Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Finally, the Announcement

just a little peek at my desk

Hi again! The last two weeks have been a whirlwind and I am happy to be getting back into my routine.  New Orleans was fabulous.  So fabulous, in fact, that I forgot to take any pictures.  And the pictures that I did take... well, what happens at Mardi Gras stays at Mardi Gras, mmk?

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I was in Charleston this past weekend for work (lucky me, right?).  I know I've hinted here and on Insta about exactly what "work" means, but for some reason I've been putting off making the announcement.  I don't really know why.  Work is such a HUGE part of my life, that I feel like it's only fair that I share here.  So, without further adieu, I'd like to introduce you to my baby, Tailor & Table Design Studio.

It all started about a year and a half ago, when I was unhappy at my current job.  I was a lead event coordinator at a pretty big event company and while I had the opportunity to work with some AMAZING clients on several spectacular events, I was ready to move on.  It's a job that most people think is very glamorous, but in reality, it's incredibly stressful and draining.  I mean event planning isn't saving lives or anything, but it was named one of the top 5 most stressful jobs by the Huffington Post.  It didn't help that my office was 2 hours away from my house (and clients were even further away),  which meant a LOT of my time was spent on the road.  Needless to say, I was ready for something different.

I took another job in the event industry about 15 minutes from my house.  The commute was a breeze, the hours were regular, and my boss was wonderful.   The salary wasn't terrible either ;).  Yet, I still wasn't happy.  Going from a fast pace job where I had a lot of power to a job where I was just the rental girl who answered phones really did a number on my psyche.  I was bored to tears.  I think I even told Levi one night that I felt like "my soul was suffocating".  Dramatic? Yes.  But that's really the best representation of how I felt at the time.

So.  What's a gal to do?  Stay at a cushy job where there's nothing really bad and keep collecting a paycheck on a regular basis, all while finding a creative outlet outside of work, right?  Wrong.  That would make too much sense, silly.  Instead, after a lot of heart to heart conversations with Levi, my parents, and friends, I decided to take the biggest risk of my life and start my own business.

Now, in all fairness, my (really, really wonderful) business partner and I worked hard for almost a full year before we launched T&T.  We planned this out carefully, so it was far from a rash decision.  We both stayed at our other jobs until we felt ready to introduce T&T to the world.  And then, this October, we did it.  We put ourselves out there for the world to see and boy oh boy, did it feel GOOD (and scary -- very scary).

So what is Tailor & Table?

Tailor & Table is a full-service design studio specializing in events, florals, creative styling, and interiors.  Between the two of us, we have experience designing luxury weddings, styled shoots, store fronts, print editorials, residential interiors -- and the list goes on.  Simply put, it makes us ridiculously happy to make places and products look good. We're based in the Southeast, but we travel just about anywhere, nationally and internationally.  We currently have clients in four states and counting (only one country thus far, but hoping to add onto that soon :))!

The reaction since our launch has been nothing short of amazing.  We've already welcomed the most amazing clients into the T&T family, and I can't wait until their events and projects come to fruition.  They are the best clients in the world -- they put so much trust in T&T, and I can't wait to make them as happy as they make me.  So many amazing things opportunities have come our way since October, and I can't wait to see what else is in store for us.  I feel like I'm living the dream, and I don't want to wake up.

So there you have it, folks. The post that I've taken forever to write, and I still don't feel like I did it justice.

Have you ever taken a giant risk?  Did it pay off?

If you'd like to follow along on T&T's adventures, visit us on Facebook!


  1. Wishing T&T (and you) so much success, cheers to killing it in 2014!!

  2. As someone who also works for themselves, it’s the biggest and scariest challenge I’ve dealt with so far. I love getting to make your own hours, having the chance to surpass any set salary and really fueling your passion. I have no doubt Tailor & Table will do awesome! Next time you’re in CHS let me know! Would love to grab coffee/drinks if we’re there at the same time :)

  3. You did what I can only dream to do one day!!! Congratulations on your big achievement - it's so wonderful!! Can't wait to see all the things that you guys bring to life!!

  4. This is such an exciting adventure!! Talk about a dream job! I am so excited to follow along :) :)

    Good for you, pretty lady!! xo

  5. Ah I'm so happy for you!! And can't wait for you to be raking it in so we can celebrate with a proper (in all senses of the word, including real AND prim) girls trip! Yay go Nat!! So proud of you.

  6. congratulations!!! what an awesome adventure! so excited for you!

  7. congratulations!! so exciting to read about your new endeavor! excited to watch it grow!!

  8. Ahh I'm so late on the announcement post but of course I want to say congrats again! And thank YOU for helping ME find clarity when I was in the midst of a confusing life/work decision. Cannot wait to see the incredible events you produce!!