Meeting Trammell s. Crow is an experience you will not soon forget. He is a man who is leaving an indelible mark on this earth so that he will never be forgotten. Crow’s latest focus is on inspiring environmental leadership across all sectors and party lines. Part of his path to accomplishing this initiative is founding EarthX (formerly known as Earth Day Texas), which has grown to become the largest annual exposition and forum for showcasing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices that serve to reshape a more sustainable future.
To provide a list of all Crow has founded and accomplished might take up the entire length of this article. Here is a snapshot: He is a member of the board of directors of the Crow Collection of Asian Art. He serves on the board of directors for ConservAmerica and is a co-founder of Texas Business for Clean Air and Texans for Clean Water. He is also a long-term supporter of the Texas Conservation Alliance, the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Log Cabin Republicans and the League of Conservation Voters. Crow’s philanthropy benefits various nonprofit organizations that are active in family planning, education, the environment, community initiatives and political causes.
As if that weren’t enough to keep someone busy, Crow is the president of the Crow Family Foundation, which operates and manages the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art as well as the Trammell Crow European Sculpture Garden. Crow is the son of Trammell Crow, founder of the Trammell Crow Company, and his wife, Margaret.
Crow was also involved in the development of the Anatole Hotel and later worked at the Dallas Market Center when it expanded by more than 2 million square feet. By 1985, he developed the Dallas Communications Complex, the Studios at Las Colinas, INFOMART and the Dallas/Fort Worth Teleport.
On the eve of this year’s EarthX festival, we talked with Mr. Crow about his passion for the environment, art and more.
Q: You have been involved with the development of space for design, film and art. What drives you to work in these specific fields?
A: I grew up in a house full of art, culture and history. My parents’ travels were my introduction to the world, and cultural literacy was abundant in what we read, talked about and experienced. I believe in Dallas as a highly cultured, international city, deserving of opportunities for risk and experimentation, and I want to support the innovators as much as I can. I want to help these creatives find their growing edges because I know it makes our city more vibrant and evergreen.
Q: What excites you about the Crow Collection of Asian Art?
A: Our decision to transfer the museum to a home with the University of Texas at Dallas gives it two things: access to almost 30,000 students and an infinite future. Additionally, the communities residing in the cities north of Dallas will have the opportunity to enjoy the collections and exhibitions. I hope the museums (the Arts District Location isn’t going anywhere!) will create a sense of belonging for all students but especially to those with Asian American heritage. As one of the families leading the way for arts and culture at UT Dallas, I am thrilled to imagine how a major museum complex will impact student life and student learning.
Q: You are a founder of EarthX. Why is this so special to you?
A: It began at an early age. My parents found it was important to share their passions, particularly with the public. There are many environmental issues, and I thought it was important to highlight them in one large event and possibly find solutions by bringing the right groups of people together. The species of the world are declining at an alarming rate, the coral reefs are disappearing, the vast majority of the species of fish in the ocean are being wiped out, the tropical rain forests are in a rapid downward spiral, just to mention a few of the problems our planet is facing. But there are no significant measures being taken at this time. The EarthX event is strategically poised to have an amplified affect on the nation. Texas in particular is a leader in so many arenas. For example, we are the energy state. There is a solid business reason for us to lead our nation to become the major supplier and supporter of renewable energy. EarthX is the platform to spread this message—a vessel to connect business leaders from around the nation and inspire change within our governments to see this mission through to real change.
Q: What new EarthX initiatives do you have planned?
A: Currently, we have the expo, film festival, hackathon, conferences, banquets, meetings and other sustainable initiatives, and every year we strive to bring more to the event. This year, we expanded our film festival to its zenith, surpassing other festivals in its field with a spotlight on our interactive Virtual Reality zone. Our next step is to collaborate with colossal American institutions specializing in nature film and video, like the Smithsonian and National Geographic, which we welcomed at our 2019 event. We have revived the connection between Texas and Colorado with our support of the ski industry, which is experiencing difficulties due to climate change and snow melt, and all their efforts in the area of sustainability and helping solidify the United States as a leader in climate change initiatives. Another exciting initiative new to this year’s event is our Mexico pavilion. After a successful EarthxMéxico expo in Mexico City, we brought the pavilion to EarthX in Dallas. Complemented by all of the elements mentioned above and the support of the Mexican community, we are optimistic that we will be an international player next year.
Q: Does Texas Business for Clean Air tie in with EarthX in any way, other than the obvious environmental angle?
A: Texas Business for Clean Air was part of the spark in which EarthX was created and grew into what it is today. We organized to oppose plans to build 11 new coal burning plants in East Texas; we took this fight to the state capitol and won. It changed my perspective on the environment. Texas’ place in this battle of climate change left me to wonder what was missing and how I could contribute to the cause. It solidified the need for a leader to take steps toward action. It will take more than political muscle power or corporate funds, but a resurgence in education and advocacy to the public at large. From there I wanted to revitalize the enthusiasm around the annual Earth Day celebration and thus Earth Day Texas (now EarthX) was born.
Q: What do you feel Dallas could be doing better to support design and the arts?
A: We need more edge—more counterculture. Our design programs are strong, but Dallas needs to be a place artists and creators are both attracted to and can stay and grow roots. The components are here: a swiftly changing downtown, lower cost of living when compared to other big cities and room to grow. Artists of all genres need space to work, experiment and encounter others who are trying to push our ways of thinking and being. We need more risk and more support to the citizen artist.
Q: With all you have accomplished to date, is there anything you still hope to accomplish?
A: There is so much work left to be done. So many people we need to reach, so many conversations that need to be had and an urgent need for people to change their way of living. I hope to bring as many people as I can to EarthX, to learn, even if it’s only one thing they may not have known about the environment and apply in real time to their life. The small steps turn into big actions. I would hope these kinds of change would make their way all the way to the top. To inspire people to demand change from their governments, their businesses and every facet of human life. I want to reach as many people as I can.
Q: What is one item you cannot live without?
A: I carry glass globe marbles wherever I go. It’s a way for me to meet people, to start a conversation about EarthX and about my passion to save the planet. It is my life’s work and I couldn’t live without the ability to spread the word about the urgency to change.
Like an orchestra conductor, Marlene Rose is at the center of her glass casting workshop, overseeing a carefully coordinated production that yields each piece of sand-cast glass.
“The process is very labor intensive,” says the artist, who uses this relatively rare technique to create luminescent glass sculptures depicting African masks, Buddha heads, monastic bells and butterflies, as well as abstract work layered with symbolism. “The technique is new for glass, but it’s based on an ancient bronze casting technique.”
She creates these dense but translucent structures in a multistep process. First, Rose makes a mold for the glass, sculpting the prototype out of a substrate, like polystyrene foam, clay or wood, which can take days for each piece. Then, she presses the sculpture into her “sand box,” making a sand mold.
It takes an orchestrated effort to make the next step go off without a hitch. Several assistants use ladles to pour molten glass into the mold. Rose must be on hand with a blowtorch to keep the glass at a consistent temperature so that it all fuses seamlessly.
“It’s a beautiful, flowing dance. There’s not a lot of verbal communication, but it’s all choreographed. There’s an art to keeping the piece from cracking,” she explains, adding that a large sculptural piece might require six ladles to fill its mold. “Between the first and the sixth ladle, there’s a lot of time that the glass is cooling. You have to be fast, read the glass and do a bunch of torchwork to make sure it doesn’t crack.”
The intense, nerve-racking process could also be halted by a typically insignificant occurrence—a bead of sweat or someone’s sleeve brushing the glass could destroy a work in progress. “There’s a million ways that the glass could potentially crack,” she says.
Despite the level of difficulty, Rose has mastered this technique over the decades. Now her work appears in tony establishments, such as the Ritz- Carlton in Hong Kong, as well as in prestigious collectors’ homes and yachts. Some pieces fetch a cool $80,000.
Rose is represented by nearly 20 galleries across the United States, from Miami to California, Montana and Massachusetts, as well as in Toronto, Canada. She also operates her own showroom in Clearwater, Florida.
One of her biggest wins was when Fay Gold, a famous gallerist from Atlanta, who has represented Robert Rauschenberg and Jean-Michel Basquiat, asked Rose to be in the inaugural show at her new gallery.
Rose will share the show with photographer Edward Mapplethorpe, younger brother of famous photographer Robert, at Fay Gold Gallery in April. “Fay is an icon in the art world,” Rose says. “She’s represented some really big names.”
And to think Rose almost passed up a career in glass. She says she just wasn’t interested in the medium when she was earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Tulane University.
“It intimidated me, quite frankly, as it was—and is still—a male-dominated field. It’s very dangerous and very physical,” Rose says. “I also wasn’t interested in perfecting a craft skill like glassblowing. I was drawn to sculpture and painting— using material to communicate an idea.”
She avoided it for as long as she could. “I figured I’d try it and just get it over with,” Rose says, laughing. She immediately connected with her professor, Gene Koss, who still teaches at Tulane. “He was different—a sculptor who found glass, rather than using glass as a functional medium. He was truly ahead of his time.”
Rose learned how to sand cast just years after the technique was developed. She was hooked. “I love the team effort, the intimacy of working in the mold, the sculptural aspect. I feel like I’m painting when I’m working in the sand, then there’s the experimental nature of the technique,” she says.
The visionary sand-cast technique manifests in Rose’s workshop as unique, vibrantly colored, luminescent sculptures. Between her hand-sculpted molds, color variations in the glass and the sand that remains embedded in the pieces from their time in the sand box, no two are the same, and they are stunning.
Alaena Hostetter is a Dallas-based journalist who writes about her favorite things: art, design, culture, music, entertainment and food.
For decades movie theaters were the bastion of sticky floors, popcorn smells and décor that often seemed like an afterthought. Cinemark, a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, has made sure those days are long gone.
Located on the northern edge of Frisco along Highway 380, CUT! by Cinemark is the company’s 22nd theater in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. This 10-screen theater offers a complete entertainment experience and a new approach to dine-in moviegoing, featuring delicious cuisine, handcrafted cocktails and an ideal social setting.
Step into the lobby and you feel like you are in a four-star luxury hotel rather than a movie theater. From the walk-up ticket kiosks to the design décor to the full-service bar—offering more than 20 popular beers, including local draft IPAs, an impressive wine selection, four specialty martinis and signature cocktails, not to mention a menu filled with unique and freshly prepared cuisine options—everything about this theater is Extra!
“CUT! by Cinemark was initially conceived as a trendy restaurant where you can also see a movie, so the design started with the kitchen rather than with a concession stand,” says William Angles, SVP of Global Design. “The hub of any great restaurant is the bar, so we decided to make our bar area front and center for this concept. We also designed the lounge to be elevated and screened to give more privacy, with cozy, more intimate, seating areas.”
And the design choices don’t end there. The elevated experience is truly one of a kind for a movie theater. “There is definitely an emphasis on natural materials, like wood and stone, both inside and out. The palette has warm, earthy tones in gray and brown, offset with a bright and sophisticated tone of blue. We specifically designed the interior spaces to be more refined, while the patio is meant to embody a more casual feel,” says Angles.
You won’t find a traditional concession stand with cases of Junior Mints, Milk Duds and other assorted delicacies. Yes, they can still be ordered, but they’ll be hand delivered to you in your lounge-style seat. What makes CUT! by Cinemark a cut above is the made-to-order menu. The appetizing options include hand-stretched pizzas created with house-made sauce and the finest toppings, then baked in an Italian stone oven. Guests can also enjoy one of several specialty sandwiches, like the bourbon bacon jam cheeseburger or the porchetta sandwich, which features sliced pork roast that has been marinated and slow roasted in-house.
“We wanted to ensure we had a good mix of items that are fresh and relevant to today’s consumer and reasonably easy to eat in a theater environment,” says Joe Murphy, VP of restaurant operations. “The blistered shishito peppers are a good example of an item that’s not too messy and also has a good kick of flavor that’s not too overwhelming.”
By the way, there are 10 state-of-the-art auditoriums in this theater, lest we forget this is a movie theater. Each one is fitted with Cinemark Luxury Loungers, and the projection system is 4K digital powered by Barco projectors. There is also a Cinemark XD and several RealD 3-D capable theaters.
“Guests that visit CUT! by Cinemark will be able to enjoy an experience that’s elevated from a typical movie theater. We’ve put a lot of focus on eliminating friction so that guests won’t ever have to wait in a line,” Angles says. “Additionally, spaces like the bar, patio, an outdoor movie screen and game room provide lots of entertainment options in a completely open concept, allowing guests to choose their experience without feeling crowded.” cinemark.com/cut
REVAMPING HIGHLAND PARK VILLAGE
In the latest initiative to elevate the customer experience and preserve the historic Highland Park Village’s iconic and authentic Spanish-inspired architecture, an extensive renovation and expansion was recently completed to Building G, currently occupied by CHANEL, Starbucks, Anthropologie and William Noble.
Modifications were made to the first level lobby, an iconic tower was added on the east side, an exit stair tower was added on the west side, and 5,000 square feet of traditional rooftop terraces were created. The third floor was expanded to a total of 19,000 square feet and is now the home of Park House, an exclusive members-only club.
The second floor, which is approximately 21,000 square feet, was converted from offices to several retail uses, including the relocation of William Noble. Additionally, the exterior was drastically modified to reflect the rest of Highland Park Village’s traditional Spanish architectural style, with aesthetic touches incorporated into the building, which was originally constructed in 1965. These design flourishes include Spanish tile, wooden balconies and facade details.
“We’ve been considering a renovation of this magnitude for years, and it’s one of the last pieces remaining to visually pull all of Highland Park Village together and integrate the authentic look of the original buildings that were built 85 years ago,” says Ray Washburne, managing director of Highland Park Village. “The architecture will reflect the old-world charm of the Village.”
Highland Park Village brought on OMNIPLAN to design the impressive project. OMNIPLAN has helped to facilitate other recent projects on the property, including Hermes’ expansion to include a second floor, which was completed in November of 2015, and the remodeling of Building A along the center’s south side—now occupied by Royal Blue Grocery, St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange, Draper James, The TOT, Bird Bakery, Alice and Olivia, Bandier, Etro, Valentino, and Celine. hpvillage.com
PLANO’S FIRST LUXURY CONDO HIGH-RISE
This fall the first residents will be moving into their luxury condominiums in the Windrose Tower, a 27-story residential condominium high-rise, the only one of its kind planned for Legacy West.
A total of 99 homes make up the Windrose Tower, located at the northwest corner of Windrose Avenue and Headquarters Drive in Plano, just west of the North Dallas Tollway and south of State Highway 121. There is a selection of two-, three- and four-bedroom condominiums with a variety of floor plans available on specific floors.
“We look forward to delivering an iconic address to our homeowners,” says Jim Duggan, Windrose Partners LP. “Windrose Tower will be the sole residential condominium tower in Legacy West, one of the best master-planned communities in the country. Our residents will enjoy a curated collection of amenities and a ‘lock and live’ lifestyle in a tower that will forever change the skyline of Plano.”
Designed by GDA Architects, Windrose Tower will reach more than 300 feet skyward, with architecture that is a marriage of classic and contemporary, and a transitional design that reflects the understated elegance synonymous with Legacy West. Windrose Tower will offer unmatched luxury amenities in the heart of the award-winning Legacy West development. There are 12 floor plans, ranging in size from more than 1,850 square feet to 11,000 square feet, with prices beginning at $1,050,000.
Each of the luxury condominium homes will feature designer finishes, including floor-to-ceiling glass, premium Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, high-end Italian cabinetry and generous balconies with built-in fireplaces. Homeowners will also have access to an exclusive owners’ lounge, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a golf simulator, a heated spa, two guest suites, a dog park, a beautiful resort-style pool surrounded by cabanas, and an outdoor living room complete with a fireplace and summer kitchen. Exclusive services will include a concierge and valet. windrosetower.com
THE 411 ON 214
In April, the Dallas Art Fair hosted its 11th year of exhibition and announced the opening of the 214 Projects, a 2,500-square-foot permanent exhibition space and cultural venue in the Dallas Design District, part of River Bend, a new community in the District.
What’s exciting about this permanent venue is it now extends the creative possibilities beyond the Fair’s duration, allowing for exhibitions and programming to be led by the Dallas Art Fair team throughout the year. This will further deepen the Fair’s footprint in the city while providing international exhibitors a blank canvas to make their mark on Dallas.
“Dallas is a city with a rich cultural landscape,” says Dallas Art Fair director Kelly Cornell. “Our exhibitors and their artists can now become a much bigger part of it. Directing this space will strengthen our relationships with them and give them the platform to connect with the city on a deeper level.”
The space is part of River Bend, a 70,000-square-foot redevelopment spearheaded by Dallas Art Fair chairman John Sughrue. Home to the new Dallas Art Fair office and the contemporary art gallery And Now, 214 Projects is part of a new cultural community that includes the Erin Cluley Gallery.
Thirteen bespoke tile murals by UK-based artist Clare Woods, selected from an open call for submissions from the Fair’s exhibitors, decorate the exterior of 214 Projects and its neighbors in River Bend.
“It has been a decade of hard work to bring the Fair to where it is in now,” says Sughrue. “Now that we are in our 11th year, it’s the right time for us to expand our ground and enter the next phase. We want to give our partners more space for artistic opportunities and at the same time give back to the city.”
THE DYNAMIC DUO
When Dr. Hannah Leffler and Dr. Cheyenne Cruz step on stage—Leffler carrying a flute and Cruz carrying the largest clarinet you have ever seen—you settle in for a performance of traditional chamber music. But, once the live loops of electronic beats drop, you quickly realize you are in for a fresh take on contemporary and classical music.
The duo, known as WoodWired, regularly perform their upbeat modern sounds, which represent a fusion of jazz, classical and pop genres, across the country and have been described as “fabulous, adventurous and spellbinding” by KSZU Stanford Online.
Both of these amazing women are accomplished well beyond their years, and their collaboration, which combines live electronics in a chamber music setting, is propelling their popularity to great heights. Their debut album, In the Loop, was released in March 2018 under the University of Texas-Arlington Record label. The album features almost entirely original compositions by WoodWired. It has been featured on multiple platforms, including being named Jazz Weekly’s “Ringer of the Week,” topping the Classical/Experimental chart on Stanford Zookeeper Online in July 2018, and being included on Audiophile Audition’s 2019 “Best of the Year Classical Releases” list.
A sophomore album of all original music is in the works and should be released in 2020.
The duo performs at private events, concerts, residencies at universities and conferences around the country. Their performances are as spectacular in a large venue as they are in more intimate, informal settings. woodwiredduo.com
LIVING A JOYFUL LIFE
Loyal readers of DSD may remember a story in the Fall 2018 issue about Heather and Heidi, the Design Twins. At that time, the two were filming episodes for their UPtv series, appropriately titled Design Twins, and full disclosure, yours truly appeared in two episodes.
With the success of that program, Heather and Heidi have launched their design and lifestyle brand Joyful Living, which, as the twins like to say, is a celebration of living a life filled with joy from the inside out.
The brand sells exclusively online, and visitors to the website will find uplifting interior design services and products that “give warmth, meaning, love and unity that help bring joyful living to your home.” Products include table runners, candles, rugs, artwork, baskets and so much more. You can even purchase the Joyful Living book, which is filled with inspirational thoughts and photos, to understand the true heartbeat of the brand.
The Joyful Living team is actually comprised of Heather, Heidi and their husbands, Tyson and Paul. The ladies are the creative directors and designers while the men help run operations.
In this day and age we all need more joy in our lives. Heather and Heidi exemplify that trait and wish to share it with others. From T-shirt designs to designing home interiors, the twins offer positive products and environments for all to share. joyfullivingco.com
DESIGNING A HOME DESIGN TELEVISION NETWORK
HDTV is the new kid on the block for the home design and DIY enthusiast. While the name might appear to stand for High Definition TV, it really stands for Home Design and the network can be found exclusively on the internet.
What inspired founders Donna Moss and Josh Mills is that cable networks always portrayed interior designers and DIY pros as archrivals. Moss and Mills do not see it that way.
“We’re here to merge these two amazing ‘home hashtags,’ bringing you the best of both worlds,” says Moss. “We strive to create a community where the audience not only learns, but interacts with our pros.”
HDTV provides a reliable “one-stop shop” resource to give you a healthy dose of daily knowledge and inspiration. Whether it’s home decorating, interior design, remodeling, gardening or even crafty tips for entertaining the neighbors, the all-new HomeDesignTV.com has you covered.
“Our episodes and clips focus on personality-based, docu-style reality content related to home design, repair and renovation. Stunning interiors, décor finds and styling ideas from the best DIY and décor pros are just a click away,” says Mills.
HDTV not only provides the resources and knowledge through step-bystep video, images and partner vendors, it has incorporated user-friendly product purchasing directly into every episode. As each product is featured in the episode, that product is time-stamped and appears in the rolling “product showcase” on the right side of the screen. The inspired HDTV viewer then has the ability to purchase the product within the window, without having to load a shopping cart, leave the page or get diverted to an affiliated website to complete the transaction.
“Our mission is to create an environment where an inspired HDTV viewer can have a seamless shopping experience while watching their favorite show,” says Moss. homedesigntv.com
GOING TO W.A.R.
After Hurricane Harvey hit, Chris Carraway—barely recovered from homelessness, recovering from liver failure, and full of fear—drove his truck of donations to Houston to help those affected by the devastating storm. Having to visit multiple donation sites because each location would only take certain goods, Carraway discovered that some charities received more donations than others and that volunteers had personal struggles of their own. Giving to others made Carraway forget his own troubles, and the idea for W.A.R. was born.
Atrend reversal in American lifestyle is making waves: The demand for smaller-size housing is at its highest point in decades.
Whether to simplify life, maximize retirement or avoid the cost of larger living, buyers and renters are gravitating toward smaller homes, condos or townhouses. But learning to live on less in a culture that thinks bigger is always better can be a challenge.
Every design decision has a direct impact on the ambience and utility of space. Understanding the reasons and goals for downsizing is the first step toward creating an efficient and effective interior design.
“Preplanning is critical. We have to look at how the owners want to experience living, what they foresee doing in the space. It’s helping them to understand their lifestyle. Those questions will be critical in determining the space,” says Glen Boudreaux, principal and owner of Boudreaux Associates LLC.
Understanding the dimensions and layout are also key. Shorter walls and lower ceilings restrict space, reduce sight lines and put restrictions on décor placement.
“You need to have the dimensions of each room and each piece of furniture and accessory, including for outdoor spaces. High-rise condos have limited patio space,” says Lisa Wright, design associate at Frontgate, Plano.
Making decisions about what to take to a new home is always difficult. By evaluating lifestyle priorities, layout and dimensions, those choices become easier.
“It’s about function first, and the proportion is important. We look at the client’s existing space and then go to the new space and talk about what they want to take with them. We look at each room separately,” Boudreaux says.
In addition, the color and lighting of a previous, larger residence may not be appropriate for a smaller space. The use and adjacency of each room must be taken into consideration.
“It’s harder to make different colors of rooms work in a small space. Also, lighter rooms become bigger; warmer rooms become cozier; darker rooms become smaller. It depends on how the person wants the space to feel,” says Boudreaux.
While a high-rise condominium may have a large expanse of broad windows, a townhome may have smaller windows limited to one side of the unit. Lighting that takes advantage of both natural and artificial illumination is important to maintain a comfortable atmosphere. Combining striking ceiling fixtures with sconces, table and floor lamps allows a resident to customize each room.
“Placing lamps strategically will bring together a room. You have to ground the space with a floor lamp or small table lamp and work your lighting in a visual triangle. Pendants and sconces should be included. Have your lighting be dimmable. It’s comforting,” Wright says.
With smaller living, rooms take on more than one purpose. A bedroom may also be an office. A living area may transform to a media room. Furnishings must be flexible and earn their place in a room.
“Smaller spaces need to be functional, and we approach that with the furniture we use. It’s important to have pieces that are flexible for different purposes. You have to think of things that are multifunctional,” Boudreaux says.
A Murphy bed not only saves floor space but provides storage during the day, and it creates a cozy bed at night. A drop leaf table functions as both a desk and dining area. An ottoman can be used as a cocktail table.
“Multipurpose furniture adds function and saves space. Nesting tables are a great go-to. Swivel chairs come in very handy. Even a chest can be used as a bar,” says Wright.
Having a small space doesn’t mean all furnishings must be small. Larger statement pieces add visual interest.
“A large-scale piece can be incorporated, but it depends on the scale and proportion of the wall it’s going on. It can be dramatic in a smaller space. I always like to do art as big as possible,” says Boudreaux.
Good things come in small packages. With thoughtful planning, a luxurious space can be created despite its small surroundings.
Nancy Baldwin is a Dallas-based freelance writer and editor. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DALLAS INTERIOR DESIGNER CARRIE BARRON SELECTED THE FACET WALLCOVERING BY INNOVATIONS AS OUR DESIGNER TRENDS SELECTION.
Facet wallcovering by Innovations adds warmth and interest to any room. The combined wood veneer and metallic underlay is perfect for a powder bath, an entry or a library. The range of color selections gives you the opportunity to be bold or to go with a more understated look.
Empressive Earth Gallery
This expansive sea fan exhibits a dark chocolate hue and an intricate network of radiating, willowy branching. 214.343.0000 empressiveearthgallery.com
Quintessentially Milo Baughman with its dramatic, geometric exposed metal frame and sumptuous seating, The Chunky Milo lounge chair was conceived in 1972. A timeless classic for modern lounging. 214.559.7050 livingmodernhome.com
Solara Custom Doors & Lighting
Solara creates distinctive pieces with expertise and craftsmanship, like this metal lighting fixture that is both luxurious and durable. 214.744.9900 solaralighting.com
This stunning, museum-quality 16th-century Ming dynasty horses and carriage tomb piece is 500 to 600 years old. The set includes four horses and carriage with driver, along with paperwork. 972.685.0808 rockwellantiquesdallas.com
Rhona LK Schonwald
Curves and organic forms emulate loving relationships in this bronze on marble piece, titled Family. 12″ x 10″ x 8″. 410.489.6065 rhonalkschonwald.com
Gappa Fine Art Glass
David Gappa’s modern, handblown art glass Spruzzare adds a uniquely elegant touch to any home or collection. 817.251.1668 gappaglass.com
Gary Riggs Home
The Elgon pillow is 22 by 22 inches. Tangerine and cream fabric is a fresh color combo for spring. 214.547.1054 garyriggshome.com
This one-of-a-kind steel blue and natural-colored reproduction Oushak is available in a 10-by-14-foot size. To the trade rug and carpet showroom. 214.744.5740 intre.biz
Beautifully hand forged and custom designed in traditional to transitional styles, Elegante Iron railings will complement the unique architectural elements that make your home a home. 214.342.8987 eleganteiron.com
J. Douglas Design
The Calypso swivel chair by Marge Carson. This fabulous piece comes with Merengue nailhead frame trim, a boxed cushion seat, button-tufted back and a Bombay finish. 214.522.8100 jdouglasdesign.com
This decorative lamp, hand-painted in black ink, tells the story of a young man who was honored by the emperor and is riding home on a kylin to share the news of his good fortune. 214.368.6455
Carlyn Ray Designs
The blown glass butterfly bowls are perfect as an accent piece or for the dining room table. 26″ x 15″ x 7″ or customize your own size and color. 214.741.1442 carlynraydesigns.com
Pettigrew Luxury Furnishings
The Propeller console by Kifu Paris has a pen shell top and brass accents in bronze patina. It has a hidden drawer and is perfectly sized
for a special spot in an entry or hall. 214.747.2232 pettigrew-usa.com
Into the West
The El Dorado sideboard, made from reclaimed railroad ties and metal, offers the perfect touch of modern and rustic. Custom pieces available. 817.482.1991 itwhome.com
This one-of-a-kind Indian rug in black with earthy tones features a wool and natural silk pile. 12’2″ x 15’2″. 972.733.0400 behnamrugs.com
This 18th-century Welsh dresser is made of elm and sycamore with beautiful carving, moldings and legs, circa 1790. 972.685.0808 rockwellantiquesdallas.com
Make your home glisten with Mirrella Tile’s signature Vitray Collection, a combination of concave stainless steel, hand-painted ceramics with carved flowers and shiny glass embedded with sparkles. Available in four colors. 800.471.6164 mirrella.com
Furniture To Go
For a cohesive look, furnish your living room with the contemporary Silver Mirrored sofa table from this collection and enjoy its crisp, dramatic style for years to come. 214.853.0989 ftgfurniture.com
The Hexa Collection radiates perfection and precision with its interlocking hexagonal and quadrilateral glass and aluminum. Available in four colors. 800.471.6164 mirrella.com
Read Design Window Fashions
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The balconies of the Royal West Indies Resort boast gorgeous views of Grace Bay Beach.
At first glance, you may have to blink a few times to convince yourself that what you’re seeing is real. The crystal-clear turquoise waters and bright white sand beaches of Providenciales (nicknamed Provo by the locals)—the most developed and populated island in the Turks and Caicos—offers one of the most idyllic beach vacations. Lying off the southeastern tip of the Bahamas, it’s easily accessible from the United States and only a three-hour flight from Miami. Famous Grace Bay Beach, consistently voted one of the world’s best beaches, is dotted with luxury resorts, shops and restaurants. Mornings on Provo begin by watching the sun rise above the water from your balcony, followed by a leisurely walk on the beach to search for treasures, like sand dollars. It’s not uncommon for vacationers to camp out on the powdery, soft sand until the sun goes down while keeping their eyes peeled for the resident dolphin, JoJo, who’s patrolled the pristine waters for years. It’s pure relaxation at its best.
Royal West Indies Resort offers three pools designed around how you want to vacation.
While some may view the covetable Turks and Caicos Islands as financially inaccessible, Royal West Indies Resort (royalwestindies.com), located directly in the middle of Grace Bay Beach and tucked between high-end resorts, extends affordable luxury to the everyday traveler. Surrounded by lush, manicured gardens, the British Colonial-style condos feature studios and one-bedroom suites, some offering those desirable oceanfront views. All are spacious—ranging from 565 square feet to more than 1,000 square feet—and suites are fitted with large balconies, perfect for sipping coffee or having breakfast as you watch the sun come up. Families will enjoy kitchen amenities like a fridge and microwave; one-bedroom suites have a full kitchen.
Enjoy a delicious seafood dinner by the pool at the Royal West Indies Resort.
The resort boasts three pools designed around how you want to vacation: Choose from a main pool meant for boisterous kids and families, or a quiet pool area for reading a book or peacefully floating on a raft. Post up on the beach where there’s drink service for those wishing to imbibe in local favorites, like rum punch, or explore the pristine waters on complimentary kayaks, stand-up paddleboards or a Hobie Cat. The resort also offers bicycles to explore the area, a DVD and book library, and babysitting services upon request—in case you want to hit the links at the nearby 18-hole Provo Golf Club (provogolfclub.com) or set your credit card on fire at the duty-free shops. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the resort’s on-property restaurant, Pelican Bay Restaurant & Bar (pelicanbaytci.com), where guests can indulge in international cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The restaurant is known around the island for its special culinary nights, such as “Lobster Fest” on Wednesday nights, where you can load up on as many Caribbean lobsters as you can stomach, or every Friday, you can partake in “Surf & Turks,” for seafood and chicken prepared in jerk sauce. “This resort is really about simple pleasures and bringing families closer together,” says RWI managing director Jeffrey Boland. “Many of our staff have been with us for 18 years.”
Studio suites at the Royal West Indies Resort offer many of the amenities of home, with an added bonus of stunning ocean views.
Vacationers at the Royal West Indies Resort will enjoy spacious living rooms and balconies, perfect for breakfast or sunset cocktails.
ELEVATE YOUR VACATION
Those who wish to escape the crowds and elevate their vacation experience can rent private, midrange to luxury villas and guest homes that are spread across the island of Provo. Choose from spacious villas in the West Indies Villa Collection (royalwestindies.com/west-indies-villa-collection), which are designed for large families and groups that are traveling together, or vacation like a celebrity by choosing an over-the-top getaway from the Luxury Villa Collection (luxvillacollection.com), featuring villas with opulent amenities that cater to every need, from a private chef and butler to airport pickup.
For eye-popping views of the island’s stunning turquoise water, choose the Grouper Court Guest House in Turtle Tail, which is situated on an acre of tropical land facing the ocean. With four bedrooms and bathrooms and a professional kitchen, this guest house will tempt you to spend your days dipping in the freshwater swimming pool that overlooks a garden or gazing at the ocean from the expansive terrace.
Or, go further inland to the Leeward neighborhood, where the two-story, modern Emerald Villa is nestled on the banks of a canal that mimics the color of the turquoise ocean. Fitted with six bedrooms, a full kitchen, a decadent pool area and views of the canal, many never feel the need to leave the villa.
Enjoy a casual poolside meal at on-property Pelican Bay Restaurant & Bar.
LIVE THE ISLAND LIFE
When you’re finished relaxing, Provo offers endless activities. The Turks and Caicos Islands are home to the third-largest barrier reef in the world, and visitors shouldn’t miss the chance to snorkel or dive the vibrant coral reefs that teem with marine life. Choose a snorkeling tour with Silver Deep (silverdeep.com), where experienced guides will take you to float above several reefs that are only accessible by boat, or take a 25-minute plane ride to Grand Turk, the capital island of the Turks and Caicos archipelago, where you can set off on an ATV for an off-road experience to a lighthouse and other historic sites. Don’t miss a day at popular Da Conch Shack (daconchshack.com), where you’ll join a lively crowd to indulge in fresh conch (they’ll pull the conch right from the water and cook it for you), live music and flowing rum punch.
Whatever you decide to do on vacation, you’ll be planning your next trip to the island before leaving. Those turquoise waters and dreamy beaches will always pull you back.
For reservations, call 800.332.4203.
Angela Caraway-Carlton is a Miami-based freelance writer, travel and lifestyle expert, and television producer. Her works have appeared in Indulge Magazine, Time Out, Elysian, Aventura, South Florida Luxury Guide and Modern Luxury Weddings South Florida & the Caribbean. Caraway-Carlton has covered lifestyle trends in South Florida and beyond for more than a decade.
The renovated porch, with its classical Doric columns, open rafter tails, operable shutters and ceiling fans, creates an inviting afternoon spot to perch.
Clad in wood siding with white wood trim accents and operable shutters, this charming, historical farmhouse seems surprisingly at home right in the heart of Dallas. With a sprawling backyard and located only a minute from North Park Mall, where the family often pops over for shopping or a quick movie, the property seamlessly blends the beauty of rural living with the ease of city life.
“This home has good bones and good views,” says Christy Blumenfeld, architect and president of Blume Architecture. “It only needed a few tweaks and additions to make it just right for this family of four—plus three cats and two dogs—so they hired me to renovate specific areas of their house.”
The renovation included the addition of a detached, oversize screened porch. Swivel chairs by Lee Industries from Ann Sacks create a peaceful sitting area in front of the fireplace while custom hanging beds offer a place for an afternoon nap.
The renovation included the addition of a detached, oversize screened porch, an overhaul of the kids’ bedroom and bath areas, a master suite addition, a kitchen and bar remodel, and a total revamp of the front porch and garages to enhance curb appeal. The homeowners also wanted their kids to have a Ping-Pong table, a TV and a game area on the porch, along with a fireplace, so the teenagers would have their own space to have friends over.
“The porch turned out to be one of our favorite areas,” says the homeowner, who is also one of Blumenfeld’s best friends. “We love everything Christy has done to transform some really blah spaces. When we said we had always wanted a screened porch, but could see no way to add one, BOOM— plans for a screened porch appeared.”
Interior designer Tracy Hardenburg completed the living room with custom furniture. The art above the custom TV cabinet is by Arturo Mallmann from Craighead Green.
Tiles by Ann Sacks create unique risers for this back stairway off the kitchen. Organic white Caesarstone is wrapped around the island.
Hardenburg finished out the breakfast room with lamps by Mary Kate, art from Blueprint and a custom console. A beehive-shaped, woven pendant light captures attention while it illuminates the room.
The separation of the screened porch from the rest of the house was key to making it feel more like a destination, as well as a retreat. Blumenfeld incorporated hanging swing beds into a nook on the lower part of the porch so they would be tucked away inside their own space and create a sense of coziness. Open on three sides to allow spectacular views and cool summer cross breezes, the porch provides the perfect place to hang out, relax or indulge in an afternoon nap.
Another significant feature of this home renovation are the sweeping French doors that open up the house to the inner courtyard. Blumenfeld removed a deep roof overhang across three sides of the courtyard so the natural light could filter through. From the entrance foyer, brilliant sunlightfilled views can be seen all the way to the courtyard, with a study to the right and a dining room to the left.
Leather and chrome drawer pulls were used throughout the kitchen. Kitchen stools are from Restoration Hardware. The pendant lights are from Serena & Lily. The backsplash is from Ann Sacks.
Hardenburg placed an antique sideboard with custom benches in the front entry, where fixed windows open up the view to the rear yard.
In the formal dining room, the designer placed chairs from Restoration Hardware and a round mirror from Brendan Bass, and finished the room with a custom chandelier.
“My favorite thing about this home is the warm and inviting feel you get from the moment you step on the front porch,” says the architect. “I love 8-foot ceilings, and this house is full of them. I feel like they create a sense of intimacy that you can’t create any other way. When you start designing a home from the ground up, it’s important to include cozy spaces with lower ceiling heights.”
Boasting multiple living rooms, dens and porches, the house offers plenty of gathering spots for this family, who like to make the most of being together, whether they’re singing around the piano, playing guitar, playing Ping-Pong, lounging by the pool or relaxing by the outdoor fireplace.
The master bath is a masterpiece of symmetry. Matching his-andher medicine cabinets from Restoration Hardware frame the Victoria & Albert tub. The scones are from Jonathan Adler.
Throughout the entire project, interior designer Tracy Hardenburg, owner of Tracy Hardenburg Designs, collaborated with Blumenfeld and the homeowners to ensure a custom look infused with personality and a layering of alluring textures. With her great eye for color, scale and proportion, Hardenburg worked mainly with the owners’ existing furnishings, adding only a few things to each room to make them even more special.
“I love when a client is able to see potential in their own home, and we can all work together to make it their dream home, instead of always thinking we have to start from scratch,” says Blumenfeld. “My favorite part of this project was working alongside the homeowner—one of my best friends. She can make me laugh like no one else. She has a great eye for detail and knew what the house was missing so we had a clear path to creating the vision. My only regret is that we don’t have any more rooms to renovate. We joke about buying another house just to do it again. I know I would.”
Jeanne de Lathouder currently resides in Kansas City, where she works as a freelance writer for books and publications across the country. Contact her at email@example.com.
Capturing the ambience of an Italian villa, the residence is wrapped in a custom blend of Granbury stone with quartersawn Douglas fir accents and a standing seam metal roof.
Nestled into a small hill in Westlake is a contemporary villa that reflects the vitality and culture of the Italian countryside. Classic yet unconventional, the home displays a mix of old and new elements to form a luxurious, contemporary feel.
The residence is a collaboration between builder Simmons Estate Homes; project architect Laura Baggett, owner of LJB Studio; and interior designer Amy Gibbs, of Amy Gibbs Interiors, who worked together with a unified concept of using old materials to create new spaces.
A unique combination of exposed steel I beams, wood rafters and natural stone blend seamlessly together in the family and dining areas.
“The owners wanted a style that is uniquely modern but regional, modern Italian yet Texas vernacular,” says Scott Simmons, owner and president of Simmons Estate Homes.
Influencing the design of the home was the owners’ Italian heritage and love of large gatherings of family and friends.
“They are a tight-knit family that spends a lot of time together, often prepping meals for family gatherings. They also entertain a lot, so they designed the house to have some impressive spaces to handle this,” Simmons says.
The design required a large lot with expansive views and spaces for conversation and family fun. In addition, neighborhood building standards had to be met.
“The homesite had a huge influence on the way the home was designed, as the natural slope of the lot dropped more than 25 feet from front to back. Also, the challenge was conforming to guidelines and not getting too modern,” Simmons says.
A large center island in the kitchen has a range on one side with a pass-through to a butcher block prep area on the opposite side. A raised bar is Basaltina, a grained volcanic stone chosen for its durability.
The 9,800-square-foot main residence features five bedrooms, a media room, two studies, a spacious kitchen, catering kitchen, dining room, family room and three separate finished basement areas. Sweeping lines, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an open concept that merges indoor-outdoor living seamlessly create an ambience that is both stylish and breathtaking. The exterior and interior are simple in both the materials and craftsmanship, with natural elements playing a large role.
“Because the concept for the home is a modern Italian villa, the exterior stays true to that history,” says Baggett. “The interior pushes the modern aspect further with exposed steel beams in combination with reclaimed wood. The exterior Granbury stone is used to bring the outside in.”
The result is a fluid kitchen, dining and living room design with effortless access to outdoor spaces. Walls of windows offer wide views of an infinity-edge pool, picturesque golf course and pond.
“The large windows provide expansive views to the backyard, opening up the inside to the outside. The main living area has clerestory windows above the covered patio to allow natural light into the space,” Baggett says.
Twin chilled and lighted, custom glass enclosures for storing wine flank a stone fireplace in the dining room.
Adjoining the kitchen is an outdoor loggia, with custom pizza oven, fireplace, casual kitchen with grill and seating that
A separate party barn is designed as a live music venue, with a stage, retractable 120-inch screen, whiskey bar, upper-level seating and outdoor lounging. An adjacent wood-burning fire pit and bocce court offer opportunities for casual fun and entertainment.
The rear of the home takes advantage of a full walkout basement, as well as two additional areas that conform to the topography of the site. Within the lower level are an exercise room with sauna, wine cellar equipped to hold 2,000 bottles, chilled charcuterie room, the husband’s study, and areas for a golf cart and pool equipment.
Ideal for indoor and outdoor entertaining, the home provides multiple areas for cooking and conversation. Most important is the kitchen, striking in both functionality and design.
“The husband is an avid cook and especially enjoys cooking with his family. The kitchen was an important element and needed to accommodate several chefs in the kitchen. Every detail of the kitchen was well planned, from the plate drawers to the utensil locations,” says Baggett.
Custom cook surfaces, appliances, wall and ceiling materials were required. French aspen veneer cabinetry, grain matched throughout the kitchen, is custom designed for the owners’ specific use. A steel and wood trellis over the main kitchen area reduces the scale of the space and offers a strategic place for lighting.
A floating stairway with structural steel and natural wood components adds a modern touch to this Italian-style villa.
The master shower has twin rainshower spray heads against a wall of natural stone slabs. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow views to the koi pond and private courtyard.
An outdoor loggia provides additional space for cooking, with a specially designed pizza oven and oversize fireplace that doubles as a roasting pit.
“Entertaining is a big part of the owners’ life. Friends and family are included in events at their home on a regular basis,” says Gibbs.
A 1,500-square-foot party barn provides just the spot for events of all types. Tucked into a hillside corner of the rear yard, it houses a live music venue complete with stage area, whiskey bar, seating area and an upper loft to view entertainment.
“The rustic finish out has the vibe of a Brooklyn bar, with reclaimed beams and authentic Italian tile, used between the beams, and wood planking from an old farm home in Michigan,” says Simmons.
As welcoming and comfortable as the Tuscan countryside, the home creates a friendly and undemanding ambience for family and guests.
Nancy Baldwin is a Dallas-based freelance writer and editor. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No architectural element adds drama quite like a soaring vaulted ceiling. With lofty walls and interesting angles, it opens up an array of design possibilities, creating the perfect setting for high-impact décor. Such was the case with a contemporary home in North Dallas.
Inspired by the beauty the home presented, Philip Thomas Vanderford and Jason James Jones saw endless potential inside. The interior designers had completed projects for the new owners at other locations, but this one offered fresh opportunities and challenges. Despite the tall windows and high ceiling, the interior was drab.
The broad glass dining table was tailor-made to seat 12 for entertaining the owners’ large family.
Previously adorned with heavy iron posts and handrail, an upper walkway was reconfigured with glass panels and an iron railing.
“It felt too heavy, commercial and dark. Brightening the spaces up was challenging. There’s not a Sheetrock wall in the house. Coming up with a way to freshen it was a challenge,” says Vanderford, partner at Studio Thomas James.
Originally constructed in 2005, the home features 16-foot ceilings, exposed structural beams and West Texas limestone walls. Yet the walls and ceiling had become dull and original ironwork had lost its luster.
Blue Lucite ghost stools bring a touch of color and whimsy to the kitchen bar. Cherry cabinets were refinished in a lighter tone and black granite countertops were replaced with white marble. Brass accents, including brass vent hoods, replaced dated chrome and stainless steel.
Multiple sinks, dual dishwashers, and four gas and electric Wolf ovens allow for convenient preparation of meals for a large extended family.
“It was well done architecturally. But the finishes and architectural details were starting to show their age. We cleaned the limestone and edited the wood tones to keep them warm,” Vanderford says.
The stone and wood combine to create a visually stunning home that is both stylish and welcoming. With a large extended family, the owners sought spaces and décor appropriate for entertaining.
Shades of aqua, turquoise and teal, favorites of the owner, bring a feeling of freshness and relaxation to the living area. Tall fig trees add a sense of scale to the open space.
“They have three children and 10 grandchildren that keep the house bustling. So, it’s important to keep function in mind,” Vanderford says. The interior designer set out to tackle the kitchen. Cherry cabinets were cleaned and refinished, and black granite countertops were replaced with white marble. A center island was enlarged to make food prep easier and given a white high-gloss finish.
“The kitchen needed some reconfiguring. We did one large island rather than two smaller ones,” says Vanderford.
To add warmth to the kitchen, twin chrome range hoods and sink hardware were replaced with brass, while original bronze cabinet hardware remained.
A cavernous living area is adjacent to the kitchen, and Vandeford took advantage of its open and airy interior to create a spectacular seating and dining space. Contemporary elements were added to brighten the aesthetic and reflect light. An upper-level walkway is a case in point. Previously outdated, a design modification changed its appearance dramatically.
The custom powder-coated metal table with brass accents brightens the breakfast area and provides a durable surface. The custom banquette adds a pop of color and ample seating for the whole family.
Anchored by an expansive fireplace, the living area is spacious, airy and connected to both the dining space and kitchen. The tall ceiling and windowed walls allow natural light to fill the space.
“It had a heavy iron railing, and we added the glass railing,” says Vanderford.
Cabinetry dividing the living area from the kitchen received a glossy white, modern finish to mirror the contemporary approach of the home’s new furnishings. A teal blue velvet sofa and pale turquoise sling back chairs anchor a comfortable seating area. The colors were favorites of the client.
“Our client loves blue-green tones and wanted to incorporate those. We pulled the color palette from her previous house, but we made it more crisp and clean,” Vanderford says.
A custom-made, blown-glass pendant chandelier above the dining table is a hanging work of art and focal piece of the space.
Exposed wood structural beams support a 16-foot-tall vaulted ceiling. Limestone interior walls add texture and bring nature indoors.
To maximize the home’s relaxed aesthetic, the interior designer added natural accents, including a custom-made burled wood side table and a round stone accent table. Brass floor lamps and other brass accents harmonize with organic materials throughout the home. A custom dining table seats 12 to provide for large family gatherings. Its glass top reflects light from a blown-glass pendant chandelier hanging above.
“It brings the eye down and adds warmth, and it’s light and airy,” notes Vanderford.
The master bedroom presented another challenge. Exposed structural beams, a dramatic element in the living area, posed an issue in the bedroom.
The extensive master suite encompasses sitting and sleep areas. An upholstered headboard adds visual interest and color to the room.
Brass accents and a white marble sink brighten the powder room. “We wanted to bring light into the space,” says Vanderford.
“The way the beams are spaced, you have to have the bed at one side,” says Vanderford. “We did a reconfiguration of the space.”
Located near a window, the bed features a tailored fabric headboard in the owner’s favorite color. “It provides pattern and interest and softens the stone,” Vanderford says.
The interior design is a combination of modern minimalism and rustic charm. The owners’ collection of eclectic art adds to the aesthetic and creates a personal touch.
Nancy Baldwin is a Dallas-based freelance writer and editor. Contact her at email@example.com.
The idea that you only have one chance to make a first impression applies as much to homes as to people. Milan Design + Build was spot-on with the impressive exterior they created with architect Clay Nelson, of C.A. Nelson Architecture, for a 9,500-square-foot, five-bedroom home in Dallas’ prestigious Preston Hollow neighborhood. “We refer to it as ‘country French with a modern deco edge,’” says interior designer Rebecca Kennedy of Dallas Design Group Interiors, who collaborated on the home with Milan project manager Richard Bragg.
From the curb, the home appears stately and grand, its Granbury limestone facade punctuated by a series of gabled outcroppings and topped with what Bragg calls “a 100-year roof” of black slate. Graceful arched windows with cast stone headers and sills pair with arched entries to the interior entryway as well as a porte cochere that offers entry to the rear courtyard and pool. “The home wraps around the infinity pool, with the master wing on the east side and an indoor-outdoor loggia on the west side,” explains Bragg.
The open-concept family room features a dropped, floating ceiling and 5-inch oak hardwood flooring. The seating area furniture from William & Wesley Co. with a stone side table from Mineral Hunters is framed by a contemporary rug from Nomads Loom Rugs. A custom Carlyn Ray Designs signature ribbons piece is a focal point of the room.
Venetian plaster walls in the foyer provide a complement to the inlaid marble flooring. Artwork by Humberto DeGarrio.
Inside, as the open, high-ceilinged space unfolds, a consistent color palette, luxurious finishes and high-end materials are established and carried throughout. The entry foyer and adjoining stairway feature a uniquely patterned Walker Zanger marble and Artistic Tile flooring treatment. Beyond, an expansive family room opens to an ample kitchen and bar, both of which are in full view of the infinity pool and courtyard area.
Perfect for entertaining, elements in both spaces surpass expectations. Art deco ceiling details and corner moldings pair with 5-inch-wide plank flooring and a custom-carved marble fireplace in the family room, while custom steel double doors with fixed panels provide natural light and views to the outdoor space. Highlights of the kitchen include an extravagant central island topped with white quartzite, a skylight above, individual space for kitchen prep, a pantry and butler’s area.
The waterfall island is made from white Macaubas quartzite granite with barstools from William & Wesley Co. The stainless vent hood with brass trim is custom.
The master suite, also on the main floor, is meticulously appointed, from the vaulted ceiling to the built-in storage in the wardrobe to the book-matched slab shower walls in the oversize shower area. “The intermixing of materials and design detail showcases the design capability of our industry partners and the flawless execution of our artisans,” comments Milan’s director of sales and marketing, Sam Allgood.
Fundamental to the company’s commitment to quality is the belief that a well-conceived design, combined with construction expertise, results in a home that enriches day-to-day experience—and that applies to what goes on behind the scenes as well, such as the installation of state-of-the-art mechanical systems that are designed to keep the home clean, comfortable and efficient.
Case in point is the installation of a Trane CleanEffects system in this home. Verified by experts at the Harvard School of Public Health, the system removes up to 99.98 percent of allergens from filtered air and reduces the need to dust inside the home by 50 percent. The inclusion of Trane’s Comfort Link Zoning system allows homeowners better temperature control while reducing the overall cost of energy use.
In the formal dining area, a silver-tay wine display is nested behind double steel doors with Wine Guardian cooling system. The dining table and chairs are from William & Wesley Co.
A Calacatta Caldia marble fireplace is the central feature of the family room, with silver-tay veneer back and bookended by silver-tay shelves with glass insets. Carlyn Ray Designs signature ribbons sit on the coffee table.
The master closet is elegant and functional, with its mirrored doors and a granite-topped island, which features a Carlyn Ray Designs signature glass weave piece.
A Renlo freestanding tub is the focal point of the master bath, which also features inlaid marble flooring and walls, dropped Bianco Bella marble countertops and custom ceiling treatments.
Aware of the fact that Texas’ highly expansive clay soils demand extra attention when it comes to foundation work, Milan utilized a pier and beam foundation to attain a raised floor that removed the structure from the ground and isolated the living space from ground moisture. A poured concrete “mud slab” in the subsequent crawl space was added to eliminate potential odors and provide a cleaner surface to work within for maintenance purposes.
The structure is complemented further on the second floor by a Hebel USA subfloor product called the PowerFloor. The PowerFloor is a lightweight, autoclaved concrete subfloor panel that can be used in lieu of OSB, plywood or Gyp-Crete. The benefits include superior acoustic insulation, fire resistance, pest resistance, and it also happens to be void of any toxic gases or substances.
In the study, a carved Italian Carrara marble fireplace by Sabella anchors artwork by Humberto DeGarrio. Inlaid brass, grasscloth walls and glass shelving provide exquisite details to the room. The side table is from Mineral Hunters.
An infinity edge pool and spa can be viewed from the loggia, family room and master bedroom.
Rounding the picture out, the pool area also features a conditioned adjoining loggia, which functions as an outdoor kitchen, complete with a service counter, an under-the-counter refrigerator, an icemaker and a built-in barbecue. The landscape design was provided by Kevin Clark of Kevin Clark | Naud Burnett Landscape Architects.
Inside to outside and front to back, the home is the ultimate combination of comfort, design and technology, a modern-day ode to discerning taste and an impressive lifestyle.
Linda Hayes, a freelance writer from Aspen, Colorado, specializes in architecture, design and the luxury lifestyle. Her articles have appeared in publications including Luxe, Hawaiian Style and Elle Decor.