Texas Glamour Meets California Cool In A Statement Dallas Home


home facade with grand entrance...

Flanking the entrance are monumental square lanterns designed by Morgan Farrow and manufactured by Old Castle Lighting.

entry seating area

The home’s gallery-like entry features a bench from Four Hands and a marble table from Arteriors. Kate Ericson fabricated the draperies comprising Pindler fabric.

great room featuring open shelving,...

Shelves in the great room painted Sherwin-Williams’ Peppercorn border a marble fireplace from KLZ Stone Supply. Furnishings include a side chair from RH, swivel chairs from Patricia Edwards and a John-Richard coffee table from McGannon Showrooms. The rug is from Interior Resources.

kitchen with gray cabinetry and...

Benjamin Moore’s Winterwood coats the kitchen cabinetry, complementing a rug from Interior Resources. The lower cabinets are topped with stone from Levantina. A custom hood by Orona and a pendant from Hudson Valley Lighting accent the space.

A pair of Andy Warhol prints and Baker consoles in the dining room flank a mirror from Made Goods. Adriana Hoyos chairs in a Bergamo fabric surround a table from Scout Design Studio, all atop a Feizy rug. An RH chandelier hangs overhead.

textural powder room featuring cork...

Textural neutrals abound in the powder room’s gilded-cork wallpaper from Innovations and natural stone from Hilltop Granite. The Newport Brass fixtures are from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. The mirror is from Williams-Sonoma Home.

masculine study with collectible art

An Andy Warhol print pops against Benjamin Moore’s Midnight on the study walls. A Kyle Bunting rug grounds the Allan Knight tête-à-tête, floor lamp from McGannon Showrooms, Michael Berman Limited chairs and RH coffee table.

serene bedroom seating area with...

In the primary bedroom, a sitting area mixes loveseats fabricated by Cuellar Upholstery, Visual Comfort floor lamps and a Feizy rug. The draperies feature Coraggio fabric.

primary bedroom with Monet-like tones...

Monet-like tones fill the primary bedroom, which is painted Sherwin-Williams’ Agreeable Gray. The Clad Home bench is upholstered in a Holland & Sherry fabric topped with Holly Hunt cushions. A Made Goods console and chandelier from RH punctuate the room.

“This project was all about leveling up,” says designer Morgan Farrow of the second residence she’s completed for this young Dallas family. “Their former house was fairly modern, and they wanted this one to make a real statement.” After her clients purchased the abode—originally designed by builder Christopher Cole in collaboration with his lead designer, Nancy Moderi, and residential designer Jason Kongabel of Mohment—Farrow came onboard to flesh out the interiors with Cole and his project manager, Gustavo Estrada. 

For the designer, finding the sweet spot between elevated and family-friendly was key. “It’s a modern Texas version of a Santa Barbara residence,” continues Farrow, noting the family spends summers in the sunny seaside locale. “It has clean lines, a neutral palette and that California spirit that draws you outside.” With the couple expecting another baby as work began, she adds, “we needed to create conducive spaces for children without losing the sexy energy that matched the architecture.” Chimes the husband: “It was important to balance comfort during the day with a moody, glam feel in the evening after the kids go to bed.”

With that in mind, Farrow conjured an alluring attitude throughout the interiors that’s evident immediately upon arrival. Stepping through the front door, visitors encounter a massive entry space evoking a private art gallery. A grand piano sits to one side, and an oversize art book stand to the other. On the wall hangs neon artwork reading, “Just kiss me, we can talk later.” Overhead, a glittering chandelier draws the eye farther upward to a Hunt Slonem bunny painting along the stairs. “The whole area has a very ‘glammy’ look, but it also feels light and gracious,” the designer explains.

That vibe extends beyond the entry into a formal living room Farrow transformed into a luxurious study for the husband. “It’s tailored and refined—a great place to read or listen to podcasts,” he notes. Essentially a dark lounge attached to the husband’s office, “it’s like a jewel box but masculine,” Farrow describes. At the same time, its richly hued, sophisticated design helps balance the drama of the dining room on the opposite side of the front door. “We needed to make it feel more intimate, so we clad the dining walls in a metallic grass cloth and found a plaster-looking paper to line the ceiling coffers,” recalls Farrow. What really makes the room sparkle, however, are the artworks on display. Gracing one wall is a Tyler Shields photograph, Glitter Mouth, which Farrow describes as “sexy but elegant.” On another wall, above two brass consoles flanking the fireplace, hang prints from Andy Warhol’s “Cowboys and Indians” series, which the husband sourced. 

Linking the dining room to the kitchen are a pantry with an old-school cocktail bar feel and a wine room, both of which underscore this home’s ability to host a party. But, according to the designer, the real “heartbeat” of the interiors is the main living area. Located just beyond the kitchen, the space perfectly illustrates Farrow’s aplomb in blending glamorous touches with family-friendly living. “The room is long, so we created both ‘formal’ and ‘flop’ zones,” she explains. “The big U-shaped sofa is the place everyone wants to be—just grab a kid and cozy up!” Punctuating the walls, black-and-white photographs by David Yarrow also “add a Ralph Lauren chicness to the room,” she notes.

The interiors take a more serene turn in the primary bedroom, where the clients requested “soft tones and a Monet-like palette,” says the husband. With that directive, however, Farrow still ensured plenty of visual interest. She designed a paneled bed wall inset with plaster-like wallpaper inspired by the dining room’s coffered ceiling, which “adds dimension and gives the room some architecture,” she explains. Meanwhile, yet another Slonem painting, this one depicting a peacock, serves as a playful nod to the wife’s nickname for her design-loving spouse. “It was wonderful seeing all the textiles and wallpapers come together,” the husband muses, “but I had the most fun curating the art.” The collaboration was equally satisfying for the couple’s interior designer. “Exploring what ‘elevated’ means for these owners was a fun process,” Farrow says of the California dreamers. “You can create a well-appointed home that still functions for a family.”