Layton Campbell of JLayton Interiors is a native Charlottean. As a designer and industry expert, he has experienced firsthand the growth and change of the city— and helped contribute to Charlotte’s evolution himself. His clients, Charlotte residents, desire unique spaces that are personal to their diverse tastes and needs and meant to keep up with the times.
Above all, Layton strives to create homes that are classic, no matter whether they feature a traditional or contemporary aesthetic. His ability to do so has generated a loyal following of clients throughout the Queen City, and beyond. Layton also works regularly in Charleston, Nantucket, and New York.
JLayton Interiors had a big year of completing some of its largest, most beautiful projects yet, along with several large features in national and regional publications which Layton calls “a fantastic gift.”
During the busyness of the season, Layton sat down with us to talk about what’s coming up for the firm in 2024, his best tips for your own home, and how his business continues to grow.
Tell us about a few recent projects that you found particularly interesting.
I’m over the moon about our project being completed in Cotswold. Seeing the culmination of a two year design venture is extremely rewarding. Also, the stunning new home being built in the Foxcroft neighborhood which has been so creatively fulfilling with the most trusting clients a designer could ever ask for.
Do you have anything upcoming for 2024 that you’re particularly excited about?
I’m very excited about working on new projects in Deer Valley, Utah, and Kiawah Island in 2024. I always love to combine work and travel. Personally, Les and I are thrilled we are finally completing our own mountain house in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains which is a legacy property from my grandparents. The architecture so beautifully captures the panoramic view. Stay tuned for some awesome images! I am also doing a complete renovation in Dilworth. We have pretty much taken it down to the studs. I love a great before and after!
You first started JLayton Interiors in 2004. How has your work and business evolved over time?
I am mainly taking on larger projects that I can really sink my creative teeth into. It is more rewarding to have input from exterior finishes to the smallest details throughout. It is truly a privilege to work hand in hand with fantastic architects, builders, project managers and vendors.
What has been most rewarding and what’s most challenging about business ownership?
Definitely seeing the vision come to fruition from plan to reality and making the clients truly happy. My goal is to exceed expectations! The challenge is approaching each project with the idea: “What can I do to stretch my creative muscles further?” If you become complacent you’re not growing.
If you had to offer one or two tips to people looking to elevate their own interior spaces, what would that be?
I would say invest in good artwork. It takes a well appointed room and ignites it with energy whether you are going for something tranquil or something electric. It adds personality and uniqueness to a space. Don’t cut corners on lighting. You won’t believe what a difference it makes in a room from the sculptural statement to mood setting nuances.