We’re finishing 2018 strong with Taryn Whiteaker as our featured influencer this month! Full of tutorials, inspiration, and pro-tips, Taryn’s blog is a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to spruce up their living space, whip up a delicious new recipe, or embark on a DIY project. Looking for some new Holiday decor ideas? Taryn’s your girl. With an expert eye for design, Taryn will have your creative wheels turning in no time. We love working with Taryn because she always creates beautifully styled, eye-catching content. To learn more about Taryn, keep reading!

 

How did you start blogging, and what was the inspiration behind your blog?

It’s always interesting to hear how people get started on this crazy blogging journey! My full answer is pretty long, but here is a quick glimpse. It was SEVEN years ago that I had my first baby and transitioned into being a stay-at-home mom. After leaving a career in PR and Marketing, it didn’t take me long to realize that I needed a little something on the side to work on. Three months later I started my blog under the name Design, Dining and Diapers where I blogged about small craft projects, being a first time mom and starting to decorate our first home. It became a creative outlet, gave me something for ME, and allowed me to dig into those creative roots that had gone dormant for many years. It’s so crazy to look back and see how my little blog has evolved into what it is today, how it’s grown, how I’ve grown, and how the content has shifted into a more home decor and lifestyle blog.

 

What are some of your favorite blogs to read?

Oh there are SO many! But I am always inspired by Styled By Emily Henderson, Jillian Harris, ChrisLovesJulia and Addison’s Wonderland .

 

What social media outlet do you use most frequently and why?

Instagram! From a business perspective, I love that Instagram gives you the opportunity to have this instant portfolio of your work and glimpse into your personal style. From a personal perspective, I love browsing through all the gorgeous feeds and gaining inspiration. I love how people, more than ever, are turning Instagram into their own artistic expressions. Whether it’s through their own custom filters, creating patterns with images or how they structure their feed.

 

Your blog focuses primarily on Decor, DIY, and Recipes – how did you decide on these topics, and how do you balance covering each niche?

I have always just blogged about anything I’m working on inside my HOME! And depending on what stage of life I’m in at the time, those topics have shifted a little. At the time I started blogging I was learning how to decorate and renovate our first fixer upper home and I was creating small craft projects for my little girl (and then future kiddos). Our family also has many many food allergies so I would blog about allergy-friendly recipes that I was creating. Over the years, my content has definitely shifted into more interior design, styling, DIY projects and lifestyle.

 

What are some CLEVER tips for planning out/organizing your posts every week?

This year I reorganized how I run my blog and it has made such a difference. Many of you may already do this, but I started doing my work in ‘batches’. Instead of doing one project for the blog from start to finish, I now plan at least 6-8 weeks in advance, and have designated days for specific tasks. ie. a day for gathering supplies, another for doing as many photoshoots as possible, and then a full day of editing photos and writing posts. It has made a really big difference for me and increased my productivity. Of course there are always exceptions, but for the most part this has helped me a ton!

 

How do you put your own personal twist on sponsored posts?

Over the course of the past few years I have really focused on developing my own personal style within my design work, and that has translated into the general look and feel of my entire blog and social media channels. Every time I do a sponsored post, I put a lot of planning into it to make sure that the outcome fits authentically into my own life and also fits seamlessly into the look and feel of my blog – especially Instagram! The more you can insert your own personality and style into a sponsored post, the less “sponsored” it will feel!