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A Gift for Myself...

One of my goals with this blog has always been 
to underscore the point that decorating isn't limited
to the massive renovations you see on HGTV home shows.
Or the 'before and after reveals' in magazines.

It can be the simple activity of arranging small items 
on small shelves on an office wall or an entry table,
so that you experience the beauty of nature, the season,
and your own creativity EVERY DAY.

In my mind, I've always been focused on showing you how to make small changes
without spending a lot of money
so that your home can reflect the changing beauty of the seasons
and INSPIRE you every day.
(If you haven't read my 'about' page yet, 
hit the 'start here' link up above
to find out why and how HOMEWARDfound came to be...)
Mary Engelbreit, one of my favorite artists,
says 'Bloom Where You Are Planted'...
I say, Decorate the space you have with what you have.
And love it. No matter how small it is.
No matter where it is, or how long it is for.

I've spent the last three years living in two rooms of my parent's home,
thanks to their generosity... and I'll bet you didn't know that about me.
It's a far cry from the gorgeous dream home I had on an island in Washington,
or the many other homes I have been blessed to have lived in over my life.
but I have worked to make the best of it... to love it, no matter how it limits me.

During this time, I have enjoyed creating and sharing ideas and inspiration with you 
here at HOMEWARDfound Decor.
I've employed some very creative tactics to focus on the small details and areas,
rather than offer 'room reveals' and wide shots -
because I simply don't have the space to do that.
I've made use of old photos of my past homes & decor,
as well as creating new projects and products for you to enjoy.
At times, it has been easy. Often, it has been remarkably difficult to continue.
It's been a cathartic and expansive exercise for me, 
 helping me to find myself again, after losing sight of who I was in the face of loss.

Through HOMEWARDfound,
I have been blessed and honored to be published in and write for many magazines, 
to have made and sold my original creations, providing me with an income,
and to have met so many people who are 'my tribe' of decorating-minded people.
It has healed and warmed my heart
to have read your encouraging and kind words in comments here and on facebook,
to have received your support and friendship across the miles.
And I am SO very grateful for each and every one of you,
for choosing to spend some of your time
reading this blog, trying the project tutorials, leaving comments...
it means the world to me.

This year,
I am giving myself a gift...
the gift of peace. time. freedom. acceptance. LIFE.

my word for 2015.

Friends, the time has come for me to stop blogging and facebooking,
to take my life that I have made public off of the social media stage, 
and just LIVE...
to create when I want, for me, and not worry about doing it on a time schedule
or having to edit photos and create graphics and promote posts.
To stop feeling driven to produce and compete for an audience 
in the blogosphere, Pinterest, and facebook.
To stop feeling the need to produce or compete ANYWHERE.

Through my blogs Hummadeedledee, Debi Ward Kennedy retail design,
the Retreat Style blog, and now HOMEWARDfound Decor,
I've been blogging since 2004 - that's ten years.
And I'm just ready to stop, my friends...

I wish you all many creative hours making your homes reflect the beauty of each season
and of your own beautiful personalities...
May God bless and keep you, and may every day bring you cause to
Celebrate life, every day!

With Love, Affection,
and my deepest Appreciation,

 HOMEWARDfound Decor content on the blog and facebook page will remain online, 
with content for every season available to you all year long...
I hope that you continue to enjoy what I've shared here!

All copyrights remain in effect for all content on this blog.


  1. Dear Deb, thank you for all the creativity and inspiration you have shared from your heart and soul! Wishing you a lovely new year filled with an abundance of peace and serenity....and sunshine!

  2. I hope this means you have found yourself and that happiness will be an everyday companion! Thank you for sharing your life and your creativity with so many for so long! Blessings to you as you begin a new phase of your life!

  3. Sounds like you have given yourself permission to grow & be happy. I admire you & congratulate you. If you ever take on private clients to help start a blog, I'd be interested . I need to grow myself and am struck with fear.
    Best Wishes
    Barbara Ann
    etsy.com / shop / barbaraannscreations

  4. Love your blog..but you certainly need to follow your heart, your path!
    Good luck & Happy New Year

  5. Deb, you have given us many gifts, the greatest of these is so much of yourself. I can only imagine that the gift you give yourself now will help you to recharge. You will be greatly missed, your shared creativity a loss to us all. Go with God.... Peace be with you.... Love.... Live.... Be happy.

    very truly,
    Patty Soriano
    Castroville Texas

  6. Wishing you happiness and peace and thank you so much for all that you have shared with your readers!!! You will be missed!!!!!