Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Moncaleano and Nicole Walker.
Hi Taylor and Nicole, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My mom, Nicole Walker, originally started Lily Grass + Pine in 2017. After our jobs were negatively impacted by COVID last year, we decided to pour our hearts into the company full-time. Our goal has always been to make beautiful, unique, affordable pieces for local families and beyond.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Owning a small business will never be smooth sailing. We have taken a lot of risks and learned new things to ensure we are offering a product that is different than anything else you see in big box stores. For example, the epoxy river boards took a long time to perfect, but they are now our number one selling product because of how unique each one is. So much effort and love goes into every piece we make — We hope our customers see and feel that when they take their purchases home.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We specialize in custom woodcrafting. My mom has always built larger pieces of furniture, but when we relaunched Lily Grass + Pine in 2020, we decided to focus on smaller things like cutting boards, charcuterie boards, and other home decor items. Our best selling product is our epoxy river board — It’s such a unique gift for any holiday or birthday, and every board is unique because each one is made with a different live-edge cut of black walnut. We are most proud of this product because it was a HUGE learning curve for both of us, but it is one thing that sets us apart from other businesses in the area. I think one thing that sets us apart is the amount of customization we’re capable of doing. Whether it’s following a certain color scheme in your home with the wood/epoxy we use or engraving a handwritten letter on the back of a cutting board in the original handwriting… We are forever grateful that we have a way to really capture what’s important to our customers and build them pieces that will last for years to come.
Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
We sell quite a few products in Driftwood Market in Downtown Winter Garden! We are also always taking custom orders, so even if customers don’t see what they’re wanting on our Facebook or Instagram, we can always sit down with them and figure out exactly what they’re wanting. Additionally, we work with primarily exotic hardwoods like African Padauk, Purpleheart, and different types of walnut. This not only adds to the overall quality of the piece but to the uniqueness.
- Epoxy river boards start at $150.00
- Standard cutting boards start at $90.00
- Email: Lilygrassandpine@gmail.com
- Instagram: @lilygrassandpine
- Facebook: @lilygrassandpine
Black and white photo: Monica Grace Photography