My Universe: Joslyn Taylor


Joslyn Taylor is a Dallas based tastemaker and the Principal of Interiors for SWOON, the studio, a multi-disciplinary design firm focused on residential, commercial and hospitality interior design, and luxury branding. Read on for a look into her beautiful Texas life, filled with family and pretty things.


  • Jeans Stella McCartney
  • Heels Robert Clergerie and Zara
  • Flats By James
  • Boots Rag & Bone Harrow
  • Sunglasses Ray Ban Wayfarers
  • Day bag Grey Céline Cabas Phantom Tote, Clare Vivier
  • Jewelry you wear everyday My vintage wedding ring from the ‘20s and a pair of custom recycled gold and diamond earrings by Amy Nordstrom
  • Designers Rachel Comey, Isabel Marant, L’Agence
  • Lingerie or underwear A little bit of both, but always black
  • Boutique TENOVERSIX, V.O.D, Forty Five Ten (during their amazing sales)
  • Shopping mecca Barneys, Zara
  • Online shopping site Mille, Vee Caravan, The Line


  • What’s your sign Sagittarius
  • Workout(s) Swimming, bike rides, and dance parties with my two daughters
  • Do you meditate I try. But I could try harder. That’s my goal this year.
  • Experts in your corner (nutritionists, trainers, coaches, etc.) Dr. Kate Naumes, an amazing Naturopathic physician in Dallas focused on women’s health
  • Morning rituals A glass of water with lemon, coffee, a few stretches, and NPR
  • Evening rituals Reading with my girls. Right now we’re thick into Harry Potter.
  • Tea or tonic drink Holy Kombucha. I’m obsessed.
  • Wellness idol Alice Waters
  • Guilty pleasure Occasional Netflix binges. Right now it’s Orange is The New Black
  • Skin care Dr. Hauschka cleanser, Biologique Recherche P50
  • Soap Dr. Bronner’s lavender
  • Lip color A rotating assortment of lip balm: Rodin, Burt’s Bees, Dr. Hauschka
  • Perfume or Cologne Le Labo Santal 33
  • Who cuts your hair Kristen Miller at Tru Salon
  • Favorite beauty product Coconut oil . For pretty much everything. My girls and I go through jars of it.


  • Where do you live Dallas
  • Artist Cy Twombly, Brâncuși, Donald Judd
  • Piece of art in your home A thread on mulberry paper piece by artist Linnea Glatt
  • Museum Nasher Sculpture Center
  • Pets A cat named Bootsy Collins
  • Local restaurant Americano. I have dreams about their cauliflower salad.
  • Best cup of coffee in your town Almond Milk Latte from Weekend Coffee
  • China iittala Taika
  • Pottery Heath
  • Favorite piece of furniture The live edge dining table my husband made for us
  • Furniture store or designer Set & Co, BDDW, Egg Collective, Sputnix Modern
  • Minimalist or maximalist Somewhere in between, though as I get older minimalism becomes more and more appealing
  • Hotel The Saint Cecilia
  • Dream dinner party guests John Stewart, my grandmother, Michelle Obama, Lou Reed, Frances McDormand
  • Go-to dinner party recipe Goat cheese polenta, arugula salad, roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Most used kitchen gadget Lemon squeezer
  • Favorite snack Cherries
  • Favorite drink Gin and Tonic or Gin with Fever Tree ginger beer and lime
  • What do you collect Vintage pottery
  • What’s always in your fridge Sparkling water, arugula, strawberries (my older daughter is obsessed and plows through them), almond butter


  • Who or what inspires you My daughters, road trips
  • Favorite discovery Recently (I’m obsessed with their little books)
  • Favorite quote “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” Simone Weil and “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Theodore Roosevelt
  • Fashion idol Sofia Coppola, Phoebe Philo, Sally Singer
  • Crush David Byrne
  • Beach Seaside in the Florida panhandle
  • Favorite charity Women for Women International, The Birthday Party Project
  • Favorite place in the world Big Sur
  • Favorite movies The Royal TenenbaumsBottle RocketThe Big Lebowski
  • Favorite writers Donna Tartt, Ruth Reichl
  • Favorite albums Talking Heads Sand in the Vaseline, Mac Demarco Salad Days, The Bahamas Barchords, Prince Sign of the Times, John Coltrane Kind of Blue
  • Nightstand reading Stacks and stack of magazines. The Gentlewoman, The World of Interiors, Bon Appetit, Porter (I’m a total junkie)
  • Necessary indulgence  Coffee
  • Dancing or karaoke Dancing


  • Apps Instagram
  • Phone iPhone
  • Blogs Apiece Apart Stories, The Thinking CAP!
  • Go-to website Pinterest, I use it for every project we work on at the studio.
  • Podcasts TED Radio Hour
  • Laptop or desktop Both
  • Recent Google search “Carved Gothic armchairs” We’re working on the renovation of a historic hotel in Dallas and the furniture sourcing has consumed me of late.

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