With its high gabled roof and beautiful windows for starters, this 1921 Tudor-style home has a host of charming architectural features that make it a dreamy spot. It’s located in Highland Park — one of Dallas’s most exclusive suburbs — with a home owner who has a fun and energetic personality and looking for interiors to reflect that. With good bones as a starting point, the home needed a facelift and who better than Urbanology Designs to bring this home to life.
The living room is a great place to start the home tour as it’s also the first thing you see as you enter the home. “As designers, nothing holds more potential in a space than the inherent architectural features,” says Urbanology Designs founder Ginger Curtis. “Where there aren’t any we look to add them and where they exist, we want to showcase them. This charming cottage-style home had a carved fireplace, soaring peaked ceilings and beautiful natural wood beams. Our design concepts started here as we looked for ways to make them feel fresh, rather than antiquated.”
Sitting center stage is the sofa designed by Curtis and her team, designed to be both chic and comfortable. It’s framed with the high ceilings and long curtains that skim the wooden floorboards. The overall picture is one of poise and warmth, fitting beautifully with the cottage style of the architecture while maintaining a fresh contemporary look. One of the points to note is the black fireplace, given a new lease of life by painting in black to stand out against the simplicity of the white walls.
“The site had beautiful bones, but was empty and very dark. Our first goal was to lighten it up with paint and then go from there,” describes designer Marian Briscoe. “This was one of our favorite projects because of the ease of the owners in response to any hiccups or changes. They trusted us 100% and that made for a project without any major difficulties.”
What really creates a cozy and interesting space in this living room is the use of multi-layered textures, from the thorny cactus to the woolen throw, rough and raw cowhide rug to the elegance of the drapes. This is the warm and dapper side of contemporary Texas decor.
Perfectly paired with the tan and neutral tones of the living room, the teal sofa adds a splash of color that suits the room well. I enjoy seeing the big round mirror too, creating softer edges in the room.
Check out these emerald green velvet chairs in the formal dining room; a room that hosts dinner parties is the perfect space for a few talking points, like the abstract green painting and the elegant sideboards, one of which doubles as a wine fridge.
Even though using dark blue walls to decorate this home, the bedroom doesn’t feel dark thanks to the abundance of light textiles and furniture.
Creating mood ideas for the house was an enjoyable task for the designers, playing around with the idea of ‘classic’ and ‘contemporary’. Briscoe explains “there were many rooms where we provided a safe option that we knew our client would love, and then we would push the envelope with the second option. She trusted us and almost always picked the design that stretched her aesthetic. It was a reminder to be true to what we know looks good, and while we always give options to please the client, it is most fun when we add in something that stretches them and makes the project exciting for both of us.”
What was the response of the owners on completion of the project?
We got to experience the reveal with our client and it was the joy of a job well done, and she reacted excitedly to every space and was happy to pass along our information to her neighbors.
Which part of the house do you love the most?
Our favorite room has to be the living room because it really shows off our design style at Urbanology Designs. We encouraged our client to paint their 1921 fireplace black, and it is the stunning contrast to all of the white and light in the room.
Outside is the perfect sitting out area for relaxing with an iced tea at the end of the day, no?
For starting the day with breakfast and gathering family together for mid-week meals, this banquette is a lovely spot. The color palette is similar to other parts of the home, with its tan cushions matching the intensity of the wood table and floorboards, while the simplicity of the gold metal elements in the lighting create an elegant look for the home.
With fresh colors and the perfect selection of textures through materials, this home feels both welcoming and picture perfect. The architectural spaces shine with large doors, high ceilings and that black fireplace that pops with its new lick of paint — contemporary style that’s both elegant and charming.