What Am I Doing???

SHITTTT!!!  Wow, yea, I just started my first ever blog post with a curse word.  What in the world will my Mother think?  Please forgive me Mother and keep reading.  I promise it gets better.  But that one word was the one word that came to me when I finally decided to pursue this crazy idea that I've had in my mind for the longest time, blogging. You know, that inner voice that nags at you but you shush it because you're scared and it feels like a mountain what you want to do.  Well that's been me.....for a long time.  I've been telling myself why start another design blog when there are so many great ones out there already.  Well, the answer is why not?  If it feeds my design heart and makes me happy, I'm going to do it.  So, I'm doing this for me because I love interior design and maybe, just maybe, one day one photo or one thing I say inspires someone to take a leap on their special place they call home.  Mother, are you still reading this?  This is the good stuff and I promise not to curse!!  

 Postcards from The Tichnor Brothers Collection

Postcards from The Tichnor Brothers Collection

I think sometimes you're born to do something.  I'll never forget the story my mother loves to tell about how when I was three years old she was helping a friend shop for new fabric for a sofa and chairs.  She and her friend were engrossed in piles of fabrics when I come up and hand her two fabrics that coordinated perfectly.  I could have named all the presidents and she probably wouldn't have been prouder. You see, this love for design I think is in our blood.  I got it from my mother, who got it from her father, Mr. Harry Treidel.  And because of him I have a pretty great name for my blog.  You see, Opa, my grandfather, escaped from Nazi Germany in 1936 and moved to New York and sold dresses just to survive.  After serving for the US Army in WWII he ended up in California and opened a furniture store, The Berkshire House.  He became quite successful and at one point had four stores in southern California. And so I guess they say, the rest is history.  But you don't know me so I'll fill you in and then say, the rest is history.  

 Opa, my grandfather, and me

Opa, my grandfather, and me

I am Tucker Hamilton Donnelly.  I grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas,  went to college for interior design at Western Carolina University in this tiny little town called Cullowhee.  I was lucky enough to meet my future husband, Bradley, and fall in love with him and those beautiful mountains all at the same time.  Upon graduation I moved to Chicago so I could pursue my design profession.  Fast forward several years to moving back to North Carolina, and having our first baby, Asher.  We then decided that life is a journey so why not pick up and move an 18 month old to Peoria, Illinois and a few months later welcome our second greatest accomplishment, Whitt.  So here I sit, now in Denver, Colorado with a four year old and two year old living the dream.  But not really, because you see, once you have kids you dream up the world for them, telling them anything is possible.  Anything you want to do in life you can do, what's stopping you?? FEAR.  I don't want my boys to ever say to me "well you were scared and didn't try.  So I'm not going to try".  So there you have it.  That's me, pursuing a dream.