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Dallas Design Buzz You Need to Know

Dispatches from More Design + Build, Havana at Home, and more.

Chad Dorsey and Kurt Bielawski started More Design + Build in 2005 as a “one-stop shop” for home construction, offering services in all aspects of residential design and planning as well as general contracting. Dorsey often assists clients with design choices, too. Most recently, however, he started fielding calls from homeowners who need interior and material design help who are not current clients of More. So it was a natural progression for Dorsey to launch Chad Dorsey Design, an interiors arm of the business that allows him to work with clients who are at various stages in their home’s design timeline. “Some had recently moved into their dream house and needed furnishings,” Dorsey explains. “Others were building a house and needed help with material selections and furnishings.”

Dorsey, who has a degree in architecture, fine-tuned his skills at Wilson Associates, where he managed hospitality projects, before launching More. His style melds his architectural influence with a “comfortably elegant” design sensibility. He often mixes custom pieces with midcentury designs. “I like to let the architectural details in the room stand out and not let the interiors overpower,” he says. Dorsey’s offerings range from consulting on material choices to full-service interior design. —Ryan Conner


Havana at Home

A photograph of a 1950s automobile in a nondescript Cuban setting—Cuba #30 by John Conn—sparked “La Habana,” the first internationally influenced collection from Kisabeth, a to-the-trade handcrafted furnishings company founded in 1958. (A print hangs in the Fort Worth headquarters belonging to mother-and-son owners Joy and Keith Webster.) The result: seven pieces reflective of iconic Cuba, including a

leather smoking chair, a graphic birch screen, and an African mahogany humidor. “Cuba is obviously having a moment,” says creative director Laurel McEuen. Mix a mojito and join in. —Jessica Elliott


Double the fun

Luxury performance fabric line Perennials has announced two new collections to its fall lineup. First up, nationally known designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard—who often outfits his celebrity clients’ homes in Perennials—collaborated with the indoor/outdoor fabric house to design 29 Moroccan-inspired fabrics in exotic prints, rich stripes, and handsome paisleys. Find hues in gold reds, deep blues, and pretty beige and gray neutrals, as well as four new colorways. The new Here, There & Everywhere collection boasts a dramatic palette of black and grays with touches of emerald, shell, and madder. Find 42 new fabrics—all stain, fade, and mildew resistant. Available at David Sutherland. —Ryan Conner


Tile Files

Ceramic tile and stone showroom Walker Zanger recently opened its second Dallas location, a 5,100-square-foot space in the International on Turtle Creek Design Center. According to Kim Bernard, executive director of facilities design, the space offers “the entire breadth of the Walker Zanger line with an emphasis on stone slabs.” The to-the-trade tile company is known for displaying “each and every,” which means that trims and ceramic tiles in every color offering are out on the floor. The space is divided into product-type zones so that clients can easily find their desired materials. The new showroom also boasts multiple workstations, which invite designers to collaborate with the sales team.—Ryan Conner


White Hot

This October, Stone Boutique will unveil a stain-resistant white marble collection from Italian stone supplier Antolini. The Azerocare line treats each slab with a proprietary process that results in a marble that resists acids, stains, and etchings. You can spill orange juice and milk, cook with lemons and olive oil—even drink a glass of Cabernet without caution—and all it takes to clean is a wipe of a cloth. The treatment does not affect the color or unique characteristics of the stone, and it requires little to no maintenance. —Ryan Conner

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