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Small Experiences = Big Style

Why is pursuing one's style a meaningful endeavor?  On our podcast, Style Matters, we talk with some of the most fascinating people in the design world about this question.  This week's guest, Nicole Stevenson of Show & Tell Design Studio, epitomizes the kind of person, and the kinds of conversations, we love having on the show.    

Nicole Stevenson of Show & Tell Design Studio

Nicole Stevenson of Show & Tell Design Studio

Nicole is not only a designer, she's a blogger (check out Dear Handmade Life) a podcaster, and the co-founder of Patchwork Show (handmade craft shows) and Craftcation (a business conference for creatives).  But all of this amazing-ness isn't why we're so excited about her interview with us.  We're crushing on Nicole because she has articulated our own feelings about why style matters better than we have!

When she talked about the "creative process" on our podcast, she wasn't really outlining a step-by-step guide that should be followed by anyone interested in making something.  Instead, she was describing her creative process to illustrate why she does what she does...both professionally and in how she decorates her home.  When she goes out into the world she finds herself affected by an experience.  It's often something small, like the color of a flower.  When she's back home in her workspace, she might use that color as inspiration for a project she's working on.  And then finally, and most importantly, she'll share what she's created with someone by displaying it in her home.  It's the entire cycle of steps that make style in general, and decor in particular, meaningful to Nicole.  And very, very personal.  

DIY Camera Strap by Nicole Stevenson.  Photo courtesy, Dear Handmade Life.

DIY Camera Strap by Nicole Stevenson.  Photo courtesy, Dear Handmade Life.

To us, that process that really explains why we care so much about style.  To experience something outside yourself, to be influenced by it and sometimes transform it into something else, and then to share that experience with others... that's how we decorate our homes.  And why our homes are where we express our true selves.  Thank you, Nicole, for saying everything so beautifully!  (And you do definitely want to hear the rest of what Nicole has to say...so be sure to listen in here!).  

DIY Wood Pennant Print by Lisa Rios of The Makery for Dear Handmade Life.  

DIY Wood Pennant Print by Lisa Rios of The Makery for Dear Handmade Life.  

What about you?  Can you relate to this process?  Why does style matter to you and how do you most often express it?  We'd love to hear!  

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