Grand Prairie’s Nokia Theatre first opened in 2002. Year-round the venue brings in the latest and greatest artists to sing, dance, tell jokes, and just generally give folks a good time, But seven years into things, its luxury suites were looking a little tired. So AEG Worldwide, which operates the venue, asked D Home for help. And help we did. We wrangled eight area interior design experts to give 11 suites a face lift. They knew they’d be working on a super-tight deadline (a one-month turnaround, yikes!), yet they met the challenge with vim and vigor. They were given free reign over their rooms, and each designer took this rare opportunity to express his or her personal style: each space has a truly unique point of view. Herewith, the stunning results of a whole lot of scrambling, sweating, begging, and sprinkling magic design dust.

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That’s Entertainment: Glen Boudreaux (above left)
The designer turns out a celebrity-worthy hangout.

It’s fitting really, that the past chairman of The Dallas Association of ASID and past president of the Texas Association for Interior Design would design the site for AEG Worldwide. The company, which operates the concert venue, requested that their suite be both fun and sophisticated—and those words might be used to describe the man himself.

 AEG’s philosophy is to provide fans with an experience they never thought possible. The management company hosts lots of celebrities, and they needed a space in which their upscale guests would feel at home. Boudreaux studied AEG’s other venues and took his cues from the neutral palette of their architecture and the vivid colors used in signage and concerts lights. 

 The sophisticated palette of grays and taupes gives the feel of a high-end loft. Layers of texture—natural stone, metal and porcelain tile, luxurious fabrics—create drama. Fun comes from the brightly colored art, hand-blown glass pendant lights, LED lighting built into the custom banquettes, and custom glass art table tops. “Bringing these elements together creates a sophisticated yet fun luxury suite for AEG to entertain their discriminating clients,” Boudreaux says.

Ain't Life Grand: Glen Boudreaux (above right)
A city’s suite perfectly reflects its image.

When award-winning interior designer Glen Boudreaux threw his hat into the ring for the Nokia Theatre project, he didn’t plan on redesigning two suites. But when asked to do so, he not only designed the suite used by AEG Worldwide, but also that belonging to the City of Grand Prairie. 

 “The City of Grand Prairie is considered fun, friendly, and family oriented. Its multifaceted image is that of a casual elegance and sophistication,” Boudreaux says. “By client request we have taken that image and translated it into a comfortable, casual, yet elegant interior.”

 Playing off the name Grand Prairie, the designer started with a warm, welcoming color scheme of sophisticated greens and browns that reflect the grand prairie. The palette is enhanced by colorful art, art glass, and tableware. Casual elegance is created by the contrast of textures, colors, and materials. Two round dining tables with granite tops and glass tile bases accommodate catered dinners. The wood floor and upholstered chairs were requests of Janice England, the wife of the mayor of Grand Prairie.

When the mayor’s wife got her first look at the design for the suite, she gave Boudreaux an A+.

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Posh Spice: Luis Carmona for I.O. Metro (above left)
Plum good is how we describe this suite.

It isn’t often that a designer gets carte blanche. But when it happens it’s definitely the most fun, says residential interior decorator Luis Carmona. Working on behalf of I.O. Metro, a new home decor store that opened in Dallas in April, the 28-year-old Carmona typically helps homeowners refine their personal spaces to suit their own tastes. But at Nokia Theatre, he allowed his imagination to run free.

Under the I.O. Metro banner, he designed a suite that’s sleek and modern. The decorator spends a lot of time at Starbucks and wanted to emulate the rich, comforting atmosphere of his favorite coffeehouse and office away from office. Nevertheless, “I didn’t want to play it safe,” he says. And in that vein he painted one long wall a divine plum, describing it as “shocking, cool, and bold, but not annoying after the third visit.” Another wall is painted black and hand-stenciled for texture and “a little umph.”

Dark espresso wood floors and contemporary cabinetry complete the look. Oversize artwork, silver mirrors, and glossy finishes bring drama to the scene. “When the lights go dim, it’s very cozy,” Carmona says.

Green Chic: Luis Carmona (above right)
Only the grass is greener than this contemporary design.

With a background in journalism and forensic anthropology, Luis Carmona came to design as a hobby, casually giving friends decorating advice. Carmona Creative Firm sprung from there. The Nokia suite was the first large project for his newly minted company, and it truly reflects his aesthetic—and his concern for the environment. (Coincidentally, the energy company that leases the suite has programs that focus on ecofriendly products and services.)

Carmona wanted the suite to be as green as possible. First up: VOC-free materials for the flooring and wall covering. Walls were textured with a natural clay tinted ivory; the suite’s original cabinets got a face lift with the same clay-based product in an espresso color. The concrete floor a got hand-painted faux finish in a copper color that’s brand new to the market. He chose ecofriendly tile for the countertops and replaced all of the lighting with energy-efficient bulbs. Furniture was either recycled or made locally from sustainable materials (along with an artist friend, Carmona designed the L-shaped bench that sits along one wall himself).

The outcome is not only an elegant gift to the environment, it’s also clean, modern, and wonderfully functional.

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Owner’s Delight: David Call (above left)
The design consultant creates a cosmopolitan jewel box.

David Call has worked as a design consultant for almost 20 years, but like most designers he’s usually designing for a client. “When this came along, it was exactly what I wanted, to do my own design my own way,” he says. And what a design it is.

“This is for the owners of a technological company,” Call says, “and I thought, ‘This needs to be dazzling. It needs to look formidable without being dark or heavy.’ ” To that end, he chose a crisp palette of pearl white with gold and chocolate accents. The countertops and most of the walls are white; one wall is wrapped in chocolate leather tile. The porcelain floor shimmers like granulated sugar. Custom cabinets are of horizontal macassar wood; LED lighting beneath them creates a hovering effect. Huge abstract artworks by Jo Mattison feature smears of big, bold primary color.

Call describes the finished product as “severe and wonderful,” and the effect is very New York City—so much so that a guest might expect to look out over a sparkling landscape of lights instead of the Nokia stage.

Sound Decision: Dawn Henderson (above right)
With a microphone theme, this suite is ready for the big-time.

Dawn Henderson is a lady with vision. A prime example: her gorgeous office on the still-emerging Irving Boulevard along the Trinity River Corridor. And her vision for her suite at Nokia Theatre? “Exciting, decadent, really luxurious, but also a little whimsy,” says the president of Dawn Henderson & Associates.

Henderson and her team started by picking a theme. “We looked at who’s on stage there—everyone from Al Gore to musicians to comedians—and asked ourselves, ‘What do they all have in common?’ A microphone. And all of us as kids have pantomimed into a hairbrush or a soup spoon—it’s a universal experience.” And with that fun idea to shape their suite, they set to work.

Among their first purchases were vintage mics from Cool Microphone downtown, from which they made resin molds, incorporated into a large iron mirror near the door of the suite. They chose glitzy fabrics in red and gold; the fabric on the sofa pillows even has a microphone-like texture. And the element of surprise—the pièce de résistance? A pair of round cocktail tables designed by Henderson and handmade by TMG Artisans. The bases are entertainers holding microphones; three microphones hold the glass tops.

“We’ve had a blast!” the designer says.

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Zensational: Carol Holley (above left)
From limited resources comes a suite cool as a cucumber.

Carol Holley’s Arlington-based firm, Interior Design Group, focuses on middle-market commercial work—governmental, institutional, medical, corporate, retail—so she’s used to working on a shoestring budget. An interior designer since 1970, Holley is a resourceful woman, and she brought her knack for turning a little into a lot to the Nokia suites project. The result is a suite that’s warm and welcoming.

Daireds Salon and Spa Pangéa sponsors the suite, which is rented show to show to whomever wants it. “Our first thoughts were it should be light and airy, like the spas,” the designer says. But spa owner Daired Ogle requested a “cocoon feeling,” so the designer switched gears to create an enveloping environment.

Working with an organic palette of coppers, browns, and greens, Holly set about covering MDF panels with wall covering and reupholstering preowned furnishings. Existing cabinets were replaced with new bronze laminated cabinets, and pendant lights create the illusion of a lowered ceiling and give the suite a more intimate feel.

“We were going for a very edgy look,” Daired says. “But it’s also soothing and will keep the focus on the artists on stage.”

Been There, Fun That: Emily Miller (above right)
The residential designer turns her refined eye to playtime.

Emily Miller’s interiors are sublime. They are crisp and understated, the very embodiment of elegance, rest, and relaxation—not exactly the sort of thing that comes to mind when you think of the energy and excitement of concert-going. Which is why the 33-year-old designer jumped at the chance to redesign a suite at Nokia Theatre: it was a rare shot to do something altogether offbeat and funky.

“When we were first brainstorming ideas, we said, ‘Let’s do something you might not want to live with every day—that’s fun and over the top, like a night out with friends,’ ” Miller says. She wanted to convey the glitz of the entertainment industry and to capture the glamour of Old Hollywood but express it in a thoroughly modern way.

She accomplished her goal by using a glowy white finish on the walls, along with bright gold wallpaper with a turquoise and silver crane motif. The room incorporates metallics and mirrored surfaces (one long wall has circular mirrored cutouts); furniture is upholstered in turquoise vinyl and plush velvet.

Miller laughs when she calls the result—a witty, whimsical amalgam of color and texture—“delightful,” and we assure you, it’s an eye-popping, charming space with sizzle and style.

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Salon Selective: Niki Powell-Samuel (above left)
This sleek, sophisticated salon is as much fun as function.

As with all her projects, Niki Powell-Samuel of NPIdesign considered her client. In this case: a private club caters to a sophisticated, executive-level customer who is accustomed to the finer things in life. It was also important to the designer to stay true to the venue. Ultimately, the goal was to be both a place to have fun and a high-end corporate salon, she says.

Originally designed more as a functional passageway to the row seating where guests watch the entertainment and less as fun entertainment space itself, the suite is long and narrow. Powell-Samuel wanted to alter that hurried experience and encourage guests to linger, so she designed a box-like structure inside the suite that breaks the room into sections. Situated not quite in the center of the room, just past the bar area, it serves as seating and a room divider all in one.

To give the space the high-end feel she sought, the designer chose white pearl wax plaster for the finish on the surround box; the walls of the suite are a deep brown Venetian plaster. Bronze mirror gives the illusion of a larger room. Cabinets are custom, and countertops are a new line of ecofriendly Silestone. Accessories are kept minimal. “I wanted to keep it clean, not overly appoint the room,” Powell-Samuel says. “It’s is ready for anyone to come in with their friends and make it their own.”

Team Effort: Rutherford’s (above right)
Four designers collaborate on a suite that's front and center.

Prime real estate. Not an assignment that’s foreign to interior designer Robert Rutherford of Rutherford’s, whose clients live in some of Dallas’ more beautiful homes. But this time the space in question was the coveted Nokia suite dead center of the stage. Rutherford’s task: give it a makeover worthy of its position.

The designer assembled a team of four colleagues from his Lovers Lane showroom. For Lee Ann Jones, Mercer Asay, Nancy Bravo, and Pam Dowling, the collaboration was a nice change of pace from their high-end residential work, and the result is an interesting, occasional, and comfortable area that invites conversation and cocktails, with enough excitement that guests will want to hang out in the space as much as they want to check out the entertainment.

The style is fairly traditional with “the circle of entertainment” as the theme. The color palette comprises cream, chocolate and split pea green, with pops of tomato red. There’s an emphasis on texture. High-quality fabrics beg to be touched: embroidered vinyl on chairs, velvet on pillows, a sofa upholstered in stripes of velvet and heavy ribbon, and magnificent burnout curtains that flank the secondary entrance to the suite. Twelve rectangular wall panels are covered in a chocolate and chartreuse weaved fabric, and custom cabinets have a textured finish that incorporates Venetian plaster and even a little glitter.

RENOVATION RESOURCE
Designers + Vendors
We would like to thank the following whose hard work made the Nokia suites shine.

Owner's Delight

David Call
Dallas, Texas
214.679.9263
cabosands@yahoo.com
Custom Work Room Services
214.631.2795
Franklin Drapery Shops
972.243.9955
Global Views
214.956.0030
Jo Mattison
www.jomattisonart.com
IMC-Interceramic Marble Collection
972.488.5700
Martin & Martin Design
214.252.0692
Prosource of Dallas
214.742.3300
SLI Lighting
214.231.4422
Statement Furniture
214.760.2450

Zensational

Carol Holley
Interior Design Group
2307 Oak Forest Court
Arlington, Texas 76012
817.469.1171     
www.idgfw.com
Anzea Textiles
817.336.2310
Architex Fabrics
800.621.0827
Mayer Fabrics
800.428.4415
MDC Wallcoverings
800.621.4006
Tri Kes Wallcovering
972.484.8120
Wolf-Gordon Inc.
800.347.0550

Green Chic

Carmona Creative Firm
Dallas, Texas
214.982.9882
Albert Borland
214.870.7909
Faux Effects
972.733.0028
Cosentino-Silestone
214.256.9700
Gages Granite
972.243.6097
Brad Jenson
Red Gate Studios
817.366.9916
Pierce Hardware
214.368.2851
Cort Furniture Rental
972.241.1009

Salon Selective

NPIdesign
Dallas, Texas
214.282.1100
npidesign@aol.com
Carpet One
817.328.7000
Cosentino-Silestone
214.256.9700
Coupralux
214.748.2300
Decorazon
214.946.1003
Dusty Ward
214.454.7834
Elite Custom Windows and Upholstery
214.738.0955
Fashion Glass & Mirror
972.223.8936
Faux Effects
972.733.0028
Gages Granite
972.243.6097
Kitchen Source
214.741.1912
Lights Fantastic
214.369.1101
Margaret Wolf Photography
214.485.1982
Pierce Hardware
214.368.2851
Robin Galey Design
214.476.6004
Texas Paint & Wallpaper Co.
214.824.4574
Tom Battles
214.744.6200

Been There, Fun That

Emily Miller
6318 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75214
214.826.6550
www.emilymillerinteriors.com
Ashley Furniture
www.ashleyfurniture.com
Bella Vista Company
214.823.0033
Bezali Artisans
214.208.4736
Culp Associates and Joseph Noble Textiles
214.651.0510
ID Collection and Osborne & Little
214.698.0226
LRR Enterprises
936.615.5586
Lula B’s Antique Mall
214.824.2185
Natural Selections
972.417.1920
Reflections Glass and Mirror
972.977.8374
Studio Bon Textiles
214.370.8777

Ain’t Life Grand

Glen Boudreaux & Associates
4418 Vandelia Street
Dallas, Texas 75219
214.752.0997
www.glenboudreauxandassociates.com
Aceray
214.741.5097
Aesthetics in Marble and Granite 972.579.0970
AKDO Inc.
214.490.5372
Ann Adams Studios
214.368.3345
Ann Beletic Studios
214.914.5408
Blue Sky Glass Design
940.231.0781
Capital Improvements
214.495.7200
Charles Alan Inc.
817.922.9834
Cosentino - Silestone
214.256.9700
Crossville/MasterTile
972.488.3393
Delivery Limited
214.261.1000
DS2/WPT
214.924.4948
Dust Free Hardwoods
972.484.1849
Feizy Rugs
214.747.0040
Fiber-Seal Systems
972.889.8807
Haven Rock Productions
214.908.2487
Hollman Inc.
972.815.4000
J. Fiero Upholstery
214.573.6622
Kasmir Fabrics
214.631.8040
L’Art en Bois
214.952.3471
The MetalTile Collection
214.752.0997
Needless Necessities
214.824.0700
Opuzen Design
323.549.3489
RJR Custom Paper Hanging
214.808.8401
The Sherwin Williams Co.
214.686.0779
Southern Botanical
214.366.2103
TRI.KES
972.484.8120
WAC Lighting
214.954.9922
Westside Kitchen & Bath
214.351.2041

That’s Entertainment

Glen Boudreaux & Associates
4418 Vandelia Street
Dallas, Texas 75219
214.752.0997
www.glenboudreauxandassociates.com
Aesthetics in Marble and Granite 972.579.0970
AKDO Inc.
214.490.5372
Blue Sky Glass Design
940.231.0781
Bolon
214.741.5097
C. Paul Cobb
214.491.9773
Capital Improvements
214.495.7200
Carol Benson
928.243.1464
Charles Alan Inc.
817.922.9834
Cosentino - Silestone
214.256.9700
Delivery Limited
214.261.1000
DS2/WPT
214.924.4948
Feizy Rugs
214.747.0040
Fiber-Seal Systems
972.889.8807
First Impression Glass
972.243.7343
Haven Rock Productions
214.908.2487
Hollman Inc.
972.815.4000
Innovations
214.707.7047
J. Fiero Upholstery
214.573.6622
Kasmir Fabrics
214.631.8040
L’Art en Bois
214.952.3471
The MetalTile Collection
214.752.0997
Opuzen Design
323.549.3489
Pantheon
214.740.1161
RJR Custom Paper Hanging
214.808.8401
Roy Phelps Designs
225.642.0301
The Sherwin Williams Co.
214.686.0779
Southern Botanical
214.366.2103
Unika Vaev
214.749.7711
WAC Lighting
214.954.9922
Westside Kitchen & Bath
214.351.2041
Wilsonart Internationa
214.695.8527
Wolf Gordon
214.394.4369

Sound Decision

Dawn Henderson & Associates
2314 Irving Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75207
214.905.9900
www.hendersoninteriors.com
Durkan Carpet
214.742.6080
Garland Drapery
972.276.5297
Global Views
214.956.0030
Hernandez Upholstery
214.454.2515
Jane Shook
214.905.9900 ext. 12
Culp Associates and Larsen Fabrics
214.651.0510
Robert Germany Photography
214.637.9322
TMG Artisans
214.752.1373

Team Effort

Rutherford’s Designs
5417 West Lovers Lane
Dallas, Texas 75209
214.357.0888
www.rutherfordsdesign.com
Cosentino - Silestone
214.256.9700
Gages Granite
972.243.6097
Jesse Taylor
972.262.2921
Pierce Hardware
214.368.2851
Preston Parker
214.339.4331
Roy Curran
972.247.4900
Texas Paint & Wallpaper Co.
214.824.4574
Wagner Carpets & Flooring
972.242.2171

Posh Spice

I.O. Metro
5301 Alpha Road, Suite 34
Dallas, Texas 75240
972.991.7777
www.io-metro.com
Carmona Creative Firm
214.982.9882
Carpet One
817.328.7000
Cosentino-Silestone
214.256.9700
Gages Granite
972.243.6097
Pierce Hardware
214.368.2851
Poggenpohl Dallas
214.572.9190
Texas Paint & Wallpaper Co.
214.824.4574
Y-Knot-Creations
817.614.8386

Nokia would like to thank the following vendors:

Kelby Frederick
Flooring America
940.565.0199
Brad Jenson
Red Gate Studios
817.366.9916
DHW Servcies
214.630.4914
Greg Coon
Eyecon Video
972.881.3200
Cheri Littlefield Stripling
Illusions by Design
817.447.8736
Mark Lafferty
Antique Stop
972.312.1501
Michael Levitz
Ashley Furniture
817.557.8585