today we’re featuring the lovely abi from these four walls. her blog has a beautiful calmness where she shares travel, lifestyle + interior design.
TELL US ABOUT YOU + YOUR BLOG!
My name’s Abi and I live in Bristol in the UK. I blog about lifestyle, interior design and travel, and I cover all sorts: the spaces I love, the places I visit, the people I meet, the books I read… whatever inspires me or catches my eye.
WHAT DO YOU OUTSIDE OF THE BLOG?
By day I work as Assistant Editor for travel website i-escape.com, which is a handpicked collection of boutique accommodation around the world. I’m lucky because my job complements my blog really well, and I can use a lot of the skills I’ve developed at work for These Four Walls and vice-versa. My life basically revolves around words, photos and websites!
In my spare time I also volunteer for Bristol & Wales Cat Rescue, a charity which rehomes abandoned cats and kittens. It’s a cause that’s really close to my heart, as it’s where my own feline fuzz-ball Kanga came from. I’m a mad cat lady in the making…
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BLOG?
I was first inspired by the city I live in – Bristol is a really unique, creative place and I wanted to share all the brilliant design we have here. Over the months it’s evolved to encompass things beyond Bristol, too, and my readers come from all over the world. I basically combine all my passions – design, travel, writing and photography.
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE A BLOGZILLA STUDIO THEME?
I needed to move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to update my blog design. I’d spent ages trawling the web for clean, stylish themes and none of them seemed quite right, but then I stumbled across Blogzilla on Pinterest. As soon as I looked at my chosen theme (Besotted), I could see how it would work on my blog. And when I found out that the lovely Blogzilla ladies could handle the entire transfer to WordPress.org for me, that just sealed the deal!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT YOUR BLOG NOW?
I love my blog now – it’s so pretty! Every time I look at it, it makes me smile. I particularly like how the design makes the photos shine – they’re the most important aspect of my posts, and they really pop off the page.
ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE STARTING UP BLOGS OF THEIR OWN?
Just go for it! It’s a lot of work and it can be daunting, but if you’re passionate about your subject then you’ll make it work; I’ve learnt so much through blogging, and I’ve met some fantastic people along the way. And persevere – it can be disheartening in the early days if traffic doesn’t grow like you’d hoped, but stay with it and you’ll get there. Lastly, make sure your family and friends know how much your blog means to you – my boyfriend jokes that he sees the back of my laptop and phone more than my face, but I know he supports me every step of the way and he’s really proud of what I’ve created.
IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANY GUEST OF YOUR CHOICE, WHO WOULD THEY BE + WHAT WOULD YOU EAT?
Hmmm, that’s a tough question! There are so many inspiring people that I’d like to meet, but if I had to pick one then I’d say the author Isabel Allende – her writing is magical, and she’s done a lot for women over the years. As for what we’d eat, that’s easy – tapas. I spent a while living in Barcelona (I studied French and Spanish at university) and I love Spanish food.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND BLOGZILLA STUDIO? IF SO, WHY?
Definitely! All the Blogzilla themes are beautiful, and there’s plenty of scope to make them your own through various customisations. And the support is excellent – Blogzilla took all the stress out of moving platforms, and I think I would’ve had sleepless nights otherwise!