This home designed by Abbe Fenimore is all about big, bold color and glamorous furnishings. Think lucite, leopard, velvet, and large scale florals and you're on the right track. Of course, we would expect nothing less from the designer and stylish owner of Studio Ten 25. Have a look inside this Dallas abode captured by Melanie Johnson Photography with even more in the full gallery.
From the moment I met my client at her new Uptown Dallas townhome, I knew were the perfect fit. This was her first home and from day one she knew exactly which direction she wanted to go in for the design. Her townhome didn’t need much updating and we decided not to paint any of the walls since we planned to go bold with color and pattern throughout the home. The first change we made to the home was having a leopard stair runner installed, and you could say it set the tone for the rest of the home!
In the main living and dining areas we used a little paint, a few mirrors and chic touches for an easy update. We overhauled the living room’s built-in cabinet, transforming it from a heavy, dark brown piece to something that would fit her girly-glam style. All it needed was a fresh coat of white paint to make a major impact, and we added mirrors to the center front four doors (that were speaker fabric before), which accentuated the mounding on the door fronts.
We then added a navy velvet sofa, complemented by custom gold frame pink velvet chairs and a gold metallic chaise lounge. The bold flora rug was a perfect match for the room and it became the inspiration for the room’s color palette. In the adjoining dining room space, we opted to use the same rug to keep the overall feel cohesive and added leopard velvet dining chairs, which further united both spaces, as the sofa features leopard pillows. We finished off the dining room with a vintage long, glass chandelier that we found at a vintage studio in Dallas.
We like to start with the basics and build on them with pattern, color and texture, and this was our strategy for the master bedroom. We layered the custom blush silk velvet bed with crisp white Soprano bedding from Peacock Alley and started pulling other elements for the room together from there. Large scale mirrored nightstands were dressed with gorgeous amethyst lamps and pops of pink and lavender worked to tie the room together. Since the master bedroom is large with tall ceilings, we selected an oversized tufted headboard to command attention.
My favorite part of the room is the stunning velvet black and white striped custom love seat, which we used to anchor the bed. We kept the pillows on the loveseat to a minimum by using a simple purple textural pattern and a tiny bit of metallic on the lumbar pillow and main bed pillows. New brass drapery rods with acrylic finials installed just under the crown molding and glamorous white linen drapes finish out the room, which keeps the look simple while filtering the natural light.
Abbe’s Tip About Going Bold: When going bold, rely on just one or two pieces to make a statement in the room. Once you have established your bold pieces, add art, pillows and accessories to bring color into the space. Keep in mind that not everything has to be so dramatic! In this room, the bold pieces are the headboard and loveseat and kept the bedding, draperies and artwork simple and subtle so to complement the color in the room.