Adrian Wright’s design expertise gets its full expression between two Camp Bowie shops.
For almost 30 years, Adrian Wright has helped North Texans transform their homes into expressions of personal style. Over the years, he has seen local tastes evolve to keep pace with growth: as North Texas, and especially Fort Worth, have become more urban and culturally “hip”, homeowners have slowly broken away from traditional styles of decor.
“It used to be where everybody wanted Old World,” says Adrian, in describing the traditionally favored heavy furniture and dark woods. “Now it’s much more diverse. You have a lot of people who want to mix the contemporary with the traditional.”
In 2001, having developed his Fort Worth clientele, Adrian saw that the time was right to create his own vision for a design and home furnishings business. In 2002, the doors opened on Wright at Home, currently located at 4818 Camp Bowie Boulevard.
Sophisticated and clean, Wright at Home nails a transitional aesthetic that marries contemporary finishes, materials, furniture, and fabrics with timeless, classic designs. Straight lines provide a touch of elegance, while rounded profiles invite relaxation and ease.
“With Wright at Home, I try to keep things clean and appealing to a broad spectrum of clients,” says Adrian. “We have that traditional element that people want, but also a little edge and a casual elegance.”
While some local purveyors of home décor emphasize staid designs, Wright at Home keeps things fresh. As the exclusive local retailer for Pillow Bar and Peacock Alley, Wright at Home also allows customers to bring stylish comfort into the bedroom.
With Wright at Home, Adrian established himself as one of North Texas’s premier authorities on transitional home décor. His second boutique, Wrare, presents bold furnishings that do credit to Adrian’s unique vision.
Open now at 4824 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Wrare offers a singular assortment of furniture, gifts, and home accents. If you’ve ever found yourself enamored of the steampunk look – a chic amalgamation of Victorian, industrial, gothic, and contemporary design – then Wrare is right up your alley. Unique and artfully authentic, much of Wrare’s originality comes from Adrian’s partnership with artisan designers.
“There’s nothing else like Wrare in Fort Worth, and it has a lot to do with the artisans,” says Adrian. “Many of the pieces are one-of-a-kind, and you won’t find anything similar anywhere else.”
This distinct, inventive emphasis on handcrafted pieces gets supplemented with choice vintage objects and tasteful reproductions. If a primary goal for your home is to reflect a personalized, artistic sensibility, you can trust the exclusivity of Wrare’s offerings.
“We have a lamp artisan whose creations are all unique, for example,” says Adrian. “We offer a very distinctive vibe, in that sense. We also have objects with a very vintage look and feel, but with better pricing – you get a great look at a good value.”
Wrare’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WRARE) presents a rotating gallery that highlights the store’s aesthetic, along with pics of new items, and announcements for deals and special events. The page’s inspiration for would-be home decorators comes free – though you’ll likely find yourself visiting the shop to buy that special item that catches your eye.
If you like what Wrare and Wright at Home have to offer, but want to leave nothing to chance, you can enlist Adrian’s design services. The differing presentations of each business encapsulate the varied tendencies that get navigated with interior design. In shared households, one partner may have an avowed love of the traditional; the other may yearn for the simplicity of contemporary design.
“Both stores offer design services, and both have their own clientele,” says Adrian. “The clients who like Wrare want their homes and businesses to have that unique flair. Wright at Home is more the traditional, to transitional and contemporary look. Sometimes people are on the same page, and sometimes not; but we find a happy medium that both can live with.”
As for the success of his businesses, Adrian credits his employees and the discerning tastes of his eclectic Fort Worth clientele. As the city has changed, Adrian Wright has kept pace with an adaptive décor that never skimps on comfort or style.
“Years ago, the look of Wrare would not have had such success,” says Adrian. “But as Fort Worth has become more progressive, people see things that are totally different that they want to experience. One of the best compliments that I hear, in either store, is when someone walks in and says ‘I want my house to look just like this.’ That’s affirmation that I’m doing something right.”