With artwork, accessories, curtain rods and wall color, these homeowners made a point to choose goods created in Dallas.
It isn’t just the kitchen that’s full of local goods at Lilly Neubauer’s house; bedrooms, living spaces and even the bathrooms are hyperlocal, too.
Lilly couldn’t be prouder to call Dallas home, and that pride is reflected in the colorful pieces she has used to outfit her Midway Hollow house in northwest Dallas. With artwork, accessories, curtain rods and wall color, Lilly has made a point to choose goods created in Dallas.
“Almost everything in the house, including the paint, is from Dallas,” says Lilly, 27.
Interior walls were painted with Anna Sova’s zero-VOC paints, which are made from food products. The rods are from Dallas’ Antique Drapery Rod Co., a business committed to using recycled materials and eco-responsible paint and finishes.
More of that North Texas pride is on display in the oversize wooden sign Lilly picked up when Crystal’s Pizza & Spaghetti in Irving closed earlier this year.
If a decorative item is local but doesn’t have a sense of humor, forget about it. The three-bedroom, two-bath house Lilly shares with husband Markus has winks, whimsy and inside jokes galore.
“It’s just a house. We might as well make it fun,” Lilly says.
And there’s plenty of that. The whale door knocker offers a hint of the playful spirit behind the front door. A Mexican tin-and-tile mirror features colorful Lucha Libre wrestling masks where you might expect to find florals. A bright pink cuckoo clock and a menagerie of Jonathan Adler ceramic statues and figurines add to the light-hearted ambience of the couple’s home.
“If you like it and it makes you happy, you can’t go wrong,” says Markus, 30, an engineer.
While personality was high on the priority list as the couple started filling their first home as newlyweds three years ago, they also had to do it with a budget in mind.
Lilly, who works for a nonprofit, is a regular at thrift shops and antiques stores, collecting coffee and side tables for the living room, dressers and benches for the bedrooms and other furnishings.
As she was furnishing the house, Lilly “made sure that I always had extra money in my account so that I could buy finds from the thrift store without having to go to the bank first and risk losing out on them.”
Shopping that way meant they were getting unique pieces with a past, but it also appealed to the couple’s environmentally conscious side.
Beyond learning how to furnish a home on a budget, the couple also has been renovating the 1952 house. At 1,200 square feet, Lilly calls it a “glorified apartment.”
The couple added storage and architectural interest in the dining room with built-in bookcases and a window seat. Bathrooms have been ripped out and replaced. Countertops and backsplash were replaced in the kitchen.
The Neubauers have done much of the work themselves, picking up do-it-yourself skills as they go.
“We figured that no matter what we did, nothing could be as bad as it was when we bought it,” Lilly says.
So far, they have tried their hand at demolition, tiling and plumbing. Lilly has reimagined many furnishings, including a peach lacquered desk, with nothing more than new paint and hardware.
Just as the updates have been personal, Lilly and Markus also have made an effort to keep the artwork and accessories in their home meaningful. Both say that they developed a passion for art at a young age and are committed to adding original pieces to their growing collection.
Bright, colorful canvases from local charity events dress the hallway. Prints that came with local museum memberships are hung. Colorful framed concert posters from favorite artists are positioned above the living room’s bright red sofa, adding to the eclectic energy of the room.
Instead of a traditional window treatment for the kitchen window over the sink, Markus and Lilly hung original artwork purchased during a New Orleans vacation. The Parade Route sign with shamrocks is a nod to Dallas’ long-standing Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
“Every inch of this house counts,” Lilly says. “So we filled it with things that matter to us.”
Where to shop
The Neubauers love to fill their home with unique and playful local finds. Here are their favorite places in Dallas to look for vintage treasures.
Dolly Python, 1916 N. Haskell Ave. Lilly says that is where she finds “the coolest weird stuff ever.”
Lula B’s West, 1010 N. Riverfront Blvd. Expect a mix of midcentury furniture and decor.
Antique Drapery Rod Co. antiquedraperyrod.com. This is a favorite because of its environmental practices and customer service. “Their pieces transform rooms,” Lilly says.
We Are 1976, 1902 N. Henderson Ave. and 313 N. Bishop Ave. Find signed and numbered prints by local artists. It’s “a great place to get original art, no matter your budget or style.”