We met Becky Daly when she was the owner of Tufted Vintage Rentals and was operating out of Vintage Heights Studio with fellow Boss Babes, Gayle Zerr, Regina Rached, & Ashlee Hamon. Becky had wanted to work for the government when she grew up. She trained in the army to get her foot in the door and she did end up working for the government for a number of years. It had always been her dream job and she had landed it. However, sometimes our dreams change and hers did. Tufted was something she grew from scratch and she loved the aspect of styling weddings and creating a beautiful, cohesive design for brides. But eventually, instead of bringing rentals and styling to the table, she was only being hired for her rentals. Opportunities to be creative became fewer and she found herself spending more time transporting furniture than working on the design elements that she loved so munch. Her decision to change gears from Tufted Vintage Rentals to her new journey with Daly Digs is an admirable one. We’ve all had moments where we’ve had to be honest with ourselves and make tough decisions that in the end are much better for us. She now runs Daly Digs, a design & lifestyle blog where she shares her own design adventures and plans to add interior design services in the near future. At the moment, she and her husband live in an eclectic farmhouse-style, fixer upper home built in the early 90's with their two sweet pups, Java and Twix. We’re excited to bring you Becky’s story in this Boss Babe Wednesday feature & we hope you’re as excited as we are to watch her new journey unfold. Enjoy Becky’s words!
Tell us about yourself and what you do!
My name is Becky and I’m the gal behind the lifestyle blog Daly Digs, affectionately named after our fixer-upper forever house. The blog is centered on home décor but also includes entertaining editorials, recipes and travel stories.
I also dabble in prop styling and offer these services to small business and brands looking to elevate their imagery through brand-specific styled shots. Additionally, I am psyched to be working on some interior styling projects outside of the Daly Digs!
How did your business begin?
As someone who has been interested in interior design since I was a young girl, I started the blog primarily to document the process of fixing up our forever house that we purchased last year. Around the same time I was in the midst of closing my vintage furniture rental company which had become less about what I enjoyed the most – styling and creating beautiful moments for clients’ events - and more about things I didn’t enjoy so much, which left me yearning for more opportunities to be creative. All of my interests converged with Daly Digs, a place where I can style and inspire, whether it is home décor or a tablescape.
What’s a challenge you’ve faced and a success you’ve had since you’ve created your business?
Up until very recently I worked full-time so balancing consistency on the blog with a full-time job was challenging. Now that I have more time, it’s challenging to keep up with the demand of creating fresh, unique content regularly and develop meaningful relationships with other bloggers like me.
A huge success for me has been getting my styling work published on well-established blogs that I follow and respect. I had the opportunity to work with Le Creuset on a Thanksgiving entertaining story that was featured on Style Me Pretty Living and one of my interior projects was recently featured on Design Sponge, which made me do the happy dance.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and has it come in handy for you?
My husband likes to tell me that patience is key. As annoying as it is, he’s absolutely right. Oftentimes we jump into something and want it to be what you envision it can be, immediately. It’s important to remember that it takes time to build these things. I was just starting to see success in my vintage rental business prior to closing up shop. Leaving that momentum and starting a completely new venture from square one bums me out sometimes but I know if I’m patient and keep doing what I’m doing, I’ll get to where I want to be.
When are you at your happiest?
Aside from spending time with my husband and our fur babies it’s the bliss and excitement I feel after wrapping a photo shoot for a project that I’ve worked hard on. I tend to want to pop bottles to celebrate and leave the cleanup for later. ;)
What do you tell yourself when things get difficult?
As my mamma would say, “keep on keepin’ on.”
What’s one personal goal and one business goal you plan to accomplish this year?
Personally, I want to travel this year. Starting a family is in our future and I’m freaked out about loosing my independence so I want to travel as much as possible!
Professionally, I want to work on my photography skills, continue to grow my blog readership and do more prop styling work.
Where can you be found on a Tuesday afternoon?
Behind the computer working on the blog, outside for playtime with the pups, or styling my heart out if it’s a photo shoot day.
How about on a Friday evening?
Either out with my husband having a cocktail at our favorite local martini bar or spending the night in cooking dinner at home and watching a movie.
A Sunday morning?
Church, breakfast out, and then we work on/around the house.
Finish these sentences:
I love: dogs, travel and wine.
I’m always looking for: unique vintage pieces either for my home or props for styling work.
My inspiration is: everywhere! Travel, vintage and/or pieces from abroad, nature, food, fashion, interior design, commercial design, designers/bloggers/prop stylists that I follow.
I’ll never: buy another fixer-upper! Haha ;)