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Thank you for visiting the homewardFOUND diy home decor blog!

homewardFOUND is a place where all who love to decorate - but are on a 'time and money budget' - 
will find inspiration to express their creativity through simple & affordable decor in their homes. 

HOW? By using stuff that's been... stuffed.... into closets and drawers and garages. 
Forgotten stuff. Collected stuff. Hand-me-down stuff. Stuff from thrift stores. 
Let's "Shop The House" and USE that stuff!
Let's look at it all from a fresh perspective, using our creativity to see it in a NEW WAY!
that's kinda' my thing - re-purpose. re-use. re-imagine.
i hardly ever use things the way they are intended to be used!

It's about creating your own style at home - every season of the year
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What people are saying about homewardFOUND:

"Found objects turn into home decor for every season in the hands of stylist, writer, and artist Debi Ward Kennedy. homewardFOUND inspires others who like to decorate on a time-and-money budget to discover new creative direction."
~ Beth LivesayRomantic Homes Magazine February 2013

"I want to tell you how inspirational I find your blog! Your happy, down home, God driven world view is so refreshing!! There is always some gem in there for me. If I'm ever feeling blah, your writing often gives me that kick to throw on an apron and refocus on my husband, family and home. Thank you for that!!"
~ Mary Breen DeVries September, 2014
 
"Your writing and creativity inspire me so much in my own home decorating! In fact this year, thanks to your inspiration, I have added more of my lost love of vintage items in with my love of modern/contemporary. So I now have a wonderful eclectic look to my home."
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Monet Keitzman November, 2013
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"I think you're sharing great and wonderful tips for people - real people. And I love that you're stressing using every day items. It makes stylish decorating possible for everyone!"
~ Michelle Litell, MyChimelle Designs October, 2012 
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the girl power and creative engine behind homewardFOUND ('the homewardFOUNDer'!)
is professional writer, decorator, + visual designer Debi Ward Kennedy

learn where my passion for creative decorating came from in this post 

my entire life and career have been spent in the exercise of creativity...

as a kid who surrounded herself with art supplies,
won a city-wide art contest at age ten,
and started a newspaper at her school in fourth grade. 
(they're still publishing it, too!!!)

as a retail display designer & stylist for over 45 years

at vintage shows, winery events, gift shows, retail boutiques, and Disneyland!

as founder & owner of creative businesses
Paint the Town, Red! designing & painting murals and a line of home furnishings
Retreat Home designing & creating home decor products from vintage and 'found' materials

with my own regular column in publications
as a contributing columnist & writer for Creating Vintage Charm and FOLK magazines
and Joyful Home & Life online

writing regularly for national publications
Entrepreneur, Design Sponge, Vintage Indie, SHEknows Canada,
Broadway & Thresher, Country Business, Gift Shop Retailer, One Coast Retailer,
Smart Retailer, Gift Beat, Snap*Retail, Puget Sound Business Journal + affiliates,

creating a six-video series for retailers
for the Gift & Home Channel

speaking about retail design and home decor
at conferences, seminars, and events
for national gift shows, industry conferences, and vintage shows

...and it all started in my childhood!
when I was a kid, my mom was the one in the neighborhood
who painted the front door of our brown & white house BRIGHT ORANGE -
then planted orange marigolds in orange-painted window boxes & planters in the front yard.
she spent a full week decorating our house for Christmas each year.
and Easter. and Halloween. and summer.
clearly, my passion for decorating is in my DNA!

I've really ALWAYS loved to decorate, letting nothing stop me...

I once spent my allowance on crepe paper printed with flowers - then spent days cutting out every last flower.
I taped each one of those flowers to the walls in my bedroom,
because I wanted wallpaper and my Mom said no!

early on, I figured out that I could get the effect I wanted
with effort and imagination, instead of money.

and that's where my decorating philosophy of 'Fast, Cheap, & Easy' began!

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thank you for joining me here for a journey
of creativity, imagination, play, and inspiration. that's why i blog!

i blog because i love sharing inspiring, fun, accessible diy ideas.
i blog because i love to make things, and take photos, and write stories.
i blog because i love the connection, encouragement, and camaraderie of
an amazing creative community - the makers AND the readers! 

i'm an old gal (59) with a young spirit (25?!) who loves to share inspiration.

i'm not trying to keep up with trends or other people.
i don't have ads, i don't monetize my blog, i don't sell things (very often).

homewardFOUND is not a business - but it IS a brand, 
and you best believe that i protect it.

occasionally, i take a break and stop blogging. not normal, i know.
sometimes life just demands that i focus on one thing at a time.
sometimes i lose my creative mojo and need to step back to re-set.
i'm just being me. hoping to help you be you.

thanks for continuing to visit!

all content on this blog is the original (unless otherwise credited) property of 
homewardFOUND and Debi Ward Kennedy|Deb Kennedy, 
protected by copyright + trademark 2012 - 2021.