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Maker: Kailey Stripling from DecorALatte

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Photo Credit: Erin Welcome

Photo Credit: Erin Welcome

Meet Kailey Stripling from DecorALatte. Kailey, is on her way to become a nurse, and some how she finds the time to create aged planters, vases, jewelry organizers, photo organizers and other home decor. Read about what inspired her to start her business and keeps motivated below:

Tell us about your background.

Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated with the journey a simple material goes on as it transforms into something entirely new. As a little girl my mom had her own small craft business. I would go to our friends and families homes and see her wall hangings displayed and delighted in being a part of the process that got it there. I would look at them and I would see the story of how it was created, and I loved that. I saw the family walks through the woods of Oregon collecting mossy branches and trips to Joannes picking out different colored fabric, and the hours my mom spent putting them together. Now 20 years later, through thrift store dreaming and garage sale scavenging I have continued to find joy in transforming simple things into special and personal pieces and like my mother like daughter I am starting a small craft business!

Photo Credit: Kailey Stripling

Photo Credit: Kailey Stripling

What made you take the leap and start your business?

A wise person once said, “do more of what you love, ” so I do. I love to turn the simple into memorable. I love to look at a wall and NOT see decorations all perfectly matched from the fall line of a store, but decorations that reveal personality and start conversations. And man, do I love a good adventure. So I am on this adventure of starting Décor-a-latte. The catalyst that pushed me to start it now is time. I am in the process of becoming a nurse and while I enjoy the structured and scientific world of nursing I have always needed a creative outlet to stay sane. This semester I am a part time student as I finish my last units and I finally have the time to invest in pursuing this dream of mine of opening a small business of DIY gems.

Photo Credit: Kailey Stripling

Photo Credit: Kailey Stripling

Why is making and shopping handmade so important?

It is a tangible way of supporting individuality. Individuality provides diversity and culture to our lives and that is something to advocate for. When you support handmade business you are supporting your ability to express yourself uniquely from other people, plus handmade goods are just more fun!

Photo Credit: Kailey Stripling

Photo Credit: Kailey Stripling

Tell us about your creative process.

I am inspired by anything and everything and my inspirations collide in my head to create new inspirations. Then I set out to find affordable materials to create that idea. After that comes a lot of trial and error, my favorite Spotify playlists and eventually I have an item that I love.

Photo Credit: Erin Welcome

Photo Credit: Erin Welcome

What is your studio space like?

It is my wonderful kitchen table in my campus apartment that my roommates so graciously let me take over.

Who are your favorite makers and artists?

I love 31 bits, The Giving Key, and Infinite for India because they make beautiful products while supporting a meaningful cause.

Thank you for sharing your story and photos!

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