Modern brownstones on the edge of Southlake Town Square attracted Deanna and Joe Kienast, former Chicago residents, who prefer the action and bustle of their neighborhood to the quiet of the ’burbs. Their skills at painting and carpentry turned their town house into a contemporary one-off.
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A Clear Vision
An early adopter of LEED building practices, Fort Worth architect Norman Ward built a home for himself in Cresson that responded to the site and light in the most sensitive way. The humble materials of cork, stucco, cinder block, wood and steel are used with precision, and the result is a delight to the senses.
Lady of the Lake
The dilapidated Queen Anne in Corsicana was slated for demolition but it was saved, moved to Richland Chambers Lake and given new life by Sharon and Jim Wade of Southlake, who refurbished every square inch of the 108-year-old house.
Owner Suzanne Eoff and architect Rick Wintersole worked in tandem to build a striking contemporary home in Arlington. After years of infighting with an Interlochen homeowners association, Eoff abandoned her first lot and started anew. Her second lot was charmed; so is the house that now sits on it.
Home, Historic Home
Mindy and David Hallum’s historic Dulaney House on Elizabeth Boulevard is one of the most imposing structures on the street of magnificent homes. Construction on this romantic Mediterranean Revival was begun in 1918, and the Dulaneys lived here until 1967. Now the Hallums carry the torch.
A Grand Garden
Under the tutelage of Fergus Garrett, the head gardener at Great Dixter House & Garden in East Sussex, England, as well as architect Ralph Duesing and landscape contractor Richard Moore, Nancy Hallman’s Fort Worth yard went from average to awesome.
Jim Stuart and Randy Bacon, former stars of Fort Worth’s advertising scene, each wanted his own house, and a place to work. They looked at small towns and eventually settled in Albany. Their homes, designed by Fort Worth architect Rick Wintersole, are part of a compound on the town square that includes an old farmhouse that was pressed upon them by the city fathers.
Barbara Escudero’s duplex condo in the Omni Hotel went from raw space to contemporary overlook with the help of architect Robert Lee and designer Caroline Jones. The 30th-floor views of downtown Fort Worth are spectacular, but so is the interior.
Kristy and Cliff Smith trucked in French salvage to give their Possum Kingdom Lake house an upscale-barn vibe. They repurposed rubble for walls, old wood from stables for flooring, and reused barn rafters. Terra-cotta tiles were used on the ceilings, Italian shutters are used as cabinet fronts, and old factory tables make lovely counter tops.
Reflection of Morocco
Cutting-edge technology and top-of-the-line appliances, plus mosaics and handmade architectural elements, are combined in this Westlake house that draws on a young owner’s heritage and looks like it has weathered the centuries in another time and place.
Toast of the Coast
The enormous seaside home belonging to Allen and Donna Samuels is built to withstand hurricanes and a constant stream of visitors in Rockport. When the Texas car dealer fancied a retirement home, he spent six years making it exactly what he wanted.
Putting the ‘Man’ in Mansion
Former New York Knicks center Kenyon Martin, a Dallas native, built a Dalworthington Gardens castle of dreams filled with toys, media, amusements and a taste for luxury appointments.
Virginia Street Smith’s white box condo, designed by noted Fort Worth architect Albert Komatsu in the early 1970s, was everything she wanted — a clean-lined space with transcendent light. Interior designer Ken Blasingame orchestrated a renovation and installation of Smith’s colorful artworks.
Sandra Brown’s Garden
It only took a short time in East Texas for bestselling novelist Sandra Brown to fall in love with the Piney Woods. She and her husband replicated that lush, multi-layered woodland just a few miles south of DFW Airport.