MAR 9th

Life In The 2nd Half Century

I haven’t been blogging very long…

This is very much appreciated and exciting for me!

Ellen @ Life In the 2nd Half Century graciously awarded me with the Stylish Blogger Award.

I’ve known Ellen for many years.

She is an amazing photographer, an incredibly wise woman and a dear friend.

Thank you Ellen!

Here is one of my favorite photographs taken by Ellen of my sweetbean and myself …


Ellen M. Reed Photography

Ellen M. Reed Photography

The award has some rules…

Thank and link back to the person who awarded you

Share 7 things about yourself

Award 10 great bloggers you recently discovered

Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award


So here are my 7 things:  In no order of importance!

Amy Martineau Vermillion Interior Design Charlotte

Hey, look who is in the jumpseat!

#1  I didn’t know ANYTHING about private jets when I first started designing them…One of my residential clients asked me to design a jet for them and I learned to ask a lot of questions.  I am now working on my third one.

#2  Sometimes I feel like I was born too late. But if you ask my twin brother, he might disagree since he’s 20 minutes younger.

#3  I believe in prayer, meditation and in the space of being still.

#4  I think my best years are ahead of me and if I had to do “it” over again, I would be kinder, more forgiving and less judgmental.

#5  I am fascinated with everyday life in America (especially the past), our homes and read about it constantly.

#6  My husband makes me laugh really hard and my daughter makes my soul joyful.  They are my ports in the storm.

#7 I grew up and lived on the North Shore of Chicago til I was 28…as much as I love the South, sometimes my heart hurts because I miss Chicago so.


Ten Bloggers that I think you should know (and probably already do):

Belgian Pearls

Colour Me Happy

DC By Design

The Enchanted Home



Laura Casey Interiors

Making It Lovely

The Splendid Willow

Traci Zeller

Thank you again Ellen, and be sure to check out the bloggers above!



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16 Responses to Life In The 2nd Half Century

  1. Greet says:

    Dearest Amy,
    I am so happy and pleased with the Stylish Blogger award you gave Belgian Pearls! I really appreciate that! THANK YOU!!!

  2. Thank you so much Amy! I am flattered coming from a pro like you…love coming to your blog as well..always something interesting and beautiful awaits me!

    • Amy says:

      Every day you post beautiful pictures and take us on your home building journey! I look forward to reading more!

  3. Loved your 7 things…you sound grounded and special indeed. Found you via Maria at Colour Me Happy. I will add you to my blog interests. Please hop over and check us out at We are practically neighbors, I am in Myrtle Beach, SC. Our website is Keep up the good work!!!

  4. Ellen says:

    Amy, thank you for the kind words!….yes, indeed, it is a pleasure to know other bloggers, personally. I am familiar with several of the blogs you’ve posted, but plan to go visit them all today….rainy days do that to me….smiles.

  5. Susan says:

    I’m very flattered to get this award from you, Amy! I learned some new tidbits about you…I will be sure to return the favor shortly! I also look forward to exploring the other blogs…;)

    Merci Madame!

  6. Amy, thank you so much! I am honored to be part of a goup of so many stylish bloggers.

    How fun getting to know you a little bit more (the only jet interior designer I know!). And I love how you described your husband and precious daughter as your ports in the storm.

    You might not have been blogging all that long, but I am already a fan of yours!

    Warm hugs, Mon

    • Amy says:

      Thank you Mon!
      What kind words, I really appreciate it!
      I so look forward to getting to know you more as well.
      Happy Friday :)

  7. amy,

    I just got your email and “ran” over here! What a wonderful surprise!!! :-) I’m so happy to be included with these great blogs. I’m a fan of many of them.

    Interesting enough, I was thinking about your blog last night. I’ve been really busy this week, trying to organize my house, paint all the trims/crown molding and I missed your blog. So, getting your email today was a really nice surprise. Thank you so, so much for this!

    Have a great day!


    Luciane at

    • Amy says:

      It’s been fun reading your blog! I really enjoy all the architectural pics.
      I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Thanks friend! Your blog looks fantastic!