Penny Inspiration

The comforts of home

is the creator of Lavender Hill Studios and author of The Comforts of Home.



Penny is a mosaic artist extraordinaire.

I love all of her creations, but my favorite is her lovely birdhouse designs.

Her shop is called Lavender Hill Studio.

When you visit her blog, you might find Penny in her garden,

Penny's Garden

or cooking in her kitchen and sharing her favorite recipes.

Penny's Recipes

The Comforts of Home is just what the title suggests.  She has a new blog called Flea Market Makovers by Lavender HIll Studio.

The comforts of Home inspiration

Her beautiful blog is filled with decorating ideas and room makeovers.  She shares her Before and After Photos.  Her mosaic art has been published in many magazines and books.

Decorating with Penny

I have followed Penny from her old house to her new gorgeous home in the hills of North Carolina.  Step by step she has shared how she has transformed her home inside and out.  Here is her gorgeous studio where she creates her beautiful mosaics.

penny's art studio

I have loved Penny from the beginning.  I have been amazed at her accomplishments over the years.  I guess you could say, I wanted to share with you my Penny inspiration.

Why La Vie en Rose for this post?

Well Penny has also taken us with her to France on occasion, and shared her beautiful photography.  She once told me that her parents used to dance to this song.  Over the years, she has inspired me with her French flair for design in her home and in her garden.  She seems to do everything with love.

All that I can say is,
if you haven't already discovered The Comforts of Home, you should add Penny to the blogs that you follow.  Stop by and be enchanted.

Today is Mosaic Monday, hosted by Mary from Little Red House.  What better way to celebrate than a post about a wonderful mosaic artist.

Terra said...

Beautiful and especially her mosaic bird houses.

Joyce said...

Canon printers on sale this week! So glad we went ahead to look. Will be buying one this week. I have looked everywhere for that magazine for you. I can"t believe that you gave me the only one left in the entire world! See you wednesday.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Dearest Karen....
I am humbled and honored that you include me in your inspirations. You have been such an inspiration to me! And you have encouraged me to take steps I would not normally have taken.

Thank you for this beautiful post. I hope that someday we can meet in person. When we do, I know we will have so much to talk about!
Hugs and Love,

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a sweet post for a lovely lady! Her work is remarkable and I've enjoyed seeing some of it in person! What a talented and artistic lady she is! And you inspire me, too! ♥

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I love to visit Penny's blog. You really caught the essence of her in these pictures and mosaics.

ellen b. said... inspiring. Happy Monday to you!

Beth said...

Hi Karen, Very nice mosaics. I like how you framed them. Have a great week!
Blessings, Beth

A Garden of Threads said...

A beautiful post for your blogging friend. A very talented mosaic artists. I hope you enjoy your week:)

GrandmaK said...

What a wonderful post. Such a delightful place to visit today! Thank you! Cathy

My Little Home and Garden said...

What a nice tribute. I'll pop over and take a look at The Comforts of Home. Have a lovely week.
-another Karen :)

Lavender Cottage said...

I will have to visit Penny, she looks like a talented woman.

Vee said...

Oh I love Penny and I love this post about Penny. How special!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Wow a very talented lady. V

Bernie said...

Thanks for sharing the talents of this wonderfully gifted lady!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

SO THIS IS Penny?????

I have a FABULOUS blog pal by the name of Penny from Angelsdoor that makes the most enchanting little mouse named BEBE. These women are so talented, and it has been the best journey to link up with all of you. Oh Karen, Penny is extraordinary!!!! HAPPY MONDAY! Anita

Kathleen Grace said...

You and Penny are two of my very favorite people in blogland! Both of you create beauty and both are unfailing in your encouragement and kindness:>) You couldn't have featured anyone sweeter.

Veronica said...

Hi Karen I so enjoyed the way that you shared that! I will be sure to have a peek. Wonderful post!


Snap said...

I really enjoyed this post and I'm following Penny now. Just what I need ... !!!!! :D :D

Shirley said...

What a wonderful garden! The pottager, pergola and lavender...all so beautiful!

Tina Eudora said...

Thanks so much Karen for introducing me to Penny! I just visited her blog and webpage and loved it so I became a follower....afterall you can never have too much beauty in your life!
Have a wonderful Labor Day holiday!
Tina xo

Pondside said...

That was lovely, and well-deserved. I've followed Penny for some time too, and have been inspired by her over and over again. Great post!

see you there! said...

I'm a long time fan of Penny's. I love the way you presented her accomplishments. Nice to see them all together like that.


Jojo said...

Such a lovely and special tribute for a blogger I admire so much. Penny's blog is such an inspiration and her constant support of other bloggers is so appreciated by new bloggers. Have a happy week!!

Sarah said...

I've long been a follower and fan of Penny. She is a talented lady! I'm thrilled to have a piece of her mosaic work. Thanks for this beautiful feature on Penny, it's full of creativity and inspiration.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Penny is an amazing artist, and a inspiring one also.

Thanks for featuring her, and I got to see some shots of her studio.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Beverly said...

You and Penny both inspire all. You both have a keen eye for design and style, and it comes through in all of your creations.

I am happy to say I have fabulous creations from each of you.

Kudos to both of you very special ladies.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Karen,
What a sweet post! and everything you said I second that....
Me too, I have followed Penny for years now. I have one of Penny's tea pot lamps and I adore it. You too are an inspiration to many of us..your talent is amazing and everything you create is so beautiful.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Mary said...

Oh, Penny is THE BEST!!! I have loved following her creativity and talent over the years -- she is a tremendous source of inspiration... as are YOU, dear Karen! Thanks for sharing your talent at MM. :) xoxo