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. Think 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. “The shop evolves daily,” she says. While most of her finds make it to the retail floor 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.