From Margaret Everton on January 22, 2010 in Dallas
Dallas resident Joslyn Taylor describes her design philosophy with a striking and hospitable statement: “My whole mission in life is to have the house everyone comes to I want to lure them in.” And lure them in she does, with a design style that defies traditionalism, yet retains a sacrosanct approach to life, and imbues her living space with a welcoming and carefree spirit. Check out her house - and catch some words of wisdom in the process.
“Hardly ever buy kids’ stuff.”
Because kids grow and furniture does not, Joslyn doesnt spend big money that wont get a return on investment. Rather than buy cute kids furniture, Joslyn buys pieces that are beautifully designed and will be good for a long time. Although there are the necessities, like the crib, you wont find any other exclusively kid-furniture for her two girls.
“Dont be in a rush.”
Joslyns design philosophy is the slow-but-steady-wins-the-race kind of approach. She takes home beauty seriously, and something like that may need to take a while. Thats why she waits for the right place or the right timepatiently looking forward to that estate sale or community garage saleto buy the right pieces for her home.
“I googled a million places.”
Nobody said that a beautiful house just happens if you take long enough. Audrey works hard. Three baby showers in a row, friends over four times a month, a big garden, and two kids tell you this lady doesnt slow down. She puts in that same work-hard quality to find the perfect accoutrement to beautify her home.
“My ultimate dream…”
Drop-dead-awesome design is about dreaming. Dreaming is okay. So Audrey dreams and designs, and dreams some more. Her house is about her family more than it is supposed to be the paragon of design excellence. As she put it, its not just a showplace, its your familys house. Its the product of a dream, which is really a dream come true.