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Designers at Home: Janet Gridley

A look inside the personal spaces of some of Dallas' top designers. 
By Sarah Bennett |
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Elizabeth Lavin
They say the best way to get to know someone is by taking a walk in their shoes. But we believe it’s by stepping inside their homes. In this series, five local designers allowed us to take a peek into their most private spaces for an intimate glance at their home lives. Read on to learn what’s close at heart to these designers, what pieces were an impulse buy, and what treasures they couldn’t live without. This week, we’re visiting with Janet Gridley

The Trendsetter


When designer Janet Gridley moved to Dallas 12 years ago from Minneapolis, she thought about living in an unorthodox space—something really funky, like a converted bakery. But she took one step into her Charles Dilbeck home in Oak Lawn and fell in love. “It was rumored to be a Dilbeck when we bought it, and then I took a class at SMU and had the professor come look at it to confirm,” she says. Her next steps are to travel to Austin to get the home officially verified as a Dilbeck design. Inside, the home is a perfect blend of original touches and Gridley’s own take on things—a beautifully neutral space with pops of earthy color and plenty of texture. “In my work, I get to use a lot of color,” she says. “In my own home, I’m a little bit more shy.”














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