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every issue The Letter 10 Newsreel Trend-Predictor 15 a country fairy tale
On The Boards 20
classic vs modern, the ultimate battle!
On The Town 29 touring the Big D
A Design Affair 112
Tibbie Dunbar shares her artful life
Darling & Daring 116 our parting shot
columns Wear the Room 108 a classic room turned mod
Perfectionist 110 history Ă la sofa
features Ooh la Lenoir 38
classic and modern do a French slam-dance at Lenoir in Austin
Art & Light 48
stunning local art and dazzling custom lighting set the scene for modern elegance at the Omni Hotel, Dallas
Georgia On My Mind 64
a graceful home by Laura Walker Baird Designs in Atlanta
Urban Reserve 78
mod architecture and design are in full bloom on a nature preserve
Strangers On a Train 94
timeless spring fabrics take to the rails
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the letter Several months ago, I came across Kurt Andersen’s piece “You Say You Want a Devolution” in Vanity Fair. In it, he proposes that if you look at any given 20 year span of time, from the beginning of polite society until the 1990s, you’ll see a dramatic—almost humorous—shift in style, design, music, architecture, and culture in general. But from the 1990s until now... well, not so much. Skinny jeans, tattoos, and guys with messy hair are all still en vogue, though perhaps changed ever so slightly to accommodate our need to consume what is new. Andersen goes on to explain that the near-daily advances in technology are more than satisfying our need to shake things up. Hence, when it comes to style, we yearn for a bit of nostalgia. I couldn’t help but agree. Designers of my generation are all about making old seem new. Rather than pioneering a brand new aesthetic, we are masters of the mix. Industrial-meetsFrench Country, Boho-meets-Chic, and of course, Classic-meets-Modern. So comfortable are we with this swirl of old and new that we have absolutely no qualms about throwing a Louis XVI chair into the same room as a modern glass coffee table from Bo Concept (I am speaking of my own living room). Only hours after I read the Vanity Fair article,
I came across the most marvelous example of this dramatic mixing in action—a bureau by Ferruccio Laviani for Emmemobili. One-third traditional, two-thirds modern. Split like a pizza shared by a couple of meat-eaters and a vegetarian. So when the idea of Classic versus Modern came up in an editorial meeting, I was immediately on board. For all of the mixing that we do, it’s great to take a moment and appreciate the purists— and there are many—who prefer to stick to one style or the other.
One of these purists was my mentor years ago when I was but a young (read: arrogant) college senior. Working with the incomparable Suzanne Tucker and her talented staff, I learned so much about what it takes to create a truly beautiful classic space. It is a delight and honor to have had a chance to work with her again on this issue! She weighs in on our favorite classic pieces in "On The Boards" and is joined by Jae Joseph, Creative Director of Freide+Co., who gives his two cents on our more modern picks. Around here, it’s just about time for South by Southwest... and that means spring is officially upon us! We’re closing up shop for this beloved Austin holiday. If you’re coming to town, we hope you enjoy the festivities as much as we do.
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trend-predictor spring 2012 Whether you need something to add a bit of country to your home, or to give your life a fairy tale ending, weâ€™ve got you covered. Here we present two noteworthy news items that are sure to aid in your search for new treasures.
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it’s time to get back to our roots
With the GOP hopefuls vying for the chance to be the next President of the United States, the world looks on, hoping that the best man will win. Even if you don’t agree with their politics, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take some inspiration from their messages. Some conservatives are calling for us to get back to our more wholesome roots— well, how about an American country revival?
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...a bevy of the American heartland. You donâ€™t need to plaster your walls with stars and stripes to encapsulate America the Greatâ€”think more along the lines of pieces inspired by the farmland and U.S. countryside. A barn can serve as architectural inspiration for a modern geometric chair, and the fallen wood from the barn itself can be transformed into a luxuriously rustic dining table.
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mirror,mirror, on the wall... is your home the fairest of them all?
Who doesn’t love a good fairy tale? They’ve been told for as long as people could speak! These fantastical stories have served as words of wisdom, warning and whimsy, and for that reason they never seem to go out of style. But the fairest of them all seems to be coming to the forefront this year with two movies being released about the palest damsel who ever ate a bad apple—Ms. Snow White herself.
...an ode to the fair-skinned beauty and her woodsy homeâ€”minus the seven guys that she lived with. Architectural branches sculpted into bed frames, dark forests captured in orbs, and (of course) a bold mirror. Feel like youâ€™re more dark as night than white as snow? Adorn your palace with a bold royal chair to let everybody know who reigns over your land. Viva Terra
on the boards
Suzanne Tucker is Principal Designer and President of the San Francisco interior design firm Tucker & Marks, Inc.. Schooled in design, architecture and the decorative arts, Suzanne is passionate about her work, and believes that good design is not about trends or rules, but about creating enduring style and beauty that enhances one’s daily life. It’s all about balance; color and light, proportion and scale, new and old, and always suitability to the person and place. Her San Marco tabletop collection for Royal Limoges was launched in the fall of 2011. She is presently working on a second book as well as additional product lines. suzannetuckerhome.com Jae Joseph is a creative director and media strategist. He began his career in modeling over a decade ago, and is most well known for his role as brand ambassador for Diesel Jeans, under the direction of Adriano Goldschmied and Wilbert Das. Jae continues to build his catalog as a creative director through the implementation of his own vehicle, known as Freide+Co.“I am a tastemaker of all kinds. I am passionate about my dreams and my loved ones. I am seeking my highest me each moment of my life.” freideandco.com
to aid us in our
discussion of classic versus modern,
we asked representatives
from both ends of the spectrum to speak on their behalf.
so what do suzanne and jae have to say about their respective styles?
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no grey area
This page: 1. Jacqueline, in Sand, by Suzanne Tucker Home, “Jacqueline is one of my favorite large-scale modern damasks—subtle and chic with a climbing vine pattern which seemed to evoke in me the fairy tale memories of Jack and the Beanstalk. I upped the glamour quotient just a tad by naming it ‘Jacqueline’ as it’s woven on a luxurious wool warp with a creamy linen weft—truly a timeless and elegant textile.” -Suzanne; 2. Ellipse Matelasse Pearl Euro Sham, by DwellStudio, $80 each; 3. Pasha Chair, in White, by Pedrali Dynamic Design; 4. Melinda Daybed, by Cisco Home; 5. Medium Amorphic Alabaster Bowl, from DIGS, $64, “Every room needs a touch of organic texture and a bit of stone. It’s a warm look in a minimalist, pared down bowl, so use it as is, simple and empty, load it with walnuts, or use it to dump your keys at the front door!” -Suzanne
This page: 6. Rise of Flame, by Frederik Roijé, € 980,00; 7. Beam, by Holler Design, $350; 8. Roofer, by Benjamin Hubert, “Lamp shades are always fun to choose and switch out from time to time. This one reminds me of an oyster—cool greys and slate tones add a lot of texture to this simple lamp, making it perfect for a minimalist environment.” -Jae; 9. Spine Rug, by Staerk, “Rugs are so important when planning a space. I like the effect of the bleeding texture that instantly puts you in the mind of painting—a great visual for any room!” -Jae; 10. Eco Cuffs, in Black Patent, by Green Market Girl, $50 each; 11. Square Chair by Frederik Roijé, € 2200,00; 12. Vita Heel, by Jeffrey Campbell for Convert
This page: 1. Gabrielle fabric, in Tomato, by Suzanne Tucker Home, “I came across a small vintage textile from the Chanel atelier (hence the name ‘Gabrielle’ after Coco’s real name)) and couldn’t resist developing it into a textile for today. It’s become a chic linen texture, inspired by the stylish, bespoke menswear look, and the ‘color and weave effect’ is created by the intricate color arrangement in the warp, while the weft creates the traditional pattern.” -Suzanne; 2. Georgette Chair, by Cisco Home; 3 .Sonoma Red Dinnerware Collection, from Bambeco, $6-$148; 4. Arabesco Wool Kilim Rug, in Red, by Gandia Blasco; 5. Taj Table, from Viva Terra, $198, “I love this charming, pared-down Moroccan style table— quietly architectural with those Moorish arches, and a perfect size. Use one for a small pop of color, or in multiples for a more dramatic effect.” -Suzanne
red state, blue state
This page: 6. Parker Credenza, by ducduc, $1695; 7. Cube Coasters, by Molly M Designs, $36 for set of four; 8. Gradient Table, by Paul Loebach, from Galerie CO, $395, “I think it’s interesting when such a structured piece can have basic bones, yet have this fallen grid effect as well. Definitely a cool accent piece.” -Jae ; 9. Austin Playtable, by ducduc, $1095; 10. Coiled Bamboo Salad Bowl, in Plum, by Bambu, $47, “This bowl is such a great color and shape for decoratives like yarn balls or acorns to lay inside—or keep it simple and use it for salads.” -Jae
all that glitters...
This page: 1. Antoine Console, by DwellStudio, $1,428, “So chic and sculptural, this decoinspired console is a classic! I love the parchment top and the vintage brass saber legs, and could find so many uses for it in an entry, a dining or living room—even a bedside table.” -Suzanne; 2. Table Lamp, from Little Pond, “I love a bold sculptural statement in a table lamp and this one is a winner. Added bonus: the gold reflective surface will intensify the warm glowing light—very flattering for your skin!” -Suzanne; 3. Desk Lamp, by Kichler Westwood, $252; 4. Linea Ice Oro Five Piece Place Set, from Gretel Home, $109; 5. Vintage White Espresso Cup Set, from The Pond Market, $12; 6. Small Italian Gold Glass Hurricanes, set of 3, by Jamie Young, $196
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This page: 7. Brass iPhone 4 Case, by Karas Kustoms, $89, “This silhouette gives an homage to the design of a cassette tape.” -Jae; 8. Tron 2 Print, by Molly M Designs; 9. .22 Brass Bullet Cufflinks, by Astali, $74, “As a man who loves style and fashion, these reign high for me—every man should own a pair of cufflinks! These have such a nostalgic look and appeal, plus, I can appreciate the innovation of repurposing the bullets.” -Jae; 10. Gold Point Vessel, by Up in the Air Somewhere, $56, “Perfect for a table setting at a dinner party, and could also double as a candy dish!” -Jae; 11. Chevron Gold Metallic Drawer Liners, by Hammocks and High Tea, $25
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DALLAS, TEXAS Yes, we all know everything is bigger in Texas. But really, everything is just bigger in Dallas. Ergo, the moniker of this great city—‘the big D’.
Contemporary, and street artist Shepard Fairey, to create a slew of murals around the city. We stopped to admire a few of them (one pictured above), with the newest addition to the cityscape in the background—the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. This arced bridge is timed to open just after the paint of the murals are dry.
We combed the different localities for those little sparkling treasures that are often hidden at first glance. We came across a variety of must-visits to share with you. And we must add, the Big D has quite a few cool surprises. The people were warm, the skyline was filled with colorful lights at night, and Our timing was perfect too. Our arrival the architecture was innovative. We into town was just after the completion of think it’s safe to say that we will pay this a current collaboration between Dallas Texas city another visit in the future.
Looking for new housewares and have an affinity for wood? Shop at The Wooden House (photo 1) to find a selection of goods, from revived pieces (like an old gym floor turned into a coffee table) to brightly colored textiles and accessories. Encounter standout pieces that will bring character into your home and also give you another story to share with guests. You will be welcomed by owner Steven Brooks, and Cayden, his cute dog that has become the store mascot. Don’t forget to also visit their warehouse in the Design District for
some extra selections. shopwoodenhouse.com Three adorable friends—Vynsie, Derek and Jully—own the quirky shop We Are 1976 (photos 2 and 3). The shop houses a mix of local letterpress prints, art objects, jewelry, Japanese collectible oddities, and sundry housewares. Find them next door to a vegan cafe and juice bar, as well as a coffee shop. In this part of town, one could easily spend their Saturday morning roaming. Lily scored a special art print and we were particularly
taken with the new portraits of the owners, hanging on the door to the store room. weare1976.com
love them more for their wide product range. No matter what style or mood you are in, something will catch your fancy. Kelly purchased a pretty silk scarf to flap in the wind while cruising in her In the stylish Uptown area, find Archive convertible. Vintage (photo 4). Owner Kerry has archivevintage.com brought the NY concept of designer secondhand shopping to DallasÂâ€”a rare find in this city. Color grouped racks of gorgeous clothing back-to-back make this a cozy haven and a tribute to fashion icons. A back room may showcase less Chanel and more cowboy boot, but we
Starving from our travels, we stumbled into Dive (photos 1 and 2), where fresh blues and crisp whites bring the seaside feeling to the landlocked region. The cool yet inviting interior gives nods to mid-century modern style in small furniture groups and accessories, all adding an idiomatic touch to this casual diner. Dive is an escape from the streets of University Park, paying tribute to coastal cuisine. Sample the daily ceviche with plantain chips or a dip platter for the perfect snack. dive-dallas.com
Housed in the Renaissance Hotel, you’ll find Asador (photos 3, 4 and 5)—a modern farm-to-fire restaurant. From restaurateur and chef Dean Max, Asador (mean grill in Spanish) is a newer concept in the farm fresh movement. With things like “cocktail of the night,” or “mojito of the month,” the bar and restaurant alike strive for creative and enthusiastic exploration of what is new to the food and beverage scene in town. Chef David Trubenbach was overjoyed when speaking of his latest farm-centric specials. They even made an impromptu
vegan menu for a member of our team— standing up in flavor right alongside the regular plates. What did we drool over most? Their Kansas City Steak with friend sunnyside up egg, claytonia and grilled asparagus. Don’t worry, our vegan was too distracted by her dish to even take notice of this meaty beauté. asadorrestaurant.com
Our trip would not have been complete without a visit to Dallas Contemporary (photo 1), where there is always something unique to capture one’s imagination— not to mention the Shepard Fairey pop -up shop where Lily scored a second art poster. Artist Rob Pruitt’s exhibition had us giggling. Glitter pandas anyone? dallascontemporary.org
colored, highlighted, cut, and styled like we were preparing for the catwalk. Owners Natasha and Yvonne gave us a special color experience with their amazing line, Milkshake. Being first time “foil heads” gave us the advantage of appreciating the whole experience sans icky chemicals. I mean, how is one supposed to fully enjoy their afternoon glass of bubbly with all of that chemical We did the whole shebang of hair salon smell? You aren’t. That’s what pampering at Lure Salon (photo 2). We makes this place so special. It’s rare
to find a salon with style, talent AND great products. We applaud Lure, and understand why patrons flock from other cities just to come for an appointment. luresalondallas.com
Art Collective). We joined Emily for her candlelight Vinyasa Flow class and found it to be the perfect way to wind down our day. The serene addition of music and candles helps you downward dog your way to a relaxed state in an evening In an old industrial building clad with practice of opening the heart and mind. brick and large windows, find the superyogapalace.com charming Super Yoga Palace (photo 3). The yoga studio is flanked with a mirror to one side and a large art mural to the other (by Austinâ€™s own Public School
design by chris mccray story by lindsey reynolds photography by spencer selvidge
y now we’ve learned never to judge a book by its cover. It’s easy to meet Lenoir designer Chris McCray, and see a 2-foot long frizzy beard and industrial metal spectacles and think heavy metal rocker—ZZ Top meets Nine Inch Nails (see a photo on our back cover). But one step inside the noir et blanche-themed, softly elegant Austin restaurant Lenoir, will change all of that.
The restaurant is the baby and brainchild of married owners Jessica and Todd Duplechan. When the couple moved to Austin five years ago, they wanted to spend time getting to know the city before opening their first restaurant. With backgrounds at Dai Due and the Four Seasons’ Trio, respectively, the gourmand couple had no trouble deciding on their menu: seasonal French food made with ingredients sourced from local farms. Enter Chris McCray. A recent transplant from upstate New York, he met the couple on his second day in Austin at a dinner party. The Duplechans mentioned that they were in the process of opening a restaurant and Chris immediately knew that this would be his first project in Austin.
From Chris, “You can’t be slick here. It’s not Manhattan.” With one step into the intimate space, it’s immediately apparent that he has captured Austin style at its finest. Chris sought to buy used furniture and materials wherever he could to aid the tight budget. Over 65 percent of the materials came from Austin Creative Reuse, a nonprofit that collects, distributes and sells reusable materials donated from industry and individuals. The striking centerpiece light fixture, white wooden cabinets behind the bar, and all brass pulls and knobs, hail from the nonprofit. The cow-embossed glassware was discovered in the basement of the Four Seasons. Even the coasters are Skil saw-cut cork board leftovers from Jessica’s and Todd’s floor at home.
High-top tables, bar and center dining table come from floor or ceiling demo boards from an A & R demolition. With a little whitewash and sanding, they are born again as elegantly rustic seating. The beautiful light fixture serving as the central focus, anchors the entire Lenoir is small. With only 600-plus restaurant with its glowing orbs, and is square feet to work with and a tight a grouping of generic, metallic lanterns budget—Chris knew that he had to make (much like you may find inside any a big impact with little.
1980s home foyer). The “greater when together” mantra has never rung so true. Our favorite design element is the jutting dark wood echoed throughout the restaurant and fastened with bold brass screws—outlining the central light fixture, lining the walls, and providing masculine texture to balance the antique white doilies (all made by generations of Jessica’s family) that are sewn onto the hanging muslin curtains circling the restaurant walls. The pieces of wood are scraps from a delta mill yard, burned with a traditional Texas cactus burner, and coated with a clear topcoat. With over six species of wood, the variety of texture is only noticeable when you’re inches away.
too. In the works for the bathroom walls is an Austin-themed toile wallpaper. It’s hard to know when to walk away from a project, but Chris has ample confidence: “Would Michael Hsu and my mom like this? If so, I’m done.” Though tweaks to Lenoir may continue, he is currently working on residential projects, a furniture line and custom eyewear. Lenoir has Austin buzzing with its unexpected mixture of raw and elegant that works in the design, and their prix fixe, French-inspired menu made with farm-to-table ingredients.v
Ladies will appreciate the doorknobs tucked under each bar stool for purses— mccray-co.com the chairs and main dining table were lenoirrestaurant.com also given particular angles or nooks to hang one’s accessories. The meticulous attention to detail follows all the way into the doors of the powder rooms. Found vintage photos are as common as mustaches in Austin, but Chris wished to protect the identities of these sepia portraits by painting masks over each glass cover. Jessica’s grandparents’ names are painted as an homage on top
architecture by 5g studio interior design by waldrop + nichols studio story by mallory hamel photography by kelly laplante
hether en route for leisure or business, a home away from home is a rare luxury to come across. In a world full of stocky buildings, with matching rooms, and the permanent smell of carpet well-worn by feet of occupants past—any hospitable entity must go above and beyond to stand out from the others. Creating a welcoming environment for weary travelers, idiomatic conference circuits, or families gallivanting about town, is a tough task to tackle and maintain.
and beckons them to step closer and closer ...even closer—until they realize that this is more than just another nice hotel, it’s a burgeoning destination where city clamor and restful dreams come together under one roof, adding a touch of magnetic prestige to the downtown Dallas skyline. Having begun construction in 2009, and opening on November 11, 2011, the Omni has already captured the eyes of those in the design industry. Developed by Matthews Southwest, and creatively directed by Dallasbased, 5G Studio Collaborative, with interiors by Waldrop + Nichols Studio, the hotel now serves as a dynamic and energetic place to enjoy colorful company, or sneak away for some sophisticated privacy. Scott Lowe, the co-founder and principal designer of 5G explains the base inspiration and premise for this project.
The Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas, is championing this feat with elegance, intrigue and individuality—from the 80,000 square feet of meeting spaces, to the impressive collection of regional art on display, to the extraordinary interior of Texas Spice (one of the topnotch restaurants at the Omni). But what makes this place truly remarkable is its engagement with the body of “The goal of our Omni Hotel Dallas Dallas and presentation of such to design, set by developer Jack those passing through the city. Matthews, was to establish something distinctive and memorable as a Standing tall amidst the other landmark for Dallas.” formations in its urban vicinity, the Omni commands the attention And distinctive it is. of anyone near enough to see its mesmerizing, light-covered exterior,
The Omni is amazing from the physique of its foundation to the top of its lofty tower, where incredible views of Dallas can be had. One characteristic of the hotel in particular is LED lighting system, which creates constant connections with not only the guests, but the entirety of the business district. Employing new technology and artistic prowess, the glass exterior of the boomerangshaped building is blanketed in color and an active projection emanating from the LED lighting system. Integrated into deep recesses of a glass wall, the lights are capable of washing the hotel’s surroundings in continuously changing schemes of every color under the sun. To keep the energy necessary for this sort of installation at the lowest level possible (without sacrificing the integrity of the lighting system), this interactive facade was designed to provide the highest illumination output to power consumption ratio possible (maximum of 3.5 watts per linear foot). Speaking to this captivating effect, Lowe explains, “Buildings in skylines can make an enormous statement in times of celebration, tribute—any time when a community unites on a topic, or event or commemoration. We wanted the Omni
Dallas to have all the capacity possible to play a role in unifying Dallas, and connecting our city with everyone. The LED lighting program really is effective in achieving this goal, and we’re grateful that we’ve had the opportunity to contribute.” With that said, it’s true that the Omni has its own personality, supported by local influence, and committed to minimal impact strategies. The construction was completed on a brownfield remediation site, smack-dab in the middle of a profusion of public transportation, making it more accessible to the wide spectrum of citizens in motion. This locus has been developed to breathe pride into the Dallas infrastructure. Designers with TGB Landscape have transformed the harshness of a less-than-functional platform into a lush, natural area where guests and patrons can sneak away for a breezy reprieve within this high-energy propinquity. A lovely rain garden occupies one corner of the hotel’s grounds, and catches storm water to keep all foliage and fauna thriving. Public green space is but one of many open invitations to experience the Omni and its architectonic harmony.
On the pool deck, sculpture, water color and pattern all come to play with the Dallas skyline
Making use of the backside of the escalators, the architects created a swooped seating area that is both cozy and stunningly modern.
A rotating collection of original works by regional artists gives both public and private spaces a unique gallery quality.
Like a transformer, this building has many functions, forms and breathtaking features. This includes the rotating works of art moving independently throughout the entire building. Local artists have been invited to participate in the interior design of the hotel by handing over the fruits of their labors for all to see. This ranges from painting, sculpture, lighting installations, and a host of other mediums. The hotel keeps an excess of art stowed away in a holding room, ensuring that new perspectives of the culture and creativity of Dallas can always be seen and felt.
Omniâ€™s interiors. Most important to the firm, was truly enveloping a sense of the city and its people, and giving back to the body of Dallas and the projectâ€™s supporters. Vital to the process was striking a balance between the sleek and modern architectural frame and more classical Texas styles typical to this locale. Really exploring and playing with such contrasts was the deepest source of inspiration for the design team. More contemporary elements, industrial attributes, commerce-based trade, and classy chicness have come together to form an edgy yet cohesive flow throughout the hotel.
Design firm Waldrop+ Nichols Studio manifested the unique concepts for
The Presidential Suite on the top floor has separate living, dining and sleeping areas—all with panoramic views of downtown.
With laughter in her voice, interior designer Reggi Nichols, principle partner in charge of the project, refers to the concept of contrast, “Dallas is all about ball-gowns and blue jeans.” This speaks to the growing dichotomy of the city. Nichols explains that they wanted to bring the best of Dallas into the viscera of the Omni—so that guests on a quick business trip or those coming for a busy vacation, can still visit the city from within their temporary accommodations. This is an embodiment of the glitz and glamor that Dallas is famous for. Hints of heritage can be found in the Blue Bonnet-inspired pattern of the carpet covering many central areas of the hotel. Also, historically influenced patterns within the ballrooms (such as a mapping of the Trinity river), offer the appropriate and subtle amount of Texas’ soul to this international meeting space. The guest rooms are a visual playground of textures—from slick side tables to wood-paneled walls—and are peppered with bursts of bright color. Original art (reserved for public spaces in most hotels) adorns the walls of private guest spaces as well.
Reggi’s team, a driven group of designers, poured meticulous detail into the world that is Omni Dallas. Reggi wholeheartedly states, “We really believe in giving each of our projects a reason for being. It has been such an honor to work on this in our own backyard and give back to the city of Dallas and to the future.” And those sentiments sum up the end result of the Omni Hotel, Dallas, blending the spirit of the city and the might of Texas with the movements of a globe-trotting society. v
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This Page: In one of the guest rooms, a custom mirrored cabinet hides the flatscreen TV above the desk area, reflecting original art perched on a shelf above the bed. Opposite: Inside the serene Mokara spa, a long hall leads you from the reception area, through the changing room, and into the relaxation space. Draping chain metal chandeliers light the way.
Expansive light fixtures are grouped throughout the hotel. Individual floors have unique themes that repeat themselves for a continuity of space and light.
interior design by laura walker baird story by mallory hamel photography by andrew horne
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housewares. In the formal living room, two cream sofas sit adjacent to one another, separated only by a glasstop coffee table, and flanked by two deep sitting chairs. This area definitely conveys a note of sophistication, but the powerful placement of artwork within the room lends a heightened sense of appeal. Green-patterned pillows and chair cushions (by Baker, Knapp, and This is the third home that Laura has Tubbs) supply color and texture to this worked on for the Ibrahims. When she classical space. first began designing for the couple, she was thrilled that they wanted to In the foyer, a contemporary-meetspurchase good quality furnishings: classical setting, rectangular and well-made and strong materials equal a spherical forms fold together without priceless practicality. Over the years, as distraction. Perfectly suited with the the Ibrahims have moved about town, curvature of a demi-lune chest and the so have their sentimental, tried-and-true clean lines of its lamp, the area sets the (often vintage) belongings—giving Laura mood for the rest of the home. A long the pleasure of creating a space that runner with a subtle circular pattern, carries the past into the future. calls out to the other similar shapes— such as the round mirrors with an arced Throughout the house, neutral tones border of glass squares arranged in line serve as the foundation for dashes of just above the chest. These pieces ask color and complimentary patterns you to pause for a moment, look into (particularly textiles), found in the your reflection and carry yourself lightly. furniture, objet d’art and decorative n a leafy Atlanta neighborhood, a stunning classical revamp—the home of Meg Ibrahim—is a story-teller. Full of collections curated over the past several years, and designed by Laura Walker Baird (Laura Walker, Ltd., Verde Home), this house is proof that a good relationship with your creative muse makes a space your own work of art.
In another section of the home, an inviting sitting room is comfortable and quiet. White recessed shelving (Verde Home), holds a variety of literature and assorted items of green hues. Adding companions to the celery-colored, high-backed McCartney reading chair by American Leather; next to which an I-Beam side table by SFMD resides. Long curtains made of fabric by F. Schumacher, dress one of the many windows in the room. Dotted with more circular designs, the curtains help to bring down (ever so slightly) the beaming sunshine coming through and give the ability to adjust to oneâ€™s presence as the day moves forward. A pinstriped ottoman coffee table can transition around the room as the comfortable alternative to filling the central area with several pieces (and who doesnâ€™t love it when ottomans can offer several services?). On the floor lies a large cream-colored rug, with a broken pattern of chocolate lines resembling an organized puzzle that ties the individual orientations together perfectly.
Textured wallpaper rises from the wainscoting to the ceiling to provide a backdrop for the large fireplace with its sleek steel firescreen.
Four dining chairs by McGuire, and two upholstered chairs by Verde Home, group around a pedestal table. Silk drapery, custom -made with Lewis and Sheron Textiles, adds extra color and glamour to the scene.
In the dining room, an array of browns meets the rich tones of red and green, with a sisal rug and pole rattan side chairs. Again, the textured wallpaper meets the wainscoting on the walls, just like in the living room. Capped by two crĂ¨me brĂťlĂŠecolored upholstered captain chairs with nailhead detailing, the long dining room table feels simultaneously grand and calm. The kitchen setting is that of a proverbial conversation between brown, white and black. High ceilings offer ample space for white cabinetry and dark countertops, creating a grounding effect. A domed edge in the ceiling adds extra dimension to the crown molding, and frames the center window and its rich valanced shade (designed with F. Schumacher fabric). A central island, complete with wooden bar stools by Maria Yee, allows for a work space, serving surface, or a place where friends and family can chat while preparing supper. Gothic light fixtures hang above the island and kitchen table, bringing the kitchen experience full-circle.
Laura nestles poppy-colored tulips into a vase on the large island worktop.
An upholstered bench by Cisco Brothers is an embellishment to the end of the bed. 75
The master bedroom is a perfect place to begin and end the day. The simple forms and clean lines of the furniture define the space. A sleigh bed with upholstered headboard rests in the heart of the room, with accompanying oval side tables. A mixture of similar patterns adorns the curtains, upholstered bench and rug, enlivening the peacefulness of this sleeping quarter with pops of orange accents. A curtained wall of windows behind the Victorian chairs, produces a fresh rejuvenation, flooding the space with morning light.
A fun feature of the Ibrahim’s home is a basement playroom. A chalkboard acts as one wall, decorated with thoughts and drawings of many colors. A plush sofa sits adjacent to a vibrant armchair and ottoman by American Leather—oh so many options for lounging in this space. Tall lamps on either side of the sofa shed just the right amount of soft light into the room. The combination of low, wide furniture coupled with the chalkboard begs for a game of Pictionary or Charades. The graceful domicile will soon become full of memories like the others—until, perhaps, the Ibrahims move on once again. For now, it seems as though each piece has arrived in the right place at the right time. v
The master bath is spa-like; simple, calming and beautiful. A large classic, dual plinth freestanding tub is tucked into a nook below a tall window, framed with extended cafe drapery, custom designed by Laura. The diamondpatterned, cream tiles of the floor are laurawalkerltd.com accented by tall molded baseboards. verdehomeinc.com
Lamps and Flower Stool by Stray Dog Designs add playful touches to this kid-friendly space. 77
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Equally as important as the architecture, is the framework provided by the greenery on the property. The road is tilted slightly to one side, allowing rain water to run down into french drains, feeding gardens full of reeds and trees, and eventually flowing into the many ponds that irrigate front yards and common areas. This has resulted in a net positive water system. Only natural or adaptive plants are introduced to the base vegetation, and thanks to the rain catching system, a minimal amount of water needs to be Harmonious in its modern symmetry contributed to supplement. and style, Urban Reserve is the site for 50 residential lots, spanning a 14-acre This modern retreat provides solace nature preserve. Each home is built to the to those residents who, after a day preset standards necessary to satisfy their immersed in the hustle and bustle of the collective presence as a fully sustainable city, call this community home. Some development—the houses must be built of the projects are built ahead of time, to agree with one another, yet have their waiting for the right person (or persons) own characters. Generally speaking, a to come along and fall in love. But the project from start to finish usually takes best way to become a part of Urban anywhere between six months and one Reserve is to claim one of several entirely year—but that time is well spent laying undeveloped lots—which lends future out the best plans for the best place. homeowners the opportunity to work closely with their chosen build team. ucked away in seclusion, yet still within the arms of the city, a peaceful community is thriving on the outskirts of Dallas, Texas. Driving past a pond near the perimeter and heading on down the road, one takes in the scenic atmosphere, dotted with uniquely constructed homes and finds that it is somewhat surreal. This surrounding natural connection is the foundation for continuous design throughout the property.
One of the many realizations of modern architecture in the neighborhood.
Home of Ann Marie Meyer and Richard Anderson with their two dogs, Lizzie and Ollie. All happy members of the Urban Reserve community.
A pair of vintage 60s walnut Eames chairs, that spent their previous life in a school library, flank the custom wall hung buffet in the dining area. A large geode sits on top from Ann Marieâ€™s fatherâ€™s collection, who once was a geologist.
The home of Ann Marie Meyer and Richard Anderson is quintessential Urban Reserve. Exceptional in an edgy, modern body, the house is also LEED platinum certified (quite an impressive achievement). DSGN Associates are responsible for the architectural aspects of the residence, and Wendy Konradi designed the interiors. To marry the home to its surroundings, Design on a Shovel took care of the landscaping.
we moved in. With each clearing out, we realized just how little we needed or truly used. We both feel liberated to be rid of ‘stuff.’ “
It is in that spirit that the home presents a rare simplicity, exuding an aura of both organized intellect and modern comfort. Ann Marie and Richard have a great love for boats and the ocean, so Wendy worked closely with the couple to bring a homey yet nautical feel to the interior. Ann Marie relates that working closely When questioned of her muses for this with the design team helped to bring her concept, Wendy replies, original inspirations into reality. “The architecture and furnishings of “Being actively involved in the decisions California architect R.M. Shindler, of the building process allowed us to (circa 1920s and 30s); beach houses— know and grow to love our home—stage particularly those at Sea Ranch in by stage.” California; yacht design and details… It was important for the spaces, like boats, Most important to the couple was to have multiple functions. Therefore, efficient use of space, an open floor the furniture also had to do so. In the plan, and an abundance of natural light. living room, the low walnut console Wendy notes that an elemental aspect of was needed to ground the space, and the plan was to create an inviting, well- provide visual contrast—but it was also edited, modern space. Given the limited highly customized to house the clients’ size of the home, Ann Marie explains surround sound system and Wii.” that this layout helped them to really analyze and discern between those To weave the boat-loving elements into things that they needed, and those things the house in a subtle manner, various that were just hanging around without facets of the building fall into this theme— an identifiable destiny. such as the galley-style kitchen, and the ocean-colored glass tile in the master “Over a period of several months, we bathroom (designed by Ann Sacks). This went through the decluttering process incorporation has resulted in a seaside four or five times, and once again after nature within modern architecture.
Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore colors the walls in this open floor plan. Two vintage swivel chairs from Sputnik Modern rest on the concrete floors in front of a Minotti sectional, and custom ottoman.
The interior floors are polished concrete, giving a cool feel to a strong base and leaving plenty of room for shuffling feet. Throughout the house, chestnut-colored, wooden barn-style doors slide open and closed via a track with inline skate wheels, creating a smooth transition from one space to the next, without needing room for the swinging of doors. Wendy did a beautiful job of turning a smaller space into a larger space.
sound hard to believe that the clients could entertain 20 people comfortably in this space, but it is just what they did at their annual Christmas Eve dinner party!”
Outfitted with low and linear furniture and fixtures, each area feels warm and comfortable, critical for gatherings of any size—whether a dinner party or movie night. Clever storage solutions (such as the Murphy bed that is tucked “I love the way that the kitchen/dining/ away secretly within the guest bedroom) living space flows so elegantly. Despite hide many of their belongings. its smaller footprint, it maintains beautiful proportions that feel nice to be in. It may
Above: The long wall of windows opens up this combination space, shedding light into three separate areas that flow as one without interruption. Opposite: A large hunk of fluorite from Ann Marieâ€™s collection. In the kitchen, Ann Marie shows off her smart storage solution. 89
Opposite Page: Ann Sacks glass tile covers the master bath walls, floor to ceiling. Sliding barn doors by Constructive Modern make for a clean and tidy appearance where swinging would ordinarily take place. Above: Ollie and Lizzie lounge on the master bed, designed by Wendy and covered in a wool sateen from Maharam, bordered by two LED bedside lamps.
foundation is made of SlabTek, and exterior siding by Eco Shell doubles as a rain shield in addition to strengthening the framework. From the outside view, the sharp geometry of the houseâ€™s form, with its blonde and auburn tones Building a truly efficient home is a feat in juxtaposed against solid concrete blocks itself when calculating all of the factors and glistening glass, makes it seem as if that brought this one into existence. At each section snaps into another. 1,200 square feet, the house is almost an independent organism in its ability Wendy was (and is) inspired by Urban to sustain itself, as well as its occupants, Reserveâ€™s principles, which mesh with with thoughtful practices and exciting her own design ethics. She conveys this new techniques. Most of the materials through her passionate understanding used in construction were sourced of those things which create the within 500 miles of the build site. The environments that she envisions. Also endearing to the design, is the thoughtfulness put into the needs of the two canine residents. These pups have the first LEED approved doggie door for coming and going as they please.
“I love the challenge of working with living, natural materials such as the cement floors, because in an industry where we tend to want to control every element to perfection, these are imperfect materials that just can’t be controlled. Those imperfections are what make them beautiful.”
“The great room flooded with natural light.” And Richard? “Reading, drinking wine and watching sunsets on the back deck.” These two, along with their precious doggies, are enjoying the sweet life in their dream home—but most importantly, they chose to be at Urban Reserve because, according to Ann Marie,
Ann Marie and Richard put several classic, as well as cutting-edge, techniques to work. This ensures that the residents can get plenty of sunshine (inside from the Texas heat), or relax while watching one of the terrific North “Their values are our values.”v Prairie thunderstorms from the comfort of a snuggly spot. When asked what the dsgn.com couple enjoyed the most about their wendykonradi.com home, Ann Marie fondly refers to one of the common spaces—
On the back patio, a table made from old grapevine has been with Ann Marie and Richard for years. Ollie poses for the camera in this favorite spot of his.
Strangers on a train
photography by spencer selvidge
hat could be a more classic are many rails that still offer scenic way to leisurely travel than by routes between destinations. It can be a lovely escape from the normal highway train? traversing. Tote your matching luggage set to the platform and climb the steep stairs, Take a day trip with these timeless entering the seating compartment lined fabrics, all perfect for your spring decorâ€” with windows. Grab tea in the dining car from textbook basics that have inviting whilst watching the landscape dreamily textures, to patterns that give any style a rolling by. Pass the hours reading and little playful intrigue. v playing cards while you dash from city to city. Snuggle into a sleeping car austinsteamtrain.org while the quiet noise of the rails passing galbraithandpaul.com underneath lulls you to sleep. pollackassociates.com brimarinc.com This form of transportation has not yet cavernhome.com been forgotten (nods to our European kravetgreen.com friends gliding around daily) and there brentanofabrics.com
Damsel Day Trip
Raincoat liner: Seville Medallion, in Light Stone, by Galbraith & Paul; Seat cover: Lotus, in Light Flax, by Galbraith & Paul; Marking the page: Glass Bead Tassel Fringe, in White Crystal, by Brimar; Flower band: Trimming Tape, in Smoky Quartz, by Brimar 97
Picnic cloth: Mistral, in Ivory, by Brentano; Runner: Seville Medallion, in Kiwi, by Galbraith & Paul; Diamond drop: Atmosphere, in Twilight, by Pollack; Placemats: 29107-413 (left) and 29135-315 (right), by Kravet This Page:
Reporter in Repose
Draping the table: Watson, in Curiosity, by Brentano; Runner: Lotus, in Light Cadet, by Galbraith & Paul; Runner trim: Brush Fringe, in White Crystal, by Brimar; Camera strap: Trimming Tape, in Precious Opal, by Brimar
Tea For Two
Tablecloth: Lottie, in Lars, by Cavern; Adornment: Glass Bead Tassel Fringe, in Smoky Quartz, by Brimar; Placemats: 29117-16 (left), and 29126-616 (right), both by Kravet This Page:
Sexy Sleeper Car
Bed cover: Nomad, in Sahara, by Brentano; Folded blanket: Atmosphere, in Mars, by Pollack; Pillowcase: Snake Charmer, in Hot Pepper, by Pollack; Binocular strap: Trimming Tape, in Rose Quartz, by Brimar
wear the room
It’s a mod, mod world
image courtesy of ecomanor
katherine brown It seems as though many of us work on the scale between “black and white,” “this or that,” “good or bad.” Let’s be rebellious with our wardrobes! “Classic or modern?” Who cares?! Let’s take this traditional children’s room from EcoManor and turn it on its head! Let’s get madly mod!!!
the transformation to wearable style Vintage 1970s dress, by Hanae Mori, from Sassy Sister Vintage G Metric Necklace, from Modern Vintage Attic Grace 2 Cork and Faux Suede Heel, by Olsenhaus
take a seat JAMES SAAVEDRA It has been my experience from my pool of design school interns, that the education they are receiving may be a tad bit antiquated and perfunctory. I mean, how many of us would pick fabric-covered presentation boards over a quick PowerPoint or Pinterest? That said, I think everyone can benefit from a base knowledge of the evolution of furniture styling. While I am not a purist who demands that a Victorian house be furnished exclusively with Victorian pieces, it doesn’t hurt to know what items might compliment your abode. It has been ages since I have sat in Mr. Adams’ History of Architecture and Furnishings class, but I can’t help feeling a wee bit nervous that he may be perusing this “Perfectionist” installment and leaving a mess of red marks all over these pages. Without further ado, a history of design courtesy of the ever timeless sofa...
vivacious victorian Oh, the Victorian era—you fancy thing you. Marked by what some might call excess ornamentation, this time period is not so far off from what we see in interiors and furniture today. The designers and tastemakers of this time borrowed and mixed period of days gone past, like Gothic and Rococo. We like to call it “eclectic." Like this vintage selection—intricate carvings focused on natural motifs such as leaves and florals, and curved legs, were used to create a piece that is wonderfully ornate.
novel nouveau Welcome to Art Nouveau. A design style that flourished during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this movement celebrated “art for art’s sake,” and emphasized fluid, undulating organic shapes inspired by nature. Think of it as free speech. Like our friend here—out went the Victorian element of ornate for ornate’s sake, and in came the delicate curves and fluid edges that flow together with the same detailed carvings.
Verde Design Studio
divine deco If you have seen JAK Studio, then you know I love me some Deco influence. Why you ask? Because Art Deco was ahead of its time! This style made its debut in Paris in the 1920s, and was the mental product of a group of French architects and interior designers. This style was created to bring together elements from diverse artworks and the latest fashion trends. Of course, there is the styling—sleek, rounded corners, streamlined designs, and futuristic sexy detailing. Seating often curved slightly inward, suggesting intimacy, and fabric choices enhance the feeling of luxury and indulgence.
Miles and May
modernly mid-century A style that was once modern and could very well be considered ubiquitous today. The hallmarks of midcentury include streamlined appearances, simplicity, and a combination of manmade supplies and wood—mostly walnut and teak. Think, the eponymous Eames Lounge chair. Like our fantastic example (and my personal fave)— white is featured to keep in line with the confident look.
a design affair A+D’s Tibbie Dunbar tells us all the steamy details
Designs from David Hertz (with Carson Leh and Krista Olfsen) (above) and Eric Kahn that will be appearing in the upcoming A+D Museum’s annual “Celebrate 2012: The Wearable” on March 10.
Tibbie’s beloved loon
Tibbie Dunbar has quite the job on her hands; as the Executive Director of the A+D Museum, she heads the only museum in the U.S. that is dedicated to all things architecture and design. We know that she has a superb eye because she has expertly curated the A+D with an abundance of amazing pieces and exhibits since 2004. Now, Tibbie shares her exceptional taste with us... what’s it like to be a museum director? Challenging, exhausting, exciting, creatively charged—an incredible ride! which do you prefer, classic or modern? I appreciate thoughtful, honest, good design. This can exist in traditional and modern design. favorite piece of art in your home? A small eskimo carving of a loon. She sits beside me on weekend mornings while I read the paper. She has come to embody a sense of tranquility and peace, and her graceful form has been that always. if you could live in any time period, when would it be? Oh, I don’t really know… I suppose the 1920s, when there seemed to be both ribald liveliness and bohemian texture. I’d be into those flapper dresses for sure! favorite piece of furniture in your home? The once built-in cabinet that my husband painstakingly removed, at the owner's request, from a Gregrory Ain designed house. best thing that you’ve ever thrifted? A petite, perforated metal side table that we found discarded on the street.
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Published on Feb 29, 2012
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