Dallas Modern Luxury – Gen Glam

Dallas Modern Luxury-July/August 2010

By Rebecca Sherman

Photography by Justin Clemens

Color Her World

She may have been an Idlewild and Dallas Symphony deb, but these days USC grad Lauren Chapman has traded the social whirl for SMU’s rigorous MA/MBA programe in arts administration. This summer, Chapman, 23, traveled to Vietnam and China before starting an internship in Washington, D.C. at the National Gallery of Art.  This fall she’s headed to Milan for a semester of study.  Her multi-tasking skills come from parents Vicki Chapman, former Crystal Charity Ball chairman, and Robert Chapman, a Deloitte managing partner.

Chapman’s 1938 cottage in West Highland Park is decorated with her favorite photos, including a black and white series of Katharine Hepburn, shot by the late society photographer Andy Hanson, a family friend gave them to her along with valuable advice on the art of portraiture.

The 1,800 square foot, two-bedroom house, purchased in 2009 and redone with the help of designer Beth Dotolo of Nest, is decked out in bold color and graphic prints. “My biggest influence is Jonathan Adler,” says Chapman, who played off of Adler’s penchant for geometrics in several custom pieces designed by Dotolo. The most unexpected thing about her new house? “I don’t think of myself as a girly-girl, but I really love my girly bedroom,” she says.

Pink Perfection

Bradley Agather has a fashionista’s dream job. The 23-year-old UT-Austin grad and former W magazine and Teen Vogue intern is a brand coordinator for DKNY Watches and Jewelry, and works with a product team out of Richardson.  “We do trend shopping, or inspiration shopping, turning ideas we like into watches and jewelry,” she explains.  She also keeps tabs on fashion in her style blo, Luella & June, launched with her best friend Alison Gross. And, she’s on the advisory board of TAG, the young members group of the Center for BrainHealth, a research institute at UTD.  When she moved into her 2,00 0-square-foot Turtle Creek area condo last summer, friend Lauren Chapman suggested she hire designer Beth Dotolo to help her pull it all together.  Dotolo and Agather built a pink and turquoise color palette around some vintage Pucci fabric that Agather found at an antiques store in Oak Cliff, turning the yardage, once destined for Braniff Airlines uniforms, into pillows and chair upholstery.  “Pink is definitely my favorite color, but I mix it with lots of neutral pieces, ” says Agather, who repurposed furniture she grew up with, snagged when power banker mom Elaine Agather de-cluttered the family home shared with dad Beils, director of a private arts foundation.