A self-described style seeker, we couldn’t think of a better way to describe Seleta Hayes Howard, one of the motherhood’s most fabulous. A former television personality and a sometime designer, Seleta shares her life as a wife and mother to four stunning kids in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida with her many readers on her daily blog, Simply Seleta. We asked her a few questions and found out what makes her life so simple, and yet so spectacular. And P.S., even her initials are cute!
MyHomeIdeas (MHI): Finish this sentence. In three words or less, my decorating style is…
Seleta Hayes Howard (SHH): Classic, cottage, chic.
Classic, cottage, and chic are also three words that perfectly describe Tracery Interiors, one of Seleta’s favorite design companies. Tracery has started collaborating with the blogger on a series of monthly styling posts. See their first effort here.
MHI: What are your favorite paint colors?
SHH: Ben Moore’s Wythe Blue, Dill Pickle, Abingdon Putty, and Niveous. Sherwin William’s Warm Stone, Sassy Green, and Burlap.
With all of the tan, taupe, green, and blue, it looks as if Mother Nature designed this color palette. Another color that Seleta includes in her design repertoire is wonderful white. And every Wednesday we get a little bit of white inspiration in her Wednesday White posts. Check out one of the latest here.
MHI: Where are your favorite places for home decor finds?
SHH: Anthropologie, HomeGoods, flea markets, Target… and of course Tracery Interiors and Bohlert-Massey here at the beach.
Even fabulous bloggers get excited over the stuff at Target. Using items from the John Derian for Target line, Seleta set this lovely table. Read more about her JD for T acquisitions here.
MHI: What are the sounds that fill your home?
SHH: Giggles, meows, barks, and lots of chatting at the dinner table. We are a very expressive family.
Seleta’s four adorable children happily pose for their first day of school, except for her littlest girl who was none to happy about going to school on her birthday. See how Wonder Mom remedied the situation in this post here. And her two furry children? Well, they have your typical dog-cat love-hate relationship. Read about Pom Pom the cat and Pippi the dog here.
MHI: Who is your favorite interior designer?
SHH: Hands down—Ruthie Sommers. I love her timeless style, modern flair, and signature nod to her Southern roots.
MHI: Besides your own, which blog is your favorite?
SHH: Little Green Notebook. Jenny is a mom to many like me, so she’s totally relatable. Aside from her immense talent, I adore her genuine kindness and warm personality.
Bloggers often bounce ideas and topics off each other. In one post here, Jenny from Little Green Notebook discussed ever-popular Lucite furniture. And in this post here, Seleta shows us some beautiful examples.
MHI: What is your favorite room in your house?
SHH: Right now our family room, although it’s still very much a work in progress. It overlooks a fertile, green nature preserve and has cozy horizontal boarding, and a big squishy sofa dotted with graphic pillows.
A work in progress it might be, but we think it looks great already! Not to mention that Seleta and her brood of SIX moved into this house a few mere months ago. Read more about their moving adventure here.
MHI: What is the one thing in your house you cannot live without?
SHH: Organization! I’m a sorter, stacker, and purger. With a family of six, order is key to keeping harmony in our daily schedule.
We all wish we could have a more organized front entry way to make getting out the door in the morning look less like the trading floor of The New York Stock Exchange. See how Seleta succeeded in creating a wonderfully ordered foyer here.
MHI: What house chore do you despise?
SHH: Putting away laundry. After all that folding, I swear the clothes multiply in the basket overnight.
While she may loathe folding clothes, she sure loves wearing them. In this post here, Seleta gives us a little lesson in styling straight from her own closet.
MHI: If you had an unlimited budget, what would you do?
SHH: Build a house on a shady piece of land with two ponies for my girly girls and plenty of rolling hills for my rowdy boys. A few fancy chickens roaming around would add some charm. My husband would have his dream study with plenty of shelves loaded with books and I would revel in our grand, all white kitchen boasting big, beautiful windows.
Seleta says she dreams of living on a farm one day. See how she and her family got to live that dream, for a day at least here. Don’t miss the chickens with the poufs on their heads! And this delicious white kitchen comes from this post, just a taste of the beautifully inspirational photos that Seleta has been kind enough to share with us.
For more daily simplicity from Seleta, visit www.SimplySeleta.com.