The DIYer turned blogger that has been making rental spaces feel more like home since 2012!

Hi! I am Meredith. I am a DIY home blogger based in North Carolina. Arts & Classy was born back in 2012 when I was a poor 20-something trying to make it in Los Angeles. I was working a low-paying art department film/tv industry job while trying to afford to live WITHOUT roommates.

After A LOT of trial and error, while sharing my journey here, I will be celebrating 10 years of A&C, DIY, and home decorating in 2022!  After dabbling in many areas, catering to renters was always most important to me because I have been a renter for most of my adult life. 

That is, until 2021 when my husband and I bought our first home!

Flipping furniture is also a passion of mine. I love to thrift and find old beat-up furniture that no one wants and breathe new life into it. 

Arts and Classy About Meredith

If you are looking for a home decor blogger that caters to both renters/homeowners trying to decorate on a budget, then you are in the right place!


  1. I love my amazing husband and my doggie Joey Roo.  My husband and I got married in September of 2019 in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA! Best day of our lives!
  2. I am a full-time Health Coach that facilitates a program to assist people to make foundation behavior changes to help them be the best and healthiest version of themselves. It’s a very rewarding career!
  3. I am in the process of getting Nationally Board Certified as a Health and Wellness Coach!
  4. I lived for a quick couple of years in Denver, CO with my husband to be of assistance to his parents during a health issue and then during the pandemic.
  5. I am a HUGE Taylor Swift Fan! I love anything she does and is obsessed with all her music! 
  6. I was diagnosed with ADHD at 35 years old. This explains SOOOO much of my behavior my whole life!
  7. I was born in Dallas, TX but raised in Los Angeles, CA for most of my life!
  8. I love living in a more rural suburban area in North Carolina! It’s so quiet and nature surrounds me daily. It’s magical. 
  9. I worked at The Ellen Show for 1 season and yes, everything that is coming out about that work environment being toxic is 1000% TRUE!
  10. I am obsessed with the mysteries of our planet’s oceans and love watching documentaries about it. 
  11. I have popped my knuckles since childhood. No, I do not plan on stopping. 🙂 
  12. I was raised by an amazing single mom that instilled a good work ethic in me at a young age. 
  13. I have A LOT of job experience which I believe has helped me become a smarter professional. When I went against the corporate grain…my mom thought I was nuts when I told her I was going to try and make money blogging and doing projects I love. (But she came around and has become very supportive!) 
  14. Wine is always the answer. 
  15. I am a self-taught blogger. However, If I were to start a blog all over again. I definitely would have gone through a course about blogging to expedite the return on investment and hired more help sooner. 
  16. I worked in the film/tv industry for the better part of a decade and decided it wasn’t the career path I wanted.
  17. I was a Muay Thai and Fitness Kickboxing instructor for 4+ years and fell in love with fitness while helping others in this career. 
  18. I got my BA Degree in Stage Design for Theatre from Cal State University Long Beach.
  19. I have grown to be more of a spiritual person (rather than religious) as I have become older and wiser. 
  20. I am obsessed with blogging and talking about it. It has changed my life so much already for the better. I love when people feel inspired to create one too. 
  21. I love motivating others to take action in their lives to better themselves. 
  22. I am such a beach girl! I used to live in Redondo Beach, CA and was always at the beach. I feel very peaceful and restored by the water while digging my toes in the sand. 
  23. When I was growing up, I had 6 cats at one time. 
  24. I have moved over 19+ times in my life. 
  25. I am obsessed with the Stars TV Show Outlander. (Based on a book series from the 90s)
  26. I have rocked bright RED hair twice in my life. I miss it… it was expensive to maintain