Color Splash

Designer Abbe Fenimore teaches us a thing or two about decorating boldly


Dallas interior designer Abbe Fenimore
Photo courtesy of Abbe Fenimore
Abbe Fenimore
Photo courtesy of Abbe Fenimore
Abbe Fenimore
Photo courtesy of Abbe Fenimore
Abbe Fenimore
Photo courtesy of Abbe Fenimore
Abbe Fenimore
Photo courtesy of Abbe Fenimore
Abbe Fenimore
Photo courtesy of Abbe Fenimore
Abbe Fenimore
Photo courtesy of Abbe Fenimore
Abbe Fenimore
Photo courtesy of Abbe Fenimore
Abbe Fenimore
Photo courtesy of Abbe Fenimore

Interior designer Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25 brings her bold and beautiful taste to homes throughout Dallas. She began in 2007, and just a year after decorating and accessorizing homes, she created an online marketplace called Shop Ten 25.

"I did it as a visual communication tool," Fenimore says. "I was not going to make presentation boards — I did that in college and for design firms."

As Fenimore took on more and more vendors, her shop became a well-edited collection of pieces that reflects her style. She says it's the perfect way for clients with similar taste to see what she's all about. 

What makes this designer tick? "For me, the stuff that gives me the most butterflies are the things with fresh patterns and texture," she says. "I love color, but the space must be livable." 

For the home on the following pages, Fenimore started with a blank slate. She says the young homeowners wanted something contemporary. Fenimore followed her normal routine and started with a lot of basics — some of which the clients already had.

"If you strip the pillows and accessories, those same pieces can be carried through a new home and can be updated," she says. "It doesn't limit them."

The entryway is Fenimore's favorite part of the house. Here, she splurged on the table and the wallpaper. "I worked with Leslie [Pritchard] at Again & Again to build the black lacquer custom table."  

The benches were found at a discount retailer; Fenimore had them painted and reupholstered.

"My client was okay with purchasing an inexpensive item and dolling it up a bit, to make it look like a million bucks," she says.

Across from the entry area is a bright, fun and relaxed office.

"We made an investment on the desk and drapery," Fenimore says. "From there we brought in cool art, an affordable rug and an old chair that we had reupholstered."  

The desk is from William-Sonoma, and the drapes were custom made with fabric from Schumacher

The chair in the corner of the office came from a discount retailer. Fenimore had it reupholstered with soft fabric and black piping. "The detail makes it look expensive," she says. "Details can make things come to life."

The side table is from Global Views; the mirror was purchased at T.J. Maxx. 

The living room opens up to the outdoor patio area. Both spaces were important to the clients. "They had the sectional and rug; it just needed some finishing touches," Fenimore says.

All of the accessories, from lighting to pillows, were brought in to soften the space.

The lamp is from Shop Ten 25, and the stump side table was purchased at West Elm

The art in the living room was custom designed for the clients. The coffee table came from Cantoni. Because the homeowners already had the key pieces, Fenimore added pops of color with pillows on the sectional and succulents. 

The outdoor space was designed to feel similar to the living room. The clients already had the sectional from Frontgate; Fenimore just livened up the area with new fabric for the cushions, a rug and accessories.

"The brick is so oppressive, so I brought in the starburst mirrors from Global Views to reflect the light around," Fenimore says. 

The outdoor pillows were made with Trina Turk fabric from Schumacher. The lacquer tray came from Shop Ten 25

All the clients had was a headboard and a bench from Cantoni for their long and rectangular bedroom. So, to add "a little more glam" Fenimore did a wallpaper accent wall. 

She says the drapery was also very important, and the turquoise stripe accentuates the height of the room. 

"We started with turquoise and orange, the colors my client loved, and worked from there," Fenimore says. 

The lamps are from Global Views; the art is from Z Gallerie

Fenimore says accessories add an important personal touch. "They are the biggest challenge, but I like to work with what my clients already have," she says. "I bring in their books, their gifts, and let them bring in elements they like."

The orange box came from Shop Ten 25, and the butterfly frame was purchased at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams