Cheryl Ketner is one of Dallas’ most sought after interior designers. Her innate sense of space and color and flair for mixing old and contemporary have been in high demand since Ketner opened her firm twelve years ago. When we decided to rebuild The Shelby Residences as the hippest condominium development in the SMU University Crossing neighborhood, there was no question that Ketner had to lead the design for our bold new look.
We wanted our interiors to be modern, stylish, and full of character while paying tribute to the building’s history. Ketner embraced the concept of high design, low maintenance living with a nod to the building’s storied past, and produced a vision for The Shelby that was beyond our wildest expectations.
Here in a special guest blog post, Cheryl Ketner dishes on her favourite design details, her inspiration for the project, and the unexpected touches that make The Shelby Residences stand out as the place to live for sophisticated Dallasites moving to the University Crossing District.
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The urban location of The Shelby is highly appealing to me. It is smack dab in the middle of the SMU University Crossing neighborhood. Close to The Katy Trail, the DART transit system, tons of restaurants, art attractions. Something for everybody. Young graduates, maybe parents needing housing for frequent visits to their children attending SMU, someone wanting a “lock and leave” residence, busy executives travelling regularly to Dallas, and even SMU students.
Also interesting to me is that The Shelby is on the site of former automotive designer and racing driver Carroll Shelby’s garage. We’ve included a few pieces of art to pay homage and respect to this legend… but we are really excited to have created a hip arrival experience. Creatively displayed on the Lobby entry wall are four car hoods from 427 Cobras (known colloquially as the Shelby Cobra) that have been artfully painted by a local artist. As a nod to the industrial era, a Route 66 scene is painted on a 4’x8’ piece of metal and is showcased in the Owners’ Lounge.
For sure, I avoided any hard-edge industrial features. Furnishings in Model 303 lean towards a bohemian, vintage casual-ness demanded by millennials and older. Lots of grays and neutrals for comfortable, inviting living. My main inspiration and starting point for this unit was a pair of Bliss chairs and the pixel rug from West Elm where I purchased much of the furnishings. I fearlessly added accents of sunny orange. A Clarke & Clarke wall covering was used on two exterior walls – one in the living room and one in the bedroom. While the paper is a neutral and metallic “birch tree” pattern, to me it looked like concrete, so I used it to add an industrial look to the walls. A large panel of artificial succulents made by Robert Lawrence Designs hangs on the wall of the patio, giving this “extra room,” if you will, a touch of green with a feeling of sitting in the backyard.
The 2-bedroom condo, Model 308, was designed to impart a feeling of ease and simplicity, and oozes the sophistication of a New York penthouse. My starting point here was the praying mantis floor lamp from White on White in Brooklyn, NY. I love its airy and modern feel. The six “Perspective” mirror panels from CB2 that hang over the ivory sofa alter depth of field. It’s like this large looking glass that segments into many mini mirrors for a bit of funhouse perception.
The Owners’ Lounge with four contemporary multi-seating areas and two big screen TVs is a “fall-into” place where residents and their guests will want to gather and recharge. Convenience for food and beverage prep is enhanced with a microwave, beverage fridge, serving area and sink. And just steps away is the 24-hour fitness facility. Residents will enjoy a beautifully re-designed outdoor dining/grilling/relaxing area with a view of the downtown skyline.
The exterior of The Shelby will be re-painted a neutral taupe with dramatic segments of the building highlighted in vivid orange.
New owners can expect Puccini porcelain wood-look floor planks installed throughout all condo living areas, which set the tone for high design and low maintenance. Natural 100% wool carpeting has been used in all bedrooms and walk-in closets. Kitchens and Bathrooms tout new custom painted shaker cabinetry with decorative hardware, quartz countertops and backsplashes, along with new plumbing and light fixtures. Large islands with seating areas and pendants, undercabinet lighting along with all new Whirlpool stainless appliances enhance the Kitchens.
These will be homes with character, for sure.
Cheryl Ketner Interiors