Coterie Crush on Design Darling Chandos Dodson of Houston, Texas

Jul 16 2013

by Cheri Leavy

We have a Coterie Crush on Chandos Dodson of Chandos Interiors in Houston, Texas. Her education in interiors started well before she received her Interior Design degree from The University of Texas and has continued well past her experience at Greg Jordan Inc. in New York. She grew up in her mom’s antique store which comes in handy when she’s trying to find the perfect piece for a client.

We sat down to visit with Chandos to learn about some of her favorite people and things. Here are a few:


Fabric collection:

Great Plains has the most consistent and durable upholstery fabrics. The contemporary, yet subtle patterns and textures are created in a variety of colors, all of which are applicable to a variety of clientele. Most of our sofas, banquettes and club chairs are upholstered in Great Plains fabrics.

China pattern:

Jaune de Chrome is a Parisian line of formal china with distinctive shapes and glazes. His sophisticated juxtaposition of sultry hues and metallic sheens creates a perfect balance. Traditional china patterns, although timeless, seem less comfortable at today’s dinner party.

Design blog:

My friend Cameron Murray Weaver started Interior Canvas in Nashville. It’s an amazing blog covering designers from all over the country, especially the south and southwest. Her unique perspective on the subject of design allows her to take a fresh look at the most relevant topics in the industry.

Editor’s Note: The Interior Canvas gals Cameron Weaver and Anna Kristin Yarbrough are on our C-Team of contributors to our blog. We love their perspective on design in the South.

Paint color:

Sherwin Williams’ color Creamy is far and away our favorite white for all types of homes. It is not a stark, museum white, yet its color is subtle enough to allow the furnishing and window treatments to stand out, as well they should. SW 7012 provides a tranquil backdrop to any space.


Baies by Diptyque – This Paris based line of scented candles has the best combination of scent and visual appeal. We use Diptyque candles in most powder bathrooms, and often on living room coffee tables. The Baies scent is our favorite in its ethereal nature.

Antiques Shop:

Therien in Los Angeles has an incredible selection of fabulous things from 18th French to Mid Century modern. They really are the “crème de la crème”.


Helen Frankenthaler was an American expressionist painter. Her large scale, abstract canvases typically have vibrant colours expressed with a feminine grace. She was as a woman, “before her time”.

Interior designer:

The classically stunning style of Albert Hadley’s work has always provided inspiration to my own interiors. He had a manner of using just the right amount of color and pattern to add interest to a room without overpowering the architecture and decorativeelements. Albert Hadley is a true artist having forever left his mark on the world of design.


Quill boxes are timeless additions to almost any room in the house. Whether on a coffee table or console, these handmade porcupine quill boxes are graphic in design, whilst maintaining an earthy presence. They are also useful for concealing the unsightly, technical necessities of modern life.


Southern Essential:

Anything monogrammed from Leontine Linens – Leontine Linens is a favorite line of bedding because it can go any way you like: traditional to contemporary. It is easy to clean, affordable and totally customized to fit your needs. Best of all, Leontine will has hundreds of monograms styles, and you can personalize everything from your euro shams to your oven mitt!

Chandos’ style in five words or less:

Clean and Classic – I am a modern traditionalist. I love to work in every realm from traditional to modern. I adhere to clean, classic lines on upholstery. With regard to antiques, I tend towards the Biedermeier period and Swedish design versus the ornate aspects of High Baroque. Homes feels empty without art and accessories but typically I prefer to have few very of the finest, rather than too much of nothing special. Every room should evolve naturally over time.

2422 Bartlett Street Unit E • Houston, Texas 77098 • (713) 942-9350

Also ENJOY spotlights on other interior designers and tastemakers –

Cullen O’Steen of Cullen & Co Interior Design

Holly Phillips of The English Room

Anna Kristin Yarbrough and Cameron Weaver of Interior Canvas

Lisa Mende of Lisa Mende Design

Courtney Barnes of Stylecourt

Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole of Kandrac and Kole Interiors

Roger Higgins of R. Higgins Interiors

Haskell Harris of Haskell Harris Creative

Tami Ramsay of Tami Ramsay Design

Mary Bryan Peyer of Mary Bryan Peyer Designs

Susan Hable of Hable Construction

Shani Gilchrist of Camille Maurice

Lauren Leonard of Lauren Leonard Designs

Sidney Wagner of Eclectic Interior Design Group

Angie Hranoswsky of Angie Hranowsky Design Studio

Liz Williams of Liz Williams Designs

Jill and Steve McKenzie of Steve McKenzie’s



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