After living and designing abroad for 10 years, Julianne Taylor returned to South Carolina inspired and ready to launch her luxury home décor brand: Taylor Burke Home.
The company: Based in Charleston, Taylor Burke Home started in 2012. The company produces design-driven furniture and lighting products, mainly in North Carolina, and other southeastern states.
The founder/designer: Taylor grew up in Columbia, SC, and graduated from the University of Georgia with an interior design degree. She then earned a master’s degree in human resources from the University of South Carolina. When her husband was relocated overseas, Taylor designed homes for other ex-pats in Australia, Spain, China and South Korea. After 10 years, Taylor and her family returned to South Carolina.
The main goods: Upholstered chairs and sofas, and pendant lighting. Many of the products have brass accents and fretwork detailing.
What’s popular: The Hollings Chair ($3,325) and the 20-inch Don’t Fret! Pendant ($1,875).
Other favorites: The Don’t Fret and You’re Riveting Ottomans, which feature a metal base and an upholstered top ($995 to $2,449, pictured above).
Where to buy: www.taylorburkehome.com
Florida-based Lema J Designs creates chic, colorful cuffs for a cause.
The company: Lema J Designs started in Orlando in 2013 and makes exotic hide cuffs and bracelets for men and women.
Founders: Sisters Jill Becker, who oversees the business side of the jewelry line, and Jennifer Benscher, the jewelry designer.
Inspiration: After Becker’s 21-year-old daughter died of leukemia, Benscher made her sister a cuff in Cara’s favorite color (orange), adorned with protective eye (shown below). The cuff, later called the “Karma for Cara Cuff,” helped launch the company, which gives 100 percent of the profits of every sale to the non-profit Karma for Cara Foundation.
Best sellers: One-half-inch cuffs ($380) in black polished pearl stingray, navy metallic python and the cheetah. Also the Karma for Cara cuff ($335 to $535, depending on size). Whenever someone purchases the “Cara” cuff, the company donates a second cuff to a cancer patient or a family member.
Other favorites: The Strappy ($175), a bracelet that features layered stingray ribbons joined together with a stainless steel magnetic clasp. Also the brightly colored Bendy ($60 to $75), bracelet that you can stack or wear solo.
What’s new: Crocodile cuff and the man band.
Where to buy: www.lemajdesign.com
As a former dancer, Atlanta’s Rebecca Shady was inspired to design a collection of luxe tutus that can work for day. Or night.
The company: Tutu Moi launched in 2014. The Atlanta-based company makes heirloom-quality, designer tulle skirts for women and children, including babies and tweens.
The designer/founder: Shady grew up near Birmingham, Ala., and graduated from Mississippi State University. She has held worked various finance positions in Atlanta before starting Tutu Moi.
The goods: Skirts made from soft satins and tulles (versus netting) that are made to order with a quality zipper closure for a tailored fit. Colors range from the company’s Signature Blush color (shown below) to silver and gold.
What’s popular: The Signature tulle skirt ($84 with its classic, modified A-line style). Also the mother-daughter sets ($138 to $179) in various colors, shown below in pink.
Other favorites: Maxi tulle skirts ($122).
Claim to fame: Singer and actress Ariana Grande selected the Full Bell Midi skirt to wear in a scene on the FOX TV show, “Scream Queens.”
Where to wear: Daytime outing (work and football game too); evening cocktail party or night out. Also prom and weddings.
As a native Floridian, SCUBA diver and longtime potter, Glenda Taylor’s address plaques are inspired by her love of the ocean, beach and the state’s colorful, sunny style.
The artist: Taylor received her fine arts degree in ceramics from the University of Florida. After graduation, she began making pottery (mostly decorative vessels) and selling it at outdoor art fairs. In 1986, Taylor was asked to establish a ceramics program at the Vero Beach Museum of Art and taught there for 10 years. During that time, she teamed with two other female potters and created Tiger Lily Art Studios and Gallery. Known for her one-of-a-kind decorative vessels, Taylor wanted to create artwork that was more accessible.
The company: Created in 2015 in Vero Beach, Taylor Tiles offers custom house number plaques, which are made of individual tiles handcrafted by Taylor. Prices range from $160 to $190, depending on the size and number of tiles.
Top themes: Sea turtles and orchids.
Other favorites: Sailboats; mermaids; tree frogs; pineapple; hibiscus; beach chair and umbrella; tropical fish; dolphins; palm trees; and banana trees
Fun request: A customer in Cape Cod wanted specific lighthouses featured on her side tiles and flying seagulls on the crown tile of her address plaque.
Where to buy: For now, Taylor Tiles are sold exclusively through El Prado in Vero Beach (www.elpradoverobeach.com).
In her contemporary works, New Orleans-based ceramic artist Sarah House takes inspiration from the fractal mathematics of nature.
The artist: Born in Baltimore, House earned an BFA is from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and a MFA is from Tulane University in New Orleans She took her first ceramics class in 2001 at a community college in Baltimore, and has been pursuing the craft ever since through study and artist in residence programs.
The goods: Ceramic sculpture (that may reference natural and ambiguous formations of big ice or turbulent water) and clean, functional objects for your table and home.
What’s popular: Nesting Mug Sets ($100, shown below) and the Fractal Serving Dish Sets ($175, above).
Other favorites: Elemental Constructs are geometric white ceramics wall hanging sculptures ($125 to $600, shown below).
Big break: In January, House was featured in the “Artist Spotlight” series at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. It was her first museum solo show.
What’s new: Working on iceberg-inspired planters and sculpture inspired by her art residency in Iceland.
Whether it is a cabinet or candle holder, Tennessee designer Peter Fleming artfully juxtaposes high style with down-to-earth functionality.
The company: Nashville-based Building #9 is a product and design company founded by Fleming in 2011. With a focus on home goods, the company custom builds tables, cabinets, mirrors and table-top accessories including candle holders, boxes, book stands and easels.
The founder/designer: Fleming, who grew up in a small mining town in Southern Australia, earned a degree in an interior design from Auburn University. After graduation, he moved to New York to study at the Institute for Classical Architecture and work in the office of architect Robert A.M. Stern, and most recently Bobby McAlpine, who lives in Atlanta. Before starting his company (Building #9), Fleming taught courses on the history of furniture and decorative arts at O’More College of Design in Franklin, Tenn.
The company name: As a professor, Fleming’s classes were held in a converted shoe factory, specifically in the factory’s Building #9.
Known for: Original designs and experimenting with a variety of materials, including steel, plaster, parchment, leather and solid woods.
What’s popular: Mirrors ($1,800 to $3,000) and cabinets ($1,500 to $10,500) designed for specific rooms.
Other favorites: Side tables ($800 to $1,600).
Fun (or unusual) request: Producing some custom headphone stands for a singer/songwriter.
Where to buy: www.buildingnumber9.com
Virginia blacksmith Corry Blanc draws on old world skills and tradition to craft his heirloom kitchen and home goods.
The founder/designer: Blanc grew up in Dawsonville, north of Atlanta, and discovered metalsmithing shortly after high school when he went to work at his uncle’s metal fabrication company for four years. In 2007, Blanc moved to Charlottesville and worked with a blacksmith (Stokes of England) in nearby Keswick before going out on his own in 2009.
The company: Charlottesville-based Blanc Creatives started in 2011. The small company makes hand-forged carbon steel skillets and hand-crafted home goods.
What’s hot: The10-inch skillet ($225), one of three skillet sizes, is a best seller and sized right for a home kitchen. Also cassoulet pans cassoulets ($260 to $290) in two sizes (10 and 12 inches). Skillets and plan are pre-seasoned and ready to cook with upon delivery.
Other favorites: Hand-shaped wooden spatulas ($65); cutting and charcuterie boards and paddles ($75 to $175).
Where to buy: http://www.blanccreatives.com