By Hannah Jones
Artist, mother, business owner, and blogger, Lucy Akins does it all—plus a little bit extra. She started her creative blog, aptly named Craftberry Bush, as a sort of virtual diary for her children. Eight years later, the blog has blossomed into a garden of inspiration that highlights Lucy’s creativity and imagination. She covers not only home décor, but DIY, art, prints, and food, all with little bits of life thrown in. We sat down with her to talk about her blog and home.
The Cottage Journal: Your blog is pretty all-encompassing. You share DIY, home tours, recipes, and more. Why did you decide to cover so much material?
Lucy Akins: Though my passion is art, I truly believe that you can be creative in various forms. That includes home décor, recipes, photography, etc.
TCJ: Because you’re a blogger, I’m sure you know that there’s almost an overwhelming number of sources for style and trends. It can be a lot to take in at times and it’s hard to know where to start. Where do you find inspiration in your home design?
LA: I obviously turn to social media for inspiration, but good old magazines are always a favorite of mine. I also enjoy visiting model homes for inspiration.
TCJ: Your home is beautifully decorated and super relatable with its neutral color palette and pops of color brought in with accent pieces. How would you describe your style?
LA: My style is always evolving and I don’t think I have one particular style per se, but I like to marry new and old and even items that you would not usually see together, such as farmhouse and glam.
TCJ: Looking through the scope of being an artist, a mother, and a home blogger, what would you say is your philosophy on design?
LA: I truly believe that you need to surround yourself with items that you love and bring emotion and feeling to your space. Fads pass, but there are certain items that will be classics and passed on from generation to generation.
TCJ: You moved into your home as a new build. Have you made any renovations? If so, did you run into any challenges designing and renovating?
LA: There have been several updates because it was a new build, but we recently renovated our kitchen and basement. I think the main challenge during a renovation or decorating is always staying within budget and, of course, not falling for trends that will be outdated in a few years.