DEKAR DESIGN: Dolores Suarez and Caroline Grant are the team behind the breathtakingly beautiful interiors at La Table
Elegant. Timeless. Intimate. These words immediately spring forth when gazing upon the luxe sophistication embodied by the stunning dining room at La Table, Houston’s newest French fine dining restaurant.
Rich, velvet textiles enrobe curved booths with scalloped edges. Soft, delicate blue and gray hues dominate the overall tableau. For window treatments, a rolled shade with detail trim adds a personal touch. Chairs are custom-made and covered in a hand-done block print, bringing in a hint of the exotic, like a souvenir piece one might find while traveling through Europe.
If it feels like you’ve stepped into someone’s private salon in Paris, it’s made to feel that way. “For me, I think European design is a lot of layering, using a lot of patterns — pattern on pattern, texture on texture. For us, it was important to create a room that wasn’t placeable and that was timeless,” says interior designer Dolores Suarez of Dekar Design.
A boutique design firm based in New York City, Suarez and partner Caroline Grant’s portfolio — which boasts impressive projects such as Bobo, Claudette, Rosemary’s, Wallflower, By Chloe, and Benoit New York by Alain Ducasse — exhibited the qualities that Invest Hospitality CEO Alex Gaudelet wanted for La Table. Their design sensibility, which draws upon experience in residential markets, is at once personal as it is warm and inviting.
At La Table, they’ve created a space that takes on this dreamy glow during the day, when natural lighting diffuses through the space. Come nighttime, handsome and alluring pendant lighting by designer Matthew Shively, which are suspended from the ceiling at different heights, provide quietly sumptuous illumination.
The floor plan and layout, done in collaboration with Gaudelet, offers an added dimension of luxury. Centered around an accent table in the middle of the room, the spacing between tables is purposely generous, allowing servers to move throughout the room in an easy flow. Curved booths and oval-shaped tables further enhance the dining experience, creating what Suarez describes as a “spacious moment between two people.”
“Another thing we tried to do was to play on all the textures, so the fabrics are a linen weave, while the seats are leather. The contrast creates this push-pull of feminine and masculine. On the walls there is a grasscloth treatment as well as a Venetian plaster wallpaper. The Venetian plaster has the effect of an authentic, layered plaster that’s been there for years and years,” says Suarez.
It’s this attention to detail and the innate artistic perceptiveness of Dekar Design that has resulted in the breathtakingly beautiful interiors of La Table. Guests of the restaurant are welcomed by exquisite, gorgeously appointed surroundings in what is now unquestionably one of the finest dining rooms in Houston.