Text by Hannah Jones
Brittany Cobb’s style is nothing short of eclectic. After growing up in Orange County, California, she had a short stint in New York before moving to Dallas, Texas. With every move, she took a piece of her old home with her in her style choices, and the result is evident in her current home in the Highlands neighborhood of Dallas.
A chic blend of bold style choices, her home exemplifies a mix of bohemian California aesthetic with the glam and sparkle of the South all while respecting the history of the 1930s Spanish-style abode. When she and her husband purchased the home in 2010, it had been through its fair share of renovations and purposes, including its original time as a duplex. But Brittany knew she wanted an older home, and she was determined to bring out the beauty of the old bones. “I wanted something with age and something really charming,” Brittany says. “I wanted a lot of walls and different rooms to display my art, and this house has so many opportunities to show off that collection.”
Immediately after purchasing the home, the couple got to work remodeling their historic house. They kept all the original stained-glass windows and fed off that design, echoing the arches in entryways. To stay true to the style of the home, Brittany even used the same doors, moldings, and crystal knobs. “We painstakingly kept the history and integrity of the home, but we made it up-to-date,” she says.
Now, her home displays more than just bohemian and glamorous styles. Every inch of it has been meticulously curated with her finds from all over the world. “Everything has a story and is very unique, but together is cohesive and makes sense,” Brittany says. As an antiques lover and the founder of Flea Style, an antiques shopping event and antiques store, Brittany collects her pieces from all over—whether it be a rug from Marrakech, Morocco, or a blown-out photograph that a close friend took.
With all of her vintage finds, it would be easy to think that her home could lean more toward cluttered than eclectic, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The house is a cohesive blend of vintage pieces all thanks to one thing: layering. “Layering is my middle name,” Brittany jokes. “As a collector, I always have to have a home for something new, so that layering comes naturally.” The key to this strategic placement is all in the color palette, she says. “You have to have a balance in neutrality. Layering pieces on top of other neutral pieces allows you to stack a lot without looking ‘junky’ because there’s no true focal point,” she adds.
Though her style doesn’t fit into any clean category, Brittany doesn’t apologize for it; in fact, she flourishes in it. “Growing up in a house full of antiques taught me a love for things with a story, patina, and age,” she says. “Then I came to Dallas and everything was shiny and new.” But it was this change in scenery that created the style she has today and reminds her that it’s OK to be a little different.