We’re continuing to look at talented female designers in honor of Women’s History Month. Annette Tatum is a textile designer, author of The Well-Dressed Home and the incredible decorating blog by the same name. We caught up with her to learn about her influences, favorite places to shop and the best design advice she ever received.
Annette Tatum at home
Which female designers influenced you?
I love Florence Broadhurst for her fabulous designs on fabric and wallpapers. Her motifs and color palettes have often pushed me to include a more graphic and bold “punch” to my work. Her story of how she came to be a designer and her eccentric life style is also a fascinating tale. I also find female fashion designers such as Coco Chanel for classics and the girls at Rodarte very inspirational. They show us how to use fashion as a way to bring drama into a room. Finally, since my roots are in product design and architecture, I still admire the work of female architect Zaha Hadid and furniture designer Eileen Gray. These two women successfully create or created in a world dominated my men. I find them aspiring and inspiring to watch as they add beauty to the world around us.
Annette’s cozy family room
What’s the essential home accessory (or piece of furniture) you use in your designs?
I love a big oversized sofa in a room. There should always be a family style room that everyone can just lay around in and hang-out in. Because our lives are so busy these days, the comforts of home are extremely important. I also like a bed on the patio as a way to bring the comfort of the indoors to the outside.
What are your top three favorite places to shop for the home?
I love, love, love Anthropologie for home accessories. Their merchandising and store display are amazing. Every time I shop there I learn new ways to use materials and forms. I also like some of the local Los Angeles antique markets as well as eclectic merchants such as Big Daddy’s Antiques and Wertz Brothers in Santa Monica.
Reversible duvet featuring Annette’s Brocade Pearl and Grande Stripe Sand fabrics. Take a look at her entire home, child and nursery collections.
What’s the best design advice you’ve ever received?
Use color. I somehow got stuck in all white rooms for awhile when a friend of mine helped me open my universe to the use of color. The results can be amazing when color is added. Suddenly the unexpected is the expected and the room comes alive.
What room did you most enjoyed designing? Why do you love it?
I do not have a ‘favorite’ room I have designed since what I like always changes. Some days classic, orderly and clean appeal to me and other days I prefer bright, bold and modern. I am intrigued by this room, I included in my book, The Well Dressed Home. Aside from the bohemian feel, I like the idea of mix and match here. Anything goes in this room filled with treasures from abroad. It tells a story of a journey taken. A world discovered, making all who experience it’s color, pattern and embellishments feel as though they are far away. I love a room that transforms the senses. This room does that and more!