Style and Substance

Have you ever been that girl peaking into rooms during a party? It’s okay I won’t tell. Well, a few weeks ago I couldn’t help myself. Walking into Allison and Will Dowell’s University Park home for their one-year-old’s birthday party I told my husband I’d meet him “outside”, but I didn’t. Instead I took in this perfectly styled home from top to bottom. Allison’s self-decorated home is like a beautiful and tasty layered cake. She’s created an exceptional eclectic home by collecting and combining vintage items, family heirlooms and out of the box pieces. In the time I’ve known Allison she’s been so humble about her home, but the girl has serious style and substance.
I heard someone say cupcakes so I acted cool and made my way downstairs like I was looking for the bathroom. But I wasn’t done. Lucky for you I went back for a visit with my camera and took pictures (with Allison’s permission of course). So grab a cupcake and go on a little digital home tour with me.

What is your favorite item in you home?
Other than the people (obviously), my favorite item in our home is a little Stephanie Wheeler painting that Will gave me for our first anniversary.

Favorite places/sites to shop?
I like the thrift stores in the Dallas design district (Scout Design Studio, Lula B’s and White Elephant) for unique finds and Blueprint for creative inspiration.

How do you describe your decorating style?
Slightly retro, slightly minimalist, and slightly traditional. That sounds funny, but I think it’s true.

What’s your favorite room in the house?
I love our master bedroom. It’s bright, comfy and a good mix of old and new. We have a huge mexican dhurrie rug that belonged to Will’s grandmother.

Who or when did you pick up your love for decorating from?
I have always liked rearranging furniture and reorganizing, so I think that was my decorating initiation. I used to rearrange my room after school. Also, my mom has really lovely taste.

house5Cowhide rug: from Will’s childhood home. | Coffee table: Wisteria Outlet | Leather Pouf: Area 25 consignment store | Couch: floor model from Stella Dallas | Toy horse: Allison’s aunt’s attic




White credenza was found at  West Elm and the lamps are from the summer “backyard sale” at Blue Print

dining table

Dining room table and chairs: My grandparents’ old kitchen table and some chairs I found for $20 each at a junk shop and had re-stained and upholstered (fabric is from Parlor Textiles)

kitchenwallOrange vase is from a cool garden store in Austin called Big Red Sun | Photo shelves are from Land of Nod


kitchen4 kitchentable

Kitchen chairs: yellow chairs are old from West Elm | Kitchen rug is from Will’s grandmother and made in Mexico

masterbedroomMaster Bedroom: Bedding – white matelasse and shams from Peacock Alley | Gray + White fabric for pillows & bed skirt is from Pikku | Headboard is Anthropologie | Rug is from Will’s grandmother
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nursery  finnandfox
Finn’s crib bedding is Bella Notte with Aden & Anais sheets | Crib is Restoration Hardware | Green Chair is from Lulu B’s | Stuffed Fox a gift

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Set of drawers in nursery was found at Again & Again in the Dallas Design District


Guest bedroom bedding: John Robshaw blue euros, blue bolster is Pinecone Hill, pink standard shams are from Mary Cates & Co.

upstairsPatterned Pouf: West Elm | Navy and White rug: Calypso Home | Navy wall color is Loyal Blue by Olympic

As a summer project, Will and Allison made the decision to take out an old tree to make room for a backyard with plenty of space for Finn to run and “mow” his yard. Outdoor dining set: Crate and Barrel

*all photos taken by Christi B. Steckel.