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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hanging Out With Erin from House of Turquoise

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I would normally call this an “interview” with the person behind the magic, but Erin Olson, the creator of the fabulous blog House of Turquoise, is so cool and laid back, that it felt like we were old friends just hanging out last week when I had the privilege of meeting her in person for the first time. 

Erin is a Minnesota blogger, like myself, and I have been captured by the gorgeous turquoise eye candy that she continues to share with the blogging world from the first time I stumbled upon her blog.  I first heard about Erin a little over a year ago when my co-worker brought in a local newspaper article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune (a pretty large article, I might add) highlighting Erin’s blog and her passion for all things turquoise.  Known by friends for my own love of all things turquoise, I was thrilled to discover the House of Turquoise and have been hooked ever since.

I met Erin last week at the restaurant Crave at the Mall of America, and what we both thought would be a quick meeting turned into a long conversation about our lives, our loves, and our passions for blogging.  While many of the bloggers I follow live across the country and around the world, for that matter, Erin lives just ten minutes away from me here in the Twin Cities, so I was excited to have the chance to finally meet.  I discovered we had much in common from our age to our height (or lack thereof!) right down to our introverted personalities.  That’s right, we’re both introverts, if you can believe it!  It’s funny how blogging has a way of drawing us out of comfort zone in ways that we might not easily do in person.  Most of all, though, I discovered that Erin is as sweet in person as she comes across on her blog.

As many of you know, the House of Turquoise is an incredibly popular blog in the design world, and, although, Erin claims to have no formal training in design, it’s clear that she has an excellent eye for some of the most beautiful interiors to be found in the designing world…that is, all turquoise interiors, and her finds have drawn in some huge media names, including: House Beautiful, Financial Times of London, The Washington Post, Hgtv.com, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Erin highlights designs on her blog in her favorite shades of turquoise, robin’s egg blue, aqua, sky blue, seafoam green, and ocean bloom – all shades worthy of a blog entirely devoted to showcasing them.

Erin, a lifelong fan of the color turquoise, created the House of Turquoise while spending a year in Germany back in 2007.  What began as a hobby, quickly turned into a fan favorite, and soon Erin found a market of followers interested in not only looking for turquoise inspiration but also in finding turquoise items to make that inspiration a reality in their homes.  To which, Erin responded by creating her website Everything Turquoise, where she daily finds items in the color turquoise so those looking to purchase can do so directly from her site. 

From there, Erin discovered that her followers were interested in other designs and colors as well, so she launched an array of color coordinated websites to meet the interests of her fans, where one can purchase items directly from her sites.  The cool part is that she does all the work for you by finding items to offer that meet the interests of all those looking to redesign and decorate their homes in a color of their choosing.  Her other sites include: Pop of Red, Purple Punch, All Animal Prints, Just Blue and Green, The Chocolate Blues, Pink and Brown Love, D├ęcor Green, Black and White Delight, Everything Turquoise, Bedding Envy, and Pink and Green Scene.  I could spend hours looking through these sites, and there really is a little something for everyone.

Erin is full-time blogger.  Not only is this her career, and a pretty amazing one at that, but it is also her passion.  Be sure to stop by House of Turquoise and wish her a kind hello.  She’s cool stuff, and you won’t be disappointed!

Here are just a few of Erin’s all time favorite turquoise inspirations….

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Are you officially a fan yet?  I thought you might be!

Ciao!


15 comments:

  1. Nikki,
    Thank you, thank you, a million times over for such a wonderful write-up! This is the total highlight of my week! It was such a pleasure meeting you and hanging out, I can't wait until next time! :)

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  2. I LOVE the black, white, and turquoise bedroom! So seductive!

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  3. Black white and turquoise -- all the way. My guest room is black and white and I have always thought of turquoise -- will she or won't she?

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  4. Great rooms. Love the concrete floored room with the turquoise.
    L.

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  5. Con mucho gusto recibo siempre las notas de este blog , me encantan los ambientes que aqui se presentan y sus hermosas convinaciones con los diferentes tonos de turquesa. Es una mezcla de elegancia, confort, pero sobre todo ambientes muy reales para vivir..¡¡

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  6. Thanks for introducing us to Erin! I've been a faithful follower for a long time now and love her quick & inspiring blog! I'm off to check out her other sites now. (love you Erin!)
    and the very first pic of the bed and clock..sigh...
    xoR

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  7. I'm a bit of a chicken when it comes to actually using color. So I loved the idea of the kitchen where the pop of turquoise is the island. That's definitely my speed and an idea I am going to use. Less committment...what does that say about me?! :)

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  8. Great article, Nikki! Also, I love the kids room with the turquoise curtains on the beds. Although, I can't imagine having four kids in the same room! :)

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  9. So fun to hear about the interview! I'm jealous! = )

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  10. Wow those are gorgeous rooms! Love them. Sounds like so much fun meeting up with her! I am off to visit her blog now =)

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  11. okay, you guys are too cute! i have adored you both as bloggers for some time. wish i could have joined you!!! come to sf for an interview anytime :-)

    xo,
    c

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  12. These are wonderful rooms! Thanks for sharing and I love your blog too!

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  13. Just found your blog thanks to House of Turquoise. I'll be back! I absolutely love good calligraphy! Happy weekend...Linsey

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  14. Wonderful interview! Erin is the sweetest girl ever, and I just love her favorite color :)

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  15. Makes one want to head out a grab a bucket of turquoise paint alright!

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