The Design Questionnaire with Dennis Brackeen
In this edition of Love Happens’ Proust-style Design Questionnaire, join us for a peek inside the creative design mind of Dennis Brackeen, founder of the eponymous design studio and co-owner of the Houston, Texas-based design shop Moxie. Using his broad range of style, Dennis creates spirited interiors. Each bold, eclectic, and unmistakably his own. In addition to crafting perfectly layered and curated spaces to satisfy the most discriminating of clients, Dennis and his three partners at MOXIE offer design lovers 8,500 square-feet of finely curated antiques and new home decor.
Dennis Brackeen Design Studio
When it comes to design, Dennis Brackeen “eats, breathes, and lives for all things design related”. Over the past 20 years, the designer has built a well respected and flourishing business alongside his talented and dedicated design team.
Each of the studio’s projects, whether residential or commercial, is a product of continuing conversation involving their clients. With a keen eye and attention to detail, Dennis and his team craft interiors reflecting a strong sense of place and spaces in which people want to belong. Be it traditional or modern, maximalism or minimalism a Dennis Brackeen Design Group project will always reflect quality and sophistication!
Located in the heart of the Upper Kirby shopping district of Houston, MOXIE is a retail store specializing in high-end antiques, vintage modern furnishings, lighting, and decorative accessories. Seeking to establish a new standard in the dying age of brick and mortar, Dennis and three other aesthetes partnered to establish the stylish shop. The stunning store recently unveiled 15 newly designed rooms, each as moodily beautiful and exquisitely designed as the next! If you are a design lover visiting MOXIE, whether online or in-person in Houston, is a must!
A Peek Inside the Fabulous and Inspiring Mind of Dennis Brackeen with the Lh Design Questionnaire
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
For me happiness is a state of mind and a choice. When I reflect back over my life with its many ups and downs, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t feel an overall sense of happiness. Certainly I have had my moments of sadness and pain but I have found my attitude a powerful tool during those times. An “attitude of gratitude” seems to keep things in perspective and is proof that happiness isn’t something to pursue but something to embrace.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Shoes! I must admit that I have a weakness for beautiful footwear and a collection of which I am too embarrassed to number. I, like Carrie Bradshaw, understand that my acquisition of shoes does not a 401k make; however, I always seem to forgive myself of this particular indulgence.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My relationships. I am a person who strives to build deep and meaningful relationships with my family and friends. The reward is ongoing and fulfilling. Monetary achievements are perfectly fine but my most treasured achievements cannot be bought or sold.
What profession does your alter ego have?
There are many! A singer, actor, counselor, attorney.
The project you will never forget.
There are many; however, if I had to name just one it would be a 12,000 square foot remodel and total gut job that we completed within 15 months. We did both design and build when we were only a staff of 3. We also had to source everything within the home during that time as the clients moved in bringing only their clothes. It almost killed us but we made it happen and the result is one of our most beautiful projects to date.
Your favorite business tool or resource.
People! Talented, driven, and goal oriented people are the most imperative and invaluable resource a business can obtain. Without them you cannot have a successful business.
The most timeless design.
As a designer, I strive to create spaces that evoke a timeless feeling and mood regardless of their particular style. Environments that are well-curated, collected, and authentic to their inhabitants will certainly remain timeless.
The biggest design faux pas.
How much time do we have? There are so many but I will refrain. Unless referring to dining chairs, dishes, or sheets the word “set” should be eliminated from all design dialogue. I remember as a child my parents at times purchasing new living room, dining room, and bedroom sets. Thank goodness that design approach couldn’t be passed down genetically!
Your design motto.
A bit cliché but I live by the motto of “work hard play hard” and “live in the present”. Life is so precious with no promise of tomorrow. I try to fully live each moment with the understanding that it is a gift not to be taken for granted.
Love happens when…
Love happens when you are focused on the present. It can be found everywhere. It should start from within by loving yourself and when that happens you can’t help but radiate and attract it tenfold.
Explore more beautiful work by Dennis Brackeen at www.dennisbrackeen.com and shop MOXIE online!
By Anna Beck Bimba