Camille Styles has long been our go-to for all things lovely. Whether she’s chatting about hairstyles or her gorgeous daughter Pheobe, entertaining or interior design, Camille sets the bar for chic, approachable living. And today we’re excited to peek into her home office, and get down to the nitty gritty of what makes this fabulous girl tick. Oh and did we mention that our dear friend, Suzi Q snapped all of the gorgeous images just for you guys to devour?! Yep, she’s pretty amazing too. There’s more in the gallery!
SMP: Words you live by?
CS: live life inspired
SMP: Any guilty pleasures?
CS: Although I’m actually a super healthy eater, almost every day includes a latté, aglass of wine, and at least a little ice cream. You only live once!
SMP: What did you think your dream job was before your dream job found you?
CS: Ha! I was 99% sure I wanted to work at an ad agency.
SMP: Favorite quote that describes your creative process?
CS: It’s all in the details.
SMP: If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
CS: Entertaining isn’t about impressing others or doing everything perfectly – it’s all about having fun and creating great memories for family and friends!
SMP: If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?
CS: I totally believe that there’s a reason for everything, and it’s amazing to look back at my career so far and see how every single step – even if I didn’t realize it at the time – was a building block that gave me the experience I needed to do what I do today. I wouldn’t change a thing!
SMP: What is one piece of advice you would give to a blogger just starting out?
CS: Do it from a place of passion. I promise, there will be days when you question why you’re doing this and want to give up, but if you have the passion passion and a vision that’s true to who you are, you’ll be able to push through the tough days and come out so much stronger on the other side!
SMP: What is your favorite item in your home?
CS: Aside from my baby girl and husband… I love my dining table. Myhusband and I designed it together and had it built, and it really is the heart of our home. The team and I often meet there during the day, and we eat there as a family every night. I have so many great memories of family and friends gathered around it for parties and holidays. It’s made to seat 10, but we’ve actually squeezed 16 in for a very cozy dinner party!
SMP: What’s your best tip for balancing work and personal life?
CS: I’ve been a mom for 6 months, and I’m definitely learning the importance of having some separation between the two. Phoebe stays with her grandmothers 4 mornings a week, and those few uninterrupted hours a day are when I get all my work done – it’s amazing how much more efficient I’ve become in the last few months! When I’m with Phoebe, I really try to disconnect and give my full attention to her. Life’s too short to work all the time, no matter how much you love your job, and I’d much rather be fully present and not miss those priceless moments when I’m with her.
SMP: What was the tipping point in your business that made you feel like your blog was going to thrive?
CS: You know, I have to admit that it was more of a “slow build” rather than a magical moment where I felt like I’d “made it.” In the beginning, it felt like no one was reading and I wondered if I’d ever have even a small audience. But through persistence, a strong vision to create inspiring original content, and saying “yes” to almost every opportunity that came my way, I started building a readership that came back daily and became engaged in the ongoing conversation. Some of my most unforgettable moments that made all that hard work worth it: hiring my first employee, being featured on MarthaStewart.com, and the other day when a reader wrote to let me know that reading CamilleStyles.com over a cup of coffee is her favorite way to start every morning.
SMP: What is the hardest lesson in business you’ve ever learned?
CS: Not to play the comparison game. There’s always someone who’s going to be bigger, better and more popular than you, so the best strategy is to discover your strengths and stay true to yourself. And always be creative.
SMP: Stranded on a desert island question…what’s the one cocktail you would take with you?
CS: A crisp glass of chilled champagne.
SMP: What color do you think will stand the test of trend time?
CS: Can it be a color combo? Because I could never live without nautical-inspired navy and white stripes.
SMP: One thing every style savvy homeowner should have?
CS: A beautiful-scented hand soap in a glass bottle. I love all the ones made by La Compagnie de Provence.
SMP: If you could buy yourself a single gift of any cost, what would it be?
CS: An orchard of meyer lemon trees.
Photography by: Q Weddings