Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, this furniture store has quickly made a lasting mark on the interior design landscape.
Step inside Adobe Interiors while shopping in Fort Worth, Texas, and you’ll likely feel transported to another place and time — where Spanish hacienda meets mountain hideaway meets rustic ranch.
Founder Jerry Dipple has always had a passion for building furniture, often drawing inspiration from his dairy farm in Dublin, Texas, but his passion was just a hobby until early 2013, when he and his family established Adobe Interiors. The business centers on individuality, recognizing customers’ unique aesthetics when it comes to decorating their homes. At Adobe Interiors, you’ll find an eclectic selection of handcrafted furnishings with Spanish colonial, traditional Western, and modern influences. Plus the store offers custom design services. The staff is at the ready to pore over floor plans and create 3-D layouts to help homeowners envision furnished spaces.
“We’ve grown a lot, and it’s still growing,” says Jerry’s son, Tanner Dipple, who handles most of the day-to-day operations — with the help of his siblings, who’ve taken on design, warehouse, and bookkeeping responsibilities. He credits social media as a key factor in the store’s success. Adobe Interiors currently boasts a following of more than 60,000 on Facebook, and the calls start rolling in each time photos of new additions are posted.
According to Tanner, it’s not uncommon for customers to come in from out of state and even out of the country to acquire one-of-a-kind statements. The Dipples have helped furnish homes in places as far away as Australia and New Zealand.
“We’re just really easy to work with,” he says, “and we’ve got a lot of really unique pieces that just aren’t offered at places anywhere else.” Some of those pieces include in-house designs made of onyx and solid-edge wood slabs, in which the beauty is intrinsic. “Nature creates the perfect one-of-a-kind pieces, and you just kind of capitalize on what nature has already done.”
The key is to help customers connect. “I think everybody’s personality is unique,” Tanner says. “[When] they find a piece of furniture they feel like expresses themselves and that uniqueness, they identify with it.”
Such was the case for the Harrels, a Fort Worth-based couple who credit Adobe Interiors with transforming their house into a home. When first moving to the area, Race Harrel and his wife, Cathy, set out on the hunt for new furniture and, after a streak of bad luck, eventually stumbled into the store. “We went inside, and my wife just started going, ‘Oh my God, I love this,’ ” Race Harrel says. “The furniture is excellent, the quality that we saw there, the friendliness of everybody.”
“It’s just the most fabulous shopping experience I’ve ever had, and I don’t do furniture stores.”
Now, he says, their home is filled with original pieces of style and sentiment, such as a custom bed, a media-room piece embossed with his alma mater’s logo, and a table made of an old church door from Mexico. Harrel appreciates that the Adobe team listened to their vision and created the perfect Southwest aesthetic for their home.
“On a scale of one to 10, they’re a rock-solid 12,” he says. “It’s just the most fabulous shopping experience I’ve ever had, and I don’t do furniture stores.”
PHOTOGRAPHY: (All images) Courtesy Adobe Interiors.