Home Decor Interview:
Kate Baxter from "Fabric of My Life"
Two years ago, Kate Baxter never imagined her
"Fabric of My Life" blog would be
where it is today.
Kate, an interiors stylist in London, has gotten rave reviews for her blog, and
with good reason. She has successfully created her own voice, and readers
have come to know and love Kate as not only one of their favorite bloggers, but
also one of their best friends.
Kate has her whole life ahead of her, and at this rate, there's bound to never
be a dull moment. "Fabric of My Life" is a great, inspirational, fun blog
to read, and it's no secret why it was recently rated one of the top 50 design
blogs in the world. That's no small accomplishment, so let's meet the
woman behind the blog and find out more about this extraordinary woman!
1. Hi Kate, thank you for joining us today. Please take a second to tell
us a little about yourself, "The Fabric
of My Life," and anything else of yours that you'd like to mention to our
"The Fabric of My Life" is my own
little corner of cyberspace where I like to document all my favourite
inspirational finds, be it interiors, homewares, fashion or well-designed
products that make me go ooooh! I started my blog when I was freelancing as an
interiors stylist, as a way of cataloguing all the things I liked in one place,
in order to develop my own personal style. Without realising it, I found that I
was always drawn to interiors and products that were very retro in style, and
through my blog – or my magpie’s nest, as I like to call it – I discovered that
mid-century modern and Scandinavian style were very dear to my heart.
2. One thing that struck me right away is how successful your blog has
become in such a short period of time, especially since you're still so young.
To what do you attribute this success to, and has "Fabric of My Life" exceeded
When I first started out, my blog was all about what I loved and the images that
inspired me in my work as a stylist. I never set out expecting that anyone would
read it, and although I’ve always written with a voice that poses questions and
involves my reader, I think I always saw it more as a visual diary of my
evolving creative side, and in that way it was always very personal.
For the first six months or so, no one read it, not even my friends and that was
fine. But then, slowly, very slowly, people started to stumble across it and
began leaving me comments and words of encouragement and I began to get a
glimpse of what the blog could evolve into. It all happened very organically to
begin with, and then my blog was included in
The Time’s Online’s List of top 50 Design Blogs in the World.
In an instant my blog following increased a hundred-fold and I absolutely
freaked. Suddenly there was pressure to post everyday and to write authoratively
about my subject and for a moment my blog became another thing that I had to do,
and not something that I did because I enjoyed it. But all the lovely comments
and positive words brought me back to reality pretty quickly and I realised how
powerful and accepting the blogging community.
I began to feel very welcomed and included in this brave new world that is
rapidly discovering it’s untapped vocal potential, and I am so very, very happy
and proud to be a part of this.
3. For readers who may not live in the UK, can you please explain what
a "car boot fair" is?
A car boot fair is basically a jumble sale held on a school playground or
playing field where people drive up in their cars and sell all their old things
from their boot (I guess in the states the boot is call the trunk of the car…?).
It is great for finding old treasures that other people consider to be junk and
you often pay just a few pounds for a china tea set just because it is missing
one saucer, or old Polaroid cameras that have been sitting gathering dust in
someone’s attic for years.
4. When digging around town for great finds at your local antique fair,
is there any one characteristic you're looking for that always seems to catch
your eye? And do you think this is something you've learned over time, or a
talent you think you were born with?
I never have a particular characteristic in mind, I just know what I like! Often
I’ll buy a beautiful set of coloured glasses and get them home to discover I
already have a similar set because I always seem to be drawn to the same things!
Because I don’t have my own home yet, a lot of my purchases get wrapped in
tissue paper and stored in boxes under my bed, waiting for the day that I move
into a place of my own and can unpack all these beautiful treasures, and give
them pride of place in a glass fronted 1950s cabinet or lined up along a shelf.
As I said, a lot of the time I am drawn to mid-century modern designs and I love
coloured glasses, retro-patterned china sets and teak handled cutlery. One day
my kitchen is going to be AWESOME.
5. Have your friends and family generally been supportive of your blog,
and do they share your interest in the topics you write about?
My friends and family have been really supportive, but the most amazing thing
about blogging is all the new friends you meet along the way; some who remain
cyber friends, but others who have become ‘real-life’ friends after endless
communication via blog comments and twitter. Living in London, there are so many
fellow bloggers who I have begun to meet up regularly with, and I am also a
member of the Design Bloggers Collective, a creative group of UK design bloggers
who meet once a month to share ideas and develop connections in the design
6. What made you decide to book a trip to Amsterdam for the "Meet the
Blogger" event? Are you looking forward to it, and what do you have planned
while you are there?
The ‘Meet the Blogger’ event is an extension of the Design Bloggers
get-together’s we have in London, and I am heading to Amsterdam with fellow DB
Collective members Arianna of
Arianna Interiors and Carole of Dear
Designers. I am really looking forward to meeting some of the international
bloggers I chat to regularly via twitter and who I already feel I almost ‘know’
through their blogs. Putting faces to twitter names is always so much fun (and
it’s always amusing to introduce yourself as your blog name!) and whenever I’ve
been in a room full of bloggers it is as if we have been friends for ages even
if we have only just met in ‘reality’.
I’ve also never been to Amsterdam before, so I’m really excited to explore the
city and hopefully uncover some little gems to blog about in the process.
Really, I imagine it to be a weekend of bubbling creatively and I simply cannot
7. Kate, thanks again for spending some time with us today. For this
last question, please tell us where you see yourself 5 years from now? Do you
have any specific career goals or plans to expand your blog?
I try not to look too far into the future these days, and take every opportunity
as it comes. Looking back five years to where I am now I could not have ever
envisioned anything like this for myself, so I’m trying to be a little easier on
myself in terms of setting long-term goals and not rule anything in or out.
As for my blog I’m trying not to put too much pressure on, to blog about only
the things that truly inspire me, and allow everything to develop organically.
It’s an approach that has worked so far, and opened so many doors and all I can
do is keep on going through them. Who knows where they will lead...
That was a very interesting conversation and we thank Kate for spending some
time with us today. We hope she has fun in Amsterdam and we look forward
to reading all about it.
Be sure to head over to The Fabric of My
Life today and become a regular reader of her blog. Thanks Kate!
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