The Benefits of Hiring an Interior Designer: Ensuring a Unique Design

Aug 20

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Today we’re taking you behind the scenes in the first of a series of posts on the benefits of hiring an interior designer, specifically, Pulp Design Studios.  Last week two of our designers, Abby Shehan and Tracy Wurzburg, took the trade-only Dallas Design Center by storm, gathering inspiration and sourcing gorgeous new goods for our lucky Pulp Design Studios’ clients.


Our designers’ ability to visit trade-only showrooms & design centers and attend industry events like High Point Market is just one way we ensure the best quality, value and unique style for our clients.


Benefits of Hiring a Designer

Benefits of Hiring an Interior Designer


Ensuring a Unique Design



Something you may not know… Many design firms use a ‘cost-plus’ pricing structure, often resulting in clients paying above retail price for products.   Pulp Design Studios, on the other hand, uses a ‘retail-less’ pricing structure, and has invested in building relationships that allow us to bring clients amazing trade-only products at prices below retail, resulting in savings that often pays for the design service itself!



We love a great find.  Pulp is constantly sourcing new vendors and products to enliven our designs, making them dynamic and unique.


3.  WE EXPECT the highest quality and INTEGRITY FROM OUR VENDORS

Our standards are high.  Pulp maintains strong relationships with trusted vendors to ensure the best quality and service for our clients.



Our designs are anything but cookie cutter.  Pulp sources one-of-a kind products to ensure that each project is unique and reflects the individuality and needs of the client.


5.  ENSURING a timeless design

We have a great trained eye.  Pulp is constantly researching what’s fresh and new in the world of design.   Our designers have the skills and knowledge to take the latest trends and translate them into a timeless design with lasting style for our clients.


Benefits of Hiring an Interior Designer


If you have a space you’d love to get the ‘Pulp treatment’, give us a shout and tell us about your project

Beth and Carolina Signature



Aug 14

Work in Progress:

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For our new #PrestondaleResidence project, the Pulp Design Studios team is focusing on introducing color and texture into this already masculine home.  As you can see in the schematic presentations above, these are the perfect details to draw you in, adding layers of warmth and interest.  The result is sure to be enduringly appealing.


With projects like #PrestondaleResidence in the pipeline, it is an exciting time at Pulp Design Studios.  The Dallas and Seattle office spaces can accommodate larger presentations and with the expansion of the Senior Design Team, Pulp Design Studios is poised and ready to take on new whole home and commercial projects.


Keep following along on the progress of this project on our Instagram & here on Hello, Splendor by searching hashtag: #PrestondaleResidence.

Happy Weekend!

Aug 8

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Co-owner and Principal Interior Designer Beth Dotolo is headed to Dallas for a week of team meetings, strategy sessions, CEU credits and showroom visits with the rest of the Pulp Design Studios team.  Don’t worry, it won’t be all work and no play.  In addition to a cocktail party to celebrate the growth of Pulp Design Studios, the senior design team will also be getting new head shots taken!


And before the week’s work begins, both Beth and Carolina are excited to be featured speakers at The Hundred Event, sharing their insight on how to craft and refine an online presence and message.  Pulp Design Studios is looking forward to this unique opportunity to collaborate and network with fellow bloggers and business owners.  Follow their  weekend whereabouts on Instragram, here and here.


Back in Seattle, the Pulp team plans to spend the weekend continuing to explore their new neighborhood, hitting up the Ballard Art Walk and famous Sunday Farmers Market.  You never know where your next source of inspiration will be!

Celebrating Pulp Design Studios’ New Seattle Office

Jul 31

It’s hard to believe August is just a day away.  Summer has flown by with a flurry of activity in the Pulp Design Studios’ Dallas and Seattle offices.

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If you follow us on Instagram you’ve likely taken note of the Seattle office’s gorgeous new digs. Beth and the rest of the Seattle team are thrilled with their new space and location.  The large windows, high ceilings, exposed brick and steel beams serve as a perfect backdrop for the clean and modern workspace.  The team has been adding final finishing touches, incorporating gorgeous pieces from the collection.  Of course the pièce de résistance is the oh so glamorous chandelier that illuminates the central conference table, an ideal spot for client presentations, team meetings and impromptu cocktail hours.  Knowing such a beautiful space is waiting for you really does make going to work each morning an absolute pleasure.  You just can’t help but feel inspired!

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To celebrate the new office space, as well as Co-Owner and Principal Interior Designer Carolina V Gentry’s visit to the Northwest, the Pulp team enjoyed an evening of sips and light bites.  A personal fave was Beth’s signature summer drink.

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It’s five o’clock somewhere, go fix yourself a drink and join us in toasting the Pulp Design Studios’ team. CHEERS!


Pulp Design Studios Welcomes Lead Designer Abby Shehan

Jul 29

As the title of this post announces, we have exciting news to share.  In July, Pulp Design Studios welcomed the highly talented and sought after, Abby Shehan, to its senior design team.


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Co-Owners and Principal Interior Designers Beth Dotolo and Carolina V Gentry have known and admired Abby’s work for years.  Collaborating on projects with Abby and having her as a member of the Pulp Design Studios’ team is a dream come true.  With Abby’s impressive resume of projects in hospitality, commercial, and multi-family interior design, Pulp Design Studios is poised and ready to take on new projects of all sizes, including restaurant, hotel, office space, multi-family, and retail interior design.


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We can’t wait to share some of Abby’s designs and projects.  In the meantime, take a minute and read our Q&A session with Abby below.  We know you’re going to love her as much as we do!


What’s your personal style?

I’m pretty sure I fall under the “Bohemian Glam” category.


What is your favorite item from

The Luck Be A Lady Lamp: It is such an elegant accent piece.  I like the warm metal and turquoise combo.  The scale of the lamp is also very versatile.  If you like to switch things up a bit, they can easily be transitioned around the house for different looks!  It’s like a nice piece of jewelry, for your Home!!


Why are you most excited to join the Pulp team?

I spend all day doing what I LOVE to do, AMONG FRIENDS!!  The entire team is so positive and forward thinking.  I’m grateful to be here!


What is your favorite room in the house?

The Kitchen: It is the heart of the home.  Who doesn’t love a room filled with food, wine, and crystal chandeliers?


What is the most rewarding interior design project you’ve worked on?

Let’s see… I have just recently joined the Pulp Design team so, for now, I will have to say, The Hilton Bonnet Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida.  It is currently the largest Hilton Development in the world.  It took us 4 years to complete with 1,000 Guest Rooms, Three Restaurants, Two Bars, and an enormous Conference Center.  It was such a grand and rewarding experience, something I will never forget.


What are you doing when you aren’t designing?

Whipping up something yummy in the kitchen, arranging flowers, trying on sunglasses, practicing yoga, and teaching my daughter, Heidi, how to be an all star diva.


Thanks Abby, Pulp Design Studios is over the moon to have you on the team!


If you have a space you’d love to get the ‘Pulp treatment’, give us a shout and tell us about your project



New Pulp Interiors Featured in Seattle Magazine! #QueenAnneCraftsman

Jun 30

New Press Seattle Mag July 2014

We are thrilled to see one of the projects that we are still working on featured in the glossy pages of the July Issue of Seattle Magazine!

Pulp Design Studios‘ project, #QueenAnneCraftsman, features some bold designs and patterns that we are incredibly excited about… Our clients have been amazing, giving us full trust to help them determine their vision and execute their space. The results have been something really special, that the local press have been excited about (after getting some sneak peeks on our Pulp instagram) even prior to the project’s completion.

Just wait until we’re complete!


If you have a space you’d love to get the ‘Pulp treatment’, give us a shout and tell us about your project

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Work In Progress: #WestSeattleTownhome

Apr 8

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The Pulp Design Studios team has just completed Phase One of a town home design project for a couple in West Seattle. One of the owners of this townhome is a home editor for a local Seattle magazine, so naturally it needed to be stylish and fashion forward. Luckily they just told us to run with it… She has been watching the home designs coming out of our firm for years, so we had their complete trust. We had free reign on style, so it was up to us to give them a look that they didn’t even know they needed.

The images above are just a peek at what we’ve been working on… We went with an overall neutral palette, focusing on high contrast with some pops of intense color. It was modern with eclectic touches and…. It fit them perfectly. On our last meeting they told us that they just sit around their space and talk about which piece is their favorite… I think we’d consider that a success.

Now, onto Phase Two!

We have been focusing much of our energy on our clients these days, so keep following along on the progress of this project (and our other projects) on our Instagram & here on Hello, Splendor by searching hashtag: #WestSeattleTownhome.

If you have a space you’d love to get the ‘Pulp treatment’, give us a shout and tell us about your project

Work In Progress: #BelltownHighrise

Mar 31


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#BelltownHighrise by Pulp Design Studios - Work in Progress

#BelltownHighrise by Pulp Design Studios - Work in Progress

#BelltownHighrise by Pulp Design Studios - Work in Progress

We, at Pulp Design Studios, have been working with clients to renovate and combine two condominium units into one, in the hip downtown Seattle neighborhood of Belltown. We are nearing the home stretch on this project, now that construction is complete and working to install the furniture, art, and accessories. This project has been an exercise in developing a chic eclectic mix since we reused and reworked much of the client’s existing furniture and have worked in some incredibly chic key pieces to pull the space together. It’s coming along beautifully and we can’t wait to share more…

We have been focusing much of our energy on our clients these days, so keep following along on the progress of this project (and our other projects) on our Instagram & here on Hello, Splendor by searching hashtag: #BelltownHighrise.

If you have a space you’d love to get the ‘Pulp treatment’, give us a shout and tell us about your project


A Sneak Peek at the New Pulp Offices + A Letter from the Partners

Mar 3
A Sneak Peek into Pulp Design Studio’s Dallas & Seattle Offices.


This month Pulp Design Studios celebrates 7 years in business!  And, as we celebrate this milestone we also have some important news to share.


Pulp Design Studios is excited to announce a Change of Address for both our Dallas & Seattle locations. As our firm and staff continues to grow to accommodate our amazing roster of Residential, Commercial, & Hospitality clients, it was time for our space to expand accordingly.


Our new Dallas space is set in the incredible Dallas Design District with space for both our interior design studio and a small showroom to showcase our custom designs & Pulp Home wares. This prime location allows Pulp Design Studios a plethora of design resources at our fingertips for our interior design clients & projects. Our new Seattle office is located in the heart of Seattle’s historic Ballard neighborhood, giving our team space to grow as we continue to take on new projects in Seattle and across the country.


Since our cross-country offices operate cohesively and collaboratively through integrated technology, the growth of both locations has significant impact for our national design firm. Pulp Design Studios is now poised to take on larger projects as a result of an improved design library, expanded client presentation space, as well as a new showroom area, all of which simply enhance our offerings to new and existing clients.


As our team settles in to our new offices, we wanted to take the time to let you be the first to know about our new spaces. We appreciate your business, our creative collaboration, as well as your referrals, which have made this growth possible.


Thank you,

Beth Dotolo + Carolina V Gentry



Please note our NEW addresses and update your records:

1216 Manufacturing Street
Dallas, Texas 75207

5308 1/2 Ballard Ave NW #9
Seattle, Washington 98107

As we settle into our new offices we will be back with great blog posts and project updates!

Work In Progress: #Mantlebrook Before & After Painting

Jan 28

We’ve said it before, but, we’ll say it again… The power of paint is amazing! We started working with our Pulp Design Studios clients at our #Mantlebrook project a couple of years ago. We had the chance to help renovate their kitchen and we are now starting up on other rooms in the house. The painting in the Formal Living Room was recently completed and we just had to pop in and share…

Can you believe the difference!? It’s night and day… The white paint is so much more fresh and much needed. Obviously, we still need to get our hands on the space and are working on the furnishings and some additional paint updates around the fireplace. But, it’s just a breath of fresh air that we’ve been waiting a couple of years to see! So happy to have clients who trust us when we say “paint the brick” or “paint the wood”. It’s such a hard commitment, but so worth it.

Keep following along on the progress of this project on our Instagram & here on Hello, Splendor by searching hashtag: #Mantlebrook.


If you have a space you’d love to get the ‘Pulp treatment’, give us a shout and tell us about your project

Work In Progress: #UniversityHeights Dining Room Design Progress

Jan 21

We at Pulp Design Studios are currently working on a residence in Dallas, our #UniversityHeights project, and things are trucking along… We wanted to pop in to show you some sneak peeks from the Dining Room progress we’ve made so far!

We’ve still got more layers to add, but we love the eclectic and layered look that is beginning to develop so far!

Keep following along on the progress of this project on our Instagram & here on Hello, Splendor by searching hashtag: #UniversityHeights.


If you have a space you’d love to get the ‘Pulp treatment’, give us a shout and tell us about your project