Jean de Merry (left) and Christian Darnaud-Maroselli
Christian Darnaud-Maroselli and Jean de Merry, the stylish couple behind the fabulous Jean de Merry showroom, are house hunting. Their company may be based in Los Angeles, with multiple showrooms across the country, but they’re smitten with our fair city.
“They unexpectedly fell in love with Dallas,” says showroom director Kelsey Ann Haley. She and lawyer Jennifer Cloud of Private Label Realty, who brokered the deal on their Design District showroom last fall, have been driving de Merry and Darnaud-Maroselli through the most well-heeled neighborhoods in search of new digs.
Almost no locale is off limits, from Highland Park (where most of their clients reside) to Uptown (they adore the Katy Trail), Downtown (for its proximity to museums and Klyde Warren Park) and Oak Cliff (near their favorite restaurants, most notably Stock & Barrel).
Darnaud-Maroselli says, “What made us think about a pièd-à-terre in Dallas is the warm welcome we received from all the people we’ve met. The lifestyle here is very Southern, artsy but nevertheless sophisticated without being pompous. It has the best food I have yet to find on American soil — high praise.
“Also, the Katy Trail has sporty boys and girls who do not pretend to win the Olympics and are not dressed for a Paris fashion show, but are doggy lovers who can talk to you about dog poupou like a vintage Chanel.” He definitely gets us.