Jillian Scott first got her start in advertising,
You moved from San Francisco to Seattle. What was the transition like?
My husband Kevin and I graduated from Michigan State University and moved to San Francisco shortly thereafter. It will forever be a special place for us because it was our home for almost an entire decade. We arrived, just the two of us and left as three, going on four (I was expecting :)). So much growth and so many wonderful memories are associated with that city, it will always have my heart. Seattle, however, has been great to us but in completely different ways. At first, it was difficult to wrap my head around the change but I eventually came around to realize how lucky we were to have moved to another city experiencing tremendous growth and change. The energy is definitely a bit different but Seattle reminds me of San Francisco when we first moved there ten years ago. We were able to purchase our first house in a really sweet neighborhood close to downtown and were finally able to get our hands dirty creating a place that we could call ours.
What was your vision when decorating your home? What were your top priorities?
I am a white walls kind of girl so we immediately painted all the walls BM Simply White (with the exception of the bedroom). Seattle winters are very dark so I wanted to create a space that felt light and airy but also a bit cozy. When we first moved in, there were walls dividing the living room, dining room and kitchen. The bathrooms were terrible. There was also an eyesore of a porch in the back. We have two small children so it was important for me to be able to see them when I was in the kitchen. As soon as we were able, we took down the wall between the living room and dining and left a pony wall between the kitchen and dining area and created an open floor plan. We turned the ugly porch into a small mudroom that the dog could dry off in (mudrooms are a must in the Pacific Northwest) before coming into the house and we completely gutted the bathrooms. It is a smaller house so these changes made a huge impact and made the space feel larger. We can all be in the same room without it feeling crowded.
Aside from the mudroom, did the Pacific Northwest impact the design at all?
I stayed away from the color gray that Seattle seems to love but I definitely tried to create a space that combined a mix of neutral tones with pops of bright color.
Smart!! So, there was obviously a lot of work that went into this. Did you encounter any hiccups during the design process?
Ha! When we first moved in, we forced ourselves to live in the house for a while before we took a hammer to it so I was in band-aid mode. I wanted the house to feel comfortable for our first winter in Seattle but all my decisions were a temporary fix until we figured out a game plan. I think I made Kevin mount the TV four times on two different walls. He is a kind man but he was not happy about moving the TV so many times. Now we laugh but he wasn’t laughing then. I also thought DIY-ing floating shelves was a good idea but they ended up not being deep enough to fit all my books comfortably so those came down almost as quickly as they went up.
One of our favorite things about your home is all the bold colors and wallpapers. How did you land on those?
Wyatt and Emerson (4 and 2yrs) share a room so I wanted to create a gender-neutral room for the two of them. I thought the jaguar paper from Anewall suited their personalities. The Pomegranate wallpaper was just so fun I had to use it in our powder room. Powder rooms are a great place to inject a bold pop of color.
Do you have a favorite room or moment in the home?
I love my fireplace mantel. The black vase was a wedding gift to my parents and the candlesticks were purchased at a yard sale in Seattle. The elderly lady that sold them to me for $5 was so sweet. Still to this day, one of my favorite finds.
You and your husband are collaborating on a new business. What can you tell us about it?
My husband has been in the hospitality industry for over 15 years working for the likes of Starwood, Joie de Vivre and Provenance. Most recently, he was the GM of The Hotel Max and before that, the Galleria Park in San Francisco. I have a background in Advertising and Graphic Design and recently have transitioned into interiors. We have long talked about combining our skills and are finally doing it. We are currently traveling cross-country to Florida to find and open our first boutique b&b/hotel. It’s likely that many people are running away from Florida these days but we see Florida as an opportunity to tell a different story. We want to bring a little bit of that West Coast vibe and bring awareness to the creative people down there. Small businesses have a bigger voice these days and we want to be part of the movement that embraces a more personal way of traveling.
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