Tuesday, March 13, 2012

BelAir Studio and Design Grand Opening

Svendsen, Gant & VanBeber
I am addicted to HGTV and love watching shows like "Design on a Dime" and "Flip This House". I can spend hours pouring through D Home and Elle Decor looking at beautiful rooms and getting inspired by the beautiful photo layouts. The only problem is, that I lack the confidence to execute any of it.

BelAir Studio and Design is the answer to all of your design dilemmas.  In this month's March issue, D Home reports, "The brainchild of three design-minded friends—Shannon VanBeber, Cindy Svendsen, and Susan Colvin Gant—the shop and full-service design studio (services range from space planning to complete home remodeling) is filled with handsome case goods, vintage finds, and reimagined treasures. Think steel-framed dining chairs relieved of their tired fabric in favor of hair-on cowhide.

But the real appeal of BelAir lies in the trio’s skillful melding of their distinct aesthetic sensibilities. It’s glam meets classic meets earthy—and the mix works. Mercury glass lamps, metallic-dusted cowhide rugs, and Lucite accessories lend elegance to a rough-hewn four-poster bed, woven baskets, and sturdy leather boxes and bins. Meanwhile, large-scale paintings and items sourced from local craftsmen (including bags, scarves, and table runners from textile designer Elizabeth Anyaa) add a soulful, personal layer to the vignettes.  The end result is a subtle, modern take on luxury, which, in our opinion, is the best possible kind."

(left) Elizabeth Anyaa with Dee Van Dame   (right) LeeAnne Locken with Danielle Vollmar
(bottom)  Joslyn Taylor, Kyle Knight and Abbe Fenimore

The retail shop, located directly across from Terilli's on Lower Greenville Ave., opened in December but recently threw a grand opening soiree to introduce itself to the media, bloggers and neighborhood VIPs.  Well, you know me, if there's a party, I can usually be found right in the middle of it. In fact, my party planning prowess must be becoming legendary, because they hired me to help them put this shin dig together!

D Home was our media partner at this event - and God bless D Magazine Marketing Director, Mary Poe who ended up leaving the event with a new credenza for her house! I also spied interior design and home decor bloggers Kyle Knight from Knight Moves, Joslyn Taylor from Simple Lovely, Hilary Walker from Hilary Inspired and Abbe Fenimore from Studio Ten 25 fingering baubles and checking out the options.

What I like about the store is that whether you are looking for one great new find, have a beloved piece you need salvaged or re-worked or need someone to come to your house and makeover an entire space - these gals have you covered. It's a one-stop-shop for all your home design and decor needs. And I am all about ease and convenience at affordable prices. Check them out!

BelAir Studio and Design, 2802 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
Tues-Sat, 11AM-5PM

photos courtesy of Thomas Garza Photography