The Leslie Taylor Showroom

A new Dallas showroom makes decorating easy.

EVERYDAY ELEGANCE: Gustavian Swedish bench with carved back
photography by Joshua Martin

Designer Tracy Rasor.
photography by Joshua Martin

The Leslie Taylor showroom is the first of its kind in Dallas. At least that’s what owner Tracy Rasor is hearing. “Designers come in and tell me that there’s nothing like this here, that they can tell another designer owns this showroom,” Rasor says. The place is more than a space packed full of furniture. After pulling pieces from all over (and sometimes outside) the country, Rasor refinishes and makes them wonderful. Then she arranges them into vignettes, putting rooms and scenes together. Everything on display is for sale, and the hardest work–putting the room together–is already done. Sure, you can buy just the sofa, but it will be tough to walk away from the lamp and pillows that, thanks to Rasor, go with it. Bonus: Even with all the refinishing and refining, Leslie Taylor focuses on keeping items at a relatively moderate price. As a designer, Rasor felt frustrated when she couldn’t find what she was looking for, and when she did, it was too expensive. “I felt like I was settling for my clients. I needed to do my own thing,” she says. Leslie Taylor Showroom. 1404 Slocum St. 214-760-8325.

(left) Leslie Taylor Showroom’s Slocum Steet exterior and (right) shabby lion urns.
photography by Joshua Martin

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