Design Gossip On Trump, Miller, And The Ritz

Wilson bags Trump, Miller gets a table, and Hayslip lands Ritz-Carlton.

Interior Motives
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Mayor Laura Miller

Guess who’s coming to dinner? Laura Miller and Steve Wolens are busy decorating their large, new house on Dentwood and have been spotted in almost every showroom in the Design District. Sources say Wolens is the shopper in the family and that he ordered a dining room table from the Stately Homes line at Baker Knapp & Tubbs.

Interior designer Richard Trimble, ASID, of Richard Trimble & Associates, who is doing the Miller/Wolens house, wouldn’t confirm. But he’s got a lot on his decorative plate already: finishing a house in London for Chelsea Chapman Kirwan (an Easterner with Texas roots) and designing two plastic surgeons offices, one in Norwalk, Conn., and the other on Central Park West.

Brown Jordan’s Havana line of outdoor rattan snagged kudos from Better Homes & Gardens and House & Garden, as well as the International Casual Furniture Market’s Design Excellence Award (and me –I just bought a set). The island-inspired, element-impervious rattan and wicker pieces received rave reviews. Congrats to BJ’s new showroom manager Patti Looney, who came from retail furniture.

Sherry Hayslip, ASID, and her husband architect Cole Smith, FAIA, ASID, recently won the 2003 Gold Award for Design Excellence, sponsored by Design Journal, for a one-of-a-kind architectural coffee table, custom designed for their clients Debbie and John Tolleson. This just in: Hayslip has been hired to design the residences for the new ultra-chichi Ritz-Carlton across from the Crescent. The architects are Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, of Robert A.M. Stern Architects and HKS, Inc. (Stern designed Lisa Blue and Fred Baron’s Preston Road manse.)

Donald Trump

Trisha Wilson, ASID, head of international interior architectural design company Wilson & Associates, has landed an impressive new gig. Her firm has been hired to design the model homes on Donald Trump’s new golf course development in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Capital Distributing was party central for three weeks, as designers, builders, and a very select few others were invited to preview the new 11,000-square-foot showroom in the old Marshall Moody digs on Stemmons Freeway. (Capital carries all of the major high-end kitchen appliances from Gaggenau to Miele to Dacor.) After six separate nights of soirees, owners Michael and Jan Davis and daughter Jennifer Tyrell thought their feet were going to fall off.

Spots were flying at The Fabric Factory during a fabulous benefit for the Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Center. General Manager Lindley Welch welcomed Dan Strimple, Bob Hopkins, Dr. Raul Rodriguez, Russ Vandeveerdonk, Wendy Krispin and other notables, later seen wearing leopard-spotted aprons and drinking Leopartinis.


Diane Linn, AIA, Linn & Associates

Sculpture gardens

Heavy patterns
Pastiche (hopefully)

Not to be Tacky, but….

I don’t get it. A local builder used a combination of buttermilk, horse manure, vinegar, and tea to achieve an Old World golden stucco look, slopping this smelly stuff over Portland cement and harvest gold pigment. He left the gutters shiny-new, though, passing on the application of goat urine, which ages copper to that gorgeous blue-green patina. (I won’t go into what he used in the kitchen.)


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