A design duo brings neutral elegance and a splash of sparkle to a Texas home. - Southern Lady (Winter 2015)
Designers Emily Hewett and Allison Walker of the Dallas based interior design firm A Well Dressed Home love a fresh challenge. When they started working with the Millers, they knew the results would be spectacular. “They are such a fun, upbeat couple, and we loved working with them,” the pair says. “They really allowed us to execute our vision for the space, but they did request that all the furnishings be comfortable and livable yet sophisticated.”
It’s that refined flair that has become the signature of their decorating style. “Our designs are recognized for the element of sophistication,” says Emily. “Whether we are drawing up a look that feels modern or more traditional, we always tailor the décor to possess sophistication.”
While mostly neutral, the home is by no means bland. Warm creams mixed with weathered wood tones with hints of French and charcoal gray make up the bulk of the palette. This quiet backdrop gives extraordinary details, textures, and patterns a chance to shine. Mirrors and sparkling metallic accents add just the right amount of glamour.
“Soaring 20-foot ceilings in the living room were a challenge. We were able to help the room feel ‘full’ with floor-to-ceiling drapery panels. We detailed the lower portion of the panel with a fun zebra print.” —Emily & Alli
“What makes a design ‘Southern’ to us is a combination of the fabrics and a sophisticated color palette paired with elegant accessories. Together, all of these pieces support Southern charm.” — Emily Hewett
Expert Advice from A Well Dressed Home
My advice is to really invest in the "big" pieces, such as seating and rugs. A good piece of furniture will provide more comfort and last so much longer. Staying neutral with the big pieces allows you to get creative with accessories and pillows, which can easily be changed out as your tastes change.