Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Taylor.
Julie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
As a young girl I enjoyed being creative in different ways, from dressing up to decorating my bedroom. During high school it became clear that I wanted to study fashion. The coursework and creative challenges I experienced while receiving my B.A. in Fashion Design were inspirational. I was able to think outside the box, expand upon my unique perspective, and gain confidence to take on any challenge.
After college, I became a visual merchandiser designing window displays and floor layouts at a boutique. I loved it! It really expanded my skill-set by giving me hands on experience in creating unique interiors. I explored ideas that were beautiful but also unique, customers seemed to enjoy my “outside of the box” approach to design. I found myself creating decorations at home in addition to the items I made at work such as modern wreathes, mantel décor, etc. It wasn’t long before I started designing and decorating homes.
I’ve been part of other creative teams over the years. Most recently I connected with Ashley Charron of The Event Pod (an extension of Boxwood Bridals). She asked me to be the event stylist for Banana Republic’s Weddington Way store launch at the Lenox Mall in Atlanta. Taking the creative vision and making it come to life was a joy. I made wooden floral spheres that hung from the ceiling. These spheres are now my signature piece, perfect for weddings or the home.
My experience with fashion and interior design, visual merchandising, and event planning all come together to support my client’s needs for their event or lifestyle. My passion is creating a unique experience and I am so thankful this is my job.
Has it been a smooth road?
For most of us, it is a journey making your passions a career. I have always been attracted to unique and creative projects. In college I represented my school at a contest for General Motors where I fabricated a wedding dress out of magazines and car parts. As thrilling as it was to win third place, it did not map out my exact professional path, although I would later create additional paper outfits for other events in years to come. It’s one thing to be creative; it’s another ballgame to understand business, marketing, and client relations in order to propel my career forward. It did, however, define my interest in creating unique, one-of-a-kind experiences. There can also be pressure from onlookers that encouraged me to have a singular focus instead of attempting to “do it all” but I thrive in multitasking. I truly enjoy helping my client’s visions come to life through interior design, custom decorations, and fashion styling.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Julie Taylor Designs – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Julie Taylor Designs offers clients “life-styling” to make all aspects of your life creative and unique. I cover a wide array of creative needs including home and wardrobe styling and also creating hand-made decorative accents for your home or event. I hand make or hand pick items that pair together to create a lovely moment.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love seeing all the different cultures and ethnicities that make up our beautiful city. Atlanta has so much to offer in activities, great shopping and endless amounts of amazing food! Atlanta really fosters creativity which is why I love it so much. My least favorite thing is most definitely the traffic!
Vania Stoyanova took the closeup photo of me wearing the white blouse as well as the picture of the spheres and Weddington Way launch picture.
Craig Obrist took the photo of my husband and I wearing the paper outfits.
Julie Taylor Designs took all other photos.