Jeremy Popoff is not only a f*cking rockstar guitarist in a band, a legit band at that, but he is a dad, business owner, and really digs furniture and design. When you get to his q&a you will understand why I think he's such a rad dude. Obviously everyone has listened to LIT in their life and I'm sure almost all of you in the Southern California area have been to The Slidebar Rock N' Roll Kitchen aka the most legit bar in OC. If you haven't that sucks and you definitely need to. The food is to die for and the drinks are so different than any other bar, I mean where else do you get a ring pop in your cocktail? They almost always have a live band and it's just a super fun environment.
I met Jer through his girlfriend Lauren who is one of my really good friends. When Salvaged Soul was still pretty fresh he ordered a custom outdoor swing and a picnic table with benches. He had seen a few photos of my work yes, but it's the fact that he believed in what I was doing enough to have my work at his home. Those pieces turned out gorgeous. I still get all giddy when I go over to their house and get to swing on a swing I made in the beginning days of my business. Then I made a super sick bed for them, one of my favorite styles to date. After that I made my way into The Slidebar, now all of their outdoor tables have been built by me. He values my passion and gave me the opportunity to have my work somewhere I've always loved. For that I will be forever grateful.
q. Tell me how you would describe your home style.
a. My home style changes a bit from time to time, depending on the house. I've always been really into mid-century modern. I have a few pieces that seem to make the cut for each place I move into. Lately I would describe my home style as kind of country- modern. I'll mix Nelson or Saarinen with Salvaged Soul and some taxidermy.
q. What about your home would surprise people?
a. People would probably be the most surprised by how clean it usually is and how nice it smells. Haha. I like woodsy candles. I hate dust and clutter. I just have to keep my son's room door closed because he is 13 and hasn't quite inherited those traits yet.
q. Does your home reflect your fashion style?
a. Well my fashion style is this- I own 2 pairs of Levis and about 10 plain black t-shirts. I live in shorts and flip flops for most of the day and about 10 months out of the year. So I would say my home style is much cooler. I guess it's similar in the sense that I really stick to the basics and I'm not a big fan of patterns or colors.
q. What or who inspires you?
a. Music is usually at the core of whatever I am thinking about or doing. There are tons of musicians and songwriters that inspire me. Things inspire me. Like a particular guitar, a certain piece of furniture or art. Architecture. Even people who are lazy and do nothing inspire me because it reminds me that I don't ever want to be like that. People who kick ass inspire me. I tell my son that "kicking ass" is the new "getting by" and just "getting by" doesn't cut it anymore.
q. & most importantly. What is your personal favorite Salvaged Soul piece?
My favorite SS piece is probably my bed. It looks killer and I love the fact that it we kind of sketched it out and measured it to fit under the window and it came out even better that we imagined. I love all my SS pieces though and I love telling the stories behind them. There is pride and passion in each piece. It's kind of like my guitars. I've met the people who build them and they love making things that inspire people. I love stuff that is made in America by people who give a shit. People ask me about the tables at The Slidebar and are fascinated by the fact that this hot blonde chick, all of 5'7 and 100 pounds is man handling lumber and power tools and making this killer stuff with 2 little rambunctious boys running around. THAT'S kicking ass!!