All About Us

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We are:

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Amy & Christy

 

Thank you for visiting us at 11 Magnolia Lane. We are Christy and Amy, two long-time friends who share an interest in decorating our homes, tackling DIY projects, organizing our homes and lives and entertaining friends and family. For more than five years we’ve been sharing our projects here at 11 Magnolia Lane.

You can tour our homes HERE.

Read our five-year anniversary post HERE.

Thanks for visiting, if your curious here is the story behind 11 Magnolia Lane….

Our little blog started with three friends who joined creative forces to start a website…You can see part of our original gang–Terry, the brunette, pictured with us below. Terry has returned to event planning and isn’t blogging currently but you’ll still find her posts in our archives.

 

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So here is how it all began….

I, Amy, started a {different} blog as part of my event graphic design business in 2009. Whenever I did a project for a wedding or event, I posted it on my little blogspot blog. Most of my followers were my supportive friends. I met Terry during that time, as our sons were in preschool together, and since she is an event planner there was an instant connection. We started working on weddings and events with our respective businesses, quickly becoming close friends as well. We soon needed to create a website/blog to promote the wedding and charitable event work we were doing together. As we tried to think of a name for the site, we both decided we liked the southern motif and were kicking around using “Magnolia” in the name of the event business.

At the same time, I was reading “party/event” blogs for my business, which quickly led to reading home blogs {there were fewer at that time} and I was instantly hooked. After all, I love to work on my house as much as I love to entertain! It occurred to me at the time how segmented the blogs were—there wasn’t much crossover at the time between the party/event blogs and home décor/DIY blogs– and the idea hit me to recruit some talented friends to create a magazine-type blog covering all those things like-minded people want to read about.

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I have known Christy since my first day of college when– thankfully –the computer assigned us a roommates. We couldn’t be better matched as far as our tastes {y’all probably notice similarities in our decorating, and we tend to reconvene after separating while shopping to find the exact same items in our baskets!} and have stayed close friends in the years since our college days though we haven’t lived near each other since that time. Each time I visited her I could see how talented she was at decorating her home and entertaining her house guests.

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As luck would have it, about the time this type of magazine-type blog idea was kicking around in my head, Christy and family had just moved into this stunning home in North Carolina. Each time I visited her I felt like the world needed to see how lovely not just the home was, but the creative ideas she used to decorate and keep her family organized. Before too long, I roped her into joining up with Terry and me to work on this little blog. Her pretty house became our initial “brand” and we used a {made up} address of 11 Magnolia Lane, liking the concept of the house and our readers being our welcomed guests.

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We sort of played at blogging our first few months, just posting when we felt like it, making a few connections in the blog world and having fun with it. Most of our friends and families probably didn’t even know we were doing it, but it was fun for us.

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Things suddenly changed for me when my husband was unexpectedly transferred across the state shortly after we got the blog rolling. This admittedly threw my life into chaos–I had to close my design business, halt the event work Terry and I were doing, unexpectedly sell our house, find a new house, and start completely over in a new area. Terry was working on a major event about the same time and Christy was also moving, {since she is military she rolls with it better then I did!} so we all pulled away from the blog in the summer of 2011, not really thinking or knowing if we’d continue working on it. {Note: that summer was the time Christy remade her new kitchen which eventually got published in Better Homes & Gardens Kitchen & Bath Makeovers, lest you think grass grows under her feet!}.

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I suppose after awhile we all missed blogging; after all, we’re pretty Type A girls so we constantly have projects going, and a blog provides great motivation to keep going, going, going! By fall of 2011, we got back to posting again. I had plenty to share about the house we’d just finished having built, Christy was quickly completing makeovers on her new home  and pretty soon we were back in the swing of it all.

In the spring of 2012 we planned a weekend to meet up in person to get better organized and get some photography of the three of us done. We had a great time that weekend, came back with renewed energy, and suddenly 11 Magnolia Lane became not just a hobby, but a business.

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Fast forward a few more years later–a few new homes, a few Haven conferences, amazing sponsorships and growth opportunities. We never knew this fun creative outlet would turn into a business {you can read more on that HERE} but we love every minute of it.

Thanks to all of you who read us, and especially take time to interact with us via comments, email or on Facebook. As bloggers we all have many, many days where we think—“What am I doing posting my pantry on the internet??? This is totally nuts!” But we enjoy the relationships that we’ve built online and it’s been fun to be a part of this virtual community.

Did I answer anything you might be wondering? If not, please leave questions in the comments. As always, thanks for stopping by!

XO,

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Please contact us at 11magnolialane@gmail.com, or follow us on social media using these links:

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Comments

  1. love the oyster shell necklaces would like to know how to find them.

    • You can buy directly from them on Instagram @3littlebeads. They used to have an Etsy shop but have put it on hold while they’re setting up their own website. Hope that helps!

  2. Peggy Lang says:

    Christy,
    My mom and I love this table but we know the link was posted in 201. We were wondering if there is any way we could locate this piece. Thank you!
    http://www.11magnolialane.com/2014/11/13/new-hallway-gallery-wall-console-table/

    Sincerely,
    Peggy

  3. Hey there,
    I was on the hunt for some info about web and graphic designing tools and found your post
    http://www.11magnolialane.com/2015/03/18/how-to-design-graphics-to-brand-your-small-business-or-your-blog/.
    Great stuff!
    I thought I’d reach out to you because I just put together a big roundup post on The Top 3 Most Effective Graphic Designing Tools on which 54 expert designers have contributed.
    Would it be OK to pass it along? I’d love to get your opinion on it.
    Either way, keep up the good work with 11magnolialane.com.
    Thanks!
    Cathy

  4. laura walden says:

    I’m interested in the photo under the heading mason jars: where did you find those vertical hanging clips for storage of single snacks? Those are really nice and remind me of a retail store or food outlet. Although it’s late in the year, My pantry shelves could benefit from those for single serve items we buy for lunch packing.

  5. When you painted your kitchen backsplash, what specific behr paint did you tint to match BM white dove? Was it paint and primer in one or a different behr paint?
    thanks!!

    • Leila–I used their gloss oil-based paint. Not sure if that’s still available since most oil-based paints have been outlawed, but they can help you choose a good substitute for painting tile. Primer wasn’t included in the paint back when I did this project; you’ll see that the first step was using Zinser primer (I still recommend that). Hope that helps, Christy

  6. Kristina says:

    Love your website! Do you give ‘how to’ details for some of your makeovers (specifically, the kitchen hutch)? I have one my father built 60-70 years ago, stained in walnut. I would like to modernize it to go with our home – paint it white (or close to). But I am stumped on where to start. Love the way yours turned out. Thanks again…will be visiting your site often!

  7. your story is so neat how it all came together! I absolutely LOVE how beautiful your blog posts are. i just launched my blog today (with much help to justagirlandherblog & buildingaframework’s advice haha) and i’m loving getting to see all the different pretty ways people post and the way their voice is in their writing. yours is so easy to follow and enjoyable to read! I can’t wait to read more! Do you have any advice for a new blogger?

    • Hi Apryl, just be yourself, post consistently, and write about what you love. It takes a while to get established but blogging is such a fun way to connect with people and a great creative outlet. Best of luck!
      Amy

  8. I just the white office room you created. Do you know any stores that carry this look?

  9. Interesting reading how you started your business. Many very successful companies have been started with people just like you following their passions in doing what they like to do.

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