One might not expect to stumble upon a nester’s haven in the midst of Lower Greenville’s jumble of restaurants and bars, but BelAir Studio & Design seems to delight in surprises.
The brainchild of three design-minded friends—Shannon VanBeber, Cindy Svendsen, and Susan Colvin Gant—the shop and full-service design studio (services range from space planning to complete home remodeling) is filled with handsome case goods, vintage finds, and reimagined treasures. Think steel-framed dining chairs relieved of their tired fabric in favor of hair-on cowhide.
But the real appeal of BelAir lies in the trio’s skillful melding of their distinct aesthetic sensibilities. It’s glam meets classic meets earthy—and the mix works. Mercury glass lamps, metallic-dusted cowhide rugs, and Lucite accessories lend elegance to a rough-hewn four-poster bed, woven baskets, and sturdy leather boxes and bins. Meanwhile, large-scale paintings and items sourced from local craftsmen (including bags, scarves, and table runners from textile designer Elizabeth Anyaa) add a soulful, personal layer to the vignettes.
The end result is a subtle, modern take on luxury, which, in our opinion, is the best possible kind.
There’s now even more to love at Dolly Python.
It’s safe to say that Dolly Python is Dallas’ grand dame of funky finds. Beloved by vintage hounds and design-world royalty alike, it’s the place to hit when you need to inject your pad with a serious dose of whimsy. Even Jean Paul Gaultier snapped up a slew of Dolly Python goods when he was in town last year for his DMA extravaganza. And now, thanks to an expanded storefront, there’s more square footage to house all those must-have oddities and treasures.