I’ll be honest, I am not the best flier. That is why I try to do it as lavishly as possible. A visit to the airline club, an upgraded seat, and heavy pours of wine always help calm my nerves. Like a too-skinny girl obsessed with talking about food, I am a bad flier obsessed with flying (I also choose routes by aircraft). That is why, when I saw the recent project Dallas-based Traci White Designs completed, I took notice. I often feature interiors of homes on the blog, but never an airplane.
My intrigue got the best of me, and I just had to ask Traci about the details of designing an airplane interior. She indulged my questions and shared photos of the very interesting process. Remember, DFW International Airport is one of the main reasons Dallas ever became a booming city. It is an aviation city, with the headquarters of American Airlines and Southwest Airlines. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that apparently applies to private planes too. How lucky are those that get to fly this massive 737 into the sky in style. I think a chic plane like this would surely calm my flying fears!
Where are you from/where do you live currently?
I am originally from Houston but have lived in Dallas for the last seven years. Living in the design hub for Texas has grown on me. Everything is seven minutes away!
How would you describe your personal design aesthetic?
It’s a total, random mix of things I love which, to me, is timeless. For our clients, it’s all about their personal style, and we work together to bring that to life. We try to stick to the 1/3 rule: 1/3 new of similar tone and style, 1/3 old (collected or purchased), and 1/3 pop (art or pattern).
This project seems so neat! What was your initial reaction when you were approached about designing the plane?
I told them to Google “airplane designers”! I thought they were crazy, not to mention the fact that I was six months pregnant! I knew nothing about designing the interior of a plane, but this family had faith and that was all I needed.
How is it different designing a plane than it is a home?
Besides some technical certification and testing needed for materials, it ended up not being all that different than a home. These clients love anything royal blue; they needed surfaces that would withstand lots of little ones; and they are huge animal lovers. In the end, we put together a package that truly reflects the clients’ personal taste.
What was the most challenging aspect of designing the plane?
I had a newborn baby! We had a meeting seven days after her arrival to finalize the custom carpet selection. It was crazy, but definitely worth it in the end because my kids were lucky enough to fly on something Mommy helped design which is pretty cool!