A Textile Designer’s Vintage-Modern Home

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A vintage Adrian Pearsall sectional reupholstered in my fabric and pillows from my textile collections. A large abstract painting in the background over an antique Chinese altar table. An earthy jute rug lays underfoot. (Image credit: Photos by Esther Huynh)

Name: Mili, her husband and their dog
Location: Dallas, Texas
The basics: 2 years, owned | 2,300 square feet

Mili’s home has a mid-century flair that is perfectly balanced with global finds and accented with gorgeous textiles from her own line. After a kitchen and dining room remodel, the home is now open and inviting.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: It’s a 1979 ranch style home in Dallas, Texas. Me (founder and designer of KUFRI textiles), my husband (a civil engineer) and and our spoiled min-pin live there. We love the outdoors and large sliding doors to the backyard allow us to bring the outdoors in.

My hubby and I gutted the kitchen and dining spaces, creating space to make the home more open, with better flow for today’s lives.

I envisioned a home that was: 1. Vintage-modern (an updated Mad Men vibe!), 2. Natural (lots of natural textiles, textures and accents), 3. Artful (art, objects, and books I love). I envisioned a clean, airy, open home that felt calming but still had a great creative energy.

I also wanted it to be a backdrop for my textiles. My line KUFRI is all about natural, textured handwoven textiles and I used it for upholstery, pillows and table linens. I love that I can appreciate them every single day.

My choice in art is very eclectic and I like to create balance through juxtaposing extremes.

What is your favorite room and why? The kitchen. We did the most work in the kitchen (and spent the most money here so far!). We opened up a wall and it gave me nightmares because it was my decision on exactly where to open it.

Eventually, everything changed. We changed flooring, opened the wall, added gorgeous countertops, added a Fireclay tile backsplash, new appliances and kitchen cabinets and changed the layout!

It is mid-century modern inspired but it’s timeless in its own way. I love seeing people react to it when they see it for the first time! I haven’t met a single person who doesn’t absolutely love it.

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? I wish someone could remodel the three bathrooms without us having to tackle it!

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Most recently, I bought a large abstract oil painting from my friend… for the main living room. I love its slightly chaotic energy as it juxtaposes with the open calm in the house.

Which fictional character would be most at home in your place? Anyone from Mad Men!

Mili’s words of wisdom: Don’t be pressured to buy stuff that “photographs well” for the sake of Instagram. That’s just ridiculous. Get things YOU love that you will enjoy living with for a long time. Strive for mixing high-low pieces and styles… they help create balance.

Thanks, Mili !

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