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Behind the Menagerie

Shelby Whitfield, Principal Designer

A Fort Worth native who spent childhood years in Berlin, Shelby has always been inspired by the modern architecture and materials around both cities.  She carried that inspiration to her university education in Virginia, where she developed an equal appreciation for classical design.

After earning her interior design degree, she returned to the Metroplex to train under some of Dallas-Fort Worth's nationally recognized design professionals.  Her experience incudes family home renovations in Preston Hollow and the Park Cities, estate homes in Westover Hills, and vacation homes throughout the country.

Her design philosophy is a client-centered distillation of inspiration from her lived and professional experience.

When she isn't designing, Shelby enjoys patio brunches and runs along the Trinity Trails.


Modern Menagerie balances classic inspirations with modern updates, creating evocative interiors grounded in both form and function.

"Shelby is AMAZING! If you're on the fence about getting design help, do it! We worked with her on a new construction home and she helped to make the process stress free and fun. She took all the mis-matched ideas I had floating around in my head, and made them into a cohesive and beautiful plan for our home."

Paige Cochran


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