Overview

Transitional — a blend of modern and traditional styles — is the hot trend in Dallas. Mixing European antiques and vintage mid-century European and American pieces with upscale modern furnishings is giving Dallas homes a rich, blended feel that matches its blended architecture. Dallas interior designers are collaborating with custom home builders to not only add finishing touches, but also create more usable, homeowner friendly spaces with open layouts, lots of color, and spaces to hang their modern art. Big D designers are ranked for national recognition, their activity in showcase homes throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, as well as being frequent winners of D Magazine and Paper City design awards. Who are the interior trendsetters in Dallas? Find out below.

Top Interior Designers

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Neal Stewart Designs

Designers:
Neal Stewart

Address:
25 N Stemmons Freeway #320, Dallas, TX 75207

Contact:
214-748-6541
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About Neal Stewart Designs

For over 25 years, Stewart has worked on modern, traditional, and resort homes and commercial projects throughout the US. A few recent projects have been in LA, Napa, Aspen, New York, Miami, Houston and Virgin Islands. Stewart has a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Architecture and Design from Louisiana Tech University with a major in interior design. You can find his handiwork in many luxury condos in the upscale Vendome building, as well as in D Magazine, Luxe Interiors and Design, and Patron Magazine.

“We are living in one the greatest times for design with so much innovative product available.” – Neal Stewart

Featured Projects

A beautiful home designed by architect Paul Turney and built and customized by Ben Coats includes lots and lots of windows, including floor-to-ceiling glass in the living and dining rooms and accordion french doors in the family room. For an active family, including a dog, Stewart paired family antiques with modern pieces in bold colors and durable fabrics. Downstairs, chocolate-stained oak flooring is dog-friendly and contrasts the taupe and gold color palette with rich blue accents. The deep colors on the walls and floors are balanced by light, neutral furnishings, including a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofa and Wisteria armchairs in the living room. A transitional kitchen features Calacatta marble backsplash and countertops with back-painted glass walls and mirror accents on the cabinetry. Stewart helped a couple renovate a Georgian home in Highland Park, assisting with everything from the architecture to the décor details. They removed paneling and fabric from the walls to expose brick and poured concrete beams. After exposing the home’s great architectural details, they added modern furniture pieces from the Scott+Cooner showroom. Pieces include Knoll Classics and designs from Christian Liaigre. The renovated and modernized home showcases a growing contemporary art collection, including 20th century artists like Larry Poons and Sam Francis.

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Ten Plus Three Architecture and Design Firm

Designers:
Gonzalo Bueno
Mauricio Lobeira
Victoria Rubíes

Address:
2001 Irving Boulevard, Suite 141, Dallas, TX 75207

Contact:
214-443-0138
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About Ten Plus Three Architecture and Design Firm

Ten Plus Three is a powerful firm led by partners and co-Principals Gonzalo Bueno and Mauricio Lobeira, along with co-founder and designer Victoria Rubies. The firm started in 2005. Both Bueno and Lobeira studied architecture at the Instituto Tecnológica y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. Lobeira went on to obtain a master’s degree in visual arts from Harvard University. Along with his work in the US, Lobeira is the chief residential designer of Treceavo Plano, an international architecture and interior design firm headquartered in Mexico. Rubies has worked on the interior design of hotels, clubs, and restaurants around the world. Dallas’s D Home and D Magazine frequently feature the firm’s work. You can also find it featured in other publications, such as Dallas Modern Luxury.

Featured Projects

A classic 4,646-square-foot Bluffview Estates home shows off its striking contrast of exposed white brick, ebonized walls, and other dark hardwood. Beige, gray and espresso furniture offer further depth and variety. The house is filled with rich luxury items, like Amethyst lamps and a clay Mexican ceremonial shield. The home is owned by Meredith Musselman, daughter of the late style great Shelly Musselman, who owned Forty Five Ten. The house is optimized for hosting. The living room features a leather bar by Promemoria, and the TV is hidden behind a large, two-way mirror. When a couple purchased a Highland Park manor, Gonzalo Bueno used the wife’s glamorous fashion sense to help them decorate their new home. He started with a primer of warm white walls that wouldn’t overwhelm a bold and diverse mix of furniture and art. With the help of the home’s builders, the Mendoza Brothers 13, cast stone details were exchanged with marble. Other finishes and details included lacquer, gold, and crystal with silk and velvet-lined furnishings. The end result of this home, featured in Luxe interiors and design, was tasteful elegance.

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Morgan Farrow Interiors

Designers:
Morgan Farrow

Address:
1528 Slocum Street, Dallas, TX 75207

Contact:
214-532-0426
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About Morgan Farrow Interiors

Farrow got her start with an interior design degree from Abilene Christian University and has been working in residential interior design since 2007. Her team offers a full set of services from plan development down to a home’s accessories. Farrow balances form and function in her client’s homes to create what she calls “livable luxury.” She often collaborates with the award-winning firm Tatum Brown Custom Homes and has worked in residences found across Dallas, as well as in Kansas and Michigan. Her work has been featured in D Home, Luxe Interiors and Design, and Traditional Home.

One of the biggest things that inspires my designs are getting to know and understand the clients on a personal level… how they’ll use the home, what are their passions, do they entertain or are they homebodies.  We spend a lot of one on one time with our clients working to draw out all that information and I think it helps our design be more thoughtful.  – Morgan Farrow

Featured Projects

Morgan Farrow worked closely with the homeowner to decorate a custom home in the University Park neighborhood. Luxury artistic pieces in eclectic styles make this space unique, such as a John Newsom painting and Brendan Bass Showroom slipcover chairs found in the foyer. Unique lighting completes each room. Farrow decided on AV Mazzega glass ceiling structures to finish off the foyer, while selecting a funky gold Arteriors piece for the living room. Another statement piece in the living room is the floor-to-ceiling concrete and black metal fireplace, designed by Farrow and created by East Side Creations. The overall result is a bold and colorful home that matches its owner. Farrow helped another client finish her new 9,000-square-foot home. Some of its selling factors were its open floor plan with high ceilings, spacious six bedrooms, and large closets. The client picked out a blue-gray white for the walls and a gray wash for the hardwood floors, which Farrow played off of, choosing rugs with a lavender, pink, and blue color scheme. The nucleus of the home is the living room, which Farrow decked out with a lavish lavender Oushak rug from the Interior Resources showroom. Farrow mixed new and vintage pieces throughout the home to match her client’s personality, lifestyle, and existing collection of pieces.

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Amy Berry Interior Design and Decoration

Designers:
Amy Berry

Awards:
House Beautiful’s “Next Wave Designers”

Address:
Dallas, TX 75205

Contact:
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About Amy Berry Interior Design and Decoration

Berry studied at London’s Inchbald School of Design and worked for Pierre Frey and Volga Linen before moving back to Texas where she started her own studio in 2013. She blends modern and European elements to create a new contemporary American style. Berry designs her own collection of small pieces, including dog beds, pillows, tabletop linens, and other decor. She was named one of House Beautiful’s “Next Wave Designers” in 2016.

Featured Projects

In June, Southern Living featured a Highland Park home decorated by Amy Berry Interior Design and Decoration. The home features gorgeous outdoor spaces, including a kitchenette with a grill, ice maker and sink, and a 600-square-foot seating area under a veranda. Berry hung mirrors and added a painting over the fireplace to make the space feel more like a room. Inside, the family had a mass of family heirlooms, including a 1940s chandelier, which Berry paired with a mint green Schumacher wallpaper in the dining room. She tore down a wall and added pocket doors to open up the dark dining room into the more window-heavy family room. A goal of the owner was to create a space that invites people to put their feet up. Instead of a typical sofa-based living room, Amy Berry opted for four club chairs facing a large velvet ottoman. In another Dallas home decorated by Berry, the designer uses a light base to pull together distinct rooms featuring pink, silver, gold, coral, and gray. A limestone-topped island with seating divides a small kitchen from the larger living area. Chocolate-stained wood balances out the light furnishings and bridges both spaces. Highlights include a mini-Saarinen table and pink ghost chairs.

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R Brant Design

Designers:
Brant McFarlain

Awards:
Modern Luxury Best of Design Awards

Address:
3723 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231

Contact:
214-435-0698

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About R Brant Design

Two busy engineers tasked McFarlain — along with home’s architect, builder, and landscape designers — with the goal of making their home feel as if they were on vacation. They were looking for a modern space with natural light and connections to the outdoors. In the past, the couple’s homes had lacked a strong identity. The couple also often entertain and host charity fundraisers. McFarlain started with a neutral color base for the interiors, along with white-oak floors and cabinetry to match the client’s existing Persian rugs. This made room for rich mohair and velvet-clad furnishings and dark Zoffany wallpaper in the powder rooms. The master bathroom is a true escape, with a soak tub against floor-to-ceiling exterior walls (protected by a privacy fence on the outside of the courtyard). The luxurious room also features Calacatta Gold marble on top of white-oak cabinetry by 3L Designs and an Oceanside Glasstile backsplash by Ann Sacks. For the designer’s own Turtle Creek home, featured in PaperCity Magazine, McFarlain went for a blend of modern European and ‘20s-era gentlemen’s club. The 5,000-square-foot space uses knotted woods, limestone, and bronze details. Gray limestone floors hold the leather and mohair furnishings. Unique pieces include jade artwork hanging under a Christian Liaigre console and a Tony Sherman painting over a Holly Hunt sofa.

Featured Projects

Brant McFarlain offers commercial and residential interior design. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas, he worked as a designer for Leo A. Daly and Morrison Seifert Murphy before starting his own company. He incorporates a love of fashion into his work. He won the Best Dining Room in Modern Luxury’s Best of Design Awards in 2017.

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Collins Interiors

Designers:
Cynthia Collins

Awards:
D Magazine Best Designers

Address:
1500 Dragon Street, Suite 170, Dallas, TX 75207

Contact:
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About Collins Interiors

Cynthia Collins founded her firm, specializing in full-scale residential design, in 1992. She and her staff travel to England and France together to grow their collection of antiques and accessories to use for their upscale client’s projects. They often supplement these finds with pieces from modern showrooms, and upholstery custom-designed by the designer. Collins has been named one of the Best Designers in Dallas by D Magazine each year from 2011 through 2017. You can find her work in Mediterranean Homes and Lifestyle, Dallas Styles and Design, and Better Homes and Gardens, among other publications.

Featured Projects

Collins was brought into help with the interiors of a Georgian-style home by the excellent Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro firm. The home had a mix of traditional touches, from the holdings to the mantels, but a modern sensibility. Collins paired the family’s antique collection with new custom furnishings and vintage pieces from the 1940s through 1970s. The blend of styles and ages is pulled together through textures and colors found on the art, rugs, and upholstery. Collins was tasked with the design of an expansive Bluffview estate totaling 14k square feet. Highlights of the architecture of this modern Texas home include stone arches and antique wooden beams, antique pine floors, and maple paneling. Collins used a rich, modern aesthetic to match the home’s size and intricate details. A custom, modern white light fixture designed by Collins hangs over a mohair sectional in the family room. Chandeliers by Swarovski, Patricia Urquiola, and Paul Ferrante adorn other rooms and serve a stunning visual centerpieces.

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Allen Kirsch and Associates

Designers:
Allen Kirsch

Awards:
D Magazine Best Designers,
Luxe Mgaine Gold List

Address:
4446 Westway Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205

Contact:
214-526-5496
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About Allen Kirsch and Associates

This designer has been on the Best Designer list in D Home magazine for the past 10 years, as well as Luxe Magazine’s Gold List for the last three. His work has been featured in Minimal Interiors Beautiful Homes of Texas, among many others. Among the Kirsch’s boasts is designing Oprah’s favorite Chicago restaurant. His services include interior decorating and custom-designed furnishings.

Featured Projects

A couple who had tended toward traditional homes and design for 30 years decided to go modern. Kirsch, who’d helped the couple with their last three homes, helped them do something new for their Preston Hollow home designed by Sharif & Munir Custom Homes. The couple were active art collectors and planned to acquire new, large contemporary pieces. Their existing Asian antiques create a richness next to new furnishings designed by Kirsch, and classic mid-20th century pieces designed by Knoll, Mies van der Rohe, and George Nelson. Kirsch recommended a neutral color palette to feature the art collection, which quickly grew to include works by Brad Ellis and Shane Pennington, among many others. Designing for another extensive art collector, Kirsch designed rift-cut oak walls with a blonde finish as a backdrop for the artwork. The rift-oak paneling can be found on the home’s cabinets, as well. Kirsch chose weighty stone tiles for the fireplace wall in the master bedroom to balance out a stunning Pat Steir original. Two stunning tables custom-designed by Kirsch complement the modern collection, including a white-oak cantilevered sofa table with a steel frame in the family room and a marble table with 18 leather chairs in the dining room.

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Denise McGaha Interiors

Designers:
Denise McGaha

Awards:
Luxe Gold List Honoree,
PaperCity Awards Winner X2,
D Home Life in Color Finalist,
ARTS Awards Nominee for Best Interior Designer,
D Home Best Designer

Address:
3005 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201

Contact:
972-869-4914

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About Denise McGaha Interiors

Denise McGaha Interiors delivers fashionable, diverse, and adventurous designs for clients who live on the fast track; specializing in turn-key, concierge-level service delivered in 90 days or less. Denise’s Trademarked process for “Designing with a Deadline” makes her the go-to designer for clients who want luxury, but not the wait. Denise McGaha has been featured in national advertising campaigns for luxury manufacturers including Miele, Loloi Rugs, and Silestone by Cosentino, and had the privilege of being named the 2014-2016 Brand Ambassador for Currey & Co.

Featured Projects

McGaha designed to enhance the quiet elegance of her client’s four-bedroom, 6,500-square-foot limestone home. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the family and dining rooms offering forested views are paired with limestone slab floors and gray ledgestone walls with gray-washed white oak ceilings. To work with all this stately gray and stone, McGaha used large showpiece lighting fixtures, including a vintage Robert Haussmann chandelier and her own five-foot pendant design. She used the couple’s favorite colors — red and plum — in textures on the walls and upholstery throughout the home, without the dark colors overwhelming the rooms.

A neoclassical home in the Park Cities area featured many ornate details, such as elaborate ceiling designs and crown molding. McGaha helped the new owners decide what to keep and what to simplify. For instance, she encouraged them to keep the unique ceilings and replace the living room’s white marble mantel. McGaha chose a black Nero marble to balance out the large windows and plasterwork ceiling. In the foyer and dining room, McGaha chose a dark, leaf-patterned wood veneer as a backdrop for the couple’s extensive art collection, pulled together by carved golden frames. The home’s unique classical features match the traditional tastes of its owners, while modern details keep it trendy and fresh.

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Kirsten Kelli

Designers:
Kirsten Fitzgibbons
Kelli Ford

Awards:
Paper City Dallas Design Awards

Address:
6601 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205

Contact:
214-521-1000
info@kirstenkelli.com

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About Kirsten Kelli

The sister duo comprised of Kirsten Fitzgibbons and Kelli Ford have been working as Kirsten Kelli since 1990, with offices in New York City, Dallas, and Greenwich, Connecticut. They also run MADISON, a luxury gift shop in Dallas’ Highland Park Village. Their work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and Veranda. Kirsten Kelli won a Paper City’s 2016 Design Award for Residential Interior Design over 3,500 square Feet. The pair is known for their blend of classic and contemporary styles.

Featured Projects

Southern Living featured a Dallas home decorated by the sisters. Exquisite limestone walls with a limestone fireplace create the perfect classic Southern porch. The designers soften the space with green striped upholstery over wicker chairs and sofa, complete with colorful, patterned throw pillows. A mix of patterns makes the large space feel homier. Soft grey upholstery is paired with elegant yellow drapes. Yellow accents on more throw pillows pull them together. Kelli Ford is married to banker billionaire Gerald Ford. The couple own a Highland Park mansion, which tops the list of most expensive homes in Dallas, according to D Magazine. The 25,791-square-foot mansion has six bedrooms and 10 full- and six half baths. It also includes a 2,000-square-foot Turkish bath, which was featured on HGTV’s Million Dollar Rooms. The spa was inspired by the Roman Pool at the Hearst Castle in California. Ford and her sister created the custom blue and gold tile mosaics covering the spa’s walls. Ford imported custom-designed chandeliers from Syria to hang above the pool.

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Joseph Minton

Designers:
Joseph Minton

Awards:
ASID Designer of Distinction Award

Address:
2623 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Contact:
817-332-3111
info@josephminton.com

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About Joseph Minton

Minton has been a nationally active designer for almost four decades. He has been listed in the AD 100 — Architectural Digest’s list of the world’s top interior designers and architects, as well as Town and Country’s Guide to the Top 55 Decorators in the US. In 1996 Minton received the ASID Designer of Distinction Award for lifetime achievement. Still an active force from his Fort Worth base, Minton’s work and recommendations are frequently seen in D Magazine and Luxe Interiors and Design, as well as in national publications.

Featured Projects

Minton and his associate Paula Lowes teamed up with architect Ralph Duesing and builder Brad Deering to remodel a couple’s brick ranch. In the newly remodeled kitchen, a custom banquette designed by Minton features Sunbrella fabric and is paired with an antique trestle table. The four-bedroom, five-bathroom home had large rooms with tall ceilings and totalled 5,300 square feet. It called for large pieces that could fill the space. The large living room was split into two sitting areas, using a fireplace and a modern painting by New York painter Corinne Jones as focal points. Minton used oversized, upholstered pieces with chenille tops. A bench and throw pillows contain a matching needlepoint pattern and tie the pieces together. When two art collectors moved in together, the result was a mix of styles that posed a challenge. The Fort Worth home offered a U-shaped layout around a courtyard and pool. Minton used classical details, such as quarter-sawn, white oak paneling, and a silk wallcovering in the master bedroom. Sixteen 10-foot-tall columns made with Leuders limestone separate the three wings of the home, while visually pulling them together. The couple’s collections can exist in different spaces, but are pulled together by the columns. The wife’s art collection was especially extensive, including Picassos and pieces from notable Texas artists like James Blake and Bill Bomar. Minton found a Lee Jofa floral print containing the wife’s favorite color combination: yellow, green, and coral. The color scheme is used throughout. The couple’s favorite furnishings, which they brought from their previous residences, were recovered to match the new palette.

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