Profile: Lauren Chapman at Home

Portrait by Justin Clemons
Interior Design by Beth Dotolo

Making her mark...Twenty-three-year-old Lauren Chapman is a former Idlewild and Dallas Symphony deb with style, smarts, and a crazy schedule. A UCLA grad who's going after her MA/MBA in arts administration at SMU, she's spent much of this summer in Washington, D.C. doing an internship at the National Gallery of Art, as well as traveling and photographing in Vietnam and China. Next month she takes off for Milan for a semester's study abroad. Her multitasking skills come from parents Vicki Chapman, former Crystal Charity Ball chairman, and Robert Chapman, a Deloitte managing partner.

Photo by Kevin Dotolo

"I'm a big fan of Jonathan Adler," says Lauren, who hired Beth Dotolo of Nest Interior Design to finish out her 1938 cottage in West Highland Park. The two-bedroom 1,800 square ft. house is decked out in Adler-influenced bold colors and graphic prints, and a mix of vintage and custom pieces. She's accessorized with colorful Kate Spade frames and vases, too.

But this room isn't just about color and pattern. It's perfectly symmetrical. Make a room symmetrical and balanced, and you can get away with just about anything -- including mixing colors and patterns -- and it will still feel calm and serene.

The series of graphic prints over the sofa are actually inexpensive posters that Beth had glazed and framed for a polished look. The rug, sofa, and chairs are by Jonathan Adler; the pillows are custom designed by Beth.

"My house is a high-low mix of things. Some custom, some from Pottery Barn and estate sales," says Chapman, "I had a lot of tear sheets from magazines like Elle Decor and Domino, and Beth and I sat down together and went through them. What did I learn about my style from that? I learned I love bold graphic prints, clean lines and not a lot of clutter!"

The Trousdale floor lamp is by Jonathan Adler, the chairs are reinvented vintage finds. A bold black and white cowhide rug balances out the bold wallpaper above.

Lauren filled the built-in niches of her dining room with ancient water urns and masks from her travels to Botswana. She discovered this bold white and gray wallpaper in an issue of O at Home magazine. The dining room table and chairs are from Z Gallerie.

Beth custom designed the bed, rug, and pillow. "I don't think of myself as a girly-girl, but I love my new girly bedroom," Lauren says. Mirrored night stands are from Z Gallerie.

The black and white photos of Katherine Hepburn were taken by family friend and celebrity photographer Andy Hanson, who inspired Lauren's love of photography. "I'm going for my masters in art and I hope to open my own non-profit gallery one day," says Lauren.

The credenza is a custom made piece designed by Beth. The graphic pattern mimics the pattern on the yellow chair below, which Lauren and her mom found at an estate sale while walking the dog.

The desk and chair are both from Nest.