photographs by Brittany Ambridge text by Caroline Biggs
In 2006, Sally Wheat founded her Houston-based design firm after two friends who were inspired by her distinctive style asked her to help remake their homes within days of each other. With a love for vibrant color and eclectic vintage furnishings, Wheat offers warmth and personality to the spaces she creates. Here, she shares her insights on shopping and design with domino.
Occupation: Interior decorator
Current location: Houston, Texas
How would you describe your personal style?
It’s a bit of a mix: low end, high end, classics, and trends, all blended together.
What’s your most prized possession?
My two shaggy dogs mean the world to me. The youngest one is a rescue, and she brings me so much happiness every day.
Interior decorator Sally Wheat kicks back in a recent Houston project, which she infused with her signature style.
The den features an eclectic mix of patterns, plush textiles, and vibrant colors.
The picturesque home sits on a tree-lined street.
Turquoise Moroccan Leather Pouf
Serena & Lily
Ovoid Vase-Sea Blue
What’s your favorite travel destination?
New York City.
When do you feel most inspired?
Shopping for vintage pieces.
When painted white, a built-in bookshelf becomes a natural backdrop for one of Wheat’s vignettes.
A simple, unfinished farm table counterbalances the dining room’s bold geometric wallpaper.
Peony Pink Fuchsia In Glass Cube
If you had to wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Definitely jeans and cool boots, along with a T-shirt and a jacket or blazer.
On what items do you scrimp?
On what do you splurge?
Scrimp: I scrimp on lots of things! If I can find a good deal on an amazing piece of vintage furniture, I’m all excited. Not only am I saving money, but I’m also getting something unique. Splurge: I splurge on art! It makes such a powerful statement in a room.
Sleek silver pieces make this bar cart shine.
Ranunculus Snowball Yellow Green Glass Urn
Brightly hued pillows bring personality to a mod, streamlined breakfast area.
A Dorothy Draper chest lends vintage appeal to modern accessories.
What makes a home beautiful?
Tons of natural light, and white paint.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Everything doesn’t have to have bells and whistles. Embrace the high-low mix.
What living person do you most admire?
My husband—he’s a wonderful father and son, has such a positive outlook on life, and has always been my biggest cheerleader.
What do you envision while designing a space?
My clients really living in their new home—with kids and dogs and dirty shoes. A home has to hold up to everything! For the living and dining rooms, I like to envision my clients hosting a cocktail party, with everyone all dressed up and looking glamorous.
Striped royal-blue walls contribute a playful touch to a young boy’s room.
In the nursery, stuffed animals double as fanciful accessories.