Happy Summer! And a Few Blog Updates

HELLO! Our summer has FINALLY begun! We have been very busy this spring and early summer with bathrooms and decks and yard and plantings and an everything-is-out-of-place renovation for the last two months and it’s finally coming to a close. (Yeah!)

There have been a few changes here on DesignLively that I am thrilled to have made progress with.

First, after much wool-gathering, I finally made the move to becoming a self-hosted blog. It was tricky, but so much easier than I thought it would be and am glad it’s over with. If you’re looking to move your WordPress blog from a WordPress-hosted site to a self-hosted site – this tutorial from WPBeginner was very helpful. This gives me a lot of flexibility and options to add cool features, like linking to similar posts and sharing my social media links on the header.

A word on commenting: While I’m still figuring out the design aspect of the blog, my comments button is unfortunately hidden. If you’d like to leave a comment on a post you’ll need to open up the post (click on the post title) and scroll to the bottom. I apologize for the temporary inconvenience!

In order to help you find older posts more easily, I’ve been creating a catalog. In my new navigation you’ll see tabs like “Crafts & Projects”, “Travels” and “New England” and can see topics that I’ve posted on in the past.


My Crafts & Projects links to all the art projects, refinished furniture, DIY home decor,
and holiday projects I’ve shared in the past. Enjoy creating!


My Travels Log lists some of the wonderful places I’ve traveled to.
When I am planning a trip, I reference blogs as much as gurus like Rick Steve’s and the Frommer’s books.
I hope my tips will help you as others have helped me.


Life in New England for all my posts on New England adventures,
favorite things in Boston, and tips for beaches/restaurants/activities.

I am still working out lots of small issues, so please be patient as they are smoothed out. And if you have any suggestions or feedback on the new changes you’ll see around here, let me know if you love/hate what’s going on.

Here’s to much more blogging! and Happy Summer!

– Kat