As children, we wanted to be rock stars, astronauts, tightrope walkers — the sky was the limit, albeit often out of reach. But, for Taylor Patterson, her dream job was right in her backyard. Now, a rising floral designer in NYC, Patterson developed her green thumb working alongside her parents, who gardened on their farm in Delaware. She didn't realize her knack for styling blooms could be a real job, but sure enough, a gig selling flowers turned into her full-on career, and she never looked back.
Between running a stand at The Brooklyn Flea and opening her own company and storefront — Fox Fodder Farm (named after her parents' farm) — the style wisdom and business acumen she's developed through her experiences, world travels, and fashion-savvy friends has given this petal-wielding prodigy a brain ripe for picking. So, we got her tips on everything from eclectically decorating a pint-sized NYC apartment and designing flower arrangements (without dropping a bundle) to starting a business and maintaining a work-life balance.
Ahead, check out the creative moments that comprise Patterson's life, and swoon over the home essentials and fall-perfect ensembles from T.J.Maxx that help her make every second count. And, if you find yourself inspired to try your hand at flower arranging, we know of a few desks that could use some sprucing up.