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lighting specialist, Jim Palmer, who both adapts existing light- ing fixtures and creates new pieces from scratch to fit clients’ individual desires.


For one client, Palmer embel- lished a simple chandelier frame with hand-cut and polished Turkish and Czech crystals. This personal touch transformed the chandelier and made it a unique fit for the client’s home. Another client saw a grand crystal chan- delier with a few touches of gold and wanted something similar for his entryway. Palmer set to work creating a much larger version of the chandelier in silver and clear crystal. Several feet high and several feet wide, the glittering crystal chandelier is definitely an eye-catcher. Palmer also constantly ex- periments with his own creative visions. For example, he created


a small light fixture with multiple layers of colorful dichroic glass squares arranged on a circular metal frame. The dichroic glass reflects various colors of light, like a prism, for a very intriguing and multicolored effect. Dena Didas, CFO at Pettigrew, describes the custom depart- ment at Pettigrew as “very creative,” explaining that everything is done by hand, from the crystals hanging from chandeliers to the nailheads on a custom sofa. “I love to see the final results of the collaboration of our craftsmen and design- ers,” says Didas. The team has created everything from custom sofas to media cabinets and cocktail tables. “Sometimes, someone finds a sofa they like, but it doesn’t fit their space,” says David Wildman. “Our craftsmen


can re-create the sofa they desire in a larger size while also accommodating the client’s preference for the sofa’s depth and softness.” Recently, a client was looking for 14 chairs for her dining table. She had found three different chairs she liked certain aspects of, but she hadn’t been able to find that perfect chair. Pettigrew was able to marry the three styles and come up with a unique chair in the style, size, finish and upholstery the client envisioned.


In addition to its custom


offerings, Pettigrew represents several lines of furniture and lighting, including Fine Art Lamp, Taylor King, Lexington, and Caracole. Pettigrew also represents sev- eral local Dallas artists, including LaToya Jones, Carmen Menza,


Amy Cannady, and Melissa Ellis; the showroom also periodically hosts artist receptions, during which designers and the public can view original artwork and meet the artists in person. Dallas residents looking to


furnish their entire home or update with a few statement pieces can look to the modern- ized Pettigrew Luxury Furnishings to help make their visions—no matter how specific or how vague—a reality. 2


PETTIGREW LUXURY FURNISHINGS


1805 Market Center Blvd. Dallas, TX 75207 214-747-2232


pettigrew-usa.com


Krista Franks Brock is a freelance writer and editor in Dallas. For more information, visit kristafranksbrock .wordpress.com.


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