TaLaya and her husband Kerrick inherited their home from his grandparents, which have been in his family for over sixty years. Over the past two years, the couple has been renovating their bungalow (or as they refer to it on Instagram #ourbrickhouse), and viewers have been able to come along for the ride through their social media posts. Through Ourbrickhousestyle, we have been able to watch video feeds and photos of the good, the bad, and the ugly process that goes into renovating a house. TaLaya is an interior design enthusiast, and her social media feed is jam packed with color, African textiles and patterns, plus Boho-chic inspiration. When you see the before and after pictures of their home renovation projects, you cannot help but be floored by the amazing transformations. Their bungalow has been featured in Apartment Therapy and Charlotte Home + Garden.
TaLaya is also the owner of a creative nail studio, Artisan Nail Studio, in Charlotte, NC. She has been a nail artist for sixteen years. She is well known for her detailed nail artistry, and is the proud owner of one of the few Black-owned nail salons in Charlotte.
What Does Black History Month Mean To You This Year?
Black history month means celebrating my culture and taking intentional time to acknowledge the sacrifices and triumphs of those that came before me. Our history is rich and it’s important and it deserves to be told. I celebrate Black culture and Black people 365, but I still recognize the significance of this month so I treat it with the respect it deserves!
Where Are You Finding Inspiration To Create This Year?
I find inspiration in everything! Travel, community, different cultures. I think my biggest source of inspiration at the moment comes from some of my favorite social media accounts. There are so many talented and creative Black interior designers and decorators. I’m so glad that a platform like Instagram has allowed me to connect with people from all over the world, so that we can share our passions and our homes and our culture!
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