Advice From Dallas’ Best Interior Designers

March 6, 2015 - table lamp

Best is a good word—just ask a 99 professionals enclosed in a annual ranking of a tip interior designers in Dallas. Best represents a elite, in this case, of a internal settlement community. Best is a badge to wear with honor. But what best has in distinction, it lacks in specifics. It doesn’t tell we most about what these designers prioritize, what they covet, how they think. So we acted 5 questions to a winning designers that would strew a small some-more light on their tastes and preferences, how they work within a operation of cost points (which, we should indicate out, do not indispensably simulate picturesque dollar amounts they work with), and where they emporium when they’re looking for a steal. We consider you’ll find their answers as engaging and wide-ranging as a designers themselves. 

best_designers_2015_chairs_2.jpg(from left to right) Knoll Washington Skeleton chair in nickel finish, $1,300/Scott + Cooner; Lucite Adirondack-style loll chair, $1,950/Scout; Vladimir Kagan Fettuccine leather chair, to a trade/David Sutherland; three-legged chair, $4,800 for a pair/Again Again; Cassina Superleggera chair, cost depends on finishes/Scott + Cooner

1. If we could buy any home-design object for yourself right now, what would it be?  

A Steinway baby grand piano.
– Mary Anne Smiley 

Some fabulous  Ann Sacks tile!
– Kay Genua 

Six yards of Beacon Hill Mon Cheri Aqua to redeem an 18th-century French Régence Canapé.
– Eric Prokesh

An strange Giacometti cocktail table—a small bagatelle during $800,000!
– Sherry Hayslip

A framed collection of Hermès scarves.
– Margaret Chambers

A Picasso.
– Leslie Jenkins

I only had a client’s closet propitious with unlacquered coronet shelving and rods. we can't conflict a titillate most longer to finish mine.
– Philip Thomas Vanderford 

A fantastic 18th-century Louis XV counterpart from Ernesto Klun. It’s one of a prettiest things I’ve ever seen.
– Barry Williams

The Miele square presser! It is awesome.
– Jan Jones

A Wolf convection steam oven. It is to food what Tom Ford is to clothes.
David Salem

Art is always my initial adore and initial choice. It defines who we are and can be your wisest investment.
– Stephen Dunn

Something iconic, like maybe a womb chair and ottoman or an egg chair in leather.
– Allen Kirsch

best_designers_2015_side_tables_1.jpg(from left to right) Trou side table, $632/Brendan Bass; French side list circa 1920, $1,592/Brendan Bass; Corbin bronze Tryke table, to a trade/David Sutherland; The Wicker Works Balustrade list in transparent Murano glass, to a trade/David Sutherland; Zanotta White Shell side table, $800/Scott + Cooner; blue side table, $475/Laura Lee Clark; Cute Cut XXS coffee table, $1,250/Roche Bobois; Indoor/outdoor Josephine splash table, $648/Palecek; bombard stool, $1,700/Blue Print; geometric side table, $1,430/Laura Lee Clark; Lyle Unlimited Benjamin table, to a trade/David Sutherland; Acrobat acrylic side table, $2,500/Mecox; On a Rock finish table, $1,188/Ligne Roset

2. Name a specific home-decor object underneath $500 we love. 

Table linens. Nothing perks your day adult some-more than eating during a beautifully allocated table. 
– Cheryl Van Duyne 

White leather tufted Hassock-style ottomans from Pier 1—less than $50 each. 
– Mary Anne Smiley 

Live plants! Their impact [can be] only as good as a furnishings and art.
– Philip Thomas Vanderford

Restoration Hardware’s Italian Fiore duvet cover. Italian made. Beautiful, Fortuny-like pattern. Two easy-to-work-with colors.
– Eric Prokesh

Fake white orchids from Robert-Lawrence Designs. They are fabulously genuine and always supplement sophistication to a room.
– Barbara Vessels

$500! You’ve got to be kidding! Maybe flowers. 
– Allen Kirsch

Trim. It is a pointer of suspicion and care of a design.
– Vanessa Redman

A reprint of a selected Condé Nast sketch from Vogue magazine.
– Michelle Nussbaumer

The outside Spun chairs designed by Thomas Heatherwick. The wild delight they yield is priceless.
– Jen Mauldin

Cashmere blankets.
– Elizabeth White

best_designers_2015_side_tables_2.jpg(from left to right) Lyle Unlimited Benjamin table, to a trade/David Sutherland; Acrobat acrylic side table, $2,500/Mecox; On a Rock finish table, $1,188/Ligne Roset; Rick Owens Stag T Table, $4,655/Grange Hall; John Dickinson “Y” table, $8,500/20cDesign; Blu Dot spin high side table, $399/Nest; epitome steel brick side table, $2,000/Kravet; wrapped-rope footed stool, $699/Palecek; Byford and Veronique steel brick with break application, to a trade/Cory Pope Associates; Jan Rosol Zig Zag side table, $800/Give Take; Goblet table, to a trade/Holly Hunt

3. What’s your favorite store/resource for low-cost equipment that demeanour great?  

I’ve gotten some great-looking things during Target. We all adore to find something that looks like twice as most as it costs.
– Jan Showers

The Container Store. Organized homes make all demeanour better!
– Cheryl Van Duyne

I adore CB2. we consider they have great, affordable settlement in many categories for a home.
– Susan Bednar Long

The Nasher Sculpture Center store and many other museum stores customarily have high-quality settlement during affordable prices.
– David Cadwallader

Z Gallerie. Inexpensive options for an present benefit of “glamy wow.”
– Rhonda Vandiver-White 

Tuesday Morning. They have good deals on oppulance bedding and towels.
– Emily Summers

Lula B’s. we always find a square or dual here.
– Mike Mousel

West Elm. They have some of a best designs during any cost point. They’re also a association with a conscience.
– Lisa Martensen

Zara Home customarily has good accessories and some cold bedding and tabletop pieces.
– Kyle Knight

best_designers_2015_lamps_1.jpg(from left to right) Tomasso Barbi coronet building lamp, $7,500 for a pair/Again Again; Floriana amethyst list lamp, $540/Blue Print; Charles of Paris Jonc list lamp, $6,748/Baker Furniture; Chio lamp, $1,400/Ligne Roset; Artemide Castore list lamp, $650–$850/Scott + Cooner; lead lamp, $4,200 for a pair/Laura Lee Clark; geode lamp, $1,408/Laura Lee Clark; Circa Lighting Linden list lamp, $1,003/Visual Comfort Co.

4. If a customer came to we with $25,000, what would we do with it?  

I would refurbish a space they relax in each evening. It is critical to prerogative yourself during a finish of each day with a space that amenities we and creates we smile. 
– Debra Stewart

The master bedroom!
– Amy Berry 

I would spend it on a matter square that immediately creates a outrageous visible impact.
– Suzan Davidson

Urge my customer to squeeze a fanciful rug.
– Charlotte Taylor

I always inspire a customer to spend a initial apportionment of their bill removing a architectural skeleton perfected. Then a theatre is set for good furnishings and art.
– Philip Thomas Vanderford

I would settlement tradition window treatments and supplement accent lighting. These dual equipment can finish a space like putting on lipstick and wearing a good span of boots can finish your look.
– Cristie Schlosser

I’d rather see a customer concentration on one area or room and do it well. For a engineer and customer alike, it creates a genuine disproportion to be means to see a impact of a investment.
– Cameron Drinkwater

Create an entryway that reflects my client’s celebrity while kicking it adult a integrate of notches. It’s a initial and final thing they see in a house, so it needs to be smashing and emanate a clarity of homecoming. 
– Alana Villanueva

best_designers_2015_lamps_2.jpg(from left to right) Circa Lighting Linden list lamp, $1,003/Visual Comfort Co.; Magnolia flare by Jacques Garcia, $10,425/Baker; Circa Lighting Precision coronet list lamp, $875/Visual Comfort Co.; slag potion lamp, $2,125/Mecox; Moooi Construction lamp, $2,500–$5,100/Scott + Cooner

5. If they had $50,000? 

Lighting, lighting, lighting. Crisp, purify light creates we demeanour better, and that’s simply value $50,000—not to discuss your art comes to life. 
– David Salem

With $50,000, we can tackle a good master bath redo. It’s humorous how quick $50,000 can go.
– Russ Peters

Work on architectural frustrations, either it be lighting, climax molding, hardware, or a wall that desperately needs millwork. Make a joining to right a architectural wrongs of a space.
– Vanessa Redman

With any budget, we always feel that finishing a room is some-more gratifying than swelling your bill via a house.
– Susan Bednar Long

Start with a basics, focusing on peculiarity of a product over trend. Make those few investment purchases—good things with good style—then supplement a few unequivocally good things (perhaps in a grander scale) for even bigger impact.
– Sherry Hayslip 

best_designers_2015_rugs_num.jpg(from left to right) 1. Paola Lenti rug, cost on request/Scott + Cooner 2. Custom-pattern censor rug, to a trade/Interior Resources 3. Antique Moroccan rug, to a trade/Interior Resources 4. Shadow S1 rug, to a trade/Hokanson 5. Transitional Tanzania rug, $2,226/Loloi 6. Kyle Bunting Marquee hair-on-hide rug, to a trade/David Sutherland 7. Wool Turkish runner circa 1950, $1,592/Brendan Bass 8. Kelly Wearstler Array Dark rug, $198 psf/The Rug Company 9. Vintage Moroccan Azilal rug, $1,990/Esmali Rugs 10. Vintage Moroccan Berber Azilal rug, $1,980/Esmali Rugs 11. Rodarte ivy gazebo rug, $224 psf/The Rug Company

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