Tricia is an award winning Austin designer that focuses on designing a home for her clients with the same old school, genuine care and commitment that she has given from the very beginning.
Tricia grew up on a family farm in Biggsville, IL with her father, Ray Fogarty. Most of her first jobs included baling hay and moving livestock. During college she worked at Larry Baker Decorating Center for four years selling flooring, paint, wallpaper and more. After graduating with a degree in Accounting and spending two years at a CPA firm she quickly learned she missed interior design. Tricia spent the next nine years representing Graber Window Coverings in Southern California and Texas. After leaving her rep position to start her family, Tricia started Dabney Designs –her first company primarily focused on window treatments. She was hands on in the sales and installation (commonly seen sporting a tool belt) and soon enough had delegated some of the installations to her three sons as they became old enough to help. In 2010 she did her first turnkey beach home using reclaimed lumber, vintage pieces and created a brand for her company that is still very much a part of her work today. This first beach home, located at Cinnamon Shores on the Texas coast, was the start of designing an average of 12 homes per year for clients wanting a turnkey experience.
Gratitude is an understatement for how Tricia felt over the course of the next busy 6 years as a single mom. She surpassed all expectations, found her passion and completed over 75 projects, all while raising 3 incredible boys. In 2016 she opened High Cotton Home & Design, a full scale design studio and store, to help clients make their home a soft place to fall. After five years at her retail location in Dripping Springs/Austin and the changes brought on by Covid, Tricia decided to move her design business home on the 52 acres where she lives. She built a beautiful design barn for her staff and clients to enjoy and has been blessed to continue doing what she loves, right at home.
My earliest memory of decorating was when I decided to paint a brass bed with white wall paint that I found in the basement at the age of ten when my Dad was out planting. The thought of asking permission didn't cross my mind, nor did the fact that the brass bed may have more value without 3 coats of paint on it. My Dad was not entirely happy but didn't make a "mountain out of a molehill" - a term I love to use.
Tricia Dabney - Owner/Interior Designer