Interior Design

Plaza Tower {first and final look}

  I'M STILL HERE!

I know it's been a while since I've visited the blogging world, but there's been a lot happening at Jennifer Taylor Design.  We recently finished up a great project and I'm excited to share.  These clients called me as they were purchasing a condo in downtown Tallahassee.  They love FSU football and wanted a place to gather, with their entire family, and share their love for the Seminoles.  Not only were we hired to furnish the entire unit, but we had to finish it out.  This included flooring, paint, trim and lighting upgrades.  Cabinets and counters were in and could not be changed.  There was a lot to do and not very much time as October 10th was only a few short months away!  As with any good blog post, let's start with the BEFORES...

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Did I mention my clients lived in South Florida?  That meant the entire selection process was done remotely.  After two boxes of samples and many emails and my client's TRUST we had a design plan in place and the work began.

Family Room Fabrics
Master Bedroom Fabrics
Guest Bedroom Fabrics

I only had two face-to-face meetings with my Plaza Tower clients.  One when we signed the contract and the second was when they walked into their beautifully furnished home in Tallahassee for the first time.  It was an HGTV moment for sure!  During our initial phone conversation, "mister" client said he wanted old south and quail hunting and "mrs" client said she wanted light and airy.  We succeeded in giving them both what they wanted.

Jennifer Taylor Design
Jennifer Taylor Design
Jennifer Taylor Design
Jennifer Taylor Design
Jennifer Taylor Design
Jennifer Taylor Design
Jennifer Taylor Design

In addition to lots of great projects, we are moving into a real office space in Midtown Tallahassee.  The place needs a lot of work, but I'm up for the challenge.  Can't wait to share more.

The Modern Farmhouse

I sometimes think if I see another kitchen with white shaker cabinets and white subway tile my mind will explode!  But then when I look through my portfolio, some of my favorite projects are just that.  So, what is a designer to do?  Embrace the trend of the modern farmhouse and give my clients ideas on how to make it their own. For this project, we used real brick for the splash.  Not only did it bring in some much needed color into the room, but the texture is amazing.  I love seeing my client's photos on Facebook cooking in this kitchen with her children.  This was designed in 2012 and still feels like it was designed yesterday.

Jennifer Taylor Design - Tallahassee, Florida

This is a classic, all-white kitchen.  White cabinets, white counters and white back splash tile.  But, what I love the most about this kitchen is the x-design we used on the glass front doors.  I use the hashtag #designisinthedetails a lot on my Instagram posts and this is a perfect example of how important those details are when designing a modern farmhouse kitchen for your family.  My biggest piece of advice - make it your own!

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One of my favorite kitchens was one I designed a few years ago for a sweet family moving to Tallahassee from Atlanta.  As you can see, we did white shaker cabinets and white subway tile, but my client wanted a wood counter.  We opted to do the raised bar out of a stained wood.  A great idea that I still love so much today!

Jennifer Taylor Design - Tallahassee, Florida
Jennifer Taylor Design - Tallahassee, Florida

Last week I presented finishes for a builder's spec home.  This means I had to design a kitchen that would appeal to the masses.  So, I'll give you two guesses to what they wanted.  Right!  White shaker cabinets, but I am mixing it up a bit and instead of white tile, we are doing gray.  Oh, and wait until you see the tile we are doing around the fireplace.  Greenbriar is a brand new project in Tallahassee and I can't wait to share more about it on a future post.

Jennifer Taylor Design - Greenbriar Spec Home Selections - Tallahassee, Florida

{First Look} at Broomsage

I began working with my Broomsage clients about six months ago.  They recently moved back to Tallahassee, with three young children, and were ready to personalize their new home.  It was a builder "spec" home, which means the home wasn't built with any particular client in mind.  Luckily, this family bought it early enough to add a few personal touches before moving in.

Broomsage is full of shiplap!  It's in the entry foyer, study, dining room and master bedroom.  As we have moved through the selection process, I've learned my client wants a more formal look in a few of these rooms.  Instead of seeing the shiplap as a design limitation, I am embracing it.

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I consider it a positive thing when a client has existing furniture they want to incorporate into the design.  It gives me inspiration when creating a space.  Here is the family room rug we are going to use.

Jennifer Taylor Design - BEFORE

Our design plan touches the entire house.  We've got formal spaces, family spaces, sleeping spaces and playing spaces!  It's going to be a great project with installation scheduled for the middle of June.  Can't wait to share the final photos.

Jennifer Taylor Design - Study Inspiration Page
Jennifer Taylor Design - Dining Room Inspiration Page