Taylor Jacobson on Interior Design
bluGloss Chief Designer, Matthew O'Dorisio, recently sat down with Taylor Jacobson, of Taylor Jacobson Interior Design, to talk about what inspires her and how she came to be a highly sought-after interior designer.
Matt: Hi Taylor. Thanks for talking to me today. I am especially excited to talk to you because I love your style -- but it is so different from my own.
Taylor: Hi Matt. I'm thrilled as well.
Matt: OK - let's get started. How did you get your start in the interior design business?
Taylor: I come from an artistic family . . . everyone back to my great grandparents were actors, writers, artists and architects, so I was influenced by that from an early age. Ten years ago I was working as a graphic designer in the Bay Area and co-founded a silkscreen apparel company with a friend who was living in LA. I eventually moved to LA to continue the business, but soon thereafter we dissolved the company. I decided to try to get a job in an interior design firm, since I had always been interested in that field. I was lucky enough to get hired by one of the top designers in LA, so I dove in and learned everything on the job. I worked there for four years and then moved on to start my own company.
Matt: From where do you pull most of your inspiration?
Taylor: Inspiration is everywhere, especially living in LA. I love mid-century design and that's big here, as is the whole 'indoor outdoor' style of living, which I love. I get inspired by shelter magazines, blogs, travel, my community of friends and peers who all seem to be doing amazingly creative things.
Matt: What are your favorite things to mix with vintage?
Tayler: "Mixing" is my mantra! I never want to do too much of any one style. I love an eclectic look, and the only way to achieve that is by picking and choosing favorite pieces from different time periods or styles. I generally like to keep the bigger furniture elements in a room fairly clean-lined or neutral and then layer in funky side tables, lighting, textiles or accessories to give the room that collected, personal feeling. I'm also not snobby and a big fan of the "high/low" theory...a Crate & Barrel sofa can look awesome paired with a fabulous vintage coffee table.
Matt: From where do you source items?
Taylor: Having good sources is crucial, and for me that's developed over time as I've become more familiar with dealers and shops in LA, as well as certain on-line sources. I definitely have my go-to favorite sites for classic, standard pieces that can anchor a room. But then I have to get off the computer and hit the shops for those one of a kind pieces that make a space truly unique. I also love to work with local craftspeople to create custom furniture pieces. It's really fun to collaborate with other artists.
Matt: How do you feel about the gray swedish/reclaimed wood/Restoration Hardware look?
Taylor: That's a beautiful look, and I love that calm, refined sensibility. It won't work in every space, though. I like it in a classic Parisian apartment, or even a white, modern space, but not so much in, say, a Palm Springs mid century modern. Furnishings should speak to the space in which they're placed. And again, I wouldn't decorate with all one style.
Matt: What do you think about wallpaper?
Taylor: Wallpaper is making a big comeback and I think it's really fun. I shied away from it at first, but I've used it now several times on projects and it makes such an impact. I love texture and there's nothing like a beautiful grasscloth to warm up a space and add that tactile element. Just make sure you loves it before you have it installed! It's a bit of a commitment.
Matt: Tell me how you approach art.
Taylor: One thing that I think is so important is the element of the handmade. This is probably due in part to my parents' aesthetic, and I loved being surrounded by ceramics, art, and sculpture as a child. It's one of my favorite things to walk into a room and see original artwork, or a handmade piece of pottery...it just immediately tells you that someone actually lives in this space and appreciates objects that tell a story. Our homes should feel unique and personal and lived in!
Matt: Thank you Taylor! You are such a talented designer - I love bringing you to our bluGloss readers!
Taylor: Thank you Matt! It's an honor for me to be part of bluGloss.
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