Taryn is the voice of style behind TarynWhiteaker.com (formerly Design, Dining and Diapers). Taryn established her brand over 8 years ago in hopes to inspire others with design ideas, DIY tutorials, entertaining ideas and give you a glimpse into her life as a mom and business owner. Through her design blog, Taryn has made a name for herself in the industry and has partnered with several well-known brands including Michaels, JOANN, Better Homes & Garden, World Market, Floor & Decor, Overstock, Hayneedle and more. She has appeared on The Rachael Ray Show, and her work has been published in Better Homes & Gardens, Country Sampler, All You, Family Circle and appeared on Country Living, People,com, Elle Decor, InStyle and more.
Design, Dining and Diapers, the original blog, was founded in June 2011, shortly after her daughter was born. She retired her leather-bound notebook, pencil skirts and heels for a life as a stay-at-home mom. Design, Dining and Diapers reflects what she does in a given day: decorating her home, making gluten-free meals, while changing diapers and chasing smiles. Taryn’s blog has evolved over the years from a mom/craft blog to a lifestyle and design blog focusing on home decor, entertaining and everyday life.
Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, three little kids and golden retriever. Prior to becoming a blogger, Taryn developed a career in public relations/marketing and has a diverse background in gaming, consumer-tech, clean technology, public affairs and non-profit.
Have you always loved crafts?
I was lucky enough to be born into a family where ‘arts & crafts’ time was just as important as reading and writing. Some of my fondest memories from my childhood have to do with art projects. I grew up with two girl cousins close to my age and every year we would have a ‘craft of the summer’—From friendship bracelets, beaded necklaces, tie dying, puffy painted sweatshirts (ok that’s dating me), hand-made cards, to making candles, we tried it all.
When I was 12 I discovered my niche, sewing. I had grown up watching my mom sit at her sewing machine making dance costumes and party dresses and I woke up one day and decided it was my turn. I didn’t want to start with the small stuff—No, I jumped right into designing and making my own clothes. I was too stubborn to use a pattern (drove my mom crazy), I would just lay out the fabric and start cutting. To this day, I’m not a big fan of reading directions. I tend to prefer to figure things out on my own. Sure, I make lots of mistakes but I think it’s the feeling of accomplishment in the end that I love.
Today, I channel all of my creative energy into making over our home with DIY projects and home decor crafts. And of course making fun things for my little girl.
Why are all of your recipes gluten-free?
In July of 2009, I found out I was gluten-intolerant. Aside from my wedding day and the birth of my daughter, it is definitely in the Top 5 best days of my life. I feel like a completely new person! Discovering how to live gluten-free can be a challenge and to this day I am always on the hunt for tasty new recipes because trust me, there are a lot of not so good ones out there. I love sharing my new finds with all of you and I hope you do the same! I would love to try some of your gluten-free goodness so please send them my way. (Side note: I am also intolerant to eggs and soy, so my recipes will reflect this too)
What did you do before blogging?
I grew up in the Seattle area, earned a degree in communication from The University of Arizona (Go Cats!), and settled back in the NW to be with my now husband. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the sunshine, but there is just something about the fresh salty air, endless supply of seafood and a surplus of Starbucks that makes the Northwest home. After college, I entered into the world of PR/Marketing where I represented some amazing clients and worked side by side with some crazy talented people. I still freelance on the side, but only when the right opportunity comes along.
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