I recently had the pleasure of interviewing dear design pal Jonathan Savage for Peachy Magazine. We spent a lovely afternoon in his gorgeous Nashville home discussing everything from our favorite designers and artists to dream vacations and and precious pooches. Be sure to read the entire article by clicking here. For more of our chit chat, keep reading to find out more about this uber talented designer…
When did you know you wanted to pursue interior design as a career?
I have been around design my entire life as the son of a home builder. My mother claims I have been rearranging furniture and scracthing up her hardwood floors since I was a young child!
What puts you in a creative mood?
Travel. I am constantly taking pictures and then review my images whenever I am in need of inspiration.
What is your creative process?
I have to think and ponder and come around to a concept that works for the client and for me and then I run with it. I have a big love for fabrics and pull many before making selections.
What is your latest creative breakthrough?
I have been working to create many more custom pieces of furniture for clients and find that its very rewarding!
What has been the most pivotal moment in your career?
I believe the day I received the prototype of the labels for my linen line it definitely put a smile on my face.
Tell us about your current work.
Currently I am working on a few different projects one being a pied a terre in NYC and a large family home in Nashville. Both fun but yet very different.
Can you give us a glimpse of what to expect from Jonathan Savage in the future?
Since introducing my linen line September of 13 I have yet to expand the collection but will be adding new styles and colors within three months…after that who knows!
What do you want to be remembered for?
I would say I want to be remembered for being kind first of all but being a hard worker is very important to me.
Do you have any advice for budding designers?
Network, network, network and travel as often as possible.
Whose work do you admire?
Right now I have a big respect for Jean Louis Deniot from Paris, I think he is classic with an edge.
Who would be your dream client and why?
Not sure I have a certain person in mind but I will say that location I am shooting to work in is Dubai.
What is your dream vacation?
Visiting the Pyramids is high on my list!
What is your secret vice?
Being with my dog Artie relaxing in my bed with my favorite Christian Tortu candle burning.
What do you collect?
I am anti-clutter so anything I collect needs to be functional. I collect Richard Ginori’s “Palmetto” china and Orbix Hot Glass pitchers which are perfect for entertaining (available through Taigan).
What is your favorite color?
I have always had a thing for orange. I think it can work with many styles of interiors and looks fresh in all seasons.
What is your favorite design trick?
I think of window treatments as bangs…you do not want them to cover the eyes and block the view. I always make sure to never have the window treatments cover up any of the glass blocking the view. I also love wallpapering ceilings.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
I cannot pick just one song, but I love anything by Dolly Parton and Lady Gaga!