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A Dallas Rental for Collecting and Creating

by Quelcy Kogel

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When I tell people I’m a stylist, I usually add “and a bit of an obsessive collector” with only a hint of sarcasm. Maintaining a collection of props while not letting the clutter get the best of you is a tall order, but it’s an order that stylist and designer Arianna Jones fills. She balances ever so gracefully between minimal corners and meaningful collections in her East Dallas, TX rental.

Arianna elaborates, “Dating back to my earliest memories, there has been this consistent thread of art, culture, authenticity and community that formed the cornerstone of all my values, and it is important to me that everything I choose to bring into my life and home reflect those values.”

Arianna’s rental was a serendipitous find. She was on the verge of settling for an apartment on the outskirts of the city, a rental that would have compromised much of her wish list. She was on the way to meet a friend for lunch when a wrong turn led to a “for lease” sign in the neighborhood she had been coveting. She toured the apartment, saw wood floors, white walls and a flood of natural light, and it felt meant to be. She signed a lease and began the patient process of making it feel like her own.

“I moved in after breaking off an engagement, so it took a while to feel a sense of pride and ownership of my space; to no longer view it as a temporary solution. To fully embrace it as a home of my very own was only something that could happen with time.”

Today her home is a work/live combination, facets she demarcates through the decorating. The handmade accents in her home form points on the Dallas map, featuring many a local maker. The busier areas inspire her styling and act as a studio for creating Owynn, her own line of “simple bags for stylish folks,” while the calmer, more minimal areas help her to unwind and recharge her creative mind. —Quelcy

Photography by Emily Stoker

Image above: This green corner, with its salvaged and reupholstered chair (from Arianna’s friend Mili Suleman of Kufri), has become Arianna’s breakfast nook and reading corner. In her spare time, she frequents the library and makers’ markets, and also performs and watches stand-up comedy.

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This colorful shelf welcomes the many friends and loved ones who visit Arianna's apartment. "I spend more time with those shelves than I do with the stove just behind it. It's where I keep my constantly rotating collection of library books."
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This counter divides the kitchen and the living area, and the scent of the reed diffuser is very nostalgic for Arianna. Made by her friend Carrie, of Resoycled Candle Co, she says, "it's the first fragrance I ever fell in love with (quite late in life, I'm sure)." Catching the scent as she walks by is a pleasant reminder of the years they spent working in their college town, where they both sold their art. The green monstera leaves are a constant burst of color and life.
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The narrow layout of Arianna's apartment has allowed her to define each space as its own separate vignette. She collected the baskets hanging in her sitting area from open-air markets over the years, and she thrifted the couch. The chair is another reupholstered gem from Kufri.
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Arianna made the pillows from fabric that was given to her, and she collected the baskets from a flea market in Dallas. They're her favorite feature in that room.
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The age of Arianna's apartment (1950s) provides plenty of charms and challenges. This kitchen was the only room to be updated in order to accommodate modern appliances. Everything else is original. "I had to get adapters for outlets or be careful how much I had plugged in, figure out how to light and use the gas wall heater and find and install a shower adapter, because it only came with a bathtub." The plant hanger is from her friend Helen of Denton Glass Gardens, and the masks were from Arianna's mother.
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The hanging dress is an example of how Arianna carefully curates her collections. She couldn't bring herself to wear it, but she couldn't bring herself to get rid of it either, so she turned it into a focal point. It hangs next to vintage photos she has been collecting over the years.
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"This Oprah Show box set was both the most thoughtful gift I'd received in recent memory and a great excuse to have a picture of her in my house." Oprah is in good company with ceramic jars made by Freckled Pottery that Arianna purchased from The DIME Store.
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Arianna's desk sits directly across from her couch, so it serves as both her work station and entertainment console. "This wall is the first thing I rearrange when I am in a creative rut, which makes it the most inspiring spot in my home." The vase is another great find from The DIME Store, made by Thro Studio.
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Looking into the back half of the apartment begins to provide Arianna with the respite she needs. The bedroom is one of her calming spaces. Her sheets are from Linen Shed.
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"This is my dream bed - a simple frame with dark linens and tucked into a corner that gets amazing light." It is pretty dreamy, especially with the backdrop of this Moroccan wedding blanket from Casablanca Living and array of pillows from Odd Bird Co, another Texas company.
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Another example of how Arianna balances collections, layering and light just right. The side table and round mirrors are from Target, the table was a trade from a friend, the layered mirrors have been "thrifted and gifted." She made the wall hangings, and that enviable collection of mannequins came from store closures over the years.
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Arianna traded a rug for this table and uses it to showcase her most beloved items. The necklace on the mannequin is from a jeweler called F is For Frank, another Dallas maker.
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A detail of the treasured collections on Arianna's bedroom table. "My jewelry is all either handmade or gifted to me by important women in my life over the years - usually from their travels. I also keep gold confetti on hand in case someone stops by with good news. It's a surefire way to improve someone's day." The art deco necklace is by Kristin Miller, the agate necklaces are by Archer Plus Hare, the leather and bead necklace is by Olessya, the white pendant necklace is by Lucky and the others are thrifted.
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Arianna's background is in Contemporary Fine Art and Fashion Design, which she translated into a styling and design career. This beauty dates back to 1955 and is the workhorse she uses to create Owynn, her line of classic, quality bags.
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One of the biggest challenges with her space is the section of her home where she keeps her sewing supplies, inventory and styling kit. "Every time I look at it, I think about how much better the space would suit me if it were just open. I don't know that I'll figure it out any time soon."
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This thrifted shelving unit was a lucky find, since it fits the built-in cabinet perfectly. It holds inventory for Owynn, Arianna's line of handmade market bags.
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The bathroom light makes keeping plants difficult, so Arianna keeps a steady supply of eucalyptus to add a reviving scent and bit of life to the space. The glass prisms hanging in the window are by Denton Glass Gardens.
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Stylist and designer Arianna Jones's East Dallas, TX apartment
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What Arianna loves most about her home is "having a space to love on and share with the things and people I care about most in the world."
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Stylist and designer Arianna Jones in her East Dallas apartment.

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