Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Style Files: Sally Wheat

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{Photo by Rhonda Kasowski, Morningdale Photography}

Not only is Sally Wheat an amazing person and friend, she is also an incredibly talented decorator. Her approach is at once sophisticated and relaxed, with the end result being both elegant and inviting. In my opinion, Sally’s style is completely fresh and unique. Sally can take a traditional French or Swedish look and make it feel completely modern by infusing it with her eclectic and slightly subversive touch. Each room she designs is filled with distinctive, personal, and sometimes unexpected touches. The hints of color and abstract art that she uses in the more traditional spaces she designs make them feel completely new and special.

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Name: Sally Wheat

Occupation: Interior Decorator, Antiques and Interiors Sales

Hometown: Beaumont, Texas

Current City: Houston, Texas

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LDV: What inspired you to begin your career in interior design?

SW: It all started with the urging of my friends. Two different friends called me within one day of each other, asking to hire me as their decorator. It was so coincidental that I figured it’s meant to be!

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LDV: What do you love most about it? What is the most challenging aspect?

SW: Doing something I love so much and actually getting paid for it! The most challenging aspect is keeping it fresh.

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LDV: Where do you find inspiration?

SW: Everywhere!! I’m always looking at everything around me!

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LDV: Who are some of your personal style icons?

SW: I don’t really have a style icon. I really enjoy seeing how women on the streets put their outfits together.

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LDV: How would you describe your own style?

SW: Casual and simple with lots of accessories.

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LDV: What is the trait you most admire in a person?

SW: Generosity and being down to earth.

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LDV: What is your principal weakness?

SW: I could definitely use some organization tips.

 

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{Photo by Rhonda Kasowski, Morningdale Photography}

LDV: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

SW: My kids, for sure!

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LDV: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

SW: My life now! I have a wonderful and supportive husband and two silly healthy kids. I get to do the job I love to do, yet be home with them at the same time.

 

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Bloom: Ecuadorian Roses and Pink Peonies

Food: Milk Chocolate

Drink: Non-alcoholic - Diet A&W Root Beer (random I know!) Alcoholic - Frozen Margarita no salt

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Meal: Cheap Mexican food

Thing to Wear: Jeans-hands down. I have over 40 pairs. Ridiculous.

Destination: Anywhere with my family.

Season: Spring

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Film: The Waterboy (Classy, I know. But it makes me laugh every time.)

Book: The Glass Castle, A Thousand Splendid Suns

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Magazines: Elle Decor, Living Etc., Canadian House and Home

Blogs: La Dolce Vita, Cote de Texas, Elements of Style, Greige, My Favorite and My Best, Eyespy Design, the list could go on and on.

Texture: Thick nubby linen and rich velvets.

Fabric or Pattern: Designer’s Guild, modern patterns.

Color: I can’t choose just one. I love them all for specific things. For example, I like white and gray for walls, pink and purple for accents, and I can’t leave out black.

Scent: No perfume for me, ever!

 

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Extravagance: Serial Redecorating

Quote: “Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but gets you nowhere.” Dorothy Galyean

 

To see more of Sally’s beautiful work, visit her website.

15 comments:

Laura Trevey said...

Wonderful interview!!
I am in love with the fabulous black and white modern art and complimentary pillows...

xoxo Laura

Sarah's Fab Day said...

So excited to see Sally Wheat profiled here. I always wish I could see more of her work because her home is ah-mazing!

Full House said...

I AM so happy that there is a Sally Wheat here on this earth for all of us to enjoy:-) Her work is SO refreshing and makes me do back flips every time.

Meg said...

Gorgeous! I love Sally's work!

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

Thanks for introducing me to Sally Wheat! Her work is incredible!!

Lauren said...

Awesome interview! I LOVE the new spin on her living room!

Inspired Shares said...

Beautifully done...I love everything, she has such an extrodinary eye for design.

Dianne said...

Her Living room is my favorite by far. Just so much talent in this one little person!

Andria said...

I love Sally Wheat's work. I really enjoy seeing it on your and Joni's blog. I am a Beaumont girl, well actually, Nederland, myself. How funny!!! Sally's style is so fresh, she takes the West U look and puts her own unique spin on it.

Milk and Honey Home said...

A natural....what a dream home!!

Mona Thompson said...

I have admired Sally's designs for a long time through Joni with Cote de Texas. Really enjoyed getting to know her through the interview. We share a love of a lot of the same things. Including cheap Mexican food and margaritas with no salt.

my favorite and my best said...

sally has dumb skills.
serenity comes to mind.
plus she reads my blog. that alone makes her cooler than cool.

Visual Vamp said...

Great interview and great round up.
I always thought Sally was a granny from what I saw at Joni's ha ha.
This interview shows her in such wonderful fresh and relevant way.
xo xo

dooverdecade said...

Paloma,

So glad you profiled Sally in this series. She is a gem!

And she's not kidding about the serial redecorating - I visited her website yesterday and was (not really) surprised to see that she had completely rececorated her living and dining rooms - again! Every time I see a picture, I think, "Whoa, that's my favorite!" and then she goes and changes it and the new look becomes my new favorite.

My favorite (seriously!) room is the grey bedroom. It's a little girl's room (I happen to know her- it suits her and her family's personality so well) and it might be the most wonderful kid's room ever!

Kelly@40isthenew30

Yoli said...

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