Busy mom, wife and interior designer, native Texan Elizabeth McAllen Roberts of San Antonio is considered to be one of the chicest women in the state. Here, join our always-curious reporter Lance Avery Morgan to find out what she’s loving the most these days.

 

My interior design icon is…John Saladino. I love his quiet and elegant interiors. There is something very peaceful, yet grand, in all of the rooms he creates.

One interior design accessory I can’t live without is…great art.

How I made my first dollar growing up… I grew up on a working cattle ranch in deep South Texas and would work at our family’s ranch food commissary on Saturdays with my grandfather.

 What I love most about living in the San Antonio/ South Texas area is…The ability to go from the city to the country in less than twenty minutes. The best of both worlds.

If I could live in a foreign city because of its design aesthetic, it would be… in Madrid or Florence.

Last thing I binge/marathon watched wasThe Handmaid’s Tale. I am a huge fan.

First album I bought wasThe Cars. It was a 45 mile drive to get to school in the mornings so The Cars made the daily drive way more entertaining. We listened to it on an eight-track cassette player (does anyone know what those are anymore?) in our Town and Country station wagon.

My favorite coffee table style book is…Roomscapes: The Decorative Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino.

The last meal that truly impressed me was…Restaurante La Tienda in Marbella, Spain. The Foie Gras a la Plancha is simply the best.

Book I’ve read that made a lasting impact on me wasUndaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. The story of Lewis and Clark and their epic trek across the Continental Divide is truly incredible.

In my fridge you will always find…a container of half-and-half (for my morning coffee).

Favorite street to shop on in the world is….Via dei Condotti in Rome.

My perfect day would end with…dinner with my family.

An artist whose work I would collect is…anything by the Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla or Joaquin Torres Garcia; Taller Torres-Garcia.

The best gift I have received is… It would probably be the gift of advice given to me by my grandmother. When my sisters and I were younger she used to say, Always be a lady. I can still hear her voice saying that in my mind.