Katie Armour Taylor is an American lifestyle blogger based in Seattle, Washington (after a 3-year stint in Scandinavia). She is passionate about design, branding, and ikat lampshades. When not traveling the globe, she can be found exploring her granola side in the Pacific Northwest with her eccentric English husband Simon, their baby son Gabriel, and their pleasantly plump pugs, Alfred and Wilbur.
In 2009, Katie created this blog (formerly called The Neo-Trad) to share her fascination with both contemporary and bygone fashion, decor, destinations, and tastemakers. From Peggy Guggenheim to Fleur Cowles, she has long been inspired by the classic, the eccentric, and the visionary. Growing up on California’s central coast, Katie’s aesthetic was molded by her vivacious grandmothers — Paula (a librarian, historian, public defense attorney, and national Jeopardy champion) and Rita (a quick-witted redhead whose style rivals Jackie O. and decor boasts novelties by the late, great Tony Duquette).
Strongly averse to the road most traveled, Katie talked her way into an all-girls Catholic boarding school at age fourteen and never looked back. She eventually made her way to Switzerland where she attended university on a lovely little lake by the Italian border. It was during her years abroad that Katie truly honed her eye for design visiting museums, galleries, and auction houses from Mexico City to Sarajevo. Twenty-some countries later, she returned stateside, doing stints in San Francisco, New York, and Chicago. Katie holds a B.F.A. in Interior Architecture and Design.
Katie has received press from The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, Refinery29, Fashionista, Glamour, New York Magazine’s The Cut, House Beautiful, Forbes, Sotheby’s, and several other nice folks. She has also contributed to MarthaStewart.com. An avid Pinner, she was named one of ’30 Pinners to Follow’ by TIME.