Nation’s Top Designers, Traditional Home editors to attend Four-day Fall Junket to Round Top

Julie Dodson of Houston based Dodson Interiors is delivering a healthy dose of Texas chicness along with co-producer Ike Isenhour, a Dallas based International interior designer, in presenting a Designer Dream Spree during the Fall 2016 Round Top Antiques Festival Shows.Designer Dream Spree Round Top

Julie Dodson Designer Dream Spree founder
Julie Dodson, Houston designer and veteran Round Top shopper, is the mastermind behind the Designer Dream Spree during the Fall 2016 Round Top Antiques Show.

The four-day junket, set for Sept. 25-28 during the final week of the three-week shopping extravaganza, is an intimate gathering of four nationally known interior designers – Michelle Nussbaumer, Barry Darr Dixon, Mary Douglas Drysdale and Kevin Isbell.  Also joining the designers for the four days is Ann Maine, editor in chief of Traditional Home magazine and Amy Elbert, senior architectural editor

Designer Dream Spree Panel

Each designer will be part of a panel to discuss the topic of “Exceptional Discoveries.”  The panel discussion will take place 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 at The Compound, 2550 South State Highway 237, Round Top, Texas.

The panel discussion is open to the public for a small charge of $25 with all proceeds benefiting local animal shelters. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling 713-780-9200 or e-mailing [email protected]. They will also be available at the door.

Ike Isenhour Round Top Designer Dream Spree
Ike Isenhour of Dallas is co-producing the Designer Dream Spree with Julie Dodson.

“It has been a dream of mine ever since my family purchased a home in the Brazos Valley, to brand Round Top as a destination for designers from all over the country not just from Texas,  to discover fine European antiques, architectural fragments, collectibles, art and bric-a-brac, all things we designers love to find for their clients,” Dodson said.

Immediately after the design panel, Michelle Nussbaumer sign copies of her book by Rizzoli, Wanderlust – Interiors That Bring the World Home. A beautiful book, it features her dramatically lush interiors and shows readers how spaces can be inspired by travel and filled with treasures from around the world. Sponsors for the Designer Dream Spree include Marburger Farm Antique Show, Arbor Antique & International Design Show, The Compound, Original Round Top Antiques Fair, Round Top Inn and Prost! On Block 29, Distinguished Transport and the Round Top Register.

About the Designers of the Designer Dream Spree

Julie Dodson, creative director of award-winning Dodson Interiors, is a natural when it comes to interior design. She studied at Ole Miss where she received her Bachelor of Interior Design. Her inherent skills of fashion and design were honed while working with some of Houston’s top design firms including that of her mother, the renowned Trisha Dodson.

Recognized for her fresh approach on classical style—a sophisticated and harmonious mix of Hollywood glam and refined transitional design—Julie has adopted the phrase “Casual Glamour” as her trademark. Her talents have not gone unnoticed. In 2012 the Houston Design Center awarded her the title “Star on the Rise” and in 2010, she was one of Traditional Home Magazine’s “20 Young Designers to Watch.” In addition, she has engaged in several television interviews and been featured in numerous magazine articles. Whether it’s New York City or her native Houston, Julie leaves an elegant and inspired design footprint.

Dodson Interiors has completed new construction and remodel projects as well as participated in the Pink Ribbon Project which supports breast cancer research. Julie acknowledges that cancer has affected most of us in one way or another, and being a part of the Pink Ribbon Project is a way to help support further exploration for a cure. Julie is also a huge supporter of animal rescue groups and spends her time helping homeless pets find forever families.

IKE ISENHOUR INC. is a boutique design company founded in 2005 by internationally recognized designer Ike Isenhour. It is a full-service design studio with an extensive project resume and a global clientèle.

Services include architectural design, interior design and furniture production. Their reductionist vision provides innovative and clear design solutions, an organic and textural palette with a vocabulary that is classically influenced modernism…a vision of design for the 21st century. Projects range from urban residences and apartments, historically significant estates, aircraft interiors, boutique hotels, restaurants, specialty retail and furniture design.

Round Top Designer Dream Spree Dixon
Barry Dixon

Barry Darr Dixon – Inspired by acres of lush Virginia countryside, Barry Dixon is known for a distinct aesthetic that blends Western styles with global influences from a childhood spent abroad in India, Pakistan, Korea, New Caledonia and South Africa. With projects spanning the world, Dixon imagines interiors that infuse artifacts and antiques with present-day motifs – all preserving the history and personality of the home’s owners and their treasures. His exclusive collections include furniture, lighting and accessories for Arteriors; showroom design and products for Fortuny; custom furniture and lighting for Avrett; fabrics and trims for Vervain; upholstery for Tomlinson; and The Naturals Color Collection by Barry Dixon for C2 Paint. This year, Barry will introduce his first collection of wallcoverings with Vervain.

Dixon’s work is featured in Barry Dixon Interiors and Farrow & Ball: The Art of Color, both by Brian Coleman (author) and Edward Addeo (photographer) and Barry Dixon Inspirations and Fortuny Interiors, both by Brian Coleman (author) and Erik Kvalsvik (photographer). Dixon lives and works in his 1907 Edwardian estate, Elway Hall, on 300-plus acres of farmland in the heart of Fauquier County, Virginia’s horse country.

Round Top Designer Dream Spree Kevin Isbell
Kevin Isbell

Kevin Isbell Interiors, founded in 2009, is a New York based design firm. Named Rising Star of Interior Design 2010 by the International Furnishings and Design Association, his style is clean, layered and highly nuanced. Although firmly rooted in contemporary living, Isbell’s designs never disregard the past, but rather update them with a fresh new perspective. Isbell’s passion, fueled by his love of travel, is to develop a design that is a mix of worldly periods and cultures coupled with his client’s own inspiration and personal references. The result: an emotive space, reflective of the client and appropriate to the home and use of the room. Isbell strives to cultivate his client’s sentiment with design elements that are elegant, timeless and utterly livable.

Kevin Isbell Interiors’ work has earned praise from such leading publications as The New York Times, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Coastal Living, NY Spaces, as well as, Susanna Salk’s book Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Inspiration and Cues from Today’s Top DesignersIn 2010, Isbell was selected to showcase his talents at the prestigious Hampton Designer Showhouse garnering rave reviews.

Designer Dream Spree Round Top Mary Drysdale
Mary Drysdale

Mary Douglas Drysdale founded her namesake firm in 1980.  Her project success can be measured in many ways. At mid-career Drysdale has been honored with no fewer than 63 cover stories featuring her work in premier shelter and lifestyle publications including Architectural Digest, Veranda, House Beautiful, and American Express Departures among others. In addition she has been featured on HGTV and is the recipient of numerous awards, while constantly recognized as one of the preeminent designers of her time.

The signature style of Mary Douglas Drysdale is recognized as both original and timeless, seamlessly bridging tradition with modern. From farmhouse to townhouse, she provides architectural and decorative solutions crafted for the individual but appropriate to the project’s style.

A dynamic public speaker, Drysdale has taught at the Smithsonian Institute, lectured at the Corcoran Museum and has been a featured speaker at most of the design centers in the United States. Drysdale graduated from George Washington University and studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and Parsons School of Design.

Designer Dream Spree Round Top Michelle Nussbaumer
Michelle Nussbaumer

Michelle Nussbaumer is an acclaimed interior designer and trailblazer consistently named among the top designers and tastemakers in the country. Her projects and designs are frequently featured in the pages of leading national and international publications including House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Veranda, Architectural Digest, Marie Claire and German Elle Décor.  With offices based in Dallas and Switzerland, Michelle’s interiors combine a fearless use of color and reflect an eclectic, yet timeless mix of bold patterns and influences from around the world to create her unmistakable signature style. In 2009, she was honored as one of Elle Decor’s ‘Five Leading Women in Design’ and one of her projects was named one of Veranda’s ‘25 Most Beautiful Rooms’.

Globe-trotting Nussbaumer channels her style and inspiration from the places she has lived and traveled such as Italy, Asia, Mexico, Switzerland, Morocco and India.  Elle Décor has called her “a fearless style monger known for her dizzying trove of antiques and signature line of furniture and lighting”.  Nussbaumer’s Dallas showroom Ceylon et Cie is home to her furniture collection Ceylon et Cie Portfolio, her eponymous Michelle Nussbaumer Fabric line, a modern interpretation of classic ikats and indigenous patterns and prints, and celebrated Rock Candy line of jewel-encrusted boxes and trays.  A collection of 18th, 19th and 20th century antiques and textiles are also showcased from her exotic travels.

Michelle has collaborated on various projects including wallpaper with Gracie Studio, Mexican glassware, Delft tabletop, a Gwyneth Paltrow Goop pop-up shop, plus modern wallpaper with the Newlon Collection.  Michelle’s travel and design blog “Dreaming in Color” and her design projects are the inspiration behind her forthcoming book, Wanderlust, with Rizzoli, set to launch in Fall 2016.

About Round Top –

Located equal distance from Houston and Austin in the heart of bluebonnet country, the shows attract more than100,000 visitors each spring and fall. To learn more about the Designer Dream Spree, its sponsors and panelists, contact Nicole Gill-Ottinger 214.878.5448 or email: [email protected]