I am a designer, a 'self proclaimed' carpenter, furniture maker, and lover of all things glitter. I'm a baby mama to one crazy monster mash of a kindergartner and a daredevil toddler no longer a bambino of a boy, a wife, and all an all around bookish nerd. I'm utterly obsessed with all things vintage and antique and I have a bit of a 'thing' for art. I adore Sci-Fi and Bravo reality tv... I am a trained draftsman (draftswoman? whatever, you get my point and I'm not picky) and the process of design - build is what I live for!
I like run on sentences, and use them frequently (even though I technically hate bad grammar) and I love... ellipses. Also, I say yahoo quite a bit. It's like a ritual for me, or a virtual happy dance. I make moodboards like they are going out of style and I surf the internet like a track star champ. Yahoo... Hi fives...
Rayan is the founding editor of The Design Confidential — a DIY + Design shelter blog — and a maker at heart. Rayan is also a contributing writer for HGTV, a 'retired' interior designer who prefers to collaborate, and a bit of a lazy furniture builder by trade. She is admittedly a hoarder of project supplies and lumber, and can’t manage to part with anything that has even a smidgeon of decor potential so naturally, her ongoing project list never dips below the double digits. A mommy of two crazed little boys by day, and a DIY daredevil by night, Rayan is constantly pushing the DIY boundaries to find the limits of what can actually be done ‘yourself’ and what is perhaps better left to someone else (with a little bit more know-how). She has yet to find that limit, but has certainly come close (many, many times). Either way, it’s sure to be a roaring good time to watch her journey. Though you might do well to keep your distance, or she just might rope you into one of her latest schemes... or make you hold something for her while she tracks down her tool of choice.
A good mix of new, vintage, and handmade is Rayan's preferred mix of decor and when she isn't knee deep into a project, you can likely find her at the flea market or surfing craigslist... or both. She usually drags her poor sweet adorable babies (occasional demon seed children) along with her everywhere so she can put them to work making good use of those extra hands (and the amazing stroller basket). She has even been known to wear the baby so she has a bit more room in the stroller for her goodies. That's pretty normal though, right?
Here on TDC, you will find the chronicles of her DIY projects, her latest obsessions, and tidbits from her personal adventures making over her world in a house full of boys. Rayan will share her personal style picks and design and decor items you can incorporate into your own homes easily along with and tutorials for handmaking items that might otherwise set you back a pretty penny.
PRESS + FEATURES
Some amazing folks have been kind enough to feature some of my work or have me as a guest for a television segment! A few of those cool people are below...
TREND HUNTER NEWS 10
MASHABLE FOX 40
COOL MATERIAL KCRA
BOB VILLA SAC+CO
THE APRON by HOME DEPOT SACBEE
SPOONFUL ECO SALON