Congratulations are in order to Linda Baker and Lisa Sorenson for being recognized as two of Dallas’ best interior designers by D Home.
We’re sharing answers from a questionnaire posed by D Magazine to the chosen designers, covering topics from throw pillows to entertaining tips to where these Dallas designers find their inspiration.
Best Dallas Designers 2016, Linda Baker
Design item to splurge on: Art
Design item to go frugal: Accent Pieces
Throw pillows; to chop or not to chop: CHOP (for sure)
Fabric you’re loving: Tartan Plaid
Favorite coffee table tome: Travels to Italy
Paint color you’re into: Network Gray by Sherwin Williams
Favorite spring bloom: Hyacinth
Favorite way to make an impression: With my face and voice
Always have on hand: Wine and fun appetizer foods
Go-to appetizer: Humus and fresh veggies
Home fragrance: Lavender mixed with vanilla
Entertaining essential: Lots of great serving pieces
Vacation spot/city: Napa Valley/ Maui
Go-to local lunch spot: Rise #1
Design rule/ signature: Always defend a design idea if you know that it will dramatically affect the overall look of the room, even when the client is pushing back.
Music: Christian/ dance music
Artist: Michael Buble
Black and white or color? Black & White
Favorite design period: NOW (so much is now accepted and mixed together which I love)
Design pet peeve: Forgetting items on an install; be organized and prepared. I hate wasting time!
De-Stresser: 90-minute massages
On Saturday night, I _____: Do whatever I want!
Best advice I ever got: Treat EVERYONE the way you want to be treated.
Dream celebrity collaboration: Kathie Lee Gifford
Favorite local dish: Barbeque baby back ribs
Favorite local spot for inspiration: White Rock Lake
Not only does Linda’s excellent leadership and care for the best for clients and our team drive Baker Design Group forward; we would not be the same without her energy and spunk. Thank you, D Home, for recognizing Linda as a talent in the Dallas Interior Designer community!
Best Interior Designers Dallas 2016, Lisa Sorenson
Design item to splurge on: Lighting. Invest in statement overhead fixtures and artistic accent lighting to truly show off your design.
Design item to go frugal: Accent art pieces. Get creative with less costly ready-made art pieces of all mediums to create an expensive look on a budget.
Throw pillows- to chop or not to chop: A solid fluff and a light chop will get the job done!
Fabric you’re loving: Robert Allen’s Lush Wave in color Mica…perfect mix of warm, cool, and luxe!
Favorite iconic chair: The Eames Chair. Somehow, Charles and Ray managed a timeless edge in a leather upholstery and wood combo that still makes my designer heart race.
Favorite coffee table tome: Anything of personal interest with a conversation sparking cover.
Paint color you’re into: Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray (SW7044). Is it gray? It is taupe? Let your home decide.
Favorite spring bloom: Tulips have been a favorite since I first saw the gardens at Keukenhof, Amsterdam, as a little girl.
Favorite way to make an impression: Creative window treatments with unpredictable hardware.
Always have on hand: PaperMate Flair Medium felt tip pens. Have. Them. Everywhere.
Go-to appetizer: Oven Roasted Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus and Sweet Potato Bundles.
Home fragrance: Nothing smells as great as a clean home with fresh flowers.
Vacation spot/ city: New York City is a home away from home for me and I try to go at least annually. New Orleans is another favorite.
Go-to local lunch spot: HG SPLY CO
Design/rule signature: Mix unexpected art pieces and mirrors for collected looks that make big statements.
Music: I’m a human jukebox and love almost every spectrum of music.
Artist: Blakely Bering
Black and white or color: Bring on the color! Though I do wear a lot of black.
Favorite design period: Art Deco…the geometric patterns laced with metallic are timeless. The 60’s MadMen-esque mid-century would be a close second.
Design pet peeve: Scale ignorance; Beautiful pieces only create beautiful design when they relate to each other properly as a whole.
De-Stresser: Cooking for just myself or for others. My time in the kitchen is priceless to me.
On a Saturday night, I _____: Try a new dinner spot with friends and go out dancing or catch a movie.
Best advice: “Will it matter 10 years from now?” passed from my grandma to my mom to me…puts perspective into every situation.
Dream celebrity collaboration: Adolescent Lisa is dying to say Candice Olson. She’s down to earth, talented, and spunky.
Favorite local dish: Kozy Kitchen “Bowl of Doom” (ask the waiter)
Favorite local spot for inspiration: The Dallas Global Views Showroom
Favorite china pattern: Currently loving the Ikat Thistle pattern from Anthropologie Home Collection
Can you tell that having Dallas Interior Designer Lisa around the office is fun? Reading her answers makes me want to see how her love for color and art deco geometric patterns are incorporated into her interior design, as well as want to secure a dinner invitation for some oven roasted prosciutto wrapped asparagus.
We loved seeing the span of of answers in these designer questionnaires from Linda and Lisa; while they differ in certain tastes, their passion for design is matched! We love our BDG family and are proud that two of our own got recognition as the best we know that they are!