I first stumbled upon the etsy shop Byrdie Graphics a few weeks ago while looking for inspiring shops to share here on the site, and the instant I saw the first photo I was totally sucked in. I literally spent hours browsing and re-browsing all the fantabulous wall vinyl designs that Natalie creates. But my favorite, by far....the big brown tree with yellow leaves would just send my living room decor over the top, i think. I'm just dying I love it so much! (And Jen feels the same way...if you haven't seen it already, check out her home decor article where she shared her inspiration board for a new playroom with all of us...an inspiration board that includes this exact tree from Byrdie Graphics.) I told her that we should both get one and then share with everyone how we used it in different ways...what do you think?
Ok, moving past the gushing point and getting back to business...I am super excited to share with you a little peek into Natalie Underwood's world (Natalie is the owner of Byrdie Graphics and the designer of all the graphics you can see in her store.):
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am from a family of 6 from a little town in Idaho. I've spent most of my adult life in Utah and married a great guy from there 8 years ago. We have 2 1/2 year old twins that keep us very busy! We currently live on the East Coast just outside NYC and love it!
Describe your business (and share links as to where we can find it online):
I've got a shop on Etsy (www.byrdiegraphics.etsy.com) and a website (www.byrdiegraphics.com) where I sell vinyl wall graphics and patterns. The vinyl we use is high quality and can be removed when you are ready for a change or when you are moving out of your rental. It is a great way to add some color and design without being stuck with it. We love to do custom designs as well.
What made you decide to open an art business?
always love working with my hands and being "crafty". My fist love was
architecture and interior design. I think the interior of your home is
a direct reflection of yourself. It should be your sanctuary and a
place that you love to be in and feel comfortable in. I think money is
well spend when it comes to interior furnishings and accents.
When did you start doing art?
been in business a little over a year. I've always loved art though so
you could always find little project here and there that I was working
Where does your inspiration come from?
color, and the outdoors. I try to stay on top of things and make it as
fresh and up to date as I can.
I've got an office in my home. I just moved it last weekend so I don't have any photos :( Maybe I can hurry and snap a few. It is pretty small, but I'm not complaining. I get to be home with my kids!
What kind of music do you enjoy listening to while you create?
Funny that you ask. I'm not much for music really. I appreciate good
music, but I've never been one to turn it on where ever I am. My
husband always thinks I'm so weird because I like to work in the
silence. I think it's because my day is so noisy with kids that it's
nice to have no noise.
Please share with us your favorite childhood memory...or one that includes art!
I was small I loved to have my Dad bring home graph paper from work. I
would sit on the couch for hours drawing houses and house plans.
I hope that one day soon it will get us back to the West near our
families. It's fun to live somewhere exciting, but there is nothing
like being close to your loved ones.
Any tips and tricks to other artists/business owners?
for it! It takes time to get things together and the site or store up,
but it's worth the time and money. If you believe you have a great
product then chances are other will think so too!
How often do you create?
:) The plotter is usually running most of the day. I don't create new
designs as often as I should because it is a lot of work. I've got lots
of ideas and a few things ready to add to the collection, but for now
the designs that I do have are keeping me busy.
Can you cartwheel? If so, we'd love to see a photo! :)
umm.....no.... I don't think I could be myself around. I tried not to long ago and it actually hurt!
And here are some Byrdie photos of the vinyl in use...one of my favorite things about the Byrdie shop is that they present them in such an amazing, colorful way...so inspiring!:
Aren't they just delicious? I'm so glad that Natalie gave us this little glimpse into her world. Make sure you check out her shoppe for lots more wall graphics (she also does computer.graphics, and is running a super sale right now on a few of them.
AND...(drumroll please)...Natalie is generously giving away $25 worth of credit in her shop to one of our readers...so be sure to post a comment here with your e-mail address so that you can be added to the drawing. And if you'd like 2 chances to win, share this post via twitter, facebook or your blog and then come back here and post the link so that we can check it out.
NOTE: These graphics are removable and reusable, so if you live in an apartment and know you are moving soon there's no stress about spending the money and then only being able to use it for a little while.
Thanks so much to Natalie for sharing all this with us, and for the amazing give-away to our readers!