Thank you to the team at Designing Moms Blog for asking me to be a guest on their site. I am the owner of both Annette Tatum and Little House collections which are companies that specialize in custom designed textiles and products for the home and the nursery. I have been creating and building a business for the past 15 years and have been often asked what inspires me when I create? What are my favorite things? I find that with a busy house like mine filled with four children (ages 7-19), what inspires me the most is my family. They encourage me to keep discovering my creative inner spirit as well as keep me focused on what is important.
Having a studio at home as well as a store just down the street keeps me on my feet. Half of my days are filled with running a business, working on product development and other day to day management tasks. The other half is filled with mom stuff. Dentist visits, school lunches and after school activities. I don’t get to linger too long on things, which is why I like a little of everything. My life changes quickly so I find that my style favorites change fast too. In my studio I keep a lot of my inspiration. Journals filled with ideas, trims and buttons and other small details. Fabrics I love and more. Most special are the little works of art or small notes from my family that remind me that what I do matters.
We travel a lot as a family and finding inspiration is never too hard
to find . I have also recently finished my first book "The Well Dressed Home" for Clarkson Potter. Between the business and my family adventures…. inspiration is something that I often just stumble upon.
One of my favorite go to for inspiration is fashion. I love the details and the constant change of looks and ideas. This is a recent fashion collection I did for the release of the book. Visit our blog for more.
In my own home some of my favorite things come from my china collection. I love to collect odd assortments of china. Plates that I just love for no reason. Cups that might be used for some fantasy tea party.
Vases and old oddities that I love just because. Color always inspires… A detail from my favorite dining chair An old tray that I found at a local antique house. I love anything with birds… Some of my some of my collection of dishes. Old florals mixed with mother of pearl flatware. My children’s homework/ art room… I love any space in the house that offers up room for creative time. My journals.. they are my place where I keep all my ideas and inspiration. I love referring to them for ideas or just to look at beautiful things.