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COVER STORY Mediterranean Cool  60 No place is too far, and no effort too great for interior designer Debbie Baxter to bring to life the dream of a Palm Beach-inspired home for a San Antonio couple. FEATURES As You Like It  44 Fueled by an antique obsession and her family’s passion for polo, this interior designer/homeowner created her own brand of substance and style. A New Take on the OLD WEST  52 This ranch home blends the look of the Old West with easy-living comforts that make it an ideal place to enjoy friends and family.


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52 contents Book Notes: Designers Here and There 22 Book Notes: Texas BBQ 26

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Designer Profile: Robert Rutherford 30 Antiques: Grace in the Garden 36 Small, French, Garden Antiques

Turquoise Style 42 2010 Symphony Designer Showhouse Program Guide 67 Downtown Austin Living 82 Jessica Dupuy explores the joy and ease of living in Austin’s booming downtown.

Predicting a Colorful Future 86 TH&L’s editor Tavaner Bushman discusses the art and science of color forecasting with Austin designer and color expert, Jackie Depew, ASID.

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8 Welcome

40 Antiques Guide

10 Reader Services

88 Design Texas

12 Events: Performing Arts

94 Fine Properties

14 Events: Springing into Summer

95 Kitchens & Bath

Cover: Photography by Matthew Neiman; Interior design by Debbie Baxter, Baxter Design Group This page clockwise from top: Photography courtesy of Robert Rutherford, by Don Hoffman, Jenifer Jordan

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Welcome Once again, spring is in full bloom. Thanks to a winter and early spring of plentiful rain, patches of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes dot the Hill Country and line city roads. The mornings start cool and crisp, but promise warm afternoons. Before you know it, June will arrive, and along with it the long, leisurely days of summer. On May 15 and 16 the Women’s Symphony League of Austin will present their 2010 Designer Showhouse at the recently-completed Austonian in downtown Austin. This Showhouse marks a first for both the WSL and downtown Austin, as it is not only the WSL’s first non-traditional showhouse, it is the first showhouse located in Austin’s downtown. With the Austin area rapidly growing, its downtown housing market offers a great option for both the young and the established. With numerous restaurants, shopping, cultural attractions, and outdoor recreation within walking distance, The Austonian and other residential developments offer a vibrant, active lifestyle. To see what the WSL has in store for its 2010 Designer Showhouse, go to page 67 for the official Program Guide. To further explore just a fraction of what Austin’s downtown has to offer, flip to “Downtown Austin Living” (page 82). Austin-based writer Jessica Dupuy provides insight into some of the area’s best restaurants, shopping destinations – for both you and your home – as well as places to take advantage of Austin’s rich cultural offerings. Maybe it’s the abundance of produce at farmers markets or the time spent outdoors at this time of year, but summer always gets me thinking “green.” “As You Like It” (page 44) and “A New Take on the Old West” (page 52) provide examples and inspiration for using reclaimed wood and salvaged materials to give both new and renovated homes a green twist. In “Grace in the Garden” (page 36), Dallas antiques gurus Wendell and Suzie Patterson take us on a tour of French gardens pointing out their antique and whimsical elements. Tap into their extensive knowledge for decorating, improving, and adding French flair to your garden. Summer is a time for color – think ruby strawberries, tasty margaritas, peach season, the turquoise blue waters of beach vacation destinations, and vibrant sunsets. In “Predicting a Colorful Future” (page 86) interior designer Jackie Depew gives us a glimpse into the skill of forecasting future color trends and interpreting current ones. Wherever summer may take you, enjoy! Brona Stockton Associate Publisher Editor’s Note: Susie Johnson of Susie Johnson Interior Design should have been credited for the interior design of the dining room on page 4 (Contents Page) in the March/April 2010 issue.

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May 1 – Austin – AIA Austin presents Open Architecture, a self-guided tour that will focus on downtown Austin architecture studios. See how the magic happens, hear plans for the future, and experience the unique feel and personality of each studio. Refreshments will be served at each space. Studios will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking (with validation) is available in the T. Stacy Parking Garage. Tickets are $5; all proceeds will benefit Casa Verde Builders. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (512) 452-4332 or visit May 1 & 2 – Fayetteville – Enjoy an early spring weekend of art, food, and fun at the 11th Annual Fayetteville Art Walk. The show brings together over 59 artists of all mediums to show and sell their work. Open May 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and May 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information please contact the Art Guild of Rural Texas at (979) 3782113 or email

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May 3 – Dallas – Service, style, and grace is the theme of this year’s 18th Annual Salvation Army Fashion Show to be held at Brook Hollow Country Club. The day will start with a chic boutique at 10 a.m. followed by a tented runway show produced by Jan Strimple. The event includes a silent auction and lunch. Gently worn couture clothing will also be for sale to raise funds

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May 7 – 15 – San Antonio – Tour the first ever Hi Rise Condo Showhouse in San Antonio at the Vidorra Condominiums featuring work by designers Kelley Barnett, ASID, RID and Jeanne Whittington, Allied Member ASID, RID. Hours for public tours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mon. through Sat. Tickets are $25. A Premiere Party will be held May 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the 20th floor Penthouse Sky Room. Tickets are $60. To purchase tickets for the Premiere Party and the Showhouse go to

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May 15 – January 3 – Austin – The LBJ Library & Museum, in partnership with the Briscoe Center for American History, presents CRONKITE: Eyewitness to a Century, the first exhibit to explore the influence and perspective of Walter Cronkite, one of the nation’s preeminent journalists. Featuring never-before-seen items from the Briscoe Center’s collections, the exhibit brings Cronkite’s personal and

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events springing into summer professional experiences to life. For more information visit May 28 & 29 – Fredericksburg – Start Memorial Day weekend with Fredericksburg’s annual Crawfish Festival. Enjoy such festive dishes as freshly boiled crawfish, gumbo, red beans and rice, shrimp, and boudin, as well as hamburgers, corn dogs, and German sausage. Listen to a variety of live music as you eat your way through the Festival at Marktplatz, Market Square, 100 W. Main St. in downtown Fredericksburg. Fri., 6 p.m. to midnight; Sat., 11 a.m. to midnight. Admission is $6 and $1 for ages 12 and under. Visit or call (830) 997-8515 for more information.


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June 11 – Houston – The Miller Outdoor Theater presents Swingtime, the movie classic featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The Depression-era film is considered the duo’s best collaboration. Showing starts at 8:30 p.m. Call (281) 823-9103 for more information or visit 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030. June 14 – 20 – Houston – The 6th Annual Wine & Food Week in Houston brings together renowned chefs to showcase their culinary talents partnered with over 500 wines at more than 40 events. Eric Arnold, the lifestyle editor of Forbes, is this year’s Wine Wizard. Observe live chef demonstrations, participate in hands-on classes, bid at a wine auction, attend a wine education seminar, listen to music, shop, and eat. Visit for a schedule of events and more information.


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If you are anything like me, you’ve often wondered how interior designers and architects decorate and design their personal homes

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• Don’t get hung up on trends and fancy labels. It’s looks and function that count. (Michael Berman) • Dine by candlelight—it makes everyone relax and it’s universally flattering! (Martha Angus) • Proportion is key. A full-size rug makes a smaller room feel spacious; long drapes create the illusion of height. (Lawrence Boeder) • Buy with your heart. (Barclay Butera) • Think of the ceiling as the fifth wall. (Eric Cohler) • Be flexible. Add wheels to furniture to make reconfiguring rooms easy for different purposes. (Christopher Coleman) • Take a cue from the environment. Use cool, breathable fabrics in hot climates, and warm, plush ones in cold. (Pam Duncan) • Encourage children to start collections early. It makes accompanying you to auctions and flea markets more fun for them, and it can develop lifelong interests. (Beverly Jacomini) • Design your home for how you actually live, not how you think you should live. (Alex Jordan) • Start with the bedroom. It’s the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night. (John Phifer Marrs) • Always select colors in which you look and feel good. (Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz) • Try wallpapering the ceiling. It lifts eyes up and accentuates the height of a room. (Eve Robinson) • In a small living space, give the floors in every room the same treatment to create a sense of spaciousness. If hardwood floors are scuffed, simply paint them. (Stephen Shubel) From Designers Here & There: Inside the City and Country Homes of America’s Top Decorators it is evident that these designers and decorators love their work and gain inspiration from unlimited sources. What is also evident, possibly more importantly so, is these designers have a passion for life and it shows in the spaces they carve out for themselves and their loved ones. As John Phifer Marrs says, “I love my work, but there is much more to life than that.” TH&L

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Texas BBQ: Photographs by Wyatt McSpadden Text by Tavaner Bushman

From front cover to back, Texas BBQ holds twenty years of photographs, represents thousands of miles driven over Texas roads, and is

a testament to the passion of photographer Wyatt McSpadden as well as almost every Texan. Even if you are not a diehard fan of Texas barbecue, I would assume that you can at least recognize its place in the lives and palates of Texans. Barbecue is more than just 26

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a part of Texas life, it is a pillar of Texas culture and history. McSpadden not only documents barbecue joints all over Texas, he brings the tradition, the flavors, the nooks and crannies, the history, and the people to life. McSpadden, a contributing photographer for Texas Monthly, through professional assignments and personal pursuits has captured virtually every aspect of Texas life with his lens. For the last 20 years he has driven all over the state photographing traditional, pit-smoked Texas barbecue, the authentic family-owned cafes and smalltown mainstays. Through these photographs McSpadden revisits his childhood spent in a family owned and operated grocery store in Amarillo. When he was ten years old he started going to work with his father on Saturdays handling produce or bagging groceries. “The store was a marvelous place for a little kid, but the best part of it, the heart of it, was the meat market,” writes McSpadden. His family store, Central Grocery, was known around town for its fine meats. One particularly charismatic and friendly butcher, Harold Hines, McSpadden recalls nostalgically, “Once or twice a month, on a Saturday, Harold would make barbecue. That’s what he called it, although it was something he prepared in a big electric slow cooker in the meat market. I loved it – the smell that filled the store, the little cardboard bowls he’d give me to sample – lunch with soda crackers and longhorn cheese. The aroma drew folks to the market. Harold was the star.” Capturing every aspect of Texas barbecue – the ancient pitmasters, worn carving blocks, the meat, the knives, the sparse buildings, the worn faces and hands, the smoke, the coals, the grill, the tools, the ancient signs, cracked seats, customers, the motion of a barbecue joint – Wyatt makes them all the star. Texas BBQ honors and memorializes every aspect of barbecue, from the people who make it, to the wood that is used for smoking, the pepper shaker on the table, or the ancient cash register at the checkout. McSpadden’s photographs capture the timelessness of barbecue. You can feel the slowing down of time, the

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buildings and traditions that are immune to the pace and the ever-changing outside world. Time seems to stop. McSpadden’s photographs express the simplicity of barbecue and the life that goes with it. The simple life: Life as it used to be before huge cities, cell phones, Twitter, and reality TV. A life of enjoying things as they happen and appreciating those special moments of dawn or twilight. Barbecue is by no means fast food, it takes time, a skill that takes years to hone, and a smoker or a grill that takes years, sometimes lifetimes, to season. It takes work. “You can’t just throw meat in an oven and come back 24 hours. You gotta sweat and inhale a lot of smoke. You gotta cook right over the coals where the meat can drip down – then the flavor can come back up through it. You can’t be lazy if you want real Texas barbecue, you gotta do the work,” says Steve Kapichinskie of Martin’s Place who has been a pitmaster for 29 years. The photographs lend an appreciation for every wrinkle of every face – the sweat and smiles – that make Texas barbecue what it is. Texas BBQ also has the potential to make you crave barbecue. In the foreword, author Jim Harrison writes, “McSpadden as a photographer is a devourer and in this book you can smell the photos even when no food is present.” You feel the metal and sweat, you smell the smoke, you hear the noises, and you can taste the food – the salty sweetness of the meat, the sponginess of the white bread, the tanginess of the coleslaw, the creaminess of the potato salad, and the bacon in the beans. “To me these are magical places. Part of the magic is in the food; part is the fact that I was always made to feel welcome,” McSpadden writes. His photos are not menacing or gruesome as one might think, they are welcoming. You cannot help but think these places and people he has captured are nothing but good. With stark interiors, the design and decoration of barbecue joints and cafés is not what draws the customers. They come for the meat and the people. They come for the food and the lifestyle.

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John Morthland, in his essay at the close of Texas BBQ, offers an education in Texas barbecue in respect to its geographical differences. As a non-native Texan, I was unaware of the vast differences and flavors within the institution that is Texas barbecue. The Czech-German meat markets are at the root of Central Texas barbecue tradition. They use the low and slow technique – cooking at a low temperature for a long time. The meat is placed at the opposite end of the pit from the smoldering hardwood (usually oak) and is actually cooked more by the smoke and less by the low heat. In East Texas indirect heat is used as well, but pecan or hickory wood is used instead of oak. Due to its African American and Southern roots, pork is popular in the East Texas tradition along with grainier hot links versus European-style sausages. The meat tends to be cooked longer too. Out in West and South Texas, barbecue consists mainly of brisket and sausage and sometimes goat and cooked in the cowboy tradition of using mesquite for firewood and placing the meat directly over the coals. However, because of the immense size of barbecue pits, meat and heat source could be two feet apart, which allows for a savory cooking combination of smoking and grilling. And there you have it: Texas BBQ 101. Not only is barbecue good for the belly, the barbecue captured by Wyatt McSpadden is good for the soul. As John Harrison so beautifully wrote, “The photography of Wyatt McSpadden returns us to the earth where most of us actually live and does so with permanent grace. It revives us.” TH&L

designer profile

For longtime Dallas designer Robert Rutherford, his journey in beautiful things and interiors all started with an elegant Victorian mansion in Columbus, Ohio.

Texas Home & Living: Tell me a little bit about your background. What made you decide to enter the interior design field? How did you get started in the business? How long have you worked in the industry?

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Robert Rutherford: My decision was more like a journey to a foreign land where one explores and discovers and grows. It began in 1963 when I left the military and rented the fourth floor of an elegant, Victorian mansion owned by Edna Moreland in Columbus, Ohio. Recognizing my awed interest in the beauty of her home, she began to nourish it with introductions to “the right people” and design classes at the museum and historical houses. This truly launched my career as an interior designer. Then, Ruth Wilson, the owner of one of the largest design showrooms in the area gave me my first job in the design field and my journey intensified and expanded. I was exposed to the New York design markets and antique shops. As I worked with Ruth on various designer showhouses and public projects, my skills and understanding of the business grew. These were the formative years of my life as

designer profile a designer. The feeling of a journey of exploration, discovery, and of being mentored by people who care is still with me today. TH&L: What brought you to Dallas? RR: By 1972 my reputation had grown so that the manager of John Edward Hughes at the Design Center in Dallas came to Columbus to hire me. I was the vice president of John Edward Hughes until I opened my own shop. TH&L: When did you open Rutherford’s and how has it evolved since its conception? RR: In 1989, my wife, Anna, and I along with our two children, Lee Ann and Jon, opened Rutherford’s on Lover’s Lane. Today, my family and I, along with a design and sales staff of 16, are still on Lover’s Lane. TH&L: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome being in the design industry? RR: My eyes are bigger than my pocket book. TH&L: What is your design philosophy? RR: I strive for comfortable seating, fine art work, beautiful antiques, and always something amusing. TH&L: What would you say your biggest professional accomplishment has been? RR: Developing friendships with my clients has contributed to Rutherford’s becoming part of the community. Being part of the community where you live and work is a valuable asset. Staying in business in spite of economic ups and downs is an accomplishment for any of us. TH&L: Who or what gives you inspiration? What design era has influenced you the most? RR: At the top of my list are: Mark Hampton whose focus was on English Country; Sister Parish for her classic elegance and marvelous color; and Bill Baldwin with his love of beauty and proportion, and superhuman tolerance for idiosyncrasy coupled with his wonderfully accepting humor. TH&L: Who has been a mentor or a major influence in your work? RR: My clients and family are my constant mentors each in their own way through their passions for history and culture, their involvement with nature, and their desire to bring beauty into their daily lives. TH&L: What is in your design library? RR: I have a growing library with every book I can afford and a mountain of Architectural Digest. I highly recommend A Passion For Detail by Charlotte Moss, Van Day Truex: The Man Who Defined Twentieth-Century Taste and Style by Adam Lewis and Albert Hadley, and Designer Guide to Furniture Styles by Treena Crochet. May/June 2010 • Texas Home & Living


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TH&L: What is the first thing you do when starting a new project? RR: I talk to the man of the house. He always has an opinion and needs to be addressed. TH&L: Many designers are inspired by art, architecture, colors, and culture they see and experience on their travels. Do you find this as well? If so, what is a favorite interior or image you have seen on your travels? RR: Yes, there is no doubt that the places I have seen traveling have had an impact on my work. My most favorite are Brighton Pavilion in England, Rouen Cathedral and Chateau de Malmaison in France. TH&L: Describe one of your most memorable projects to date. RR: Actually, several come to mind. There was an exciting cottage and garden in Terrell, Texas for a lady who loves Texas plantings. Her house was a historical home, so it was covered on the outside by generations of layered paint ranging in color from pink to avocado. The inside contained a rich display of layer upon layer of history and plants ranging from the interesting to the outrageous, all tied together with a 1950 aesthetic, brocades, and animal skins. 32

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Then there was a fabulous mansion on Lakeside Drive. It was the estate of a prominent Dallas family whose owner’s amazing energy and love for her home was inspirational. Her vast art collection became the backdrop for refurbishing the entire home for her daughter’s wedding. It was a high point for us and the family. The other was a lovely new French chateau in Dallas. It was filled with generations of family heirlooms. By using a combination of simple window treatments and seating we brought the whole home up to date creating a marvelous blend of then and now. TH&L: Is there any kind of project you particularly love? RR: The one I’m working on. TH&L: What do you love most about being a designer? RR: I love the fact that it’s never dull. I love helping people enjoy changing their focus in life. Take “empty nesters” for example. They are a real pleasure because they have a lifetime of treasures and helping them pare things down to a beautiful statement of their new direction in life is a pure joy.

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TH&L: What is your advice to other designers? Homeowners? RR: Designing a home should be a joyous experience filled with discovery. And, don’t take yourself too seriously. TH&L: Tell me about an average day for you. RR: I have breakfast with my wife, Anne, and we discuss design projects, challenges, and the shop. Appointments begin by 10 a.m. Each day brings its own set of circumstances, but I’m usually back in the shop by late afternoon. That’s my time to help my other designers if there is a need and to spruce up the shop so it stays fresh and interesting. 214-244-8614

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TH&L: What are the essentials you need to live, work, and create? RR: A happy home life. Good friends. Flowers in and outside my home. Books — especially the Bible. Something sweet. And a good joke. TH&L: Describe your favorite place. RR: My own library filled with books and collections, family, and comfort. TH&L: What is your advice to other designers? RR: Embrace Dallas and give them the best you can. Most of all, have fun! TH&L: How would you describe today’s design culture in Dallas? How have you seen it change and where do you see it headed? RR: When I moved to Dallas in the early 1970s it was like the “Promised Land.” Dallas was where people from everywhere came to shop and it was booming with a zest for life. Now it is a cosmopolitan city with good architecture and interior design. There is culture, power, and money along with great style and an enjoyment of life. TH&L: Is there anything you would like to add? RR: Mies van der Roche is credited with saying, “Less is more.” I go along with Venturi who said, “Less is a bore!” TH&L

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antiques Small antique pieces are important visual elements in the garden. Here old urns, beautiful cast iron fencing, and epis (the green birds were originally made for the top of a house) add to the charm and interest in the space.


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Small, French, Garden Antiques



When you first begin to contemplate and compare French and English gardens, most Americans are surprised to find that the mass florabunda flower gardens we love are English cottage gardens, while the typical French garden expresses order, symmetry, and formal beauty. Both styles of gardens can make your heart leap with joy. The French love flowers and to feature them in gardens, but only as one aspect of garden beauty. Louis XIV threatened the life of Le Nortre, the genius landscape designer of Versailles, if he did not include more flowers at Versailles, “Enough of these fountains, green lawns, manicured shrubs and such, where are the flowers? “

Of Urns, Fountains, and Expected Things Most likely, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the French garden are the magnificent urns and fountains. French urns come in all sizes and many materials including limestone, concrete, marble, iron, and even bronze. They have been a part of the French landscape since before Francis I and have been continually made and adapted to the current style. Urns are currently reproduced all over the world including in France and Italy. Many less expensive French-style urns are produced in the Far East. They have flooded the market, but give a good, inexpensive look to garden corner. They may not be authentically French, but they draw their inspiration and style from France. The French have always loved to “con-

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These epis (made in the traditional l8th-century-style by famous French potter Diox) stand charming guard between “rooms” in the garden. When hail is predicted in the weather report the owners make sure large buckets are placed over the birds. The clay birds are made of hard-finished fired clay and would probably not be hurt by a little weather, but in Texas, you never know.

gardens. Large, spectacular fountains to small trickling fountains are a natural part of the landscape. There is nothing like the sound of trickling or splashing water. It helps create a garden to remember.

Small Chalk Figures When examining the French garden accompanying a comfortable country home (but not a chateau), you begin to notice certain things. Yes, there are beautiful flowers and urns, and perhaps a fountain or two, but there are also expansive lawns, bushes, shrubs, flowering trees, and often antiques and old things in the garden as well. In the French garden you find hints of the latent French whimsy. Sitting under a tree or nestled into a shrub you will probably find a gnome, a chalk figure, of an elf – part of the whimsical fantasy of the French garden. About three years ago we attended a special exhibit in the Château de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, which featured several hundred small French gnome statues. The exhibit, a Paris hit, was widely covered on their television stations. The French love these charming, small, chalk figures. When in the countryside, you may notice what the French middle class and manor owners have in their small manicured gardens. There are often chalk figures such as an escargot (snail) or a bunny. They are never overdone, always understated as a chalk escargot can possibly be. But there it is!

French Wrought Iron An element in all French gardens, whether grand orf modest, is wrought ironwork. It might just be a garden gate or an arbor. Iron fencing in France is magnificent and used around cemetery plots, to divide garden areas into “rooms,” to create protected play areas, or confine puppies to quarters. The French love their ironwork and have for a millennium.

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A small angel’s face on a cross displayed on a garden well.

Faux bois (concrete made to look like wood) is a French garden staple. You find faux bois tables and chairs and romantic garden seating, as well as faux bois windmills, doghouses, yard animals, and planters. The variety faux bois applications in the French garden are almost too numerous to list.

Historical Antiquities Very whimsical escargot made for the garden. This is a favorite object for young visitors and family members to capture in photos. Chalk figures abound in the small, French cottage gardens. The French especially love chalk gnomes.


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Another antique element found in gardens, particularly in the south of France are “historical” antiques, such as elements from the Roman period and occupation and even medieval pieces of buildings such as gargoyles. Once we were in Mirepoix visiting with the sort of the local “dom” who we met through his nephew. We were instructed to call him “uncle,” which we did. After talking with Uncle a couple of hours he said that he wanted to show us something. We followed him into his back garden, which had two garden paths intersecting at a rather smallish water well structure, which Uncle informed us was Roman and had been carved

antiques from one piece of marble. Of course, we tried to buy it, but Uncle wouldn’t part with it.

Religious Artifacts One of the enormous sources for yard ornamentation in France is the cemetery. Differing from America, many French cemeteries do not sell you a plot, they rent you a plot, usually for 50 years. For those 50 years, you can decorate the plot with special, beautiful wrought iron fencing and put incredible iron filigree crosses near the graves. When the rental term ends, your kin can either pay the rental fee again to keep the plot for a longer period of time or decline to do so with grace. If there are no direct kin or if it is decided, the plot will go back to the cemetery, which is usually tied in and controlled by the local church. In such cases, all ornamentation is removed and sold to fund the cemetery’s maintenance. The bones of the departed are placed in the ossuary and blessed by the local priest. Records of the comings and goings from the cemetery are usually kept by the parish church. This is the reason such incredible small-scale wrought iron fencing is found in the French gardens along with gorgeous iron crosses. Also, fancy altar rails and gates decorate the the garden as well as the occasional church statue. It all works together rather wonderfully.

Old Exterior Elements Made New There are several things that were once apart of l8th- and l9thcentury buildings that are now being recreated in artistic form for use in the garden as well as on buildings. The prime example is the epi, the spire ornament on the roof peaks of substantial l8th- and l9th-century buildings, especially in Burgundy and Normandy. It is very rare to fine an old, fully intact epi. When found, because of their uniqueness, they are typically kept inside as a fragile architectural treasure to display. One French potter, Jean Diox, has become famous for his modern creations of this old folk art form. His epis are shown throughout France and Europe. They are, in fact, art. Doix’s Epis are generally deep-brown, glazed pottery and take the form of stylized, whimsical birds, looking much like they did in the l8th century. He also makes a wonderful, historicallycorrect green glaze for some of his epis. During the 19h century it became fashionable to have pottery animals, such as cats and squirrels, on the roof or on the side of the house. The most charming example of this is on the roof of the hotel in Honfluer, located behind an old church building. On the roof for more than a hundred years there have been two ceramic cats having a spectacular fight. These ornaments came from the nearby Normandy town of Bavent. Bavent ceramic animals, both old and new, can be seen throughout the small gardens of France. Small antiques in French gardens are a long-standing tradition. Whether they are placed for a smile, or to make a design statement, they have warm, important places in the jardins of France. TH&L


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1 The Mews features an exquisite 18thcentury twisted iron garden bench from France with its original paint. The bench measures 72 inches wide by 24 inches deep by 42 inches high. The Mews in Marble Falls is located at 200 Main St., (830) 6931133, and The Mews in Dallas is at 1708 Market Center Blvd., (214) 748-9070. 2 Charlotte Nail Antiques is a treasure trove filled with European antiques and art. Discover everything from French Country to Empire in the 10,000-squarefoot gallery showcasing many of Charlotte’s favorite design elements – warm carved woods, porcelains, vintage lighting, gilt mirrors, European art, and tapestries. 7026 Old Katy Road, Houston, TX 77024, (713) 869-9511,


3 Laurel Ridge Antiques overflows with extraordinary 19th-century American antiques. Pictured is a great 19th-century, plantation-made bookcase on a stand. 827 St. Joseph, Gonzales, TX 78627, (830) 672-2484, 4 Red Baron’s Antiques is the South’s most established purveyor of high-caliber international architectural elements, furniture, fine art, stained glass, statuary, fountains, and classic vehicles. Their treasures are designed for nobility. A grand, fanciful cavalcade of the most unique and sublime pieces available to make your exceptional home even more exceptional. 6450 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30328, (404) 252-3770, 4


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Le Creuset’s Cast Iron Round French Oven in Caribbean will give your kitchen a tropical vibe. Anything you cook in one of these is bound to be good, or at least look good.

This Bella Verde hand-carved chair is available in 25 different finishes as well as an assortment of leathers and fabrics (pictured in turquoise leather and crocodile). $3,899 Available at Antek’s 1135 Dragon St. Dallas, TX 75207 (214) 528-5567

Elaborately embroidered flowers rest on a vibrant turquoise linen background; and a playful ruffled flange gives this Madison Pillow by Sferra a textured edge and feel. $112 Available at The Linen Boutique 5600 W. Lovers Lane, #122 Dallas, TX 75209 (214) 352-5400

Turquoise goes with anything, so why not put it on your walls? Create a bold turquoise statement wall with York Wallcoverings’ Bamboo Leaf Toss (pictured) and Stacy Garcia Luxury Wallpapers’ Linework Floral. Or add touches of retro and modern with a turquoise accent here and there with Marietta by York Wallcoverings. Marietta, VL9017, $69.00/single roll; Bamboo Leaf Toss, WE9075, $99.00/single roll, Linework Floral from Stacy Garcia Luxury Wallpapers, GC0787. $69.99/single roll Find a local retailer or design resource at or (800) 375-9675.


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This mouthblown glass Waterman Vase by Tracy Glover will add that je ne sais quoi to any room. If turquoise is not your thing, other color options include pink/purple, green/gold, multicolored, or white. $850 Available at Casa di Lino in Dallas (214) 252-0404



It is no wonder that shades of turquoise and aqua are everywhere this year as not only do they seem to go with everything, they have the versatility to be both a fashion statement or thick with deep cultural meaning. As a stone, in many cultures turquoise is a bringer of good fortune and a protector, and as a color it pairs well with almost any shade – neutral tones, black, white, red, yellows, pink, and even metallics. There is no limit to what you can do with the color – it can be elegant, playful, earthy, modern, sophiticated, and even antique. Here are a few of our favorite selections – both for your home and for you – that pay homage to a vibrant, historied color.

Turquoise’s energy and color need not be limited to the home; turquoise and similar stoned jewelry are always in vogue. Just take a look at Jamie Joseph’s 14k and sterling silver aqua blue chalcedony ring with its little diamond for some sparkle ($663.00 Item # JJ-RR6RHD3); or the 14k gold plated sunburst chandelier Febe earrings, measuring 2 1/2 inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide ($80.00 Item # KS-E3001G). Both ring and earrings are available at Eliza Page,

Partnering with designer Coralie BickfordSmith, Penguin Classics is bringing back old favorites with color and style in their Clothbound Classics. Each book features patterns stamped on linen cases, colored endpapers, and ribbon markers. Perfect for a gift to a book lover, to stack on a table, or to show off from a shelf, these editions are destined to be treasured. The Odyssey and Emma, $20 each To purchase, visit

With colorful, embroidered details, and a satin back, this Peacock Cushion will add a rich, exotic touch to any pillow, couch, or bed. It measures 30 centimeters by 30 centimeters. AUD $79.95

Nature has never failed to inspire, especially the wonderful undulating blue hues of the ocean. Waterworks presents a wonderful array of tiles that bring ocean-side paradise to mind. Kromaglass in Pool ($32/sheet) and Waterglass in Bahama ($37/sheet) will add a cool, relaxing vibe to a bath or kitchen. Both are 1-inch stacked mosaic tiles. To find a retailer near you call (800) 899-6757 or visit

For a solid-colored statement add a daring dash of blue to any room to brighten it up and give it energy. We love Blue Toile and Peacock Feathers by Benjamin Moore.

Agraria’s unique perfumed TasselAires create a visual swing of color and diffuse a fresh, elegant fragrance. Hang one on a doorknob, closet hook, or armoire key; or incorporate in tie-back curtains. $40 Available at The Linen Boutique 5600 W. Lovers Lane, #122 Dallas, TX 75209 (214) 352-5400

Handmade in New York City out of hand-blown glass over paper decoupage of an image from the late 1800s, the Peacock Flourish Plate by John Derian is both a decorating and kitchen accessory. It is a five-by-seven-inch oval. $62 To purchase call (212) 677-3917 or visit for a list of nationwide and international retailers.

Handmade from sterling silver and jewelry-quality turquoise, these drawer/cabinet pulls are a great way to dress up a piece of furniture or small powder room or add an earthly, Southwestern flair with a pop of color. Price ranges from $125 to $225, depending on size. Available at Antek’s 1135 Dragon St. Dallas, TX 75207 (214) 528-5567


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As You Like It Fueled by an antique obsession and her family’s passion for polo, this interior designer/ homeowner created her own brand of substance and style.


Text by Nancy Myers Photography by Jenifer Jordan

The home this North Dallas couple all but built from the ground up is filled with salvage, art, and equestrian elements – a true reflection

of the designer’s vision and resourcefulness and the family’s sporting lifestyle. Although Annie and Bernard had remodeled numerous estates together in the past, mostly in the exclusive enclaves of Calabasas, Hidden Hills, and Malibu areas of Southern California, this endeavor was perhaps the largest in scale and the most challenging. In addition to the main 5,500-square-foot dwelling, the compound blueprint called for a guesthouse, a groom’s cottage, horse barn, and a separate polo lounge/game room building with an indoor basketball court and shop. Despite the expanse, it had to have optimum architectural flow. “Annie has certainly been the drive behind the whole project from start to finish,” says Bernard. “She has a great vision, and great sense of style with an eclectic taste, as well as a natural gift for decorating with a simplistic ‘less is more’ approach. You could say that if she’s the inspiration, I’m the perspiration. One of her favorite places is Hearst Castle,

opposite page The large stone mantel is the only one of the house’s five fireplaces that is not an antique.

and at times I swear she was trying to duplicate it! Annie is a perfectionist.” “I have a deep love and passion for old buildings and homes,” says Annie. “I have traveled to Europe and toured many old castles and homes. I also love antiques. I really wanted to make this home feel like a historic building.  The front of the house had a


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dark red brick façade, and using that as my inspiration, I chose to go for a Southern Colonial-looking home. My goal was to have people come to our home and think that it was an old, Colonial home. The best way to achieve this was by using all the salvaged architectural material that I could.” The couple purchased the property – actually three contiguous homes – in 2004, and gutted the entire main house down to its 2-by-4 studs. “It was originally a twostory ranch house that had been added onto in the ‘80s and was really disjointed,” says Annie. “We gutted and removed everything all the  windows, doors, electrical, plumbing – and started again. We basically had a shell to work with, to which we  also added square  footage.” The finished product boasts three floors with six bedrooms and six and a half baths. Annie contracted all the work herself and purchased the materials, skillfully incorporating chic architectural salvage and retro elements. Four out of the home’s five fireplaces have antique mantels, the exception being the large stone model in the living room. Numerous antique doors were used throughout. Other timeless touches include five antique claw-foot tubs, which Annie had custom-refurbished; several antique sinks; all antique wood plank flooring (the materials were originally walls from 1920s and 1930s homes); and antique light fixtures. Five baths (all but the master) have antique cabinets housing sinks, and several of the home’s key windows are antiques, recovered from old homes. There’s even antique brick on the laundry room floor. The couple also incorporated many antiques from prior projects and residences, and purchased state-of-theart appliances in the kitchen and fixtures for the baths. These modern elements were

left State-of-the-art appliances contrast the vinatge, timeless look of the kitchen. A grouping of trophies, one used as a vase for flowers, act as a centerpiece for the kitchen island. inset A chalkboard finish on the refrigerator provides a place for kids to get creative, reminders to be noted, and grocery lists to be made. May/June 2010 • Texas Home & Living


incorporated without compromising the décor’s vintage look and tone. The ceilings are covered with tongueand-groove slated wood painted white, with the exception of the dining room, which is picturesque in white-painted tin. Annie also installed massive columns on the front of the house, as well as 20-plus smaller columns around the exterior. “I really like all different periods and styles and love mixing them,” says Annie. “I also inherited a lot of wonderful pieces from my grandmother, who was also a collector and loved various styles as well, which I am sure inspired me. Besides interior design, I also sold antiques for a while. As you could guess, I always kept more than I sold!” She just finished a project for a client in College Station – a 5,000-square-foot home – using 90 percent antiques. The approximately 16-acre property houses polo ponies, as well as several other ponies and horses the family rides for polocrosse (a team sport that is a cross between polo and lacrosse). “My entire family rides horses,” says Annie. “We all really love it.  My husband grew up riding in New Guinea and Australia, as did I in Texas.  He was a race jockey in New Guinea and played polocrosse growing up, and got into polo when he first moved to the states in Kentucky. (He developed and sold real estate in California and Texas and now is in the Internet television business.) I think we both passed the love of horses

left A riding helmet crowning a stack of horseand polo-themed books rest on an antique chair. Antique wood flooring, from homes from the 1920s and 1930s, was used throughout the home. opposite page top Living room: With a love of mixing styles and periods, Annie paired modern, overstuffed sofas with antiques in the living room. opposite page bottom left A sport and a way of life embraced by both parents, polocrosse and a love of horses have been passed to their children as seen in the framed, hand-drawn art picture created by one of the couple’s four children. opposite page bottom right An antique light fixtures hangs over the rustic dining room table and its potted centerpieces. 48

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and country on to our children.” Polocrosse is a sport embraced by both parents and kids, including daughters Kelsi, 20, Miranda, 16, Olivia, 9, and son Bernard, Jr., 11, and Olivia is learning polo from her dad. “She’s quite good and keeps some of the polo players in town entertained when she shows up,” he notes. Bernard says the kids experienced more quality of life in the first few months of living in Texas than in all the time spent in California. “We lived in a high-end area with guard gates and white picket fences, but it was a bubble. With this project, all of our kids have been very hands-on and still are. They’ve painted and hauled lumber, dug holes, built fences, cleaned endless amounts of trash and been with their mom on a million trips to hardware and antique stores, swap meets, and auctions. That’s probably the most valuable thing they’ve gotten out of this project; it’s been very centering for the family. Having the kids very involved gives them a sense of what it takes, and pride of ownership; they definitely have some sweat equity.” The interior’s art and accessories mirror the property’s pastoral, equestrian motif, with etches and lithographs of storied racehorses done by noteworthy artists. As for a favorite room, Annie says it’s

above Bedroom: In this bedroom, and throughout the house, the ceilings are covered with tongue-and-groove slated wood painted white. left Child’s bedroom: In one of the four children’s rooms, a stuffed animal horse rests on an antique bed dressed with delicately-patterned linens. opposite page A huge part of the family’s life, equestrian elements and equipment decorate the home. 50

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hard to choose, but would say it’s between the breakfast room, formal living room, and the large living room. And, naturally, the family spends a lot of time in the kitchen. “The large island is where the kids do their homework and ‘hang out’ while we’re cooking,” she says. Purchased from Country Garden Antiques, the island was modified with a marble countertop, and the lights above it are also old. “I love the large side-by-side fridges, which I covered with chalkboard. The kids love to draw pictures there and it is a great place to keep notes for games and upcoming appointments. We installed two Viking dishwashers, which is great for when we have parties. Or when we don’t feel like emptying the dishwasher right away, we use the other, although truthfully with my clan, they are both always full!” A Miele coffeemaker is her husband’s favorite, and she custom-created a space above it for the coffee cups by using two small antique columns salvaged from an overmantle and adding some marble and mirror to the shelves. Vintage soda fountain stools and an old farmhouse screen-door on the pantry add warmth and whimsy to the space. In addition to Country Garden Antiques, favorite Dallas haunts include Lots of Furniture, B Gover Limited, Parkhouse Antiques, and The Mews. Annie says one of the more unusual elements she added was an antique window over the sink. “People might think this odd, but I always love it when there is a window to look out when at the sink,” she says. “Unfortunately, this home had the kitchen located in the middle of the downstairs area, so there were no exterior walls in this room. I just added a window anyway, and now I can see into the formal living room and out the windows in that room to the front lawn.  It lets a lot of light in and creates a really great architectural feature in the formal living, as it is over a French cane-back sofa in that space.” The homeowner/designer has received many compliments on the home, but says she’s most flattered when visitors ask how old the home is. “This always  makes me smile, I then usually ask how old they think it is (which is always a response of ‘very old’) and then I tell them.” TH&L May/June 2010 • Texas Home & Living


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Isolated from restaurants and grocery stores, if the Cooks want to eat, they have to cook. And they do. The commercial kitchen range means no nonsense and the open kitchen layout allows for everyone to pitch in and help cook or clean.

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Photo by Don Hoffman

This ranch home blends the look of the Old West with easy-living comforts that make it an ideal place to enjoy friends and family. Text by Suzanna Logan Interior design by Connie LeFevre, ASID, RID, Design House


Crossing over the property line of Libby and Ray Cook’s 370acre ranch in Weimar, Texas, is

like traveling back in time. As you leave

the main road and head up a private country lane, there are no signs of modern life in sight. Wild hogs, turkey, and deer are the Cook’s closest neighbors. Two ponds and tree-shaded fields add to the Wild West landscape, but it’s the Cook’s residence that completes it. One look at the home and you will think you have been transported to the shoot-em-up days of the Old West (or at least the set of a Clint Eastwood film). Designed like an old-fashioned store front and standing under a canopy of trees, the home is nothing short of breathtaking. “It shocks people at first because they are expecting to see a house not a big Western saloon,” laughs Libby. May/June 2010 • Texas Home & Living


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From the outside, the wood-clad home has all the signs of an authentic Wild West building. The front porch is lined with rustic rocking chairs where the men drink beer and the ladies enjoy tall glasses of sweet tea on a warm day. Nearby, a dinner bell is used to announce, “Supper’s on!” to the Cook’s frequent visiting friends and family. Most convincingly, there are two cedar hitching posts for those who ride up on four legs instead of wheels. “We wanted folks to feel like they could ride up to the house, tie their horse on a post, and come on in,” says Libby, only half-joking. Inside, the western theme continues, but don’t expect to see any dirt floors here. All of the modern comforts and conveniences only dreamt of in the 1800s abound – and not by accident. When the Cooks first began making plans to build the 5,000-square-foot home in 2007, they determined it should look old-fashioned but never feel outdated.

above An Old Western-themed home would not be complete without a saloon with a poker table and bar. opposite page Lighting was an important consideration in the home, as the Cooks chose to stay true to the Old West motif and incorporate a few, small windows.

To accomplish this, the couple enlisted the help of architect Lloyd Harper and interior designer Connie LeFevre, both from Houston, who immediately caught the vision for the home. “Ray and Libby didn’t want anything pretentious or impressive,” says Connie. “They wanted the home to look like it was right out of a western town but with all the modern luxuries.” Connie began working closely with the couple towards that goal, and less than two years later, the Cooks began enjoying getaways to the ranch. Because of the sweltering Texas heat, the home is used most frequently in the cooler months. Thanksgiving and Christmas bring together the Cooks’ son and daughter and their five grandchildren. Ray and his son spend much of their time hunting – two of the trophy heads are displayed in the home – and the whole family enjoys exploring the property on the Cook’s four-wheelers and trying their luck with catch-and-release fishing in the ponds. To ensure the remnants of the outdoors collected during these activities don’t make their way inside, Connie and Libby incorporated a hard-working mudroom inside the entryway – just one of the home’s many savvy additions. The mudroom is indicative of the attention to detail found throughout the residence. Rather May/June 2010 • Texas Home & Living



Texas Home & Living • May/June 2010 Photo by Miro Dvorsak

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than using traditional shower doors, Connie had swinging saloon doors custom-made from salvaged wood. This touch of whimsy is paired with practical elements, like built-in shelving and a skirted sink stand for out-of-sight storage. Mixing practicality with style was on the top of the Cook’s design wish list. “We have our grandchildren here often, and I did not want to worry about them leaving drinks around and dragging their wagons through the house,” explains Libby. One of the primary techniques that Connie used to keep things low-maintenance was to give new life to reclaimed and recycled wood. For example, the bar countertop in the kitchen is salvaged. Hand-hewn beams from the 1800s serve as the fireplace mantel and act as the guardrail along the staircase, accented by hand-forged iron spindles. To ensure the floors would be able to withstand the heavy traffic, Connie suggested hand-scraped hard wood floors that would conceal any signs of wear. The hardwood floors are featured throughout the first floor, while carpet is used in the home’s six bedrooms for a softer feel underfoot. In a show of typical Texas hospitality, the Cooks allowed their children to work with Connie to design their bedrooms to suit their personal taste. One room has a feminine feel with milk-washed ceilings, a chandelier, and wispy patterned curtains, while the other combines a darker palette with leather elements for a masculine, modern design. The grandchildren’s rooms are something special, too. The girls’ room is an all-pink extravaganza with Old West touches like dust-ruffles resembling petticoats and a wagon-wheel light fixture. The boys’ bedroom features shades of blue and a tree-trunk bunk bed. In a nod to the hotels of yesteryear, all of the rooms feature glass transoms above the door that can be opened with a hand crank. Each of the bedrooms features a private bath, and the bathrooms are a far cry from the wooden outhouse used in the olden days. The master and guest bathrooms feature floating whirlpool tubs or old-fashioned claw-foot tubs and what Libby calls “fancy toilets.” In the children’s bathrooms, wagon wheels on the exterior of the tub and metal wash basins make cleaning up more fun. Built-in cubbies placed beneath the sinks are great for storing toiletries in not-so-pretty bottles and containers. The home has more to offer besides the six bedrooms, sevenand-a-half bathrooms, and traditional living spaces. A study with built-in shelving maximizes storage space, and a television room

top Built-in bookshelves line a wall of the study and provide a place for books, photos, and knickknacks. bottom Each of the six bedrooms has a private bath, some of which have oldfashioned claw-foot tubs. opposite page top One of the Cook’s children selected dark, bold, and rustic elements in this guest bedroom to exudes a more masculine vibe, while another chose milk-washed ceilings, a chandelier, and wispy patterns. opposite page bottom Custom-made from salvaged wood, swinging saloon doors act as shower doors in the mudroom. The skirted sink stand adds yet another touch of the unexpected. May/June 2010 • Texas Home & Living


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Texas Home & Living • May/June 2010

Photo by Don Hoffman

for the grandkids with log cabin walls evokes the days of Abraham Lincoln. Of course, no western home would be complete without a saloon, featuring a mirrored bar, plasma televisions on both ends of the room, a poker table, and a kitchenette for heating up snacks. Like most close-knit Southern families, food plays a significant role in the Cooks family time. With the closest grocery store and restaurants miles away, the family had to have a kitchen where they could prepare large quantities with ease. “We cook all of our meals here, and everyone pitches in to cook and clean up,” says Libby. The kitchen features a commercial oven range, pop-up appliances, and pullout refrigerator drawers that allow the kids easy access to snacks and drinks streamline meal and snack time. Originally, Libby hoped to include a wood-burning hearth into the kitchen’s design for a true taste of the Old West, but opted to surround the oven range with stone for convenience and to evoke the feeling of cooking over an open-air wood fire. Above the range, a terra cotta piece of art was Connie’s inspiration for the home’s colorful palette. Because the landscape surrounding the ranch can be bland and colorless much of the year, the Cooks wanted the interiors to burst with color. To this end, they chose hot shades reminiscent of a radiant desert sunset. For contrast, Connie punctuated these warm colors with brilliant turquoise accents in the guest bath-

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room, master bedroom, and kitchen. While the Cooks did bring in a few pieces of art, most of the walls are largely unadorned. In fact, they are works of art themselves, thanks to the help of a local artist who spent weeks faux-finishing the walls with a variety of unusual methods and textures. In the powder room, the walls are made to look like tree bark to complement the tree-trunk pedestal topped with a stone basin. In the home’s saloon, sheets of new tin on the ceiling were given an aged patina, and raffia was mixed into the plaster to give the walls texture. “We were going to use straw like they did in the olden days,” said Connie. “But we didn’t want to worry about mold or bugs so we opted for raffia.” Where there are plenty of personal touches in the living spaces

above Rustic rocking chairs line the front porch that looks more like the façade of a Western saloon than that of a ranch house. opposite page top Girl’s Room: Dust ruffles resembling petticoats and a wagonwheel light fixture add touches of Old West to the all-pink girls bedroom. opposite page bottom Metal water basins act as sinks in a bathroom for the grandchildren. Built-in cubbies under the sink provide easily accessible storage.

inside, not all of the living quarters are indoors. Each of the guest bedrooms features a balcony. The home also includes two screened-in porches, one on the first floor and another off the master bedroom that features a swing with a custom-made twin bed. “We spend evenings on the porch, and it’s not unusual to see 12 or 15 deer feeding.” The Cooks have wildlife galore around the home, thanks in part to their garden. Libby plans to can the produce, which is just one step towards her end goal of making the property self-sustaining. The ranch features a generator in case the power fails, and the Cooks can eat from the land thanks to the abundance of wildlife and ponds. To embrace Ray’s hunting lifestyle and move towards their goal of sustainability, the couple designed a hunting prep station connected to the garage. The area, with its stainless steel surfaces, is fully equipped with an oven, refrigerator, and walk-in freezer for preparing the day’s trophy and storing the meat. “If anything happens, we always tell the family, ‘Just head for the ranch,’ ” laughs Ray. Catastrophe or not, heading for the ranch is always sound advice when it’s one as welcoming as the Cooks’. “People come in and relax, but they pitch in to help, too,” says Libby. “Everyone tells us it’s a comfortable, relaxing place to spend time with friends and family, and to hear that, I say mission accomplished.” TH&L May/June 2010 • Texas Home & Living


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No place is too far, and no effort too great for interior designer Debbie Baxter to bring to life the dream of a Palm Beach-inspired home for a San Antonio couple. Text by Lauren Churchin Interior design by Debbie Baxter, ASID, Baxter Design Group


Among the eclectic estates located just south of the fashionable downtown King William Historic District in San Antonio on the

banks of the San Antonio River, sits a striking 11,000-square-foot Palm Beach, Floridainspired home brought to life by Debbie Baxter, ASID, IIDA. A 30-year veteran interior designer and president of San Antonio-based Baxter Design Group, Inc., Baxter willingly embarked upon an exciting and challenging four-year quest, from international shopping adventures to the discovery of the most talented local artisans available, resulting in the presentation of her client’s ultimate dream home and mecca for entertaining. Living only minutes from their four grown children and seven grandchildren and taking an active role in philanthropy, the homeowners had two important stipulations for their grand residence: a light color palate consisting of aqua, purple, and ivory, as well as a space that was specifically designed for graciously hosting their large circle of friends and family. Employing a unique approach to design, Baxter worked in collaboration with many award-winning local professionals including, architect Mac Chesney, CEO of Chesney Morales & Associates, and landscape architect, John S. Troy. Incorporating a light and

opposite page Stunning chandeliers hang from the formal dining room’s soaring beamed ceilings

airy color scheme throughout a massive space without compromising the home’s warmth was the team’s first priority, and in response was the birth of the Mediterranean design

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concept. Known for celebrating Spanish, Greek, French, and Italian influences, this exotic style uses colors reflective of the sea and sky, evoking a tranquil and inviting effect, while embracing dark wood finishes and thick wall textures. The combination is vibrant, timeless, and casual. “The inspiration for the entire home came from two unique wrought iron railings I discovered in the backyard of an antique store in San Antonio,” says Baxter. “I actually brought a photo of them with me to my initial meeting with the architect [Chesney].” These treasures now adorn the exterior; one greeting guests on the balcony above the front door, and the other overlooking the pool just off the master bedroom. From there, the entire home took shape. The façade, which looks as if it would be at home among the show-stopping mansions lining Palm Beach, is made even more magnificent with dripping evergreens, iron details, and a complementary Spanish tile roof. The back entrance to the home is accessed through a loggia, or roofed outdoor area that is commonly found among Italian architecture. Due to the region’s desirable climate, the homeowners are able to enjoy this special feature year-round, which is especially great for entertaining large groups of people. This inviting living space is as functional and beautiful as the interior rooms, with ample seating, a fireplace, and a million dollar view of the glistening handinlaid glass mosaic pool. Upon entrance, one of the most dramatic, standout elements is the fine wood flooring, which continues throughout the home. It is bleached, scraped, and limed in a labor-intensive process that acts as a white wash, enhancing the natural grain of the wood and lighting the overall color of the

right The kitchen fireplace is in constant use for the grilling of meats and veggies. The fireplate resting on the mantel was found in Argentina along with the carved brackets below the hearth. A large gathering place, the kitchen provides space for multiple cooks, and frequent casual buffet suppers attended by family and friends. opposite page A hand-carved limestone fireplace and wood-coffered ceiling anchor the living room. May/June 2010 • Texas Home & Living


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planks. The walls, made of Venetian plaster, are as durable as marble and composed of a lime compound that acts as a natural pesticide. It is cool to the touch and feels like a polished pebble, adding a substantial and beautiful quality to the building’s structure that cannot be attained by utilizing stock materials. It requires a team of skilled tradesmen to achieve such a stunning, yet subtle detail. “I am most proud of the integrity and honesty of all the materials and processes used inside the home,” says Baxter. “Everything is authentic from the European wall finishes to the hand-carved Texas limestone fireplaces, arches, and wood doors.” As an homage honoring the estate’s incredible character, which was created by the use of unusual materials and Old World craftsmanship, Baxter was able to showcase her in-depth knowledge and passion for Latin America and her fluency in Spanish, by traveling abroad to Buenos Aires and around Argentina collecting the most alluring artwork, furnishings, and accessories she could find. The favorable exchange rate, allowed her to bring back rare items while remaining within the set budget. 64

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“The bar was set so high on this project,” says Baxter, “that I kept asking myself, ‘Is this good enough?’ ‘Can I do better?’ “That’s why I ventured off the beaten path to Argentina in search of truly original and unique pieces.” Her valuable decorative finds are showcased in many of the rooms. Notably, the main living room where a painting of a distinguished matador in a gold gilded frame hangs above the colossal white limestone fireplace, setting the stage for the space and the tone of the entire home. Multiple seating areas create a social atmosphere while the colorful velvet, silk, and brocade pillows embellishing oversized couches instantly make guests feel at ease even among the ornate furnishings. Large windows and specialized lighting in the wood coffered ceiling illuminate the sophisticated surroundings and fill the room with warming light. Continuing into the lavish dining room, where by day the room is filled with ample light and by night is transformed into an intimate candlelit setting perfect for cozy dinner a deux or a party of 12. The high-backed upholstered chairs are complemented by a large,

Photo by Mike Osborn

Photo by Mike Osborn

hanging heirloom tapestry and a priceless hand-woven rug. While this formal room subtly strays from the overall teal color palate, its golden hues and soaring beamed ceiling allow it to retain the airy feeling of the rest of the home. A pair of custom curio cabinets flank an offbeat shaped antique mirror positioned atop another detailed limestone fireplace in the friendly and traditional open parlor. From the pale claw-foot sofa table to the delicate aqua loveseat, this fancy niche artfully convenes the ocean-inspired color scheme and European design concept. The resulting room is a flawless example of the homeowner’s desired look. The laborious adventure was a culmination of exciting treks abroad, unearthing precious items, and the collaboration between a stellar team of dedicated professionals. The estate is a pinnacle of design and a true legacy for the homeowners, their friends and family to enjoy for decades to come. TH&L

above left The “her” side of the master bath was designed as a retreat space. The custom chaise is used for reading, watching TV, and holding grandchildren. Silk draperies embroidered with sea life remind the owner of her love of the ocean and beach life. The room’s soft, aquatic tones help tone down the hectic nature of a large family. above right The two French panels that introduce the kitchen/breakfast areas of the home came from a French bistro.

opposite page Intended as a space for guests to feel royal, the formal powder room is dressed in ivories and taupes to reinforce the client’s vision to color the entire home in light, airy, pale colors. Handpainted wallcovering, marble mosaic tiles, hand cast hardware, and found objects help create a regal space. May/June 2010 • Texas Home & Living


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right Lush landscaping leads to the stately Mediterranean home design by architect Mac Chesney.


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The Women’s Symphony League of Austin

2010 Symphony

Designer Showhouse Presented by The Austonian

Preview Party May 13, 2010 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Public Tour May 15 - 16, 2010 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tickets $20 Showhouse Lead Designers Janna Paulson RID, IIDA, LEED AP Stephanie Villavicencio ASID, RID Jeanne Whittington Allied Member ASID, RID









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69 Welcome 71 Showhouse Sponsors UNIT A - 72 72 One Bedroom Condo with Private Balcony The Bommarito Group Marla Bommarito-Crouch, RID, FIIDA, ASID, LEED AP: The Austonian Design Team Bob Albanese, Design & Construction Manager: Rob Reed, Construction Manager; Lynne Dunnigan, WSL Showhouse Director UNIT C - 73 74 Foyer, Gallery + Utility Jessica Nixon Interior Design Jessica Nixon, ASID, RID; Kimberly V. Briggs (Design Assistant) 74 Kitchen, Breakfast + Dining Room JCW Design Jeanne Whittington, Allied Member ASID, RID 75 Living Room Bella Villa Design Studio Stephanie Villavicencio, ASID, RID; Amanda Ayala, Allied Member ASID (Design Assistant) 75 Balcony JCW Design Jeanne Whittington, Allied Member ASID, RID; Joy Kling, Allied Member ASID, Associate IIDA (Design Assistant) 76 Master Bedroom + Closet Gwen Klein Interior Design Gwen Klein, Allied Member ASID, RID 76 Master Bathroom Bella Villa Design Studio Stephanie Villavicencio, ASID, RID; Adam Nash, Allied Member ASID 77 Guest Bedroom Jill Williams Design Jill Williams, ASID, RID 77 Bathroom 2 Interior DesignWorks Maria Martin, ASID, RID UNIT E - 78 79 Foyer, Gallery, Utility + Balcony LFI (Leslie Fossler Interiors) Leslie Fossler, RID, IIDA 79 Living Room Dick Clark Architecture Dick Clark, AIA, IIDA, RID; Karen Cano, RID, ASID; Suzi Dunn 80 Kitchen + Dining PPDS Janna Paulson, RID, IIDA, LEED AP; Kelle Contine, RID, IIDA, LEED AP; Becky Blackhall, RID, IIDA, LEED AP 80 Study/Guest Room + Bath 2 Studio Works Mary Helen Pratte, RID, FIIDA, LEED AP 81 Master Bedroom Tim Cuppett Architects Tim Cuppett, AIA, IIDA, RID 81 Master Bathroom + Closet Edwards + Mulhausen Interior Design Harmony Edwards, RID, IIDA, LEED AP; Kathleen Mulhausen, RID, IIDA, LEED AP


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welcome to the 2010 Women’s Symphony League Showhouse at The Austonian

Going on its 100th year, the Austin Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts group in Central Texas. More than 40 years later the Women’s Symphony League was created to support children’s programs such as the Young People’s Concert and Children’s Day Art Park. The Showhouse supports funding for these programs. You may wonder, “Why is this WSL Showhouse not a house?” Because downtown condo living has become one of the largest trends for home living. With the population of Austin doubling every 20 years, the Austin downtown housing market is an appealing option for a diverse range of ages and living situations. Downtown living is a great option for entertainment venues and cultural experiences. When selecting a location for the 2010 Showhouse our first choice was The Austonian, which is an incredible project. There are more than 100 shops, restaurants, and cultural activities within walking distance. It is only minutes away from the State Capitol and across the street from Lady Bird Lake. And as you will see, there is so much more … The Austonian has been an incredible partner to the Women’s Symphony League of Austin. We thank them! Once you see our Showhouse you will thank them too. Enjoy! Marla Bommarito-Crouch, FIIDA, ASID, LEED® AP, RID Showhouse Chair, Women’s Symphony League of Austin

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Women’s Symphony League of Austin Providing extraordinary volunteer and financial support for Austin Symphony Education Programs. Austin Symphony Orchestra’s Education Programs Nationally recognized, award-winning education programs reaching over 90,000 young people annually. Halloween Children’s Concerts

Chilling, thrilling classical favorites for the youngest audience. Wear your Halloween costume!

Building Blocks

An exciting introduction to the orchestra by ASO ensembles in the schools.

Young People’s Concerts

Fourth- through sixth-graders travel to Dell Hall for special “Classical MTV”-style symphony concerts.

Chat With the ASO

A one-of-a-kind, real-time chat room for registered elementary schools.

High School Concerts

ASO performs at local high schools each year.

Music on the Move

An ensemble of ASO musicians go “on the road” to mentor local high school orchestra students.

Austin Youth Symphonies

Quality performance opportunities for budding young musicians. AISD/ASO partnership.

Music on the Mezzanine

Youth symphonies perform prior to selected ASO performances on the mezzanine.

Children’s Day Art Park

The hottest summer musical event in Austin, Wednesday mornings at Symphony Square.

Symphony for Simple Simon

School performances by WSL volunteers for kindergarten through third grade.

Student Rush

Twenty minutes before ASO performances, $5 cash for tickets with a current student ID (subject to availability).

James C. Armstrong Youth Education Endowment For more information, please contact Diana Eblen, Director of Education (512) 476-6064 or (888) 4MAESTRO


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showhouse sponsors The Austonian The Summit Texas Home & Living Magazine The skyline Balfour Beatty Independence Title Company the tower Capform Incorporated Harway Supply Lasco Majic 95.5 Milestone Metals, Inc. Scavolini Trainor Glass Company Walker Engineering, Inc. Waterworks The City Clean Scapes, LP Crystal Clear Pools & Spas Eddie V’s Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Tamra & John Gorman Northstar Fire Protection Roaring Fork Roy’s The Belmont The Driskill ThyssenKrupp Elevator Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crabhouse the terrace Robert Albanese, The Austonian, Construction Manager Suzanne Deal Booth & David G. Booth CBM Engineers CHP & Associates Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP Integrity Home Systems Momark Development

Moreland Properties Pinnacle Marble & Granite TBG Partners Ziegler-Cooper Architects 10th floor marketing sponsors David Yurman Dream Bed Sub-Zero/Wolf BALCONY Henry & Pamela Bell III Hansen Architectural Systems, Inc. Buddy & Ginny Jones Joe & Teresa Long Lauree & Jim Bob Moffett The Sherrill Family Foundation POOLSIDE Barry & Dinah Barksdale Michael & Julie Baselice Bommarito Group Doug & Margaret Danforth Marion W. DeFord David & Susan Douglas Howard & Diane Falkenberg Norma Gillingwater Jim & Jo Green Pat & Ed Harris Mary Ann Heller Van & Jeanne Hoisington Mr. & Mrs. James K. Jaynes Brenda Jones Hollis & Bart Matheney Morrison & Head, LP Charles & Jan Roesslein Eddie Safady Glenda Smith, DDS Mike & Stacy Toomey Wilchar Investments Mr. & Mr. Sam A. Wilson

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This stunning one bedroom condo is entered through a private entry that leads into the open living spaces. The living area is spacious and offers beautiful views of downtown Austin as does the private exterior sitting balcony. This flows into the open u n I T Ubatuba granite tops, multi-material glassed and wood cabinet fronts, a stainless steel backsplash, SubIT kitchenu noutfitted with D E Zero refrigerator, and a splash of “vermilion” on the ceiling completes the “wow.” Private areas from the living area include a large master that allows you to wake to the sunrise and the downtown Austin skyline. The master bath features a double sink LIVING/DINING ............ 27' wall 4" x and 14' 7" with a Verde Butterfly granite slab counter top and rows of beautiful tile on every the tub surround. California ClosunIT ets added a specialBtouch to the master closet with built-in drawers, a packing14' bar,1"shoe KITCHEN........................ x 10'rack, 8" and many other upgrades that unit make this space not only functional but a real treat. Additional high-designed finishes POWDER ROOM.............. 5' x 5' 2"include the Studio Italia Steelworks tile A throughout the foyer, living, and kitchen. The that flows creativeBEDROOM........ floor design displays variety of tile sizes that is subtly eyeMASTER 14' 7" xa14' catching. The finish materials in unit A are selected from The Austonian’s many vendors who supply the project. The materials u n out IT MASTER BATH............... 9' 9" x 10' 3" unIT and products showFthe potential buyer an idea of the exciting options possible through The Austonian’s vendors. MASTER CLOSET............ 9' 4" x 7'


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LIVING/DINING............. 16' 9" x 20' 7"


KITCHEN........................ 14' 8" x 8' 5"

foyer, gallery + utility Acknowledgments Harway Supply (washer and dryer), Velvet Barton (faux painter)

Jessica Nixon ASID, RID Kimberly V. Briggs (Design Assistant) Jessica Nixon Interior Design

The silver plaster walls give a shimmering backdrop for the contemporary art in the ASIDdesigned entry. The bold use of orange and metal accessories adds unexpected excitement. A mirror placed at the end of the hall expands the entry as it reflects light from the silver leaf chandelier. The contemporary floor runner adds pattern to the monochromatic tile floor. Jessica L. Nixon, Kimberly V. Briggs

kitchen + breakfast + dining room Acknowledgments BMC West Hardware, BoConcept, Copenhagen Contemporary Furniture Gallery, Harway Supply, JCW Design, Lights n’ Such Lighting, Llano Custom Cabinets, Sofa and Chair Co., Tileworks of Texas, Waterworks

Jeanne Whittington Allied Member ASID, RID TBAE RID #6764 JCW Design 11250 Taylor Draper Lane, Ste. 922 Austin, TX 78759 (512) 801-7251

Custom walnut European cabinets, made by local craftsmen, feature frosted glass accents. Countertops are eco-friendly ICESTONE made from recycled glass. The backsplash is a mosaic of Italian subway-style glass tiles in shades of green, gold, and bronze tones. Hand-blown glass lighting pendants hang over the breakfast bar with three contemporary barstools. A practical demilume drop-leaf table doubles as a sofa table and is used for dining.

living room Acknowledgments BoConcept, Bijan Rugs, Maya Romanoff, Knoll, Texas Media Systems, Threshold, DWR, Bella Villa Design Studio, Fancy Plants Inspired by a sparkling glass bead wall covering, the living room integrates all of the colors and design elements of the unit. Clean line furnishings upholstered in subdued textiles provide a neutral backdrop for bold orange accents. Modern sheer panels frame the view and soften the space.

Stephanie Villavicencio ASID, RID Amanda Ayala, Allied Member ASID (Design Assistant) Bella Villa Design Studio (512) 443-3200 (512) 478-8202 fax

balcony Acknowledgments Hellas Construction (turf), Bobby Hamric (sculpture), Greg & Contessa McPike (Richard Schultz outdoor furniture) Perched high above the Austin skyline, this balcony provides a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living. Lush turf covers the floor creating a maintenance-free space. Modern, white chaise lounges and an accent table add pops of contrast and a whimsical aluminum sculpture establishes visual height and interest.

Jeanne Whittington Allied Member ASID, RID TBAE RID #6764 JCW Design 11250 Taylor Draper Lane, Ste. 922 Austin, TX 78759 (512) 801-7251

Joy Kling, Allied Member ASID, Associate IIDA (Design Assistant)

master bedroom + closet Acknowledgments Alsyon Jon Interiors, Heather Scott Home & Design, Karyn Chavez of Home Accessories, Etc., Kravet, Llano Custom Cabinets (closet), Provencal Home, Stroheim, River City Cabinets (armoire)

Gwen Klein, Allied Member ASID, RID Gwen Klein Interior Design (512) 327-5275 www.gkleininterior

Amidst the bustle of downtown Austin, a serene tranquil master bedroom retreat was created. The muted gray-green color scheme, natural fiber wall covering, carpeting, and luxurious bedding combine to muffle outside distractions and enhance a restful mood. Classically elegant contemporary furnishings keep the space simple, yet provide useful storage, while glass and mirror accents provide just enough sparkle.

master bathroom Acknowledgments TileWorks of Texas, Travis Tile, Alkusari, Llano Custom Cabinets, JCM Plaster, Inc., Waterworks, Fancy Plants

Stephanie Villavicencio ASID, RID Adam Nash, Allied Member ASID (Design Assistant) Bella Villa Design Studio (512) 443-3200 (512) 478-8202 fax

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A glass mosaic tile pattern is mirrored with a subtle tone-ontone linear pattern on the wall in the water closet. Espresso-colored cabinets contrast with the soft wall color. The master bathroom offers a nice mix of masculinity through the textured tile and femininity with glass tile and smooth surfaces.

guest bedroom Acknowledgements BoConcept, Texas Media Systems The use of warm metallics adds a sense of comfort and coziness to the guest bedroom while maintaining a style of elegance. Spots of color in the room’s accessories add a whimsical flare.

Jill Williams ASID, RID Jill Williams Design 1300B Summer Oak Dr. Austin, TX 78704 (512) 964-0676

bathroom 2 Acknowledgements Zita Designs This warm, contemporary bathroom is made of a composition of creams, whites, grays, and chocolate. The textures are layered with painted wall finishes, polished nickel, and wood and glass to add interest in every element. The simplicity of the space allows for seasonal changes in artwork and accessories.

Maria Martin ASID, RID Interior DesignWorks 731 Patterson Ave. Austin, TX 78703 (512) 627-6552

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foyer, gallery, utility + patio Acknowledgements Zita Design – Faux Finishing The foyer space greets visitors with rich chocolate walls and hosts the bold art and sculpture of Texas artists. The intent is vibrant and whimsical. The utility space is reinterpreted as anything but a traditional utility space. It is playful and an unexpected stage for art to provoke thought rather than promote function. The patio serves as a relaxing lounge area contrasting the life of Austin below.

Leslie Fossler RID, IIDA LFI (Leslie Fossler Interiors) 404 Baylor St. Austin, TX 78703 (512) 474-0768

living room Acknowledgements Arte Design, Threshold The living room area incorporates sleek custom millwork which houses media equipment, provides storage, and serves as a room divider between the living area and the guest room/ home office. Using a palette of harmonious neutrals, the furniture is upholstered in luxurious fabrics and pleasing textures. Furniture placement is designed with comfort and conversation in mind and affords the owner a versatile area in which to entertain or relax. A patterned area rug over the white oak floors helps define the seating area and adds another layer of texture and color.

Dick Clark AIA, IIDA, RID Karen Cano, ASID, RID Suzi Dunn Dick Clark Architecture 207 W. 4th St. Austin, TX 78704

kitchen + dining Acknowledgments Arte Design, Stone Solutions, Inc., Lightblocks, Dorado Soapstone, McNichols, Anchor-Ventana, Architectural Tile & Stone, Zita Design, Caesarstone, Scott + Cooner

Kelle Contine RID, IIDA, LEED AP Janna Paulson RID, IIDA, LEED AP Becky Blackhall RID, IIDA, LEED AP PPDS 1012 Mopac Circle Ste. 200 Austin, TX 78746 (512) 328-1883 (512) 328-7448 fax

The kitchen is commonly understood to be the heart of any home. By incorporating strong materials such as metal, glass, and wood, the much-loved dining room and kitchen has evolved into a truly unique showpiece. The textural components of each finish selection create a visual play that will inspire many thoughtful conversations in years to come. Metal panels on the island front provide durability and lend an urban feel to the room. Custom, hand-painted, translucent panels at the pantry create reflective surfaces that enhance the fluid ambiance of the space. Additionally, the eclectic mosaic backsplash reminds one of champagne on the rocks. The combination of rich wenge cabinets with white oak floors creates an elegant feeling and contributes to the warmth that is immediately felt in the room. From the custom pantry that rapidly changes from coffee to cocktails, to the gorgeous mix of soapstone and quartz countertops, the space balances functionality with sophistication and becomes a main focal point of social gathering.

study/guest room + bath 2 Acknowledgments Studio Fuse – Kelly McEachern

Mary Helen Pratte RID, FIIDA, LEED AP Studio Works 8700 Merion Circle Austin, TX 78754 (512) 928-4700

As an extension of the open floor plan concept, traditional walls that formed the guest bedroom were removed and a storage wall unit, that acts as a division of space between the living areas and the study/guest room, was installed. It provides a desk, shelving, and full-height storage on the study/guest room side. When privacy is desired, the sliding panels that cover the audio/visual equipment and library on the living area side are moved to separate the spaces. The finishes of the study/guest room and second bath continue the simple palette that acts as a backdrop for the client’s impressive art collection.

master bedroom A luxurious, peaceful retreat in the sky is accomplished with an approach towards minimalism, using rich, natural materials on an intimate scale. Tim Cuppett AIA, IIDA, RID Tim Cuppett Architects 4300 Marathon Blvd. Austin, TX 78756 (512) 450-0820 (512) 450-0858 fax  

master bathroom + closet Acknowledgements California Closets, Maharam, Bentley Prince Street, FutureNatural

Harmony Edwards RID, IIDA, LEED AP

The master bathroom was designed as a modern spa-like retreat with all the luxuries of a boutique hotel. Neutral finishes and subtle metallic accents create a soft backdrop for an elegant glass mosaic feature wall. Silver travertine countertops and custom walnut cabinetry float in the room maximizing the open feel of the space. Dual backlit mirrors with an integrated television allow the resident to catch up on world news or enjoy a movie while relaxing in the freestanding soaker tub. The suite is also equipped with a towel warming drawer and spacious custom walk in closet.

Kathleen Mulhausen RID, IIDA, LEED AP Edwards + Mulhausen Interior Design 1412 Collier St., Bldg. C Austin, TX 78704 (512) 291-6657 (512) 480-5015 (fax)

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Ten years ago, the concept of living in downtown Austin would have been a little unusual. Primarily a business district with a few good restaurants, the downtown area left a lot to be desired in the way of a warm and livable community. Fast-forward to 2010 and you’ll find that things are quite different. With more than 10 high-rise loft and condominium developments – and two more slated to open within a year – plus a saturation of boutique shops, more dining options, and a popular weekend farmers’ market at the heart of downtown, urban living in Austin has a bright and shiny new look. Just ask Anne Marie Smith, a partner at Austin-based creative advertising agency, Arsenal Brand. Having lived downtown at the Brown Building for several years and now at the new 360 Tower Condominiums, Smith has made a lifestyle out of this convenient little community. “It’s so great to live downtown because everything you want is right around you,” says Smith. “You can always find something to do.” Smith, who considers her style “modern,” used some of downtown’s home décor stores to outfit her home. “I love shopping at Design Within Reach and Mercury Design Studio for home décor, and when I can, I love to get one or two things from Estilo or Peyton’s Place for my closet,” says Smith. “I also like to walk my dog over to Lofty Dog to play and find toys for him. And the best part is, they even deliver his food to my condo. And now there’s a new Austin Urban Vet just a couple of blocks away. I love the fact that all of my needs and even my dog’s needs are taken care

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of within a few blocks.” Smith works at 5th St. and Congress Ave., just a few blocks from home. “When I get home from work and I’m tired at night, I don’t have to go anywhere that’s not right at home for me. The 360 building is completely self-contained with Mulberry Wine Bar, Garrido’s restaurant, a yogurt shop, a grocery store, and a sandwich shop. It’s ideal for my lifestyle.”

Text by Jessica Dupuy Photography by Tre Dunham

In addition to some of Anne Marie’s favorite downtown hot spots, we’ve got a few suggestions as well:

left One of the many treasures offered at Pat Monroe Antiques at Whit Hanks. below Dream Bed, located on 3rd St., will soon carry exlusively the luxurious Savoir beds. opposite page At Royal Blue Grocery’s 360 Tower Condominium location, buy a bottle of wine and enjoy it at one of their outdoor tables. opposite page inset Downtown Austin resident Anne Marie Smith enjoys a glass of wine at Mulberry, her go-to wine bar.

Home Shops:

Design within Reach – With locations

all over the country, including one right in the 2nd Street District of downtown Austin, Design Within Reach is the answer to the contemporary home dweller’s desires. Boasting the best in European and American clean, simple styles, this sleek home store may appear to be more like a gallery than a furniture store, but you’ll soon find a welcome invitation to linger, test out the items that speak to you the most, and explore out-of-store options with an on-site designer through the San Francisco-based outfitter’s extensive catalog line. Whit Hanks – Whether you’re looking

for clean, contemporary lines or classic traditional design with antique accents and vintage finds, Whit Hanks is the place where you can find it all. Though most of what you’ll find at Whit Hanks Antiques is a gallery of antiques managed by a number of different antique dealers including Negrel Antiques, Pat Monroe Antiques, and Antique Swan, you’ll also find the more modern design shop, Nest, in the same building. At Whit Hanks, it’s not unusual to see interior designers and clients strolling the gallery pinning down

design concepts and working out plans for rooms in a home. With French, Italian, Early American, Spanish, and even Southeast Asian items arranged throughout, there’s really no direction that can’t be achieved by spending a devoted amount of time here. In fact the problem is rarely whether or not you will find something you like, it’s usually finding too many items that you can’t live without! More home shops: Finch, SoCo Designs,

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Peyton’s Place – For the girl about town, there’s a lot to choose from in the way of women’s apparel. Estilo and Shiki both offer high-style lines with a limited number of unique fashionable pieces. But for a quick and cute trendy piece without the sticker shock, Peyton’s Place is a can’t miss. From billowy frocks, to comfortable chemises and a handful of evening dresses, Peyton’s place promises to be the place “where fashion meets affordability.”

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like this one because of its low-key style. Gallery D blends fashion with art with multiple women’s apparel lines from Australia, New York, and London as well as a display of different photography from local Austin artists. The style: Casual-Chic. “I really wanted to represent what I think Austin fashion is for women,” says proprietor Emily Keast. “People in Austin are hip, but they also like to be laid back. The clothes we have suit just about anyone and are great for everyday wear as well as that special going-out look.” Wee – Know someone who’s expecting and want to congratulate

them with the perfect gift? Make a stop at Wee. This bright and cheerful little shop has just about everything today’s modern baby could want – or at least that the mother-to-be could want. From contemporary furniture lines including cribs by Oeuf, highchairs by Svan, bedding from Dwell studio, and an endless number of chic toys, clothes, and baby gear, there’s no shortage of perfect gift ideas at Wee. The shop even has a gift registry available making it easy for momsto-be to share their wish list, and for you to find the perfect gift. Other Shops not to miss: Lofty Dog, Estilo, Shiki


The Blanton Museum of Art – One of the shiny new additions to the Austin art community, the Blanton is the largest university art museum in the U.S., and holds one of the country’s largest private collections of old master paintings and drawings. In addition to European holdings rich in Renaissance and baroque works from the likes of Poussin, Veronese, and Correggio, the museum has a superior sampling of 20th- and early-21st-century American art, with an 84

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emphasis on abstract painting. The museum’s extensive collection of modernist and contemporary Latin-American art is one of the country’s largest, encompassing 1,600 works in various mediums. The Long Center for the Performing Arts – Houston and Dallas aren’t the only major cities in Texas with a thriving arts scene. With the 2008 opening of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center’s expansive venue along the shores of Lady Bird Lake, Austin’s performing art community has found a home for opera, symphony, and ballet. In fact, it is the new permanent home of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Lyric Opera, and Ballet Austin. The Long Center for the Performing Arts also houses a wing for community arts education programs. More sights: Paramount Theater, the Texas State Capitol, Aus-

tin Museum of Art, Austin Music Hall, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum


Jo’s – This half-indoor, half-outdoor spot is a favorite for a quick and flavorful lunch, a pick-me-up breakfast, or simply a good, strong, cup of… Jo. Though its original location is on South Congress, this second, more expansive locale offers a full breakfast and lunch menu with omelets, huevos rancheros, tuna melts, hot dogs, fritos pies, salads, and the best Dr. Pepper cake with fudge icing you’ve ever tasted. Lamberts – There aren’t many places in Texas who can get away

with putting the terms “fancy” with “barbecue,” but Lamberts seems to make it work. Known almost as much for its sides and specials from the grill as it is for its barbecue, this hip-meets-

rustic restaurant serves up delicious brown sugar brisket, rosemary-rubbed lamb chops, spicy deviled eggs, green-chili queso, and a homemade version of chocolate and caramel moon pie. Lamberts’ somewhat best-kept-secret is the upstairs bar where regulars tend to gather for great food and great music from resident local bands. Mulberry – Though you may have to elbow your way to a seat at this “petite” style wine bar, Mulberry is one of downtown’s best local hangouts – especially for those who live upstairs in the 360 Condominium Towers. Perhaps it’s the quaint, laidback setting, or the excellent wine list, but it’s probably such a restaurant star for the little kitchen in back serving up some of the best food in town. “Mulberry is amazing. I love to hang out down there. You have this cozy feeling that you know everyone down there,” says Smith. Executive Chef Zack Northcutt whips up some creative concoctions including a classic version of Swedish meatballs in a white wine broth; a foieberry burger with – you guessed it – foie gras; and “devils on horseback,” an addictively sweet and savory treat of mission figs and gorgonzola wrapped in sugar-cured bacon. Yum. Four Season’s Hotel Lobby Bar and TRIO – Every town has a classic see-and-be-

seen establishment. In Austin, locals and out-of-towners alike seem to flock to the refined sophistication of the Four Seasons lobby bar. Overlooking the waters of Lady Bird Lake, this longtime favorite is where after-work deals are made on napkins and handshakes; where couples go for a relaxing cocktail before a big night out; and where most politicians, musicians, and A-list celebrities make a stop on their way through town. For those that don’t want to travel too far for dinner, a world-class meal is just a few steps away at Trio. Here, Executive Chef Elmar Prambs and Chef de Cuisine Todd Duplechan deliver seasonal culinary delights with steak, seafood, and fresh ingredients from local purveyor – and the wine list is pretty amazing as well.

more Restaurants: Parkside, La Condesa, Teuscher Chocolates, YummyYo (Yogurt), Garrido’s, 1886 Bakery & Café, Carillon, Perry’s

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Royal Blue Grocery – Downtown liv-

ing isn’t complete without a quaint little grocery around the corner. For big shops, you can’t do much better than hitting the flagship Whole Foods store on 6th St. and Lamar, but for last minute staples and great local products, Royal Blue Grocery is the place. With two locations, this is a community store, the likes of which few people come across anymore. Regulars are afforded the perk of putting items “on account” to be paid monthly, rather than per transaction. Not only can you grab a carton of milk, some Water Oaks Farms goat ice cream, a loaf of fresh bread, and some sliced Boar’s Head meat from the deli case, but you can also enjoy a nice glass of wine on the petite patio out front. Austin Wine Merchant – Since 1991,

this small boutique wine outlet has been the “go-to” place for wine lovers throughout Austin. And though collectors frequent this place to keep their cellars stocked, this is the perfect shop for novices as well. Customers are warmly greeted by a friendly sales person who is happy to help locate just about any varietal or vintage you have in mind. The store is divided with old-world wines on one side including classics from France and Italy, and newworld wines from the likes of California, New Zealand, and Oregon on the other. You can navigate this place on your own if you’re a regular, but it’s so much more fun to let one of the knowledgeable staff members guide you along – not only will you appreciate their knowledge and friendliness, but you’ll likely end up walking out with something you’ve never tasted before that will undoubtedly become a new favorite. more Food Stores: Whole Foods flag-

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Predicting a Colorful Future

TH&L’s editor Tavaner Bushman discusses the art and science of color forecasting with Austin-designer, and color expert Jackie Depew, ASID.

Texas Home & Living: What exactly is color forecasting and why is it important? Jackie Depew: Color forecasting is the discipline of analyzing current trends in major areas such as the environment, politics, health, religion, architecture, art, and music to discern the most important influences upon the world. It is important because we all respond to color in a very personal way based upon our lives, as can be seen in the color of clothes we wear, the color of our homes and offices, our cars, etc.

the color of plastics, everything from a plastic tub or laundry basket to tableware, and you will see color trends emerging because of the manufacturing processes required to make certain changes. TH&L: Describe a real life example of a color trend evolving? JD: When green building started emerging as critically important for our environment, the color green became very dominant. TH&L: What colors are “hot” right now?

TH&L: As a designer, how do you use color forecasts? What resources (publications, etc.) do you consult for color? JD: As a designer, I use color forecasts especially when planning a project that will not be completed immediately. Many of my interior design projects take months, and often years. Consulting color forecasts helps to ensure the work will look fresh and new when the project is completed. Any time I am working on a showhouse or Parade of Homes project, it is important to keep forecasts in mind because the public attends these events looking for the newest colors and products. As a resource, I often refer to publications by the paint manufacturers since they have staffs concerned with this very issue. TH&L: Where do you look to predict future color trends? What are some common indicators? JD: Being aware of what is going on in the world is an excellent way to predict future color trends. The economy and environment are common indicators. Years ago in a color seminar, I heard that you can simply watch


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JD: Currently, I am seeing blues and oranges as the emerging “hot” colors. Gray is also being used extensively in more contemporary environments. TH&L: What is your personal color forecast for the upcoming year and your reasoning behind it? JD: Personally, I think we will see more red, white, and blue for a variety of reasons. The country is going through some difficult times, which has awakened an awareness of patriotism. Red, white, and blue may present themselves in a range shades from spicy red–orange to a true red, or from a watery periwinkle blue to a cobalt blue. Whites can vary immensely and are generally considered a safe color. TH&L: Currently turquoise is a very popular color in design. Where did this come from? JD: Turquoise is a beautiful clear color that pairs easily with many other

colors that are very popular right now, such as spice, orange, or brown.

I mentioned earlier with the brighter accents of variations on reds and blues.

TH&L: What colors are you naturally drawn to?

TH&L: Global Color Research, in its Mix Trends Issue 20, predicts the following color palettes for Spring/Summer 2011. Do you concur? How might you incorporate these into your work? Whisper: With a soft, smoky palette, Whisper draws inspiration from transparent and fluid elements of nature. In a world surrounded by concern and doubt, ‘Whisper’ offers a dream-like state to escape. Spirit: Steeped in folklore, Spirit is a homage to the coming of spring. The message is simple. Fresh nature, fresh colors, rustic textures and hand crafted objects. A return to our roots. Genteel: Genteel takes us on a journey through a traditional domestic setting where comfort is derived through familiar settings. With a largely neutral palette, drama is evoked through key highlights: carmine, scarlet and gold. A classic mood prevails. Risk: Sci-fi meets low-fi in a reflection of our troubled times. As the old decays and collapses, our post-industrial society embraces the beauty of dereliction, while melding it with the modern and futuristic. The result: toxic color and science fiction references.

JD: I am naturally drawn to red. A little bit of red can go a long way and I love to use it as an accent. TH&L: How has the economic turmoil of the last year affected how you use color and how your clients respond to color? JD: The recent economic turmoil has caused me to be more conservative with color. I was not aware of it until you asked me this question, but I have begun to use neutrals more often for large expansive areas with accents of brighter colors that can be changed more readily. If someone is remodeling a home for sale in this real estate market, I recommend neutral tans or grays for the main wall colors with off-white trim and their personal tastes of color to be expressed in the furnishings. For my clients who plan to stay in their homes, they have been most receptive to the use of stronger colors reflective of their personalities. TH&L: How do color trends relate to or pair with other design trends? JD: Color trends come out first in the fashion industry, long before home furnishings. Even the automobile industry seems to follow the same trends. TH&L: What colors never go out of vogue? JD: In my opinion, black and red never go out of vogue. Depending on the application, even a small amount of black or red can have a dramatic impact on a space. TH&L: Pantone’s Fashion Color Forecast included the following: Vibrant brights consisting of Turquoise, Amparo Blue, Violet, Aurora, Fusion Coral, Tomato Puree; and practical neutrals for the conscious consumer including Pink Champagne, Tuscany (a warm beige), Dried Herb (green neutral), and Eucalyptus (practical gray). Are you seeing any of these colors in interior design? If so, where and how are they being used? JD: The colors Pantone includes in a forecast always appear. I’m seeing all of these in paints, fabrics, tile accents, furniture, and accessories. The Dried Herb and Eucalyptus are the neutrals

JD: Global Color Research has done extensive studies to come up with these color palettes for 2011. Notice that the Whisper colors are soft and smoky. Those kinds of colors are easier to live with for a long time, are safe, and can be used with many brighter accent colors as the times change and people are more secure. I will use these colors for main wall colors or flooring. The Spirit colors come from many of the emerging countries that we now do business with in the global economy. They are brighter, spicier, and the textures are more rustic. I often use these colors and will continue to in 2011. Genteel gives us comfort from its familiarity. Deep reds and golds - the classic color scheme - will return, and watch for the return of golds in hardware. The Risk colors open new horizons and provide excitement. As the economy revives, look for these colors, especially in commercial interior design. TH&L

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1 Pride of Persia Rug Co. offers an extraordinary collection of hand-woven rugs from antique to contemporary to custom at their Houston Design Center showroom. ASID Industry Partner and BBB member. Appointments requested. 7026 Old Katy Rd., Ste. 164, Houston, TX 77024 (713) 522-7870, 2 Estancia Home Collection is one of Austin’s best-kept secrets; located across from the Hill Country Galleria. Their vintage showroom includes solid hardwood dining tables handcrafted in Patagonia, Chile, unique custom upholstery, and distinctive accessories. 12703 Highway 71 W., Bee Caves, TX 78738, (512) 263-8781

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3 Hall Lighting and Design has a great solution created to protect you and your furniture from the brutal Texas summer sunshine: a fabulous selection of Hunter Douglas window shadings that reduce interior heat and protects valuable furnishings from the sun’s damaging rays. Hundreds of out-of-town customers have made the short drive to their 12,000-square-foot showroom in Victoria. Find out why at 4 By Design Interiors, Inc. believes that design does more than contribute to our quality of life; in many ways, design characterizes our quality of life. BDI has been committed for over 20 years to enhancing the quality of life for each client and will continue to do so well into the future. (281) 587-8755,

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4 At Depew Design Interiors, the goal is to help you achieve the results you want for your design projects. By combining their passion for interior design with your dreams, they can produce spaces that are both functional and attractive. Contact Jackie Depew at (512) 347.9876 or depewdesign@austin. Visit 5 Bijan Rugs, family owned and operated, is one of the oldest rug dealers in Austin. They imports rugs from all over the world, and with over 50,000 rugs in stock, have one of the largest selections in Texas. 3010 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. I, Austin, TX 78757, (512) 302-9191, 6 Gary Riggs Interiors maintains one of most diverse inventories of fine home furnishing offered in the market. They also offer quite the collection of abstract art and have become recognized as the place to go for complete home installations that take days rather than months. Allen and Dallas Showrooms, (214) 547-1054,


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3 The Chelsea Bed featured in the master bedroom of the Women’s Symphony League of Austin Showhouse at The Austonian, is available in your choice of fabric or leather and a variety of finishes. The bed is from the Thomas O’Brien Collection for Hickory Chair Co. which includes designs that appeal to both transitional and contemporary tastes. Austin, Houston, and Beaumont; 4 The Phylrich Amphora collection’s transitional style is inspired by ancient vessels with a silhouette that beautifully blends modern utility and time-honed art pieces. Amphora, offered in 24 authentic Phylrich finishes, is the luxury collection that designers seek, homeowners desire, and houseguests admire. Available at Pierce Hardware. Dallas, (214) 368-2851; Fort Worth, (817) 737-9090. 5 Rutherford’s features a new Donna Sofa, a streamlined camel back sofa that is perfect for a contemporary or traditional look. It measures 16 inches wide by 36 inches deep by 41 inches high. 5417 W. Lover Lane, Dallas, TX 75209, (214) 357-0888,


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Kitchens + Baths 1 The Kitchen Source, an exclusive WoodMode Custom Cabinetry dealer, specializes in cabinets, appliances (including Sub-Zero/Wolf and Miele), countertops, plumbing fixtures, and any remodeling needs. The kitchen is not the only place where they can provide cabinetry; they can extend their expertise to other areas of the home as well. For the homeowner who wants a hassle free, one-stop shopping experience, The Kitchen Source has the product and staff to complete any look and provide you with the very best. 1544 Slocum St., Dallas, TX 75207 (214) 741-1912,



2 The new Jenn-Air® luxury appliance collection raises the bar on performance and design. Since introducing the first self-ventilated cooktop in 1961 and downdraft ventilated range in 1965, Jenn-Air has consistently grown its reputation as a technology and design innovator. Discover the new Jenn-Air at 3 Smart Divide kitchen sinks by KOHLER feature dividers that are half the height of those found in conventional double-basin sinks. It allows more room to soak pans, more room to fit larger cookware, more room to transfer across basins, and more room to fill pots. It’s innovative and functional. Visit Bath & Kitchen Showplace’s web site,, to find a location near you to learn more. 4 Miele’s award-winning suite of cooking, cooling, and cleaning appliances offers you the finest of companionship. Flaunting flawless craftsmanship, seamless design lines, and intelligent, task-driven controls, you’re sure to be in good company with Miele. Explore further at ALNO | AUSTIN,



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