As mentioned last week, the supremely cool Tracy Martin Taylor of Eleven 11 Design has kindly agreed to share some of her design wisdom in a regular column here on D Moms Daily. For the first installment of her weekly feature, “Love Your Space,” Tracy recaps her recent Round Top adventures, lets us in on a few tips for navigating the famed antique show, and shares some of her room-transforming finds. Enjoy!
Hello D Moms readers! I’m crazy excited to have the chance to talk to you guys each week and share ideas that will hopefully inspire you or at least give you a fun break in the day.
Last week was a blur as I ventured to Round Top for the fall show. It’s a lot to take in (need a foot massage stat) and having a vision for what you are looking for before you start the trek definitely makes it easier. My survival tips are short and sweet, but key:
- Gather your thoughts and make a cheat sheet of wishes with measurements if needed.
- Take a tape measure, hand wipes, a big hat, and some recycled shopping bags.
- Keep your phone charged so you can take pics.
- Chat with locals/regulars to find out which areas of the show will most likely have what you want.
- Bring cash, as it will get you a better price.
- If you see something you love, snag it. When you check back, it will likely be gone!
One of my missions when I visit is to snap up vintage items that will add something special to the spaces I’m designing — especially rooms for the littles! Vintage toys, framed art, and small pieces with color add a layer of cool to your wee one’s space. Mixing unique weathered items with modern pieces make a space feel interesting and personal. Some of my favorite personality-packed treasures spotted last week include:
- Framed ‘words of wisdom’ — Prints with simple advice for kiddos.
- Super saturated pops of color — Spotted on sculptural and playful megaphones and bowling pins.
- Horses and horse motifs — The perfect amount of rustic to balance an otherwise girly space.
- The golden rule — Kid sized seating, vintage books, and frames made out of vintage rulers.
Love your space,
For more design inspiration from Tracy, be sure to check out her blog.