TMI **Update**

Hi Guys…

I don’t really know how to say this, but I think we need to take a break. I never intended to write a blog that was so personal, but all of you amazing readers were so kind and welcoming and let’s face it, I am prone to oversharing. Now that we have Gracie Girl I am just not sure if it is right for our family that I continue to put so much of our life out there. It made sense when it was just me and I was trying to build my business, but now that I am taking some time to figure out life with a babe, I just don’t feel like it is worth the risk of privacy to Grace.

This is a hard decision because I love and value all of you so much. Your sweet comments and emails and prayers got me through such a tough time, and I just want to share with you all of the joy we have now. Without getting into too much detail there have been a few comments etc. that I have received and didn’t post that have made me question writing this blog. I am going to take some time to figure out what the best path is going forward, and I hope y’all understand.

I am hoping to be back soon, perhaps as a subscription only blog, and I hope some of you will check back in when I do. Until then, thank you so much for being as kind, supportive, bizarre, and hilarious as I could ever have dreamed a reader community to be. Y’all are the best!

**Yikes**

I am completely humbled by all of your sweet comments. You guys really know how to make a lady feel good. I wanted to clear something up- I didn’t decide to take a break because a negative comment got me down. You guys are so right to say I shouldn’t let haters win, and I think all of your amazingly kind words have obliterated anything an anonymous poster or two could say. I also would never let someone else’s negativity control me. However, there was one particular incident that crossed a line and gave me genuine pause.

That being said, I think I have also been burned out trying to balance my new motherhood with my desire to bring you good junk on this blog. Where I used to think about and live in a design world most of the day, it wasn’t that difficult to bring you into my brain. Now that most of that brainspace is occupied by Grace it is much harder, and what the aforementioned incident convinced me of for sure is that I want to protect her privacy above all else.

I think you have all convinced me, though, that I am not completely done with blogging, it might take some time for me to get back to my creative roots, but when I do I will be back blogging more strictly about design as many of you suggested. I am also going to look into the subscription situation. I just need some time to air out and refocus away from the personal, and to get inspired again.

Thank you again for your comments, I am truly blown away and feel very popular. Which, if you have been reading for awhile you know is major motivation for me. ;) (That’s a winky face in case you can’t tell)

Comments

  1. lauren h. October 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    OMG. first i read this in google reader, then i came to your website in disbelief. is this real life??? ugh, the worst. i’m so bummed to see you go!! really felt like i was just broken up with :(
    on the serious side, your blog has brought much inspiration and joy to my daily blog routine. you are definitely someone i can relate to and a natural in the design world! really enjoyed seeing all your dream spaces come to life. wish you all the best!!!!

  2. Anonymous October 25, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Bailey!

    I, too, read your blog daily and have never commented before now. It is probably my #1 favorite blog online. Your writing, stories, experiences, design style, and lifestyle are admirable, relatable, and totally something to look forward to. I sincerely hope you find a compromise in this, as I love to look through your blog and really value your opinion on things. You’re have too much to go to waste– you bring so much light to so many people through Peppermint Bliss! Thank you for enlightening me throughout the past, and I hope comments from people who usually don’t say anything will encourage you to find a balance somehow. Love and Blessings.

  3. Elizabth October 25, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Bailey,
    I’ve been reading and enjoying your blog for a long time but have never commented before. I have been inspired on many occasions by your design ideas and by your strength. I hope that whatever you do in your life you and your family are healthy and happy.
    Good luck and thank you for over a year of inspiration and laughter!

  4. Jenny October 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Bailey,
    Never commented before but so sad to see you go!…found your blog from another design related blog and being a designer myself have continuously been struck by your talent and impeccable style. Loved Clifford and was so excited to see Mr. Banks. More importantly we were pregnant at the same time and I had my baby girl about a month before you had Grace. The way you handled your situation during your pregnancy and after is admirable…I dont know that I would have handled everything with the maturity and “grace” that you did. I will miss checking in with you everyday! Take care.

  5. MackenziePage October 26, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Noooooooo!!

    Bailey,

    I completely understand if you decide to stop blogging, the privacy of your babe comes first and foremost. Selfishly though, I feel like throwing myself in front of this “bus” so you won’t drive away! I have LOVED every moment of reading your hilarious and insightful blog and you have inspired me to be more daring and colorful in my design endeavors! I hope you decide to keep on with it, and if it’s a subscription only blog, I will be the first in line!

    Good Luck!

    Mackenzie Page

  6. Whitney October 26, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Bails (I say Bails like we are friends and we know each other and are best buds but I know we’re not) Anyway…

    Bails, I am without words. You are no questions asked my absolute favorite read. Oh gull, you will be truly missed. I’ll be right here if you ever seek a creative outlet on the internets again. And by the way I am the 101st commenter- Whether this decision was a hard one or a relief how awesome that you are so loved. Good luck to you sweet thang!

  7. Linnea October 26, 2011 at 10:05 am

    We’ll all be waiting for you when and if, you come back. You’re an amazing designer and I love seeing what you can whip up in a space. Enjoy being a mommy for a while!

  8. annonymous October 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I got hooked onto this blog since I found it through a link on another blogger’s website I was reading and ever since then I have followed you on a daily basis. I admire your charm and humor and the amazing and absolutely breath taking designs of the homes you decorate. I was very saddened to learn that you had decided to stop blogging as many of my favorite bloggers stopped and I only read about 3 now, one of them being yours. So im glad to hear that you’ve decided to refocus your blogging more on design instead of completely cutting us off (its like an addiction :)). Know that for every person thats hating on you theres probably a hundred who support you and admire what you have done with this blog.

  9. Kathy October 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Bailey,

    This is the first time I have commented and I regret not doing so before. Your website is wonderful and so are you. I always love reading it and getting inspired from all your design ideas. I really do you do come back. Wishing you and your family all the best. :-)

  10. MEL October 26, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I keep checking back to see if you changed your mind :(

  11. Andrea October 27, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Hi Bailey!
    I’ve been reading your blog for several months now, and while I’m sad to hear you’ll be taking a break I totally respect your decision to protect your precious little Grace. In the time I’ve been reading your blog you have inspired me, made me laugh, and truly made me feel like I know you and your adorable little family. I would love to see you come back with more design deliciousness whenever you feel the time is right. In the meantime, best of luck to you, Pete and Grace!

  12. Alex Hartz October 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I want to join my voice to the others who will miss you. Your blog is a joy to read, inspiring, entertaining, and wonderfully genuine. I surprised myself by how personally I felt about your journey with Grace. I teared up at the scary times and felt exultant when Grace arrived. And I don’t even know you! I knew, as a grandmother of six, that when the baby arrived you probably would want/need to step back substantially. The time has come. I’ll miss you. Let us know when we can subscribe. In the meantime, enjoy every minute with your family and friends.

  13. Colleen October 27, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I TOTALLY understand your thought process. I always feel a little strange putting family pics on my blog, and I never use my kids name. You’re family is priority, not keeping readers happy. You only get one life to do things right…Good luck to you and your new family! Enjoy every minute!!

  14. Annie October 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    We all LOVE your blog and are very happy to hear that it may not be gone for good. That just sucks that someone did something to obviously violate your trust in this blog and your followers. You and your family and especially the safety of your family should be first and foremost. But when you are ready know that we will all be here anxiously awaiting your funny stories and amazing decorating inspiration. I know I’ve already used countless ideas and color schemes that you have posted about and can’t wait to see more someday. ALL THE BEST!!!!! And keep that humor alive :)

  15. AEM October 27, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I never post on any websites ever (or very rarely) but wanted you to know that I looked forward to your posts every morning as a warm-up to my work, which isn’t so lovely. I appreciate that you are both kind-hearted and love the good stuff. Please do keep doing what you do…

  16. katharine October 29, 2011 at 6:38 am

    This like some of the other posts above is my first time commenting on your blog. I didn’t find it very long ago but went back and read it all and love it! Clifford was a beautiful beautiful house and I hope Mr Banks is living up to expectations. I’m so sad not to see the final photos but wish you all the best. Lots of love from the UK!

  17. lisa October 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Bailey! I am so glad you posted this update because I have to tell you I have been worried sick that I made a comment that made you feel bad!!

    I remember responding to someones post about how you have so many fabulous things and wondering aloud about the funds to have them… just green eyed monster stuff… totes love you and your blog – and then when you signed off I thought it was that maybe?!?!

    I felt terrible!!!!

    I am thinking from your update that it wasn’t me and wasn’t that… huge sigh of relief….

    I SOOOO agree with you about maybe just take a break and then look at how to go proceed. I mean, if you think about it, everyone takes at least 6-8 weeks just for maternity leave and you were right back at it. So take the time, hang with baby, get your sea legs, let the hormones clear out…and reinvent it for your new reality when you are ready. I am a business owner and mother of three and everytime I have a baby I have to reinvent my work to fit the new life.

    So hope there is some sort of bailey-ness going down on the internets somewhere in the future- and please let me subscribe and I will think twice before posting jackass comments!! :)
    XXOO
    Lisa

  18. lisa October 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Also – want to echo what lots of others said … you are the only blog I have ever posted on I think. And I also checked back today hoping you had changed your mind! XXOO

  19. Ashley Quamme October 30, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Take all the time you need but please come back! You crack me up and I get a huge kick out of your persepctive and honesty. Set whatever boundries you need to make yourself comfortable but don’t jump ship completely.

  20. Anonymous October 30, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I read your blog everyday and although it was a treat to see your baby girl and hear the stories…..I truly was inspired by your design tips, designs, and inspirations. I hope you choose to come back only as a designer and continue to inspire so many readers that you have touched. I think everyone would understand, but I think you can still keep it only work oriented. You are too good!!!!!!! And your words and images are amazing!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

  21. Lizzy October 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I keep checking back EVERY day to see if you’re back yet. I miss reading your blog- it was my FAVORITE part of my morning routine. Currently I’m in search for another blog to read in the morning while I sip my coffee.. but in the words of Sinead O’ Connor ‘nothing compares to you’ (in the least creepy way possible). I hope you’re truly enjoying mother hood and your beautiful, amazing – I can’t even believe you get to live in it house!!! Thank you for the last year of pure bliss while I was reading your posts- I am so grateful.. (that was in no means a goodbye.. more of a please come back to me.)

  22. Melissa October 31, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Bailey,

    I have never commented before on a blog, but I felt the need to now. I have been following your blog for a little over a year now and have always found your blog to be very inspirational. I will miss reading your blog, but understand completely. Congrats on your growing family and I wish you the best in the future!

  23. EJR November 3, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Bailey,
    You gotta do what you gotta do. I look forward to your return. If you do end up going private please send me an invitation.
    Best Wishes
    Liz

  24. Liz November 3, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Bailey,
    Just so you know, you are super missed. I checked back every day just to make sure I haven’t missed your return! Hope I’m not the only one that does that! :)

  25. Jamie H. S. November 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Bailey,
    It was such a pleasure to have met you professionally and personally last winter at GE. Your blog has been a constant source of delight for me (as well as my friends) and I am so impressed by your strength and resolve. I will never forget the first time I met Pete..only after I recognized him from your site! Many continued blessings to you are your family, and I hope to see you writing again in the future! Best Wishes, Jamie

  26. AEM November 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Liz, you’re not the only one. I look everyday to see if Peppermintbliss is back in operations…Bailey, you’re super sweet, a nice mama, and you make beautiful homes. Good luck to you.

  27. Ashley November 4, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Bailey-

    I have to agree with LIz– I check this daily to see if you’ve made what I am sure would be a triumphant return. It’s been a joy reading your blog and getting to “know” you and your beautiful family while also finding constant design inspiration in your posts. Best wishes with your time off- hope to see you back soon!

    Ps. Thanks for the Halloween peek of bunnies and banks (and that amazing trunk) :)

  28. Eleanor November 6, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Bailey,

    I completely understand everything you’ve said, however, I really hope you start blogging again because I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog, and now my life just seems a little bit empty without my daily peppermint bliss post.

  29. Nicole November 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Bailey,
    I’m glad to hear the update! Hope all is well in motherhood land. I’ll be waiting and here when you decide to come back!!!! Sending love your way.

  30. Koren November 10, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Bailey,

    I think I’ve been in denial since this post initially went live ;( I am so sorry to hear all the discontent that has come with sharing your story with your readers. I completely understand your concern for your family and Grace, and look forward to your comeback in whatever capacity that may be. Your blog has given me so much inspiration and was always a highlight in my morning routine. Don’t underestimate all the joy you bring to others and I hope you’ll start blogging again in the near future!
    xoxo
    Koren

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