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Trends: Fair Trade
Trends: Primary Colors
Street Style: Austin creatives give us their take on style.
Shopping: North Lamar and 6th Street, Austin
Linens: Peaceful Sleep
Character Qualities: A Dallas couple fuses charm and modernity in their 1940s bungalow.
A Perfect Match: An inside look at a designer coupleâ€™s bungalow
The Pecan House: The Perkison family transforms their home into a LEED Gold.
My Favorite Room: A busy Dallas social entrepreneur seeks respite in her at home sanctuary
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The Final Image: Street Style
Seeing Green? “ THIS ISSUE FEATURES A DIVERSE GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO ARE EARTH FRIENDLY AND SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS FOR AN ARRAY OF REASONS.”
FOR YEARS, I HAVE DABBLED IN SHOPPING AT ANTIQUE STORES, consignment shops and full-service refurbish design studios (the 21st-century’s modern answer to vintage-meets-rehab) it started while working at a magazine and it was fashionable to be eco-minded. For myself and many of 20-something friends, it was the reduced cost that made vintage shopping appealing, but owning a one-ofa-kind statement piece was a bonus. Over the years my knowledge has evolved with education through upholstery classes and experimenting with eco-friendly painting and furniture restoration. It has become a natural part of my design process. This issue features a diverse group of people who are earth-friendly and sociallyconscious for an array of reasons. For those of us who flirt with the idea of greenliving, it is our reminder to be mindful of our environment and how we treat it.
Lesley Busby Weaver
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A writer by trade and a reader by affection, KAMBRY RUBY has broad-ranging experience practicing these habits with gusto on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In Texas, her writing repertoire includes marketing, advertorial, and web writing, and she has written extensively for D Magazine and D Home. In London, Kambry coordinated and edited a variety of electronic and print media content for an international nonprofit organization. She believes in kindness, beauty, and adventure, and enjoys time spent with her husband, Brian, and two playful sons, Lawson and Bennett.
KATE LESUEUR is a photographer based in Austin and frequents South Louisiana for work and family. She takes inspiration from flora, form and movement, textures and beauty of the ordinary.
ELIZABETH SMITH lives in Los Angeles and is a journalism professor, adviser and director for Pepperdine Graphic Media at Pepperdine University. Smith is an Associated Press and Emmy award-winning print, web and broadcast journalist. She continues to freelance as a writer and editor. She is also a doctoral candidate at Pepperdine University in education and technology. Her scholarly and professional interest lie in the intersection of ethics and technology. @tweetinginla
Born and raised in a small coastal town in Texas, MELANIE TARVER moved to Dallas in 2009 where she found her place in its thriving photo industry. Currently a product stylist for Neiman Marcus, she has a deep passion for fashion. Her strong sense of aesthetics and work experience has allowed her to develop a discerning eye for detail. Melanie lives in East Dallas with her husband and two amazing dogs.
HILARY WALKER has married her love of interiors and style with her passion for photography and story telling through her distinctly original blog, Our Style Stories. In it, she shares the stories of people with unique personal style, distinct points of view and creative pursuits by presenting their profiles as one part photo story, one part podcast episode. Additionally, when she’s not blogging, Hilary works as a photo stylist in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX and lives with her musician husband, newly born son, Gabriel, and two scruffy pups.
Born, Bred & Based in Dallas, DALTON TARVER acquired his degree in photography from Texas State San Marcos. He now works as a commercial photographer and videographer in the city he was raised. By day he works as a product and lifestyle photographer and videographer for the Men’s Clothier: J.Hilburn. Outside of his day job he points his camera towards Interiors, Food, Landscapes and Music videos. Dalton lives in East Dallas with his wife and two amazing dogs.
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KRISTI KRUPALA is a seasoned communications/media relations professional with corporate and non-profit experience. Throughout her career, she has worked in a variety of sectors from movie critic to publishing. Presently, she is Communications Lead for the Americas division a global oil services in Houston. Kristi in her spare time relishes in global travel, fine food experiences and time spent with her family, friends, and sweet pup, Chloe.
As a photographer MANNY RODRIGUEZ is affable, easy to work with and a man of many secrets. The je ne Sais quois he brings to interior shots. The tasty little something extra you feel with his food images. Equally known for his hospitality he maintains the spirit of “mi casa, tu casa” warmly welcoming guests to studio parties, holiday gatherings, and a cup of Cuban rocket fuel. It is his famous secret Cuban coffee, dubbed “the black nectar of the Cuban gods,” by his grandfather. It keeps friends, family, and clients coming back to Manny’s home and studio (American Express, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Roche Bobois, Sam’s Club, Target, The Richards Group, Williams-Sonoma, and many others).
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(Clockwise from far left) 1. Vida FrazadaTextile, $255 at tribe-alive.com; Empowering women in developing countries through employment 2. Leather Citrus Shibori Hobo by Sseko, $189.99 at By George in Austin, Gypsy Wagon in Dallas and A. Bientot and Emerson Rose in Houston; Benefitting highereducation for women in Uganda 3. Hallning Textile Pillow, $14$18 at Ikea in Frisco, Houston and Round Rock; benefitting the Multicultural Coalition 4. Bright Pink Striped Basket, $59 at dwellstudio.com; partnered with Far & Wide Collective 5. The Lily Paper Mache Cow Skull, $120 at ravenandlily.com; Empowering women in developing countries through employment with eco-friendly design 6. Beaded Botanical Cuff, $88 at noondaycollection.com; Empowering women in the USA and Uganda through entrepreneurship and artistry.
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1. THIN LED Desk Lamp by Juniper, $450 at LIGHT in Houston 2. Honey in yellow by Sons + Daughters $95 at WeAreSonsAndDaughters.com 3. It’s Gorgeous Ankle Strap Sandal by Aquazzura, $930 at intermixonline.com 4. Colours designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance for Bernhardt Design; for pricing information go to bernhardtdesign.com 5. Grando Coffee Table by Molteni & C, $728-$1755 at Smink in Dallas 6. Vege-Table Birch Wood Cutting Board, Tomato, $63 at Nest in Dallas and Kuhl-Linscomb in Houston 7. Ploum Sofa, $4,305 at Ligne Roset in Dallas and Houston 8. Kito End Table by Bontempi Casa, $254 at AllModern.com 9. Splash Coat Rack in bright blue, $299 at bludot.com 10. Grace K Bag designed by .normaluisa for Kartell, $262 at kartell.com 11. Shibuya Vase by for Kartell, $189 at MoMAstore.org
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Street Style Two Austin creatives give us their take on style and where to shop inside the city and out.
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MEGAN CLIFTON AG E: 32 O CCUPAT ION: PRODUC E R AT TEXAS EXES
STREET STYLE Favorite Store: By George Favorite thing to wear: My black Vince jumpsuit with fun shoes and jewelry. A rule for personal style? Be comfortable and don’t throw anything away—it will come back in 10 years.
STYLE Favorite Home Store: Blue Print in Dallas and Wildflower in Austin Design style: Modern traditional, mixing old and new. Favorite accessory? Pillows. They are so fun and can be easily switched out to change rooms. A rule for personal style: Less is more. Keep furniture neutral and spice it up with wallpaper, accessories, lighting, etc. STYLE NOTES: “Be comfortable and don’t throw anything away—it will come back in ten years,” says Megan. (above) The bedroom of Megans two year old son, her favorite room in the house. (left) Summer staples: The kaftan is by Emerson Fry, hat by Rag and Bone, shades by Illesteva and bracelets made by Megan.
BLACK BOOK Art: Antiques: Anything passed down from parents and grandparents Florist: King Florist in Austin. They do classes now! Fabric Source: Schumacher Wallpaper resource: Phillip Jefferies Upholsterer: John’s Upholstery in Austin
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CATELYN SILAPACHAI AG E: 28 O CCUPAT ION: C OF OUNDE R OF T HE DI S T I L L E RY
STREET STYLE Favorite Store: Zara and thrift or vintage shops Favorite thing to wear: Black A rule for personal style? I stick to classic and comfortable pieces in neutral colors that can be dressed up or down.
STYLE Favorite Home Store: Estate sales and I recently discovered Love Ding in Austin. Design style? Eclectic with a mix of vintage and global-handmade finds.
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Favorite accessory? My two retired greyhounds. A rule for personal style? We like to move every year and our taste changes quickly. I like to find high-quality, but inexpensive vintage pieces that I won’t feel bad selling in a couple of years.
BLACK BOOK STYLE NOTES: “We like to move every year and our taste changes quickly. I like to find high-quality, but inexpensive vintage pieces that I won’t feel bad selling in a couple of years,” says Cateyln.
Art: Pieces by my brother Clif Claycomb Antiques: Lula B’s in Dallas Florist: My mom Fabric Source: Estate sales and textiles picked up traveling.
N. Lamar and 6th St. We hit North Lamar and 6th Street to see what’s the latest in home design, eco-friendly decor and new to the neighborhood. Wo r d s b y L E S L E Y B U S BY W E AV E R
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North Lamar Blvd. ARETE
Specializing in modern kitchen design, Aretes’ focus on sleek spaces and clean lines makes this showroom an ideal destination for the contemporary design enthusiast. Located in an unassuming building on North Lamar Blvd., this showroom is an always evolving display of state-of-the-art selections. If you are looking for visual sophistication with a hands-on experience, Arete has a design staﬀ ready to guide you through the process. 700 N. Lamar Blvd. no. 100; 512-383-9906; aretekitchens.com
Designer labels are plentiful in this oversized Austin flagship store. Proenza, Celine, Lavin and Derek Lamb are displayed within a smartly designed interior among selected pieces from 6397, Suno and Zero + Maria Cornejo. The interior’s bold wallpaper, artful displays and concrete floors complement the modern design of the space and the fashion forward clothing it contains. For the home enthusiast, head to the South Congress location for a curated mix from Garza Marfa, Dosa ceramics and SKU situated among notable fashion labels and kids lines like Boy+Girl. This intelligently curated boutique is hard to resist —you’ll be thrilled you stopped by. 524 N. Lamar Blvd no. 103; 877.472.5951; bygeorgeaustin.com
Packed with rows of colorful cabinets, desks and buﬀets in colors like red, turquoise, and limegreen, this self-declared “furniture for the soul” showroom is worth a trip. From wicker chairs, garden stools and chicken wire hutches to minifurniture for kids—pieces move posthaste in this eclectic shop. If you find a standout, like a pair of copper side tables, treat yourself because the prices are easy on the pocket. 624 N. Lamar Blvd; 512-370-8500; furniturewithasoul.com
This eco-friendly shop features furniture made of sustainable materials and reclaimed woods. The earthy feel is accented with Surya rugs, Trina Turk pillows and oversized lighting. Tribal influences appear in mask, African beaded jewelry and zebra rugs. Our favorite items, a hide-covered rocking chair and a Moroccan style sphere pendant. Jaya possesses a global blend that can be perfectly translated into any home. 902 N. Lamar Blvd; 512- 4571255; jayafurniture.com
The Khazana is furnished with eclectic mix of home goods including aﬀordable replicas of modern design, mid-century pieces and imports. Acapulco and ghost chairs sit among Moroccan-style dressers and patchwork rugs. Sprinkled throughout are throw pillows by Villa, Dwell Studio bedding and other accessories—perfect for your adding a little statement to your decor. 900 N. Lamar Blvd; 512-3209905; thekhazana.net
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It is not very often you find antique shopping where each room is modeled as a livable space. The studio, vast in size, is meticulously curated to invoke thought in design. Collections of flask, glove molds and seltzer bottles—flawlessly accent furnishings like wingbacks, bar carts and sideboards. Thoughtfully, notebooks are provided around the showroom to give pricing and background on pieces that peak interest. This
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fresh approach to retail and studio is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. 3018 N. Lamar Blvd; 512-524-1334; therennerproject.com
WILD FLOWER ORGANICS
Same look, new location. This boutique encourages green-living through an array of organic linens, pillows and clothing. The showroom is abundant with furniture, lamps, and kid selections. Favorites from lines, such as Coral & Tusk, Fredericks & Mae, John Robshaw and Tatine candles round out the natural furniture lines and eco-friendly mattresses displays. Wildflower Organics is an ideal stop for gifts; grab some Dude Sweet Chocolate or Twine & Twig jewelry for yourself or a friend. 524 N. Lamar Blvd no. 101; 512-320-0449; wildflowerorganics.com
New Locations NEST MODERN
If you are looking for Nest Modern check out its new digs in SoCo. Formerly located on 6th Street the new industrial-garage style space carries modern and mid-century style furniture and ac-
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cessories that are sleek in design and not lacking in comfort. Adding to the new space is the variety of contemporary art and statement lighting. Beside furnishings, Nest Modern oďŹ€ers design assistance for contemporary spaces. Collaborations welcome. 2603 South Congress Ave; 512-6370600; nestmodern.com
jewelry and furniture that is sure to impress. Chinese Chippendales and hand-painted chinoiserie screens are available along with dear jewelry and figurines. 1009 W. 6th St no. 101; 512-474-1700; lotusasianart.com NEST MODERN
1009 West 6th Street DAVID ALAN RUGS The reclaimed entry doors are just as amazing as the contents behind them. Inside you will find a variety of traditional and contemporary rugs that line the walls and are stacked along the floor. Standouts are the customizable hide-rugs available in a variety of dyes and patterns. Cleaning and restoration is available. 1009 W. 6th St; 512499-0456; davidalanrugs.com
WHIT HANKS ANTIQUES Whit Hanks Antiques is an amalgam of European, Asian and American antiques that date back to the 17th century. Seven shops, 1776 House Antiques, Antique Swan, Negrel Antiques, Jean-Marc Fray, Lotus Galleries, Raritet Antique & Witte Global Antiques make-up the emporium. Rooms reminiscent of a British hunting lodge contain equestrian antiques including riding boots and a saddle are next to a cute alcove that specializes in antiques clocks, candelabras and sliver. Oil paintings and one-of-a-kind pieces are among bamboo mirrors and outdoor collectionsâ€”a must-see for serious collectors. 1009 W. 6th St; 512-478-2101; whithanksantiques.com
JEAN-MARC FRAY The largest of the Whit Hanks showrooms, Jean-Marc Fray holds an astonishing collection of French and Italian antiques. The showroom confidently displays period pieces ranging from Art-Deco to the Restoration period. Murano glass lighting, vintage lucite and art from shelves and fine art from Marissa Starr and Meredith Pardue create unexpected modern vignettes. A step inside its door provides an inaugural lesson in period blending and elevate design. 1009 W. 6th St no. 102; 512-457-0077; jeanmarcfray.com
LOTUS ASIAN ARTS AND ANTIQUES GALLERY A paradise, for a collector of high-end Asian antiques, Lotus houses a blend of art, sculpture,
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Peaceful Sleep The latest styles in linen sheets and how to care for them.
IMAGE: COURTESY OF GARNET HILL
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SHEETS: Eileen Fisher Washed Linen Flat sheet in all colors available at Garnet Hill.
Linen is a textile created from woven flax. This superior fabric is known to be breathable, durable and gets better with age. So while taking the leap (including us) toward getting a great night sleep, do not pass up these chic linen sheets and cleansers.
1. Originel Flat Sheet by Yves Delorme in Glacier, Poudre and Banc, $295-$335 at Feather Your Nest in Austin, Yves Delorme in Dallas and Fort Worth and Kuhl-Linscomb and Longoria Collection in Houston
2. Vintage Linen Flat Sheet by Matteo in loomstate, available in 7 colorways, $126-$150 at matteohome.com
To extend the life of your sheeting, make sure to rotate a few pairs of sheets in and out of your wash, the linen closet and on your bed. Fitted sheets wear faster than the other pieces in your sheet set. 1. Make sure to wash your sheets alone, one set at a time. Wash like colors and like fabrics together. 2. Wash on a delicate cycle in cold water and mild detergents. Never use bleach, whiteners or fabric softeners. This could harm the fibers in the fabric. 3. Tumble dry your sheets on low heat and remove them from the dryer when the sheets are still a little damp, but air drying is best method! 4. Smooth your sheets as this will help to reduce wrinkles and give a crisp finish to your linens.
If you want to splurge, talk to a local laundry or cleaners. Sunshine Laundry & Dry Cleaners in Dallas, wash and press your linens for reasonable prices. Simply luxury goes a long way. *Please follow manufacturerâ€™s how-to instruction.
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3. Garza Linen Sheets by Society in 15 colorways, $340; go to societylimonta.com for retailers
5. Eileen Fisher Washed Linen Sheets in 6 colorways, $125- $165 at garnethill.com
4. Linen Sheets by Rough Linen in natural and white, $140-$220 at roughlinen.com
6. Stonewashed Belgian Linien Sheet Set in 13 colorways, $229$299 at restorationhardware.com
Lavender is a natural sleep-aid. It is available in sprays, sachets and scented laundry washes.
1. Common Good and Co. Laundry Detergent in Lavender, 32 oz., $21 at Kuhl-Linscomb and Montrose Shop in Houston
1. The Laundress Signature Detergent in Classic, 32 oz., $20.50 at Feather Your Nest in Austin and Chemistry Cosmetics and KuhlLinscomb in Houston
1. Caldrea Laundry Detergent in Lavendar Pine, 64oz., $18.99 at Breed and Co. in Austin and Central Market
Gentle Cycle: Add these detergents and linen soaps to your everyday wash.
1. Linen Wash by Le Blanc in Lavender Lady, 64 oz., $40 at Provencal Home in Austin, Linen Boutique and Peacock Alley Outlet in Dallas and Beringâ€™s in Houston
1. Kai Fine Linen Wash, 16 oz., $42 at By George in Austin, Stanley Korshak in Dallas and Abejas in Houston
1. Mrs. Meyerâ€™s Clean Day Laundry Detergent in Lavender, 34oz., $16.99 at Target
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Character Qualities A Dallas couple fuses charm and modernity in their 1940s Bungalow
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icole and Taylor Stark are as obsessed with quality, functionality and charm as they are eager for a challenge. So, when a friend decided to list his 1940s bungalow in the highly coveted M Streets neighborhood in East Dallas, the couple was quick to seize the opportunity. “We loved it from the start,” Nicole says. “What the house lacked in modern amenities it made up for in character.” No couple was better equipped to upgrade this cottage to a fitting home. Taylor’s background and experience at his family’s local design and build firm and Nicole’s passion for beautiful, livable interiors allowed them to oversee every detail of the full-scale renovation. “Because the work was so extensive, the most challenging part of the process was the demolition,” Taylor says. “Once we had a blank slate; however, we were able to really see our plans begin to take shape
The Den: THE STARK HOME: Nicole Stark oversaw the home’s interior design. The couple’s collection of furniture and accessories is a harmonious blend of antique, contemporary and vintage pieces. (right) The walls are painted in Realistic Beige.
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and our vision come to life.” The Starks reconfigured the once-cramped kitchen into a room filled with natural light. The likable space—complete with a farmhouse sink, Shaker-style cabinets, stainless steel appliances, an oversized butcher block island, and white marble countertops—is perfectly situated for both casual entertaining and culinary adventures. The home maintains its character with original doors and hardware. The couple added recessed lighting and molding and renovated both bathrooms. They also transformed a dated, enclosed porch into a warm sunroom that now serves as a favored home oﬃce. “We added windows and hardwood floors to the space but kept the original tongue and groove ceiling,” Nicole says, “and now, the sunroom is one of our favorite spots in the house.” An oversized lot made modern conveniences possible on the property. The space is large enough to accommodate outdoor entertaining areas as well as a new, two-car detached garage that features custom built-in cabinetry and exterior details that seamlessly blend the new structure with the original style of the house. “I love older homes,” Taylor says. “And I love improving them for today’s lifestyle while maintaining the character qualities that make them unique.”
The Kitchen KITCHEN: The Starks added a farmhouse sink, Shakerstyle cabinets, stainless steel appliances, an oversized butcher block island, and white marble countertops to their renovated kitchen.
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MASTER BEDROOM: The iron bed is from Pottery Barn. The throw pillows (Nate Berkus) are from Target and the lamps are from Consignment Heaven. (left) The bedroom walls are painted in Alpaca.
The Nursery NURSERY: The rug and ottoman (Nate Berkus) are from Target. The rocker is from West Wlm and the crib is Babyletto
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AN INSIDE LOOK AT A DESIGNER COUPLE’S BUNGALOW Wo r d s b y K A M B R Y R U BY Photography by MANNY RODRIGUEZ S t y l i n g b y H I L A R Y WA L K E R
auren and Breck Woolsey share an aﬀection for one-of-a-kind pieces, “we love the hunt,” Lauren says. A determination that gratefully led them to each other—the couple first met at Again and Again, a Dallas spot noted for vintage furniture and old-to-new makeovers. Since they said, “I do,” their 1943 Stevens Park bungalow, near the Bishop Arts District has received assiduous attention.“We gutted everything,” says Breck, an awardwinning interior designer and creator of his own furniture line, Collective III (exclusively sold at Mecox). “From the floors and windows to the kitchen and bathrooms, every inch of the house has received a facelift.” For the Woolseys, the transformation of their home was destined for stunning results as much as every detail of the process was sure to be carefully considered. “When you’re both in the design world, everyone has an opinion, which is a great thing even though decisions are inevitably reached
slowly,” Lauren says smiling. Working in client development for a global lighting firm based in Charleston, South Carolina, Lauren’s aﬀection for gorgeous lighting (from antique and family heirloom to innovative new fixtures) can be found throughout the house, as well as her tendency toward interiors that marry traditional, clean, feminine styles. “We sit on everything, literally and figuratively,” Breck says, whose taste veers to modern, masculine looks. “We weigh our options to make the best choice for both of us.” A myriad of styles and pieces in the home create an unexpected—yet exemplary—assembly in each room that has been sourced from around the country or bespoke especially for them. Breck and Lauren’s classically inspired interiors in shades of blue, lavender, and white feature cool, clean contemporary accents mixed with pieces from notable design periods. The home shows oﬀ a Louis XV sideboard and an eye-catching metal chandelier from the Brutalist movement of the 1960s by designer Tom Greene, both in the dining room. “Our rooms are constantly evolving,” says Breck. “Our mantra is to never buy anything we don’t absolutely love, so we’re willing to wait.”
BRECKINRIDGE TAYLOR: Breck founded Breckinridge Taylor, his boutique-style interior design firm, in 2011. He is well known around the country and highly sought-after for his ability to blend traditional styles with modern, 20th-century sensibilities, resulting in understated, elegant spaces.
FAMILY ROOM: Their pursuit for one-ofa-kind pieces has taken them to notable showrooms and locally owned shops to world-famous antique fairs, including frequent treks to Round Top, Texas.
DINING ROOM: The Woolseyâ€™s refurbished dining room chairs feature an Italian rope motif and were sourced from Again and Again in Dallas.
KITCHEN: Originally dark and cramped, Breck and Lauren brightened up their kitchen with new white cabinetry, farmhouse sink, white Carerra marble and brass hardware. CHICKS: “We have 4 chickens—Hattie, Ruth, Esther & Pearl. Fresh eggs taste so much better,” Woosley says.
MASTER BEDROOM: “The chandelier is from James Herron. He is at round top every year and his store is in Atlanta,”says Woosley. The bed and night stands were made by Breck.
FURNITURE: Refurbished furniture is one of the coupleâ€™s favorite purchases to make; they were actually introduced at Again and Again in Dallas.
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PECAN HOUSE WITH A FOCUS ON FUNCTION, FAMILY, NATURE AND GREEN-LIVING BRANNON AND D’J PERKISON TRANSFORMED THEIR FAMILY HOME INTO LEED GOLD. Wo r d s b y L E S L E Y B U S BY W E AV E R • P h o t o g r a p h y b y DA LTO N TA R V E R • S t y l e d b y M E L A N I E TA R V E R
’J Perkison is an architect and her husband, Brannon, a builder, were living in the tight-knit neighborhood of East Dallas when a neighbor told them about a possible “project home” a few streets over. The home, named “Pecan Tree” (evident by the walnut and pecan trees that shade it) was a 1955 midcentury modern in need of a lot of love and a refresh. After peeling back the layers of the home and discovering years of neglect, the Perkisons decided to gut the home down to the studs. D’J, lead architect of Studio Perk, wanted to maintain the integrity of the original design and create a family space that was eco-friendly—down to the refurbished furniture left by the original owners. Taking on the diﬃcult task of an eco-friendly home is not for the faint of heart. Across the design process they took risk with material and made meticulous design choices. “This was a chance for me to experiment and try diﬀerent things,” D’J says. Reused light fixtures, salvaged glass and installed white-oak flooring reclaimed from a 100-year old barn support the spirit of green-building. Sometimes ecochoices made a visual statement as well such as the wood clad drop-down ceiling that holds the HVAC in attic space and the impressive bar in the kitchen,
PECAN HOUSE: Besides a full renovation the Perkison family concentrated on eco-friendly choices when renovating Pecan House. A soy-based spray foam product was used as insulation; a major factor contributing to its LEED Gold certification. (above) D’J Perkinson, lead architect of Studio Perk in her newly renovated kitchen.
fabricated with the paper product, Richlite. Now that construction is complete, the light-filled home appears deceptively larger than its 1,727 square-foot-size. The Perkisons’ work, varies from raising the roof to adding windows and integrating visible and non-visible storage through a wall of book shelves, art nooks or exterior storage (not a garage, as it may appear to the passerby). Whilst design decisions served a function, they frequently coincide with thoughtfulness for the family and the environment, including a screened-in porch patio that connects the home to the outdoors and little details such as a front parking area for bikes, the stock tank herb garden and steel cattle tanks that function as a sandbox where play can be monitored from the kitchen. From the beginning, the Perkison family made a decision to build green and the results have paid oﬀ. Upon completion of the renovation they were able to certify the home as LEED Gold. “Eco-friendliness and sustainability are core to both our personal and professional values,” Brannon says. “We don’t just design and build it, we live it as well.” To learn more about Green Building go to www.usgbc.org. CURB APPEAL: The large slab concrete walkway is apart of the original home design. The Perkinsons’ reclocated the original entry from the hallway to the kitchen and added a bike park outside.
KITCHEN: The rippled glass in the kitchen wall was salvaged from the original entrance. The kitchen bar is fabricated with the paper product, Richlite and a low counter by the kitchen door serves as desk for crafts and dining area for the children.
LIVING ROOM: During construction the living area was raised two feet, the roof was extended and windows were replaced with a low-e Marvin wood window. The fireplace tools are original to the home and the library wall features a sliding panel to hide TV.
LIVING ROOM: The record console was inherited from Dâ€™J parents.
LIVING ROOM: The rolling library ladder also provides access to the storage and HVAC area above the dining room. The dining room table is from Blu Dot.
MASTER BEDROOM: The console left by the previous owners and refurbished by the Perkinsons. The white-oak flooring reclaimed from a 100-year old barn flows throughout the home. MASTER BATHROOM: The master bath originally served as a guest powder room. The Perkinsons relocated the door and gutted the inside.
LANDSCAPING: The landscape layout and plantings were designed by their neighborhood landscape architect, Shane Garthoff and the carport and steel elements of the landscaping were designed by sculptor Scott Shubin. (left) The Perkinson family enjoys a meal on their porch.
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aula Minnis, first related to her Preston Hollow bungalow because of its connection to the outdoors. “The main family room has a wall of windows facing the backyard and pool area, which is like an oasis, Minnis says. “You don’t really feel like you’re in Dallas, but more like you’ve escaped to a little hacienda in Mexico.” The same is true for her outdoor room, which is Minnis’ favorite place to retreat. The founder of GAIA Empowered Women says her outdoor refuge embodies her love for travel, approachable style and social conscience. Memories and reminders are displayed throughout. Kuba throw pillows bought during her honeymoon in Africa, a Tuareg rug from Morocco and pillows sewn by refugee women she employs. Atmosphere is important for Minnis. “I definitely feel that our physical surroundings influence our happiness, so comfort is always top priority. And lighting. I must have good lighting,” she says. In spite of being a personal haven, the room still allows Minnis to connect with her family. “I love heading out there after work with a glass of wine and a magazine while watching the kids play on the slide and sandbox right outside. And if I’m able to finish the entire NY Times curled up on the porch on a Sunday, then it was a good day,” she says. 86
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We employ refugee women resettled in Dallas to make one-of-a-kind home & personal accessories using vintage & repurposed textiles. What rules did you have for furnishing your space?
No rules really, I just never want a room to feel “decorated to death.”
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For the time being, I’m pretty content with the space as it is now. I’m sure it will continue to evolve though, as I score new vintage finds along the way.
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