Strictly Per­sonal

Décor - - Contents - Writer Mar­garet Zainey Roux pho­tog­ra­pher Nathan Schroder pro­ducer Donna Tal­ley

An eclec­tic as­sem­blage of cu­riosi­ties and color pro­duces a Dal­las house that is as unique as its owner.

In­spired by her client’s one-of-a-kind style, a de­signer em­braces bold pat­terns and flashes of glam­our while keep­ing things clas­sic with art­ful fur­ni­ture sil­hou­ettes.

Al­lane O’Neil's liv­ing room is de­fined by stream­lined sym­me­try. The straight lines of the lime­stone fire­place are echoed by re­cessed di­vided-light win­dows, white­washed ceil­ing beams, and con­tem­po­rary seat­ing pieces. The patched hide rug, with its rounded shapes in­spired by Moroc­can tiles, pro­vides a graphic coun­ter­bal­ance.

Pol­ished chrome arm­chairs up­hol­stered in a fuch­sia damask print add spice to the din­ing room. “We loved the weight of the re­claimed oak din­ing ta­ble, but we needed to glam it up with some­thing shiny,” de­signer Mor­gan Far­row says.

A lit­tle funky, a lit­tle sexy, and a lit­tle left of cen­ter. That’s how de­signer Mor­gan Far­row de­scribes her client, Al­lane O’Neil. It’s also a spot-on de­scrip­tion of Al­lane’s 6,000-square-foot Dal­las home, where crisp white walls bounce light so each room shim­mers like a light­box.

This lab­o­ra­tory-like back­drop cried out for ex­per­i­men­ta­tion— and af­ter 25 years of liv­ing in a tra­di­tional 1940s red-brick two-story that once be­longed to her grand­mother, Al­lane was ready to be bold. Thought-pro­vok­ing art­work? Fear­less up­hol­stery col­ors? Wall­pa­pered ceil­ings? Yes, yes, and yes.

“I’m not afraid to veer away from the lat­est trends and go my own way,” Al­lane says.

She di­rected Far­row to push the en­ve­lope. “With a sim­ple white back­drop, we could go wild with the bright, sat­u­rated hues and strong pat­terns that Al­lane is nat­u­rally drawn to,” Far­row says. “She knows what she wants and un­der­stands the art of mix­ing styles. Best of all, she isn’t afraid to be dif­fer­ent!”

State­ment-mak­ing fab­rics and wall­pa­pers served as start­ing points for each room—and speak vol­umes about the home­owner’s de­sign aes­thetic. “Each room has its very own wow fac­tor that sets the tone for the space,” Far­row says.

Take the vel­vet fuch­sia damask fab­ric on the din­ing room chairs and the graphic hide rug in the liv­ing room. “If Al­lane loved it, we bought it, and let the pieces fall into place,”

Far­row says. “We didn’t fol­low a me­thod­i­cal de­sign plan for this house. We let our selections lead the way and feed off of each other.”

An­tique, vintage, and mid­cen­tury-modern fur­nish­ings and light fix­tures sat­isfy Al­lane’s crav­ing for one-a-kind finds while in­fus­ing the 21st-cen­tury home with a sense of his­tory. Time­worn wood ta­bles, bold Bru­tal­ist-style chan­de­liers, and gilded ac­cents might seem to be strange bed­fel­lows, but col­lec­tively they feel un­ex­pect­edly el­e­gant.

“I’ll of­ten have a client come to me with the goal of achiev­ing a cer­tain look like ‘modern farm­house’ or ‘coun­try French,’” Far­row says. “This time around, that look was called ‘Al­lane.’”

“Our selections were some­times fear­less and of­ten sur­pris­ing, but al­ways co­he­sive.”—


“Metal­lic el­e­ments cast a warm glow through­out the house.”


This photo: Block print, tie-dye, and batik pat­terns down­play the ritzy vibe of a gilded Greek key head­board in the guest suite. Op­po­site: Laven­der, peach, and blush pinks soften the guest room. “With so many straight lines and strong, struc­tured sil­hou­ettes, this room would have felt mas­cu­line in any other pal­ette,” Far­row says.

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