In the Fun Lane is well loved around these parts, and for very good reason. She’s sweet, she regularly chats all things home design, and she’s all sorts of adorable. I dare you to flip through her blog and not fall instantly in love. And today we’re counting our lucky stars as we get to learn a littttle bit more. With photos from Jacqueline Elizabeth there’s more lovely where this came from, and it’s all in the gallery.
SMP: Tell us a little about In the Fun Lane!
In the Fun Lane is my happy place! It is where I can talk endlessly about whatever I am passionate about. I would describe it as a blend between lifestyle blog and the diary of a crazy renovator lady.
SMP: What made you decide to start a blog?
My original intentions in started a blog were to document our new house, and my first post was the day we moved in six years ago! I had so many ideas floating around for the long renovation journey we were embarking on and I had no other outlet at the time, but over time it has grown to include much more than inspiration and more of my personal journey into a career in flipping everything from furniture in the early days to houses now.
SMP: What’s one thing you’ve learnt along the way?
I’ve learned that you cannot put a price on your readers! My readers have encouraged me to follow my dreams and I feel so grateful for the push they have given me time and again. I can promise you I would not have realized so many of my dreams (or even thought about pursuing them!) had it not been for my readers. That is the primary reason I made the conscious choice years ago to steer clear of things like sponsored posts and product reviews. My blog is not how I earn most of my income, but because of my blog I have found my calling and true career path.
SMP: If you could go back in time, what would you do differently?
I honestly would not choose to do anything differently on my blog. I respect my readers and the connection we have and that means I share what I can, when I can. The only I wish I have is that I had more time to dedicate to my blog, with a young child and my own business it can be a tough juggling act. But my readers are amazing in that they would rather see one or two posts a week with interesting content than have me pump out a post a day with shopping guides or other various filler posts. I prefer to be genuine and only post things I am actually doing, seeing, buying.
SMP: One piece of advice you’d give to a blogger just starting out?
Be yourself, find your own voice and don’t feel pressure to compare your blog or content to any of the most established blogs. Trying to keep up with blogs that have full teams of contributors will not only wear you out but it won’t show your true personality. Readers want a connection, not more content!
SMP: Your most embarrassing blog moment?
Jumping on the link party bandwagon back in the day. It just wasn’t me and when I kept forgetting to post on the right day I had to give in and let it go. I am not one to quit easily so it was embarrassing to go back and tell my readers that the weekly link up was over.
SMP: What was the tipping point in your business that made you feel your blog was going to thrive?
When I started having people tell me that they looked forward to my posts or missed when I didn’t post I felt like I was doing something right. I never really looked at my blog as my job, but as my outlet for what I was pursuing at the time and to hear from readers that I encouraged them to pursue something in their life was more than I could have ever hoped to achieve with my blog.
SMP: What color do you think will stand the test of time?
White. I know it is so ‘in’ right now, but as someone who sees a LOT of houses both old and new I can tell you that it is pretty much the only colour that doesn’t immediately date a house. It is a blank canvas to whatever personality you want to inject in a space, or the fact that it is a blank canvas can be your look. I love how freeing and unlimited the possibilities are.
SMP: One thing you simply can’t live with out?
My camera. I didn’t even know I like photography until my husband bought me a DSLR about 6 years ago and I’ve had so much fun learning how to take good photographs and capturing special moments or even just daily life in a creative way.
SMP: Three things every stylish homeowner should have?
One or two nice candles, a piece of original art that speaks to who they are, and at least one plant or fresh flowers in a room.
SMP: Your favourite online design resource?
I love reading blogs for my inspiration! As much as I love magazines and books, I prefer to see home from regular people who are trying to make their space stylish on a real budget. It is incredible what you can accomplish with a smaller budget and some creativity!