a Taylored Approach
It's time to get a little cheeky around the Tay Approach and talk about something very important. Birdies, decor and how this blog has evolved. It's very clear I am easily thrilled by a few things. As I approach my 33rd year, it might as well be my 80th because I just can't help myself but be giddy by the silliest of finds. That inner old lady has really shined. I'm proud of her and feel like she's helped me come into my own.
It's funny the perspective (my overused work word) I took with the blog was to write what moves me. I have created a place where I kind of like to talk about myself, things I love and how I feel, which for those of you know me, especially after a recent weekend filled with such emotion; it's never been easy for me to articulate my feelings outside of the office, let alone telling someone (even when there might be tears). My inner shopaholic thought I would gravitate toward fashion posts, outfits of the day and fabulous finds but what I have come to realize is I love interiors. I love nooks. And I love knacks.
If you've seen my mini cube of an apartment, you know what I have been able to cram into this 500 square foot spot. I've had a lot of fun attempting to create "rooms." Yes, a very big stretch of the word but when you love clothes and a few fun things to look at, you become extremely creative and slowly your home evolves. What I hope is someday when I enter the real world of home ownership, I can mix the pops of color with a very white and clean space; using my zoo animals as accents, printed duvets as a focal point and of course, rotating pillows with the trendy color or pattern of the moment on the ghost chair in my office.
Maybe if my career in retail takes a turn, I've found my calling as I can't help but get immersed in making my space a place I don't want to leave which is good and bad! It's funny because my desk at work slowly has mirrored my home. If I have to be in the office, I might as well have pretty things to look at. Yes, I even have a lamp on my desk and it took every bit of me to fight the urge to bring a white shaggy throw for my awful desk chair. I'll save that for when I have my own corner office, just you wait.
I know I mentioned these gold birdie beauties but they have really made themselves at home and are quite a pair of chic roomies. I love these Ikea shelves which took me way too long to build by myself but they have become a great focal point for all of my favorite things. A collection of books, ceramic finds and even a hot pink cactus I somehow have been able to keep alive just to name a few knickknacks that reside here. It's become an art cultivating random pieces over the years and somehow when you throw them together, they just work. On a gloomy day, I can play merchandiser and totally recreate the display. There is no shortage of creatures so I think I am set! From a cow skull where I painted the horns to a triceratops dino that doubles as a planter I found in New York, there's a story which each of them.
Ok, so you might be thinking, what is the deal with the creepy white cat? That's the old bitty in TC who's heart went pitter-patter when she came across this little guy at an antique shop in Healdsburg. I mean her lashes were enough to sell me. I had seen a larger version on the Glitter Guide one day buried in Instagram and I had to have my own vintage kitty. I am still on the hunt for her mom because well, things are better in pairs.
I am a sucker for any type of retail or business book. You'd think in the small opportunities I have to read that I would pick something that gets me away from the work brain but I can't help myself. It started with the How We Built Gilt and The Glitter Plan. Reading how a simple idea can become a crazy phenomenon fascinates me. Maybe the Approach can someday be an empire but for now, the dream is what keeps me motivated.
There's one big wall I have yet to figure out what I want to do with and after helping a gal pal start to make moves creating her decor inspiration, I've realized I need to get on it too! I am leaning toward something with texture so stay tuned as my studio on Chestnut continues to evolve.
Cheers to fighting those Monday blues and indulging in the oh so fantastic guilty pleasure, Bachelor in Paradise.
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