I'm Julia, the designer and founder of Tag&Tibby: a site dedicated to simple DIY home decor projects, recipes, and crafts.
Years ago I went to Georgia Tech for Industrial Design where I discovered that the end product is only part of the story. I believe the process in getting there (whether it be a new recipe or a home design project) is just as important as the final result!
After college I spent a few years designing coffee mugs, computer servers, and kitchen appliances. And while I enjoyed it, I find great joy in what I get to do now! I love capturing concepts through words and pictures. And am a big advocate for a reduction in product waste through thrifting, repurposing things around the home, and DIYing it yourself.
You can be sure I am ALWAYS shopping on a small budget, and will encourage you to do the same!
Where are you from?
I grew up in Georgia just outside of Savannah--wonderfully close to the ocean. After graduating from Georgia Tech with a product design degree my husband (also a product designer!) and I lived in Kentucky where we designed kitchen appliances. A job later took us north to Minnesota where we bought a small 1950s mid century house and I fell head over heels for vintage design and thrifting. I began a blog and ran an Etsy shop with vintage goods for a few years.
Three years ago our little family moved back south to Charlotte, North Carolina. It has been a true joy to spend more time with family, reacquaint myself with Southern charm, take visits to the ocean, and drink more sweet tea.
What can I expect to read on this site?
I share a mix of original recipes (inspired by my southern roots), crafty DIY projects, and home decor ideas at Tag&Tibby. I shoot 95% of the images I share on this site with my Canon Rebel unless otherwise credited below the photo!
How did the name Tag & Tibby come about?
I get this question a lot! Tag & Tibby found its name through a 1930s early reader book and its characters Tag & Tibby (a dog and cat). I adore all things antique and classic and the name just clicked!
My heart is 100% for my family. They are the main reason I chose this path over a corporate career. I've been married for 11 years, and we have a 9 and 7 year old who are zany and silly and a lot of fun.
I occasionally talk about my family on this site, but not in detail. I do my best to respect their privacy while occasionally sharing about how autism impacts our family from a positive perspective. My husband and I LOVE to thrift store shop! We go almost every Sunday after church, and often on Saturday mornings too. No joke, about 50% of our furniture is from the thrift store.
My faith in Christ is very much a part of my personal life. We love our church. You can often find me reading (usually at least 4 fiction and non-fiction books on my nightstand!), and get WAY too excited when I discover a new BBC period drama on Netflix or Prime.
Thank you for visiting! Please check out the site, pin a few things, or leave a comment! I love to connect with new friends.