Dana's Letter

Last week I sat down at my laptop to get to some emails that I had seen pop up recently. In particular I saw 3 emails in a row from somebody by the name of Dana reading "from Dana in Nashville" as the subject. When I had a few moments to go through them I was completely awe struck. It was such a heartfelt and thoughtful letter, sharing her philosophy and thoughts on decor along with photos of her home. Kindly, Dana has agreed to let me share her email and photos with you.

"Dear Holly,

My mom, an avid blogger follower, sent me your blog post, Fresh Coat Fridays! So much fun!

I wanted to let you know that you have helped inspire me to 'get out of the box' and start exploring creatively....I'm not very technical so I couldn't even figure out how to 'join' your blog, crazy I know.

I have four kids and my husband is a pastor, so my life is already full of interesting people and many challenges. But, love love love to help ladies with their homes, I truly believe that a woman's heart is not complete and secure if she does not love where she lives. And that does 'not' mean it must be grand....or even costly. But she must be at peace with her 'palace'! I want to help her because the world needs her so badly!! There are so many amazing women out there with gifts untapped because they are overwhelmed for a variety of reasons, sippee cups, pull-ups, stress in marriage, financial strain, teenagers beginning to drive (ugh!),disappointment, unmet expectations...the list goes on and on....Life can kill the dream as the song says, however....I know in my heart that her dream is 'still' in there somewhere, the dream of being someone special, influential and unique in this great big world.

I want to inspire women through their homes, even if it's somthing small like painting a piece that she almost threw out! Or completely re-doing a room from head to toe! My inspiration comes from my belief that every girl is a princess.....still......she twirled for adoring audiences as a child, and no matter what her age, she is still twirling for someone to notice her, to love her and to believe in her! My website/or business name will be: My Splendid Home.....I adore the word 'splendid' and I got it from a 14th c. definition of the word 'palace'...which said, 'a splendid dwelling place'....hopefully it will convey a picture of what her home 'can be'....I want to inspire and encourage through personal home design consultation. Because she 'reigns' there, her home is a picture and a reflection of her in so many ways. I want her to know she is not limited....her home does not define her, she defines the home, it does not limit her, it reflects her!!

Bless your heart...sorry I'm rambling on, I could go on and on. I am in the infancy stages of my 'business project' but I wanted to personally thank you for being part of my inspiration to step out and do something daring. This has been marinating in my heart for many years and I am finally taking steps.

It's hard to know where to begin, I just need to 'move'.......

From the great state of Tennessee with it's lovely hills and heartfelt people.....my thanks to you for being who you are and for enjoying life in the fun lane!!!!

I sure hope Dana gets that blog and website up and running soon so we can continue to follow her fabulous decorating and family adventures!!!
Dana's beautiful family
a coffee table that she just transformed
Isn't her home like looking into a dream? It is definitely one of the most inspirational homes I've had the priveldge of seeing recently, and I cannot thank Dana enough for allowing me to share a glimpse with all of you~