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Monday, September 1, 2014

Blog Tour

I would like to say Thank You to 

Miss. Tina {What We Keep} for inviting
The French Pressed Home to be a part of this fun blog tour.

I don't feel worthy! 
Lately, my pictures {and content} have been lacking
especially since I've been camera-less and my hands have been stuck to caulking guns and paint brushes.

Thank you Tina.

You have become one of my Blog Author BF's!
I love a girl with some SASS!

 Okay, let's do this!

1. What am I working on?

Lately, it's been the house.


Last year we bought our fixer that was a 
2 bedroom, 2.5 bath and have converted it
to a 4 bedroom, 3 full bath without adding square footage
{I know a guy that performs miracles like that}.


It's been a long renovation year but I see light
at the end of the tunnel!
It won't be long before the remainder 
of the house is complete.
When we order flooring,
then I'll know it's almost time to relax and enjoy.

I am also working on (re)launching my business
since closing it before we moved.
I have had the hardest time making a decision
 between a Brick and Mortar 

{The cutest store in town}

 or working from home, doing
juried shows and planning for the next phase.

The latter of the two has won out.

It has taken longer than anticipated but there's been this big thing called THE HOUSE that has taken over my creative hands lately.

In the near future we will be building a studio in the back 40
{a glorified shed} so I have a place to work.
It'll be going behind the clothesline with a view to the woods.

My business boxes have yet to be opened since
packing them over a year ago.
How sad is that?!

Since my boys have started school, my hands have become extremely itchy!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I think I am a little different because I am not a
 Shabby Whites kind of girl.
I LOVE Shabby but am drawn to the "dark" side.
I love French. 
I love to paint furniture black. 
A room full of black is a turn off but
if you have just that one piece... WOW!

{Yes, I did this!}

I'm a Toile fanatic but in controlled doses.
I like refined but worn.
Country living with a French twist
is my favorite style. 

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

My blog started as a creative outlet. When I lived in CA,
I loved to blog about places to see and shop. I blogged about
upcoming shows, Barn Sales, what I was working on and sharing my home.
In the past year, it's been mostly about the renovation on the house and a little bit about where we live.

It will evolve to something more and now that I have 
uninterrupted time, I can focus and hone my skills, both writing and photographing.

I love doing what I do because I love pretty things.
Not just things, I like creating comfortable places that make
you want to sit and stay a while. 

4. How does your writing/ creating process work?

Writing: By my mood.
I am a sassy pants by nature.
In my writing, I will throw some 
tongue-in-cheek in there because there's nothing
greater than making someone laugh, chuckle or smile.

Some people don't get my sense of humor
but that's okay, I can be serious when need be.

Creatively: I am inspired by the European way of life.
 Visiting the Countryside of Italy really did me in.

Moving to the South {for me} is the closest thing to 
living off the land and hanging on to things from the past.

I am inspired by the history of the old homes we live among,
the history of our Country and being able to see and touch
all of that. 
{This is where the Bonnie Plant farm started!}

We didn't have so much of this kind of history, 
living in CA.
There's nothing quite as inspiring than rubbing your hands on a piece of architecture that is crackled from years 
of weathering and layers of paint. 

I am not lying when I say it is breathtaking being here.
There's a huge difference between reading about something
and standing before it and feeling it. 

Now that's enough about me!
I had a heckuva time trying to find willing participants to continue the tour but I finally got one taker!

Meet Teresa {and Sophie} from

Teresa and I have been blog buddies for a long
time and her decorating is over the top!
Sophie is her little cutie that loves to steal the show.

Here's a little taste of 1800 Farmhouse Rd

How inspiring now that September is here,
don't ya think?


  1. Hi Amber- I am back from my blogging break and it is nice to see you here. For some reason I thought you had changed your blog name a while back? Anyway- the house is looking great. You have come a LONG way!!!! Do you ever hear anything from Sandy (the seamstress that was moving)? xo Diana

  2. Amber, it's nice to meet you. Thanks for taking the Tour and sharing with us. I participated a few weeks ago. It's fun!
    Moving from CA to the south is a big difference. I love French country style, so am eager to go take a look around your previous posts. Enjoy the day!

  3. Hi Amber-
    I tried earlier today to leave you a message but it wouldn't go through. I am trying again! Your house looks great! Your hubby has done a great job as have you. What fun! Looks like a different place altogether.

    I thought you had changed your blog name...but glad to see this one active as I could not remember the other one. Have you heard anything from Sandy (the seamstress that was moving).

    Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day- xo Diana

  4. Hey there! First, let me say thanks for such sweet comments/compliments about me and my little Sophie. I should have already said thanks...but I just completely forgot about my manners. I love what ya'll have done with the house so far, and...you look all dollish and cute beside the big chicken. I will shoot you an e mail a little later and explain why you didn't hear from us over the holiday week end. You will die laughing when you hear what I did. Anyhoo, have a great week end, and thanks again.

  5. Congratulations Amber.....such Autumn loveliness!


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