eet Melissa Enriquez. Though she may be new to Dallas,
with former interior design businesses and shops from New
York to L.A., this stunning style guru is certainly not new to
design. Her eclectic Dragon Street showroom, Gallerie Noir, combines
architectural objects, vintage and new furniture, accessories, and art to
create “historical modern” looks.
PATRON: You clearly have a wanderlust. It shows in your showroom selec-
tions. Tell us a bit about how this has influenced your design work.
MELISSA: It’s funny you mention that word! It perfectly describes
me and the way I’ve always lived my life…which translates into how
I select pieces for the showroom. Being born overseas and moving to
the U.S. at a young age, I subconsciously find myself weaving other
cultures into my designs. It especially shows in some of my art selections that have a Native American influence and some of my furniture
pieces that are straight from Africa and India. There is a warmth and
familiarity in those pieces that mix beautifully into contemporary design.
PATRON: What language are you speaking with your design and personal
MELISSA: My comfort zone is a careful mix of balanced and organized eclectic. We like to describe the style of the showroom as
“historical modern,” because there is a blended mix of vintage, architectural objects, and new. If you look closely at the vignettes, you will
find an uncomplicated, but intelligent, mix of important pieces.
PATRON: You seem to gravitate toward natural formations for use in design.
MELISSA: There is no greater example of beauty than what you
can find in nature. I’ve even found an artist that makes prints from
fallen tree trunks that show the exquisite rings of various species of
trees. You can feel the soul of solid wood pieces…the older, the better.
They have a voice that speaks to me.
PATRON: We are loving these rugs! Tell us about them.
MELISSA: These incredible vintage Turkish rugs are so special because this designer has reinvented the classic design by shaving them
and over-dying them in new and modern colors, while keeping the
integrity of the original vintage design. It’s the ultimate way of recycling—made sexy, of course.
PATRON: So much of your furniture and art creates drama and excitement
in a neutral palette. How do you define an anchor piece for your clients?
MELISSA: A neutral palette is our signature—black, white, and
brown. Most people are amazed that we have been able to make such
a statement with such a minimal color scheme, but it boils down to layering with interesting and meaningful pieces. I absolutely believe that
a piece of art can, in many cases, be the anchor piece to a room, but
I equally believe that a gorgeous chair or sofa can also be that piece.
The trick is to figure out what moves you emotionally. If you approach
your collection from the perspective of buying things that make your
life more special, then you will end up with an assortment of pieces
that are connected on a deeper level.
PATRON: Tell us about artist Drew Merritt’s door you are standing in front
of. It’s fabulous.
MELISSA: I met Drew at a W.A.A.S. Gallery opening while painting these doors as an exhibition, and I fell for them! It was one of
those things that I knew I had to have, and I even built a special wall in
my gallery to hang them. This is a great example of having a visceral
reaction to something and knowing that it will bring a sense of joy
every time I look at them…and they do. I really love how this piece
brings an edginess to an otherwise classic environment.
PATRON: Why should our readers mix modern art with eclectic furnishings?
MELISSA: It is such a natural mix, and one that feels chic and
fresh. It’s easy to get stuck in a “look,” and the modern/eclectic mix
seems to break you out of that potential design rut.
PATRON: Why Dallas?
MELISSA: I’ve been having a love affair with Dallas ever since I
started to shop here 10 years ago. Dallas has an energy that is unique
to any other place I’ve lived…and to be quite honest, I just love the
people. It was a no-brainer to leave Los Angeles and set up shop here.
The art scene is showing some major strides in the right direction, and
I want to be a part of it.
PATRON: What’s in store for Gallerie Noir?
MELISSA: We’re going to be working hard to develop and introduce artists and craftsmen into the gallery. We’ve already met some
incredible talent out there that needs to be shown! I’m also working
on designing a furniture line that really showcases the lifestyle that
we are living. Bringing in one-of-a-kind finds takes a lot of legwork
to procure, but we are committed to it. We’re really hearing from our
clients that they want things that no one else has, and we want to be
the source to bring that to them. P