Today we would like to introduce you to English the blogger behind Renovating Charleston, a unique blog about her journey to renovate a 100 year old house in Charleston! Read all about English below and make sure to follow along with her blog and Instagram!
1. What inspired you to start a blog and how long have you been blogging?
I have only been blogging for about 6 months. It was never my plan to renovate our 100 year old family home or to start a blog about it.
Renovating Charleston is about the renovation of the home my great-grandparents built in 1915 in the historic Hampton Park neighborhood. It has been in our family continuously since then, but as a duplex and rental property for the past 30 years. It was not a planned decision to take on this renovation, but one my husband and I decided to do shortly after my father passed away.
My inspiration came from a place of wanting to tell the story about the history of the home, the community, my family, the amazing people who touched this project and the unique people and businesses that daily influence the beauty and charm of Charleston. In many ways my blog is a love story. Love of family, love of this City and community, and the desire to share our journey to inspire others to take on adventures that might seem overwhelming and scary. Soon after I started blogging about our renovation project, I realized there are so many stories to tell and resources to share as a result of our journey.
2. What has been your proudest blogging moment?
I have been most delighted when people share with me how much they enjoy reading my blog and how it has sparked their own memories or inspired them to try something new. I have a few favorite blogs that I am really proud of, (The Dimes is one), and when people tell me they love a particular blog, I know that sharing my story is a source of inspiration.
3. What is something you would like to learn more about?
I was born and raised in Charleston. I remember when The Ordinary was the C&S bank, when there was only one Cooper River Bridge, when Hampton Park had a zoo, and when King Street was hardly considered a place to shop. Charleston has transformed through the years but has maintained it’s history, charm, and beauty. I want to continue to learn about the people and small businesses that are continuing to shape this city while sustaining it to be one of America’s Best Cities! (And I want to be a better blogger through social media avenues!)
4. Favorite place to sit and blog in the city?
Since this renovation project has been all consuming, I mentally blog while I am on the job site. I take pictures daily and through that I find my inspiration for my story and title. I come home, get a glass of wine, and start to type it up. I often get my husband’s input, as he is right there with me in this journey. I look forward to being able to blog in Hampton Park, which is one of my favorite places in the city.
5. If you could grab coffee with any blogger who would it be?
Joanna Gaines from HGTV Fixer Upper. She seems so down to earth and I love that she finds beauty in some of the worst looking houses you have ever seen. That was something I struggled with, I just couldn’t see the potential, and I would love to know how she goes about tackling some of the bigger challenges in their projects. She inspires me in how she transforms properties!