Eight Things You Can Learn from Donald Fowler
Stanley Korshak Home’s new 3,500-square-foot space gives buyer Donald Fowler plenty of room to play. Heâ€™s more than doubled the collection. While Baccarat, Buccellati, and Simon Pearce are staples, he’s also emphasizing unique artisan items from Cece Lepage, Alexis Bittar, and John Derian. He came to Stanley Korshak from LA, where he worked as an actor, and later moved to Dallas and worked for Translations, where he found his passion for home decor and retail. The theater still calls, though”on the side, he’s directing his first play Art and writing a musical.
In Paris, I shop at the flea market and the home design show, Maison & Objet. I bought Vietnamese water puppets for the store while I was there. Another favorite is the Baltimore Craft Show for handmade items. That’s where I found glass pieces that look like Missoni, as well as some hand-turned wooden bowls trimmed with rope.
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I don’t like the idea of someone dictating that the color this spring is pink, which, by the way, it is.
The next big thing is sheen: high-gloss black, shiny mosaics, and Lucite. Also, floral china is big “very graphic applied design china, like Fornasetti plates.
Personalize, personalize. If your host is going to Italy, give a wonderful cookbook or a CD of Italian music. Ultimately, it’s about the thought behind it.
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Approachable. For example, I buy traditional lines with a contemporary eye. My mantra is: Buy It Use It. So if you have this tremendous set of ornate silver, take it out and use it in an outdoor setting, or mix it with pottery.
I don’t agree with the big hair image of Dallas. Society families here are creating the most amazing modern architecture in any arts district in the world. My Dallas client is well traveled, with an educated sensibility.
It drives me crazy when you have unsatisfactory service, when people don’t care about what they are doing.
Your home shouldn’t be so set that you can’t add or take away from it when you find something you love. Your home should be a personal expression of who you are.