Feature Friday: It All Started With Paint

With a blog title like that, you can imagine all the fun stuff you’ll find at Linda’s blog, It All Started With Paint.  Yep, the girl has discovered what many of us in blogland have been crying forth for years.  Paint changes things!  A multitude of flaws and blemishes can be covered with a fresh coat of paint. Whether it is walls, doors, trim floors or furniture, paint is a must for those of us who love improving our homes.

Linda has it going on over at her 6 month old blog and she is sharing all her creativity now with the blogworld.  You can find her complete Home tour here. Linda lives in this really cute older house built in the late-1800’s in the Chicago area, but she’s updated it and it feels fresh and modern.


Her foyer was updated with fresh white board and batten which has been flying around blogland for a few years now. It’s a great way to add some architectural interest to a space without spending a fortune.  I imagine I’ll use this little architectural gem when I get in another house too.  Love the look it gives to plain walls!


See how much more interesting this space is with the molding added?   What a pretty interest.


Love these built-in stained glass windows in the foyer too.  Stained glass is always charming.


She camo’d the radiator here in the foyer too.


This is a pretty peek through from the dining room, I think (or maybe living room).


This too-cute painted rug on the porch is a fun way to greet visitors.  I would definitely notice it if I was knocking on this door.

Family room view


Linda has dark cabinets, but with lighter countertops and backsplash, it feels great.


Mixed with blue on the walls, it definitely feels airy in here.





Check out the pantry door, I believe that is chalk board paint on the front.  Lovely!


Here’s a peek at more board and batten in a powder room renovation that Linda completed recently.  Fresh and airy it is now.


With a swoopy Roman shade, numbers on the wall and a new mirror and light fixture, it looks beautiful.


Linda recently completed a complete redo of her teen son’s room and how cute it is with the bright orange and blues.


Those stripes really set off the room and what young man wouldn’t love hanging out in this room?  That bedding is pretty snazzy too.


Linda had the brilliant idea of making comic book art and these look right at home in a boy’s room.


She rehabbed the light fixture/fan, making it masculine and modern all at the same time.


Probably my fave thing in this room are these curtain panels that Linda whipped up.  Love that shot of black and white at the top edged with bright orange trim  These are so

Thank you Linda for letting me feature you today.  If you haven’t met Linda, I know she would love to meet you too. She’s only 6 mos. old in blog years, but is already making her way around the DIY blogworld with style.

NOTE ABOUT FEATURE FRIDAY:  If you would like to be considered for Feature Friday, please send me an email.  I am sorry I will not be able to respond back to all, but if I think your feature would work for Feature Friday, I’ll be back in touch with you.  I’m limited on how many I can feature, so please keep that in mind.  You can see that I love to feature homes that really express the owner’s personality and style and the pics are good too.  I will only consider pics that are nicely lit and that will work in this series.  Thanks!  You can email me at rhodasouthernhospitality@yahoo.com for consideration!

- Rhoda


  1. Rhoda, thank you so much for making my Friday, my week, and my weekend! It’s just so thrilling to visit your blog and see my home featured!

    Thank you doesn’t seem powerful enough to express my true emotions … all I can promise is that this thank you is truly and deeply heartfelt …


  2. I have been a very happy follower of Linda..She is a very talented and creative person…Her home reflects her talents and ingenuity and she is hysterical to boot!!…Great choice on a feature…she so well deserves it!

  3. I’ve been following Linda’s blog for a couple of months now. She is so creative and her personality shines through her writing. Her house is beautiful and full of so much inspiration! You picked a great one to feature as always Rhoda!

  4. Love her entry! what a great space. p.s. wanted to let you know thanks to your post on hotel liquidation warehouses- I found one here!! but it still didnt have as much awesome stuff as yours-but I did score some lamps that I’ll post on Monday.

  5. Um, this is the president of the Linda fan club.

    We are all about all thing Linda.

    As a matter of fact, I’m working on a t-shirt to sell at Haven. I know it will be a top-seller 🙂

    Seriously, you are a rock star, my friend!


  6. What a fantastic feature! Linda is a maniac I have been following her blog for about three weeks and she rocks it out!!

  7. What a great Feature Friday. Linda has got such talent when it comes to paint …she has even made “orange” work which is quite an accomplishment in my book. We have been bloggy friends for a while now and she wrote a great little post about your comment ethics today, visiting you from her blog.

  8. Wow, I love her kitchen! Especially that pantry door. 😉 What a lovely home. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Your blog is a breath of fresh air!! Love it!! 🙂

  10. Everything Linda touches turns to decorating gold. You can’t keep good talent down and her house proves that.


  11. So happy to see one of my favorite bloggers featured here! Like others, I am in awe of the black and orange boys’ bedroom…and a whole lotta other things. Awesome choice for a Friday Feature!

  12. What a fantastic feature for a fantastic blogger. Linda is one of our biggest cheerleaders and we owe her so much, she’s a witty writer, a gorgeous designer, and an even better friend.
    Whitney – The Rooster And The Hen

  13. Love the powder room, that gorgeous bedroom makeover, the painted porch and that chalkboard door! YUM! Love her style =)

  14. Another of Linda’s adoring fans here! Thanks for the fun feature, Rhoda!

  15. I’ll add to the love fest – I love Linda!

    Not only is she creative and funny, but she’s a great cheerleader and I’m so glad I found her in this giant blog universe!

    Great feature Rhoda – as usual!

  16. Linda did an amazing job! I love her home and her blog. She is so talented!
    Another fan of Linda and Paint!

  17. Rhoda- I love your feature. I’ve been admiring Linda’s house for a few months, thanks for showing it off in it’s best light!


  18. What a beautiful house! Linda has done a fabulous job throughout her home. That kitchen is gorgeous and I’d love her son’s room for myself! The boldness of the blue and orange together is fun. I will pop over to Linda’s blog to see more. Great feature, Rhoda!

  19. What a sweet home. I LOVE board and batten in a traditional home!

  20. I love Linda and I love her blog and I love her home and I love her projects and ….
    I could go on and on. I was so excited to see her featured!
    Thank you for sharing with all of us!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  21. Thanks for sharing another fun feature Rhoda! Linda really has made her 19th century house a home for the 21st century. 🙂

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