East Dallas interior designer shares tips for home decor

Kalee Fuqua Doche, who lives in the Junius Heights neighborhood adjacent to Lakewood, worked as an artist in partnership with interior designers for 20 years, creating murals and faux finishes. Four years ago, she pivoted to interior design herself and began working at her brother’s architectural firm, J Wilson Fuqua & Associates, Architects. She describes her own style as “eclectic,” but said she specializes in bringing clients’ own styles and visions to fruition.

Here are her tips for homeowners looking to spruce up the interiors of their homes. Answers may have been edited for length and clarity.

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Taylor Swift’s $11.5M NYC townhouse now home to Zanotta

We’d all love a friend with a townhouse in the West Village — even sweeter if it’s the former home of Taylor Swift, who adored the three-story pile she rented on Cornelia Street so much that she wrote a song about it. Now those same digs (also the site of our cover shoot) have an unlikely new tenant: Zanotta, the ultraluxe Italian furniture firm founded in 1954 by Aurelio Zanotta. 

But this isn’t strictly a showroom or shop, per Marta Zanotta, his niece who’s now in charge of marketing. Rather, it’s a home for the brand in the Big Apple.

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Ariana Grande Sells Historic Tudor-Style Montecito Home for $9.1 Million

Since acquiring her first property in 2018, Ariana Grande has become quite the real estate mogul. Building on her new reputation, the songstress—who opted to rent instead of buy earlier in her career—has just sold the Tudor-style home she acquired for $6.8 million from Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi in 2020, according to Dirt. Records show that the “34+35” singer flipped the home to an unknown buyer in an off-market deal worth $9.1 million.

Known as the Porter House, the 5,500-square-foot Montecito residence has a pretty unique past—it started off as two separate barns built in the 1700s

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Jimmy Fallon, Cara Delevingne’s Tonight Show Home-Decor Chat

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Instead of converting it into a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cara Delevingne has chosen to live in the $10.8 million questionably decorated Gramercy Park triplex she bought from Jimmy Fallon. As she told Fallon on The Tonight Show this week, she loves the decor — basically the Overlook Hotel in The Shining with a maximalist color palette. “I’ve kept it all. It’s creepy,” she said. “I tried to design my house in L.A. basically like that without knowing that house.”

Delevingne is telling the truth! She has described her L.A. home — an English-country-style mansion

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Design lessons from a newborn

When my husband, Aaron, and I first bought our home, my mind was brimming with ideas on how to make it our own. At one point, Aaron asked when I thought the house would be “done.” I said never.

Home With Tess: Nailed it! My Home Depot disaster

While I was only half-joking, I’ve come to realize that was the honest truth.

I grew up in a house where constant projects were the norm. My parents cycled from room to room making endless improvements, barely stopping to bask in the beauty before moving on to the next thing.

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