This weekend began with a Saturday morning chat over hot, fresh beignets and chicken popovers with my very creative friend and fellow blogger Lesa Taylor. Imagine the setting: Lesa and her husband live in rural Leavenworth, Kansas, and the drive there takes you past cornfields and old, picturesque barns. They do have neighbors, but when sitting in Lesa’s kitchen and gazing out the window, you forget the nearness of people; only rolling green hills and a pond are in view. It’s a lovely scene, but what’s inside Lesa’s home quickly draws your eyes away from the window to what I can only describe as an indoor panoramic visual buffet. Lesa’s talent for displaying found objects is evident everywhere. There are beautiful vignettes on every wall, every surface, and each one seems to tell a story that you want to sit down and read. You can’t leave her home without feeling inspired (and a bit more courageous!) to try your own hand at crafting home decor. It only makes sense that Lesa would share her talents with the world through her blog, Life Taylor’d.
Lesa and I had so much fun visiting about antiques, family treasures, food, and blogging that I thought I would post some of the highlights of our talk here on Circa 19xx. In particular, I asked Lesa if she could tell us about her five favorite finds. Read on for the big reveal…
I met Lesa a few years ago when we worked together at the same company. Our office was modern, white, and nearly featureless, but Lesa’s console served as a platform for colorful and elaborate seasonal displays. While the displays varied throughout the year, there were always stylistic touches that hinted at her fondness for rustic design. “I tend to like the kinds of things no one else wants,” she explained during our visit this weekend. “When shopping flea markets, some people are attracted to beautiful displays. Not me; I’m more interested in the box of junk in the corner. I like to think about all of the creative things I can do with those old, discarded pieces.”
Her most treasured finds come from a variety of places. Some are family heirlooms with long tails spanning generations; others are snapped up after long, arduous Internet searches and shopping excursions. One of her favorites was found curbside as it awaited pickup with the other trash! I asked her what she looks for when making acquisitions. “Sometimes I have a crystal clear vision in my head of the kind of display I want to create, and then I specifically seek the items I see in my mind’s eye.” One of her dreams is to transform an old barn into a home. If she and her husband ever purchase a barn, she’s ready. “I know exactly what I’d do and how I’d decorate,” she said. “It’s so clear in my mind that I even know where I would put the light switches!”
Lesa’s Five Favorite Finds
Lesa launched the Life Taylor’d blog earlier this year. “My signature statement is to ‘keep creating,’ because that’s what I want to help people do. My blog is about all things home and creating: Creating memories, crafts, food.” She features recent projects she has completed and provides how-to instructions so readers can try them in their own homes. If you’re looking for a little creative inspiration, Life Taylor’d is the place to go.
What a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning! Special thanks to Lesa Taylor for sharing part of her collection with me for my blog!
Until next time…