Sue and Teri from Wool + Vine are two sisters that grew up in Southern California and both developed a love for interior design at a young age. They actually enjoy working together on DIY projects. What’s really cool is that they have two homes to work on since they live in close proximity to each other, so they are constantly going out, finding really cool items, and re-designing their rooms to fit those items. Check out their interview below:
Q: How many years have you been blogging?
We started the blog in August of 2017.
Q: What is your favorite interior design project?
My favorite design project has been renovating my master bathroom. It was something I had wanted to do for a long time and to see it finally come to pass was a dream come true. I also love the shiplap walls in some of the rooms because I learned how to use a nail gun so that was a good skill to acquire.
Q: What project are you most proud of?
My master bathroom—from the shiplap my son-in-law put up to the marble floors and standalone bathtub, that room has totally become my favorite in the whole house! The farmhouse barn doors were also put in the space and I love them! We recently added a large mirror to the space to complete my vanity area.
Q: What does day in the life of an interior decor blogger look like?
I always have ideas running around in my mind and trying to work through what are the best ideas to put into action. There are always projects I’m working on. I get up and decide what I want to work on that day. My day almost always involves taking pictures and staging. If I’m not at my own house, I’m at my sister’s Teri’s styling something there. Then it’s deciding what content to produce for the blog. What will people be interested in seeing or reading? What do I have to say? These are all things I think about for the blog in trying to produce great content for my readers.
Q: What kind of lighting do you have set up for your work?
I normally try to use natural light. I know when the best times of the day are for shooting in my home in certain rooms. Some rooms are harder than others to capture good photos such as the bathrooms. It is just trial and error. I don’t use any studio lights or special effects—I wait for the right lighting to shoot! With lighting in my decorating, I am always changing out my table lamps or even my chandeliers, depending on how my style changes. The right lighting can totally transform a room!
Q: What is your fav lamp or string lights you have used for a project?
I love to use string lights around my teepees when I’m styling those. My lamp style changes weekly, but I’m really into the modern lamp right now with a neutral base and a great shade. I’ve seen some great tripod floor lamps as well that I love. String lights are great for a backyard feature or an outdoor look as well!
Q: What is the greatest tip you could give to our readers?
The best tip I could give is to just be your authentic self when it comes to your decor. Do what you love in your home. Surround yourself with beauty and things you think are beautiful, not what other people tell you are beautiful. The bottom line is that it is your home and you live there. It needs to be a place that you feel comfortable in and a place that you love.
Q: What is the hardest thing about interior design?
Keeping my wallet shut! Just kidding, but there are so many challenges in interior design—that’s what makes it fun! As trends change and fads are introduced and as seasons change, just keeping up with everything is difficult but exciting. It’s tempting to change my room or paint color every week, but sometimes you need to just enjoy the space where you’re at!
Q: If you had to do it all over again what would you do differently?
I probably would have invested more time in photography and learning how to take better pictures. I didn’t realize how big of a role photography was going to play in this whole thing. You do learn and grow along the way and I have definitely done that in big ways. I’ve found a great community of design enthusiasts and have learned so much from many people. There is so much talent in this design community, that is what I love.
Q: What do you think had the biggest impact on making your blog a success?
There are so many successful blogs out there, I feel like I’m still a small fish in a big pond! But a great writer + photos = a great blog. My daughter often helps me plan my blog or works on the site itself with coding and templates, and we brainstorm together. A successful blog isn’t 5,000 words long. It’s just real and full of great photos or tips! I think it’s a great platform to share ideas and grow.