During her time as a floor designer for Relics Home, an eclectic home furnishings retail store and custom design studio, Abby was tasked with creating intimate setups in large spaces. Breaking up a large floorplan into beautiful vignettes was one of her favorite aspects of the job.
Bigger Is Better
The Texas longhorn above the mantel rules this ranch-style living room. Two 11-by-17-foot wool rugs cover the entirety of the floor, making the saying true: "Everything is bigger in Texas." Everything Abby brought into this space had to be custom-made extra-large. To account for entertaining and extra guests, she built a bench on the back wall that extends the length of the room, including firewood storage.
Abby created a vintage, age-old look on the main wall of this elegant dining room by using old book pages plastered to the wall and a jute drapery layered with silk sheers hung high on iron hardware. By the window, she hung another set of linen drapery panels and dropped a chandelier over a soft, gray velvet sofa and topped them off with custom-made animal-print pillows.
Rich, green stucco walls create an alluring atmosphere in this rancher's master bedroom retreat. Abby hung beautiful draperies over the windows and created a romantic touch with custom-made linen bed panels. Later, she added a yellow leather and iron bench at the foot of the bed and a large commissioned piece of Western artwork above the couch (not pictured).
Rustic and Warm
Abby incorporated industrial elements with fine leather, rich metals and reflective antique mirror balls to create a warm floor vignette.
Colorful Cooking Spot
Abby commissioned a local artist to do a colorful piece of original artwork for this hacienda-style kitchen. She then incorporated Mexican tiles and extra-large, colorful tequila bottles to bring in some festive flair among the other artifacts and taxidermy.
This dramatic dining area is held together with five zebra hides organically situated as one large area rug. Above the painted buffet hangs a large antique mirror reflecting light into a space filled with dark wooden pieces and hand-forged iron fixtures. The blue silk drapery with geometric jute detailing provides a beautiful contrast against the copper rust-painted walls.
Abby designed this bedroom for an artist who loves to be surrounded by color. She painted the furniture and walls, then brought in contrasting green silk draperies and colorful patchwork bedding.
To create a more romantic master bedroom retreat, Abby took the homeowners' existing wrought-iron bed frame and upholstered it with a golden velvet material, densely tufted to give it a soft, plush look. Since creating a rich backdrop for this bed was a must, she used a double rod hung at the ceiling with layers of silk and woven drapery panels and finished it off with a hanging antique candelabrum.