I have another fantastic interview for you guys today in the a small chat series. If you are looking for a dose of inspiration, you will definitely find it here – meet artist Dallas Shaw. I love everything about Dallas – her style, work, design statements. Dallas’s artwork is “diverse in medium and runs the gamut from modern, acrylic custom canvases to trend-setting fashion illustrations all inspired by the fashion industry.” Simply put – it’s gorgeous and impactful. She also has a beautifully curated design blog where she chronicles her fave things. Enjoy Dallas’s thoughts on her home style, using color, infusing personal style in the home and more.
My art career grew significantly when people knew more about me and began relating somehow to my personal taste. It makes sense- why buy a fashion illustration from someone who doesn’t understand fashion. My home style is forever changing. I actually just began renting a new town home so we are slowly filling it , by choice. I would rather leave a space empty then put something I hate in its spot. I make it a point to make sure I love everything in my home.
You have such an eye for color – your art is stunning and is full of interesting color palettes. Can you share some tips on creating a color palette that complements each other?
Thank you. If you are not a designer and want to add color to a space I would recommend referring to the color wheel, or using lots of online photos for inspiration. I personally like to use whatever colors feel best together so I just follow my instinct when it come to color.
You chronicle your favorite things on your blog (which I absolutely love) and I can really feel that you love to create a space that is yours. The best “making a house a home”. What are some of your favorite things in your home and how you have infused them into your design style?
I really love the items my husband and I have collected while traveling. When you walk through our home it looks like a regular, home- but what people don’t realize is that every piece has been collected- and that will continue.
You talk about your loving of *mix-it-up* styles in your home. (I love it too!) Is there any process to this or do you create what you love?
There is no process for me. I just do exactly what I love when it comes to the artwork and to the decorating. if I am out shopping and I love a piece I buy it- if you really love something you’ll find a spot for it.
Many (small space) dwellers can feel overwhelmed with adding style into a space that needs to work efficiently as well. Since you are designing a new home office, can you share how you are making a space that works for you and makes you feel good too?
Well, I very strongly believe that a space that serves no function is just a space and you’ll never use it. Make sure every piece you add to a space has a purpose. In my office mercury jars serve as pencil jars, a studded console serves as a printing area etc…
:: all images via Dallas Shaw ::