On the Home Front
Interior designer gets fresh with traditional decor at new Dallas shop
A Dallas interior designer has secured a shop at Snider Plaza to stock with all of her greatest hits. Called Curated by Kristin Mullen, the store features, well, a curated assortment of furniture, antique case goods, lamps, light fixtures, and accessories — all of which reflects her traditional-with-a-twist design aesthetic.
At her store, Mullen mixes antiques and quality reproductions, flea market finds, and family treasures in beautiful vignettes. Most pieces are unavailable anywhere else in Dallas, because, as she says, people want to feel like they have something unique in her homes. That’s one of the many lessons she’s learned from her decades of experience in the interior design business.
The store came about in a way out of practicality, to better deserve her clients. Whereas they used to have to wait months for her to source or commission an item, which delayed the completion of the project, she now has a shop filled with them.
“There really wasn’t anything in Dallas that had what I was looking for, so I decided to take the plunge and be that store,” she says.
Hanging from 14-foot walls covered in subtly colored faux bois wallpaper are antique prints, mirrors, and contemporary art. Among the current offerings — and her favorites right now — are prints dating back to 1755. Sourced from a dealer in London, they are studies of sculptures in the Vatican from that time. “I think they have a really modern feeling to them as well,” she says.
In addition to regularly attending antiques shows around the country, Mullen works closely with local artisans to design Curated exclusives — all in an effort to ensure you won’t see her selections somewhere else in Dallas.
Mullen also offers custom pieces upholstered in the latest and greatest patterns and palettes from fabric houses such as Schumacher, Kravet, and Lee Jofa. Also find pillows sewn with fabrics from Miles Redd, Mary McDonald, and Manual Canovas. See a piece you like on the showroom floor but want to switch out the fabric? She can do that too.
Mullen intends to update the store quarterly to reflect a new theme, so the assortment will change regularly. “The idea is to keep things really fresh and interesting and give people different looks and different ideas,” she says.
But shoppers can always find staples such as sofas and chairs, coffee and end tables, and lighting she designs herself using found architectural pieces topped with custom shades. Among the accessories are vintage books and more unique finds, mostly in organic shapes, mounted to simple bases that display beautifully on shelves. She also has a signature candle fragrance: lemongrass and sage.
Mullen put down roots in Dallas in 2005, after stints in New York, London, and Japan. Her new shop — a portion of which portion is dedicated to her interior design business — is open Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm, and by appointment.