Grunt Labor has been pissed at me for like the last three weeks because I haven’t had a new Freak Show Friday. Yes, I dropped the ball, but in my defense it’s been crazier than when the patients take over the asylum up in here.
As I was thinking about what to write for Freak Show Friday since I would like for my husband to not nag me about it this week, my eyes wandered over to the latest edition of CityScope magazine, which is a local magazine that highlights people, places and events in Chattanooga.
And I also just so happen to be featured in it this month along with four other local bloggers.
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I’m not quite sure I deserve the feature, but I’ll take it. 🙂 I’ve been featured in a few other national magazines before, but I have to say that being recognized locally for what you do is pretty amazing. There’s just something about people who live where you do giving you a pat on the back.
So anyway, as I was thinking about what to write and the CityScope feature, I thought about all the questions I had been asked for the feature. Whoever came up with the questions knew what they were doing because these weren’t surface level questions, they really made me think about myself and what I’ve been influenced by. And as I thought about those questions, I realized that I’m not really the same person Grunt Labor married at all, bless his heart. I turned into a Rolling Stones meets Conway Twitty feminist pistol with a dash of Dolly.
I thought it would be fun to share some of those questions and answers with you for this Freak Show Friday.
1. What inspired you to start Rain on a Tin Roof?
My passion has always been Interior Design. When other high schoolers asked for new clothes or shoes for their birthdays, I asked for Christopher Lowell’s Seven Layers of Design Book. Does anyone even remember him now?! Unfortunately, I didn’t go with my gut and pursue an Interior Design degree in college, instead I became a teacher. When I quit work to stay home with my daughter though, I thought it might just be the perfect time to chase that design dream, so I started Rain on a Tin Roof.
2. Who are you influenced by?
I’m often influenced by places and things just as much as people. Kelly Wearstler is one of my favorite interior designers, but I’m also often inspired by musicians like Dolly Parton, The Rolling Stones and Stevie Nicks. One time, I found inspiration in an airport. New Orleans is also a big source of inspiration for me. I also love taking in all the details of really beautifully designed restaurants and clubs. Even though it was well before my time, I love the interior design of Studio54 and that whole era.
3. Do you have any specific goals for 2017?
To quote Jimmy V, my general goal every year is always to survive and advance. Working full-time at home with a four year old in tow often results in many “survival of the fittest” type moments. This year, I’m planning to finally get my product line launched, add a little dose of fashion to the blog, would love to turn some of my stories into a book and I would also love to work with more local businesses related to my niche.
4. Who was your first style icon?
The one and only Dolly Parton. I was her two years running for the wax museums in elementary school. There was no one who wanted to be a big country music star one day more than me. Unfortunately my singing voice never quite decided to let that dream come to fruition. Her general approach to life when it comes to looking and acting just the way you want to and not caring what anyone else thinks is something that I often find myself translating into my design. On top of that, the way she has chased her dreams down and never stopped reaching for the stars is incredibly inspirational. My daughter is currently on a Dolly Parton kick, so maybe she’ll be the one to make it big one day and I can live vicariously through her! Ha!
**Y’all, I searched high and low for that picture of me as Dolly in one of the wax museums, but just couldn’t find it.
5. How would you describe your style?
The Rolling Stones meet Conway Twitty. I’m a little Country and a little Rock ‘N Roll.
6. What’s something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I grew up on a farm.
I love Long John Silver’s chicken smothered in malt vinegar sauce.
I’m not 100% sure my marriage is legal as we got married in the Domincan Republic by a priest who spoke Spanish and we understood nothing. Furthermore, I had to translate the wedding certificate via Google once we got back. That story is here.
And, after my husband and I got married, we also moved in two of his best friends, both male. That was an adventure which also gained me two best friends. I wouldn’t trade that time for anything. That story is here.
7. If you could swap wardrobes with anyone in the world living today, who would it be and why?
Jerry Hall, but only if I could get those gorgeous clothes of hers from the 70’s and 80’s.
9. Do you have any rules when putting a room together?
None at all, really! I usually start with a general idea or a piece that I really love and go from there. I’m sure I mix colors and patterns that were never meant to be mixed and do things that would make some interior designers scream. I think your home should be a reflection of you and your family and if that means having a huge framed picture of Conway and Loretta over your breakfast table, then so be it.
Cheers to the weekend, friends! Here’s to Dolly, The Stones, Conway, Jerry Hall, and of course, YOU!
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