Inside an L.A. Fashion Boutique That's More Than Just Clothing
Whenever we hand over the plastic and spend our hard-earned cash on designer clothing, we want the whole experience. From the moment we step inside a retail store, we want to be transported to another world, where luxury and style rule and our everyday realities are just a daydream. Taylor Anne of Taylor Anne Interiors made this happen when she transformed L.A. fashion boutique Maher into a modern industrial masterpiece with a heady dose of glamour.
"I love the feeling this space gives you," she said. "It's almost like walking into your dream closet where everything is in its place. It just feels so light and airy, like a breath of fresh air. You just want to sit in there, kick your heels off, and have a glass of champagne and relax for a while." This organic luxury is Anne's signature, incorporating a fresh, approachable design style with loads of texture despite the overriding neutral palette.
Take the tour to see how Anne achieved this look and get her style notes on the space.
Anne had a clear vision in mind when she approached the store's design. "I wanted the clothing to shine and take center stage," she said. "I envisioned the space acting as a beautiful backdrop (like a set). I knew I wanted to do wallpaper at the back to draw the customer in, and the marbling added a graphic element in an otherwise blank space.
"The modern entry table from RH Modern was something my client had her eye on from the get-go, so we ordered that first thing! Which was funny, because it described her vision for the space without her even knowing. The marble (white) element and brass base were really beautiful and a definite theme for her boutique as it evolved."
Anne maintained the ceiling height for added drama. "I chose a crisp bright white paint color to set the stage for a modern moment that is also inviting and airy," she said. "The true jewelry of the store are the brass details I added throughout. Brass adds that subtle touch of glamour without being too invasive."
The front-facing windows are the only natural light source, so Anne made sure to maximise it. "To ensure the entire space having a light airy feel, I selected a beautiful practical light floor throughout," she said. "The space is longer than it is wide, which inspired me to line both sides of the boutique with Lucite racks so the clothes not only provide balance but take center stage."
Clothing looks best against a white wall, so the decision to paint the walls and ceiling a bright white was really simple. "I wanted the brass elements to come alive as well, which is why the racks themselves are brass and Lucite," she said. "The lucite allows the clothes to come alive on the hangers, as its clear and disappears into the wall as another element."
The biggest challenge was the floor plan. "Creating dressing rooms and a stock room that were large enough yet didn't cramp the retail space was interesting," she said. "Although the ceilings were high and the space felt large, the square footage (1160 feet) wasn't that much to work with," she said. "Especially when you consider the storage room, dressing rooms, and everything else that needed to be ADA compliant. My client needed retail space, and capitalising on that was the biggest challenge."
While she clearly has a love of neutrals, Anne's passion and inspiration lies in nature. "I wouldn't say my style is contemporary, traditional, or transitional; I hate to put myself in a category," she said. "But I love interiors that feel luxurious, fluid, and layered. I enjoy mixing unexpected materials and textures. I could never create a space that didn't have some organic element. In nature, I find my greatest inspiration."
While her personal style is "organic luxury," Anne took a more glamorous route for the boutique interior with natural elements and textures to "ground the space," including a beautiful hide rug, antique mirror, florals, and pottery for that earthly texture. "It's important for people to connect to a space, and I think these ingredients are key to creating something that is inviting and livable while still feeling edgy," she said. "Those are spaces I like and spaces you want to curl up in and relax with a good book."
One of Anne's greatest finds was the lucite and brass racks by LuxHoldUps in Brooklyn, New York, which she found on Etsy. "This was a wonderful find as the workmanship is so high quality and it's always fun to collaborate with small artisans," she said. "I also really love the Tom Dixon pendants at the back. They make such a powerful statement."
"The pillows on the lounge chairs are from Maison K in Santa Barbara," Anne told us. "The owner sources beautiful fabrics from all over the world, and when I found those, I thought they were really soft to the eye and provided a nice global element the boutique needed."