Creator and Owner of The Zella Company
By Lauren Jones, Photo by Courtney Runn
Michelle Taylor, interior designer and home-staging specialist, began her career in the software industry, in which she became a force in marketing. During her 15 years leading worldwide programs across the marketing spectrum, she found her passion for the art of visual storytelling. With the creation of The Zella Company in 2005 in Bellevue, Wash., she began to hone her desire to blend storytelling with her instinct for interior design. Following her 2014 relocation to Austin, Taylor, along with her team, led Zella’s pivot, today reflected in its integral position in the Austin design community. Whether she’s creating an elegant setting for a lakeside lawn party, reinventing a family home’s aesthetic or providing event rental furniture from the company’s 11,000-square-foot warehouse, Taylor is on the leading edge of design and her business shows no signs of slowing down.