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homewardfound's impact:

"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."
Monet Keitzman November, 2013


"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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I'm the girl power, creative engine and homewardfounder
 - designer, decorator, writer + creative artist Debi Ward Kennedy

I design, create, and share diy seasonal home decor projects.
I have fun bringing ideas to life using paint, paper, fabric, sweaters,
and 'stuff' that is already around the house
to create new elements that don't come from a store.
I am inspired by nature's beauty - and love bringing it indoors,
every season of the year. 

I love sharing simple ways to decorate seasonally
so that you can see your stuff, your rooms, your home, in a new light.

I share original DIY seasonal decor ideas + tutorials
to help you create a home you love to live in!


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!!!)

My mom was my earliest inspiration. she's 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 then 
taping each one 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.

That's where my decorating philosophy of 'Fast, Cheap, & Easy' began
and was honed over nearly 50 years working as a creative professional...

As a retail display designer & stylist 

At vintage shows, winery events, gift shows, retail boutiques, and Disneyland -
including designing some award-winning show booths and store designs.
( I just officially retired on January 1, 2024! )

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,
participating in vintage shows, craft shows, and running retail shops.
Debi Ward Kennedy Visual Design creating store design plans and product displays
for small and corporate businesses - including Disneyland.

Contributing my own regular column in shelter publications
As a contributing columnist & writer for Creating Vintage Charm and FOLK magazines
and Joyful Home & Life online,
focusing on creating seasonal decor on a budget.

Writing regularly for national business 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,
on the subject of retail visual design & display.

Creating a six-video series for retailers
For the Gift & Home Channel (see them on my YouTube channel)

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

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

Thank you for joining me here and on social media!

creatively, deb

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 - 2024.