What’s old becomes new in the hands of designer and shop owner Lisa Luby Ryan, who repurposes found objects into one-of-a-kind creations for her Dallas-based boutique, Vintage Living. ink wood carvings into lamps and old doors into tables. Known for her collected yet well-edited approach, Ryan keeps her inventory fresh by shopping both domestically and abroad, citing London, France and Belgium as her favorite locales. “ e shop evolves daily,” she says. While most of her fi nds make it to the retail fl oor or a client’s home, some never make it past Ryan’s clutches, such as a French demilune console she “had to have,” and the antique vellum books she collects. With a variety of options, Vintage Living draws a sophisticated clientele who “want to invest in lovely pieces that will last forever,” Ryan says. In addition to furnishings, Ryan carries lamps from Arteriors, with which she has a lighting line, and products from Bella Notte Linens. When not creating, Ryan keeps active as a public speaker, political leader and design mentor, reinventing herself while reinventing design.
LX: I became interested in design because:
LR: I always loved taking things that people have discarded and turning them into something beautiful. At an early age, I would build the most gorgeous Barbie houses. I would paint old golf tees and glue trim or beads on wooden thread spools to make lampshades for them.
LX: Dream collaboration:
LR: Ralph Lauren has always been such an inspiration. His ability to mix pattern, texture and color while never compromising on quality is incredible.
LX: What do you collect?
LR: Nautical dioramas and French creamware from the 18 th and 19 th centuries. I’m obsessed with these dishes and use them every day at home and for entertaining.
LX: Favorite hotel:
LR: La Mirande in Avignon, France. The architecture and interiors are very moving and the service and details are impeccable. I take the same pictures every time I’m there and never tire of them.
LX: I always wear:
LR: Pearls and orange lipstick.