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A local blogger shares fabulous finds

John Bessler

I’ve always loved interior design. In fact, as a child, I was that cliché little girl who spent countless hours rearranging the dollhouse my father made for me. Three years ago, my husband and I began a renovation of our ten-year-old colonial home in Pound Ridge, while simultaneously decorating our newly acquired, yet very dated, ski condo in Vermont. Excited, but also overwhelmed, I quickly turned to magazines and design blogs for ideas and inspiration. Ultimately, for our home renovation, I enlisted the help of Greenwich interior designer Lauren Muse. For the Vermont project, I relied on myself and my laptop.

It didn’t take long for me to become fully immersed in the online world of design and décor blogs. While each blog expresses the unique perspective and vision of its author, they all share an infectious passion for good design. As an avid devotee, I discovered great finds, like a white Parson’s desk for the Vermont condo and sources, like, for vintage items. But, I also found I could be inspired by something less tangible, such as embracing a trend, like mixing different eras of furniture to achieve a collected look.

While I studied English and fine art in college, my creative side had taken a back seat as an adult. After being inspired by the new ideas that design blogs had to offer, on a whim, I decided to give blogging a try, and The Zhush was born. Naming my blog The Zhush, which means “to primp or fluff up,” was a nod to my love of accessorizing, both interiors and outfits.

When I impulsively hit “publish” back in October 2009, I had no idea where blogging would take me, but I thought it would be a great vehicle to share some of my finds and my enthusiasm for brilliant design. Along the way, I’ve gained a lot more confidence in terms of taking risks in decorating, thanks to readers’ positive feedback. In fact, it was through reader encouragement that I chose to refinish rather than replace two old demi-lune tables and was thrilled with both the result and the savings.

Emboldened by my blogging experience, I decided to give my readers access to many of the great design items I feel passionate about via my new online shop for accessories and accents, zhush. I can’t wait to see what happens next. See you online!

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