Cat Carothers recently relocated to Dallas and opened The Selby House after living and working in the Big Apple, where she earned an MFA from the New York School of Interior Design. “I took time to think about what motivates and inspires me and kept coming back to my love of decor and 20th-century design,” she explains. Read on to learn more about what Carothers hopes to bring to Texas.
What is The Selby House? A design studio focused on sourcing and restoring collectable vintage pieces for the home with a modern-day touch. We take a fresh and forward-thinking approach by combining designs from different styles, periods and origins. We love historic objects and believe every item has a story; we give new life to the old.
What inspired this venture? Bringing the culture, energy and uniqueness of New York to Dallas. New York is a creative mecca at the forefront of change and collaboration. It taught me to push boundaries, question normalcy and embrace individuality. I want to modernize the outlook and feelings people have when buying and collecting furniture.
Describe your aesthetic. It’s a mindful mix. I’m not drawn to a particular style but like combining various objects. I believe less is more and letting the design of a piece in its purest form speak for itself. I gravitate toward a more neutral, earthy and textural palette with pops of color in art, sculpture and accessories.