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Monday, August 25, 2014

Touring Through Blogland

I was invited to participate in a blog tour by Patti from Pandora's Box. I'm really enjoying the tour, sharing a little about me, and getting to know other kindred spirits who are equally passionate about blogging just like me. Thank you Patti for the invite!
Patti is a retired teacher from New York who loves transforming furniture into extraordinary pieces with her creative touch. I especially love her Mackenzie-Childs inspired furniture makeovers like this black and white harlequin diamond design pretty end table:

When she is not creating beautiful furniture transformations, you will find her busy cooking or baking mouth-watering recipes like this delicious Garlic Chicken:

or baking a yummy zucchini-pineapple-carrot bread:

Patti also featured Jennifer @ Beeutiful By Design. Do stop by and say hello to Jennifer as well!

I'm excited to join the tour today and answer four questions that give my readers a little more insight into With a Dash of Color.

1.What am I working on right now?
Instead of taking on new projects this summer, I have been busy travelling and spending time with my family. We spent the first part of summer exploring the New England area, especially the beautiful sandy white beaches of Cape Cod, and falling in love with the shingle-style architecture of coastal New England:

We just got back from Puerto Rico, where we had an amazing time hiking through the El Yunque tropical rain forest and exploring Puerto Rico's many incredible forts:

In less than a week my husband and I will  be traveling again to Providence, Rhode Island to help my older daughter move into her dorm as she starts her sophomore year of college and after that  it's "back-to-school" for my younger daughter, who is a high school freshman.

2.How does my work differ from others in this genre?
I don't think my work is any different from other creative souls like me who are passionate about interior decor. My style of decor can best be described as an eclectic mix of Country French accents and the earth tone colors of Tuscany. I love mixing toile fabrics, antique furnishings, and rustic details of Country French with Tuscan inspired old-world style decor:

My philosophy to interior design is: A home must be a reflection of who I am and what makes my family and me comfortable. It must be a space that reflects my personality and creates a lifetime of memories.

3.Why do I write or create what I do?
I started this blog in 2011 as an outlet to create and share my passion, interior design, with other like minded bloggers. I enjoy drawing inspiration from other fellow bloggers to create spaces that satisfy my creative spirit and in the process maybe inspire others to do the same.

4. How does your creative process actually work?
My inspirational muse: fellow bloggers. My biggest inspiration comes from other bloggers and the beautiful spaces they create. And of course, Pinterest also provides me with thousands of visually inspiring projects and ideas. I love incorporating natural  elements into my room decor, vignettes, and tablescapes.  Nature's beauty and the changing seasons motivate me to add seasonal changes to my room decor and I absolutely love doing that!

Touring through Blogland continued:

I'm pleased to introduce you to three talented bloggers, who have agreed to join the tour next week.

Lisa is a stay-at-home mom who shares her passion for baking @ Flour Me With Love. Her recipes are always so quick and easy! She makes the most scrumptious, mouth-watering baked goodies. You have got to try her easy and delicious no-bake strawberry lasagna, you won't be disappointed:

Next is Carol from An Oasis in the Desert. She is an avid quilter, sewer, crafter, and is a passionate home decorator just like me. I  love they way she adds seasonal touches to her beautiful Arizona home and makes it so inviting, warm, and cozy:

And finally, it is my pleasure to introduce a newbie blogger all the way from India: Auro from Add that Xtra in the Ordinary. Her beautiful blog inspires me to visit and explore the rich culture and heritage of incredible India! I love her traditional room decor and the many facets of a rich and diverse culture that she shares at her space:

I hope you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for joining me today for the tour. Please visit Lisa, Carol, and Auro next Monday, September 1st, when they will share their own thoughts for this tour.

~Hugs, Poppy~


  1. I love learning more about you and the pictures are beautiful.

  2. I hope you enjoy the rest of your travels this summer!! Sounds like an outstanding time! And such beautiful spaces you have created in your home! Loved learning more about you!! Have a lovely week! Nicole xo

  3. Poppy, great to learn more about you and so happy you were in the tour. We love Rhode Island and our favorite place to visit is Newport!


  4. It was really lovely getting to know you better, Poppy. Again, I apologize for dropping out at the eleventh hour.

  5. Sounds like you've traveled to some wonderful places this summer, Poppy! Enjoyed learning more about you.
    Thank you for your visit and very sweet comments!!
    Mary Alice

  6. Hi…I finally got around to reading this post - It was so nice to get to know you better! Where did you stay on the Cape? I used to live in Hyannisport and will be heading there again at the end of Sept. I was in Puerto Rico last year…Old San Juan is great for "picture-taking" Loved the doors and windows on the bldgs! Is your daughter going to Brown, RISD? I spent many years going "back to school shopping" in Providence! Thanks for the nice comments about me and my blog - Let's stay in touch

  7. Poppy, querida,

    Depois irei conhecer o blog dos seus amigo.

    Adorei conhecer um pouco da história do seu blog.

    Você tem muito bom gosto e eu admiro muito.

    Adoro vir aqui, adoro seus objetos belos e sua decoração.


    tenha uma bela semana,

    Lígia e =^.^=

  8. Looks like you had an amazing summer and your pictures are great!

  9. I agree looks like you had a wonderful summer and as always your pics are gorgeous!!

  10. It was lovely to go through your tour in this lovely post and learning about your style and passion. Thanks a ton for introducing me,though tad bit late in responding to this wonderful gesture.Its much appreciated.



Thanks for stopping by and for your loving thoughts. They make me smile!Hugs~Poppy