Not the least bit stuffy

Downsizing can be fun when you keep the things you love and create a whole new look!


Janet and her husband were moving to DFW west to be closer to their grandchildren. But that didn’t mean they wanted to lose the sophistication of Dallas on the move to the suburbs. Because she sold off the items she no longer cared for, she came to me with a blank slate for their new home. What a privilege it was for me to help her find the look that was right for her. I zeroed in on the fact that she is a docent for the Dallas Art Museum and appreciates art and architecture.

Vibrant hall table
Hall table captures the fresh and sculptural look created for this homeowner.

We decided to create a fresh, transitional look that would serve as a lively backdrop to the art she loves. Beginning with the existing dark stain on the floors, we picked crisp Alabaster by Sherwin Williams for the cabinets and the trim, and Agreeable Gray for the walls.

Customer's art is highlighted in room
Sherwin Williams Agreeable gray for the walls and crisp Alabaster for the trim



Wanting to keep the variation of the stone fireplace but not the warm tones, we worked with our painter to chalk paint the fireplace to a softer gray mosaic.

Fresh update for fireplace
Dark stone fireplace is lightened with chalk paint.

Architectural pieces like were added to the mix of durable, grandchild proof fabrics and vibrant colors. A tripod lamp, a string chair and a sculptural iron table mix with more traditional elements like a leather ottoman and swivel chairs. The result is a fresh and fashionable space that is lovely without being the least bit stuffy.

couch, chairs, ottoman
Durable fabrics in interesting prints are combined with vibrant color to create this look.

She brought an inherited antique screen with her, as it was special to her. We decided to give it a place of honor on the wall in the dining room rather than a back row seat in a corner. It’s unique shades of coral and teal became the theme of the room.

Teal and coral dining room
Use what you love to create a personal and fabulous home.