A Highland Park Love Nest
Art, antiques, and family heirlooms fill the home of Dallas Flea founder Brittany Edwards Cobb.
Robert Bellamy of Bellamy Design did the backyard landscaping at the Cobb house. “There wasn’t a whole lot of original landscaping, but it was pretty special,” Brittany Edwards Cobb says. “We just tried to enhance it.” Photography by Nathan Schroder
When it comes to home decor, Brittany Edwards Cobb is sentimental.
Family heirlooms fill the Highland Park house she shares with husband Michael and 16-month-old daughter Landry. She’s also determined. Tell her that the perfectly sized Chesterfield she found at an L.A. shop can’t be shipped to Dallas, and she will not rest until that sofa is safe and sound in her living room. More than anything, though, Cobb is resourceful.
The living room features chairs Cobb found at an antiques store in East Texas, a rug she purchased on a trip to Morocco for her 30th birthday, and a light fixture made of shell beads. “It tips a hat to my roots. That’s why I like it,” says Cobb, who hails from Southern California. Photography by Nathan Schroder
The interior designer and founder of the Dallas Flea shops far and wide and high and low for her clients and herself. In her living room, chairs from an antiques store in East Texas sit on a rug she found on a trip to Morocco. A mirror from the Salvation Army on Inwood Road and art from a North Dallas estate sale adorn the walls of the entry. And every room in the house features items she acquired on shopping excursions in her Southern California hometown.
TOP: The outdoor dining table is from Weir’s, and the chairs are from IKEA. The light fixtures are from San Miguel Allende Inc. in the Design District. The same lights hang in the Javier’s bar, one of Cobb and her husband’s favorite spots. BOTTOM: A big metal “C” from the Dallas Flea adds a personal touch to the backyard cabana. The pillows are covered in Trina Turk fabrics and were sewn by local women in need through GAIA. Photography by Nathan Schroder
“Everything in this house is vintage or an antique find usually on the thrifty side,” Cobb says. “There are very few new items. That’s a major thing for me and the way I shop. I think it’s what makes a home one of a kind.”
Brittany Edwards Cobb says the sitting room is her favorite room in the house. “It’s the funkiest little room, but I love it,” she says. Cobb purchased the bamboo light fixture at a consignment store in Newport Beach, and she found the table lamp in Canton. In the center of the room is a Louis Vuitton suitcase she turned into a coffee table.Photography by Nathan Schroder
It’s a good thing Cobb likes to shop—and likes to shop with thriftiness in mind. Three years ago, when she and her husband bought the converted duplex on Westway Avenue, they were living in a condo in Uptown. “It was a big leap in square footage,” she says. “I needed to buy everything.” That buying spree included several trips to a place close to Cobb’s heart.
“A lot of my items are from the Dallas Flea,” she says. “I shop with my shoppers. That’s why I started it. I’m the biggest fan—I probably spend the most money of anyone.”