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Austin-based Rowena Lei continues to capture our attention with the understated beauty and subtle sophistication of the artisanal handcrafted goods she offers through August Sage—from ceramics to furniture and so many things in between. Lei collaborates with artisans all over the world—Kenya, Mexico and beyond—to produce modern home decor with uncompromising materials and master craftsmanship. Read on as we chat with Lei about her endeavor. augustsage.com Tell us about yourself. I grew up near Seattle and moved to Austin in 2016. I’m first-generation Chinese-American. Over the years, I slowly transitioned into a creative direction—with a house remodel, studying interior design and then with August Sage. Why did you decide to launch August Sage? I began feeling wasteful styling my home with meaningless pieces. I would hold on to a few treasured items from my
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FIRST LOOK Now you can infuse a little bit of la dolce vita into your own home, right from the heart of the Lone Star State. Natuzzi Italia Dallas has opened the doors to its freestanding location in the burgeoning Knox-Henderson area. Customers may peruse the full range of products—sofas, armchairs, tables, beds and more—available from Natuzzi Italia, which has developed a worldwide reputation for combining the beauty and craftsmanship of Italian design with comfort since it was founded by Pasquale Natuzzi in 1959. Providing a comprehensive range of customization options— from upholstery to finishes—for every product from the brand’s expansive collection, the showroom offers expert interior design assistance from seasoned designers well-versed in the company’s Italian-made products and interior design planning tools. Look for new collections from celebrated designers Marcel Wanders, Mauro Lipparini and Massimo Iosa Ghini set to debut this year. That’s amore, indeed. natuzzidallas.com
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Sunday Press: What’s old is new again in Houston’s Garden Oaks area, where gin design group’s creative director, Gin Braverman, tackled the transformation of an abandoned stand-alone dry-cleaning building to create the newfangled Sunday Press. Complete with a drive-thru, the high-end yet fast-casual café is a reimagining of the traditional coffee shop concept. The goal “was to create an environment that feels so good patrons experience a different vibration upon entry,” says Braverman, who juxtaposed playful shapes and colors with refined modern lines and finishes. “We want guests to feel cared for and experience hospitality on multiple levels. The sensory experience is fully considered from the music to the lighting and the tactile elements.” gindesigngroup.com; sunday-press.com
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Up Scale: San Antonio native Crystal Sinclair, of the eponymous Crystal Sinclair Designs, jumped at the opportunity to renovate a beloved 1880s structure located in her hometown’s King William Historic District. Working with local firm Voges Design, and with contributions from DeliaKenza Interiors, the designer helped bring the space back to life as the chic New American restaurant aptly named Up Scale. “We wanted to make the space functional yet beautiful, unforgettable and, of course, ‘upscale,’” she says. Case in point: custom chinoiserie silk wallpaper wows in the back garden room dotted with red geometric chairs (below), which were fabricated by Litmus Industries and upholstered by Under Cover. crystalsinclairdesigns.com; upscalesouthtown.com
For a corporate office in The Woodlands, designer Julie Dodson of Dodson Interiors created a sophisticated, classic and warm environment nodding to the client’s home country of Argentina. With Abel Design Group also onboard to assist with the architecture, Dodson created what she calls a “masculine transitional” look— mixing traditional styles with streamlined silhouettes and modern artworks. “We wanted it to feel light and airy but grounded at the same time,” explains Dodson, who replicated the chairs in front of the desk after a family heirloom of the client’s for a personal touch. “Even if it’s corporate, you can add personality by introducing something that reminds the client of home.” dodsoninteriors.com
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Designer Katie Davis of Katie Davis Design used the upbeat aura of her client, Courtney Paddock, founder of the event planning firm Little Coterie Studio, as a jumping off point for her home office in Houston (above). “She’s a party planner, she’s exciting and bubbly— this is her space and we wanted it to reflect her personality,” says Davis. To that end, Benjamin Moore’s Wythe Blue-painted walls form a backdrop for cheery pink sofa upholstery by Schuyler Samperton Textiles and heirloom chairs recovered in chartreuse Maresca Textiles fabric. Meanwhile, an oversize coffee table provides ample space for vendor presentations and meetings, and a center cabinet between two workstations ensures plenty of storage. Let the event planning begin. katiedavisdesign.com
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AS LIBRARIES CLIMB TO THE TOP OF CLIENTS’ WISH LISTS, DESIGNERS RESPOND WITH ARRESTING ROOMS FOR MORE THAN JUST READING. W R I T T E N BY M A I L E P I N G E L
Designers have long delighted in creating home libraries. In fact, legendary decorator Dorothy Draper even encouraged the idea among her bibliophile clientele. “Don’t hesitate to start a library, a collection of books on any subject that interests you is a joy to have!” remarked Draper. But today’s libraries serve as more than just a refuge for reading—they are spaces to gather with family and entertain guests. Ranging from studious to swank, libraries can project a
refined spirit or a joyful energy. Whether you prefer books, magazines or reading on your favorite device, a library provides “a different environment within the home,” explains designer Michael Aiduss. “It’s about shutting the rest of the world off, collecting your thoughts and feeling a sense of relaxation.” But designer Joe Lucas warns playfully: be ready to shop as it always takes more books to fill a library than one anticipates!
“ We turned this Charlotte, North Carolina, living room into a snug library, but it’s really like a family room. Wood builtins and gold-flecked red wallpaper feel unexpected, while a hidden bar makes it a great place to have drinks with guests or simply enjoy the cozy atmosphere.” –BARRIE BENSON, BARRIE BENSON INTERIOR DESIGN
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“ Adding a little whimsy, like the velvet tête-à-tête in the middle of this Los Altos, California, library, makes the space feel fun, plus there’s a games table for the kids and a pair of wing chairs for the adults. It shifts the center of focus away from the kitchen to create a place where this family of readers can relax together.” –ANN LOWENGART, ANN LOWENGART INTERIORS
“ Give your library a more modern vibe with a pretty paint color—try picking a shade from a book spine and add pull-out shelves to create an extra work surface. To enliven the stone fireplace in an Agoura Hills, California, library, we used a scratch-resistant semi-gloss paint.” – JOE LUCAS, LUCAS STUDIO, INC.
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“It’s all about creating an enveloping ambiance with comfortable places to sit, beautiful lighting and good acoustics to quiet any noise. Books help to create an alluring atmosphere, but don’t forget to think about a ‘wow’ factor and scale, too—like the large antique globe we used in this Greenwich, Connecticut, library—as well as displaying collections that resonate with you.”
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YSL Lexicon: An ABC of the Fashion, Life, and Inspirations of Yves Saint Laurent Edited by Martina Mondadori and Stephan Janson Its publication timed to commemorate Yves Saint Laurent’s first runway show 60 years ago, the new tome, edited by Cabana founder Martina Mondadori and designer Stephan Janson, a co-curator of the current pan-Paris exhibition, Yves Saint Laurent Aux Musées, explores the many facets of YSL’s life through a playful exploration of words. “Our book,” write Mondadori and Janson, “seeks to offer a series of evocations in the form of an alphabet, using the words he liked, those which had a particular meaning for him.” Taking on the people, places and concepts that inspired the designer are a host of high-profile contributors including Hamish Bowles on Haute Couture and Marian McEvoy on Jardin Majorelle. Illustrating the book are images from YSL’s archive, set against lavish textiles in truly iconic style. rizzoliusa.com
By Andrea Monath Schumacher “I poured through my portfolio and chose exclusive projects— it felt like the right time to show them,” says the designer of her debut book. Colorful inspiration abounds, along with Monath Schumacher’s helpful design tips: faux bois cut velvet elevates a beachy vibe, while a red front door encourages good luck and positive energy. “I want readers to be inspired to live large at home, and this book shows them where, and how, to take risks.” gibbs-smith.com
Lotusland Forward by Marc Appleton Only an opera singer could envision a garden as theatrical as the famed Lotusland in Montecito, California, and Ganna Walska’s botanical masterpiece—featuring more than 3,400 plants— has been captivating visitors for 30 years. “Hers was obsessive botanical collecting,” writes architect Marc Appleton. Featuring photographs by Lisa Romerein, Lotusland is a verdant treat for anyone enchanted by gardens. rizzoliusa.com
Portugal: The Cookbook By Leandro Carreira In chef Leandro Carreira’s new cookbook, the Londonbased chef pays homage to the culinary history of his native Portugal. Featuring some 550 recipes, Carreira shares dishes from across his homeland, including Alentejostyle gazpacho, Algarvian seafood dishes and macaroons from a 13th-century convent. Recipes also include insights into traditional cookware, like the cataplana, a metal pot that originated in North Africa and is frequently used in Portuguese cooking. phaidon.com
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Call it a revival of the highest order: When Schumacher created its Editions furniture line, the firm set out to bring back the iconoclastic approach of a bygone time. “We wanted to craft furniture with up-and-coming designers from around the globe to recreate the period around the mid-20th-century— a time when people like Charles and Ray Eames were breaking the mold with original pieces that weren’t just derivatives of old forms,” says creative director Dara Caponigro. “We were looking to curate fresh, authentic furniture that spoke to a dining experience where people want to linger.” Danish designer Charlotte Høncke took a hygge-centric approach, warming up a steel-framed chair with a cozy fabric back to create a cocoonlike atmosphere. “You feel like you’re snuggled into a nest,” says Caponigro. Høncke also devised a table marrying Scandi practicality with inspired details like a soft, curved edge apron. Salla Luhtasela and Wesley Walters, principals of the Helsinki-based firm Kaksikko, used wood to fashion pieces that combine urbanity with country house ease—a yin-yang match adaptable to many homes. Take their Mokki chair, available in a range of painted finishes, its upholstered seat and rail allow for endless customization. The duo’s reinterpretation of a farmhouse table
The Editions collection by Schumacher includes, clockwise from top, the Mokki chair and dining table by Kaksikko, designer Charlotte Høncke’s Puffin chair and the Rocco chair by Moving Mountains, all of which sit in front of Porter Teleo’s Binary wallcovering.
packs subtle upgrades into a deceptively simple design where every detail counts. When Syrette Lew of Brooklyn-based Moving Mountains was tasked with crafting an upholstered piece, she went sexy. The designer conceived a curving dining chair with pieced panels that highlight its geometry while allowing for versatility in other spaces of the home. “It would work equally well in the living room,” says Caponigro. Her table design, meanwhile, crafted from two pieces of
solid wood, embodies the gravity-defying proportions and poetry of sculpture. What all the pieces have in common is a dedication to quality, ecologically sourced materials that are expertly crafted. There’s nothing remotely “mass” about them. “They’re not rolling off a factory floor somewhere,” Schumacher’s creative director notes. “Each piece will be numbered as an edition and made by hand in Italy.” Now that’s a revival worth waiting for. fschumacher.com
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For Keeps DESIGNER MALLY SKOK REFLECTS ON THE TREASURED COLLECTION OF OYSTER PLATES AMASSED AT HER CAPE COD HOME.
Just down the road from our house overlooking Buzzards Bay in West Falmouth, Massachusetts, is an amazing antiques barn. It was there, 25 years ago, when I found three beautiful hand-painted oyster plates. I didn’t purposefully set out to start a collection, but I fell in love with them instantly, and the rest is history. My mother taught me to love houses, and to layer them. Things don’t have to be terribly expensive to be special. If you love something, buy it and put it on a shelf—that’s sort of our family motto. I buy what appeals to me in the moment, and that’s how the process of collecting starts organically. If something is meaningful to you—if it speaks to your heart—it doesn’t matter what it is. That’s how you end up with an authentic collection. Slowly but surely, my collection has grown over the years, and I’m running out of room to display it. Soon I’ll need to build an addition onto the house just for my oyster plates! When I arrive each summer, I spend several hours wandering from room to room, gazing upon these objects imbued with so many memories. Being back on the Cape marks the beginning of lazy days and good times spent with family and friends. That is what this house, and my collection, symbolizes to me. I’ve been collecting for a quarter of a century—too many pieces to count!— but those first three plates I found in the antiques barn down the road are still my favorite. I have warned everyone in my family: They can break anything in this house, even my heart, but not my oyster plates.
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POOL DAYS AHEAD Clockwise from top: Float 1: Samarkand in Indigo on Sky by Peter Dunham / hollywoodathome.com. Mauritius in Ivory/Multi by Sanderson / zoffany.com. Jinx in Peony and Pool / thibautdesign.com. Float 2: Palmetto in Flamingo / suzannetuckerhome.com. Float 3: Plumeria in Lagoon / jimthompsonfabrics.com. Batam in Orange by Manuel Canovas / cowtan.com. Starburst in Raspberry/Pink by Peter Dunham / hollywoodathome.com. Float 4: Mosaic in Aqua / suzannetuckerhome.com. Highlight II Remix / sunbrella.com. Namur in Lemon by Jasper Furniture & Fabrics / johnrosselli.com.
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The more comfortable a space is, the more it will be used. This is an adage touted by many a knowledgeable interior designer, but it isn’t always applied to the open air. That is, unless Lloyd Flanders is involved. “This is why we focus on durability meets luxuriousness,” says Jessie Flanders, the company’s vice president of marketing. “Inexpensive outdoor pieces will last a year or two, but high-end furniture can endure for decades, with minimal maintenance and a superior level of comfort.” And, the brand has collections to suit nearly any aesthetic, from contemporary to Hamptons chic and the Southern in feel. But when it comes to the design concept, Jessie has another bit of advice: “A cohesive indoor-outdoor flow can be achieved through consistency in
“These days, outdoor living means more than the occasional weekend get-together. This is where we relax, entertain and enjoy family time.”
color palette, materials or furniture shapes. A drastic change will make the spaces seem divided, so it’s best to stick with a common theme.”
SECRET TO LONGEVITY: LLOYD LOOM “Our proprietary Lloyd Loom® wicker is a natural fiber wicker fabric with long-lasting, high-performance Durium polyester coating for outdoor durability and flexibility,” Jessie says. “The continuous weave avoids burrs and cracking and eliminates visible material ends. It won’t fade over time due to sun exposure or rain and is available in 20 custom finishes.” Not to mention, Lloyd Loom products can be completely repainted to alter the look later. “Lloyd Loom offerings are handcrafted to be heirloom pieces that are passed down for generations.”
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Top The Southport collection’s separate frame and loom panel finish options encourage design creativity. Here, it is featured in Hickory and Sea Glass for the dining area and Hickory and Ivory for the seating beyond the pool. Left This high-impact design from LDD Interiors pairs bold Lloyd Loom finishes (dining chairs in Denim and Terracotta, lounge chairs in Denim and sofa in Mink). Right New for 2022, the Solstice collection offers premium comfort in a sleek silhouette. Here, it is shown in the Ebony and French Beige finishes. Photography Top & Right Courtesy of Lloyd Flanders; Left Courtesy of LDD Interiors
Asked to share the latest favorites, Jessie points to color and creativity. “Consumers have access to an endless supply of design inspiration, and it has resulted in a love of customization, mixing and matching, and unique fabrics and finishes,” she says. “Our bolder finishes, like Peacock, Terracotta and Stillwater, are soaring in popularity.”
The Solstice collection features clean lines, a high back, and a sleek frame that enhances the European inspired design. The fully upholstered look, and contemporary comfort make for an outdoor collection that will be enjoyed for generations.
The Southport collection features a sleek frame design, accented with a beveled extrusion that captures the classic loom panels. With the choice of color on both the frame and wicker insert one can customize to any outdoor space.
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Fresh Thinking Who: Wagner Kreusch @wagnerjk. Coordinates: London. Calling card: Graphic and sculptural, largely inspired by contemporary ikebana. Bloom beliefs: Floristry is a performance as much as it is a sculpture. My goal is to highlight the relationship between humans and nature. Current inspiration: Leaves. Memorable moment: Anything that involves teaching. Manifesting: Arranging flowers on one of Magdalene Odundo’s beautiful ceramics. Other passions: Walking, traveling and coffee. When in doubt: Leave it out.
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Clockwise from top right: Etta Fabric in Spring by Imogen Heath / Price upon request / studiofournyc.com. Medium Resin Pearl Stack Vase in Aqua / $180 / dinosaurdesigns.com. Demetria Belt by Daphne Descends / $320 / emporiosirenuse.com. Side Table in Negroni and Coffee Table in Lemon / $320 and $680 / wiggleroom.furniture. Personalized Mission Discollection Notebook by MH Studios / $200 / modaoperandi.com. Filo Floor Lamp in Eastern Coral / Price upon request / foscarini.com. Bund Rug in Aurelian / Price upon request / meridastudio.com.
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ID: TJ McGrath @tjmcgrathdesign. Where: Plainfield, New Jersey. Personal style: Constance Spry meets Andy Warhol. Approach: Sustainable design that inspires and feels impactful and dimensional with a limited floral recipe. Wish list: Develop a floral design curriculum in schools. Favorite flower: If I had to pick, Aquilegia. Rule to break: All of them. Words to live by: Take a step back. On the agenda: Demonstrations for the Slow Flowers Summit at Stone Barns Center.
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Clockwise from top right: Embroidered Scalloped Dinner Napkin in Green / $60 / aerin.com. Swivel Picture Wall Light with Rattan Shade / $1,500 / soane.co.uk. Tall Murano Glass Candlestick in Lavender by Davide Fuin / $650 / marchsf.com. Great Check Window Seat / $2,673 / salvesengraham.com. Cane Lounge Chair / From $1,647 / woodard-furniture.com. Manisa Rug in Pink Multi / Price upon request / pattersonflynn.com. Ramatuelle Dinner Plate in Green Bamboo / From $222 / zdgofficial.com. Kitten Heel Mule in Green Suede / $545 / lemondeberyl.com.
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Name: Madison Hartley @hart_floral. Homebase: Portland, Oregon. Floral style: An elevated simplification of the seasons. Design ethos: Capturing a moment in time in a single vase. Dream project: Permanent, site-specific work—something that can evolve over time. Inspiration du jour: Forest lichen and dew drops catching in cobwebs or on branches. Highlight reel: I made my own floating vases for an event—it was stimulating. Mantra: Simplify. What’s on the horizon: New vases available for purchase.
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OMBRE EFFECT London-based design brand Shore, known for producing rugs and mats in a kaleidoscope of hues, is expanding its range of indoor-outdoor furnishings. The Chroma Stool, seen here in Lemon Grass and Tropic Sunset, is woven from silicone cord and available in seven vibrant gradients. Though this tactile perch may be far from home, it holds its own next to an eye-catching mural by Emmy Star Brown. shorerugs.com
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LOUNGE AROUND Bauhaus-trained American architect and furniture designer Michael van Beuren may have crafted the original San Miguel Lounge Chair in 1941, but its cradling curves, sleek lines and Latin American roots continue to attract designers and collectors today. Available in a variety of wood and strapping combinations through Luteca, and currently on display at Miami’s Museum of Art and Design, this iroko wood and webbed nylon version turns up the heat alongside a dynamic mural by Rafael de Cárdenas gracing the Wynwood Building. luteca.com
SUNNY OUTLOOK Douse your outdoor oasis with eye-popping color by way of glossy cast-resin planters and stools, available in six electric hues from home furnishings emporium Made Goods. The organic form of the oversized Abria planter, shown in Marigold, is inspired by ocean waves, while the versatile Murni stools, in Watermelon, exude mod tropical vibes when set against a Danielle Hein–designed mural. madegoods.com
MASTER CRAFTER Ralph Pucci International’s Positano chair, showcased in front of London-based artist Will Gates’ street art, is the creation of French designer, artist and architect Patrick Naggar. The creative multi-hyphenate first joined the illustrious studio in 1995 as its inaugural furniture artist-in-residence, where he continues to produce imaginative furnishings across mediums. Naggar draws inspiration from Roman and Greek antiquities, as is evidenced by the sled legs on his resin-fiberglass chair design. The piece is first sketched, then formed from clay and cast from a mold before being finished by hand. ralphpucci.com
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RETRO REDUX Inspired by barbeque grills, Spanish design duo Alberto Sánchez and Eduardo Villalón of Mut Design went back to the basics when developing the aptly named Grill chairs for Diabla, a Spanish outdoor furniture brand founded in 2018. The stackable, aluminum powder-coated frame makes for perfect patio seating and comes in seven distinct shades, including this cheeky pink version that harmonizes with a lush and verdant scene painted by multimedia artist Jacquie Comrie. diablaoutdoor.com
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There's a word for the way an expanse of doors blends the indoors and outdoors into one space. It's called biophilic design. But whatever you choose to call it, the effect is the same – your favorite spaces become better, sunnier, and filled with fresh air as they're transformed into a paradise of nature. Another defining element of doors made with rich wood interiors, aluminum clad exteriors, and no compromises. SierraPacificWindows.com
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Growing up in sunny Miami, designer Constanza Collarte walked through dozens of orange groves on her way to school each day— all part of the charm found in this once-sleepy city by the sea. Fast forward a few years, and a couple more high-rise buildings later, a booming metropolis was born. But Collarte always knew she would one day return to her roots. After spending years living in New York and abroad, a 1930s Mediterranean-style residence in Coconut Grove—complete with a breathtaking outdoor area—ultimately lured her back home again. collarte.co What an amazing oasis! We like to think of it as our secret garden. Having a lush, enclosed outdoor space has made all the difference, especially recently! We spend all our time out here, whether we are having family over for dinner or hanging by the pool with our kids. One of the home’s selling points was the Fernando Wong– designed landscaping, and while we have added a few plantings here and there, his vision has remained. Constanza Collarte, founder of Collarte Interiors, sits outside her Coconut Grove abode near Miami. The table is set with a Zojora tablecloth and glasses, Penny Morrison plates, Laguiole flatware and flowers by Parrish Designs.
“ I love when materials are truly authentic. Much like ourselves, they should have a life and age over time.” – C O N S TA N Z A C O L L A R T E
What about the interiors? As much as we live outdoors, our kitchen is the most heavily trafficked room, and we really tried to maximize the layout when the house was redesigned. It took a lot of planning, but the space is now open and filled with light from the doors leading out to the yard. The ‘back workings’ of the room, like the fridge, bar, pantry and storage, are also in one general area to allow for flow and functionality, which is key. Talk to us about the materials. Different layers and textures in a kitchen can add a lot. We worked with an amazing millworker who wire-brushed the cabinetry for a subtle effect. Everything from the creamy countertops to the pale wood has a hint of lilac, which is a nice connecting thread. On a trip to Morocco, I fell in love with Zellige tile—its imperfections and the way light plays off the surface—so we used them for the bar backsplash.
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What’s your entertaining ethos? It’s all about indoor-outdoor living. We do a lot of entertaining alfresco—we even had my sister’s wedding out here! I’m a big collector, and I like to pick up little trinkets when I’m traveling, like salt cellars or textiles, to use on the table. The key to entertaining, for me, is continuously mixing and matching pieces. I must admit, we have a lot of the same people over, so I keep it fresh by using pieces in different ways, but the idea is to make it look effortless and easy. Tell us about the table. The exterior really informs my choices. Everything is green and lush outside, so it’s nice to throw this floral pink tablecloth down to play off the bright camelia flowers in bloom. My grandmother’s delicate embroidered napkins and bright glasses add a sweet note, but the Penny Morrison plates are really the highlight. I lived in London for a while and became quite obsessed with all those charming British prints and patterns! The kitchen features cabinetry and millwork by Hector and Hector, Sub-Zero refrigeration and a Wolf range. Dornbracht faucets are paired with Amerisink basins, while tiles from clé decorate the bar backsplash.
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In Paul T. Liistro’s Westport, Connecticut, garden—which he has designed, installed and tended to over the past three decades—a metal gazebo provides an immersive late afternoon perch to enjoy the bucolic setting. “I like to sit and watch the sun go down between the trees,” he says. “The whole complexion of the garden changes.”
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FAMILY AFFAIR “Chartreuse is my absolute favorite color,” effuses designer Samantha Liistro. A frequent staple across her interiors and personal wardrobe, it’s also the color of chamaecyparis trees that ring the Westport, Connecticut, garden, that her father, Paul T. Liistro, has lovingly cultivated over the past 35 years. A healthcare executive, sailor and self-taught landscape designer, Paul has poured his insatiable curiosity for the natural
world into this most resplendent of gardens. “When we purchased the property, I felt like Huckleberry Finn when he says he’s giving up on civilization and heading into the territory,” says Paul. Upon surveying the land—a virgin expanse of grass, forest and stream—he began sketching, and, like a tree taking root, the plot has since revealed itself in chapters. An all-pink rose garden (replete with a plumbed stone wall and dryad fountain) was inspired by the Elizabeth Park Conservancy in Hartford, snow-white Magnolia trees nod to Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue and a tidy pea gravel pavilion dotted with ornamental fountains and a table for two perpetuates a treasured memory. “I lived in Paris, near the
Luxembourg Gardens, while studying abroad at Parsons,” shares Samantha. When Paul came to visit at the end of the term, she knew just where to take him. “We were so inspired by all the lovely pools and places to sit. On the flight home, he took out his notebook and we began to sketch our own version.” Samantha fondly dubs the setting her “favorite place in the world,” and credits her father’s handiwork for much of her own approach to color and pattern. Recently, Paul and his wife Brenda hired their daughter to design a new first-floor addition housing a sumptuous primary bedroom suite. There, through an enormous picture window, Samantha has framed her father’s garden like a painting. samanthaliistro.com
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CARVING A PATH Upon visiting his clients’ Woodside, California, property—a former equestrian farm with the beaten down dirt to prove it—landscape architect James Lord’s mission became clear. First, nurse the land back to health. Second, establish a thriving meadow. Along the way, a dreamy patchwork of soft rush, little bluestem and silver grass began to materialize. To enjoy the bounty, Lord, alongside partners Roderick Wyllie and Geoff di Girolamo, envisioned a series of crushed gravel footpaths undulating through the meadow like a soft breeze. Beyond providing the clients with their own parklike setting for daily strolls, the exuberant plant life has prompted the husband to embrace time-lapse photography, documenting such ephemera as the unfurling of cactus flowers. This luxuriant slowing, Lord believes, is imperative to mental health. “We blab on about the benefits of biophilia, but it’s all true! The alpha waves are going crazy when you’re out in nature,” he says. “This garden is curated with a spirit of delight and discovery, but there’s great calmness to it, too. It’s a world of its own.” sdisf.com
Highlights of the garden include meandering meadow paths (top), water features evocative of the property’s agricultural roots—like a trough-inspired reflecting pool (left)—and draught-tolerant cactuses and succulents (above).
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“We were trying to create a bit of magic within the landscape—to invite imagination and play,” shares landscape architect Ed Hollander of this Southampton, New York, property. Inspired by the clients’ vibrant brood of young children, Hollander and residential studio director Melissa Reavis drew plans for a multi-faceted, experiential garden where sculptures seemingly dart amongst allées of pleached linden trees, a pollinator meadow teaming with joe-pye weed draws butterflies, and a life-sized chessboard offers entertainment, function and a focal point. A custom creation of sandstone and granite squares (in collaboration with the home’s interior designer Kelly Behun), the board easily morphs into a stylish party pavilion—the perfect springboard for a Gatsby-esque stroll through the fantasia beyond. “Everything is meant to be uncovered along a walk through this garden,” says Reavis. “Each time you turn a corner, a surprise is revealed.” hollanderdesign.com
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WOMEN IN BUSINESS When one thinks about the stories and successes of great female leaders and icons, an overarching quality often becomes evident: duality. The art of the woman is to thrive in multiplicity, leaning simultaneously into creativity and analytics, beauty and practicality, empathy and expertise. On the following pages, the impact of such dynamic minds being applied to the field of design becomes evident. Through a showcase of their awe-inspiring work and discussions surrounding their approach to lifestyle and career, these industry luminaries invite you to see for yourself the power of a woman’s perspective, passion and process.
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LIVABLE + LUXURIOUS To Anderson, livable luxury does not equate to high-end and expensive. Rather, it’s something special that makes clients feel fabulous in their space. “It’s whatever feeds their soul,” she says. “With this purposeful design mindset, a functionally designed home can evolve over time with the unique tastes and interests of the client. Making a home beautiful is the easy part. Making it both beautiful and functional is an art.”
THE LOVE OF DESIGN Anderson’s typical workday commences around 4:45 in the morning. Her productivity soars between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m., uninterrupted work time. A normal day ends around 7:30 p.m. The time invested in her business is tremendous, but for her, it does not feel like work. It’s the fulfillment of a passion. “I work long hours, but I love it. It’s what I do,” she says.
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Texas native Kathy Anderson set her sights on becoming a rock star. Many would say she fulfilled those dreams without having to step a foot into Hollywood. The longtime interior designer and owner of Eklektik Interiors is one of the hardest-working women in the industry—she even works in her sleep, keeping a notepad next to her bed. “I’ve had some great ideas this way. Coming up with something unique for a project gets me really excited,” she says. With a bold, dynamic personality to match her company’s name, Anderson is a formidable force in the Houston design scene. She says her success as a designer is attributed to hard work and being in the right place at the right time, but the charm and humility born from her East Texas roots is an undeniable source of her prosperity. “I am practical, genuine, down-to-earth, and I love a good laugh,” she says. “It’s not rocket science, but what I do greatly affects the way people live, grow and thrive.”
Above Closets offer the opportunity to make the functional fabulous. Top Mixing textures, colors, patterns and styles is Anderson’s specialty, and the inspiration behind her company name. Photography Chuck Williams and John Paul Key
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Laura Umansky, Gina Elkins and the entire Laura U Design Collective team are very busy proving that the future is indeed female. The interior design firm, made up of 98 percent women, has broken ground on its latest endeavor: residential building design. Historically male-dominated, the architecture and
•D o you see a time when women-run businesses will be the norm? Yes, and we are in this time now. Women in our industry are the biggest fans of each other; we lift each other up.
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construction industry is shifting toward greater inclusivity for women in leadership positions. Women like Umansky and Elkins are paving the way. “We work extremely hard, and by doing what’s right and doing it well, we have earned respect in the industry regardless of our gender,” Umansky says. That ethos is precisely why Laura U Design Collective has grown into one of the top design firms in the region, offering exhaustive services. “Adding residential building design allows us to work on projects from the foundation to the furnishings and provide one cohesive look throughout,” Elkins shares.
“We do everything for the love of home and will continue to hone our craft.”
Above With bold brass cabinet hardware and a handsome leather-textured stone countertop, this bar makes a statement. Top This family room is ideal for entertaining, with several “zones” including areas for music, games and lounging. Left The traditional primary suite boasts a neutral color palette accented by pastel blues and soft grays, with the occasional pop of dusty rose or violet. Photography Pär Bengtsson
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Modernity, originality and sensuality are touchstones in the work of designers Selena Mackay and LeTricia Wilbanks. Greatly inspired by fashion, the principal designers of The WM approach each project with couture, curation and creativity in mind. “Our style is unique to Houston,” says Mackay. “We are constantly pushing ourselves to provide something fresh.” With a passion for individuality, Mackay and Wilbanks create environments that evoke emotion and feeling. “Spaces should be about how you feel in them—whether it’s sophisticated, sexy or spiritual,” Wilbanks says. Known for thinking outside the template, the designers avoid the pressure to create rooms that are textbook and feminine. “We navigate by not being afraid to chart our own path and break the rules when necessary,” Mackay says.
Top & Right A masterful mixture of tones and textures lends this sitting area a warm, inviting and dynamic feel. Center Photographic art and creative light fixtures bring a wow factor. Far right With a dramatic stone backdrop and shimmering gold shelves, this bar makes grabbing a drink glamorous. Photography Top, Right, Center & Far right by Michael Hunter; Headshot by Christa Elyce
All the stars aligned when designers Selena Mackay and LeTricia Wilbanks created their highly engaging and enticing showroom. For them, it’s a space where all of the senses come alive. “The aesthetic, the scent, the music, the art: it’s all inspiring,” Mackay enthuses. “There is an energy to our space that motivates our entire team.” In addition to their showroom and design services, The WM team has set its sights on creating a VIP design experience, providing exclusive private shopping at the most coveted design events in the world and curating treasures to satisfy clients’ sophisticated tastes.
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Turning the Page Overlooking the Brazos River, a Dallas family’s getaway enters a brand-new chapter. W R I T T E N BY C H R I S T I N E D E O R I O P H O T O G R A P H Y BY S C O T T F R A N C E S / O T T O
Architecture: Svend Fruit, Bodron/Fruit Interior Design: Mil Bodron, Bodron/Fruit Home Builder: Mike Tincher, Tincher’s Custom Homes & Remodeling Inc. Landscape Architecture: Doug Reed and John Grove, Reed Hilderbrand
The home’s stucco walls and corrugated-metal shed roof have a quiet presence atop this raw Palo Pinto County landscape shaded by groves of live oaks, post oaks and cedar elms.
or the owners of this sprawling Palo Pinto County property, a forever home isn’t always so perfectly tailored to its occupants that it never needs to change. Instead, this Dallas-based couple has come to understand that to stand the test of time, a house must evolve with its inhabitants. Three decades ago, when they purchased the first few hundred acres of their wild and windswept land traversed by the Brazos River, they envisioned an intimate family retreat, “where our kids could be in nature in a way they couldn’t be in the city,” the wife remembers. With Lake|Flato Architects, they created three original dwellings—a main residence and two guest houses—featuring glass and stucco walls and corrugated-metal shed roofs rising from a bluff overlooking a bend in the river. Here, they settled into a comfortable routine of weekend visits and holiday gatherings. However, by the time their youngest child left for college, the family’s rhythm had changed—and their getaway was out of sync. “It had become more about hosting visiting families,” says Mil Bodron, the abode’s original interior designer, who, along with architect Svend Fruit, was tasked with updating the compound. “It didn’t need to function the same as it did when the children were young.” Mindful of the original vision, and of the clients’ refined casual style—which both Bodron and Fruit knew well after designing several of their Dallas homes—Fruit, with project manager Jason Trevino, reconfigured the guest quarters and removed the primary bedroom wing, its larger replacement taking full advantage of the river view. He added a glass-walled card room that’s comfortable for the couple when it’s just the two of them, “and an overflow space when the living room is full of guests,” Fruit notes. By shortening one of the main residence’s long roof overhangs, he also extended the living room’s view to the horizon. And the addition of a working pantry changed the kitchen—“and our lives,” the wife quips. “We’re 40 minutes from the nearest grocery store, so we have to bring everything with us when we visit the house.” With the layout in place, Bodron and Fruit focused on softening the home’s finishes, lightening
the pine ceilings and painting the stucco walls a pearly hue. They replaced the kitchen’s upper cabinets with open shelves, topping the matching lower cabinets with slabs of Pennsylvania bluestone; its soft color now echoes the new, blue-green tile floors in the card room, its adjacent terrace and a new dining porch. “It was going to be impossible to match the existing concrete floors,” explains Bodron, “so we envisioned the porch of an Arts and Crafts-style house from the 1930s or ‘40s as inspiration, where the color green was used almost as a neutral.” Quiet furnishings complete the natural palette. “It wasn’t about doing the interiors in a dominant way,” adds Bodron, who worked with project manager Dustin Penney. “It was more about the architecture of the space.” Case in point: low-arm sofas allow the living room seating area to remain open to the views on both sides. Meanwhile, select details, such as the dining area’s handwoven pendants and the kitchen’s distressed-leather counter stools, nod subtly to the traditional ranchhouse vernacular. Others—namely a vintage wire Bertoia chair in a guest bedroom and sleek upholstered beds in the sleeping loft—emphasize the clean lines the homeowners love. But above all else, each detail honors the views, which landscape designer John Grove lists as among the most compelling he’s encountered in his career. “This place is all about being out on this incredible bluff,” Grove observes. To emphasize the effect, he and his colleagues— landscape architect Doug Reed and project managers Garrett Newton and Ryan Wampler— created a network of sandstone terraces connecting the compound’s structures. Framing them, low concrete retaining walls feature linear forms pointing the eye up and down the river and across the water to distant bluffs. “The walls orient the views, support the terraces and, most importantly, heighten one’s feeling of being on the edge,” adds Grove. All of these modifications transformed the family’s experience of the house—making it the most recent version of the forever home they anticipated when purchasing the land all those years ago. Says the wife, “Now we’re outside much more and it all seems to work differently for this next stage in our lives.”
“It wasn’t about doing the interiors in a dominant way. It was more about the architecture.” –MIL BODRON
Interior designer Mil Bodron selected the living room’s Brunschwig & Fils Marcel sofas, which join a pair of McGuire caned-back Knot lounge chairs atop a Patterson Flynn rug. At the window is a custom walnut console by Grazzini Furniture.
Left: Stucco walls painted Pratt & Lambert’s Seed Pearl, Douglas fir cabinetry by Reznikoff Custom Furniture and Pennsylvania bluestone countertops from Tile, Marble & Granite Works mingle in the reconfigured kitchen. A new working pantry to handle the family’s storage needs helps keep the space guest-ready. Opposite: The Christian Liaigre Atelier dining area table and Flexform’s slipcovered Pausa dining chairs have been with the family for years, while the new handwoven hanging pendant lamps by Betil Dagdelen—from Cristina Grajales Gallery in New York—transform the grouping.
The card room addition by architect Svend Fruit features Rookwood Pottery’s Nadaleen ceramic floor tiles layered with a Patterson Flynn rug. Geiger Landmark chairs pair with MDF Italia’s Rock table from Smink while Baker Swivel lounge chairs spin to face the river vistas. A David Weeks Studio Oseo No. 427 light, also from Smink, hangs above.
Above: Double doors with an Alaskan yellow cedar interior from Dynamic Fenestration connect the primary bedroom to a private terrace bordered by Mexican feather grass, which was installed by Fowlkes, Norman & Associates, Inc. Landscape. A Kettal Basket chair from Smink is perfectly positioned outside for river-gazing. Opposite: A new Oushak floor covering from Carol Piper Rugs and draperies made from a Perennials fabric from David Sutherland soften the primary bedroom. Seating, both indoors and outside on the terrace, is by Kettal from Smink.
POETRY IN COLOR A Dallas artist’s abstract works showcase the sculptural capacity of oil paint. W R I T T E N BY M O N I Q U E M C I N T O S H P H O T O G R A P H Y BY J O N AT H A N Z I Z Z O
hether it’s gossamer thin or rippled in waves of color, nothing quite compares to the virtuosity of oil paint. Old and modern masters alike have toiled to understand its unique alchemy—and it’s this pursuit that drives Dallas-based artist and sculptural oil painter Melissa Ellis, who pushes her medium’s potential by hand-sculpting embellishments out of oil using palette knives. On her canvas, thick layers of paint take on a sculptural quality, molded into organic and often surreal forms. “It’s so luxurious, malleable and limitless. I just fell in love with it right away,” she says. Her techniques took root as experiments incorporating additional oil textures into conventional paintings. Now, using palette knives of various shapes and sizes, she builds and contours paint directly on the canvas, improvising the compositions set against a colorful backdrop. “It’s about manipulating it just the right way,” she notes. Geometric pieces like her “Starburst” series require precise, practiced strokes to achieve distinct petals. In more amorphous paintings, Ellis molds each bulbous droplet like clay. Technique also informs the artist’s approach to color: she keeps her palette knives pristine to preserve purity or leaves smears while changing hues to create delicate striations. The colors themselves shift in mood, from candy-bright neon to monochrome, creating multidimensional, buoyant works writhing with life. “I like to play with color, motion, pattern and depth,” she explains. “Oftentimes, my work is sort of an optical illusion. You feel like you’re falling into it, or it’s moving toward you.” Though abstract, the animated vitality of her paintings often pulls from the artist’s experiences in nature—from scuba diving along the Belize Barrier Reef, to hiking the rocky trails of North Texas. “I always stop and look at the tiny shape of things—the little bug or the beautiful petal that’s just perfect,” Ellis says. Nature’s small wonders filter through her paintings, at times resembling a flower’s interior or a cluster of coral. Represented by Greyhound Gallery in Amarillo, the artist brings these forms to life in her studio and gallery at ALG Collective, where she works with a close-knit group of female artists. In the heart of the Dallas Design District, this space is an ode to her medium, always dutifully stacked with at least 1,000 tubes of oil paint representing mercurial possibilities. “After 19 years of painting, I’m still finding new ways to play,” says Ellis.
Dallas-based artist Melissa Ellis (opposite) uses palette knives to hand-sculpt designs out of oil paint. Bahamian Blues (bottom, left) was inspired by a scuba diving trip to the Bahamas. For Sunbreak (previous pages, left), she sculpted each petal by picking up multiple colors on a palette knife and gently spreading it onto the canvas.
Architecture: Michael G. Imber, Michael G. Imber, Architects Interior Design: Parnak Charkhchi, Pars Design Studio Home Builder: David Mauzé, Jim Bruner and Mike Wood, Mauzé Construction Corp.
FEAST FOR THE SENSES Architectural marvels punctuate a loft-like San Antonio home designed for entertaining.
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his is a house of a different sort,” says architect Michael G. Imber of the residence he created for clients seeking a boldly contemporary home in San Antonio’s historic enclave of Olmos Park. “You can build modern in a respectful way—with all the dramatic impact and spaciousness you want—while still respecting the fabric of the neighborhood.” Gracefully navigating its sloping site, the structure transitions from a historicstyle façade, in keeping with its surroundings, to a loft-like interior punctuated by architectural feats. “You come through the front door and are taken by a completely different experience,” the architect continues. As he began developing ideas for the façade, Imber—a member of the Board of Directors for Lutyens Trust America, an educational organization helping preserve famed British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens’ legacy—turned to a couple of his favorite architects, Lutyens and C.F.A. Voysey, for solutions he might adapt to today. “They were my two architects of influence,” he recalls, and it’s a fitting homage as both were known for adapting historical styles in their own time. “The basic forms—the massing and fenestration—were influenced by Voysey, and the front door surround is an interpretation of Lutyens.” Directly inside the monumental entrance and its pivoting glass-and-steel door, the foyer serves as a portal into the great room, where nearly 22-foot-high windows reveal the greenery of the landscape and the everchanging Texas skies. “It’s breathtaking to move from the neighborhood view of this project and step into the clients’ life inside,” Imber continues, acknowledging the contributions of his project manager, Andrew Gander, as well as builder David Mauzé, who worked closely with builder Jim Bruner and project manager Mike Wood. To the dining side of the great room, a ribbonlike spiral staircase creates a sculptural moment that balances the windows, while in the living area, an integrated brass cocktail bar strikes a decidedly glamorous note. This is a house meant for hosting large parties, making it imperative the great room be designed “in conversational as well
as celebratory scale,” Imber adds, pointing to the horizontal fireplace that grounds the space. From the great room, guests move easily to the family room and kitchen, or out to the terrace. “I love the process of understanding and accommodating clients’ lifestyles,” he explains. The kitchen was an integral part of this project and one that designer Parnak Charkhchi thoroughly enjoyed. “Most important were the layout, cabinetry design and finishes,” she says. White oak, unlacquered brass and greenveined marble proved winning choices, and for a streamlined look, Charkhchi eschewed hardware in favor of push-to-open cabinets and appliances. Another key component involved designing a full secondary kitchen hidden behind a jib door, which helps maintain the home’s elegant feel. “It’s a beautiful space with walnut counters, a sink and additional appliances, and it keeps the main kitchen looking clean,” the designer adds. “This house has a lot of interest, so my goal was to not overdo,” Charkhchi continues. With that in mind, she softened the great room’s abundance of natural light with raw silk drapery panels sourced from Iran, while imbuing the space with an earthy palette of green and persimmon. Furnishings, like Art Deco-style side chairs and a 9-foot velvet bench, make it easy to reconfigure the space when it’s time for music and dancing. Custom pieces also abound, including marble tables in the dining and breakfast areas as well as the foyer, mixing with a few estate sale finds. “As modern as the house is, there are pieces with stories,” the designer says. The natural tones continue in the library, painted sea blue and highlighting family heirlooms of silver and khātam, a type of Persian marquetry. In the couple’s main bedroom suite, overlooking the garden, Charkhchi further softened the palette with gray-greens and the palest of lilacs. “It’s soothing after a long day,” she notes. Outside, the dining terrace descends to the pool and sports court, as well as a kitchen garden brimming with growing herbs and vegetables. “This is a Texas house with the feel of an English villa and a hint of the family’s history,” observes Charkhchi. Here, in this home designed with old-meets-new charm, says Imber, “You can have your cake and eat it too.”
For the dining area, designer Parnak Charkhchi customized a minimalist table in deference to the spiral staircase, which Michael G. Imber, Architects designed as a self-supporting steel structure that was built in one piece, installed and plastered. Paired with existing Italian chairs, the table features marble from Triton Stone Group fabricated by Sublime Custom Stone.
Above: The breakfast area comprises a custom banquette with leather from Tandy Leather, a custom tabletop fabricated by Sublime Custom Stone paired with an RH base, and walnut-and-leather chairs from AllModern. The painting by Larry Graeber is from Hunt Gallery, which provided art consultation. Opposite: Arteriors lighting crowns the great room, which is painted Sherwin-Williams’ Snowbound. Theodore Alexander finds include rosewood chairs upholstered in Schumacher mohair and a walnutand-leather coffee table. The honed-marble floors are from Redondo Tile Collection.
In the great room, a cocktail bar fabricated by Michael Edwards Custom Cabinetry & Closets conceals storage and appliances behind cabinets stained SherwinWilliams’ New Ebony. Nearby, seating includes an American Leather sofa in Holland & Sherry velvet and a custom bench in Schumacher velvet.
Hinterland Design pendant lighting found on 1stdibs hangs above the Calacatta marble kitchen island from Triton Stone Group and a Waterworks faucet from Alexander Marchant. White-oak cabinets by Michael Edwards Custom Cabinetry & Closets flank a brass vent hood, which is coupled with a Wolf range from Expressions Home Gallery.
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Above: Near a closet fabricated by Michael Edwards Custom Cabinetry & Closets, a France & Son chair, West Elm side table and artwork by Jorge Garza from Hunt Gallery form a vignette. Opposite: In the main bedroom suite, the custom headboard’s leather channels extend under the window for a continuous look. Topping the bed are Yves Delorme linens and a bolster pillow in a Kravet velvet, which also covers the custom bench. The nightstand is from Williams-Sonoma Home.
Viva La Glam Striking art and style breathe new life into a Houston family’s residence.
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Architecture: Jeremy McFarland, Alex Ridgway and Jimmy Chen, Brickmoon Design Interior Design: Caroline Finkelstein and Elisabeth McCabe, ecco design Home Builder: Cooper Cogdell and Neal Nichols, Buster & Cogdell Builders, LLC
edding planning and home renovating have much more in common than one might realize. Both can trigger emotions of excitement and overwhelm. They can both involve years of romanticized daydreaming and stringent planning. And, for the lucky, both can be the first step toward happily ever after. So, when a veteran wedding planner embarked on the renovation of her family’s 1950s abode in Houston, she felt more than prepared to meet the challenge. “I took 20 years of experience in event design and applied it to home design,” explains the owner. “There’s a lot of crossover between the two worlds, particularly as it relates to the importance of personalization and detail. As with a wedding or event, the most memorable houses are those that reflect the hosts and their unique styles.” Residential designer Jeremy McFarland, with project architect Alex Ridgway and lead designer Jimmy Chen, joined designers Elisabeth McCabe and Caroline Finkelstein in helping the owner carry out her vision while also homing in on her aesthetic. With builders Cooper Cogdell and Neal Nichols, the team spent two years reimagining the residence, which sits on a coveted lot overlooking the idyllic Buffalo Bayou in the Memorial area. “We had countless conversations with our clients about the pros and cons of renovating versus rebuilding,” recalls McCabe. “The house is beautifully positioned along the bayou, making us hesitant to start from scratch for fear of overbuilding and potentially losing what makes the property so special. Ultimately, we chose to work with what we had and conservatively add square footage as needed.” Prior to renovating, the family of four had lived in the house for a decade, making very few cosmetic changes. But as life evolved, so too did their wants and needs. “The circulation needed to be rethought to connect the different areas within the home,” recalls McFarland. The husband had been working full time in a spacious but inconveniently located office directly in the center of the first floor amidst the inescapable hustle and bustle of family life. To cut down on distractions and increase the fluidity of foot traffic between the main living and entertaining spaces, a new office
was constructed above the garage and equipped with its own entry. The move not only provided a more productive work environment but also freed up extra space, with his former office converted into a swanky bar and lounge. Upstairs, a second lounge was designed exclusively for the teenage daughters, whose bedrooms were expanded. And, outside, “We significantly increased the amount of covered living space to promote outdoor entertaining while connecting all of the disjointed existing areas,” explains McFarland. “The residence was truly transformed. It has changed how the family entertains and, more fundamentally, how they live day-to day.” Following the structural updates, the designers also implemented a festive refresh of the decor in the form of lively new hues, playful patterns and chic-yet-family-friendly furnishings in keeping with their clients’ unique style. “They exude energy in every aspect of their lives, so we wanted the interiors to express their youthfulness and vibrancy,” says Finkelstein. “We remained mindful, however, of the traditional architectural heritage of the house and, with the help of skilled artisans, paid our respects by restoring and recreating much of its original charm.” The residence isn’t tied too tightly to the past, but rather lightly tethered. The old-school, intricate detailing of the new moldings in the dining room and living room, for example, keeps the glam elements grounded and all the modern moments—lacquered paint finishes, sleek polished marble, graphic wall and floor coverings—in check. Meanwhile, clean-lined furnishings and overscale profiles lend sophistication to the punchy palette of coral and teal. Tempered by a handful of soft whites, grays and metallics, the vibrant tones complement the extensive collection of Mexican art the owners have acquired during time spent at their second home in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. “My style is greatly influenced by the life and work of Frida Kahlo and the overall feelings of warmth, comfort and whimsy that I draw from Mexican art and design,” says the homeowner. “The saturated colors, rich textures and unexpected motifs depicted in the paintings, ceramics and textiles offer a nice departure from the architecture of our home. Compounded, they interweave and become uniquely self-expressive.”
An abstract painting by Mary Quiros hangs above a vintage brass-and-glass console, which ecco design scored in Round Top. One of their favorite finds, it is prominently placed along this Houston abode’s living room wall painted Benjamin Moore’s Calm with molding coated in the brand’s Sterling. The nearby entry features marble flooring by Daltile.
The designers executed a refresh featuring punchy hues, playful patterns and chic-yet-familyfriendly furnishings.
Multiple seating zones create a sense of intimacy in the living room. A custom sofa in sumptuous dark gray S. Harris mohair joins Gabby chairs in a Lee Jofa pattern around a coffee table from the Jan Showers Collection. A banquette in Lee Jofa velvet, with throw pillows in Fortuny fabric, stretches across a wall adorned with antiqued-inset panels and Murano-glass palm sconces.
Right: Backed by mirrored wall panels, the lounge bar features custom shelves in polished brass and glass. Blue Louise quartzite countertops from Stone Source and a brass faucet from Fixtures & Fittings complete the vignette. Opposite: Walls painted Benjamin Moore’s Bermuda Turquoise set the scene for entertaining in the lounge. A portrait of Frida Kahlo overlooks custom Kravet-clad armchairs and a bespoke Yerra rug from Area. Vintage brass wall sconces from Thompson + Hanson Garden House complement an Adele chandelier from Visual Comfort & Co.
Above: Durable quartzite tops the kitchen’s perimeter and island cabinetry, painted Benjamin Moore’s Sterling and Cobblestone respectively. Rejuvenation cabinetry hardware complements the custom vent hood, faucet from Westheimer Plumbing & Hardware and Visual Comfort & Co. pendant lights. The window shade in a Studio Four NYC print from James Showroom punctuates the space. Opposite: In the outdoor dining area, a classic shiplap ceiling nods to the home’s architectural origins and serves as a counterpoint to contemporary accents like the blue tilework from Arizona Tile and a Julie Neill chandelier from Visual Comfort & Co.
Above: The sink’s richly veined Rosso Luana marble from Stone Source inspired the formal powder bathroom. A Lee Jofa wallcovering and sconce lighting from Visual Comfort & Co., both Kelly Wearstler designs, complement a Vaughan chandelier from George Cameron Nash. The faucet is from Fixtures & Fittings. Left: The guest bedroom serves as an oasis for family and friends, showcasing a petal-pink Phillip Jeffries wallcovering and Pindler armchair fabric. The Liz Marsh Designs lamp and bedding are from Tribute Goods.
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OUTDOOR LIVING For the past few years, more than perhaps any other time in history, the definition of outdoor living has been repeatedly edited and reimagined. The possibilities abound, the ideas grow further outside the box and style evolves to encompass the demands of the exterior environment. The results are spaces as elegant and enjoyable as those on the interior, but firmly planted in the realm of nature’s splendor. Guests are surrounded by breathtaking vistas as they sip and savor, children experience the beauty of wildlife in between math problems and acts of relaxation are made better by the warmth of the sun or sparkle of the stars. Read on to explore the fresh concepts and inventive thinking design pros are bringing to the open air.
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Technology is key when creating a cohesive indoor and outdoor sensory experience, according to Luis Cortes, president of Echo Workshop. “Whether we’re talking about lighting and shade control, audio, video displays, security, Wi-Fi or any of our other offerings, we provide solutions that can seamlessly carry the experience from inside to out,” he says. And design is far from an afterthought. For example, motorization of large-scale LED displays makes them viewable when needed and hidden when they are not. Landscape audio systems not only surround listeners with great-quality sound, but also blend in with their surroundings. “The clients that really care about outdoor audio want to be enveloped in an audio experience with great bass, midrange and high frequencies,” Cortes says. He and his team cater to that desire, providing exceptional sound outside that matches or even tops what audio buffs are getting in their homes.
Technology can go beyond entertainment and actually provide a wellness boost, according to Cortes. “Biomimicry is not a new concept. It has been proven that exposure to outdoor elements can be very calming, soothing and even reduce stress. Our industry has taken to this, with solutions in the audio, video and lighting control fields.” He offers up a few ways to bring the wild world indoors: •W e can play soundtracks like ocean waves or forest sounds to bring the outdoors in through our home speaker systems for a calming and imaginative indoor-outdoor experience. •T he use of digital screens, whether wall-mounted to replicate a window or ceilingmounted to replicate a skylight, can project large outdoor spaces or sky images. •L astly, we can incorporate modern lighting control systems to replicate natural light and impact circadian rhythms within the body.
Top Weatherproof outdoor televisions are specifically made to handle harsh weather and repel insects from infestation, and are calibrated for proper brightness even in the glaring sun. Far left Lounge by the pool listening to music from Sonance rock speakers that blend in with nature and JBL speakers at the bar. Left Control systems from Savant offer access to pool climate and lighting settings. Handle every aspect of home, inside and out, with the click of a button or pre-programmed functions. Photography Top Courtesy of Séura; Far left Courtesy of Echo Workshop; Left Courtesy of Savant
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SUSTAINABLE SANCTUARY While it may not be the first material that comes to mind when you think of luxury, aluminum is gaining popularity as a structural element used outdoors. “Years ago, it was all about aesthetics,” Kaminski says. “While aesthetics remain important today, functionality has helped consumers to maximize their investments.” Here are a few benefits to using aluminum:
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Homeowners today don’t only want outdoor living areas that are beautiful. They also want their exterior investments to last for years to come. Greg Kaminski, president of Selt Systems Inc., says that’s why more and more of his clients are seeking out this future-forward material: aluminum. The weather-resistant product doesn’t rust, stain or rot, which means the pergola structures Selt creates require minimal annual maintenance and retain their value. The advanced pergola systems also feature integrated water drainage gutters and fully motorized roofs that can either be opened during sunny summer days or closed during rainy or snowy seasons. “You have the freedom to entertain and dine as you please—no matter the elements,” Kaminski says. What’s more, the electronic roofs can even be controlled with an app. “Our pergolas are a great example of a smart product,” he says.
• I t’s durable: Aluminum is corrosionresistant, meaning it won’t wear and tear when exposed to extreme elements. • I t’s sustainable: Considered the most environmentally friendly of all the metals, aluminum can be recycled over and over again. • I t’s low maintenance: Aluminum requires practically no upkeep compared to other materials like vinyl or wood. • It’s affordable: Aluminum not only outlasts other materials, but also tends to be a more economical choice.
Top Homeowners have the option of painting Selt Systems’ construction and roofing in any RAL color. Far left The “Refleksol” side panel system allows outdoor spaces to be open to the lush landscape or enclosed for maximum comfort. Left Roofing made from rotating slats lets homeowners enjoy the warmth of the sun or relax in a cool, shaded environment.
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