story by LIESEL SCHMIDT | photography courtesy of SHOTGUN DOUBLE
“If you know anything about residential design in Dallas, you know that the neighborhoods are often a wild mix of architectural styles.”
That “wild mix,” as described by Shotgun Double principal and owner Lindsay Boudreaux, may mean that any sense of cohesion is basically thrown out the window and that anything goes; but the Alexandria-based designer’s most recent project was begging for a sense of direction.
This was where Boudreaux’s talents came into play.
“After moving to Dallas, my client began embarking on a few smaller home renovation projects with a Dallas designer, only to be left a bit frustrated that this designer’s work and process were not like mine,” says Boudreaux, who worked with this particular client on a home in Rosemont, Virginia prior to her relocation to Dallas. “When she was ready to get moving on her kitchen renovation, she reached out to me as someone she felt she could trust to shepherd her through the project, even from across the country. She wanted a kitchen with character that would work well with the aesthetic already developed for the adjacent living room and wet bar.
Knowing my client, I knew [she wanted] not just an aesthetic update, but also a function[al] one. The appliances were in the wrong places and her large walk-in pantry was not providing the right type of storage for her needs. The cooktop and sink in the island were eating up valuable counter space and she had no place to properly store and display her vintage china and silver. Lastly, we wanted to bring the dining and cooking spaces of the overly long eat-in kitchen closer together into a more cohesive, ‘homier-feeling’ kitchen/dining room that didn't feel quite as hallway-like.”
Despite the distance between designer and project, Boudreaux made it work. Before she began designing, she flew to Dallas to meet with her client and measure the space, take photos, meet the contractor selected for the job and shop for various finishes and features. In the end, the project took about 16 months, from Boudreaux’s first trip to Dallas to her last trip for styling and photos.
“This project is basically my dream kitchen,” Boudreaux says. “I love the rich cabinet color and mix of dark paint with light wood. The art I sourced for my client from New Orleans brings in a bright pop of blue and the banana leaf is so fun with the large, brass banana leaf pendant over the island. I'm also obsessed with the vintage rug and the whole dining table vignette, as well. Together, we achieved a gorgeous space that feels loved and personalized, with framed art from my client's frequent travels to Mexico along with her mother's vintage china collection and some key vintage pieces we sourced.”