Our Style Stories



Welcome to your digital version of grabbing coffee with a good friend. In this show, Hilary Walker leads casual conversations with the guests of her blog on topics such as creative work, personal style, daily habits, girlboss-ness, momboss-ness and generally all the cool lady stuff we’re eager to learn from each other. Tune in bi-weekly for new episodes, including personal musings from Hilary on life as a freelance prop stylist in Dallas, TX. Visit ourstylestories.com for the photographic stories that accompany each episode.


  • Lisa Elin and Erik Craighead: The Impact of Location on a Creative Career

    16/08/2014 Duración: 32min

    Today's conversation with Lisa and Erik Craighead of Salt Lake City, UT is primarily about location. I visited their historic downtown apartment earlier this Summer and spent the better part of an entire day with them, touring their home, snapping some pictures, exploring their garden, and enjoying great conversation over a delicious home cooked meal.  During our visit we talked a lot about location as it relates to developing a creative career. We discussed the pros and cons of living in a large metropolitan area such as New York City or LA as well as why they think smaller cities are the place to be right now, Salt Lake City especially. Lisa shared a peek into what her work life as a creative director looks like now that she's settled down in Utah. We spent a good amount of time discussing how to break into a new market and find clients as well as key lessons from both Erik and Lisa for jump starting a creative career with sincerity and humility.   Whether you live in a big city and feel slightly invisible

  • Laura Busby: Comfort Zones and Bedding Wisdom

    08/08/2014 Duración: 33min

    After yesterday's Style Story featuring Laura Busby, I'm sure you're anxious to hear more from this girl who plays mandolin, takes adult ballet classes, and experiments in videography . In today's interview, Laura and I chat about her journey from the beginning as a shop girl at Anthropologie to her current role as a manager of e-commerce and marketing at Peacock Alley. Laura imparted some serious bedding wisdom and enlightened me on my sad, uneducated ways. (hint: what's more important than thread count?) We also discussed the seeds of Laura's interest in design and how her personal style has grown from the early and, yes, awkward phases of teenage-dom to her current outlook on things which is much more focused on meaningful quality investments over impulsive convenience purchases. Perhaps one of my favorite discussions in the course of our conversation was on the subject of stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things. Laura is a bonafide pro when it comes to this department.

  • Rachel and Dave Chamberlain: Love Stories and Home Renovations for a Family of Six

    02/08/2014 Duración: 41min

    Rachel and Dave Chamberlain are today's guests and I'm thrilled to welcome them onto the podcast. Earlier this week, I shared their gorgeous Style Story and today you'll hear the rest of their story as told in their own voices. Rachel is a portrait illustrator and writer and Dave is a cabinet and furniture builder and owner of Chamberlain Cabinetry. The two live in their gorgeous mid-century home nestled in the mountainside of Salt Lake City, UT with their children Beau, Georgia, Kingston, Gus and a big white dog named Kevin. Our conversation is a bit more narrative than usual. To begin, Rachel and Dave shared the intimate and, frankly, Notebook-like love story from their first meeting, subsequent separation, and reunion years later. Get ready for a real life romance drama folks! It really was incredible. From there, we switched over to some more typical topics for this show - specifically, the story of their two major home renovations, a few key tips for installing herringbone wood flooring, insights into Ra

  • Cristina Lynch: Artisan Crafts and Creative Collaboration

    21/07/2014 Duración: 39min

    Today we continue our visit with Cristina Lynch from last week. Her Style Story is full of such beautiful traditions and stories. As a special addition to our typical podcast episode, I'm also including photos that I took of Cristina's showroom and work studio for her company Mi Golodrina on the blog. Visit www.ourstylestories.com for the full tour.  After taking a tour of her space, we sat down to talk about everything from folk art and cultural migration to the process behind creating artisan goods, the importance of good photography for e-commerce, the power of simplicity, and the role of mentorship and collaboration in any creative endeavor.

  • Skyler Fike: Multi-Faceted Careers & Self Education

    09/07/2014 Duración: 36min

    Skyler Fike is a thoughtful guy who has a particular appreciation for challenges that help him grow. Earlier this week we saw a glimpse of his home and how he inhabits his space through his Style Story. In today's conversation, we dig deeper into the story behind his work and lifestyle. We talked about the early seeds of his interest in architecture, his love affair with photography and film, the many facets of his current freelance work and how being a member of a creative community has helped him get outside of his head, the early stages of finding his artistic voice, and how to be self-taught. This plus so much more! Listen below or on your smart phone in iTunes to hear our conversation.   Podcast reference links: McKinney Bed and Breakfast Weld Rachael Currie's Style Story Sara & Rocky Garza's Style Story Cody Culberson   One last note: Our Style Stories is a project of love. I love doing it and hope my audience enjoys my work as well! I’d like to bring that joy to a few others also. By leaving a re

  • Maryam Salassi: Art for Children and Launching a Business

    28/06/2014 Duración: 31min

    This week's Style Story featuring Maryam, Jacob, and Margaux Salassi got a lot of attention for it's bold hues and playful art. I absolutely loved spending the afternoon with this sweet family and thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Maryam for the podcast. Maryam and I talked about everything from her childhood growing up in Guam, her philosophies on early art education, her favorite children's book authors, and her insights and lesson learned in the process of launching Pouf Salon which she co-founded with her cousin.  Podcast reference links: Pouf salon Hi and Hello blog Oliver Jeffers Peter Brown      One last note: Our Style Stories is a project of love. I love doing it and hope my audience enjoys joining me in the journey as well! I'd like to bring that joy to a few more others as well. By leaving a rating and review of my podcast on iTunes, you will make my show that much more visible to new listeners. Please do so by following THIS LINK and leave your review in iTunes. 

  • Diamond Mahone: Dressing Courageously and Maintaining Authenticity

    30/05/2014 Duración: 38min

    In Wednesday's blog post you met Diamond Mahone, the fashion blogger behind Diamond Janae, and got a glimpse of her enviable and bold style. Today we're going to dive a little deeper into her story on the podcast. Diamond has some wonderful insights to share around courage, boldness, and maintaining authenticity in your work. Her early interest in fashion and later education in fashion marketing and management have helped Diamond hone a unique personal aesthetic. Through publishing her own blog, Diamond has also learned the valuable lesson of staying true to yourself and identifying what it is that sets you apart. Listen below or tune in on your smart phone through iTunes.  [powerpress]   Podcast reference links: Ten Over Six Self Service Magazine Tank Magazine Maker Magazine The Gentlewoman DiamondJanae.com

  • Catie Conlon: Editing, Humility, and Mentorship in the Life of a Young Creative

    16/05/2014 Duración: 40min

    For someone as young and fresh as she is, Catie Conlon sure has a wealth of valuable life lessons to share. In this podcast interview, Catie discusses her thoughts on the following topics:   Decorating a diverse and unique home Nurturing creativity and positive energy in a work environment Developing mentorship relationships The role of humility in launching a career The importance of editing And finally, managing the guilt of downtime   If you haven't already, take a peak inside Catie's home in Dallas, TX before listening to today's conversation. It is a stunner! As is Catie and her lovely view on life.

  • Sam Sano and Joslyn Taylor of SWOON the studio: Creating a Niche Through Diversifying

    11/04/2014 Duración: 23min

    Part two of SWOON's Style Story takes us behind the front facade of their cool work space and into the minds and musings of Sam and Joslyn, it's founder and principal designers. Join me as I dig deep into topics such as "master of craft" vs. "renaissance woman" and the process of creating a niche through diversifying their offering. I thoroughly enjoyed all of their insights and think you will too. For all those creative entrepreneurs and developing business folks out there, this one's for you!Listen below or on your mobile device for the whole conversation.

  • Ruthie Lindsey: Navigating Pain and Purpose, Brokenness and Beauty

    05/04/2014 Duración: 38min

    Ruthie Lindsey and I sat down to chat at her dining table a month ago after touring her home for her Style Story feature. During our conversation, Ruthie opened up about her journey from being the victim of a serious car accident and undergoing multiple subsequent spinal cord surgeries, to her life today as a decorator and stylist in Nashville, TN. After opening up about her struggles with the world through her blog and social media last year, Ruthie discovered the overwhelming joy and blessings accompanied by true authenticity. Since then, she has made it her mission to share messages of pain and purpose, brokenness and beauty through her work as a creative entrepreneur.

  • Amanda Lackey: Building a Young Business and Working with a Decorator

    21/03/2014 Duración: 35min

    Yesterday, I walked you through the home and wardrobe of Amanda Lackey. She is a successful photographer and business woman here in Fort Worth with some fantastic insight into multiples niches! Today, you'll get to hear her speak first hand about what it's been like to build her business as a very young professional, the balance she is learning to strike between work and home life in her first year of marriage, and what the process of working with a decorator was like among other things.

  • Emily and Aaron Williams: Honoring the Process and Creating Intentional Happiness

    07/03/2014 Duración: 43min

    I was at a bit of a loss for words on Wednesday when I first posted Emily and Aaron's Style Story. There was so much to share about them and the thought of covering it all just totally overwhelmed me. But that's why I have these interviews. Because my guests are often far more eloquent than I am! Today you'll hear Emily and Aaron share, among other things, a bit about their childhood growing up in rural Texas, their thoughts on setting goals and learning to appreciate the moment, and how to spread joy and love through simple daily acts.

  • Facing Risk and Overcoming Insecurities with Rachael Currie

    21/02/2014 Duración: 39min

    Today's podcast episode is a bit longer than usual but worth every minute of extra time. Rachael and I started by talking about her background in the performing arts as an actress and then shifted into discussions about fear and freelancing, insecurities and doing work that's new, financial stability and learning to accept risk as part of the creative process. It was awesome!! If you are an independent creative or someone that just wants to put themselves and their creative work out to the world, whether or not it pays your full time income, this conversation is for you! Rachael has some incredibly insightful and encouraging perspectives to share.

  • Work & Life Balance, Creative Outlets, & the Blogging Community with Samantha Stewart

    24/01/2014 Duración: 13min

    Admittedly, today's conversation with Sam was a little self-indulgent. I had a few burning questions about blogging that I just had to ask her. For example, how does she handle a job and a blog... at the same time! Of course, she had the best answer. In addition, we chatted about the importance of a creative outlet, how a blog facilitates that, the delights of being a part of a community of supportive people, and a few key tips for beginning vintage shoppers and newby bloggers.

  • Craftsmanship, Family Influences, and Saving for Your Dream with Angela Scott

    17/01/2014 Duración: 16min

    For Angela Scott, footwear has been a lifelong pursuit and one that has finally led to the launch of her own company, The Office of Angela Scott. It has been a dream for years and was a long time in the making. Now, almost three years into production, Angela can say her dream has come true. In today's interview, we chat about what her journey has looked like, how she saved in order to launch her business, what has influenced her work artistically, and the value of fine craftsmanship.

  • Priorities, Work Flow, and Repurposing with Dana Pugh

    18/12/2013 Duración: 32min

    Yesterday's Style Story featuring Dana Pugh was just the beginning of her beautiful insights. Today, you'll get to learn more from this talented lady in a conversation that left me wanting for more. We chatted about her childhood growing up with a single parent, how that influenced her outlook on life and decorating, her entry into design, making priorities in life and work, choosing what to pay attention to in our busy world, and learning to edit when scavenging for home items.

  • Family Businesses, Life Transitions, and Home Renovation with Brianne and Trey Denton

    11/12/2013 Duración: 31min

    In today's episode, I chat with Brianne and Trey Denton, owners of Blue Lotus Gardens in Dallas, TX and new parents to babygirl Veda, about their family history of entrepreneurship, their views on the importance of family priorities, some exciting floral trends, and a few key tips for home renovation.

  • Literature, Education, and the Importance of a House Full of Books with Colleen Whitver

    04/12/2013 Duración: 28min

    Between our common interest in writing, history, and education and our undeniable "gift for gab", Colleen and I shared a wonderful conversation when I visited her earlier this year to photograph her Style Story. Among other things, we discussed her background in literature, how that influenced the style of education she offered her children, what she has been growing in her garden lately, books on her reading list, and the responsibility of education.

  • Creative Entrepreneurship and Launching a Jewelry Line with Jennifer Blumenstock

    25/11/2013 Duración: 08min

    In this podcast interview, Jennifer and I chat about what inspired the launch of their jewelry line, Three Bishops, what has challenged them so far, and advice for other young creative entrepreneurs.

  • Decorating on a Budget, Working from Home, and Teaching Your Children About Design with Sarah Greenman

    31/10/2013 Duración: 12min

    In this episode, you'll listen to Sarah share a few personal insights about the role of budgetary restrictions on her decorating style, the challenges of working from home, how design has taught her boys respect, and what it takes for her to get work done.

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