It’s My Birthday – Let’s Get To Know Each Other!

Happy Birthday Emerald Interior Design

Today is Emerald Interior Design Blogs 4th birthday!

The last 4 years have been a wonderful adventure for me and to all of you that

stopped by to read,

commented,

liked,

tweeted,

pinned,

subscribed,

or shared with friends,

I thank you so much for all your encouragement and support. It really means a lot to me.

While I established Emerald Interior Design in 2008, it was another 2 years before I started blogging. And it was on 2nd October 2010 when the words “Hello World” stared out from my computer screen!

Back then I never thought for a second that anyone would be bothered reading my ramblings. But read you did and to prove it here are some of my stats from the last 4 years:

  • +306,000 Visitors
  • +4,100 Social Media connections
  • +3,000 average monthly re-pins
  • 285 Posts
  • Top 5 countries by visitors: Ireland, UK, United States, Canada, Australia

One of the things I love about blogging is the way you get to connect with people from all over the globe. It’s a weird but amazing friendship where you can form a bond with people without ever having met them.

But even though we’ve a shared interest and are virtual friends in this little community of ours, we don’t know a lot about each other!

So that got me thinking. I saw this post from Camila over at Effortless Style a long while ago and I really liked the idea so I thought I’d give it a go.  It’s a fun little “Getting to know you” Q&A which hopefully will help us to learn a little bit about each other.

It’s only a bit of fun, so don’t worry I wouldn’t dare ask you anything personal 🙂

 Hello doggy, what's your name?   Image from  Les Petites Choses

Hello doggy, what’s your name? Image from Les Petites Choses

Just copy and paste the questions below into the comment section and add your responses.

  1. Current location:
  2. Day Job/Career:
  3. Last purchase for your home:
  4. Favourite place in your home:
  5. Favourite place in the world:
  6. Tea, coffee, wine, spirits or beer:
  7. Decorating Wish List – if money was no object, what design project would you like to do in your home:

I’ll start the ball rolling:

 1. Current Location:  Born and bred in Dublin’s fair city

2. Day Job/Career: Interior Designer/Blogger

3. Last purchase for your home: As many of you know, we have just sold our home and we are looking for a wreck we can renovate. We are living with my mum in the meantime so I’m going through a stage of withdrawals not having bought anything recently 🙁  But I’m happy in the knowledge that soon we’ll have a new home to fill. 

4. Favourite place in your home:  I love entertaining so it would have to be the dining table. That’s where family and friends come together, sit around the table, eat, chat, laugh and simply enjoy each others company.  

5. Favourite place in the world: Pretty much anywhere that big orange thing is in the sky! But I do love the Adriatic coast as the scenery is just stunning, the food is delish and the people are so welcoming.  

6. Tea, coffee, wine, spirits or beer: All of them….. I’m Irish 🙂 But in order of importance coffee, wine, beer, tea, spirits!

7. Decorating Wish Listif money was no object, what design project would you like to do in your home: Please God, I’ll  have a whole new house to redesign soon 🙂 

Now it’s your turn.  I’d love to hear your responses. Again just copy and paste the questions into the comments section and add your response.

Over to you……..

About Karen

My name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.

14 Comments

  1. Hi Karen and happy birthday. I’m a long time reader and first time commentator so hear goes.

    Current location: Denver CO
    Day Job/Career: Full time mommy
    Last purchase for your home: A gorgeous sham for our bed – i love it
    Favourite place in your home: Our sun terrace
    Favourite place in the world: my moms house
    Tea, coffee, wine, spirits or beer: coffee – I need it with 4 boys!
    Decorating Wish List – if money was no object, what design project would you like to do in your home:
    Build a big play den area for my kiddies

    Heres to another 4 years of your blog – I love reading it. Keep up the good work 🙂

  2. Hi Karen, Many Many happy returns of the day. May be I’m little late but its better to be late then never I’m Emmy I live in Lake Mary United sates.

    I work as Interior Designer for a local firm here in Orlando.

    I really love your stuff Keep up the good work Karen… 🙂

  3. Hi Susan, thanks for commenting. I love hearing people enjoy my blog. 4 Boys! they must keep you fit 🙂 Good luck with the play den.

  4. Thanks Emmy. I hope things are going well in the world of Interior Design on the other side of the pond 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

  5. Hi Karen, I love your blog, and I have subscribed to your email updates and love when a new one appears in my email. I hardly ever comment (sorry!!) but this sees like fun – I’ll play along.

    Current location:
    Lucan Co Dublin

    Day Job/Career:
    I work in a IT company in the city centre

    Last purchase for your home:
    We got a new TV a few months ago, does that count 🙂

    Favourite place in your home:
    Curled up in front of the new TV watching soaps lol

    Favourite place in the world:
    I’m a sun person too. We were in Tenerife this year and loved it.

    Tea, coffee, wine, spirits or beer:
    I’m a wine lady 🙂 🙂

    Decorating Wish List – if money was no object, what design project would you like to do in your home:
    Oh if I had the chance I’d tear the whole place apart and start again. I drool looking at all the property tv shows and reading your blog and stuff and I just want to change EVERYTHING in my house! Maybe I’ll win the lotto 🙂

    Keep up the good work!
    Gemma

  6. 1. Current Location: 30 mins north of downtown Los Angeles

    2. Day Job/Career: owner of mobile massage business, sign language interpreter at the local university, occasional pet sitter

    3. Last purchase for your home: I just had a few windows replaced (including 3 that were original to the house from 1950!!!) Sooooo drafty.

    4. Favourite place in your home: All of it, since this is my first home

    5. Favourite place in the world: Ireland

    6. Tea, coffee, wine, spirits or beer: tea, but beer in the summer

    7. Decorating Wish List – Punch out the back wall of this tiny house to expand the livingroom, one bedroom, and add a second bath.

  7. Hi Gemma, – first Dub to respond 🙂

    I’m delighted to hear you’ve subscribed to my blog and that you look forward to my updates. Don’t forget who to call as your designer when you win the lotto 🙂

  8. Good answer Julia with your favourite place in the world 🙂

  9. Hi Karen, nice to meet you! I agree, blogging is an amazing way to connect. Most regulars who comment of my blog I know consider friends and some of them I have actually met in real life. it’s like we can skip the formalities and just chat like you would with any of your real life pals! Happy birthday to your Design business 🙂

  10. Happy Blog Birthday Karen. I love reading you and maybe don’t comment as often as I should. So here goes:

    1. Current location: proud French Dubliner
    2. Day Job/Career: designer/crafter @ La Creature and you
    3. Last purchase for your home: a duck shaped brush to clean my potatoes. But we live in a house we are redecorating as we go and there is still so much to do! So I hope my next purchases will be more important.
    4. Favourite place in your home: my studio / dining room. A beautiful mess 🙂
    5. Favourite place in the world: anywhere with mountains and trees
    6. Tea, coffee, wine, spirits or beer: tea, tea, coffee, tea. Some red wine so I don’t forget my origins.
    7. Decorating Wish List – if money was no object, what design project would you like to do in your home: it could be a long list 🙂 Wood floor all over, new kitchen, garage conversion, new stairs, redo upstairs bathroom, extension at the front so we have a proper mudroom/entrance. That’s all really 🙂

  11. Hi great to meet another Dublin blogger 🙂 Just read your beautiful tribute to Billy Barry. Dublin has lost a legend, she will always be fondly remembered.

  12. Hi Raphaele, thanks for visiting and commenting. I know what you mean about the studio/dining room being a beautiful mess – right there with you 🙂 Good luck with your redecorating plans. Karen

  13. Hi Karen,

    Happy Birthday Karen. I have just discovered your website and blog….. love your photos and and your dog!

    1. Current Location: West Limerick Countryside, Ireland

    2. Day Job/Career: Project Manager

    3. Last purchase for your home: I am giving my hallway a makeover at the moment so I purchased beautiful Laura Ashley wallpaper for the facing entrance wall (Trailing Honeysuckle) – great sale at L.A. at the moment! I purchased a bright yellow colour for the two side walls (mixed Dulux Spring breeze no. 2) which may be a little too bright so I am hoping the wall paper, which has a white backround may calm everything down. Its a little adventure so we will see what happens!

    4. Favourite place in your home: Sitting at my dining table overlooking the garden through the patio doors….. the garden needs a makeover too…. Project 2015 hopefully

    5. Favourite place in the world: West Cork, Ireland

    6. Tea, coffee, wine, spirits or beer: Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon and wine with dinner

    7. Decorating Wish List – if money was no object, what design project would you like to do in your home: I would build a small extension into the garden and knock through my tiny kitchen making it more ‘open plan’.

  14. Hi Deirdre, sorry for the delayed response, I’m only seeing this now. The colour scheme in the hall sounds lovely and fresh. I hope it works out well. Karen

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