Stunning At Every Turn

I recently posted a photo of a Dallas home on my instagram feed that did not do the house justice. It is a beautiful white brick home, set back on a very popular street. This home is also featured in the recent issue of Veranda magazine (run- don’t walk to get it!).  It is designed by Cathy Kincaid and restored beautifully by my favorite architect Wilson Fuqua. I have never seen an architect understand the great balance and perfect execution of chic and charm quite like Wilson Fuqua. I found some photos of the home on Mr. Fuqua’s website and I just had to share his unbelievable restoration and Cathy Kincaid’s stunning design of this inviting and totally chic home. Happy Weekend! XO

Photos via www.wilsonfuqua.com

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Isn’t this courtyard enterance beyond charming?

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Beautiful boxwood landscape surrounds this home. I really love the chic California privacy of this residence.

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An amazing sun room. The ideal blend of fabrics and light.

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Everything is timeless without looking stale or dated. Cathy Kincaid is really a master at that!

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This is the dining room of my blue and white dreams.

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Her choice of fabrics throughout the home really speak to the architecture.

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Cathy really understands the art of an inviting bedroom. She creates a personal and calming oasis, with a punch of personality.

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The architectural details of this room make for the perfect palette to decorate.

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Really beautiful shutter color and lush topiary borders.

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WOW.

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I love the infusion of brick texture as well as classic cabinetry. Perfection at every turn.

A Dallas Treasure Trove

My friend recently told me about a home that just sold here in Dallas and the treasure trove of design that lies within it. Betty Gertz is renowned for her antiques here in Dallas, so it is no surprise how well she displays them in her home (now, her former home). Gertz enlisted the worldly Belgium designer Axel Vervoordt to create this enchanting and collected home. It seems that every turn leads you into a room not like the other, yet they all flow seamlessly. I love that there is an unexpected surprise around every corner in this treasure trove.

All photos via Architectural Digest

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What an entry. Could you imagine having flowing vines throughout. The skylights really give an outdoors-indoors appeal. dallas-home-of-betty-gertz-designed-by-axel-vervoordt-via-ad-2

I love the washes in this room. Really quite beautifully appointed. The details in the molding are beyond. Also, don’t you love how wide that skirted coffee table is?

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Another view of this fabulous room in its violet hue.

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What a way to display blue & white.

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I normally love a white kitchen, but this does the trick. The woodwork is beautiful.

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A wonderful combination of textures and understated simplicity.

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The entrance of the home just proves it’s a hidden gem.

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Gertz brought some of her former home to her house. The landscaping is unbelievable.

 

 

Dallas Defense

Sorry for my absence. I was mourning the trainwreck of Monday night’s Real Housewives of Dallas (which should more appropriately be named Real Housewives of the SUBURBS of Dallas). No offense to my suburb friends, but if they don’t live in Dallas county?!!!  Moving on….But seriously, those houses…Sorry, I am being mean….Also, true Dallas wealth is very private and tastefully unassuming…They don’t talk about “society”… Ok, off the soap box and back to more tasteful Texas topics.

How about a glimpse at some of the most beautiful homes in Dallas? I am talking about homes within the county line. Some grand, yet charming and some quaint, yet powerfully stylish. Iron staircases and three car garages aren’t always a symbol of luxury living. If you know how to give a home curb appeal and interior warmth, any home can be truly luxurious. Some people say good taste is something you are born with, and I would agree that Dallas county has some of the best genes.

Here are the REAL houses of Dallas, wives not included (nor would they ever want to be). These are all homes I drive by daily and all photos are by yours truly.

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Showered In Love

Shower is a word I hear far too much of recently.  Dallas rain showers (but really horrible thunderstorms), wedding showers, bridal showers, baby showers. There is a lot of showering that has been and will continue to happen in my life. My friend’s birthday is today, and I wanted to shower her with some design that is very much in tune with her taste. It is also the design of one of the most glamorous names in design (and in Dallas): Jan Showers.

How I haven’t had a post dedicated to her yet is beyond me. Her decor is modern sophistication, refined glamour, and chic style. She epitomizes a polished ambience that has such a signature appeal that you can instantly tell her tasteful touch by looking at a photo. I am so happy to share some of my favorite images of her work today. Dallas breeds good taste, and her design is the perfect example.

Happy Birthday Katlin. Hope you bring a little bit of Dallas sophistication into your new San Fran lifestyle. 😉

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Love the urns of potted boxwood. This whole exterior is exceptional.

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Jan has really perfected the look of sunburst mirrors. I would even go as far to say she was leader in making them a coveted object of desire in decor. She knows how to use them well.

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Golden yellow accents give this room a cheerful hue.

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A little bit of tradtion, antique, and modern glamour in this entry hall

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I love it all. The way the colors work, the mix of modern and classic. The appeal of this room is tremendous. Those dark navy walls are to die!

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A delightful display of pattern.

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In my opinion, this is an ideal way to incorporate a screen in any room.

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A luscious green canopy bedroom.

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A neutral red and animal print bring pizazz to this sitting area by a posh fireplace.

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Lots of light and white in this living room. Via Veranda

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The light fixture (Jan), the screen (Jan), and the glass table top all work together to create a refined atmosphere.

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Quite possibly the best advice ever given in terms of design. Via House Beautiful

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An eclectic library with sharp paint, pattern. and a pop mix of everything.

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Now that summer is approaching, all I want to see is potted palms. I think it is such an easy way to make a space ready for a new season.

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Showers is known for her glamorous rooms, and rightfully so! She knows how to make any space worthy of a highball and a ballgown. Via Veranda

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I love this little vignette. Jan Showers makes high-end design seem so effortlessly…glamorous.

Lily Lane

I recently was given an opportunity to style a bed for a Dallas store called Lily Lane Home. Immediately upon pulling up to the store you are greeted with two large potted boxwood at the entrance. It is filled with Belle Notte linens, Dash and Albert rugs, Juliska tableware, and all things luxurious. It is also filled with a pair of antique twin beds that I desperately want to purchase (see below). Entering the store makes you want to get in your softest pajamas and jump into a luxe bed full of fresh and textured pillows.

Since this was the “April bed of the month,”  I decided to keep it fresh with white coverlet and sheets, and added shades of grays, (April showers), and blues, (spring skies). The bed is an ideal place to curl up on an April day and read a good book. It is refreshing, calming, and comfortable. If you are in the Dallas area, come take a peak, and if you aren’t, be sure to visit their website!

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The April Bed of the month. A soft white coverlet perfect for spring, with a gray velvet blanket at the end of the bed, topped with a white bolster pillow. The pillows on the bed are a variety  of velvet, matelasse, and linen in blues and grays.

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A mini potted boxwood with beautiful blue and white porcelain (available in the store).

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A variety of textures, patterns, and colors. Don’t the pillows just look so plush and inviting?

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A chic display of blue, white and boxwood.

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The crushed velvet coverlet and white bolster pillow.

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I adore this tufted bed! Don’t you just want to splash into this array of pillows?

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THE STORE

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Blues, greens, and grays on display with these summery scarfs.

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A dreamy four poster bed with large neck roll bolster.

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An inviting Easter tablescape. Full of bunny and beauty!

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Fresh french lavender.

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A fabulous collection of Juliska greets you at the door!

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Dash & Albert Rugs. So many to choose from and in such fabulous patterns!

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A sweet crib on display.

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NOW, down to serious business. I want this headboard. Like…REALLY want this headboard. French antique, hand-painted and exquisite.  Sadly, it is a twin, but it comes as a pair. Together, they make a queen. Thoughts, comments, advice, suggestions?!?

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Isn’t this dreamy? I think my dreams would be better if I bought it. Obviously, your dreams are related to how pretty your bed is, right?

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So, if you are in Dallas pop down on Travis street and see the bed. You have my permission to indulge in some cajun chicken at Le Bilboquet next door!