Sunday, May 26, 2024 May 26, 2024
87° F Dallas, TX
Advertisement
Publications

The Best Designers in Dallas 2011

Our annual list, plus some of these top local experts tell us about the looks they like best.
|
Image
photography: books courtesy of Istockphoto; chair courtesy of Getty Images; all others courtesy of vendor

Image
photography: books courtesy of Istockphoto; chair courtesy of Getty Images; all others courtesy of vendor
Elizabeth Robertson

Biggest design influence: Earl Hart Miller, Billy Baldwin, Nina Claiborne, Sister Parish, David Hicks, David Easton, Bunny Williams, Carolyne Roehm
Your color of 2011: As always, pastels and red
Design element you’re so over: Large, out-of-scale mantels
The new neutral: Elizabethan blue by Barry Martin
Every home should have: A library
If you were a designer in another country, it would be: England
Favorite home store: Here in Dallas, Mecox
To red or not to red: Always have a red room.
Favorite coffee table book: Any and all books by Bunny Williams or Carolyne Roehm

Image
photography: amethyst courtesy of Istockphoto; all others courtesy of vendor
Catherine Dolen

Biggest design influence: The study of architectural styles and history
Your color of 2011: Amethyst
Design element you’re so over: Busy tile patterns on kitchen backsplashes
The new neutral: Warm gray
Every home should have: A warming drawer for towels in the master bath
If you were a designer in another country, it would be: France
To red or not to red: Red can be very invigorating and, therefore, strongly influences the emotion of a space, so I use it judiciously.  My favorite red has a warm undertone. I call it pomegranate.
Favorite coffee table book: Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design by Max Jacobson, Murray Silverstein, and Barbara Winslow 

Image
photography: Eiffel tower courtesy of Istockphoto; all others courtesy of vendor
Stephen Dunn

Biggest design influence: Ralph Lauren consistently inspires and amazes me!
Design element you’re so over: Any more than five pillows on a bed
The new neutral: Gray
Every home should have: At least one really fabulous piece of art
If you were a designer in another country, it would be: France
Favorite home store: Ralph Lauren in Paris and Mecox
To red or not to red: I love red! Give me the client who understands it and the bravery to use it!
Favorite coffee table book: Wisdom: The Greatest Gift One Generation Can Give To Another by Andrew Zuckerman and Jacques Garcia: Decorating in the French Style by Franck Ferrand

Image
photography: walnuts and airplane courtesy of Istockphoto; all others courtesy of vendor
Ann Schooler

Biggest design influence: My travels
Your color of 2011: Burnished walnut
The new neutral: Red
Every home should have: Something 18th century
If you were a designer in another country, it would be: Argentina
Favorite home store: The Mews in Dallas for instant gratification
The most overused word in the design world: Vision
Favorite coffee table book: Timeless Elegance by David Easton

Image
photography: eggplant and tile courtesy of Istockphoto; all others courtesy of vendor

Ashley Tripplehorn & Dee Dee Hoak

Biggest design influence: Emily Summers. She thinks of design from an artistic and architectural perspective that broadened our perception.
Your color of 2011: We are loving aubergine, that yummy color of an eggplant.
Design element you’re so over: McMansions 
Every home should have: A Saarinen table
If you were a designer in another country, it would be: Depending on the duration, Japan
Favorite home store: The souks of Marrakesh, Morocco
Most overused word in the design world: Timeless. If that were so, we’d be out of a job!
Favorite coffee table book: Reflection of a Man: The Photographs of Stanley Marcus by Jerrie Marcus Smith, Allison V. Smith, and Roy Flukinger

Scott Berry

Your color of 2011: Earthy hues are still in my view for this year. A bit brighter added to the muter tones (greens, pinks, oranges).
Design element you’re so over: I really don’t believe there are elements that I would not want to see again. The cycling of design trends keeps all of us hopping for the latest and greatest. I enjoy using something quirky from the past to emit humor or nostalgia in parts of my designs.
The new neutral: Chocolate mocha brown is still a consistent neutral, having taken over black. I enjoy using the lighter taupes and punching the scheme with color accents.
Every home should have: A fantastic piece of artwork, be it a painting, a sculpture, or graphic on paper. There is nothing better for a conversation starter or a daily reflection of calm or calamity when viewing art.
If you were a designer in another country, it would be: I would likely be in South America or Spain—with a bit more of a carefree attitude to meld with my soft contemporary style.
To red or not to red: Red, when used sparingly, can make your eye dance around a room.
Most overused word in the design world? Decorating. I would much rather use accessorizing.

Image
photography courtesy of vendor
Kathy Adcock-Smith

Biggest design influence: My own eyes—using the art of seeing and observing the world around me
Your color of 2011: I am an open book on color—whatever suits the project—but certainly not the vile honeysuckle (pink) that is being touted as Pantone’s “color of the year.”
Design element you’re so over:  Forty-nine pillows on anything
The new neutral: Tones influenced by our natural world: tree bark, stone, shimmery metallics, water, sky
Every home should have: An iPad. It’s a darn useful thing!
If you were a designer in another country, it would be
: Italy, of course
Favorite home store: Blue Print in Dallas
To red or not to red:  I love red to wear, for my car, and phone, and as bold accents such as on this wonderful white raked oak and red lacquered Italian console (JesseCollection) spotted at Contempo Designs.
Most overused word in the design world: The “new…”
Favorite coffee table book: Anything by Vicente Wolf or John Saladino or with a topic of beautiful pools and gardens

Advertisement