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The study of a downtown Dallas highrise, designed by Margaret Chambers. Photo: Dan Piassick

Interior designer Margaret Chambers is a pillar in the Dallas design community. She formed Chambers Interiors & Associates, Inc. 23 years ago after dreaming of having her own business, becoming known for her ability to confidently mix different styles, techniques, and cultures for her clients.

In those years, she’s come to regard Dallas as the ideal place for her thriving business, which employs five professionals, with every designer in the office having a degree in interior design.

Margaret Chambers

Margaret Chambers

“It is really a perfect place to practice interior design—people are very aware of interior designers and appreciate their ability to transform their home or office into a wonderful place to live and work,” Chambers said. “In Dallas, people can see a difference when a professional interior designer has created a space. In addition, Dallas is an international city and is continuing to grow, making it an exciting place for design to serve a wide range of people.”

Chambers’ work is award-winning, and has been published in more than 20 industry magazines, including Traditional Home, Texas Home & Living, and D Home. She is also a friend of CandysDirt, telling our readers about everything from kitchen design and investing in antiques to picking a chandelier and the best strategies to use to get your home on the market and sold.

You’ll find Chambers’ work in Highland Park, Preston Hollow, Plano, and other North Texas homes of discriminating clients, spanning a range of styles.

“I always try to make my work as classical and timeless as possible, whether I am doing a contemporary, transitional, or traditional home,” she said. “I want each project to have its own unique style that reflects the client’s unique taste. I also love to add in furniture, art, and accessories that are handmade. I feel these add warmth and a soul to the interior; they bring with them a history that enriches a space.”

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These stockings were hung by the chimney with the utmost care, considering that this Old Preston Hollow living room was decked out by Chambers Interiors. Headed by interior designer Margaret Chambers, this firm works hard to infuse clients’ homes with tasteful and timeless design.

When a design client asked Chambers Interiors to decorate her home for the holidays, Allen Keith says they knew the traditional red color scheme wouldn’t wash with the client’s furniture. Likewise, Keith says they used a lot of copper and ivory, creating warmth and sparkle while keeping the decor inviting. The ribbons on the tree and stockings, along with the evergreen garland on the mantle, blend seamlessly with the upholstery and paint.

It definitely says “Christmas,” without saying “CHRISTMAS!!!!”

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When it comes to interior decorating, you might think that accessories don’t play as great a role as, say, furniture or wall hangings. But the personal touch and creativity that accessories provide make them an indispensable part of the interior designer’s toolkit.

There are endless possibilities available when it comes to accessorizing your home in a unique and unforgettable way. You can start by collecting individual pieces, or add to an existing collection from your travels. Arrange your collections on walls or tabletops around a room. These personal touches make homes more interesting and unify the spaces they inhabit. Plus, it’s fun to find new pieces when you travel: each time you look at that piece, it will bring back memories of an adventure abroad.

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If you have large spaces to fill, cover them with prints—these antique Swedish architectural prints look wonderful hanging together. Add the unexpected, like this carved wooden fragment from an old French chateau. In this room, the doors were much shorter than the ceiling, so I hung oil paintings over them to ease the eye.

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This large Grecian oil painting is flanked by two iron obelisks, which help to compensate for the off-centered fireplace.

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Accessorizing over this brown-and-cream toile wallcovering was a bit of a challenge. By keeping all accessories on the fireplace mantle in browns, creams, and golds, I created a harmonious blend of colors and textures. This way, the toile tapestry plates and wood carvings complemented, rather than opposed, one another.

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Notice the three-foot space over the arched opening in this breakfast room. This was the ideal spot to hang a bull’s eye mirror. It is flanked by a pair of Italian, hand-painted faience chargers.

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This eight-foot French hutch may seem large. But it fits perfectly against a twelve-foot wall, leaving an extra four feet for this large collection of fruit prints. The French hutch’s open shelves are a handy setting to show off the client’s collection of green majolica ceramics.

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A large antique tapestry or mirror creates drama in a room. Also notice the large scale lamps on the console, the Lucite obelisks, and the large bronze bowl with hand-blown glass balls. If these accessories were smaller, they would be out of scale for this dining room’s high ceiling.

Art and accessories are more than just beautiful objects. As you can see, they can solve architectural problems, pull a room’s color scheme together, or add texture and variety to a dull space. Whether you’re decorating a new room or remodeling an old one, don’t forget the details—accessories will add the finishing touch to your room and make it uniquely yours.

An interior designer for the most discriminating clients, Margaret Chambers is able to achieve the exact looks that her clients envision for their homes. She has more than 60,000 hours of interior design experience to her credit, and her work has been published in more than 20 industry books and magazines. Chambers’ experience, innate talent, and European studies enable her to confidently mix different styles, techniques, and cultures. Her work has earned her state and national awards from the American Society of Interior Designers, and she has been named a Best Designer in Dallas by D Home for eight consecutive years. Sought after by clients who understand the value of superior professional design, Chambers and her team at Chambers Interiors & Associates, Inc. are beloved by clients for the spirit of collaboration that they bring to each project and their willingness to share in the creative process, not control it. You can view their portfolio at www.chambersinteriors.com.

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By Margaret Chambers

In this world of HGTV and do-it-yourself reality shows, many homeowners may have the misperception that hiring an interior designer is not valuable. And while there is a range of interior designers doing business, the benefits of hiring a skilled, recognized and certified ASID interior designer will have big dividends for the homeowner in the long run. Be on the lookout for unskilled, amateur “decorators” who lack training and certification.

Let’s go through some of the most common myths about hiring an interior designer.

Myth #1 – It’s too expensive!

Unless you are decorating a college dorm room or a first apartment, you are likely creating a home you will want to occupy and enjoy for years – or even decades – to come. An interior designer can ensure that you make no mistakes when securing furniture, draperies, or wall coverings, and art. Not only can an interior designer ensure the space is well planned, but we have access to the highest quality and best value resources that are only available to trade professionals. These include showrooms in the design and market centers, custom furniture makers, drapery and upholstery workrooms, and various contractors. We will even plan your home to last through the different phases your family will see in the next five, ten or fifteen years and be able to help you envision how each room will convert to accommodate the changes.

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Myth #2 – I can invest in the bricks and mortar. The furniture and decoration is less important.

Ask any Realtor, and they will tell you that a well-staged home will sell faster and at a higher asking price than a comparable home that is vacant or poorly decorated. Also, if you purchase mass produced furnishings and decorations, they will depreciate in value immediately. However, custom furniture, antiques, and original artwork will increase in value over time. For some clients, furniture pieces have tripled in value since we originally placed them in their homes. An interior designer can help you navigate which pieces can be included to increase in value and which ones will work to complete the overall look of your home.

Myth #3 – The designer will impose his or her taste on me.

While some interior designers are known for their signature designs or style, a degreed, certified ASID designer will have a much broader design palette. For example, we spend a great deal of time getting to know our clients’ personalities, their tastes, their likes and dislikes. It is critical that our end result look like our client’s home… not ours. If you have a question, take a look at the designer’s previous work portfolio and observe the flow of the first few meetings. Is he/she asking you lots of questions? Did he/she give you homework to go look for your favorite designs and photos? Or is he/she spending the majority of the meeting trying to push a look on you? When you see the first diagrams, can you envision this being your home and a good reflection of your personality, or your designer’s?

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Myth #4 – Hiring an interior designer will take more time.

Yes, there will be some time invested in the beginning to get to know your taste and have design concepts and fabrications approved; however, mistakes are much more costly from both a time and money perspective. Working with contractors also can take lots of time, and an interior designer can alleviate that burden for you. We know how to orchestrate all the different elements, so that they arrive at your home ready to move in and be enjoyed. We can give you a realistic time frame that is incredibly accurate because we have done this many, many times.

Myth #5 – It’s just interior design… it can’t be that hard, can it?

The average homeowners will design two to three homes in their lifetime. We have designed hundreds of homes for clients over the years, and our primary job is to stay current on the leading edge of trends to ensure the designs we create remain as timeless as they can. Even if you regularly read architectural and design magazines, the trends they showcase actually were on the leading edge months ago… maybe years. If you find a design you like, we can put the freshest eye on it to ensure we are not repeating trends that have passed. Concerning complexity, there are thousands of decisions that must be made when designing the average home, and we make these on behalf of our clients every day and know how to do this most efficiently and effectively to maximize the investment.

In the end, an interior designer can save money, time and spare you the headaches of unforeseen mistakes or outdated elements. Because when it comes to the house that your family will call home for years to come, this is not the time to be pennywise and pound foolish. Let us help you create a safe, durable, and stylish home. 

Margaret_portrait_new-sm (1)An interior designer for the most discriminating clients, Margaret Chambers is able to achieve the exact looks that her clients envision for their homes. She has more than 60,000 hours of interior design experience to her credit, and her work has been published in more than 20 industry books and magazines. Chambers’ experience, innate talent, and European studies enable her to confidently mix different styles, techniques, and cultures. Her work has earned her state and national awards from the American Society of Interior Designers, and she has been named a Best Designer in Dallas by D Home for eight consecutive years. Sought after by clients who understand the value of superior professional design, Chambers and her team at Chambers Interiors & Associates, Inc. are beloved by clients for the spirit of collaboration that they bring to each project and their willingness to share in the creative process, not control it. You can view their portfolio at www.chambersinteriors.com.

 

Every spring I face a dilemma: What do we do about our back deck? We’ve tried a lot of different things to make it more inviting — having a corner bench built, putting up a Coolaroo shade, adding plants, putting down an all-weather rug — and still, when the summer starts to peak, we head inside.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Margaret Chambers, founder of Chambers Interiors, has some great tips for making your outdoor space a spot you’ll gravitate toward all year long:

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Outdoor living spaces have become more popular in the last ten years. If you are fortunate enough to have a covered patio, balcony, or deck, there are many clever ways that you can turn these spaces into exciting outdoor entertaining rooms. Whether you already have an outdoor area or are planning on building one, keep these helpful hints in mind.

A fireplace and small, inconspicuous heaters on the ceiling can add warmth in the fall and winter months. For the spring and summer months, ceiling fans are a must. If the budget permits, you might want to install misters in the ceiling.

Consider an outdoor grilling area, a small refrigerator, and an ice maker in your outside kitchen for entertaining a large group. You can also ice down drinks using galvanized aluminum tubs. An old pine armoire on a covered porch can be handy for storing your party accessories, games, and extra towels.

If your outdoor area is still in the planning stages, remember to make electrical outlets conveniently located for table lamps. Even if you don’t have electrical outlets on your patio walls, you can create lighting with hanging lanterns and candles. If your patio isn’t covered, look for a tent made out of awning fabric, possibly in a bold stripe. You can also add shade with umbrellas over tables, or place a picnic table under a shaded tree.

Exterior living spaces look best when they are an extension of your interior style and color. Decorating a large outdoor space may seem like a daunting task, but thankfully, outdoor fabrics have come a long way in the past few years. There are now a wonderful array of colors, patterns and textures for you to choose from.

Furniture that is made of teak, redwood, and rust-resistant iron is perfect for around the pool. Wicker furniture can be damaged by direct sunlight, so make sure to keep real wicker in the shade. If your patio is not covered, look for the more durable vinyl or resin wicker instead.

When I’m selecting outdoor furniture, I like to mix styles. In this Hill Country-style home that is pictured, I chose dark brown wicker furniture and twig end tables.

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In this charming chateau, notice the solid iron chairs, the custom-sized mosaic coffee table, and the cast stone supports on all four corners. At the far side of the patio, iron side and wicker end chairs surround a wood-topped dining table. The furniture is made of five different materials in three coordinating fabrics. As a general rule, the larger the space you’re decorating, the more materials you can mix and match without it looking too busy. Although larger spaces need the variety, I recommend using either all terracotta pots or all cast-stone pots for plants — using both can look disjointed.

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Accessories can really bring the space to life and give it personality. Use them to create a theme: for example, a bowl topped with seashells, a rope hammock between two trees, and party napkins with a coral or lobster design will suggest Maine’s seaside landscape. You can create many settings with your accessory choices, though— the combinations are endless. Don’t be afraid to get creative and make your outdoor spaces the perfect places to entertain!

With over 60,000 hours of interior design career experience, Margaret Chambers has received numerous awards from the American Society of Interior Design, has been named a Best Designer by D Home in Dallas for over seven years and has been a featured designer in over two dozen publications including Traditional Home, Texas Home & Living, and Dallas Modern Luxury to name a few. Chambers’ experience, innate talent, and studies of classic Europe enable her to confidently mix different styles, techniques, and cultures. You can view her portfolio at www.chambersinteriors.com.

Every spring I face a dilemma: What do we do about our back deck? We’ve tried a lot of different things to make it more inviting — having a corner bench built, putting up a Coolaroo shade, adding plants, putting down an all-weather rug — and still, when the summer starts to peak, we head inside.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Margaret Chambers, founder of Chambers Interiors, has some great tips for making your outdoor space a spot you’ll gravitate toward all year long:

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Outdoor living spaces have become more popular in the last ten years. If you are fortunate enough to have a covered patio, balcony, or deck, there are many clever ways that you can turn these spaces into exciting outdoor entertaining rooms. Whether you already have an outdoor area or are planning on building one, keep these helpful hints in mind.

A fireplace and small, inconspicuous heaters on the ceiling can add warmth in the fall and winter months. For the spring and summer months, ceiling fans are a must. If the budget permits, you might want to install misters in the ceiling.

Consider an outdoor grilling area, a small refrigerator, and an ice maker in your outside kitchen for entertaining a large group. You can also ice down drinks using galvanized aluminum tubs. An old pine armoire on a covered porch can be handy for storing your party accessories, games, and extra towels.

If your outdoor area is still in the planning stages, remember to make electrical outlets conveniently located for table lamps. Even if you don’t have electrical outlets on your patio walls, you can create lighting with hanging lanterns and candles. If your patio isn’t covered, look for a tent made out of awning fabric, possibly in a bold stripe. You can also add shade with umbrellas over tables, or place a picnic table under a shaded tree.

Exterior living spaces look best when they are an extension of your interior style and color. Decorating a large outdoor space may seem like a daunting task, but thankfully, outdoor fabrics have come a long way in the past few years. There are now a wonderful array of colors, patterns and textures for you to choose from.

Furniture that is made of teak, redwood, and rust-resistant iron is perfect for around the pool. Wicker furniture can be damaged by direct sunlight, so make sure to keep real wicker in the shade. If your patio is not covered, look for the more durable vinyl or resin wicker instead.

When I’m selecting outdoor furniture, I like to mix styles. In this Hill Country-style home that is pictured, I chose dark brown wicker furniture and twig end tables.

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In this charming chateau, notice the solid iron chairs, the custom-sized mosaic coffee table, and the cast stone supports on all four corners. At the far side of the patio, iron side and wicker end chairs surround a wood-topped dining table. The furniture is made of five different materials in three coordinating fabrics. As a general rule, the larger the space you’re decorating, the more materials you can mix and match without it looking too busy. Although larger spaces need the variety, I recommend using either all terracotta pots or all cast-stone pots for plants — using both can look disjointed.

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Accessories can really bring the space to life and give it personality. Use them to create a theme: for example, a bowl topped with seashells, a rope hammock between two trees, and party napkins with a coral or lobster design will suggest Maine’s seaside landscape. You can create many settings with your accessory choices, though— the combinations are endless. Don’t be afraid to get creative and make your outdoor spaces the perfect places to entertain!

With over 60,000 hours of interior design career experience, Margaret Chambers has received numerous awards from the American Society of Interior Design, has been named a Best Designer by D Home in Dallas for over seven years and has been a featured designer in over two dozen publications including Traditional Home, Texas Home & Living, and Dallas Modern Luxury to name a few. Chambers’ experience, innate talent, and studies of classic Europe enable her to confidently mix different styles, techniques, and cultures. You can view her portfolio at www.chambersinteriors.com.