Hi! I write about home style, help people whip their homes into shape, and co-own a vintage furniture store. With an English degree in my pocket, I bring the perspective of small business life in the heart of our country, Oklahoma. I work with a wide range of people from those living stylish lives in downtown apartments to those who dig in dumpsters for vintage pieces to sell. It's a beautiful life to lead.
My business partner and I are always available for article and blog writing, social media expertise, small business insight, home and photo styling, prop sourcing, collection curation, as well as other creative direction and collaborations.
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We first met Emily Netz at The Alliday Show a few years ago. She made and sold beautiful brass air plant hangers. She and I (Daly) figured out that we were both pregnant and due within a few days of one another. The excitement and anxiety of impending parenthood bonded us, but I must admit enjoying our friendship on the background of her beautiful homes has been a nice perk.
Emily and her affable husband Jeff flip houses, and if I were a house, I'd want them flipping me. They take care to respect the home's character and breathe fresh life into the walls. All the while, they are raising their sweet, handsome boys Theo and Auggie.
This past weekend we were lucky enough to spend a few hours at the beautiful home of Ashley Mayes, creator of the home interior and DIY blog Bigger Than the Three of Us. We've been following Ashley on Instagram for a couple years now, ogling and reading about her home renovation and decor projects, so we were super excited to meet her!
So, I like to traffic in decorating trends. It's true. I enjoy timelessness, but I also get sucked into the hype of the newest thing. Right now, my husband and I are all razzed about the color pink. I mean, so are a lot of people. We recently switched our once edgy chevron patterned wall to a sweet, coy blush tone. And here is why.
When we do a mini-session, we first give you homework meant to get you really thinking about what you want out of this room- how you want it to look and feel. We send you our home survey full of questions (kind of like a home therapy worksheet) and ask you to make a Pinterest board. We use these pieces to help us get to know you and wrap our heads around where you want to go. Then, we take you there. And you like it.
Hands down, my favorite way to shop vintage is flea markets. There is something extra fresh and exciting about them. Vendors set up booths in a large facility or outdoor space and fill their spots with vintage treasures. Rows and rows of tiny shops to peruse! It's like an antique mall, but these booths are set up and torn down within a matter of days or even hours, so everything feels new and urgent. You cannot come back another day hoping that gold polkadot pyrex bowl will still be there. YOU HAVE TO GET IT NOW. Or you may live your lives apart forever. Cue the heartbreaking music and imagery of you stirring up chicken salad in a plain, non-polkadot bowl.
My bedroom has seen a lot, folks. Take that how you like, but I am referring to decorating styles. It's first days featured a large brass bed handed down to us by my parents. It was exactly like the bed Bob Dylan sang of in his song Lay Lady Lay. And as much as I loved the joke of that song and my bed mingling in my mind, the compromise of two people sharing a home meant that I had to part with my brass bed. Maybe my husband Ryan didn't like sleeping in his in-law's bed? Maybe we are just thirty-year-old hipsters aching for the non-sense of a low-lying platform bed. We'll never know. Unless I ask him, I guess.
One way we suggest people get to know their style and tastes is to gather a bunch of examples of rooms or decor that they like. I used to use magazines, now it seems most efficient to use Pinterest.
In this business we go into so many homes, we can't help but consider life in another house. In this week's The Tulsa Voice, Ashley Daly weighs the pros and cons of moving and what it takes to sell a house. Below is a snippet and a link to the full article.
I feel like I’m in a relationship with my house. I made a commitment to it. I signed stuff. Money was exchanged. I spent more to be legally bound to my house than to my spouse. I dedicate more hours to cleaning it than I do to cleaning myself. That’s love.
A full house does not mean you are done decorating your home; it means you are just beginning to work on real design. We shared how to start fine-tuning your home style in the most recent Tulsa Voice. Read a snippet below.
I’ve heard all my life how much personal growth lay ahead of me—after high school, after college, in my first job, in marriage, and so on. Turns out, it’s true. I know one negative attitude can ruin the collaboration of an entire team, I know bosses take you seriously if you take yourself seriously, I know it’s OK to pause an argument late at night and wait for the perspective only morning can bring, and I know money is important but happiness is priceless.
A Beginner's Guide to House Plants
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Space with Purpose
Tulsa Voice, READ IT
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Five Tips for Assembling a Vintage Bar, The Noshery Blog, READ IT
Elements of a Good Front Porch
The Noshery Blog, READ IT
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