THE DOSSIER: NAME: Cynthia Collins. TRADE: Interior designer and co-owner of Blue Print. VIBE: Feminine, modern freshness with rich, timeless roots. ABODE: Remodeled home in the quaint University Park neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. CALLING CARD: collins-interiors.com, blueprintstore.com
With her serious design chops, it’s no surprise that Cynthia Collins made magic happen when she remodeled her Dallas home. Transforming smaller sized rooms into cozy retreats, recreating old-school moulding to fake consistency, and establishing a distinct air of sophisticated femininity in a house filled with three boys, a husband, and a dog, is no small feat. But Collins did it with aplomb: her bright, airy interiors are filled with rich custom fabrics, stunning antique furniture, and some seriously cool conversation pieces that give us an extreme case of home-envy. For a woman who scours Europe’s flea markets for unique pieces to fill both her home and her equally chic Uptown Dallas store, Blue Print, Collins’ aesthetic is remarkably clutter-free, but her interiors definitely pack a punch.
TRICK OF THE EYE With the house’s individual rooms measuring on the smaller side, Collins had to find a way to make the space feel bigger than its dimensions. The designer painted the walls a crisp, bright white, and had the original ceiling mouldings recreated and continued throughout the house to forge a seamless flow. The result: light-filled, airy rooms that feel cozy, not constricting.
LIVING OUTSIDE THE BOX When Collins realized she needed more space to fit her big family and all of her friends around the dinner table, she came up with a simple solution: flip the living and dining rooms. Instead of tearing down any walls, Collins converted the bigger room they’d been using as the living room into the dining room, providing her with more space to entertain. “Everyone loves a small room—the living room is now the smallest room in the house, but that’s where everyone is drawn to because it’s cozy.”
SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT Part of Collins’ style mantra is that a little conversation piece goes a long way, so it comes as no surprise that the interior designer owns some art that is definitely worth talking about. A piece that certainly catches the eye is the ceramic installation on the hood of the kitchen stove, created by Austin-based artist Jennifer Prichard. A perfect balance of style and whimsy, this statement-maker appeals to Collins’ penchant for unusual art in unusual places.
|Arm Chair in Kitchen
Scott + Cooner
|Breakfast Room Chandelier
Dennis & Leen
|Nightstand in Bedroom
|Kitchen Hood Ornamentation
|Pendant Light in Bathroom
|Living Room Coffee Table
Vintage Pierre Vandel
|Painting in Den
|Wood Grain Chair in Den
|Raja Embroidery Sky Pillow, From $180, Arianna Belle||Original Bubble Chandelier, $1800, Pelle Designs||Jacques Cocktail Table, $995, Jonathan Adler|
|Belmont Wall Sconce, Price Upon Request, Urban Electric Co.||Eames Fiberglass Shell Chair, $294, Modernica||Antique Oushak Rug, From $1049, Ethan Allen|
|Camdyn Upholstered Armchair, $499, Home Decorators Collection||Elliot Bedding, From $60, Matouk||Symmetric Twist Sconce, $420, Circa Lighting|
|Cowhide Patch Rug, $500, Pier 1||Robert Abbey White Ceramic Table Lamp, $191, Lamps Plus||Pair of Pace Lucite Arm Chairs, $1400, 1st Dibs|
Photographs: Courtesy of Collins Interiors