Coterie Crush: Chandos Dodson

July 16, 2013 | By | Comments (2)

Chandos Dodson
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:

Upholstery fabrics: Great Plains has the most consistent and durable options.  Their contemporary, yet subtle patterns and textures come in a rainbow of colors and work for a variety styles.  Most of our hardest working pieces — sofas, banquettes, and club chairs — are upholstered in Great Plains fabrics.

China pattern: I can’t get enough of the distinctive shapes and glazes from Jaune de Chrome’s Parisian line of formal china.  His sophisticated juxtaposition of sultry hues and metallic sheens creates dining-room worthy china with a freshly undone, organic feel.

Design blog: My friends Cameron Murray Weaver and Anna-Kristin Yarbrough started Nashville-based Interior Canvas. It’s an amazing blog covering designers from all over the country with a Southern focus and a wide-ranging array of topics relevant to the design industry. They even covered this year’s Southern Living Idea House!

Editor’s Note:  The Interior Canvas gals Cameron Weaver and Anna Kristin Yarbrough are on our C-Team of contributors to our blog.

No-fail paint color: Sherwin Williams’ Creamy (SW7012) provides a tranquil white backdrop to any space. It is not a stark, museum white, yet its color is strong enough to bring the furnishing and window treatment colors to life.

Artist: American expressionist painter, Helen Frankenthaler was a woman before her time. She paints vibrantly colored, large-scale, abstract canvases. Through her brush strokes her works exhibit a powerful, feminine grace.

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

Southern Essential: Anything monogrammed from Leontine Linens. Their custom pieces (there are hundreds of monogram styles available) can go any way you like: traditional to contemporary.

Chandos’ style in five words or less: Clean and classic.  Modern traditionalist.

Interview by Cheri Leavy. Cheri is co-founder of  ”The Southern Coterie,” the social network of the South. The Southern C is hosting The Southern C Summit Series August 1 in Athens, Georgia.


  1. Coterie Crush on Design Darling Chandos Dodson of Houston, Texas

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  2. Betty Burgess

    SOUTHERN LIVING should do a piece on Mallory Mathison’s nursery when it is finished. You may recall that she was the interior decorator of the Southern Living designer home a few years ago. She is expecting twins in December and her nursery will, without a doubt, be an exquisite dreamland for these babies. She will know in a couple of weeks if the babies will the twin girls, twin boys, or one of each, so her plans are quite tentative at the moment.

    Betty Burgess Auburn, AL

    Mallory Mathison Interiors.

    Sent from my iPad

    July 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

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