Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dallas Designers: Part I - Jan Showers

One of the country's most sought after interior designers, Jan Showers chooses to call the Big D home. She has been featured in some of the most notable design publications, Veranda, Architectural Digest, ahem - the design bible, among others to name a few, making top designer lists year after year, designing homes for Ellen DeGeneres and Lance Armstrong. Her clean approach to design is reflected in her design district Slocum St. showroom, her own furnishings and lighting collections, and of course her famous interiors. It is evident throughout her designs that she is inspired by 1940's French decor. By using luminous materials such as antique and Venetian mirrors and glass, luxurious textiles, and elegant silhouettes she transcends you to a bygone era, while still making you feel right at home. "Decorating is never successful if it is not personal. We always strive to reflect our client's lifestyle and personality. I tell my clients that they need to look great and feel comfortable in their own rooms. It is our job to combine our expertise with their needs and desires," says Showers.

Showers much anticipated new book, Glamorous Rooms, due out this year. I am sure there is bound to be a Dallas locale book signing so stay tuned...

Shouldn't every girl have a splash of pink in her home? It absolutely pops on the backdrop of ink black walls.

I don't know what to appreciate first, the beautiful walls, exquisite Venetian mirrored console, the Murano glass inspired chandelier or the French side chairs. You just have to succumb to be entranced upon entrance of this home!

The use of luminous plaster faux work and marquetry inlaid wood (or painted?) floors makes this small space a gem.

One of my absolute favorite shots...love the graphic black and white zebra rug mixed with a shot of the unexpected celedon green accent pillows. Her custom designed Daphne chair seems to float in the room.

This room reminds me of the beach...blue cool tones of the ocean, next to the warm golden sun. Very West Palm Beach...

Here, Showers shows her strong suite is mixing periods, finishes and materials to create a one-of-a-kind space for even such menials tasks as opening the mail.

I love the tailored valance paired with the shirred drapery grounding the bed and also simple bed linens - yes, just 3 Euros will do people!

3 words... Elegant. Sophisticated. Timeless.

Clean, fresh, and bright...impossible to wake up on the wrong side of bed!

Princess in the Pea, Showers personal boudoir inspired by David Hicks sumptuous tented beds.

The items below are custom designed by Showers for her personal showroom and are also shown throughout design centers in the US. In Dallas, at David Sutherland.

I know everyone may be tiring of the over use of acrylics, but I think the pieces, if well designed such as the above Mercer bench, are becoming classic staples...it reminds me of Cinderella's glass slipper, wouldn't every girl want to pay tribute the ostracized maiden?!

I am a self proclaimed X freak...so I immediately gravitated to the Claudette Bench. I also noticed the use of the X motif iron work in the windows at her Slocum St. showroom. Smitten!

Another favorite piece, the Sabine table has a graphic and modern edge to it, but with the aged gold finish adds understated elegance. A great place for before mentioned, Glamorous Rooms book...!

What looks to be like an onyx-type stone base lamp mounted on an acrylic block in such a striking color would add instant design impact to a monochromatic room.

Design runs thicker than blood - wait, is that right? - Showers own daughter, Elizabeth Showers, has a design eye in her own right as a jewelry designer...future blog post...but here is a sample to wet your palette...even though the medium is different, there are close resemblances in the design aesthetic between mother and daughter.

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