Friday, December 27, 2013

Crushing on decorator Sally Wheat

Houston interior decorator Sally Wheat evolves her own home design more than I do, and with amazing style! Her last two iterations of her living room include a gray velvet custom slipcovered settee, two channel-tufted Ward Bennett club chairs covered in Osborne & Little fabric, a stacked glass lamp, and a luscious vintage mid-century mirrored coffee table purchased from an estate sale. She reused those items to create two very different looks.


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I’m partial to the earlier version, with the pop-art Queen Elizabeth art and the vintage chairs covered in the hot pink David Hicks La Fiorentina fabric, since I’m more of a fan of bold than soft and fluffy. When the living room was changed to the lighter look, the pink chairs were moved to the dining room to serve as captain’s chairs, partnered with Milo Baughman chairs covered in sumptuous navy velvet. And Queen Elizabeth now reigns over the dining room as well.

Check out Cote de Texas for more versions of Sally’s living and dining rooms. My favorite version of her dining room was featured in Domino. I’m smitten with the black and white geometric wallpaper, featured in this photo of her gilt bar cart.


"My style is a sort of casual sophistication with playful elements thrown in. It's always evolving, but the constant would probably be a neutral base with splashes of fun accessories, art and color. I always love to include unique and one of a kind pieces if possible." - Sally Wheat, High Gloss Magazine, February/March 2011

A perfect example of that is her client’s room below, with emerald green and pink, against pale walls and sofa. OMG ... the jaw-dropping malachite drapes ....


I never would have thought to pair this pastel oversized wall art with leopard stools, but it’s a killer look.


On the flip side, Sally also wows with dark walls, below in a client’s office (hello, python wrapped desk) and in her own home office.



Back to the light and bright spaces, here’s another client home, this one featured in Domino.




You know how I’ve been wanting to go bold blue on my living room walls and Jason has put up a big veto? What do you think about pale gray instead, if I add in royal blue by way of side chairs (see some of my favorites here) across from my black leather sofa?


Images not sourced above are from Sally Wheat Interiors, with the exception of the photo with the Queen Elizabeth pop art, which is from the premiere issue of Modern Luxury Texas Interiors.

1 comment:

  1. What a yummy post!! I love how much her style has changed - that article in Cote De Texas was so fascinating (I remember showing it to Wayne when it came out because while I know my tastes have changed in the last couple of years, it's nothing compared to her!). I know everyone fawned over her old Belgian look but I absolutely love where her style has gone. Saying that, I actually prefer the softer, more feminine version of her living room to the one with the pop art! She's got amazing style, I love how she combines colours and fabrics, vintage with contemporary.

    I think pale gray with bright pops of colour in the chairs would look fab in your living room - a very good compromise if there ever was one :) xxx


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