How This Dallas Designer Honors A Family’s Holocaust Heirlooms


Traci Connell places a blush-velvet settee, blue armchairs, and a wallpapered ceiling in living room

Designer Traci Connell of Traci Connell Interiors enjoys integrating antiques and heirlooms in fresh and current ways. Recently, a Dallas couple came to her with a settee and two cabinets that once belonged to the wife’s grandparents. They escaped the Holocaust and had buried these beloved pieces underground in France before fleeing the country, eventually returning after the war to unearth and ship them back to the United States.

To complement her clients’ desire for a moody aesthetic with jewel tones, Connell re-covered the settee in an exquisite blush velvet for the formal living room (above). Meanwhile, the two cabinets—one of which the designer lacquered in black and fitted with a new stone top and the other, a chinoiserie curio style, she left untouched—now sit in the dining and living room, respectively.

“I loved being able to incorporate family history into this couple’s 1930s home,” Connell shares.