Heather Taylor Home is synonymous with understated, elevated entertaining. Whenever we stumble upon photos of a chic yet casual dinner party or holiday celebration, linens by Heather Taylor Home are usually gracing the table. The LA based brand has been serving up a cheerful collection of linens for the last decade and has gained a loyal following along the way. We love the laid-back, festive feel of HTH pieces which are always a go-to when we ourselves are setting a table. Over the last 10 years, the brand has expanded into different product categories and opened a retail location in Los Angeles. Their most recent project, the Heather Taylor Cabin, has all of the signature marks of HTH cozy aesthetic and of course, you’ll find their linens all throughout the space. We took a tour of the newly renovated home with founder and designer, Heather Taylor herself and the only question we forgot to ask was, “When can we come for the weekend?”
You have been creating beautiful textiles that add pattern and color to homes for years. Tell us a bit about the HTH journey.
When I started HTH (10 years ago!!) I was responding to what I identified as a hole in the market. I loved entertaining and setting a beautiful table but couldn’t find linens that matched my style. At the time I was taking a weaving class and learned the language of hand-made textiles. I began designing my own collection and we launched a tiny collection of table linens soon after. The idea has always been about infusing a little fun, color and beauty into your table setting and your house. Now we have hundreds of products, everything from lampshades to tissue box holders in our handwoven fabrics. And we just launched the Heather Taylor Cabin!
What drew you to Idyllwild? How did this location inspire your new home?
Idyllwild is a classic Southern California vacation town - it’s 100 miles away from LA but you feel like you’re a million miles away. It’s the opposite of the hustle and bustle of a big city - it’s all about nature and hiking and relaxing. We wanted the cabin to feel cozy and relaxing, with lots of reading nooks and spots to curl up and take a nap. The living room is the heart of the home and a perfect spot for games, movies and being cozy with friends and family.
You could teach a masterclass on layering patterns. What is your favorite tip for a maximalist yet elevated approach to layering patterns?
Mixing scales is my #1 tip. For example, a large scale gingham looks great with a tiny little plaid. Make sure to stick to a palette of complimentary colors so it doesn’t look too wild!
How would you describe this home in 3 words?
Cozy, relaxing, inspiring.
Shop Heather's Cabin
Katherine Plaid Apron by Heather Taylor Home$49.00
Charlie Double Sconce$498.00
Solaro Side Table$649.00
When you are designing a space, what elements do you always want to be present?
Natural woven materials like wicker or rattan. The Hannah Sideboard (in the living room) is a perfect example of a piece that completely grounds the room. Lots of rugs in neutral shades. Lighting is key in creating the look and feel of a room - I’m a big fan of sconces with custom shades made of HTH fabric. Special details like that can really lift your look!
How has your style evolved throughout the years?
Since becoming a mom I think my style has become extremely relaxed. I don’t like a lot of stuff around - just a focus on well-made pieces, cozy textiles, and nothing too delicate. The last thing I want to do is worry about my kids spilling on a white couch!
Charlie Double Sconce$498.00
Gya Indoor / Outdoor Round Dining Table$1,895.00
Describe an ideal Saturday morning at the cabin.
I love waking up and watching the sunset on the screened-in porch. I bundle up with a cup of coffee and my needlepoint and take in the beautiful view. My favorite way to start the day.
Any favorite local spots in Idyllwild?
Speakeasy is a charming bookstore with a great selection of cool kid’s books and more. We love Alpaca for coffee, La Casita for tacos, Idyllwild Ice Cream for dessert (including churros and hot chocolate during the winter season) and the Idyllwild Brewpub for a fun bar and grill vibe. Idyllwild Gardens is an inspiring nursery in the middle of town that never miss. We always visit the The Idyllwild Nature Center - a great spot for sledding in the winter and hiking in the summer.
What’s next for you and HTH?
Photography by Nicki Sebastian