My friends, today I unleash upon you the joy that is Leah of Only Partially Insane. Leah's blog is a mix of style and home decor with a healthy dose of celebrity snark (her open letter to Robert Smith of The Cure will have you HOWLING). I have always found Leah to be a very unique and fun person, and I think you will too... enjoy.
What is the name of your blog?
Only Partially Insane
How long have you been writing your blog?
About 3 years-ish.
What blogs do you read on a regular basis?
Design*Sponge, Decor8, Perez Hilton, Oh Joy!, Jurgen Nation, Stepping Over the Junk, Sarcomical, SF Girl By the Bay, Posie Gets Cozy, The Superficial, Stellargirl Returns (of course!), Apt 2024 and Blankbaby.
What is your favorite shop in Philadelphia?
Well, my favorite shop is actually not in Philadelphia. It's somewhere out in the Lansdale area. It's a thrift store called Care-n-Share. There are 3 separate parts to it....a furniture shop, a clothes shop, and a housewares shop. They have the best stuff. But I have to admit that I also love me some Target!
Describe your dream job.
My dream job would probably be working for myself doing interior design consulting / home staging & photography. In fact that is something that I'm thinking about starting as a freelance side business in the very near future. My own house can't really take any more re-decorating so I need to funnel that energy into something useful. Space planning & interiors has always been something that I did...even as a little kid. My grandma likes to tell the story of how when I was three years old I re-decorated the entire Christmas tree because I didn't think the ornaments were arranged properly.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
I draw my inspiration from creative, imaginative people....and most of those people are my friends. I admire them more than most of them know.
What do you think are the cheapest/quickest ways to improve the look of a space?
Two things actually... 1) De-clutter and organize. We all own too much stuff....so if you really take stock of what you have you'll find that you probably own about 20% too much. By removing the excess, your space immediately seems bigger and less messy. 2) Re-paint. Nothing looks worse than dingy walls, water stains, ugly paint, or white walls everywhere. It's cheap and easy to do.
If money were no object, what kind of home would you live in and where would it be?
For me it's really not about money and price....it's about style and location. I'm in love with 1930's craftsman cottages. Particularly if they have wide front porches and involve some stonework. I'm not particular about the location as long as it's on a quiet, tree-lined street and has easy access to things. I love the city, but I'm a small town girl at heart. The older I get the more I miss lots of trees and manicured lawns....something you find in very old neighborhoods. Currently my favorite neighborhood is parts of Mt Airy and Chestnut Hill. I could NEVER imagine myself living in any place that had been built after the 1940's. That's probably as new as I could go.
What do you love about your dogs Simon & Nigel?
I love EVERYTHING about them. They're warm and snuggly, smart and adorable. They're one of the best things about my life right now.
If you had your own TV show, what would it be called?
Holy Crap! She's got a TV Show!