Country French Twist

Interior designer Margaret Chambers turns generous rooms in her treasured clients’ elegant Dallas home into classic and comfortable spaces with a Country French attitude, keeping them 
inviting both inside and out.

Interior designers make countless decisions from larger ones during a project, such as creating a furniture plan for a spacious living room, down to the smallest detail like the trim on a pillow. Perhaps the most crucial factor at the end of the day is the client. “You really can’t do your best work without clients who understand the scope of the project and what it will take to realize it, especially in a large home like that of Tom and Phyllis Leiser,” says Margaret Chambers.

“Phyllis is truly delightful with great ideas—I want to clone her! And Tom is open minded and generous.” The result of this happy partnership is comfortable, inviting rooms that have an intimate attitude despite their size.

Chambers took her initial inspiration from the style of the home. “As a whole, my design decisions revolve around the architecture, which I see as a guiding principle,” she says. “It is primarily French in design, so with this in mind, I created spaces largely in the Country French style that paired well with some of the Leisers’ existing furniture.” And while the house is in tune with that style, diverse elements keep it fresh and unpredictable at turns. Chambers keeps the design from being staid by adding antiques from diverse periods, as well as modern elements.

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