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What Art Collector Cindy Rachofsky Taught Her Daughter About Design

The Dallas philanthropist passed down four cherished tips.
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Cindy Rachofsky and her daughter Meghan Looney, photographed by Elizabeth Lavin

Growing up with a mother who is an art collector and philanthropist, it’s no surprise that Meghan Looney’s clean-lined home is filled with contemporary pieces and architectural details. Designer Rob Dailey helped her curate a space that nods to her mother’s influence while also taking into account her own style, which she honed as director of branding and communications for Forty Five Ten and now as a marketing consultant. The ever-gracious host, Cindy opened up the doors to her Richard Meier–designed home (best known as The Rachofsky House) to countless nonprofits and art enthusiasts—inspiring more than just her children to live amongst art and good design.

Invest in art.
Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, known for opening their home to various nonprofits and art enthusiasts, naturally instilled a love of art in their children. “We try to buy something for each of our two children so they can begin their own collections,” Cindy Rachofsky says.

Create your own style by blending influences.
Meghan Looney was influenced by her family’s minimalist aesthetic but knew she wanted to differentiate with her own taste for color and comfort. “Her home has a sophisticated edge to it,” Rachofsky says.

Don’t be afraid to take risks.
It’s one of the lessons Looney appreciates most from her mother. “She has a classic sensibility but isn’t afraid to take risks in both her home and clothing,” Looney says.

The little things matter most.
Rachofsky and Looney know what makes a house a home is good wine, a great playlist, candles, books, flowers, framed photographs, and friends around the dining table. That goes for entertaining, too.

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