Are you ready to set your eyes on one of the most chic and fabulously styled homes?! Well, get ready, because this home tour is going to leave you yearning for a redesign of your own pad! We recently sat down with Tania Yan, creator of Olive & Piper, and were completely over the moon to hear her thoughts on how how she comes up with design inspiration, both in her personal and professional life! Read on for more on Tania, and for some seriously swoon-worthy pics!
Tell us about how your style in your home and office translates into the pieces that get chosen for Olive & Piper?
The furniture and decor in my home and office really reflects my personal style – I like pretty and girly things mixed with contemporary and vintage elements… with a hint of coziness! I really believe that you don’t have to have expensive things to create a polished and luxurious look, and that’s the same idea behind the pieces curated and designed for olive + piper! We aim to carry a range of classic staples to bold statements that make you look polished and feel confident – while keeping the prices affordable for the every day girl.
2) What piece from your office can you not live without for your day to day life?
Aside from my computer, it’ll have to be my agenda. I like it “old-school.” I love to write things down on paper and check them off. It helps me visualize the things I have to get done in a day, and also what the rest of the week looks like. Back when I was in school, agendas weren’t pretty. Nowadays there are so many amazing brands that have the cutest agendas to keep you organized and motivated.
3) What are your go to places to furniture shop (in person and online) for your home and office?
I absolutely love HomeSense. If you’re lucky (and go often), you can find amazing pieces at great prices. When I first moved into my place, I practically went to every HomeSense in the city at least once a week. Some of my other favorites include Urban Barn, West Elm, The Cross Design… and I can’t leave out Ikea. They’re great for basic pieces you don’t need to spend a fortune on (like shelves). I also have pieces from Wayfair.com, Cymax.com and WorldMarket.com.
4) Any tips for girls who are creating their own home office? What are the key elements of a home office to make sure there are no distractions when working from home or starting a home business?
Create a space that you’ll enjoying being in every day because you’ll be spending a loooot of time there! Having a dedicated section for your work is important – and if possible, it should be secluded from the rest of your home so you don’t get an itch to turn on the TV, scrounge the cupboards for snacks, wash the dishes or take a nap! (I’m guilty of all of these.) In your office, have a section on the wall or on your desk with your goals for the week or month and make them visible. I also like having some witty quotes or memes that remind you to keep going! My ultimate distraction is my phone. It’s definitely inefficient to be checking your phone every few minutes, so turn it on silent and face down when you have a super important or completely daunting task to complete.
5) Your company, Olive & Piper, was one of the first, online-only fashion accessory boutiques in Vancouver. How did that impact the design of your home and office?
To be honest, it made my space really messy! There are so many boxes and packages involved selling products online that it can be hard to keep your space organized and clean. When I first started, I had no idea what I’d need in my office. You figure it out over time. Now we have a dedicated packing station that helps us stay organized and get our orders out quickly.
6) When designing or furnishing a new home or apartment, what tips do you have for those that are a bit challenged in the design department?
Look on Pinterest. Create a board with pictures of spaces you like and figure out exactly why you like them. When you combine those different things, you create a space that has the elements you like, with your own personal taste. Designing your place takes time – don’t rush into it. For the longest time, I only had one wall shelf in my office, and nothing else. I find that when you force yourself to put something together, it loses its magic, becomes frustrating and you end up wishing you did something else.
7) What is your process when brainstorming or designing, whether it is for the home or new addition to Olive & Piper?
I have a similar approach to designing things, whether it is my home or new jewelry pieces. I look at tons of stuff for inspiration – whether it’s browsing online or in stores, surfing instagram or just when I’m out and about. I take note of colors, lines, shapes and structures, etc… that catch my eye and start working them into a design. I am totally new to the design world and it can be so difficult to decide what to go with, because you can do anything you want! There’s still so much to learn and I’m just happy that you guys like what I’ve done so far!
How inspiring! What was your favorite element of Tania’s home?!