Dallas Style & Design Spring 2023

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“My goal is to make every home unique and a refection of my clients’ taste and lifestyle.” – Kay Genua 5132 Camp Bowie Boulevard Fort Worth, Texas 76107 817-763-0787 www.kaygenuadesigns.com @kaygenuadesigns
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1880s Oushak Carpet, Garden of Paradise Motif 13'9" x 18'9" On the foor, a 19th Century Rare 10' x 14' Oushak Rug along with a Modern Beni style rug atop of stack. Oversized rolled rugs in the back.
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Where Imagination meets Expectation

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Two heritage companies synonymous with beauty and quality come together in an exciting collaboration. The Matouk Schumacher Collection combines Matouk’s impeccably crafted linens with Schumacher’s extraordinary prints, for beautiful bedding and beach styles that capture the very best of both brands.

When Luxury, Comfort and Style Matter 5600 W. Lovers Ln. #122 • Dallas, TX 75209 The Pavilion on Lovers Lane Just West of the Tollway 214.352.5400 Monday - Saturday: 10:00 - 4:00 www.Linen-Boutique.com
825 Watters Creek Blvd. #240   Allen, TX 75013   469.677.7299   www.monicawilcoxinteriors.com INTERIOR DESIGN • NEW CONSTRUCTION • RENOVATION
WI WOODBINE INTERIORS 1022 N Riverfront Blvd Dallas, Texas 75207 972 598 0300 www.woodbineinteriors.com @woodbineinteriors.com @woodbineinteriors.com
Woodbine Interiors provides the design community with an eclectic showroom featuring fne antiques, Mid Century Modern furnishings, custom furniture, and home accessories along with custom work and restoration, to generate a fresh, inspired look at an afordable price.
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Installation, cleaning, relocation, restoration and more.

Working with local and international artisans to build high quality fittings for a wide range of lighting applications.

Start with inspiration and work with our team to create something completely unique.

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DALLAS 214.741.1912 FORT WORTH 817.731.4299 SOUTHLAKE 817.857.4001 THEKITCHENSOURCE.COM
Making Your Dream Space a Reality Award-winning boutique remodeling firm 2019-2022 Best of Houzz Service 512-779-7792 terribeckerdesigns.com
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30 minutes from Downtown Dallas

Arlington I Burleson I Mansfeld I Maypearl I Midlothian I Ovilla I Waxahachie
Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass Gallery 4500 Sigma rd. Dallas, Texas  972.239.7957 Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass Gallery www.kittrellriffkind.com ...all the glass you want, at your fingertips! GILLES PAYETTE “Tunique”
WHERE HOLISTIC LIVING MEETS SOPHISTICATED HOME DESIGN We help entrepreneurs and busy professionals create bespoke retreats for everyday living by combining personalized design with sophistication and joy. NEW BUILDS • RENOVATIONS • FURNISHINGS • SCHEDULE A VISION SESSION BY APPOINTMENT ONLY | 2001 Ross Ave, Ste. 700-144, Dallas, TX 75201 info@designwithveronica.com • 469-759-3829 • DesignWithVeronica.com SERVING BEYOND
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HOITSMA Heart Star Weatherproof metal sculptures www.TomHoitsma.com | @hoitsma_art
NITA PATEL FINE ART nitapatelfneart.com | 214-566-2727 | @thenitapatel 1002 N Central Expwy #331, Richardson, TX 75080 NITA PATEL
Handmade Rugs To The Trade
Mary Beth Wagner Interiors
Contemporary Fine Art Studio | 214-801-3211 | Gingerfox.com Ginger Fox “Vicinity” 60 x 72 in. acrylic/canvas


155 Oak Lawn Ave | Dallas Design District | By Appointment | 214-801-3211 | Gingerfox.com
“Dash Houndstooth” “Puffer” “Burbeary” “Tejas Versace” “Koco in Chanel” “The McQueens” “Octopucci”
38 DALLAS STYLE & DESIGN 120 on the cover Kay Genua Designs PHOTOGRAPH BY HOLGER OBENAUS >>> 94 88 Arts Top artists and galleries 94 A Walk on the Wild Side Designer Kay Genua brings an eclectic French aesthetic to a contemporary lake home 108 Glam Slam A modern manse in Parker gets a sleek makeover in just four days FEATURES 88 108
Farzin Rugs, Inc. Creating Elegant Interiors From the Ground Up For your convenience please call to schedule appointment. 1427 Slocum Street · Dallas, Texas 75207 info@farzinrugs.com (214) 747-1511 www.farzinrugs.com FR6925 Antique Turkish Oushak 8'9x11'7 cir. 1900
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40 DALLAS STYLE & DESIGN 80 72 DESIGN 50 Design Trends Fabulous fnds 56 A Culinary Sanctuary Salum Restaurant brings a taste of Europe to Uptown Dallas 60 Outdoor Living Designer’s Patio curates beautiful outdoor spaces for year-round living
was born.
“Art has been my
since I
It is part of my being.”
64 Decorative Hardware and More
is a one-stop shop for the homebuilding industry and homeowners 68 The Art of Collaboration
celebrates its thriving community of artists and popular workshop series 72 Source of Inspiration
76 Through His Eyes
Patel introduces an intimate view of the creatures of Africa 80 Awakening Michelle Sakhai transforms from landscape artist to abstract expressionist 84 History and Heritage Heritage Antiques & Interiors is not your average antiques shop 76
The Jarrell Company
Holder Dane Gallery
Art Studios
customers from
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Gilbert and Melanie — a husband and wife team with 20+ years of expertise making the dream of homeownership a reality for families in the DFW “L’ immobilier c’est nous” New Landing Page Coming Soon melaniemulamba.exprealty.com 214-770-0148 dallashomeseller@gmail.com Serving you with Care and Excellence

ago, when the husband wanted to surprise his wife with a new interior look while she was away. This time he wanted to surprise her with a 30th anniversary gift by redesigning their new, custom modern estate in Parker. The result: modern, bold and glam yet comfortable.


pring is a welcome sign after the crazy, cold winter we’ve experienced in Dallas. This issue puts me in mind of spring—rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth.

Our cover story takes us on a tour of a contemporary lakefront home on Possum Kingdom Lake. The homeowners, who had an upscale condo in Miami, wanted a place near their Fort Worth home where they could more easily gather with their kids and grandkids. Interior designer Kay Genua was tasked with renovating the home with a French country aesthetic—repurposing as much as she could from the Miami condo, including an extensive collection of bright, bold Britto artwork. Wait until you see the results!

Our second home feature is a house refresh that happened in four days! This was the second interior design redo Monica Wilcox has completed for the client. The frst was six years

Peruse the magazine and you will read about Heritage Antiques & Interiors, where the owners believe home design should be sewn together with stories and pieces that stretch through time. The Jarrell Company, which has seen a handful of owners since it opened in 1956, is still helping homeowners, builders and designers fnd the perfect appliances, plumbing and decorative hardware options. The Kitchen Source helps homeowners reimagine their space, including kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms, laundry rooms and other parts of the home, when they no longer work for their lifestyle. Geneva Wallace-Switzer of Designer’s Patio took over the business her father started 12 years ago, taking the company from a retail-driven model to a designer-driven model.

We also feature local artist Mital Patel and local art galleries Patrick Jones Gallery and Holder Dane Gallery & Art Studios. Our Arts section showcases more local artists. Be sure to stop by Salum Restaurant, an intimate venue artfully camoufaged amid a modest row of retailers on Cole Avenue in Uptown Dallas. Enjoy the issue!

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Christopher Martin Gallery 1533 Dragon St. 214.760.1775 Ginger Fox Studio 155 Oak Lawn Ave. 214.801.3211 Gary Riggs Home 1500 Dragon St. 214.547.1054 Pettigrew Luxury Furnishings 1805 Market Center Blvd. 214.747.2232 Floor & Decor Design Studio 1301 Oak Lawn Ave. 972.942.3440 Country French Interiors 1428 Slocum St. 214.747.4700 Dulce Interior Consignment Showplace 1208 Riverfront Blvd. 214.219.5656 ART GALLERIES SHOWROOMS RUGS ANTIQUES 45 DALLAS STYLE & DESIGN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 DALLAS WORLD TRADE CENTER 2050 N. Stemmons Freeway Designer’s Patio Suite 9009 214.217.9997 Summer Classic Suite 154 214.217.9997 J. Douglas Design 3301 Oak Lawn Ave. 214.522.8100 OAK LAWN SHOWROOMS 18 19 20 TKO Associates, Inc. 1617 Hi Line Dr. Suite 230 214.741.6060 The Kitchen Source 1544 Slocum St. 214.741.1912 RenCollection Rugs 1007 Slocum St. 214.698.1000 R Groden Gallery 1167 Mississippi Ave. Suite 130 469.790-0460 Patrick Jones Gallery 1400 Hi Line Dr. Suite 122 972.863.8541 Reclaimed DesignWorks 1444 Oak Lawn Ave. Suite 410 800.243.4030 Woodbine Interiors 1022 N. Riverfront Blvd. 972.598.0300 Le Louvre Antiques 1400 Slocum St. 214.742.2605 Pittet Architecturals 318 Cole St. 214.651.7999 Farzin Rugs, Inc. 1427 Slocum St. 214.747.1511 Interior Resources 1620 Oaklawn Ave. 214.744.5740 Nomads Loom 1525 Slocum St. 214.744.4448 Carlyn Ray Designs 1820 Irving Blvd. 214.741.1442 Pierre Verona 1025 N. Stemmons Freeway Suite 660 214.790.6303 8 9 15 16 22 26 27 28 30 10 11 12 13 14



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Unique wallscapes made with metal and glass create a dynamic focal point that can be tailored to your space.




Fascinated by their size and beauty, glass artist Bill Hawk creates Victory Lily casts from Victoria waterlily leaves grown in his water garden.




Rob Stern’s Auralius Windstar sculpture is a statement piece sure to stand out in any setting. 972.239.7957



Faceted blocks of Murano glass set in an antiqued gilt brass frame will convey an efortless glamor for any décor. Custom sizes and colors available.





Contemporary and tribal elements come together to create a truly stunning piece with a silky soft texture you’re sure to love. Measures 13'5" x 17'10".

214.698.1000 rencollection.com


Raymond Gibby’s Occupational Hazard sculpture is part of the Old West collection. The bronze sculpture is one of 20 and measures 19"H x 13"W x 8"D. 972.960.8935 swgallery.com

Visual artist Tom Hoitsma’s series The Heart of the Matter features heart-shaped metal wall sculptures created from the twisted remnants of a tornado that struck his neighborhood in 2019.

214.546.8473 tomhoitsma.com


This late 18th-century fourdoor bufet enflade from France features richly carved door panels in walnut beneath four drawers with steel pulls.





Soft, brushed cotton throw with white fringe in an array of colors from Matouk.

214.352.5400 linen-boutique.com


The Divas chandelier is an opulent pendant cluster made of Venetian ceramic and Murano blown glass shapes unifed under a 24K goldplated brass canopy. Custom available. 214.747.2232 pettigrew-usa.com


The book-matched burled wood three-drawer chest with Lucite handles works beautifully in an updated traditional or transitional home. 214.368.6455


Mid-century alpaca silver and inlaid abalone pitcher. 214.219.5656 mydulce.com



Hestan grills feature high-performance power, superior-grade construction and thoughtful, design-earning VESTA awards for Best Gas Grill and Best In Show. Other features include 25,000-BTU burners, an infrared rotisserie and LED lighting. Twelve color options.

214.363.7211 jarrellco.com

Charles Zana’s imagination brings contour to the shapes he creates for the Hamptons collection, a name that evokes luxury, softness and sensuality. The collection is based on his fascination with the modernity of New York City.

214.741.6060 tkoassoc.com


Bring the outside in with this custom Butterfy bowl. Measures 26" x 15" x 7".

214.741.1442 carlynraydesigns.com

This highly detailed, Gothic-style desk with a hidden compartment drawer features a beautiful Versailles parquet top paired with intricate Gothic carvings. Circa 1880.





Our unique rondels can be used alone or in multiples to enhance any space with organic and dynamic color.




The distressed gold fnish and aged looking glass of this pear-shaped Italian wood-carved mirror add the perfect amount of charm to any room.

214.698.1000 rencollection.com


The serpentine, scalloped three-drawer bachelor’s chest in charcoal fnish works perfectly as a nightstand.



This elegant pair of antique benches was created in France, circa 1890. The benches sit on four tapered and futed legs decorated with carved foral medallions at each corner. Each features an intricate geometric decoration around the frame further dressed with a carved fower medallion in the center on both sides.








Stained gold accents highlight the modern simplicity of this dining table. The cerused white fnish ofers a clean, fresh look. Its 50" diameter is perfect for smaller spaces like kitchen nooks.




This modern rug blends shades of blue, gray and rust in a beautiful abstract artwork that just so happens to be for your foor. Measures 10'2" x 14'3".

214.698.1000 rencollection.com


Sculptor Raymond Gibby says his works are a symbol of what he admires, what he feels, childhood memories or a refection of what he loves. Shown is Royal Guard in bronze. Part of an edition of 20, the sculpture measures 18"H x 23"W x 20"D. 972.960.8935 swgallery.com

THE LINEN BOUTIQUE Braid by Matouk is an embroidery style from Schumacher’s celebrated collection of tapes and trims.


Salum Restaurant brings a taste of Europe to Uptown Dallas

Seasoned travelers know big cities often hide their best eateries in quiet neighborhoods or nondescript strip centers. Such is the case with Salum Restaurant, an intimate venue artfully camoufaged amid a modest row of retailers on Cole Avenue in Uptown Dallas.

“This used to be a doctor’s ofce,” says the chef and owner, Abraham Salum, who transformed the space into an elegant but casual fne dining establishment in late 2005. The cozy restaurant is a serene respite from its urban surroundings, with soft lighting, attentive service and only 20 tables. The venue has stood the test of time through the transformation of Uptown from a commercial enclave to one of the

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hottest neighborhoods in Dallas, and it likewise weathered the 2020 pandemic, during which servers did double-duty as delivery drivers. Today, Salum continues to attract a cadre of regulars, who come as much to chat with the ebullient chef as they do for the exceptional food.

A native of Mexico City, Salum attended the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont, before traveling to Europe to start his gastronomic career. Working in kitchens in Belgium and France, followed by a brief return to Mexico, he continued to hone his culinary skills until destiny and love brought him to Dallas, he says. After four years as Executive Chef at Parigi, an Oak Lawn Avenue bistro that has been a favorite of discerning foodies for nearly four decades, Salum ventured out with his own venue.

“I always had the idea of doing a restaurant with an open kitchen,” he says, gesturing to the clean and brightly lit cooking space facing the main dining area. Although the kitchen staf are in plain sight, the activity is not distracting and instead speaks to Salum’s confdence in his team and the dishes he serves.

“I change the menu every month,” says the personable chef, noting he has repeated only a handful of dishes over the past 17 years. “I play around with ingredients that are in season and also buy local when we can.” With a focus on Continental cuisine, Salum’s innovative rotation features primarily Mediterranean and French fare, with an occasional nod to the owner’s homeland.

To kick of the New Year, the chef tantalized guests with a selection of savory appetizers, like Texas goat cheese with roasted elephant garlic, panko-crusted baked oysters with bacon and parmesan, and a homemade country pâté served with Dijon mustard, cornichons and toasted baguettes. He also paid tribute to his Latin American roots with arepas de choclo, a traditional Colombian dish of blue corn patties stufed with corn and cheese and served with spicy tomato salsa.

top: B ourbon bread pudding right: C hef and owner, Abraham Salum

The dinner menu always has a few popular staples, Salum notes, such as beer-battered fsh and chips, Australian rack of lamb with mushroom bread pudding, and a juicy burger built to order with anything from Gruyère cheese to marinated portobello mushrooms. The remaining entrées, however, testify to Salum’s love of learning and endless ability to innovate. Recent selections included pan-seared scallops over lentil puree, grilled branzino flet with butter-toasted Israeli couscous, and succulent pork cheeks braised in beer and molasses and served with sautéed Swiss chard.

Both the pan-roasted halibut with pesto and parmesan risotto and Salum’s homemade squid ink spaghetti marinara were inspired by cuisine from Italy’s southern shores, while the Puerto Rican pollo guisado—a hearty chicken stew—added a rustic touch to the January menu. Salum also frequently pays tribute to his two grandmothers, both gifted home chefs, by featuring classic Mexican fare. With dishes from across Europe and Latin America, the restaurant ofers something for every taste.

“When I frst came here, there wasn’t that much ethnic food in Dallas,” recalls the veteran chef, as he pauses from visiting with patrons. He has enjoyed seeing culinary options expand across the metroplex, which now boasts everything from Pan-Asian to African-fusion cuisine. As for his own recipes, Salum likes to let the ingredients shine.

“My dishes are simple, honest food,” he says, humbly. “If you get a broccoli soup, it will taste like broccoli, not like cream and four.” The service is equally consistent, with staf diligently tending to the needs of guests without being overly pushy. Although the environment is upscale, the restaurant itself is casual, Salum says. “We have people who come in two or three times a week for lunch or dinner,” he adds, clearly grateful for locals who have become like family.

For newcomers, the restaurant is equally suitable for impressing business clients, catching up with friends or enjoying a romantic date night. Among the many attractions that put Uptown Dallas on the map, Salum is a hidden gem worth uncovering. *

Leslie J. Thompson is a Dallas-based freelance writer with a passion for interior design and international travel. Read more of her work at lesliejthompson.com.



Designer’s Patio curates beautiful outdoor spaces for year-round living

In the dallas - fort worth metroplex , outdoor living is year-round—inspiring many to make the exterior of their homes as unique and inviting as the interiors. Since 2008, Designer ’s Patio has been a go-to for many savvy designers looking to ofer their clients the backyard of their dreams.


Te Shops on Slocum Te Antiques Street of Dallas



1400 Slocum St. | 214-742-2605 | lelouvre-antiques.com

Le Louvre Antiques has been a leading source of hard to fnd pieces since 1983. Te showroom is always full with everything from 17th century tapestries to hand carved stone fountains to European furniture.


318 Cole St. | 214-651-7999 | pittetarch.com

Pittet Architecturals is Dallas’s premier showroom for reclaimed fooring, antique marble or limestone mantels, and custom hand carved limestone projects.


1427 Slocum St. | 214-747-1511 | farzinrugs.com

Farzin Rugs, Inc. is creating elegant interiors from the ground up with the largest selection of antique and decorative rugs in the metro-plex.

1428 Slocum St. | 214-747-4700 | countryfrenchinteriors.com

For over 37 years Country French Interiors has been one of the fnest sources of 18th and 19th Century French antiques and decorative accessories imported directly from France.

Photo by Holger Obenaus Photo by Holger Obenaus

Open to the trade only, Designer’s Patio works directly with designers—landscape or interior—in a myriad of ways in order to understand and deliver the ultimate vision of the homeowner. With a showroom of approximately 15,000 square feet, Designer’s Patio is uniquely positioned to ofer an abundance of options.

“Each client is diferent—some will show us photos, some come in with measurements, and from time to time we do in-home consults,” says Geneva Wallace-Switzer, who is the owner and president of Designer’s Patio, which is in the centrally located Dallas Market Center on Stemmons Freeway.

Wallace-Switzer notes that the consult process usually lasts a couple of hours but can go on for as long as a couple of days.

“We have samples of all the fabrics and framing materials, so the combinations for creating a beautiful outdoor environment are endless,” she says. “Today, it’s a diferent atmosphere in this business—it’s all about customization—everything is beautiful and unique.”

Eighty percent of Designer’s Patio’s business is repeat, which is a source of pride for Wallace-Switzer, and rightly so. She has been with Designer’s Patio for 12 years and is following in the footsteps of her father before her. “My father got us started in the outdoor furniture business, and he mostly did retail, but when I was fnishing college, we decided to start a new division of the

company that was designer-driven.”

The showroom, which has the atmosphere of a design store, allows clients to customize entire projects in one-stop fashion.

“It’s imperative that we stay ahead of the trends,” says WallaceSwitzer, who fell in love with the business from the frst day. “Today, the trends are going back to clean lines and traditional styling. We are seeing more of the taupes and simple gray fabrics.”

Wallace-Switzer says virtually all of her clients are more adventurous outside of their homes than inside. “When people decide to change their backyards, it really gives them the opportunity to bring out more of their personalities. They go with bolder colors, and while they may keep it safe inside, outside they have more fun.”

Designers have a variety of options to choose from at the showroom, which is quiet and beautifully appointed. “We show outdoor furniture from 10-person dining tables and oversize spring chairs to cushioned sofas and everything in between,” says Wallace-Switzer. “Clients can choose from sofas, loveseats, spring chairs, recliners, ottomans, lounge chairs and chaise lounges. We also ofer a wide variety of tables in multiple sizes to complete any outdoor seating area, including cofee tables, end tables, tea tables and chat tables.”


As part of the consultation, Designer’s Patio takes designers, and ultimately the homeowner, through a series of questions and exercises aimed at bringing a backyard vision into perfect focus. One such question might be: When you think of some of your vacations, what did you like best about where you stayed? Clients are also encouraged to list the ways that they use outdoor space and keep pictures of the styles and outdoor spaces that are most appealing to them.

Designer ’s Patio features selections from more than 18 manufacturers, including O.W. Lee, Summer Classics, Bernhardt, MamaGreen, Castelle and Tommy Bahama, among others. The Designer ’s Patio website also includes several detailed design and maintenance tips to ensure the furniture and accessories are properly cared for.

Since the start of the pandemic there has been renewed interest in redesigning backyards, patios and balconies. Luckily, Designer ’s Patio serves the entire United States and also works with designers from other countries. “We have shipped as far as Germany,” notes Wallace-Switzer.

Along with her dedicated sales team, Wallace-Switzer goes all out to make each and every transaction not only a joyful experience but a seamless one as well. “When you get to work with talented designers, incredible and beautiful materials and

passionate employees, it’s a joy to come to work every day. The creative process is so rewarding for us, and we do everything in our power to make it the same for our clients,” she says. *

Ellen Uribe is an award-winning journalist and a communications expert. She is a sought-after speaker, participating as a moderator and panelist at numerous industry events, conferences and broadcast outlets. She has contributed to Vanity Fair, Palm Beach Life, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Women’s Wear Daily and Time Magazine

64 DALLAS STYLE & DESIGN DESIGN HARDWARE SOLUTIONS D DECORATIVE HARDWARE AND MORE The Jarrell Company is a one-stop shop for the homebuilding industry and homeowners
/ photography by HOLGER
All kitchen equipment is not created equal —just ask Eric Neel, owner and president of The Jarrell Company, a luxury appliance dealership based in University Park, an exclusive enclave and suburb of Dallas.
4152 Cole Avenue, Ste. 103 | Dallas, Texas 75204 P 214.252.9604 | F 214.252.9355 www.salumrestaurant.com Rustic and Refned, Casual Elegance
Abraham Salum Photo by Nathan Whitney Photo by Holger Obenaus

From its start in 1956, The Jarrell Company has been helping homeowners, builders and designers fnd the perfect appliances, plumbing options and decorative hardware solutions to fulfll practical and aesthetic needs.

“Since we opened our doors, we have seen a wonderful response from the community and incredible growth,” says Neel, who purchased the company in 2014. “We owe it to our dedicated and knowledgeable employees, and our passion for everything that makes a house a home.”

The company was founded by two brothers—Buddy and Milton Jarrell. From the outset, Neel says, the Jarrells forged a stellar reputation, which later proved to be a real impetus for him and his partners to purchase the company.

Following the Jarrells’ ownership, the company was taken over by a private equity group that didn’t do much with it, according to Neel. Ultimately, the private equity group’s inactions opened up a real opportunity for Neel and his partners, Zane and Jane Butter and Morris Wells, to invigorate the business.

Neel, who is the managing partner and in the ofce every day, says The Jarrell Company has operated at its original location between SMU and University boulevards since its founding. Under the Butters, Neel and Wells, the company has grown larger, adding a new Grapevine location.

The company—which showcases beautiful and luxurious products, including a toilet that sells for $14,000—relies heavily on referrals and repeat business from builders, consumers, designers and contractors.

“I think we have a good platform to show of the products really well,” says Neel. “The competitors’ showrooms aren’t as large as ours, so we have a much bigger space to display things in a way that attracts attention and can really give clients a better idea of how the products will stand out.”

Neel says the Jarrell team—which numbers about 70—tries to make good recommendations for every phase of a client’s project. “Typically, you wouldn’t see the same fnishes in the higher-end homes as you would in less expensive areas. For instance, we wouldn’t put a $100,000 kitchen in a $300,000 home.”

With its iconic sign, which has become somewhat of a pseudo-Dallas landmark, The Jarrell Company has continued to integrate itself into the metroplex with its attention to detail and well-trained staf.

“The key to any kitchen, bathroom or outdoor kitchen is to create a space that will not only look amazing but will also function well for our clients” says Neel. “Selecting the right appliances, plumbing and/or decorative hardware can be a


difcult and confusing process.” To that end, the company’s website promises to make the process as easy as possible, with specialists available to help fnd the perfect solution for your home and work within your budget.

Despite the frustrations and limitations imposed by the pandemic, The Jarrell Company continued to operate and even fourish during the lengthy disruption. “We were considered essential, so during COVID we did well,” says Neel. “We maintained hours of operation with a limited staf, and we came up with innovative ways to interact and limit the in-person contacts.”

For Dallas metro-area builders, interior designers, contractors or anyone else in the home industry, The Jarrell Company is hardwired to work tirelessly with any and all professionals to fnd the perfect home solution for clients.

Whether working on a large kitchen remodel, building a custom home or a series of homes, The Jarrell Company wants to be an appliance partner, and it ofers a full suite of new appliances, plumbing and hardware, as well as the expertise to give its professional partners the confdence they need to complete the job.

Neel advises his staf to be good listeners. “I tell my employees to listen to the customers and understand their

needs so that they can best present all the options available,” he says. “Our clients want more of a consultant than a salesperson. Our goal is to present them with a solution that best fts the customer’s needs.” *

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Holder Dane Gallery & Art Studios celebrates its thriving community of artists and popular workshop series

Anchored by main street, grapevine’s historic district is a destination full of food, art, shopping and entertainment, and Holder Dane Gallery & Art Studios sits in the middle of it all. For 12 years, the gallery has introduced the community to a host of both nationally recognized and skilled local artists. “While we represent more than 30 talented artists from around the nation, about 85% of our artists are local,” says gallery owner Pat Bodnyk, who is also a practicing jewelry and pottery artist and oil painter. “It is wonderful to have such great artists close by.”

Julie Wende, Green Chair , oil on canvas, 48" x 24"


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Bodnyk frst came to Grapevine at the invitation of local organizations who needed her expertise in recruiting artists and developing the arts scene in the downtown corridor. She leaned on her previous experience running her Fort Worth gallery and developing a major art exhibition called Brushes to Bronze In 2014, she established the Grapevine Art Dealers Association (GADA) to help fne art galleries work together.

Holder Dane’s staf and participating artists collectively have hundreds of years of experience designing in a variety of mediums. The gallery is known just as much for its artist-led workshops as it is for its expansive displays of fne art. Over the years, the development of an artists’ enclave morphed into a way for artists from all walks of life to practice, teach and learn together. The artists don’t keep it all to themselves; they turn into instructors on a regular basis. In conjunction with the gallery’s staf, artists lead hands-on workshops teaching those at all skill levels in the community the processes and techniques they use to create their special forms of art. “I enjoy learning from artists of all ages, and we have some very experienced people who collaborate here,” Bodnyk says.

One such artist-collaborator is Marie Maines, a retired schoolteacher and highly acclaimed pastel artist, who says: “Holder Dane Gallery is a phenomenal resource for the Grapevine community. Pat is such a wise and empathetic person, with the good of the arts, artists and the community ever in her creative mind.”

Julie Wende, who specializes in portraits and fgure painting and works in oils, watercolor and gouache, will lead a June 10–11 workshop at Holder Dane called “A Day at the Beach.” Participants will learn how to use her impressionist method and hand-chosen materials to paint fgurative light and shadows within a beach scene, getting a frsthand look at Wende’s technique of using dramatic brushstrokes against contrasting shadows.

“We have developed a rich texture in art over the years with great local talent who are willing to share. Why hide that?” Bodnyk says. She pulls out all the stops to create a productive workshop experience, providing food and all the supplies, down to the Bubble Wrap, so participants can take their fnished products safely home. These workshops, exclusive to Holder Dane Gallery, usually fll up fast because of the close, collaborative nature and the overall enjoyable experience of learning and creating with others who have the same interests but varied skill levels. Being located at the mouth of the DallasFort Worth airport makes it easy for travelers who wish to reserve a spot to participate in the workshops, something that even the gallery owner does. Bodnyk herself learned to paint and sculpt from other artists who regularly teach at the gallery, including nationally known Pamela Blaies and Philippe Faraut, who will be hosting upcoming workshops.

Because artists are passionate about the collaborative nature of the art studios, they stay with Holder Dane for many years.

left: P amela Blaies, F air, oil on linen, 14" x 11" right: J ulie Wende, Fa mily Time , oil on board, 14" x 11"

“Most of our artists have been with us the entire 12 years, woven into the rich fabric of our gallery,” Bodnyk says. The gallery’s art selection encompasses paintings, jewelry, pottery and sculpture in contemporary, impressionist and representational styles. The range of artwork is large enough that gallery visitors consistently comment on its variety, according to Bodnyk. And while the inventory is top of mind for her, the collaboration resulting from workshops and classes between and among artists and the local community is what she is most proud of.

“It has always been my business plan to bring the vast knowledge of our artists into the community at large and to share that with those who seek out fne art,” she says. *

Dana W. Todd is a professional writer specializing in interior design, real estate, luxury homebuilding, landscape design, architecture and art.


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The Kitchen Source guides customers from inspiration to the big reveal


Once upon a time , hosts were tucked away in the kitchen, preparing food and drink while their guests enjoyed conversation and laughter in the dining room. These days, the design trends have torn down those walls, and the kitchen has become a place for all to congregate.

“It’s almost like blending the kitchen, the living space, the breakfast area, your view of your pool, the entertainment area, your backyard—it is encapsulated all in one area,” says Corinne Danicki, a certifed kitchen designer with The Kitchen Source. “It’s a whole change on how our house structure is being built and how we want to hang out.”

Whether it’s cooking, eating, doing work, enjoying a snack or entertaining, the kitchen has become the heart of the household, and Danicki and the team at The Kitchen Source have been a part of the evolution of style. With three locations in Dallas, Fort Worth and Southlake, the showrooms are a one-stop shop for homeowners to get design inspiration, purchase high-end appliances or order custom-made cabinetry.


And don’t let the name fool you—The Kitchen Source doesn’t just focus on the kitchen but also on bathrooms and wherever else one would need cabinetry. Danicki says, while most people start working with the company to build or remodel their kitchens, after their experience they return to have their bathrooms, mudrooms, laundry room and other parts of the home remodeled.

“We don’t just specialize in kitchens, and we don’t just specialize in bathrooms—it’s the whole home process that we’re very capable of handling,” she says.

While many designers are dealing with a backlog and long wait times for products, this isn’t the case when it comes to cabinetry and countertops at The Kitchen Source. The company works with seven American cabinetmakers—many family-run for nearly a century—that provide the luxury of designing and building custom cabinetry using modern technology with a lifetime warranty. And because the companies ship to all 50 states, The Kitchen Source can coordinate having custom cabinetry sent to customers’ homes outside of Texas, too.

To stay up to date with the most current trends and oferings in the home design world, Danicki and others attend conferences by the American Society of Interior Designers as well as the National Kitchen & Bath Association. In particular, the Kitchen & Bath

Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas gives industry professionals the opportunity to meet trade partners to learn what’s coming to market, see changes in design and walk showrooms to discover the newest innovations.

All of this expertise and attention to quality shines during the six-step process that The Kitchen Source walks a customer through. Each project begins with inviting customers to tour the showroom for ideas. They can look at the latest technology available, browse the quality cabinetry, and narrow down their preferences in design—customers often come with magazine clippings and saved photos on their favorite design apps. Then, the designer will visit their home to discuss more concrete ideas. Seeing the home helps the designer understand how the homeowner uses the space and what is important to them.

“A lot of times the homeowner can recognize that their space doesn’t work well for them, but they don’t know why or how to fx it,” Danicki points out. “Someone like me, who doesn’t live there, can listen to their thoughts and their wish list and ofer suggestions.”

Plus, homeowners discuss their long-term plans to make sure designers set a budget that makes sense, whether they are planning to age in place or move out in fve to 10 years. For designers, this means they need to understand the real estate


market and the neighborhoods they are working in. Armed with this information, they will spend three to four weeks creating a custom design plan for the customer’s approval. If approved, a detailed schedule is created for the often monthslong process to complete the project. Because so many unknowns can occur during the construction process, it’s imperative at The Kitchen Source to plan for as much as they can.

“We know our space plan, we know our materials—the fnishes, the countertop material, the sinks, the faucets, the backsplash, the appliances. We create a turnkey picture for them with all the costs upfront,” Danicki explains. “It’s not like design-as-you-go and price-as-you-go.”

Then the fun part begins. Appliances, countertops, cabinets, tiling, lighting and more begin arriving at the home, and contractors are able to start making tangible changes. Disruptions for weeks on end can be stressful, so workers strive to keep customers comfortable in their own home by thoroughly cleaning after each day of work and allowing homeowners to continue using the space as much as possible. And if appliances are on back order, The Kitchen Source will loan products as customers wait for the arrival of their own items.

“We stand side by side with you throughout the entire process,” Danicki says. “[Customers are] going to be disrupted. You really

have a support team when you’re out there, not only to design and select the pretty fnishes, but it’s also to help during the installation process, during the ordering process, if there’s an oops or a problem process.”

And the support doesn’t end when the last bit of dust is swept away. The Kitchen Source is always available for homeowners to call should they have a question about their appliances, a drawer guide in their cabinetry or an ice maker in the refrigerator. Even if it’s a manufacturing or service issue unrelated to the team, customers are never left in the dark with a problem.

“I think the important thing to know is that The Kitchen Source is still here,” Danicki says. “You have support.” *

Christiana Lilly is a freelance journalist in Pompano Beach, Florida. See more of her work spanning the arts, community news and social justice at christianalilly.com.





Mital Patel introduces an intimate view of the creatures of Africa Paradox
The Arrival

Although based in Dallas, where he has focused on nature and wildlife photography for the past decade, Patel spends a lot of time traveling—and much more time patiently waiting for just the right photo opportunity. It’s impossible to rush Mother Nature or her creatures, so Patel must camp, watch and wait until the moment is right to capture a moody landscape or the movement of the wildlife he is tracking.

His most recent collection, Majestic Creatures, catalogues his East African trip last summer across three vast land masses

in Kenya known for wildlife sightings: Lumo Community Wildlife Conservancy; Maasai Mara, which is highly ranked for wildlife viewing and where Patel photographed many lions; and Amboseli National Park, famous for its 1,500 freeranging elephants and views of Mount Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania. The result is a series of nine limited-edition framed fne art prints of girafes, elephants, lions, cheetahs, wildebeests and zebras in their natural habitats, going about their daily routines. Patel stayed in Kenya for two weeks,

top: T he Great Journey bottom: V antage Point

with full days that began before sunrise and ended after sunset, bouncing across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem and watching and waiting for the perfect photo opportunity.

“You begin to understand the animals’ daily cycles, such as how the elephants emerge each morning in their large herd of extended family members to search for food and water. The cycles continue day in and day out, and you get a sense of being with them and understanding them,” Patel says. “One of the most satisfying feelings on earth is seeing wildlife in its natural habitat.” The trek of one family of elephants is expressed in the photo Pilgrimage, part of the Majestic Creatures collection.

Although Patel previously traveled to Africa several times, his intention for this latest expedition was to create a new collection of artwork showcasing distinguishing moments of animals in motion that he experienced during his immersion in the wilderness. While especially focused on photographing elephants, he tracked daily migrations of many of the animals in their quest for food, water and social interaction. Many of his photos show the unique patterns and markings on animals, such as cheetahs and girafes. Other photographs capture animals in seemingly peaceful repose, surveying their territories, such as the photo Royal Gaze, of a lion gazing into the morning magic of Maasai Mara. Capturing the shots was anything but restful. “Dust flled every crack and crevice of the

open Land Cruiser, including camera equipment and clothing,” Patel says. “The days were long and hot but the mornings and evenings cold. I spent many hours in awe simply watching a herd of hundreds of elephants as they fed and crossed a dry lake bed. Getting that perfect shot often required waiting in the same position for hours, but it was all worth it.”

Patel spends hours researching and scouting potential shoot locations, looking for inspiration and discovering when and where to go to capture photos that are diferent from what’s been photographed by other artists. By the time this article is published, he will have photographed locations on six of the world’s seven continents, with the most recently completed trek having taken place earlier this year to Antarctica, where he photographed penguins, whales and icebergs. Always mixing wildlife and landscape photography, Patel has plans in the near future to travel to Northern Canada and Svalbard to photograph polar bears and to Alaska to digitally capture grizzly bears in action. With only Australia left to conquer, he has established a dream lineup of expeditions for the next couple of years.

“During these trips, I don’t follow any specifc rules during my creative process,” he explains. “I experiment with the technical aspects of the camera and put my own spin on the material in order to help others see nature through my eyes. I’m inspired by the captivating and striking elements of photography, combining techniques from portraits, architecture and even sports to create dynamic and engaging shots. My photography captures earth in its raw form, reminding people of the need to preserve nature in its beauty.”

Traveling is second nature to Patel, who grew up in a family of travelers and adventurers. He has experienced freezing mountain temperatures, active volcanoes and hot desert landscapes. These experiences inform other collections, including his fne art photography captured in the Desert, Mountains, Seascape & Waterfalls, Abstract and Architecture series. Over the years, he has received international attention for his wildlife and nature photography, and it’s his “spin” on the subject matter that makes them truly fne art.

“In my life, I’ve experienced the vastness of nature while taking photos of the freezing temperatures of Banf National Park or volcanic lava fows. Through my photos of these places, I hope to share a bit of the amazing experiences with my viewers. I hope my audience will come away with a slightly diferent view of the world and an appreciation for simple beauty that many overlook,” Patel says. “It’s our duty to maintain Earth so these majestic animals can continue to roam this planet.”

Patel’s newest Majestic Creatures collection is on display at the Christopher Martin Gallery, with locations in Houston and Dallas, and Aspen and Vail, Colorado. *

Dana W. Todd is a professional writer specializing in interior design, real estate, luxury homebuilding, landscape design, architecture and art.

The Magnifcent


Michelle Sakhai transforms from landscape artist to abstract expressionist

Endless Summer, oil and metal leaf on canvas, 48" x 36"

There was never a question , even from childhood, that Michelle Sakhai would make her living as an artist. “Art has been my life since I was born,” she says. “It is part of my being.” She cut her teeth drawing and painting with watercolors, but at the early age of 13 transitioned to oil painting and almost immediately delved into impressionist-style plein air landscape painting. Later, Sakhai’s studies in the South of France solidifed her focus on landscapes but also got her thinking about how she could go deeper with her art.

She found the answer years later where she never expected to fnd it—in abstraction. “I avoided abstract art in my formal training. I never expected to deviate from my formal teaching and landscape expression. I would not have predicted I would become an abstract painter—ever,” this New York Citybased artist says. In her recently released book, Awakening , which showcases 200 of her paintings and personal quotes from her journals, Sakhai details the transformation from painting landscapes to abstract oil paintings incorporating metal leaf. In the book’s foreword she says: “It has been liberating to become an abstract painter. I don’t have to make anything look like anything or give it a name. My process feels unbounded, limitless. I have discovered that in this place I am working at a soul level. I did not know that such artistic freedom was possible.”

Sakhai’s frst abstract series of loose images of the sky and the movement of clouds served as the bridge between her fgurative and nonfgurative painting, moving her past her formal training at Hofstra University in Long Island and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco to a new form of artistic output. “I was making an inner transition, and it was being refected through the expanse of the sky,” Sakhai says. Her landscape background still informs her abstract paintings today, providing a foundation from which she leaps into abstract expressionism. It is a traditional complement to her edgier, contemporary side that she has honed since her days studying internationally at Escola d’Art i Disseny in Barcelona and other European sites in Italy and France.

top: Temperance XIV, oil and metal leaf on canvas, 18" x 18" bottom: C o-Exist I , oil and metal leaf on canvas, 30" x 30"

Sakhai’s medium of metal leaf oil painting has quite a unique methodology: She adheres copper, aluminum, gold or silver leafng onto the entire canvas as a base for applying oil paints. Many of her pieces have multiple layers of metal leafng and paint. Laying down fragile layers of metal leafng is an impactful way of showing movement, shadow and light, hearkening back to her experience incorporating these important characteristics into earlier landscape and nature paintings. She even paints a few pieces where she doesn’t fully adhere the metal leafng, so it fickers with every passing breeze for added interest.

Sakhai frst noticed the shimmer of gold leaf during annual summer visits to Japan to see her grandparents. “I was drawn to how Japanese screens used gold leaf and was captivated by the depth yet simplicity of Japanese art,” she says. Her rich cultural background—her mother is Japanese, and her father’s heritage is Persian—along with her world travels inform her designs. Another series of paintings, Japanese Translations, is Sakhai’s interpretation of traditional Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints that she reworked into large-scale oil paintings incorporating metal leaf. “It was an enjoyable process to blend the old and the new,” she says.

While focusing on light and energy, each of her paintings is a way of connecting the divine part of her soul with the canvas, letting “each stroke serve as a vehicle for healing and peace,” as she says in Awakening She hopes her viewers enjoy her eforts

and that it leads them, too, to connect within themselves in their own way.

Galleries around the world exhibit Sakhai’s paintings, including in Tokyo, Ibiza, Miami and New York City, and in Dallas at the Design District-based Patrick Jones Gallery, which opened just 18 months ago and features blue-chip investment-level art for seasoned collectors. The modern and contemporary art gallery focuses on abstract, surreal, street, grafti and pop art and recently began representing Sakhai’s work in its private collection curated by Patrick Jones and Reyne Hirsch. “We like to put our money where our mouth is,” says gallery manager Hirsch. “Even though we have many artworks on loan that we show, we believe in the artists we choose and often buy their pieces to display in our gallery.” Patrick Jones Gallery has more than 500 works of fne art at any one time in its inventory, providing a wide variety of artwork to ft diferent collectors’ wish lists and homeowners’ design styles.

Hirsch says Sakhai’s metallic art is attention-grabbing, which makes it perfect to hang in a home’s foyer, a corporate lobby or incorporate as part of a hospitality project. “We love her unique medium of choice and her use of pastel colors,” Hirsch says. A show featuring Sakhai’s metal leaf oil paintings is scheduled at the gallery beginning April 29.

Sakhai chose to associate with Patrick Jones Gallery because of her connection with the staf and the joy, love and positive energy

left: I llusion , oil and metal leaf on canvas, 30" x 24" right: T he Moon , oil and metal leaf on canvas, 40" x 30"

that fows between them. “Every gallery has four walls,” Sakhai says, “but the main thing to consider is people.” Like her relationship with the gallery, Sakhai’s spiritual journey and her artistic direction have dovetailed and the resulting work is her attempt to connect with viewers. “My hope is that each viewer connects with their own inner consciousness as a result of experiencing my process,” she says. “Art ofers connection. My goal with each encounter is to connect on a deep level.” *

Dana W. Todd is a professional writer specializing in interior design, real estate, luxury homebuilding, landscape design, architecture and art.

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Heritage Antiques & Interiors is not your average antiques shop


When designing a room , the last thing that Gene Kerns and Dean Warden want you to do is select a cookie-cutter look from a catalog.

The owners of Heritage Antiques & Interiors in Dallas suggest that home design be sewn together with stories and pieces that stretch through time. One’s living room shouldn’t have a duplicate in their neighbor’s home down the street. Instead, it should have a vignette that captures the attention of guests—think an ornate French Bombay chest from the 1800s with a piece of abstract art hanging above and fanked by Lucite lamps from the ’60s.

“Are you trying to create a museum or curate a home?” Kerns asks. “Just a couple of those really good, older pieces blended in bring a level of quality and character that is not achievable any other way.”

Kerns, who owns Heritage Antiques & Interiors with Warden, his partner in life and business, grew up surrounded by antiques

in his home as his grandmother was an antiques dealer. As the couple searched for pieces to complete their own home, they were drawn to the craftsmanship and quality of antiques, and they jokingly thought, “What would it be like if we owned our own antiques shop?”

That feeting daydream soon turned into a reality when they took the plunge almost 13 years ago and took a booth in an antiques mall. Fully committing to the business that they had fallen in love with, they opened their own shop in the metroplex six years ago.

“Our rule is nothing is sitting in our store that we wouldn’t put in our own home immediately,” Warden explains. “We buy the best. We know how to care for them—their fnishes—and we do that in the original way.”

In the store, customers will fnd carefully arranged furniture, tableware, artwork, accessories, Delft pottery, and more than 60 chandeliers and lighting fxtures hanging from the ceiling. Most


of the inventory comes through relationships Warden and Kerns built with exporters in France and Belgium, as well as wholesale furniture providers across the country. Perusing their store, one will see a piece from the 1700s sharing a space with something they ordered from the Dallas Market last week.

Kerns and Warden’s curated collection of goods earned them the title of Designers’ Choice for Antiques by the American Society of Interior Designers and Gold for Antiques and Collectibles in the 2022 Best in DFW from the Dallas Morning News

“This is not your grandmother’s antiques shop,” Kerns says. “We try to blend in the very best new things for a lighter, updated look.”

During their annual buying trips to Europe—sometimes as short as three days—the two hit the pavement to ensure they have time to meet with each of their connections. These multigenerational antiques pickers hail from Northern France and Western Belgium and go through estate sales and warehouses to provide a selection of top-quality pieces. Many they’ve met through Instagram, and they’ve built relationships of both friendship and respect.

“They’re all little businesses,” Kerns says. “It tends to be a husband and wife in France, individual people, and they tend to have a workman or a cabinetmaker on-site, so we’re talking about operations of three or four people at most.”

When Kerns and Warden do have a few hours to spare, they make a point to indulge in the local cuisine after a morning of negotiating and buying. There are also cultural sites to visit, such as the Louvre-Lens Museum, Waterloo, and weekend antiques fairs—namely, the celebrated Tongeren fea market in Belgium. It’s the largest weekly fea market in the country and boasts about 400 vendors.

Whether at home in Dallas or on trips to Europe, running Heritage Antiques & Interiors is truly a labor of love. During these buying trips, they’re also coordinating shipping, customs, clearance, movers and unpacking when they arrive home.

While Warden runs the showroom, Kerns still works full time in educational software. He works in an ofce in the back, often allowing him to come to the front in a pinch. When they are away, their friend Tammy Powell covers things. They’re not a small business, they’re a micro-business.

And despite the name, Heritage Antiques & Interiors isn’t just about the old and vintage. Antiques are about half of what they sell, as they also source furniture from contemporary wholesale furniture and lighting providers, such as Aidan Gray Living in Dallas, Eloquence in Los Angeles, Revelation from North Carolina, and a number of other makers from the High Point showrooms.

“They hand distress every piece—each one comes in somewhat unique,” Warden says of the attention to detail by one of their wholesalers. “There’s only a handful of people that can do that well. Other brands try, and you see through it pretty quickly.”

Learning to care for pieces has been top of mind for the business owners, too. While in Europe, Warden learned the disappearing art of French polishing as well as the proper way to clean pieces. The two are happy to pass along this knowledge to customers so they can continue to keep their purchases looking fresh. Popular picks include sideboards—which many repurpose for entertainment centers—and farmhouse tables.

But no matter what customers walk out the door with, it’s about quality and character, something that every single piece that comes into Heritage Antiques & Interiors must have.

“Let’s create a home for people that is not just something ordered of the pages of a catalog; it’s something that’s curated over time, specifc to them with pieces that no one else could have,” Kerns says. *

Christiana Lilly is a freelance journalist in Pompano Beach, Florida. See more of her work spanning the arts, community news and social justice at christianalilly.com.



IT’S clear from looking at Mital Patel’s photography that he has an incredible eye and a unique sense of perspective. Patel captures his subjects in a way that leaves the viewer staring in awe at this moment—this one incredible moment—that he has forever immortalized through the lens of his camera. That is the mark of a true artist, and Patel’s talent is undeniable, from his nature photography to his fne architecture and abstract photographs.

Over the course of his career, Patel has created a name for himself as an intrepid photographer, traveling the globe to capture the incredible—and often majestic—shots that he takes.

He focuses on fne art photography, printing his images on museum-grade fne art paper or on Lumichrome acrylic. Within the wide scope of his work, and in all his travels across the world, Patel’s favorite subjects are larger than life. “At this time, I’d say my favorite thing to photograph has to be elephants,” he says

While Patel is based in Dallas, he considers the world his studio. “I have traveled extensively around the globe, touching all but one continent,” notes Patel, who recently travelled to Antarctica for the frst time. His work is represented by the Christopher Martin Gallery in Dallas, Houston, Aspen and Vail.






LOCATED near the shops of the Galleria, Kittrell/Rifkind Art Glass, Dallas’ fnest art glass gallery for more than 30 years, ofers an ever-changing selection of outstanding and innovative work by more than 300 contemporary North American glass artists. This gallery ofers an amazing array of sculpture, goblets, vessels, wall art, platters, jewelry and many other treasures, large and small, including both functional and nonfunctional works, all in a 16,000-square-foot gallery space.

Also housed in the gallery space is Southwest Gallery, Dallas’ largest collection of 19th- to 21stcentury paintings and sculptures. Celebrating more than 50 years serving North Texas, this beautiful gallery represents hundreds of respected and established artists with thousands of stunning works of art, from antique to contemporary. In addition, you will also fnd a huge custom framing department for your precious keepsakes.

The service-oriented and insightful staf ofers knowledge and design expertise to assist in fnding just the right piece for every client. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced art collector, the gallery’s desire is to educate and inspire a greater appreciation of the arts for a more informed and personal buying experience.






A largely self-taught artist, Phillip Muldrow realized that his love for all things creative could take him far, and his background in painting, graphic design, graphic arts and digital art is evident in the pieces he creates. His natural talent combined with a profciency in Photoshop allow him to create digital art, acrylic paintings, mixed-media works and photography under the umbrella of the Jimmy Rich Art Collection, Muldrow’s artistic pseudonym.

Whatever medium he chooses, Muldrow achieves art that is vibrant, surreal and infnitely eye-catching. “My creative fow and process is diferent from one piece to another,” notes the Frisco, Texas-based artist. “What I begin with sometimes may not be what I end with. Sometimes, I get into a zone, depending on the vibe that’s around, whether it’s some type of music or smooth jazz playing in the background or just peace and quiet, that will drive the process to completion.”

Over the last eight years, Muldrow has been creating a new series of works annually to be introduced on New Year’s Day. He released the Royal collection in 2022. To welcome 2023, however, he simply focused on having fun with his work and will be working on his black-and-white release, with plans to include photography. “I want to capture beautiful moments that the world has to ofer, from animals to fowers, sunrise to sunsets,” says Muldrow.






GAPPA Fine Art Glass specializes in working with homeowners, business owners and interior designers to create one-of-a-kind commission pieces for private residences and commercial properties. Combining architectural training with innovative artistry, founder David Gappa is a master at transforming glass into fne art sculptures, chandeliers, tabletops, pendant lights, decanters, wall sconces and displays. “I have found that the passion of my life is working with the shifting energies of molten glass into its fnal stages of artistic completion. Glassblowing, for me, is a magical act of translating the ethereal into solid form. The creation of each piece is a journey, as I strive to trust in the path that the glass chooses for me,” says Gappa. Employing a turnkey process— concept, design, installation— each commission is original and customized for the client and the space. His pieces of art glass can be found and purchased at Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Fine Art Gallery in Grapevine, Texas. Gappa Fine Art Glass brings the ancient art of glassblowing to life with a modern twist.







LOCATED near the shops of The Galleria, Southwest Gallery ofers Dallas’ largest collection of fne 19th- to 21stcentury paintings and sculptures. Celebrating more than 50 years of serving the art needs of Dallas, this beautiful gallery represents hundreds of respected and established artists with thousands of stunning works of art, from antique to contemporary, all in a sensational 16,000-square-foot gallery space.

The service-oriented staf ofers design expertise that helps clients maximize the value and selection of each art purchase. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced art collector, the gallery’s desire is to share how art is made and the artist behind it for a more informed buying sense.

Also housed in the gallery is Kittrell Rifkind Art Glass Gallery, which ofers an array of sculpture, platters, wall art and many other treasures, large and small. The ever-changing selection of outstanding and innovative work is created by more than 300 contemporary glass artists.

You will also fnd a huge custom framing department, where you can choose from the fnest handcrafted mouldings and thoughtfully designed shadow box frames for those precious keepsakes.






FROM Banksy and Damien Hirst to Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol, the Patrick Jones Gallery has made a name for itself as a premier source for contemporary and modern art in the Dallas area. Open since June of 2021, the gallery’s owners, Patrick Jones and Reyne Hirsch, ofer a variety of works by artists from around the world working in unique mediums, including fne prints for beginning collectors and commercial designers to one-ofa-kind museum-quality sculpture.

Boasting years of experience in the art world as private collectors, advisors and gallery owners, Jones and Hirsch have taken their years of collecting and created a gallery flled with many of the artists whose careers they have followed for years. “Our gallery ofers works purchased privately as well as works by living artists we represent,” says Hirsch. “We host single artist and group shows every two months, which gives our artists a higher degree of visibility and greater exposure.”

With the type of work featured in the gallery, there’s a funkiness to the atmosphere, an appreciation for the unconventional. And while there might be something tongue-incheek about many of the pieces, there’s a reverence for the artistic integrity of the work that makes the gallery what it is.






eclectic French aesthetic to a contemporary lake home

photography by HOLGER OBENAUS

Designer Kay Genua brings an

A large kitchen island is home to seven swivel barstools upholstered in soft pink. The accent chairs and table are repurposed from the client’s former home.


Interior designer Kay Genua had two Louis XVI sofas rebuilt and upholstered in Romo velvet for the living room. Hot pink leather chairs add a bright punch of color.

When interior designer kay genua suggested hot pink leather chairs for her client’s living room, he said, “I love it!” And just like that, they were of on another design adventure. Genua is a native of Fort Worth, who honed her skills working in the fashion industry in New York City and Dallas. She is a world traveler who uses a graceful mix of antiques and new bespoke furniture to create interiors with timeless elegance. Though she is a ffthgeneration Texan, she’s completed projects all over the country, as well as in the Dallas area.

Her latest challenge is an 8,000-square-foot family home on Possum Kingdom Lake, a 17,000-acre reservoir on the Brazos River. The house has fve bedrooms and baths, a study, a playroom, dual primary bedrooms and a bunk room. During the pandemic, the clients wanted a second home where they could more easily gather with their kids and grandkids. “When COVID hit, my clients had a second home in Miami, but a lot of their favorite restaurants closed, so it wasn’t much fun,” Genua says. “They wanted a new place near their primary home in Fort Worth where they could all get together without fying to Miami.” They decided to sell their upscale three-bedroom condo in Miami and tasked Genua with renovating their newly purchased lakefront home.

Though the home has contemporary architecture, the clients wanted a French country aesthetic, and they wanted to repurpose as much as they could from their condo. They also have an extensive collection of bright, bold Britto artwork that had to be considered in the new design. “I said, ‘OK, here we go!’” Genua recalls with a chuckle. “When I’m in Paris, I spend time just walking all over. I decided to give them the wilder side of Paris; the colors go with the Britto art, so everything will make sense.” Because the homeowners have been clients of Genua’s for more than 20 years, they trusted her vision.


Genua used the client’s living room set from their former home to make a comfortable vignette in the upstairs sitting room. This open space serves as a playroom for the client’s grandchildren.

The designer had a custom round table with a Lucite base designed for the dining space. Round-back chairs are a nod to traditional French design. Embroidered Manuel Canovas drapes dress the windows throughout much of the home.

Genua is known for her long-term relationships with clients. She keeps an archive of swatches, furnishings and design elements for every project she does so that when clients are ready for a refresh or a move and want to repurpose what they have, she can refer back to the specifcs of their current home. The designer has an endless bag of tricks; unless it’s a solid, she makes a point never to repeat a fabric. “Every one of my jobs is unique to the client and the home. This home was a blank canvas waiting to be painted. I had their fabric swatches from the Miami project, so I knew where the furniture was going to go and what would need to be reupholstered,” Genua says.

With a background in fashion, textiles are Genua’s passion, and one of her favorite fabric lines is the French design house Pierre Frey. Though the company was founded in 1937, Frey textiles are incredibly eclectic and embody the bolder side of French art and design. Genua says when she had the idea to use the wilder side of Paris as inspiration, she knew Frey would have what she needed. “I played of the Britto art, kept an open mind and one fabric led me to another. I was in the Culp Showroom for four hours—I just got lost in the process,” she says. The result is a fresh take on contemporary French design that echoes her clients’ fun-loving, outgoing personalities.

As we enter, we can see through the open-plan living room, kitchen and dining area, and foor-to-ceiling windows to sweeping lake views. In the living area, Genua wanted to create a cozy niche from the large open foor plan. When she drew the plans, she knew she wanted a pair of long Louis XVI sofas. Luckily, a custom upholsterer found a frame for her in Canada, had it shipped, built it out and upholstered it in vibrant velvet Romo fabric.

Though the home has contemporary architecture, the clients wanted a French country aesthetic, and they wanted to repurpose as much as they could from their condo.
An antique vanity stool by the tub adds a whimsical pop of color to the sophisticated space. right: Genua reupholstered the client’s bed in vibrant Pierre Frey fabric; custom drapery is also Pierre Frey.

Genua displayed the client’s antique majolica collection in lighted niches beside the freplace and had a Lucite cofee table custom built. Enter the hot pink chairs: “I had to have the most comfortable lounge chairs, so I went chair-sitting. I found one that was absolute heaven, and I knew hot pink leather would be the icing on the cake,” she says. A remarkable rug from Dallasbased Abrash Rugs, another of Genua’s go-to vendors, anchors the grouping.

Seven Kravet swivel counter stools in the kitchen with Jim Thompson pink upholstery stand ready to host a crowd. For the dining area, Genua ordered a new round table with a Lucite base The client’s existing dining chairs leaned contemporary, so the designer ordered two more and reupholstered them all to match. With bright orange, blue, pink and purple hues, the new upholstery connects the dining room aesthetics with the rest of the home.

Here and in other rooms in the house, Genua used a remarkable Manuel Canovas fabric embroidered with pink, purple, red and turquoise for draperies. “The fabric is an embroidery and was perfect because of the design and the vivid colors,” she says.

Outside, a wraparound veranda was updated with Janus et Cie outdoor furniture designed to be comfortable without cushions. “Not only is it beautiful, but it’s also easy to take care of in a second home because you can just rinse it of,” Genua says. The veranda has a frepit surrounded by four chairs and shades that drop down in the winter so the family can enjoy the warmth of the fre even when it’s cold outside.

To the left of the freplace, a hallway leads to the client’s bedroom, while to the right, a hallway leads to the stairs. In the primary bedroom, Genua reupholstered a headboard with an energizing Pierre Frey fabric that virtually frolics through the space. The colorful pattern is so complex it has to be seen in large scale to appreciate it, so the showroom let her take the 3-yard wing to show her clients. Two Louis XV antique mirrors replaced sheet mirrors in the bathroom, and a large vanity stool by the tub completes the space. In the second primary bedroom, which now serves as a guest room, Genua repurposed the client’s original bedroom furniture, including a one-of-akind Moroccan headboard originally from a European antiques market.

While the entire home gets a 10 out of 10 for bold color and pattern, the client’s study threatens to steal the show. “He wanted somewhere to watch TV when the grandkids were there, and he needed a little escape,” Genua says. She added a new sofa, dressed the windows in Pierre Frey, and included a set of pink chairs from the Miami house. She also added fabric on the backside of the French doors, so they kept the aesthetic going when the doors were closed.

In the downstairs powder room, the designer faced a unique challenge: The former homeowners had installed a massive, wall-mounted wooden fxture that would be difcult to remove but would be a sour note if left as is. “Instead of reinventing the wheel, I found a piece of marble to cover it and used an incredible piece of Jim Thompson fabric to make an apron,” she says.

A small eagle’s nest provides sweeping lake views. Genua repurposed the sofa and chairs from the client’s former home. In the large guest room, the designer grouped furnishings from the client’s former home and pulled them together with a new rug from Abrash Rugs.

Upstairs, a second sitting area has been transformed into a playroom. Genua repurposed a sectional and two chairs from the former home and added drapery with fabric by Jim Thompson. The apple green cofee table is a fnd she had painted, and the ottomans that slide under are custom. Barstools from the Miami house now serve as seating for gaming.

Upstairs are three guest rooms. One smaller guest room is a bunk room with a chaise that can accommodate a third person and another has two twin beds. These rooms share a Jackand-Jill bath. A small stairway leads from the bunk room to a panoramic eagle’s nest the clients use as a small sitting room, with furniture repurposed from their condo. The larger guest room has a king bed with custom bedding and a custom chest of drawers from the client’s former primary bedroom.

The fnished project is a quiet riot of contemporary French style and a home unique to the client’s personality and lifestyle. Not only did Genua use every piece of furniture from the client’s former home, except the dining table, but she also added new pieces that complemented and expanded their aesthetic narrative.

“I really had to use my 30 years of experience on this project, but this was such a fun job,” Genua says. “I was able to use everything from their Miami condo, including their Britto art. We just added to their collections and reupholstered whatever needed it.” Genua and the clients especially love the fabrics, and there are plenty of them. In fact, the project required so much of the embroidered Manuel Canovas drapery fabric, the company had to do a special run.

“I love this home, and so do my clients. The art is spectacular, the view is spectacular, and the fabrics throughout the home are so bright and colorful,” Genua says. “The whole family can enjoy it; the kids can be rowdy upstairs, and there’s a huge backyard where they can play outside. The adults have their own space, but there’s enough seating and room so everyone can be together. It’s turned out to be a really fabulous home for them.” The designer says that the homeowners were blown away when the home was fnished. “He paid me the nicest compliment. He said, ‘You are the only designer I would use, no matter what.’” *

Robin Howard is a full-time freelance writer in Charleston. See more of her work at robinhowardwrites.com.



A modern manse in Parker gets a sleek makeover in just four days



Designer Monica Wilcox worked with the homeowner to pull together furniture and accessories to accentuate the bold, modern look of the home. spread: The Madubuikes’ Parker home is the second that Wilcox has worked on, both on short notice.

Monica w ilcox was no stranger to deadline pressure from her client. The frst time they worked together six years ago, he knew exactly what he wanted. He preferred—no, insisted—that the design, decoration and install be completed in just two weeks, and without input from his wife.

“She was away on business in China, and he wanted to surprise her when she got back,” recalls Wilcox, principal designer at M. Wilcox Design. “That was my frst experience where a husband wanted to design a whole house without a wife. I was nervous, but I ended up designing the house.”

She hit a home run with the clients too. “The wife’s very frst phone call after she returned was to introduce herself and thank me so much. She thought it looked like a fve-star hotel,” Wilcox says.

Then, an opportunity knocked again with the client, Festus Madubuike. Wilcox had just opened her Dallas store, Designer Consignment Shop, and she called Madubuike to come in for a visit. He did, and while browsing the store, he flled Wilcox in on what he’d been up to in the intervening years. His wife, Maureen, had gone to construction management school. Madubuike, who has training in interior design in addition to his career as a home health care executive, and Maureen teamed up to build and sell a handful of spec houses in McKinney. Turns out, they also built a custom home for themselves, a 9,000-square-foot modern estate in Parker. They furnished it themselves, moving much of the furniture and accessories from their former house, but it was missing something.

“He said, ‘Monica, I feel like I need more help. Can you come to the house?’” Wilcox recalls.

Wait for it Maureen was out of town again, this time in Baltimore, where their son, Justin, plays for the Baltimore Ravens. Madubuike wanted to surprise her for their 30th anniversary together as a couple, including 29 years married. “He wanted to make the house more fun, more fresh, more colorful, more modern,” Wilcox says. “He said, ‘I feel like she’s not going to divorce me. Let’s just do it!’’’

As Madubuike recalls: “It took a whole day for us to walk through and do the planning. At the end of the day, I was depending on her design style to execute what we talked about. She told me, ‘If you give me the money in the morning, I’m going shopping.’”

The walk-through was a Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, Wilcox was ready to get going. Then she learned that Maureen was due home Friday night.

“I grabbed my two assistants, and we set out to furnish this house and decorate it in a day and a half. We spent the rest of the day Wednesday and all day Thursday shopping and pulling together the looks,” Wilcox says. “We had fve delivery trucks show up Friday morning, and a design


In the main living area, Wilcox combined the couple’s existing chaise with a pair of new modern chairs in cobalt, a new rug, updated pillows, accent tables and metallic wall installations for both boldness and comfort.

The sunny dining room features a new live-edge table by Nuevo, cobalt blue chairs from the designer’s inventory and artwork from Leftbank Art.

crew of 12 stayed until 7 p.m., and we did the entire house!”

Three days, really? When you’re a longtime designer with your own warehouse full of furniture and a trusted team; when you know your client’s tastes inside and out; when you have relationships with vendors who have available product—it’s not easy, but it’s eminently possible, as Wilcox has proven, twice now, with Madubuike.

“If you have the relationships, you can make what you need happen. I just make those calls, and people come through. I also make it a fun environment,” she says.

Even her client, who has experience in the Wilcox-makes-it-happen

department, admits to being shocked that she pulled of the project.

“She outdid me. Honestly, to do this that fast,” Madubuike says. “I really love her work. She listens. Some designers do whatever they want to do. She respects my opinion about what I want.”

Madubuike describes his style as modern, bold and glam, and it’s apparent as you enter the main living area. A curvy chaise, upholstered in tufted royal blue velvet, commands the view. It’s also conveniently tilted toward the television, a nod to Maureen’s love of lounging in the center of it all. The chaise is one of a pair that Wilcox had reupholstered for the couple for their previous house, and they found new life with a pair of cobalt chairs from Meridian. “He saw them in my store and loved them,” Wilcox notes, “so I said, ‘Let’s do it.’” The couple already owned the leather sofas from Restoration Hardware (now RH), and Wilcox pulled the look together with a bright blue and white rug from Feizy, new accent tables from Wilcox’s inventory and a pair of round cofee tables by Caracole.

“He wanted it to be bold and comfortable as soon as you walked through the double glass entry doors. He didn’t want it to feel like an art gallery. The art had to have texture and movement,” she says. Wilcox chose dimensional metallic circles from Imax Art in gold and silver for the walls above the windows, a treatment also repeated in the primary bedroom. Upstairs, a gallery-style corridor looks down on the light-flled, high-ceilinged room.

A media room extends from the main area, in which Wilcox

The walk-through was a Tuesday.
By Wednesday morning, Wilcox was ready to get going. Then she learned that Maureen was due home Friday night.
A table by Sunpan Modern, surrounded by seats by Meridian, is a cozy spot for meals or cofee in the kitchen. left: A second chaise, upholstered in Kravet fabric, takes up residence in the primary bedroom near a window that looks out onto the backyard.

augmented existing sofas and tables with new blue media chairs from Palliser and a striking white acrylic console from VIG Furniture with gold poured-metal inlay running through it. A new Feizy rug unifes the owners’ white sofas, and colorful art glass by Daleno Art provides a happy pop of color.

In the kitchen, a white waterfall island has plenty of room for white barstools with gold trim. A table by Sunpan Modern, surrounded by four chairs from Meridian, provides a cozy space for dining or morning cofee. In the dining room, Wilcox paired a live-edge table with a gold base from Nuevo with custom cobalt blue chairs from Wilcox’s inventory. Pieces from Leftbank Art line one wall, the owners’ mirror takes up the facing wall and a wall of windows frames the scene.

Madubuike admits to a special weakness for Wilcox’s work in the primary bedroom. There, she worked around the owners’ bed, nightstands and console table. “It was one of the areas that had the bottleneck. She brought in the chairs and the ottoman and went upstairs where I had a collection of accessories and placed them so well. There’s no way I would have thought of this,” says the satisfed client.

Wilcox placed two mustard-gold armchairs from Sunpan Modern in front of the bed. “When searching for inventory, I knew who had the distribution centers here. I wanted something low,” she says. The chairs were paired with a blue tufted ottoman from Steve Silver Company and accent tables from TOV Furniture.

A second roomy chaise, similar to the one in the main living area, is upholstered in Kravet fabric and looks out over the owners’ rose bushes outside. Here, as in the main living area, metallic starbursts above the bed and an installation of diamondshaped mirrors above the chaise provide glitzy fnishes that complement the sumptuous textured fabrics of the furnishings.

Throughout the house, beds and sofas are plumped and fufed with pillows. Dining tables, consoles and occasional tables are fnished with lighting and accessories, all from Wilcox’s inventory. “You can make things amazing if you know how to put them together,” she says.

For Madubuike, the fnished house brings him sheer delight. “We had so much joy going through this. My house is so beautiful, and I could not imagine a better result.”

And what did Maureen think? As Wilcox learned after she’d completed the project, Maureen was extending her stay. And her husband of nearly three decades, father to their four children, was as giddy as a newlywed contemplating the homecoming.

“My wife will fip when she comes back,” Madubuike says. “She has no clue. She called me two days ago and said, ‘You sound so happy.’ And I told her, ‘Yes, everything’s going well at work and that’s making me happy.’’’ He was working, alright, just not at the ofce.

For the Madubuikes, Nigerian immigrants who have lived the American dream of hard work and success, creating their dream home wasn’t just about acquisitions and conjuring up a polished look. It was about the process and the people along the way.

“When people are asking for craziness, it’s not just the checkbook,” says Wilcox. “It’s trust in you and what you choose. You want to do a better job because they’re trusting you with the whole vision.” *

Freelance writer and editor Connie Dufner is a proud Texan transplant living in Washington, D.C. She is a former editor for Modern Luxury Dallas and The Dallas Morning News who has been covering interiors journalism since 2001.




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Wilcox updated the owners’ furnishings with a pair of gold chairs from Sunpan Modern and a blue tufted ottoman from Steve Silver Company. The art installation echoes a similar treatment in the main living area.



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