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.”—
DESIGNER MORGAN FARROW
“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.