I'm often blown away at the creative ways traditional interiors elements can be elevated and brought forth into the contemporary design movement.
My latest project with Malibu-based Taylor Anne Interiors was one of those moments. This shoot and styling session was my second with Taylor, and hearing her inspirations and design process for this family home in Washington state is very much in line with The New Southern's ethos and aesthetic. She typically leans toward clean lines, touches of stone, and lots of natural and soft leather upholstery, but here, Taylor's work was influenced by very classic, and in many ways, very Southern decor moments. I took her design elements and let them influence my styling decisions prior to our shoot. Think: blue and white ginger gars filled with fresh blooms, a handsome bar strewn with traditional decanters and glassware, a traditionally set outdoor table meant for gathering and above all else fresh soft layers to accentuate this elevated take on the traditional home.
Throughout, you'll notice historic oil paintings (dating back to the Mayflower, literally!) now tucked into clean-lined, gilded frames instead of stuffy, ornate ones. Taylor strived to acknowledge the family's heritage with these pieces, conveying that special feeling of the home as a sacred place, full of memories and all your own. This mix of old and new, and ultimately the way she's ushered these unique, carefully collected heirlooms into a bright, inviting, thoughtfully layered space, is certainly a tentpole of The New Southern movement. These tiny touches foster that je n'ais se quoi that is so indelibly Southern... all the way in the Pacific Northwest!
To see the entire space, find the portfolio on ElleDecor.com, and special thanks to the ED team for featuring this beautiful space! Xx - AR