We're longtime fans of textile designer Heather Taylor, a Los Angeles native whose approach to home design is exactly how we want to feel in the spaces we inhabit — beautiful but not precious, uniquely detailed, classic with touches of the unexpected, rooted in comfort and durability. As time at home continues to be an overarching theme in all our lives, this holiday season we turned to Heather for a glimpse into how she's navigating this time with her family, as an individual, and a business owner.
During a year that upended our "normal" lives, what routines/rituals have remained as a form of self-care?
Going on regular walks grounds me. Exercise has been a struggle since March, but thankfully I’ve managed to keep walking as a regular part of my routine. It’s something that is 100% for me, and it’s a major mood lift.
After almost a year at home, is there a part of your house that has taken on special meaning or new significance?
Honestly, the entire house feels like a sanctuary now. I’m more grateful than ever that I have a comfortable and safe space to spend so much time.
I do feel like the living room has become our #1 cozy spot as a family. It’s where we read, do puzzles, and my girls love to dress up and do performances while standing on the coffee table.
What are some things you “swear by” or recommend frequently?
I’m obsessed with Beauty Counter skincare products - they are all natural, but they really work. I do their charcoal mask at least once a week, and it’s the closest I’m getting a spa experience these days. I’m also very into the whole Westman Atelier makeup line. The blush and bronzer are my faves.
Who is someone you are currently inspired by?
I’m very inspired by my sister who just became a new mom in September. Watching her ease into motherhood with grace and love has been a beautiful thing to watch. I’m also very inspired by my friends who own their own businesses and are surviving, or even thriving, during this unfathomably difficult time.
What is a holiday tradition from your upbringing that you still carry out as an adult?
Too many to count. My favorites include: decorating Christmas cookies, hosting a tree trimming party (this year with exactly 4 guests) while listening to the Nutcracker music, and watching White Christmas on Christmas eve.
What are some small, specific ideas for making the holidays feel special while we are apart (and tired of quarantining)?
Light candles around your house, listen to cozy music at night, get dressed up, set a beautiful table, read a good book, and find a way to give back to your community.
What is a favorite gift you've given, gift you've received, or gift that has no monetary value but you loved anyway?
Every year for Mother’s Day, my sister gives me a photo album of all the pictures of my girls that I have texted her throughout the past year. They are all iPhone pics of everyday moments - like my girls eating breakfast or playing in the park. It’s always my favorite gift.