Introducing the Design Team of Our 2019 Showcase Home

Our Showcase Home draws a team of 13 nationally known designers who will finish each room in the modern farmhouse under construction in Colleyville’s gated Oakleigh neighborhood.

Our 2019 Fort Worth Magazine Showcase Home, a 5,173-square-foot modern farmhouse under construction in Colleyville, is long on design firepower. Including lead designer and HGTV star Donna Moss, Showcase Home has drawn 13 designers, who will each be responsible for finishing one room and space, choosing everything from colors and textures to accessories and furnishings. As in the magazine’s long-running series of Dream Homes, the home — a five-bedroom, 5 1/2-bath built by John Webb of Heritage Homes and due to be complete this summer — is for sale and will be open for tours for one month. The home is listed at $1.89 million by Jeannie Anderson of The Jeannie Anderson Group at Keller Williams Realty. Ticket sales to the tours will benefit a Wish with Wings, the magazine’s official charity, which grants wishes for ill and disabled children.

You’ll be able to interact with the home and design team via content on a web-based network called Home Design TV that Moss and Fort Worth television producer and filmmaker Josh Mills are launching. Every design feature inside the home will be included in a booklet available during the tours, and tour-goers will be able to buy what they see. “You can tour it, see it, feel it; everything is for sale,” Moss says. “People really love that.”

The designers and their spaces:

Kim Bailey
bedroom No. 5 and bath

Kim Bailey Interiors, opened in 2004, is a national, award-winning, full service firm specializing in high-end interiors, including kitchen and bath remodeling. KBI, based in Carrollton, has been awarded Best of Houzz in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and been recognized as one of Dallas’ Top Ten Design firms since 2015. In 2016, KBI received first runner-up for the prestigious Designer of the Year Award from the Interior Design Society. In 2017, KBI won second runner-up and first runner-up. KBI has been featured in national publications including Architectural Digest, Kitchen Bath Trends, Kitchen and Bath Design News and The Tile Shop. “We create beautiful and functional spaces that reflect each individual client,” KBI says. “When you open your door, you will find peace and restoration.” Contact:

Trish Beaudet
outdoor living

Trish Beaudet launched her interiors business in Michigan in 2001, quickly building a reputation in residential and commercial design. Beaudet describes her style as “warm modern with a touch of class.” She juxtaposes opposites: light and dark, soft and textured. “Every room should have an unexpected element and touch of whimsy,” she says. In 2008, Beaudet was chosen from more than 10,000 applicants to appear on HGTV’s “Design Star,” eventually placing third. Beaudet, now based in Florida, has worked with local TV on design segments. Beaudet was a “Designing Angel” for the Suite Dreams Project in 2014 in Michigan, creating several environments with healing elements for a nonprofit that serves low and moderate-income children and families dealing with chronic or terminal illness. Contact:

Ashley Black
kitchen and prep kitchen

Ashley Black, through her Staging Studios, specializes in staging homes for sale, “turning average spaces into exceptional stagings,” she says. Black founded the North Texas firm after 15 years in real estate and designing interiors. Black, for years, ran the That’s Haute design boutique, which she co-founded with her mother, Moss, and the two worked together in the family’s real estate and interiors businesses. The two closed the store to work together on their launch of the Home Design TV Network this spring. Black graduated from SMU with a degree in business. “Ashley was immersed into the world of home design and décor at a very young age and has continued to thrive on ever-changing uniqueness of the industry,” her site says. Contact:

Elle Cole
dining and wine room

Elle Cole launched her Dallas design firm and lifestyle brand in 2013 and has since worked on commercial and residential commissions around the U.S. Cole views the design of interiors as an art form. Though tailored for each client, her interiors share what she calls a “polished elegance that stems from classical elements.” Cole’s work has been featured in Traditional Home,, Modern Luxury, and House & Home Magazine. Cole is active on several Dallas and national charities and organizations, including Dwell with Dignity, Kappa Tablescapes, Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum, Turtle Creek Association, Park Cities Preservation Society, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Contact:

Traci Darden
downstairs game room and bath

Traci Darden, owner of Elements of Design — a boutique interiors firm specializing in model home merchandising, renovations and residential design — also designs interiors for Heritage Homes. She received a degree in interior design from Texas State University and has worked for homebuilders since. Her first model home design won a Texas Star Award and a McSAM Award. “She has been producing award-winning designs for homebuilders ever since,” Heritage says. Contact:,

Dann Foley
downstairs guest bedroom and bath

In more than 30 years, Dann Foley has built a design brand that started with creating custom items for clients’ homes. Foley began working on his own with an extra credit project during his senior year at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He’s worked for clients nationally and in Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Based in Palm Springs, California, today, Foley has appeared on shows such as NBC’s “American Dream Builders” and Showtime’s “The Real L Word.” He’s also moved into licensing with the Dann Foley Lifestyle brand — envisioning it to be “high-style with my signature three As of design: accessible, available and affordable.” His lifestyle products have earned the 5 Platinum and Gold ADEX design awards, a Pinnacle Award nomination and an ARTS Award nomination in product design. “It’s not about how much stuff you acquire,” Foley says. “It’s about living with meaning, comfort and authenticity.” Contact:

Melissa Gerstle
pool area and courtyard

Melissa Gerstle specializes in outdoor spaces, building her business off of a business degree from the University of Michigan and master’s degree in landscape architecture. Gerstle, today based in Dallas, specializes in what she calls “effortless outdoor living for families and high-profile executives with fast-paced lives and discriminating taste.” Her designs are inspired by nature, shape and texture and express clients’ vision through integration of materials and forms. “Whether you’d like an outdoor living space for intimate retreats or to serve multiple functions, you’ll find that our gardens nurture your soul and enable families to connect and thrive,” she says. Contact:

Sherry Hayslip
study and pocket office

Sherry Hayslip likes to say her design style blends beauty with surprise and spontaneity. Winner of multiple design awards, Hayslip has worked a range of residential and commercial projects. Her retail boutique, Luxurease, in downtown Dallas, features decorative home accessories, jewelry and objets d’art collected in her travels internationally, as well as one-of-a-kind items from artisans locally and internationally. Hayslip’s clients include sports team owners, celebrities and art dealers. She has designed one-of-a-kind interiors for clients around the world, from Sonoma to Cape Cod, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. Hayslip’s awards include Interior Designer of the Year at the 26th annual ARTS Awards, Subzero Wolf Kitchen Design Awards and over 100 others nationally and internationally. Her work has been featured in Andrew Martin, Elle Décor, Modern Luxury, Luxe Interiors, D Home, Texas Home and Living and Better Homes and Gardens. Hayslip, a registered interior designer in Texas, graduated from SMU and attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and Parsons School of Design in Italy. Contact:

Kristi Hopper
bedroom No. 4 and bath

Kristi Hopper has been creating interior spaces for clients since 2000, mixing, she says, “traditional style with a capricious spirit,” and marrying “livability with unparalleled luxury, creating spaces that are inviting as they are refined.” Based in Coppell, Hopper’s work has won numerous awards, including Designer of the Year finalist at the 30th Annual ARTS Awards in January in Dallas and awards from the Interior Design Society. Contact:

Donna Moss
family room, foyer and porch

Donna Moss, based today in the Arlington area, began building homes with her husband, Paul, around the region in the early 1980s. The couple built their first million-dollar spec home in Mira Vista in the mid-1990s, and at the same time, Moss began participating in Kaleidoscope of Homes projects. Moss estimates the couple has built 150 homes, and they also moved into commercial real estate. She began her television design career little more than a decade ago when she became a finalist in the first season of HGTV’s “Design Star” series. The appearance later helped her secure her own series, “Donna Decorates Dallas,” on HGTV. Moss’ Home Design TV network will produce its own content and team with affiliates in other markets to obtain more content. Contact:

Danny Russo
outdoor dining

Danny Russo is a Cleveland native who’s been designing interiors since 1998. Currently based in Columbus, Ohio, his work has been featured in the Columbus Museum of Art and Central Ohio Science and Industry Museum, both in Ohio, in numerous publications and the Phillip Jeffries Sourcebook. “Danny is a forward-minded artist who believes wholeheartedly in delivering each and every client a personalized, unique experience that they will always treasure,” his site says. Russo can often be found at charitable events worldwide, donating his time and personality. Contact:

Ruthie Staalsen
bedroom No. 3 and bath

Ruthie Staalsen was born and reared in South Africa and has lived all over the world, contributing to her claim to notoriety as a designer who likes to say she uses international elements to create spaces that are “relaxed, collected and global.” Staalsen, today based in Dallas, describes her style as “fresh classic design with an eclectic spin.” She combines antiques with modern pieces. “I love spaces that look collected over time and tell a story about the people that live there. I’m drawn to luxurious spaces with lots of textures and warmth, but am extremely happy when those spaces invite you in and make you want to put your feet up. My philosophy is that comfort and beauty go hand in hand, and you should be surrounded by the things you love.” Staalsen’s awards include Top 15 Decorator in Dallas and Designer of the Year by the Interior Design Society in 2016. Her work has been featured in Traditional Home, Elite Monde and other national and local publications. Contact:

LaWanna Wood
master bedroom, bath and closet

LaWanna Wood has been designing commercial and residential interiors throughout North Texas for over 20 years. “I want to create a space they’ll want stay in, an inviting space with energy and warmth,” she says. “I do a lot of layering, combining things they have with new pieces. I strive to be creative and unusual with my projects.” Wood designs spaces in homes throughout the DFW area and is known for specialty and theme rooms for high-profile clients. She’s the designer that Ebby Halliday, Realtors has used for more than 15 years for its offices. “My company motto is  ‘Live your life in style,’” Wood says. “That’s what I wish for all my clients.”

2019 Fort Worth Showcase Home Vendors
Builder: Heritage Homes, John Webb
Interior: Donna Moss Designs
Air conditioning and heat: J&S Air
Appliances: The Jarrell Co.
Automation and security: H Customs Audio|Video
Brick material: Metro Brick and Stone Co.
Cabinets (Other than kitchen): Mike Conkle’s Custom Cabinets
Cabinets, kitchen: The Kitchen Source
Countertops material and fabrication: KLZ Stone Supply
Electric labor: C&B Electric
Fire suppression: Haynes Fire Protection
Flooring, wood: Vintage Floors
Foundation materials: Metroplex Concrete Construction
Framing labor: Lone Star Framing & Construction
Garage doors: Overhead Garage Doors
Gutters: Loveless Gutters
Hardware and installation: Pierce Hardware
Lighting: Passion Lighting
Lumber: BMC
Master tub: The Jarrell Co.
Paint labor: J&V Painting
Plumbing labor: Pro Serve Plumbing
Pool: Leschber Designs
Roofing (metal) and standing seam: Texas Tile Roofing
Wineroom storage: Vineyard Wine Cellars