is such a tough question, because I love so many seemingly different styles! I love minimalism but still like spaces to be inviting and comfortable.  Organic, Scandinavian Mid-century Modern is my absolute favorite.  I do prefer more muted palettes, white walls, and a great mix of textures and am drawn more to warm colors than to cool.

It’d be easier to tell you what I don’t like–cluttered spaces, Modernism that is harsh or cold, and anything “traditional.”  Those work for some people of course! Just not for me.

Leibster Award Nomination
3. Coffee or tea?

Both for sure.  Coffee is the only thing that makes me human again in the morning, any other time of day and it’s English Breakfast with cream and sugar.  I’m an Anglophile to my core–tea forever!

4. Which is your preferred social media platform and why?

I love, love, love Instagram!  It’s the only social media platform that not only encourages creativity, it demands it. I’ve grown so much as a photographer just in the past few months because of it, and I love the daily dose of inspiration I get from seeing everyone’s gorgeous feeds!  Plus, it’s always fun getting a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of my favorite bloggers and creators.  And the community there is so lovely.  Should I stop gushing now?

Leibster Award Nomination
5. What is your favorite color?

I guess you would call it Nude.  A very pale, peachy-pink.

6. What is your dream travel destination?

The UK.  I’ve lived there twice and visited many times, but always want to go back.

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7. What are your most and least favorite things about blogging?

Most favorite–connecting with fabulous, inspiring, talented, generous people I never would have met otherwise.  I feel like everyone I talk to through my blog or social media accounts are just the loveliest, kindest people ever!

Least favorite–the amount of time it takes, especially using social media.  I’ve never worked harder than I have this past year and although I love blogging, some of it is just mindless, technical things that take forever.

8. If you could speak any language, which would it be?

Hm. Swedish? Or Danish? I’d love to be able to read all those design blogs I come across and aren’t translated…

9. Which equipment do you use for your blog photography?

I have a Canon T3i and that’s about all I can tell you about it.  I still shoot in manual mode but am taking a class soon!  I am definitely not tech savvy in any way, but sometime in the future I’d like to step up my game a bit.

Leibster Award Nomination
10. Spring, summer, fall, or winter?

Fall unless I’m somewhere snowy (then winter!).

11. What is your guilty pleasure?

Oh jeez. I have so many! Chocolate.  Coffee.  US Weekly.  Chocolate. PBS Masterpiece. Chocolate. Period Romance films. Chocolate…

Hope you enjoyed that little interview! I nominate:

  1. 2 Sisters 2 Houses
  2. Our Home Notebook
  3. The Anatomy of Design
  4. Ashlee Creates
  5. Francois et Moi
  6. Brave New Home
  7. Holly Marie Designs
  8. North Story
  9. Fresh Crush
  10. Pursuing Vintage
  11. Fifty Two Weekends of DIY

Okay I guess I lied, I actually had more than 11!  All of these ladies are super talented and wonderful and you should go see what they have to say!  Now for my questions…

  1. How long have you been blogging?
  2. If you could trade homes with another blogger, whose would it be?
  3. Are you a city, suburbs, or country kind of girl?
  4. What inspires you?
  5. When do you do most of your blogging?
  6. What are 3 of your goals for 2015?
  7. Salty or sweet?
  8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  9. Choose a superpower.
  10. Favorite source for home decor?
  11. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you since you started blogging?

If you liked this interview, be sure to follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook and we can get to know each other even better! I hope you take a minute to visit my nominees’ blogs as well and share the love.  They’re all amazing!

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Comments (17 )
  • Rena @ Lemon Peel Design
    | 15 March 2015

    Absolutely loved reading your post. Now, I can’t wait to meet you in person this summer. And your blog picks are pretty awesome!

    • annabode
      | 24 March 2015

      Thanks Rena! Looking forward to connecting in Denver!

  • Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    | 16 March 2015

    Nice getting to know you a bit better. I totally feel what you’re saying about your style. I love minimalism but never want a place to feel stark or uninviting. And thanks so much for the nomination, Anna! Made me smile : ]

    • annabode
      | 24 March 2015

      You’re welcome Jennifer, I love your Scandi-inspired style 🙂

  • emily
    | 16 March 2015

    wow! thank you so much for the nomination Anna! Such an honor. I love, love your instagram feed and blog!

    • annabode
      | 24 March 2015

      You’re so welcome Emily! Right back atcha 😉

  • Rachel
    | 16 March 2015

    Hey thanks for the nomination, Anna! You are too sweet 🙂

    • annabode
      | 24 March 2015

      You’re welcome Rachel! 🙂

  • Holly
    | 16 March 2015

    Awe, thank you SO much for the nomination, Anna! 🙂 You made my day!!

    • annabode
      | 24 March 2015

      Aw, awesome! Your blog is so beautiful!

  • Kristen
    | 16 March 2015

    Thanks, Anna! This will be fun! Great blogs you’ve shared – thrilled to be one of them!

    • annabode
      | 24 March 2015

      You’re very welcome!!

  • Erin Francois
    | 17 March 2015

    Anna–thanks so much for the nomination! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • annabode
      | 24 March 2015

      You’re so welcome Erin! I’m in love with your blog!

  • Shannon Churchill
    | 17 March 2015

    Congrats Anna! That’s so exciting.:) I love everything about your blog. You’re a natural for sure.:)

    • annabode
      | 24 March 2015

      Aw, thanks Shannon!

  • Alexia @ 2 Sisters 2 Houses
    | 29 March 2015

    Hey Anna!! Thanks so much for nominating us. Loved reading your responses and can’t wait to answer these questions. This is such a great list of new blogs to follow too. Excited to be a part of such a great community of talented women!!

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