Dallas Designer Secrets 2010

We asked some of the city’s most esteemed interior designers to give us the skinny on everything from their best-loved antique stores and hotels to their chair and paint of choice. Here are the tasteful results.

John Marrs

Flower: Peony
Color: Benjamin Moore 2154-50 in Straw
Must-have item that costs less than $50: Veuve Clicquot
Sheets: Sferrra Presidio Italian Egyptian cotton
Scent: Imperiale by Guerlain
Candy: Dark chocolate Hershey’s Kisses
Museum: Musée Nissem de Camondo, Paris
Hotel: Villa Milani, Spoleto
Local restaurant: Salum
Fabric: Lee Jofa
Antiques store: Lee Calicchio, Ltd., New York City
Local store: Half Price Books
Candle: “Anthemion” by John Phifer Marrs
Book: Inside Design by Michael Greer
Chair: My original Billy Baldwin slipper chair
Television show: House Hunters International
Guilty pleasure: Vintage cufflinks

Richard Trimble

Flower: Orchid
Color: Cream or ecru
Paint: Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball
Sheets: Ivory linen
Scent: Vanilla
Candy: Butter toffee
Museum: Hermitage, St. Petersburg
Local museum: DMA
Art gallery: Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Hotel: Villa San Michele, Florence
Local restaurant: Al Biernat’s
Fabric: Wool challis
Antiques store: Bernd Goeckler Antiques, New York City
Candle: Vanilla/root
Book: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Local store: East & Orient
Chair: Eames lounge chair and ottoman
Television show: Antiques Roadshow
Guilty pleasure: Key lime pie

Mary Anne Smiley

Flower: Ranunculus, Iceland poppy, David Austin roses, paperwhites
Color: Lime, aqua, royal blue, white, black
Sheets: Sferra
Scent: Aromas from my kitchen
Local museum: DMA, Nasher, Women’s Museum, Crow
Art gallery: Rising Gallery
Hotel: Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole
Local restaurant: Neighborhood Services
Antiques store: The Mews
Candle: Ivory hand-dipped
Book: The Book of James NIV
Chair: Mies Barcelona
Television show: Dancing With the Stars
Guilty pleasure: Doughnuts

Debra Owens

Flower: Orchids
Color: All shades of green
Paint: Pratt & Lambert Accolade
Scent: Lancôme Galatee Confort—I have been using it since the seventh grade
Sheets: Hotel Collection’s 800-thread count
Candy: Hershey’s Kisses
Museum: MOMA, New York
Local museum: The Modern
Gallery: Craighead Green
Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Restaurant: Javier’s
Fabric: Silk mohair
Scent: Fresh Cannabis Santal
Candle: Christian Tortu’s Forest
Book: Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller
Antiques Store: Nick Brock Antiques
Store: Vinya
Chair: Latin chair by Holly Hunt
Television show: Dexter
Guilty pleasure: Doodle Jump on my iPhone
Photographer: Man Ray

Joe Minton

Flower: White flower quince
Color: Cinnabar red
Paint: Farrow and Ball
Must-have item that costs less than $50: American Airlines upgrades to first class
Sheets: Linen
Scent: Vetiver
Candy: Baci (chocolate-covered hazelnut)
Museum: The Modern and the Kimbell
Hotel: The Stafford, London
Fabric: Lee Jofa handblock
Antiques store: East & Orient
Local store: Grange Hall
Candle: Rigaud Cypres
Book: Billy Baldwin Decorates
Chair: English wingback
Television show: Damages
Guilty pleasure: Breakfast in bed
Photographer: Emily Minton Redfield

Laura Lee Clark Falconer

Flower: Casablanca lily
Color: Sage
Paint: Donald Kaufman
Sheets: Anichini
Scent: Chanel Allure
Candy: E.C. Dicken’s “Welcome” candies
Museum: Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Art gallery: Dunn & Brown
Hotel: Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris
Local restaurant: Salum
Antiques store: Ceylon et Cie
Local store: Forty Five Ten
Book: Right now, it’s Saladino Villa
Chair: Rose Tarlow, Edwin Chair
Television show: Almost anything on E!
Guilty pleasure: Mi Cocina margaritas

See our list of the Best Designers in Dallas 2010.