All photos courtesy of Kohler

Great news for design professionals and homeowners alike: Kohler is expanding availability of its bath and kitchen products with the opening of the Kohler Signature Store by Facets of Dallas in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood. Owned and operated by Hajoca Corporation, the new location will be the fourth Signature Store within the company portfolio.

Located at 4640 McKinney Ave., this will be the 19th signature store in the country, and the only signature store in Texas.

“Dallas has a high concentration of our target customer, both home owners and trade professionals, and home owners in the area value good design, American-made products symbolized by good quality,” said Michelle Kilmer, Kohler’s Director of Showrooms. “Knox-Henderson is a regional draw with great shopping, great brands, and great restaurants, all of which appeal to our ideal customer.”

The 3,600-square-foot Kohler Signature Store will offer the full breadth of the Kohler Co. portfolio. In addition, the Kohler Signature Store will feature their exclusive Kohler Surfaces line as well as kitchen cabinets made locally.


Country Dirt booth at Round Top Antique Show Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Something for everyone at Round Top Antique Show (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)


One of the joys of living in an old printing factory is that you never run out of room or projects. When a friend mentioned that it was time for the Round Top Antique Fair this weekend, I decided it was time for this Lifestylist to get down to Round Top and see what all of the buzz was about, and I wasn’t disappointed. I just wondered what took me so long to take advantage of one of the best antique and vintage shows that is an easy road trip from Dallas. It truly was 26 miles of weird, wacky, and wonderful buys that offered something for everyone. (more…)

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.”


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.”


Traci Connell

All photos: Michael Hunter

An unlikely path led Traci Connell to great success as a Dallas interior designer.

Connell earned her degree in education and was an elementary school teacher. She enjoyed the job, but says she hadn’t found her passion.

Traci Connell

Traci Connell

“What I really loved about teaching was the creativity and structure of the classroom,” she said. “The big ‘ah ha’ moment for me came in 2000, when my good friend asked, ‘why can’t you make money doing something you love?’ And shortly after, with some careful consideration, Traci Connell Interiors was born.”

At first, Traci Connell Interiors, Connell Interiors at the time, was a helpful second income for her growing family. She spent the first ten years developing her eye for design, honing her business skills, holding leadership roles within the Interior Design Society (IDS), and completing successful client projects, as well as many charity opportunities.

Life threw her a curve ball in 2011, when she found herself a single mother with three children, and the sole provider for the household.

“Fueled with pure passion to feed my family and realize my dream, I reestablished my company as Traci Connell Interiors,” she said. “My decision to change careers is justified every time I see a client lay eyes on their newly designed space for the first time — the tears of happiness say it all.”


Door Ideas -- How to Help Clients Choose — masonite

Sponsored By Masonite.

Masonite, one of the world's leading manufacturers of interior doors, entry doors, french doors, glass doors, and steel doors.

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“The door is like the cover of a book,” says Dallas interior designer Barbara Gilbert. “It should attract people so they want to open it.”

Doors are uniquely important pieces of architecture because we interact with them every day. But choosing the right door isn’t always easy for homeowners or professionals. Masonite’s free guide, An Inside Look at Consumer Door Buying, helps builders and design industry professionals save time and reduce frustration.

Read on for the top three tips from Masonite for how to guide clients through the door selection process and make the experience easier and more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Door Ideas -- How to Help Clients Choose — masonite

Photo: Barbara Gilbert Interiors


Broken 7 SM

Replacing solid walls with glass separates while unifying

There’s a new design term percolating over from Europe called “broken concept.”  I think of it as open concept 2.0.

If the point of open concept is to remove all dividing walls to combine multiple rooms, Broken Concept is about achieving openness while retaining some separation. Think of it as a halfway point between individual rooms and complete open concept.

Some homeowners are realizing that open concept is OK when there are few people in a home but the more residents added, the more privacy decreases as intrusion increases.  There is a reason we all don’t live in wall-less communal studio spaces.  Maybe you’ve just had a spat and you need some physical separation to cool off. Or the more typical reader facing off against the sports fan.

But as we know, open concept does some things really well.  It’s great for entertaining groups.  It’s great for connecting the kitchen to the rest of the house.  It’s great for increasing light transmission.  It’s great for improving sight lines.  It’s great for making several poky rooms feel much larger and grander.


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!”