Blog: Lark & Linen
Girl Behind the Blog: Jacquelyn Clark
Occupation: interior designer
Where are you from and where do you currently reside?
I was born, raised, and live in Toronto, Canada, but I often toy with the idea of living abroad (if only for a year).
How did you decide to start blogging? What gave you the courage to go for it?
I primarily began blogging, like many, because I was under-stimulated with my job. At the time, I was designing libraries and government offices and felt creatively stifled. I desperately craved an outlet in which to express myself. I had been a long time blog reader and always considered starting one of my own, but for a very long time it was just an idea in the back of my mind. On a whim almost two years ago I woke up, bought my own domain name, wrote my first post and haven't looked back since. So far it's been an incredibly rewarding decision.
What can Everygirls expect to find when they visit your blog?
As an Interior designer, it's clear that my blogs focus is primarily design based. It also includes a glimpse at my life, my passion towards great food and the things that I get up to in my spare time. My aim is to create a space filled with hopes and dreams - often focused on the simple things in life that give me pleasure. In short, I strive to create a happy space filled with constant inspiration.
What are your three favorite blog posts you've ever written?
- My no-knead bread post has probably been my most popular post to date (and for good reason- it's so easy and delicious)!
- I have a weekly series entitled "House Envy" in which I post a beautiful home. It was tough to narrow down, but this New York brownstone post is my favorite one thus far.
- I recently went on a trip to India. It was an incredible journey and I often go back to my posts to relive it. This post about Udaipur in particular sums up my favorite leg of that trip.
What kind of camera do you use?
I have a Nikon D90—it's just over a year old and, if I'm being honest, I'm still trying to figure out how it really works. But it's kind of my baby and he comes practically everywhere I go. I named him Clyde, just in case you were wondering.
What advice would you give others who are trying to discover what they want to do and who they want to be?
I've always subscribed to the notion that what you do for a living should be directly related to how you spend your free time. While I'm off-duty, I still find myself flipping through the latest design magazine or brainstorming ways to complete my home. Finding out what you’re passionate about and going after it ultimately means that you'll never have to work a day in your life.
In terms of figuring out who you want to be, I still battle with this myself. I'm constantly evolving and trying to figure out what my best version of me is. While it may be cliché, I try to remind myself of the age-old Dr. Seuss quote “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” The best gift you can give yourself is allowing yourself to just be. Figure out what you want out of life, go after it and don't worry about what anybody else thinks. Of course, that's easier said than done, but if you keep it in the back of your mind, I have no doubt that it will make a difference.
What else will Everygirls learn by visiting Lark & Linen?
I've recently begun a series called "Get the Look" where I take a picture of a beautiful room and break it down to showcase how it could be re-created to form a similar look in one’s own space. Additionally, I curate a series entitled "One Piece, Two looks" where I choose a piece of furniture and create two drastically different schemes around it. By doing so, I hope to inspire my readers with their own spaces. I'm always on the hunt for new pieces or pictures for these posts and love the idea of helping those who've been so faithful to me over the past two years. With that said, if there's anyone out there struggling with their space and has something in mind that they'd like to see incorporated into either of these series’, please feel free to get in contact with me! If the aesthetic fits that of my blog I'd be so happy to help out.
all images via Lark & Linen