All photos: Rhiannon Lee
The phrase “to the trade only” means interior designers can purchase lots of fabulous things regular folks can’t. Many stores and showrooms in the Dallas Design District and around the city are “to the trade only,” so you can look, but you can’t buy, unless you’ve got a designer on speed dial to meet you there.
Interior designer Kristin Mullen in front of her new Snider Plaza shop, Curated by Kristin Mullen.
Dallas interior designer Kristin Mullen is bucking that trend with her first home decor boutique. She recently opened Curated by Kristin Mullen in Snider Plaza. In this 800-square-foot space, designed to feel like a home, Mullen is showcasing “a few of her favorite things,” as she describes the current aesthetic. These are types of items that would regularly be “to the trade only,” but this store is open to everyone.
You’ll find furniture, accessories, case goods, and lighting, all either custom designed by Mullen, or hand-selected because they’re unavailable anywhere else in Dallas.
Some of her favorite things include aspects of the outdoors, the patina of old objects because of the texture and interest they bring to a space, and the juxtaposition of rustic or “crusty” textures with a clean-lined piece.
“The shop reflects all of those elements — we have so many unique and unusual pieces with a great story to them that my customers can utilize for drama and interest,” Mullen said. “We have a lot of natural objects that perch on tables and shelves in the shop; a number of the items we are selling have a great patina to them, and the shop walls and floors sport great texture through the faux bois wallpaper and seagrass carpet.”
Mullen will be changing the look of the store four times a year to reflect a new theme.
“When I first started buying for the shop, I decided to just select things that I absolutely adore and would be happy to see in my own home or a client’s home, so there is no particular ‘look’ to what is on the floor right now,” she said. “But I do know the next few ‘looks’ to the shop, and I expect to do a changeover in early April to my next design inspiration—I can’t wait!”