8 Things You Might Not Know About Me: Stacy Curran from Conspicuous Style March 6, 2012

Hello friends!,

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Stacy Curran, a designer who writes Conspicuous Style. Not one to “toot her own horn”, Stacy is a beautiful young mother, attorney turned interior designer and writer of a blog that gives all the design magazines out there, some serious competition! She packs more beautiful images into a single blog than humanly possible, for anyone but a night owl! Take it away, Stacy!

Thank you so much for having me here today Barbara! It is a real honor, although a bit intimidating. I don’t speak about myself too much, at least in a personal way, on my blog, so this is kind of new territory for me. I hope I live up to your wonderful post in this series, although that would be impossible, really. So, here goes:

1. I am a total workaholic and insomniac. You’d think the working all the time would make one tired enough to sleep, but for me, it’s the opposite. I sleep about 4 hours a night. The rest of the time, when everyone else is asleep, I either write blog posts or read. My favorite books of all time are Life of Pi, The Red Tent, Seabiscuit, and Pride & Prejudice. I laugh about Seabiscuitnow, because I fought everyone I knew for so long about that book. People kept telling me and telling me to read it, but I had no interest in horses or racing, so I was never going to read it (see #6, “Stubborn”). I’m so glad I finally gave in … It is an amazing book:

Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0329575/

2. I’ve only had one real boyfriend in my entire life — my husband. I had a massive crush in high school, and other little ones here and there, but people in my school didn’t really “date.” I met my now-husband in the beginning of my second year of college and we’ve been together ever since. I never regret not having more boyfriends, though. Instead, I feel lucky that I found who I wanted without a lot of trial and error.


3. My father’s family came over on the Mayflower. On the one hand, it’s kind of cool to go visit the memorial in Plymouth, MA, and see the name there. But on the other hand, it can be a bit stifling — My sister and I and our cousins are the first ones to live off of Cape Cod in the almost 400 years since the Pilgrims came here!

4. Although I did make it off Cape Cod and have travelled in the United States quite a bit, I have never travelled to Europe (or anywhere else exciting). I’ve been to the Caribbean more times than I can count, and to Canada, but never abroad. I must rectify that, and soon. When I was in High School, I was supposed to go on a class trip to Europe, but it got cancelled because of bombings in England and their airports at the time. Later, in college, I was scheduled to study in England for a semester, but I decided at the last minute not to go because I had just met my husband and couldn’t bear the idea of leaving. He was supposed to go, too, but didn’t for the same reason. I think our parents think we made bad decisions, but 23 years and two kids later, I wouldn’t change anything about our history together. I do want to get to Europe soon though!


5. Halfway through my pregnancy with my now 11 year old, I found out he was a boy. I had totally, stupidly just assumed the baby was a girl. I don’t know why, other than that I have a sister and no brothers, and for some reason assumed this meant that I, too, would have daughters (even though I know how the process works, and my genetics have nothing to do with it!) Anyway, I didn’t say so at the time, but finding out that he was a boy absolutely terrified me. I started to panic a little. Near the birth, I got real panic attacks. After the birth, it got worse. A lot worse. Unlike some stories of post-partum depression and anxiety disorder, mine was pretty mild, but it didn’t feel so at the time. I thought I would never be able to adequately take care of my baby, so I went to bed and had my husband do it. It’s a hard time to really remember. What I do remember is the day I felt better (with the help of some very useful medication). I fell head over heels in love with my sweet little man, and I am happy to say that even at 11 years old, he is still very close and attached to me. Here he is, the second love of my life, Bobby:

And the third love of my life, who would be quite jealous if I didn’t brag about her a little too:

6. I am so Type A it is ridiculous – stubborn, perfectionist, etc. A good example of this is that I have been known to paint the same room three times in a day, and up to six times in a week. I know in my head what I want, and I don’t stop until I get there. Self-help books might say this is a good thing, but it’s not really when there are other, more important things to do! I’ve been working on this perfectionism flaw and think I’m getting better. Case in point – my clean laundry has been in piles on my floor for a week. I know, progress, right?

7. Along with being a perfectionist, I’m also extremely impatient. This is a huge problem to have! Because if you want things to be perfect, you should take your time, right? Nope, not me. I’m waaaay too impatient. My friends make fun of me for it. For example, I made wreaths with a group of ladies recently. I’m the decorator, and everyone expected mine to be the best. It was actually the worst, by a long shot. But I was the first one done! Haha. That’s the main reason the DIY is not for me….I haven’t mastered the virtue of patience yet. This is what would happen if I tried crafty-type cooking:


8. I have had blond hair for 41 years and 9 months, until yesterday. After about 30 years of going to the salon every 8-10 weeks, I decided to give it a rest. I think I like it. I certainly am going to love how the brown roots aren’t going to show in 6 weeks! If you’ve ever seen my profile photo on my blog, you’ll see what a drastic change this is for me:

Again, Barbara, it was rewarding and fun to think about some personal things to share, and I thank you so much for letting me be here today!


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  1. Shirley@housepitalitydesigns on March 6, 2012 at 5:06 am

    You certainly picked a winner when you chose Stacy to guest post. She is talented, kind, and a most beautiful person inside and out. She has been so kind to me, a fledgling blogger…her encouragement and advice has been something I will always treasure.

    I am glad I found your blog through Stacy..and also, see you at Haven!

    • Barbara Bussey on March 6, 2012 at 6:53 am

      Hi Shirley,
      Yes, Stacy is a doll! The “real deal”! Her husband was smart enough to hang on to her when he found her! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Lana@whatsthestorymorninglory.com on March 6, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I have followed Stacy’s blog for a while now, and just a new blogger. I found your blog through Stacy’s and am now a follower.

  3. Barbara Bussey on March 6, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Bless you, Lana! You’re going to have a blast, here in blog-land!

  4. Taylor Greenwalt on March 6, 2012 at 7:41 am

    It was fun to get to know Stacy better and I love her hair brown. I wish I only needed 4 hours a night of sleep. The things I could get done! I am glad I got to visit your blog.

    • Barbara Bussey on March 6, 2012 at 7:49 am

      Hi Taylor (love your name!)
      Thanks so much for stopping by! Stacy’s a real sweetheart!
      All the best,

  5. Karena on March 6, 2012 at 8:03 am

    It is so good to learn more about Stacy! I adore her blog and design style! Thank you Barbara for featuring her today!

    Art by Karena

  6. Cluny Grey on March 6, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Great to learn so many things about Stacy! A Mayflower family – how cool! Love her blog, and now I’m going to delve into your archives, Barbara
    Thanks, Cluny

    • Barbara Bussey on March 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Thanks so much! Your jewelry is very pretty, by the way!
      Best to you,

  7. Wendi @ Classic Chic Home on March 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Stacy, thank you for allowing us this peak into your private life! We have so much in common, with the exception of not needing sleep… no wonder you accomplish so much in a day!
    Barbara, I’m so please to have discovered your blog, and will be a regular visitor from now on!

  8. Teresa @ Splendid Sass on March 6, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Love reading more about one of my favorite bloggers! Stacey is talented beyond belief. She and I share a lot of the same styles.
    Love your blog and look forward to visiting.

    • Barbara Bussey on March 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks for visiting! Stacy has a big fan club!

    • Barbara Bussey on March 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Hello Teresa,
      Thanks for saying hello. I’m on my way over to your place!

  9. The enchanted home on March 6, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Stacy…I loved this especially #2! That is SOOOO sweet:) The type A can so relate to. Stacy is so talented, sweet, warm and your kids are just the cutest….life seems good. The turkey treats are just so adorable!! Your wedding picture is stunning Stacy and I can see you have been blessed with a beautiful life. Loved this!

  10. Sherry on March 6, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Stacy is one of the nicest bloggers I’ve come across. She is without a doubt extremely talented and most inspiring. Love the little sneak peak into her life to get to know her a little better.
    Barbara, I am glad to have come across your blog through Stacy’s and am your newest follower.

    • Barbara Bussey on March 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Hi Sherry,
      Isn’t Stacy a sweetheart? Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello!

  11. Inge on March 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

    What a lovely blog this is! And you’ve chosen the perfect person to guest post here… Great to learn more about Stacy over here, she’s such a kind person! I’m glad I found her blog a while ago. You can definitely count me in as your newest follower! Love it!
    Love from Belgium, Inge x

  12. classic • casual • home on March 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Stacy is beautiful as a blond or brunette. Darling kids, too.

  13. Barbara@HausDesign on March 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    The more I learn about Stacy – one of my favorite bloggers – the more I love her! Stacy, I am so sorry you had to go through that with your son but I’m so impressed that you shared it…openness about these types of things helps others in the same situation so much! I know why we can relate in blogland – we are both Type A – the way you described yourself sounded just like me. AND I LOVE the brown hair – it looks great!!!

    • Barbara Bussey on March 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      I agree, Barbara! Sharing our challenges can often let others know that they’re not alone. I hope you’re getting settled in Seattle and loving the place! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Shelley @ Calypso in the Country on March 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I love Stacy’s blog and it was great to learn more about her! I am sure she would be a blast to meet in person!

  15. Debbie Kick on March 8, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I love your beautiful hair Stacy! And your children are adorable too.

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