Dallas Modern Luxury – September 2009
By Rebecca Sherman
Photography by Justin Clemons
Residence Photography by Kevin Dotolo
Talk about spatial effects! This foursome of design glitterati [Brant McFarlain, Louise Kemp, Beth Dotolo, & Pogir] blows up the Dallas scene with sleek, sexy interiors.
Twenty-eight may seem like a tender age to take the reigns of interior design at the boutique home hub Nest, but Beth Dotolo’s proven affinity for clean, unexpected style fits right in. “I have a knack for finding quirky and lighthearted accents for clients who come into the store. But these are people who already have a keen sense of style if they are shopping here,” says Dotolo, a willowy sixfoot-tall Philadelphia native. “They keep me on my toes.”
It’s not as if she needs tutorials in style. Dotolo’s previous interior design work for an apartment complex in Fort Worth earned her a 2008 Legacy of Design Award, one of ASID Texas Chapter’s top honors. Nest owner Heather Wiese-Alexander was so smitten with the job Dotolo did on her own home that she hired her as the store’s first in-house designer last year. It’s been a whirlwind since then. Dotolo, who also has LEED professional design credentials, takes on small jobs such as helping a client choose a chair or freshen a room with existing pieces, to full-scale interior design services and architectural finish out.
Dotolo’s personal style is more Wolfe than Wearstler. “I sat in on an intimate lecture in New York that Vicente Wolfe gave. He was subdued and understated, but inspirational. Just like his rooms. “They’re quiet but powerful. Eclectic but not contrived. It’s a hard balance to strike. I love Kelly Wearstler, but her rooms are so in-your-face.”