A Modern Dallas Condo with Sleek, Bold Red Accents


Modern Neutral Living Room with Burgundy Lounge Chairs

Creating a comfortable space for the living room, designer Abbe Fenimore chose an Old Hickory Tannery ottoman, available at Antèks Home Furnishings, for the coffee table. The sectional features Pendleton Nutmeg leather with a contrasting chocolate stitch. Suzanne Sharp’s carpet from The Rug Company was inspired by the tiled floor of a Sicilian church.

Modern Neutral Entry with Leather Cube Ottomans

Crimson leather cubes and bold artwork in the entry set the tone for the modern, red-accented Ritz-Carlton condo.

Modern Neutral Balcony with Red Accent Pillows

The strength-meets-comfort concept that the owner of Holmes European Motors likes in his vehicles pretty much matched what he asked designer Abbe Fenimore to provide in his Texas residence.

Modern Beige Bedroom with Striped Cowhide Wallcovering

The alpaca carpet from The Rug Company fashions a delightfully decadent master bedroom floor. A custom cowhide wallcovering by Edelman Leather offers a dramatic backdrop for Pimlico sconces by Visual Comfort and Adriana Hoyos’ Grafito armchair. Stools from Cantoni keep with the red theme found throughout the home.

Modern Cream Master Bathroom with Calacatta Vagli Marble

Simple and elegant, the master bathroom is a pleasing combination of wood and stone, including flooring and countertops made of Calacatta Vagli marble installed by Sigma Marble Granite & Tile. The custom-finished cabinets and tub surround are maple.

Modern Neutral Dining Room with Bicycle Part Pendants

The dining room’s Adriana Hoyos’ Caramelo chairs in a dark wood finish and upholstered in taupe linen surround a black walnut slab table from Custom-Bilt Cabinet & Supply. The custom-height stools are wrapped in impala hide. Pendants made from recycled bicycle parts are from Carolina Fontoura Alzaga in Los Angeles.

Modern Neutral Kitchen with Gray-and-White Mosaic Backsplash

In the kitchen, builder Austin Arnold refronted all the cabinets, replaced the stone floors with oak and accommodated new appliances. The Frappuccino quartzite counters and Pietra Cristal Crema Strato stone-and-glass mosaic backsplash are both from Interceramic Marble Collection.

Modern Cream Guest Bedroom with Red Vanity

The guest room bed is upholstered with Bella Pearl cotton velvet from Old Hickory Tannery and features a coverlet and shams in Donghia’s Spritz Pavone, available through ID Collection. A custom-designed lacquered vanity from Again & Again provides yet another red accent. The custom silver-leaf mirror is from Pettigrew.

When Charlton Holmes makes the 180-mile drive from his primary home in Shreveport, Louisiana, to his getaway condo in Dallas, he does it in a CLS63 Mercedes, touted for its powerful engine and great performance. The strength-meets-comfort concept that the owner of Holmes European Motors likes in his vehicles pretty much matched what he asked designer Abbe Fenimore to provide in his Texas residence. “He wanted it to feel like a masculine boutique hotel and was very specific about having details in the space reflect his love of luxury cars,” says Fenimore, noting the custom double baseball topstitch on the leather sectional in the living room that replicates the seats of a high-end sports car. “He appreciates both the fine detail and the quality of the leather, which keeps its structure.”

According to the homeowner, he settled on a unit at The Ritz-Carlton because of the quality and location, but the existing space was too formal for his taste. “When I entertain, I prefer everything to be open from the moment you walk in the door, but the original floor plan didn’t work that way,” says Holmes, who turned to builder Austin Arnold to reconfigure the existing layout to make better use of the square footage. “I started by straightening out the narrow entry, which veered to the right so it opened into the kitchen and main living area,” says Arnold. The builder also responded to the owner’s request to carve out a small study. “By borrowing space from a long, narrow half bath and a very large walk-in closet in the master bedroom, I was able to create the extra room,” he says.

Meanwhile Fenimore worked in concert with Arnold to refinish the oak floors with a lighter stain, reface the kitchen cabinets, and upgrade the Sheetrock fireplace with a quartzite surround backed by a linear stone-and-glass tile wall; the same materials are used on the kitchen countertops and backsplash. “Because everything is so close together, I was cautious about getting elements to relate to each other,” says Fenimore. “I selected a stone-and-glass mix so the wall wouldn’t get too shiny, and to introduce pattern and texture.”

The textures keep flowing in the living and dining rooms, where the walls are covered with vinyl, the Eames chairs are topped with Bordeaux-colored mohair, and a custom black walnut slab dining table rests on curved stainless-steel legs. “The stainless-steel element keeps it from going too rustic,” says Fenimore. The designer used the same black walnut for the headboard in the master bedroom, where the massive wood statement is backed by a striped cowhide wall. “The cowhide turns the headboard into a sculptural art piece, and it’s also a perfect complement to the suede walls and drapes,” she says.

According to the designer, the homeowner decided early to go bold with accents and commissioned pieces from artists that highlight his favorite color—red. For her part, Fenimore used the vibrant hue with a measured hand, peppering the space with crimson leather cubes in the entry, deep burgundy throw pillows in the living room and master bedroom, and an eye-catching lacquered vanity in the guest room. “Getting the right red was a challenge,” Fenimore says. “It’s a very emotional color, so you have to go easy. In the guest room there’s just a hint, but it makes a statement.”

The strong hue also melds perfectly with the warm woods, soft leathers and unusual details such as the dining room fixtures that are fashioned from recycled bicycle parts, all selected to create the atmosphere the homeowner desired. “He likes texture, durability and luxury,” says Fenimore. “And by customizing so many pieces, I was able to provide them all.”

—Mindy Pantiel