Sharon Flatley

All photos: Daniel S. Flatley Photography

For Dallas interior designer Sharon Flatley, a Barbie Dreamhouse began her passion. She got it as a present when she was eight years old and knew then she wanted to design.

Sharon Flatley

Sharon Flatley, ASID, RID

“I immediately set about redecorating the interior and adding cardboard porches to the exterior—I used scraps of fabric to make drapery treatments and made rugs and cardboard furniture to add to the décor,” she said. “I would spend hours looking at catalogues for furniture and cut out the pieces to create ‘roomscapes.’ I guess it was just meant to be.”

Fast forward a few decades, and she’s still creating roomscapes and great design, but on a grander scale with her firm Sharon Flatley Design. She specializes in kitchens and bathrooms, creating classic and timeless spaces.

“If I return to or repeat any design element, it would be just that,” she said. “I want my designs to stand the test of time and in ten years, still look elegant and classic, as well as functional.”

Flatley loves the process, from concept to completion.

“I love the journey along the way and designing and then adapting that design as issues arise either because of time constraints or structural limitations that come up during the project,” she said. “No matter how well planned out a design, there will always be challenges that will need to be addressed along the way.”

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Linda Fritschy

All interior photos: Michael Hunter Photography

Dallas interior designer Linda Fritschy learned early how to make good design choices. Her mom’s hobbies included updating her home and purchasing art, and she was Fritschy’s first client.

Linda Fritschy

Linda Fritschy, ASID. Photo: Robert Peacock

“She began when I was 12 or 13, taking me with her to go make purchases for the house and she would ask me my opinion,” she said. “I learned to consider what’s in the house already and what we were going to add to it, what was going to be good in the design scheme, and I learned about seeing the big picture and trusting my gut.”

Today, her expertise is honed and she is the owner of Linda Fritschy Interior Design, a firm she established in 1989. Her ability to create inspired spaces customized to each client—often using existing pieces of furniture, accessories, or art—is part of her genius. She manages the style, balance, and color of each color expertly and the end results speak for themselves.

While every space is a one-of-a-kind creation, Fritschy says she finds herself returning to certain elements again.

“I always lines that are clean and modern without being trendy,” she said. “I like to create a variety of interior styles.”

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Carl Lowery

All photos: Dan Piassick

For creative-minded interior designers, one of the hardest parts of their jobs can be selling their ideas to clients and helping them “see” the vision for a space. But for Carl Lowery, it’s a natural fit.

Carl Lowery

Carl Lowery

That’s because Lowery took a circuitous route to becoming a Dallas interior designer. This Louisiana native started his career in telecommunications, eventually becoming the director of marketing for a large telecom company. But several years in, Lowery found himself growing bored and started going to antique auctions, eventually opening the Oak Lawn Antiques showroom in 1999.

“It seemed as I started to purchase the products in auctions that I was very good at selecting items that complemented each other, and as I put together the showroom, it seemed like I was good at merchandising,” he said. “So I opened three showrooms total in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Southlake to great success and the rest is history. Now, instead of the showrooms, we work out of a studio in the Design District.”

Lowery’s ability to clearly communicate his creative ideas and help clients envision the final product is one of his strongest skills as owner and founder of Wesley-Wayne Interiors. It paves the way for a relationship built on trust, with happy clients at the end of a job.

“I just love making people happy and I love improving spaces, taking full advantage of spaces, and making sure they not only function the way the client wants, but they are very aesthetically pleasing,” he said. “When the client sees the final space and they have a huge smile on their face or get tears in their eyes, that makes my day.”

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Sherry Hayslip

All photos courtesy of Sherry Hayslip Interiors

Visionary design takes a lot of inspiration, and a fair degree of risk. Playing the middle ground usually makes for unimpressive spaces.

Sherry Hayslip

Sherry Hayslip

Dallas interior designer Sherry Hayslip, ASID, IIDA, brings 30-plus years of inspiration to her work, and creates marvelous residential and commercial spaces. She knows how to walk that fine line of risk for extraordinary results.

“Being completely safe seldom results in the best design; I always want to include something a little unexpected or even outrageous,” Hayslip said. “One reason I love design is because it opens so many doors to new experiences, fascinating people, unexpected collections, and interests.”

Hayslip is the owner and principal designer of Sherry Hayslip Interiors, a firm she established in 1974. Since then, this passionate creative has dedicated herself to continuing education and learning.

“I can’t help myself! There is an endless amount of knowledge out there, and I want to absorb as much as I can before I start forgetting it,” she said. “The world of design is constantly changing, and I find it fascinating to try and see where it has been and where it is headed.”

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Photo: Leah Shafer

All photo except Chip and Joanna Gaines: Leah Shafer

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kristin mullen

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.

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!”

 

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Barbara Gilbert Interiors. Photo: Michael Hunter Photography

Barbara Gilbert Interiors. Photo: Michael Hunter Photography

The emergence of the open floorplan as a home design standard means more eyes than ever are on our kitchens. Design and function evolve every year, and we’ve asked some of the top Dallas interior designers to dish on 2016 kitchen trends for us.

They say the overall vibe for this year is crisp and uncluttered, with the warmth of wood floors and accents. They’ve also given us some gorgeous photos to show these trends in action. It’s going to be a beautiful year!

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H&M Interior Design

Residential interior design by Hugh Scarbrough and Marissa Marmolejos, owners of H & M Interior Design in Dallas. All photos: Courtesy of the designers, except where noted

Great ideas flourish with creative collaboration. One dynamic partnership between two Dallas-based interior designers is fostering a fresh and inspired approach to design.

H&M Interior Design

Hugh Scarbrough, ASID, RID, and Marissa Marmolejos, ASID, RID, owners of H & M Interior Design. Photo: Gordon Ball

Marissa Marmolejos and Hugh Scarbrough just celebrated their first anniversary together as H & M Interior Design. They were brought together by a shared love of design, a love for others, and an honest desire to make a difference in their clients’ lives.

Marmolejos and Scarbrough specialize in high-end residential design, new construction, and remodels. The firm’s projects span diverse designs, approaches, and styles because of their steady focus on client lifestyle.

“Lot of designers have a particular style and you can walk in and know exactly who did it,” Marmolejos said. “Hugh and I feel it’s important to listen to the client and design for the client in their space and their home. Residential design is so personal—we put an emphasis on our client’s lifestyle and how they live with their family.”

This approach resonates with clients and H&M Interior Design is thriving. Marmolejos and Scarbrough have completed design jobs around the country, including a nursery in New York City, a highrise condo in Denver, and a contemporary desert home in Palm Desert, California. In North Texas, they’re engaged in both commercial and residential projects, doing everything from a Richardson remodel to helping a client downsize to a new home in Preston Hollow.

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