|A SIMPLE PLAN: (clockwise from right) The front room has added drama thanks to gold-leaf wallpaper. The signature Dicken look mixes reproductions and antiques. A sofa and chair by A. Rudin, antique table, and prints from Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign. E.C. Dicken vice president Chris Dicken.
photography by Danny Piassick
When you’ve been the bastion of traditional English style in Dallas for more than 50 years, it’s a little hard to reinvent yourself. But, as heir to the E.C. Dicken English country home look, Chris Dicken says, “It had reached a point of critical clutter mass. We had to clean the place up.” With the help of designer Ike Isenhour, the E.C. Dicken showroom has a new look that shows off its traditional furniture, antiques, and Moser Form, a new collection of modern French tables and chairs. The challenge remains—keeping the space clean. Antique boxes and porcelains from the upstairs gallery magically appear on tables and consoles. It seems Buzz Dicken, owner of the showroom, comes in during the weekend and does a little decorating. Hey, old habits die hard, and his name is on the door.