This designer and patron of the arts turns heads with her stunning home style. Her suggestions and her own finds will help you
cultivate a similar mix.
Striking with her platinum modern hair, welcoming smile, and her
fearless commitment to dress with color, Barbara Daseke immediately attracts the attention of all—even those who have never met her.
Enhancing human interactions in their environment is paramount to
this award-winning designer, who moved deftly from a position with
a small architectural firm to found Barbara Elliott Interiors.
Ever the wanderlust, Barbara boasts a list of design projects that
includes sensational spaces in Paris, Indonesia, and Guam, along
with projects across the U.S. in Colorado, California, Florida, and
Texas. Inspired by such a global palette, it’s no wonder most of the
available surfaces in her home are filled with objets d’art and antiqui-
ties like Hopi masks, Chinese roof tiles, calligraphy brushes and silks
from international hotspots, and a serious abundance of teak.
Sacred and powerful, Hopi masks of the Kachina dancers are
treated with reverence by tribes because they are considered
living spirits. The masks are ritually “fed” corn pollen and
stored behind muslin screens when not in use by the tribe. We
love them here nestled in Barbara’s bookcase. Says Barbara:
“The Hopi masks are treasures that remind me of my work in
Santa Fe. They were a gift from one of the locals there.”
Sometimes a simple stack of sumptuous silk adds just the right
touch. We love the way Barbara has spent time collecting this
colorful array that works so completely with the warm wood.
“The textiles are a collection I have amassed over the years.
They are easy to pack, so I find myself bringing them home
from our travels,” Barbara explains. “They are from many different countries. I love to see the way different cultures use
color and texture in so many different ways. “
Shop this look at Ceylon et Cie, Art of Old India, or The Mews,
all in the Design District.
The colorful Asian glazed bowls are from David Sutherland.
They found their way perfectly onto these shelves.
Available to the trade: David Sutherland Showroom, 1025 N.
Stemmons Frwy., Dallas Design Center, (214) 752-6501,