Really, Really Good Taste: Kaylee Nedley

Really, Really Good Taste: Kaylee Nedley

I won't try to play it cool and pretend like Kaylee isn't one of my best friends and favorite people in the entire world. That said, it's a total honor to share this profile highlighting all of the ways she has really, really good taste.

My favorite part about this series is how it showcases that "good taste" doesn't have a specific look or aesthetic. It's different for everyone. What I love about Kaylee is how she brings her love of finding treasures into her home and her business. Read on for more about what makes Kaylee so incredibly cool!

Full Name: Kaylee Nedley

Age: 28

Where do you live? Uptown Phoenix

What do you do? 
I own and operate Iconic Cocktail Co. with my fiance, Matt Farrow. We make small batch cocktails mixers for the home bar. I mostly manage our brand, social media, and unique content for our blog. 

How do you bring art into your everyday?
I believe that my taste has been 100% influenced by dad. He’s a creative thrifter who buys junk from weird shops (or literally dumpster dives for it) and turns it into something really cool. The majority of the pieces around my home are from his collection or things I’ve made myself that are fully inspired by him. So I guess I find things that are not considered art, and turn them into something special (or take credit for the stuff my dad made.) For example, I have a giant chalkboard calendar that is pretty much (unintentionally) the center of attention in our apartment. This thing is huge and heavy...and it has moved with me three or four times. My dad will curse me up and down every time I ask him to help move it because it was just a piece of junk he found years ago. Every time he groans, “THAT THING AGAIN? I have it move that THING again? Why don’t we just throw it in the alley, back where it came from!” And I refuse to part with it. It’s covered with sentiment and magnets. 

What gets you excited about life?
I am always excited about the future. I love planning or looking ahead. I’m excited about traveling and exploring new places. I like planning for my business and thinking about how that will grow. I’m excited to be a cool old lady. 

What’s one thing you do to totally relax?
I hate to say it but I really love crawling into bed and binge-watching an old favorite on Netflix. 

If you could only shop from three brands for the rest of your life, they’d be:
American Eagle for clothes. Probably Apple for electronics. And Proper Beast for food. They’re a local meat company who happens to be my neighbor at the Farmers Market. They make the most incredible provisions. It wouldn’t be a well-balanced diet but it’s worth it. 

Why is good design important to you? It’s important to me because it’s almost always reliable. I need something that will work on the first try without a ton of researching. I know my iPhone or MacBook will last. I wear jeans for years and years before needing new ones. 

What’s something unique about you, that most people wouldn’t know?
I really love playing pool. If I didn’t have to be a responsible adult, I would be bar hopping and making my living hustle tables.

Really, Really Good Taste: Malori Maeva

Really, Really Good Taste: Malori Maeva

When it comes to long-time supporters of Standard Wax and people who truly embody what we're all about - bringing art into your everyday - Malori ranks pretty high on the list. It's only fitting that she's the first in a new blog series featuring people who have really, really good taste. 

Malori creates beauty for a living as a florist, but her great sense of style and eye for design extend so much further than just her job. Here's hoping that reading a little more about Malori inspires you to bring a little art into your daily life!

Full Name: Malori Maeva

Age: 28

Where do you live? Phoenix

What do you do?  I’m a florist!

How do you bring art into your everyday?
I am one of the lucky ones who have built a life around art being in my every day. Outside of my flower studio, I’ve built my surroundings from pieces that tell a story. I think that people often get stuck in thinking of art, only as paintings you’d hang on a gallery wall. The art in my space comes in so many different forms and some of my favorite pieces of art are very functional items. My le creuset pans in my kitchen are stunning and I use them every day. The floral apron I wear at work is a handcrafted linen apron that equally beautiful and practical. When I’m making a purchase, I often seek out a more unique twist on an item that I would be proud to display on my counter because I want to make my life just a bit more beautiful.

What gets you excited about life?
A few years ago the rug was swept out from under my life when I lost my dad to cancer. It completely reframed the way I viewed life and gave immense value to the small moments that are often overlooked. Days when I wake up without an alarm and get to snuggle my dog get me excited. Taking trips to strange places where I can shift my perspective for a bit get me excited. And, honestly, I feel most excited that I’ve gotten to create a life for myself where my work, my home, and the people I surround myself with bring me endless amounts of joy. That’s the most exciting thing of all.

What’s one thing you do to totally relax?
I love to find something a little tedious that I could absolutely buy at the store (bagels, pies, and even name brand treats like oreos or goldfish) and make a homemade version of it. I love that it’s an activity that requires my hands and attention so I’m not absorbed into the blue light of my phone endlessly scrolling. Plus, who doesn’t love a homemade bagel? Win/win.

Why is good design important to you?
I love that millennials are searching for ways to create a more sustainable lifestyle and I’m no exception to this rule. I love a well-designed item in my life because it often means I’m investing in something that will become an heirloom in my life. I happily spend the extra money for pieces that will last me a long time or that have multiple functions (ie: all of my old standard wax candles are now homes to plants). There’s something so special about the idea that someday my kids or grandkids will be the recipients of beautiful pieces from my life and they’ll get to add to the story that these items already hold.

What’s something unique about you, that most people wouldn’t know?
I love cemeteries. My mom grew up in a small town in Ohio and whenever we visited her family I was thrilled by all of the old graveyards peppered around town. I would always beg my grandmother to pull over so we could walk the aisles of headstones and before I could read, I would make her read them to me. A lot of people think of cemeteries as creepy but I have always found them to be so peaceful. It makes my heart full to see the ways people have honored their lost loved ones.