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Designers

A Day in the Life of Nathan Taylor

Go behind the scenes and see what a typical day looks like for this creative mastermind.

By Vivian Wheeler

Mar 2018

Obslisk Home Nathan Taylor
Photo by Colby Kern11:00 AM
St. Michael's Salad
Photo by Colby KernNoon
Obslisk Home Nathan Taylor
Photo by Colby Kern1:30 PM
Obslisk Home Nathan Taylor
Photo by Colby Kern2:15PM
Obslisk Home Nathan Taylor
Photo by Colby Kern3:00 PM

6:30 A.M. — Nathan Taylor wakes up between 6:30 and 7 a.m. He starts his day with a cup of coffee with cream and agave. For breakfast, Taylor has a protein shake and yogurt. Before he heads out the door, he feeds his dogs, Blue and Willie, and gives them their medication. 

8:00 A.M. — At 8 a.m., Taylor is at his first job site for the day, a remodel of a historical home in the Rountree neighborhood. Today he is hanging an 85-year-old pharmacy sign that belonged to the client’s father. “That’s really important to me as a designer,” Taylor says. “Always use things that are personal and find a way to incorporate them into your design.” 

11:00 A.M. — Next up, Taylor is prepping for an 11 a.m. appointment where he will be presenting a client with ideas for a living room. “I like to present three different palettes that we work from, and then we select from those,” he says. 

Noon — At noon, Taylor breaks for lunch and stops in at St. Michael’s Sports Bar & Grill, one of Taylor’s favorite restaurants in Springfield. “It’s local, it’s convenient and the owners are friends,” he says. “I’m a huge believer in supporting local.” And as a vegetarian, Taylor appreciates that there is always a meat-free soup of the day.

1:30 P.M. — When thinking about design, Taylor starts with purpose. “What is the space?” he asks “What are you using this space for? And if you learn what they’re using it for, then it’s easy to create for them.” At this Millwood remodel, Taylor is adding a marble surround to a fireplace in the homeowner’s study to soften the space, which previously was cloaked in a darker color palette.

2:15 P.M. — Next on his agenda is a 2:15 p.m. meeting in Highland Springs for a new construction project. The project is a modern farmhouse with a full stone fireplace. Taylor meets with Contractor Gary Peterson to discuss HVAC and electrical placement and the windows that have just been installed. 

3:00 P.M. — At 3 p.m., Taylor is at his last job site for the day, a complete gut and remodel of a home in east Springfield. This is the initial consult, and Taylor spends the visit walking through the house, taking photos and climbing into the attic. 

4:30 P.M. — Taylor is back at the office by 4:30 p.m., and is greeted by a long list of emails that need to be answered and questions that need to be addressed. Taylor spends the next hour and a half working with Project Manager Alexa Mercer to put out fires and get his to-do list under control. 

6:00 P.M. — By 6 p.m. Taylor is wrapping up his day at work. He heads home to feed his dogs before meeting friends for dinner at Nicola’s Ristorante.