A blogger’s goodbye & 2020 plans

It’s time to say hello to 2020 … and goodbye to this blog.

Well, not entirely. I have two big projects this year, and I plan to report on them on this website. Plus, I need to keep the site live as a point of contact and info for next year’s Historic Homes for the Holidays tour.

But as far as posts about small house projects and how-tos and those kinds of things, it’s sayonara. I’ve been thinking about making this change for many, many months as I’ve been asking myself, “What are you doing with your time?”

This blog has been a glorified hobby for me. I’ve never made a cent from posting here. It has eaten so many hours, and there’s a more sinister concern for me too: It’s difficult to talk about house stuff, more specifically your own house stuff, without coming off as superficial or snobby. This feels particularly true with readers who know you just a little—like they know you in real life but don’t really know your personality or your standards. They’re trying to figure out who you are, and when you write mostly about “pretty things,” it can seem shallow. I get it.

But I do not regret this blogging thing one bit. I started the blog 3.5 years ago, and since then I “saved” a historic home, giving an old house a whole new lease on life complete with new guts and pretty finishes (see the before and after here). She should live on for another 85 years now that I’ve had my way with her, and I’m proud of that.

Along the way our house was featured nationally here, here, and here, which brought even more attention to preservation. I didn’t expect the coverage, but I welcomed it because the bottom line is this: Old houses matter. They deserve respect. I will always advocate for historic preservation.

I also hosted two historic-home tours that raised more than $21,000 for a local charity. Through that I met like-minded owners of historic houses and many of you—truly, those tours would have been major flops without you readers and without those homeowners. So thank you. The new friendships and acquaintances have been a true delight.

I think my priorities shifted hard with the whole “Preserve South Boulevard” thing. I caught the bug for being more community minded, and I want to use my spare time for stuff that benefits a broader spectrum of people. And after the events of the last month, I am more convinced than ever that it’s time to look outward, not inward. It’s time to find causes to support and people to build up, and I want to pursue that instead. I also want to focus more on family—lots more.

To be very clear, I still think making your home beautiful is important—like, really important. We all deserve to love where we live, no matter the size or budget. When we are surrounded by beauty, we blossom.

But you can get that inspiration from other sources, and I’m going to spend my time chasing a few crazy ideas outside the internet. This shift will trickle down to my Instagram presence too. I’ve already cut it out almost entirely, and I feel free. Let’s call a spade a spade and admit that IG is addicting and most often a waste of time. For me it definitely has been.

I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing in June or November or next January, but this blogging experiment has been fun. I want to say a big thank you to those who’ve read, those who’ve commented, and those who’ve cheered me on. I look forward to seeing you occasionally on Instagram and on this site, but until then, I hope you too are analyzing your life and figuring out how best to spend your time. Because we all have a limited amount of it, and we need to make it count.

All my love,

Rebecca •

9 thoughts

  1. Oh! Part of me is so sad, but the other half of me gets it. I feel like I had so much more spare time before phones had apps. Good luck with your endeavors in 2020.

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  2. I feel the same as the above reader. I love your content and design eye. But I totally get it. The internet world can sometimes get in the way of our real world.

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  3. Good for you! Thank you for sharing your time and talents for as long as you did! Especially for helping me with my exterior house design, we have finally broke ground, I’d love to send you pictures when it’s done. Even though I don’t know you, I have never ever thought of you as shallow. Your house is beautiful and your personality and soul shine just as bright through your words and projects. I hope you post once in a while on Instagram ;).

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  4. Rebecca, I don’t know you but have enjoyed getting to know you through your blog. I love old homes as well and thoroughly enjoyed the two Christmas home tours. I understand your shift in priorities. I will miss your posts. Thank you for the joy you have shared through your blog and best of luck in your new pursuits.

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  5. Hi Rebecca,

    As a young first time homeowner (and a historic homeowner at that!), I’ve so appreciated your insight, keen design instinct, and enthusiasm for preserving beautiful old homes. In one of your earlier blog posts, you mentioned that good things come with time—something I very much needed to be reminded of when I read that post. Sometimes, the working, waiting, and saving to fix up and decorate our old lady of a house has been frustrating (but the journey has been fun!) Thank you for sharing your design gifts here for as long as you did. Best wishes for 2020!

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  6. I’m procrastinating a big work deadline for just a few minutes……so I figured I’d check in on your blog to see what insightful post you’d written of late and how your brother is doing. I must confess I’m sad to read this post because your blog is one of the few I read on a regular basis. I’ve read so many of your posts–always thoughtful, always beautiful, never shallow. I love the variety of subjects you muse over and always find your content uncannily aligned with both my opinions and taste. So thank you for providing such a refreshing combination of realistic and shrewd perspective with such a keen appreciation for the beauty and design of our surroundings.

    That said, I greatly respect what you are prioritizing, and in a life of finite time and energy, the spotlight must shift if we want to illuminate new avenues. “The way we spend our days, is the way we spend our lives.” Thank you for being generous with your time and many talents, and I’m thrilled for whatever future people or causes will be the lucky beneficiaries of your newly channeled passion!

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  7. Hello! I’ve just stumbled onto your blog, more than a year after you closed it. I’ve just loved reading through it and seeing the transformation of your house; it’s just beautiful.

    My grandmother was born in Idaho Falls, as was her father. Her mother was born in Lincoln. I have never been myself and I live on the other side of the continent, in another country (Canada). I really would like to take do a western car tour one year, starting in Idaho Falls, down through Salt Lake City, Vegas and finish in L.A. before heading home. I’ve recently become interested in seeing my family’s roots. They were immigrants from England and ended up in southeast Idaho after landing in Utah. To be honest, I grew up with a somewhat negative image of the area as my mother didn’t seem to appreciate the connotations associated with our family’s religious background. I actually grew up in an irreligious environment and only remember hearing talk of it once in a great while. I do have some memories of a certain book hanging around on a shelf, and I once asked my grandmother what it was and she said “never you mind”. I regret not having had the same curiosity then as I do today. My great grandmother died when I was 13 and she grew up in the Idaho Falls area when it was a nascent community of pioneers. I know she and my great grandfather lived on First Street, and my great great grandfather had a blacksmith shop on Eastern Avenue. I hope to come and see the place in person soon.

    I’m also rather obsessed with built heritage, as you seem to be. My previous home was an 1852 farmhouse that I adored. It was a quite a lot of work to keep up and is now in more capable hands. My new one is a slightly younger 1941 home and while I do like it, I think the 1920s-30s are my favourite era. Your house really marries the old and new so well.

    I’m not sure if you continue to monitor this site but I’ll just keep on enjoying it for the time being.

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