In Wayne’s Words: What It’s Like Living with a Blogger

Oh I have a bit of a treat for you today! I know you are used to me rambling on about whatever is inside my head at the moment around these parts but for today, you’re actually finally going to hear from my other half, Wayne. I know, I know, WHAT IS THIS MADNESS.

Well, it’s all part of a blog hop organised by Claire Brody (who’s style is magnificent, go check her out if you don’t know her) with a whole slew of bloggers, who’s partners have answered all the same questions. It’s hilarious to be able to get a little glimpse of what life is like on the other side for those who live with us and somehow, still love us bloggers!! The title of the series is “So I Married a Blogger” but as you probably know, Wayne and I aren’t married. We have been together for more than 7 years now and we’re 100% committed to one another (a wedding just hasn’t been high on the priority list when we’ve been doing so much on the house!) so I thought it might be confusing if I used that as the blog post title!

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I do want to stress to you that Wayne is English, Mancunian through and through and he has the driest, most sarcastic sense of humour ever!! He always makes me laugh but I realise it might be confusing to those who are less familiar with this type of humour but just know that nearly every answer here was given with a smirk and a twinkle in the eye – that’s just how he is! And I love him for it.

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Right… WHY IS THIS SO SCARY?! I’ve added some comments (in italics) because I can’t help myself.

Here goes…

How involved are you with Kimberly’s blog?

“I’m not – I’ve got nothing to do with the blog.” (He appeared genuinely confused by that question.)

How often do you read the blog?  Are you an avid reader or do you see enough at home?

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“Well I live in it so I don’t need to read what’s going on. I do skim it every few days and read the comments to see what people say though.”  (The only times he skims is when he thinks he’s been mentioned! So vain.)

How much time does Kimberly spend on her blog? What are her hours like?

“I’m not really sure because she works on other blogs too. Quite a bit of time I guess.”  (I also write for quite a few companies so he’ll have no clue in terms of how I manage time between work for clients and work for my own blog. Understandable.)

Are you the cheap manual labor or is there hired help for that?  In other words, does Kimberly use you for your handy work?

(look of shock) “Kimberly doesn’t use me for my handy work, I enjoy every single bit… aside from maybe putting up shelves.”  (I know I often get people thinking that I somehow have coerced Wayne into doing this work with my womanly wiles but I swear, he genuinely enjoys DIY. We make a good team.)

Describe Kimberly’s style.

“Eclectic boho glam!” (seems quite proud of himself) “Well that is the proper answer.” (Indeed it is, Baby!)

Describe your style.

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“I don’t have a style. It doesn’t really matter to me as long as it’s not pink.”

How often does your home change?

“Probably a lot more than I notice.”

How many different sofas have you had since living with Kimberly?

2 (correct answer!)

How often do you offer decorating advice?  Does she consider your opinion?

“I’m quite happy to offer advice at any stage…. Oh you mean decorating? Um, I don’t. I do trust her. I think she appreciates my opinion though because she does ask before she does anything major.” (This is true – I always ask his opinion because it’s important to me he likes living in this house as much as I do.)

What’s your favorite room in the house? Why?

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“The front room (the living room) because it’s the place where we go to unwind whenever we are doing projects or we’ve been out or we’ve had a long day.” (He then smiles at me as if to say, ‘That was a good answer, right?!” Yes, good answer.)

What does it really look like behind the camera?

“Pretty much exactly what it looks like in front of it! Even to the point where it’s slightly impractical to use because everything needs to be in it’s exact right space.” (He’s teasing me because I’m a bit OCD, what can I say.)

What is a project that you hate but have never voiced (or maybe you have)?

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“I didn’t hate it but I was disappointed that I did so much hard work on the office and it ended up pink. PINK! It does look magnificent but I just didn’t like the pink.”  (Oh he’s voiced this MANY times. Check out all the work on this room here.)

Do you know of Kimberly’s blogger friends?  If so, who’s your favourite?

“Not really, I hear names all the time and I can’t keep track of everyone. I’ve met Carole, the French woman, but it’s not like I know any of her blogger friends well enough to pick a favourite.”  (He always calls Carole, my blogger BFF, ‘The French Woman’. Not sure what to make of that but well, she is French so I suppose it’s accurate.)

What’s your favourite aspect of Kimberly being a blogger?

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He looks at me with a ‘WTF?!’ face.

Then he lights up.

“The fact that we could get a dog because she works from home!”

Least favourite?

“The amount of time she spends online. That’s why we had to get a dog, so I had someone paying attention to me!” (He laughed when he said this, I swear I don’t neglect my boyfriend!)

What are your household chores?

“I don’t know. I tend to always do the dinner dishes and I’m the one who takes out the bins but we don’t really have chores.” (That’s true, we just do what needs to be done between the two of us.)

What’s something about Kimberly that her readers might not know (but she would be okay with you sharing)?

(He says this like it’s scandalous breaking news) “She copies someone else’s blog!”  (yes that’s a lie!!)

“Okay, she’s the messiest cook I’ve ever met. It’s utter devastation when she’s in the kitchen.”

What does Kimberly REALLY want for Valentine’s Day, and what are you getting her?

“We don’t do Valentine’s Day so she’s getting nothing.” (That’s actually true! We have Christmas and then a month later it’s my birthday and then two weeks after that, it’s Valentine’s Day so it seems a bit silly to me to make him feel like he has to spend even more money on me. I’ve never seen the point!)

“Is that it? Are we finished?” (Yes, hun, well done.)

I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into Wayne’s personality and what it’s like to live with me! Now, for even more insider goodness, go check out everyone else’s answers below…

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  • Carole aka The French WomanFebruary 12, 2016 - 11:14 am

    Hahaha! “The French Woman”! Well, I can only say that Wayne is exactly as he comes across in this interview and it was really fun to read. Anything but pink- made me smile ;-) Thanks for brightening up this gloomy Friday with this post xoReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranFebruary 12, 2016 - 6:48 pm

      Hahaha! Oh my god I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not, the sarcastic bastard! (Love him really, he’s too good to me!) I’m happy you didn’t take offence to ‘The French Woman’ LOL!! He does make me laugh ;) xxxReplyCancel

  • JillFebruary 12, 2016 - 11:57 am

    This is a great read – so funny to see it from the perspective of the other half! I bet some of this will resonate with my hubby too. He’s always saying that he craves attention as I spend so much time online! Haha! And that the house keeps changing around! Tee hee! We’re all alike us bloggers – living in our own little bubble. But what a wonderful bubble it is! hope all going well on the dining room re-design and good to see Wayne is back up on his feet!ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranFebruary 12, 2016 - 6:49 pm

      That seemed to be the biggest complaint from all the partners that took part – us bloggers spend WAY too much time online ;) Guess it comes with the territory! Thanks so much lovely! xxxReplyCancel

  • Linda - Make Do and DIYFebruary 12, 2016 - 12:21 pm

    Aww this made me smile. I love seeing a little bit more of “behind the scenes”, and Wayne is hilarious :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen - Making SpacesFebruary 12, 2016 - 12:29 pm

    Love this. Was laughing reading it. I would love to do this with the OH… will show him later this eve. He will prob love it as he’s a bit of an attention seeker. Not like me at all. Haha xxReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranFebruary 12, 2016 - 6:50 pm

      Hahaha! I’m pleased you enjoyed it! He does make me laugh, the snarky bastard ;) xxxReplyCancel

  • AlexandraFebruary 12, 2016 - 12:38 pm

    Well, first of all: COMPLETELY ADORABLE.
    And then: “The French Woman” is great, sounds like Mademoiselle Poirot is a femme fatale right out of a film noir.
    Also: This reminds me to find an English boyfriend of my own, I thoroughly enjoyed it the first time round, and this just reminded me why that was! :DReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranFebruary 12, 2016 - 6:53 pm

      Ha! I’m sure Carole would love to know she was being thought of as a femme fatale! LOL! And yes, English men are certainly a breed unto themselves ;) xxReplyCancel

  • Jen Stanbrook (@lovechicliving)February 12, 2016 - 12:58 pm

    Absolutely love this, what a great series, and great answers from Wayne. Seems like a match made in heaven! xReplyCancel

  • MichelleFebruary 12, 2016 - 1:11 pm

    Haha! Love this! The dog comments totally made me laugh. That’s sort of what my dog does here. The fiancé is a software developer and I blog. The dog takes turns giving us attention, making sure we know we’re loved.ReplyCancel

  • Old Fashioned SusieFebruary 12, 2016 - 1:14 pm

    OMG I’ve just been laughing my head off at these answers! I love it- defo a proper Mancunian! Thanks for sharing this doll xxReplyCancel

  • Anna InternationalFebruary 12, 2016 - 1:14 pm

    Ha ha, this is brilliant! And great to hear from Wayne, esp after his recent heroic effort on the dining room floor. :-)

    I reckon Ste would probably answer all of these pretty similarly, but he does often comment that the worst thing about living with a blogger is that I’m constantly taking photos of his DIY when he doesn’t think it’s finished yet! (That and I sometimes ask him to hold still whilst in the middle of a difficult/heavy task just to get a non-blurred photo! I am evil!) He loves the DIY as much as me though, and we’d be doing it even without the blog too.

    I’ve read a few of these and it is such a fun idea! xReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranFebruary 13, 2016 - 7:22 am

      Oh that’s so funny because Wayne tells me it takes him twice as long to DIY when I’m taking pictures because I’m telling him to wait through the whole thing! Ha! xxReplyCancel

  • cassie @ primitive & properFebruary 12, 2016 - 1:24 pm

    so fun to read! the dog answers were my favorite! :)ReplyCancel

  • CarrieFebruary 12, 2016 - 1:41 pm

    Oh, I LOVE his dry humor! “That’s why we had to get a dog, so I had someone paying attention to me!” Sooooo funny….This was such a treat to read :)ReplyCancel

  • BlissFebruary 12, 2016 - 1:43 pm

    I love Wayne. I want to go to the bar and have a brew with him and listen to what I know has to be an amazing voice and accent. I’ll bring my husband and they can dis pink rooms together.ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cuckoo4DesignFebruary 12, 2016 - 1:53 pm

    She copies someone else’s blog!!!!! LOL! I think our men have the same humor. Mine said I talk bad about my blog friends. I almost didn’t want to leave that comment but the people that know me know that’s not true. MEN!
    Loved reading it and imagining his British accentReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranFebruary 13, 2016 - 7:24 am

      Julia, your other half is hilarious – such a total smartass! That comment really made me laugh!! They know exactly how to get under our skin, don’t they? ;) xxxReplyCancel

  • AmyFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:17 pm

    The bit about Carole was so funny! Priceless!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey SheppardFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:20 pm

    Such a great idea for a series. It’s so nice to get a glimpse into the mind of the partners! You seem like a great match!ReplyCancel

  • ChrissieFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:32 pm

    That was enjoyable, even moreso because I read the entire thing in the 9th Doctor’s voice.

    … Lot’s of planets have a north!ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranFebruary 13, 2016 - 7:27 am

      The 9th Doctor’s Voice!! Oh my god this comment made me laugh Chrissie!! Is it weird that Christopher Eccleston was my favourite Dr Who?! Brilliant ;) xxxReplyCancel

      • ChrissieFebruary 13, 2016 - 8:45 am

        Mine too! Would have loved more Eccleston seasons. Although I love Ten, too.ReplyCancel

        • Kimberly DuranFebruary 13, 2016 - 8:47 am

          Agree on both points! I stopped watching after David Tennant, admittedly ;) xxReplyCancel

  • Lisa Coombes BracewellFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:35 pm

    I cannot believe that you got him to take part Kimberly.You now how shy he is lolReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranFebruary 13, 2016 - 7:24 am

      I know – I was frightened to do this with him knowing the kind of stuff that often comes out of his mouth! I think I got off lightly here – ha! ;) xxReplyCancel

  • Claire BrodyFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:35 pm

    “She copies someone else’s blog!” !!!!! HAHA Loved this. You two make a great pair!ReplyCancel

  • PaulineFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:43 pm

    Lol that was great, i loved the the bit when he looked shocked and replied “Kimberly dosent use me” i can just imagine his face hes a star and body language xxxReplyCancel

  • PaulineFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:44 pm

    Ooooppppsss sorry that went a bit wrong at the end xxxReplyCancel

  • LynneFebruary 12, 2016 - 4:18 pm

    Love it! Your Wayne is a keeper :) And what is a good sport to answer all of the questions….and with good answers! What a fun post.ReplyCancel

  • ShannonFebruary 12, 2016 - 4:31 pm

    Love this! What a fun interview. It makes me want to come have a pint with the both of you! Thanks for sharing a bit of your lives with us. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranFebruary 13, 2016 - 7:28 am

      Aww you’re welcome to come have a pint with us any time Shannon!! ;) xxxReplyCancel

  • Brynne@TheGatheredHomeFebruary 12, 2016 - 5:03 pm

    Oh, this is just hilarious! I loved getting to hear Wayne’s perspective – you guys are awesome! We really don’t do anything for Valentine’s Day either, although I do always try to get some champagne out of it… To drink at home on the couch watching tv together :DReplyCancel

  • courtney ( a thoughtful place)February 12, 2016 - 5:55 pm

    I suddenly want to come sip a pint with both of you, too. So cute. Cracking up with the, “Is that it. Are we finished?” And that front room is so dreamy. Wow. Just gorgeous. Fun getting to know you through this perspective.ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranFebruary 13, 2016 - 7:29 am

      Aww thanks Courtney! It’s been so fun reading everyone’s hubby’s comments!! xxxReplyCancel

  • Anya JFebruary 12, 2016 - 5:55 pm

    Ha ha Carole is The French woman – LOVE it :) How lovely to ‘meet’ Wayne finally, what a pair you are. Can I just say I lurve your study – take care lovely – from the Danish woman ha haReplyCancel

  • Sheran SteadingFebruary 12, 2016 - 6:53 pm

    I think I am in love with Wayne. What a good sport.ReplyCancel

  • Abby LawsonFebruary 12, 2016 - 7:57 pm

    I have loved reading through this series! So fun to get the husbands’ perspectives on everything! Have a wonderful weekend!

    ~Abby =)ReplyCancel

  • Beth of designPOST interiorsFebruary 12, 2016 - 8:33 pm

    Ha ha well at least he has the dog while you work in your *PINK* office :) Loved reading his answers (dry humor is the best!)ReplyCancel

  • Shannon ClaireFebruary 13, 2016 - 3:17 am

    Hahahaha, I LOVE HIM. Nick’s middle name is Wayne. They might be BFFs. Even more reason to move to England…ReplyCancel

  • Emily ClarkFebruary 13, 2016 - 1:58 pm

    “She copies someone else’s blog!” Ha! He’s a funny one :)ReplyCancel

  • CateFebruary 13, 2016 - 3:35 pm

    What a brilliant funny post, love it! And nice to get to know you (and Wayne) a bit better :) XReplyCancel

  • Gwen, The MakeristaFebruary 13, 2016 - 7:17 pm

    Your pink office is AMAZING. :) Love hearing more about your personal life!ReplyCancel

  • GeraldineFebruary 15, 2016 - 12:10 pm

    Brilliant post, made me smile and I adore your pink room xReplyCancel

  • MeeraFebruary 20, 2016 - 9:40 pm

    What a fun read, haha! He’s a funny man, your Wayne.
    “…I was disappointed that I did so much hard work on the office and it ended up pink” LOL! For the record, I love your pink office :-)ReplyCancel

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