Considered one of the top designers in Nashville, Jonathan Savage, owner of SAVAGE Interior Design, has a sharp eye for residential design. Focusing on clean and modern arrangements, his work spans from smaller lofts to spacious estates. Savage sits down to talk with us about his style, inspirations, and most prized possessions.
How long have you been in the design industry and what made you get started?
With only one semester left to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business, I decided that I needed a change. After attending American University in London, England, I enrolled in O’More College of Design in historic Franklin, Tennessee, where I earned a degree in Interior Design. After design school, I was very fortunate to be under the tutelage of Albert Hadley. He aided me in navigating the best ways to become a well-rounded designer. And after a tremendous experience working for David Kleinberg Design Associates in New York City, I headed back south in 2010 to Nashville, TN, where I founded SAVAGE Interior Design. I hit the ground running and haven’t stopped since!
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as modern with a classic twist. I love clean lines and simple silhouettes. I also have a great appreciation for all varieties of design. As an interior designer, it is crucial to be able to adapt to various styles based on project locations and the needs of the client.
What inspires you?
Travel. No matter the location, I am constantly finding inspiration! I especially love experiencing and adapting to other cultures and their design styles. A trip to the Blue Grotto in Capri this past summer has inspired an interior I am currently working on in Music City.
What is it about antique furniture and objects that you love?
Each piece has a story–a past that brings a unique twist to any space. There are some pieces that just never go out of style, and I am most successful when I can blend the beauty of the old with the styling of the new. Most recently, I was asked to incorporate a collection of Murano glass into a client’s formal dining room and the contrast of the colored glass with the clean crisp neutral interior made for an interesting space–the client was thrilled.
Who was the first interior designer to make an impression on you?
I am not certain who the very first designer was, but I remember reading my mother’s copies of “Better Homes and Gardens” and “House Beautiful” at a young age and being mesmerized by all of the gorgeous floor plans and designs. One in particular that caught my eye was the interior of the Greenbrier designed by Dorothy Draper.
What are your three most prized possessions?
Style: Are you born with it or do you learn it?
I think style is something you are born with. It can grow and evolve over time, but you have to have the natural instinct to pull things together. There is something to be said about having a unique style and flair of your own.
We asked Jonathan to choose some of his favorite antique and vintage pieces from The HighBoy that he’d like in his own home!