Getting to Know: Michelle of Second St. East

Today we're featuring a new-to-me blogger and budding interior decorator, Michelle of Second Street East! We connected on twitter, and I've been reading through the archives of her adorable blog ever since. Like me, she began designing for people online after friends saw her great taste on her blog. I hope you enjoy getting to know her even better, and be sure to swing by her blog for shopping tips and cute interiors.

1. When did you start blogging, and what is your favorite thing about it? I started blogging about a year ago to update friends and family (Ok, my mom) on renovations and decorating that my husband and I were doing to our VERY outdated home and my favorite thing about it is developing relationships with other bloggers. There are so many amazing and talented women in this community and I am so lucky to be a part of it!

2. Do you get to network much in your city? What exciting design things are happening in Kansas City?

I am still working on this one since I moved to Kansas City a year and a half ago. It is actually one of my goals for this year. I recently did a lunch with five other Kansas City bloggers, which was so much fun. My favorite place to shop in the area is the River Market Antique Mall. I love mixing old with new and think every room deserves a touch of vintage for added character and the place is HUGE! Three stories full of treasures!

3. How did you begin your design work?

I started designing rooms after a few friends asked for help with their places. After working with them, I fell in love with design and received a lot of encouragement so Second Street East Interiors was born. I am hoping to be able to do it full time someday.

4. What are some of your favorite interior design trends going into 2011?

Two of my favorite trends right now are bold walls (wallpaper, stenciling, decals) and of course, as I mentioned earlier, old mixed with new.

5. What design trends do you think are tired and ready to phase out?

This is hard to answer simply because what has been in the in the blog world for a while is still trickling down to the mainstream. So what I have seen for a while or think is tired, clients love and are asking for! But to not avoid the question, I am getting a little tired of the "Keep Calm and Carry On" prints and every version in between. I feel like I can't search for art on Etsy without running into 50 different versions. Keep calm and carry a wand??

6. Name 5 simple pleasures

1. Eating a delicious meal with my husband 2. Clean sheets 3. Starbucks Chai Tea Latte for winter or Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade (passionfruit) for summer 4. Sleeping in on a rainy day 5. Getting a package or letter in the mail

7. What's your go-to source for creative inspiration?

Blogs hands down. It blows me away at all of the talent and creativity that is floating around online. I am inspired every day when I sit down to go through my list of favorites!

8. As a newlywed, any tips on meshing your style with your man?

Don't ask don't tell policy!! Just kidding!! I would say my best tip is to compromise and find out what really matters to him. For example, in our living room my husband really only cared that the couch was comfy and that he had a leather recliner. After that, he was down with pretty much anything. Even the orange horse lamps!

9. What has been your favorite home DIY project you've taken on?

Definitely the dining room table my husband and I built together but another is in the works that I think will become my favorite!

10. What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up at 5:45 (ouch!) and go to my regular job until about 5. I then come home, read my blog roll and answer e-mails usually while eating dinner. Afterward, I either work on client projects or the house. It isn't too exciting at this point, but I am hoping this will change soon!

I'm sure it will, Michelle, if you keep going at the same rate. I'm especially impressed by the table! Thanks for joining us here today.

All photos by Michelle except the one in question #4, which is from West Elm.