This Dallas home was designed by Mary Anne Smiley for a young couple in the well known Highland Park neighborhood. When I first saw this article in the April, 2008 issue of Traditional Home I was immediately drawn to it. I refer to this feature so often that the magazine is limp from my constant referring back!
I absolutely love the front door which Marry Anne Smiley designed to tie into the existing stair rail.
According to the article, they updated the home by removing dark and heavy faux finishes. I think this foyer is a breath of fresh air. I love how the light comes in the door and the light colors give an airy feel.
I think the living room is brilliant. I absolutely love the colors in here. According to the article, this room was previously brown. The light color on the walls had to be a major transformation, for sure. Of course, the color was the designer’s custom mix.
Photos above initially appeared in the April, 2008 Traditional Home magazine. Photos by Diane Carroll.
So, now to analyze several of my favorite components.
The rug is from Patterson, Flynn and Martin (“Pierced Lattice’’/Light Sea by Kelly Wearstler). This rug is completely customizable and of wool construction. Is this beautiful or what? Here is a better view.
The ivory leather chairs need little explanation, they are Barcelona® in chrome, hand buffed to a mirror finish; available through Knoll who, according to the website, received exclusive manufacturing and sales rights in 1953 by the designer, Lidwig Mies van der Rohe.
The chairs by the fireplace are the Niermann Weeks French Club Chair. The finish is a gold finish. The fabric on these chairs is 100% Linen by Nomi Fabrics Inc. (Medici Knot, Celadon).
The sofas are colored in a Joseph Noble linen/cotton velvet (Penumbra, Polder). This fabric comes in 10 colorways. How luxurious does this look?
The pillows on the sofa are 100% silk by Donghia (knotty, knotty) available in one color, shown below.
The windows are first covered in silk Conrad shades. We had these growing up as my mom used them in our living and guest rooms. I’ve currently got them in my living and dining rooms. I love these as they allow the light to come into a room but provide a degree of privacy for public rooms in the home. You may remember I used them in my recent Mood Board Monday post.
The draperies 50/50 silk and linen from Nomi Fabrics. The pattern is “Dynasty” and it is sourced as “multi” color. I’ve included an image of the “natural” colorway (because I could not locate a photo of “multi” on their site.)
The end tables on the far side of the room are by Sun (in a different finish).
The console tables were designed by Mary Anne Smiley and the sofas are credited to Lucien Rollin. I found a comment from the designer, herself, on the All the Best blog indicating these are “French 40s design.”
I hope this is not too much detail. I love this room so much and if you are anything like me I read shelter magazine articles with a finger marking the sources section so I can constantly flip back and forth to identify various products. It really makes you appreciate the time and expertise the designer put into creating such a put together and unique space.
I plan to cover the dining room next. My dining room drapes were inspired by the ones in Smiley’s design.
Have a great weekend. See you Monday!