Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My 15 minutes…

I have now had my 15 minutes of fame!  Yesterday, Monday November 15, I appeared on “Charlotte Today” a local mid-day show that highlights life and lifestyles in the Charlotte area.  I was asked to come on the show to decorate a tree and give holiday decorating tips.  It was a fun and interesting experience!

I hardly slept the night before the show.  Not because I was nervous about being on TV, but so afraid that I was either going to oversleep or forget something that I needed for the tree.   Laying in bed, at 3am, my mind was reeling.  I was going through the trunk of the car in my mind.  Was I sure that I put extra floral wire in a bag?  What about extra extension cords?  I did check those lights to make sure they worked didn’t I?  Ugh!  I needed rest and my overworked mind was not going to allow it!  I am sure you have been there…

So, my elves  and I arrived EARLY (something that usually doesn’t exist in my world) and got right to work.  Just as planned, we got the lights on the tree (they did work, thank goodness) and I positioned the tree topper and wired it into place, with the floral wire that I did remember to put in my bag!  This part of the process was videotaped to be shown during my interview. 

Once this part of the process was complete, we were able to just hang out and wait.  It was interesting to watch everything going on around us.  John Wendel, the meteorologist for the station, was  doing weather updates.  And yes, it’s true, there is no real map- he stands at a blank, green board and gives his report.  Very cool.

Once air time was upon us, the staff was so great.  They let me know exactly what to do and when to do it.  They made me feel very comfortable on the outside, although on the inside the anxiety was beginning to build a little. 

As soon as the interview began, I really forgot about being nervous and just started answering questions.  I mean, why be nervous about talking about decorating a Christmas tree?  It’s something I love to do and have already decorated 7 in the past 2 weeks! 

Colleen Odegaard and Rob Tanner, the hosts of the show, could not have been more accommodating.  I felt that I was just talking to friends in a room that just happened to be full of lights and cameras!  Mary Alvarez, Executive Producer of Local Programming for the show, was wonderful.  She went over everything with me beforehand and gave me very detailed information that made me feel well-informed and prepared for the interview.

Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.  In the end, all the nerves and anxiety were really for nothing.  Things worked out without a hitch, which doesn’t surprise me.  You see, this was in the works for me long before I could even think or imagine it.  I have Someone who is working things out, behind the scenes on my behalf.  His favor on my life makes me realize how small I really am and how big He really is.  How awesome!

In  case you missed the show, I have included a link to view the video.  Enjoy!  Thanks for taking the time to read about my fun day!  http://www.wcnc.com/charlotte-today/Take-the-hassle-out-of-tree-decorating-108191789.html

I can’t close without thanking my “elves".  My mom and best friend were so gracious to rearrange their days to help me.  I could not have done it without them and I owe them BIG time!  Much love and thanks to them both!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Just Checking In…

Things are in full swing…my room at the Christmas Show is complete- Whew, what a relief!  Lots of work in just a few days.  The show begins tomorrow and I am ready to meet and greet!  Please stop and say hello!

In my last post I mentioned the exciting news I received about being on “Charlotte Today” with Colleen Odegaard (Channel 36) next week.  I found out that the show will air live next Monday November 15 at 11:00am.  I am so honored to be apart of the show and look forward to the experience! 

I will keep it short and sweet today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

It’s Election Day!

Today’s the day to get out and do our civic duty- VOTE! 

As I entered the “booth” to cast my vote this morning I thought about how lucky we are to live in a country that allows the people to speak via a voting ballot.  There are so many in our world that don’t have that luxury and are often punished if they try to voice their opinions!  I feel so blessed to be an American!  No matter your party affiliation, I am sure we can all agree with that statement!

charlotte-todayOn a much different note,  I received some “fun” news last week.  I will be appearing on “Charlotte Today,” a mid-day show that airs each day on Channel 36 (WCNC)  from 11:00am-12:00pm.  I  will be offering decorating suggestions for the holidays and will also be decorating a tree.   I will do the taping on November 15 and will be sure to pass along the air date as soon as I find out when it will be!  I am very excited!

If you have any questions concerning holiday decor, please feel free to email me at tammy@tammytaylorinteriors.com.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It’s Christmas in Cramerton!

Yes, that’s right- Santa is early this year!  Well, not exactly…I am just ready for his arrival early!! 

Shop Christmas Pic 10-28-10 The shop has transformed!  I love Christmas and couldn’t wait to get all my new goodies out to share.  Trees, ornaments, ribbons, wreaths, garland, and all the trimmings are here, at your fingertips!

The first night of my Christmas Open House was on Tuesday and I had a wonderful time sharing ideas and helping others catch the Christmas Spirit!  The second night is TONIGHT at 7pm.  Hope you can make (quick) plans to bring a friend and have lots of fun!

Moving from one Christmas event to another, move in begins for the Southern Christmas Show next Saturday, Nov. 6.  The show officially starts on Thursday November 11.  The Show is such a great tradition in our area and I hope you have a chance to attend. 

Ghost Wishing you a Happy Halloween and BOO to you!  I look forward to having some friends over to celebrate on Saturday… Some fun and good laughs are in order and I plan to do plenty of both!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Happy Saturday!

I said in the last post that I would be blogging a little each day….that was Tuesday…today is Saturday….Point made and proven!!!

I had a very busy week.  I am continuing a project with a client that has been going on for about 3 months now.  We are gearing up for another round of window treatments and furniture.  It has been a great project and I am very pleased with the way things are coming together.  I am also very thankful to have such a large project at a time when the economy is so sluggish.  God is good!

I am also preparing for the Southern Christmas show.  It’s hard to believe it is already that time again.  I have decided to go in a very different direction this year.  I am steering away from the whimsical lime green, red and white, of which I have used over the past couple of years.  I have to admit it is hard for me to wander from this color combo.  To me, it is so much fun and truly represents  Christmas.  But, I think it is important for people to know that I can accommodate many different tastes and styles.  I never want to back myself into a “one kind of style” corner!  I hope my space is well-received.  I am looking forward to meeting new people, seeing old friends, and ushering in another Holiday season! 

The project list continues as I get my shop spruced up for the Season.  Ornaments, ribbon, wreaths and garlands have been arriving daily!  I will be preparing for my “After Hours Christmas Open House” coming up on Tuesday October 26 and Thursday October 28.  Choose  your night, show up around 7:00pm and have a fun night out with the girls!  And, of coarse, I will have some goodies to nibble on as you choose your special Christmas treasures!

As I have been typing away, my husband and his brother have disappeared off to Linville Gorge for a day hike.  I am sure the scenic views and the quiet wilderness will offer them a day of much enjoyment.  I, on the other hand, am enjoying sitting on my sofa, finishing my last sips of coffee, peering out the back door at the sunshine and completing a blog…Ahhh.  I am relishing the moment, as I know it will soon be time to get my elf suit back on and head back into the workshop!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Making a Change

autumn Change is happening.  The seasons are changing.  The leaves are changing, the plants and flowers on my front porch are changing.  I also need a change….Let me explain.

In regard to Blogging, it seems to always be a challenge for me to complete a Blog.  I put a lot of pressure on myself to find just the right content, to express the content in a  pleasing manner, and to create almost a masterpiece of text and pictures.  I have come to the conclusion that my Blog has become a thorn in my side and I was almost ready to close the curtain never to return!  Alas, I decided that maybe a change is in order. 

SO,  rather than face putting this so-called “masterpiece” together once a month as I have been attempting to do (once a month because I was trying to avoid it!), I want to try to blog a little each day.  Content may or may not be design-oriented, but will hopefully be a happy, easy read and also a much simpler, more enjoyable approach to the process for me!  My blogs may be very personal, but I am a “personable person”, so I think this will reflect who I am, and in essence, that is exactly what I want my blog to be.

Tomorrow is the first day of the “changing of the blog guard!”  I hope you will enjoy the changes and I look forward to a new, relaxed process!

Whew!  I feel better already!

Monday, August 23, 2010

All A-Buzz About….

I was recently asked to assist with an upcoming baby shower for a family member.  It seems I have become the go-to for such events and I gladly accept the invitation!  I love helping find and implement those little details that make all the difference- for the one in which the special event is being given and for those who attend! (Although this blog post does not exactly address interiors design issues, it does reflect the importance of creative flair and pulling all the pieces together to make a complimentary ending!)

Vintage Bee Image Why not a bee theme, I thought? All parties, no matter the type, must have a theme- or at least in my world they do!  Just take a look at my business logo…I love the look of the bee and thought with a few creative touches, it could make a baby shower endearing, special and elegant.  So, the search and thinking began.

In my hunt for baby shower-related items, and to my delight, I found all types of bee paraphernalia. I wanted to share a couple of my favorite things, most of which have nothing to do with the shower, but have been added to my “Most Wanted” List…bee yourself bracelet-molly helsley designs



Bee Yourself “ Bracelet by Molly Helsey Designs (Etsy.com)


Bee T-shirt evolution now


Bee T-shirt by Evolution  (Etsy.com)




Beehive Locket by Contrary(Etsy.com)

Bee Hive Locket Necklace-contrary 




Wedding Shower Favor Tags by luvs2create2  (Etsy.com)

wedding favor tags-luvs2create2

 I loved the novelty of each of these items.  As shown, these can be found at Esty.com- a site in which all the items are hand made!  Love it!

Okay, back to the task at hand- the shower!!  The invitation, of course, sets the stage.  So it is a very important choice.  I found this one on zazzle.com and thought it was perfect.bee shower invitation 

Now to the party favors, serving items, guest prizes,etc.  bee beverage server Love this piece for serving the beverage of choice and also the beehive and bee salt and pepper shakers, just to add that touch of whimsy.

I love to provide games to play at a shower, as they often serve as ice breakers for attendees who may not know one another.  Thus, gifts are needed for the game winners- I thought these items would be great….luscious later bee and buttermilk soap bee sink strainer

The beautiful soaps are made by lusciouslather.com and the sink strainer can be found at littlegourgeousthings.com.  I plan to wrap them in cellophane with a pretty ribbon and special tag.

Party favors, which I like to think of as parting gifts, have grown in popularity and serve as a thank you for attendance.bee hive candles I plan to give these wonderful little beehive votives from Bee Hive Candles to guests.  I will also wrap these in cellophane with tags that say “As Cute As Can BEE!”


Finally, it is always helpful for the mommy-to-be (or bride) to get a little assistance with all the thank-you cards that will be sent post-shower.  Here’s a great way to at least do half the work for them.  Provide blank envelopes in a basket for shower attendees to self-address before leaving.  Mommy or Bride then write their thank you and pop the card into the already-addressed envelope and “woopty-doo” the work is through!  I loved these cards that, I again, found on Etsy.com.  (Queen Bee Flourish Recycled Craft Paper Card Set-the craftpantry.com)bee cards 

So, now all I have to do is gather everything together and hope that this not so typical baby shower theme makes for an afternoon of fun and memory making.  On a side note, this shower is extra-special because the parents-to-be were told that they would probably never be able to have children.  As we say, the Lord works in mysterious ways and I am so glad he chose these two to be parents!  That’s what “All the Buzz” is about!! 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lighting Your Home

Energy efficiency is a popular subject these days.  In several recent design-related magazines, newspapers and internet articles I have  noticed that lighting is a big subject in relation to energy efficiency.  I just wonder how that will affect the aesthetics of our homes??

As a designer, I love the warmth and ambiance those good old incandescent bulbs give off and I am all for lowering energy costs and doing what we can to better our environment.  BUT do these new bulbs that I am seeing in stores and reading about provide the illumination I need to make my clients' homes “shine?”

After doing some some research I found that it’s probably not as bad as I feared.  There are ways to transition into the world of the new and improved where light bulbs are concerned….

By now, you have probably heard of the Compact Fluorescent Light bulb, or “CFL”.  CFLs consume roughly 30% of the power required for a similar incandescent, thus saving you money on your power bill each month.  They have also be shown to radically cut down green house emissions.  Okay, that sounds great, but when you are in the light bulb aisle at your neighborhood home improvement store, how do you know what to choose??  Here are some tips:

1.  Choose the right kind of CFL

  • These “new and improved” bulbs do have limitations.  For example, the don’t like cold temperatures- they like to be warm.  In fact, their efficiency goes down with the temperature.  Speaking of temperature, CFLs can be used outdoors, but make sure that they are labeled as such.
  • The life of the bulb can be shortened with vibration, so using them in a ceiling fan, for example is probably not the best choice.
  • To achieve their level of claimed efficiency, a CFL must warm up to its “operational temperature”.  This can take any where from 30 seconds to 3 minutes, during which time they are at about the same level of efficiency as our old friend the incandescent. But, most modern CFLs have an almost immediate start up time.

2.  Quality, Quality, Quality

  • You get what you pay for….that includes CFLs.  Buy brands that you know- GE, Sylvania and Phillips, for example.  The ballast quality is what separates the good from the bad.  Low quality ballasts will buzz and flicker and will not last as long as their better counterparts.  Spend more money up front for lasting results later.
  • CFLs produce a very narrow color spectrum, but do come in “warm light” and “daylight”.  This does at least give us somewhat of  a choice when selecting our new bulbs.  When you begin to get rid of those incandescents, buy a couple of each type of CFL to decide what works best for the spaces in your home.  (By the way, just so you can sound really smart to all of your friends, this is called “Relamping”-  substituting one light bulb for another in order to save energy).

3.  Disposal of CFLs

Although an intact CFL will not emit Mercury, they do require a very small amount of it to function.  Because Mercury is poisonous, it is very important to dispose of CFLs properly, especially if you have a broken bulb.  If you happen to break a bulb, ventilate the area and clean up using latex gloves.  Place bulbs, cleaning materials, etc. in doubled zip-loc bags and treat as hazardous material.  Currently, there are very few CFL-specific recycle areas, but you can call 1-800-CLEAN UP to find the closest facility to you.

So, hopefully you know a little more than you did about the Compact Fluorescent and can make an informed decision when you begin the “Relamping” process in your home.  Happy Lighting!

This little CFL of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!  (I know, very corny, but I had to say it!)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


View Larger Map

Why I have not included directions to my shop in previous blogs, I do not know.  Probably so engrossed with blog content that I left out obvious details!!  Directions are from Hwy. 85, Exit 22- the Cramerton/Lowell Exit.

Hope your day is constructive and productive!


Monday, July 5, 2010

Summer is Flying By!

independence day Happy Independence Day (a day late!).  We had a wonderful time with friends and family yesterday and made lots of great memories.  It’s just so hard to believe that we are already into July.  I always think of it as summer being half over, which I know is not true.  But I treasure EVERY day of Summer, especially since thinking of Winter makes me cringe!   Hope your holiday was fun!

Business is thankfully moving right along.  I am very gracious for the opportunity of new clients and new projects.  Things are going better than I could have expected.  It has reminded me to look at life with expectancy and positivity.  Life is good and I am grateful!

I will be attending the Gift and Home Furnishings Market in Atlanta in a couple of weeks.  I am happy to have my mom attending with me.  She has never been to Market and because she is not a shopper, I don’t know if she will look at the experience as  fun or grueling!  Market is hard work, even for a shop-o-holic like me!  Shipments should begin arriving at the mid to late August.  I hope you will make plans to stop by!

Store Photo for Summertime Blog 6-29-10 I have decided to change the shop hours for the summer.  The new hours are: Tuesday-Thursday 10am-4:30pm.  I currently have special pricing on florals, outdoor planters, garden stools and more.  Hope to see you soon!


Happy Summer!


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Up and Running

It has been a couple of weeks since my shop and design studio opened and things are off to a great start!

gaston gazette article 4-24-10                                   (Picture provided by the Gaston Gazette)

I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the items I carry at the shop, just in case you are ever in need of that something special.

Voluspa Candles

Voluspa candles Upon first sniff of these candles, I knew I wanted to carry them.  Not only do they have a wonderful fragrance, but the packaging is beautiful as well.  Voluspa candles have been featured on Oprah’s “O List” and are a fav or many celebrities.  Voluspa also offers a line of luscious hand soaps and lotions that share that wonderful fragrance and packaging. 

Meri Meri Stationary

Meri Meri Topiary Note Set As a lover of the written note, Meri Meri greatly appealed to my stationary fetish!  I have always loved stationary and believe that there is no substitute for the hand written note.  Meri Meri offers a vast line of stationary, cards and invitations.  I chose to carry their “Note to Self” line, which includes purse notes, fridge notes and card sets.  

Thibaut Wallpaper & Fabrics

Thibaut wallpaper It was a “no brainer” when deciding on what wallpaper line to carry in the shop.  Thibaut has long been one of my favorites, as I love their use of pattern and color.  They carry many coordinated fabrics along with the wallpaper.  Great style and elegance!



Pine Cone Hill Bedding

Pine Cone Hill Bedding What’s more important than a good night’s sleep?  It is a very important part of life, and why not make it a beautiful night’s sleep?  Pine Cone Hill bedding provides just that!  I love the pattern and color combinations the line offers.  In addition to quilts, matelasses, duvet covers, pillow shams and sheets, Pine Cone Hill also offers pajamas!  And why not?  Why shouldn’t your pajamas match your bedding??

Duralee Fabrics

Duralee Fabric Duralee has long been known as a leader in the design industry, so with such a trusted name, I thought what better line to carry?  There are unlimited fabric possibilities for all of your decorating needs- window treatments, bedding, shower curtains, upholstery, etc.  Fabric sample books are here, at your fingertips!


So, that is just a highlight of what is here for you to enjoy.  Now you know where to go for the special surcie- for a friend or for yourself!  I hope to see you soon!  And don’t forget, if you are in the midst of a “decorating dilemma” and need assistance, design consultations are available by appointment.  I offer a wide range of services for every need and budget!



Wednesday-Friday: 10am – 5pm;  Saturday 9am –1pm

Other days by appointment.  (Closed on Sunday)

There are days that I will be out with clients during regular business hours. 

                See You Soon!!

Shop Front Door 4-24-10


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The expansion is a REALITY…

Have you heard the news? Tammy Taylor Interiors has officially expanded!

On Saturday March 27, 2010 I officially opened the doors to my new Design Shop & Studio at 102 Front Street in Cramerton, NC.

The festivities got underway around 10am. In addition to family, friends and clients, I was fortunate enough to have Montcross Area Chamber President, Ted Hall and his wife Freda in attendance. Mr. Hall photographed as we cut the ribbon and made things official.

TTI Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting 3-27-10

The day was very special, as it brought to life a dream that I have had for some time. Although it is a somewhat frightening time to open a new business, it is, at the same time, very exciting! You never know how much faith you have until you “step out of the boat,” so I am stepping out!

I look forward to the challenges and pleasures that will surely come. I hope you can stop by soon and pay a visit! More pictures to come…

Monday, March 1, 2010

Dressing Your Windows

Window treatments have to be the highlight of my job.  I LOVE assisting clients with designing and implementing their window dressings- And that’s exactly what window treatments do- they dress up your windows!  (And that doesn’t necessarily mean make them fancy or frilly- just right for the space they inhabit).

Recently I had a friend, all the way from Colorado, email me and ask for help with window treatment ideas for her Family Room.  I wanted to share the ideas I passed along to her to show how different styles of treatments and fabrics can change the look and feel of a room.

My Colorado friend, Britta, did a wonderful job of including pictures of both her Family Room and other rooms in her home, along with multiple measurements of the area in question (that’s because she does interior design work herself and knows the importance of  such things!  Kudos to her!) Britta's Living Room Photo  As I looked over the photos, it gave me a better idea as to the style of her home and also her personal style and tastes.  The photos also gave me an idea as to how the Family Room related to the other spaces in her home.  This is very important to remember because you have to treat your home as a puzzle- many different pieces that all fit together to form the “big picture.”  Now the creative juices were flowing…

I gave Britta 4 different options, in hopes that at least one would be to her liking.  Here are her choices…


OPTION ONE:  The Eleanor Valance.  This valance is very clean and tailored.  It allows for the use of several different coordinating fabrics, which I think makes fabric selection fun and makes the valance itself very visually interesting and appealing. Although using several different fabrics in a treatment is pleasing to my eye, it can be a little much for some.

image   OPTION  TWO: The Pleated Valance with Medallions.  I like the use of medallions for this valance, rather than the typical board mount or curtain rod installation.  This valance does add a little more formality to the room, as the parts between the pleats resemble a swagged treatment.  Swagged treatments are very classic and are typically used in more formal spaces.image

OPTION THREE: Single, Stationary Drapery Panels mounted on wood rods.  Sometimes the only purpose you want your window treatments to serve is to soften the edges and just “look pretty”.  This particular style of treatment does just that.  Since the windows already have blinds that will provide needed privacy, these stationary panels soften the corners of the room and add visual height.  The red fabric also adds a pop of color and a little pizzazz to the space.


 OPTION FOUR, and THE WINNER…Drapery Panels with Tie Backs.  These panels add just the right amount of softness and simplicity to Britta’s Family Room.  The minimal pattern in the fabric adds a subtle amount of color without being overwhelming.  These treatments proves the adage “Less is More” to be oh, so very true!  I hope to see the finished product!

Special thanks to Britta for allowing me to share!  And, thanks to the readers of my blog for allowing me to chat about my passion! 


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Color of Love


Ahh, love is in the air… Take a whiff…Don’t you just love the smell of chocolates and flowers?

I love Valentine’s Day!  I love flowers and chocolate and telling flower arrangementthose around me how much I love and care about them.  I love seeing florist delivery vans carrying flowers in to unsuspecting recipients!  But, most of all, I think I enjoy Valentine’s Day so much because I simply love the color RED!   

Red Oscar de la Renta Chair- Century Furniture Red is vibrant and energetic and passionate. Whether it’s a luscious lipstick, a fast sports car, or a beautiful chair or fabric, red can add life and pizzazz now matter where it is

Chanel Rouge Hydrabase Creme Lipstick Red Audi S4

 Thibaut Addison Damask-River Road Coll.- Metallic on Cranberry

When I suggest red, some clients are very apprehensive.  I just always recommend using it in a way that makes them feel most comfortable in their space. Some clients feel that where red is concerned, a little goes a long way, while others are ready to “turn up the heat!”

Happy Heart’s Day to you!  Be sure to go out and “paint the town red!”  How much paint is, of coarse, up to you!

Audi S4

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Looking Ahead…And Living Well

A recent article in the January 10 issue of Parade Magazine gave me a needed refresher on where we are and where we are going.  (“Living Well With What You Have” by Lynn Schnumberger, Parade Magazine, Jan. 10, 2010)

The article talked about living well with what you have.  Sometimes that means giving up the things that you thought you could not do without.  When your priorities change, sometimes your outlook on life changes.  The things that once held such great importance seem to fade and we find that the simple things around us, things (or people)  that may have always been there, have taken a new place and new meaning in our lives.  We invest in people rather than in real estate.  We think of ways to help those around us who are less fortunate.  We learn to give up some things in order to have other things.  We learn that quality sometimes surpasses quantity.

After reading the article I began to think about how this relates to interior design and to the services I offer my clients.  I think that my role as a designer is to educate my clients and guide them in their decisions for investing in their living spaces.  I know that priorities have changed and people are hesitant to spend their dollars in ways that they may have before.  I appreciate the “good steward” attitude of using what you have wisely and know that I want be able to assist my clients in doing so.

Looking ahead into 2010 can bring some apprehension, but also a quiet confidence in knowing that we have all learned a lot. Some of us have personally faced financial challenges in the past year or have friends and loved one who have.  These challenges and experiences can cause us to move forward a little wiser,  a little happier and with a renewed appreciation for simplification in our lives.  I want to live well in 2010 and have a blast doing it!

I have a simple philosophy:  Fill what's empty.  Empty what's full.  Scratch where it itches.  ~Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Looking Ahead…

looking out the winter window

As I look forward to 2010, there is a sense of excitement in the air for me.  I have big changes planned for my business and can’t wait to share it all in the coming weeks. 

Before I think too far ahead and make too many plans, I wanted to embrace the present and spend a moment contemplating the coming year. Here are some of my thoughts:  

Peering out the window of my mind, I think about 2010 and what it will bring.  I hope for happiness and contentment in all circumstances.  I wish blessings for all of my family and friends.  I look for more prosperous times for our country.  I desire new clients and new opportunities with my business. 

There is so much to be thankful for and so much to aspire to in the coming year.  I look forward to what is ahead!