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Whenever a new piece of furniture arrives at a client’s home, Shannon Bowers likes to be on site. “My intention always is to make a client’s home personal, tailored exactly to their lives,” says Bowers, a Dallas-based interior designer who is also MILIEU’s editor-at-large. “If I’m present and something arrives, I can’t help but rearrange the furnishings and accessories. It’s part of my desire to make the interiors exactly right for the client. If I achieve that, it means I’m doing what I do well.”


Because she and client Amy Detwiler are close friends, Bowers was extra attentive to the designs of Detwiler’s Dallas home. During one such installation of a new acquisition, Bowers did a considerable rearranging of the furnishings. “Later in the day, Amy’s husband came home and saw the changes,” recalls Bowers, “and he said, ‘I like these new things—can we keep them?’ I had to tell him that all I did was go shopping in his own home.”


Bowers understood from the start of the project that her client and friend wanted, indeed, needed, a neutral, quiet palette throughout the five-bedroom home she shares with her husband and three children. As a real estate agent with her own agency, Detwiler is immersed in other peoples’ houses, seeing colors and patterns, furnishings and layouts that may not always be to her liking. “She likes to come home to a simple palette,” says Bowers, “rooms that are clean, uncluttered, and that reflect a soft modernist aesthetic.” Detwiler adds, “I’m in houses, other peoples’ houses every day, and I wanted something that was an extension of me.”


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This story appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of MILIEU.