Texas Designers On How To Elevate Our Home


Texas designers reflect on the simple luxuries of home and designing for the moment.

Laura Burton
“My favorite perch is a cozy leather chair by the window where I like to read. My go-to for furnishings like this is local trade showroom Caffrey & Co.” 

Monica Wilcox
“I highly recommend a custom tufted velvet-upholstered bed that envelops you. The Sienna Bed from Bernhardt is a go-to for many of my bedroom designs.”

Lucinda Loya
“My go-to paint colors are Sherwin-Williams Extra White 7006 and Caviar 6990. My classic palette is black, white and cognac. Done well, it offers proper contrast with a splash of luxe richness.”

Laura Umansky
“Nothing is complete without beautiful lighting. Table lamps and floor lamps make everyone in the room look their best. In my breakfast room is the Carayes light by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Corbett Lighting. The scale is so unexpected, and it’s a wonderful conversation starter.”

Meredith Ellis
“Mixing materials is important to creating authenticity in a space. I love high-gloss painted trim and paneled walls, an antique chest of drawers and lots of hand-blocked linen fabrics.”

Marcus Mohon
“The focus on style and comfort is a reminder to consider your home’s functionality. Now is the time to optimize every space. If you aren’t using a room, transform it into one that you will use.”

Laura Lee Clark Falconer
“Root Cellars pillows are always a great way to instantly freshen up your upholstery pieces. Fabrics by local textile artist Megan Adams Brooks are perfect for creating new bedding or a showstopping window treatment. Julian Chichester has most items ready for quick ship, and Niermann Weeks has lots of great classics.”

Sarah Eilers and Sandy Lucas
“Mirrors are an ideal way to lift your mood by drawing more light into a space. We love groupings of vintage mirrors and have found some great ones at MAI and Back Row Home.”

Marie Flanigan
“Now more than ever, the home’s color palette should create peace, not noise. One of my favorite soothing paint shades is Sherwin-Williams Alabaster 7008. It’s the perfect base for layering textures and colors.”

Tiffany McKinzie
“To spur creativity, I head outside with my camera. Nature, and the relationship of elements within nature, is my greatest source of inspiration.”

Meg Lonergan
“Cashmere throws and blankets are the most luxurious items in a home. Rosemary Hallgarten makes my favorite one in the most gorgeous colors.”

Melissa Morgan
“There’s nothing like going on a long walk to think through a challenge or clear one’s head. As for music, nothing is more beautiful to me than Ennio Morricone’s “The Mission” or anything by Chopin.”

Laura Britt
“I’m leaning toward paintings with strong red and orange tones mixed with a variety of other elements. The woodcut prints by Karen Kunc from Gallery Shoal Creek are part of the most recent art installation at our office.”

Veronica Solomon
“I enjoy spending time in my Signature Hardware tub in my main bathroom. My favorite part of the room is the Mural Source wallpaper, which creates a sense of being in a beautiful natural setting far, far away.”

Julie Rhodes
“Phillip Jeffries grass-cloth wallpaper gives a subtle wash of color that surpasses anything that can be achieved with paint and elevates a room the way fine shoes and accessories elevate an outfit.”