Episode 037: Julianne Taylor
Julianne Taylor received her degree in design from UGA & Parsons. Her MBA is in Human Resources. She started in Atlanta doing commercial design, and then after graduate school had a whole career in Human Resources with PepsiCo before she got married. Her husband’s career with General Motors took them to Australia, where she found a renewed passion for her first love– DESIGN. They moved several times to places such as Spain, China and Korea, where she enjoyed a home-based interior design business in all of these inspiring places.
Julianne Taylor got the bug to make furniture when she lived in Shanghai. So many of her interior design clients needed custom furniture, and there are so many manufacturing resources in China. She enjoyed the custom side of furniture design, and this sparked a passion to start Taylor Burke Home– a boutique furniture company that sells to the trade. They also still work with interior design clients through Julianne Taylor Interiors. Each business funnels through to the other as many of their interior design clients want to purchase Taylor Burke Home furniture.
After they moved their furniture manufacturing to the US at the end of 2012, two of our largest customers– One Kings Lane and Jayson Home found them at Atlanta Market in January, 2013. For Julianne Taylor that was a turning point. People really responded to their bold use of color and geometric shapes, and the fact that they are made in the USA. They’ve worked hard to source the best local manufacturers and eco-friendly materials to become members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. It’s important to them to product luxurious, super-comfortable furniture while also guarding the planet’s resources.