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Wells Design Combines English and American Elements in a Guest Room for Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas

Crisp Linens and Chintz Create a World Traveler's Bedroom

photography Stephen Karlisch

Overview for the Guest Bedroom

Wells Design created an elegant guest bedroom with a sophisticated world traveler in mind. Breakfast can be luxuriously enjoyed in bed, with Everyday Elegance tableware atop crisp Leontine Linens bedding and a striking canopy of Rose Cumming Chintz overhead. Contemporary art ornaments the walls, which are wrapped in custom-colored Namay Samay fabric. English design influences are featured alongside classic American design elements for a sumptuous retreat that balances beauty with comfort. A custom Retorra rug and bespoke étagère punctuate the room, which has a soothing color palette, incorporating both earth and jewel tones. — Wells Design

Wells Design owner Lauren Hudson talk inspirations, collaborations, and her favorite pieces.


We built our scheme around one of my favorite Rose Cumming fabrics. As you may know, I acquired the Rose Cumming fabric line last year, so it was so fun to use one of the signature prints as the foundation of our scheme.


Our rug was a wonderful collaboration with Retorra Rugs, a show house sponsor. They were able to help us create a totally custom rug and have it hand-woven in Nepal and delivered exactly how we imagined it, all within an extremely tight time span — amazing.

The same is true of our collaboration with Namay Samay. They created a custom citron color especially for us based on a cutting we sent them. With the tight deadlines, we really needed to move fast, and Namay Samay delivered 160 yards on time and perfectly executed.

Where did you shop in Dallas to pick up great items?

We picked up last-minute items at Peacock Alley, Amy Berry, and Nuvo. Of course, my showroom, Wells Abbott, was a great resource as well.

Best restaurants while in Dallas

I’m a diehard Honor Bar fan.

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A favorite piece in your room

Our room is full of favorites but I must say I’m a little obsessed with our étagère right now. I love the counter-height shelf, which makes the piece multifunctional. There are a number of different ways it could be used.

Lauren’s Insider Sources:

Amazing Upholstery in Dallas made the headboard, pillows, and sofa and reupholstered the stools and tufted chair.

Robert Turner Associates in Dallas did an amazing job applying the fabric wallcovering.

Barry A. Martin Painting Contractors in Dallas were total pros with our painting needs.

Nice Moves in both Houston and Dallas took excellent care of receiving and delivery needs.

Avant Garden in Dallas did a beautiful job with our flowers.

Horton’s Drapery in Houston did an amazing job with the bed hangings and installed them personally in the show house on install day.

Peck and Company in Houston created the étagère just like we drew it.

Chris Loew in Houston took standard bedside tables and made them special with his talented decorative painting skills.

The Shade Store did a beautiful job with our window shade.

IG Art Consulting helped  secure some beautiful and special artwork from Houston’s McClain Gallery.

Michael Bhichitkul saved the day with  artwork transportation from Houston to Dallas and installation in our room.

Biggest challenge creating your space

I would say that the tight timing deadlines were challenging Also, using so many new workrooms and tradesmen while being our of town was challenging as well.



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