Classic, modern and Art Deco styles merge in a glamorous Dallas manor


Eclectic Elegance in Dallas

Dallas homeowners and their longtime designer work together to blend classic, contemporary, and Art Deco styles.

North Dallas Mansion with Sophisticated Plantings and Sculpture

For a Dallas home designed by Gonzalo Bueno, landscape designer Matt Stevens of Texas Garden Services helped the husband—who made the front-lawn sculpture—create a simple yet formal landscape with a concrete-and-Lueders-limestone walkway centered on the front door. Plantings include burgundy snapdragons with a Wintergreen boxwood hedge, English ivy and pyramidal boxwoods in containers, and crepe myrtle trees.

Ornate Millwork Entry with Flowers and Plenty of Light

In the entry, a glass-topped table with an acrylic Malabar base from Allan Knight and Associates rests on a wool-and-silk-blend rug from Calvirugs in Monterrey, Mexico. The ornate millwork is by JG Designs, and Sherwin-Williams ’ Ivory Lace coats the walls.

Bright Yellow Painting in a Neutral Living Room

The den’s Bright sofa in Classic Cloth fabric from George Cameron Nash joins J. Robert Scott’s Paris lounge chairs around a Jan Showers coffee table from David Sutherland, all atop a Tufenkian Artisan Carpets rug. Hernandez Custom Upholstery made the custom pillows, two of which wear Zimmer + Rohde’s Vibrant Stripe fabric from George Cameron Nash. The artwork is by Fernanda Brunet, and the sconces are from the homeowners’ collection.

Eclectic Dining Room with Unique Chandelier, Statues, Marble Table and Fireplace

A Hudson Furniture chandelier illuminates the dining room’s custom table by Bueno made with marble from Allied Stone; the surrounding Dakota Jackson chairs wear de Le Cuona fabric. A mirror from Ceylon et Cie and Quatrain statues from George Cameron Nash flank a Nero Marquina marble mantel by Sabella Carved Stone. A Tufenkian Artisan Carpets rug joins draperies in Zimmer + Rohde’s Ardecora fabric from George Cameron Nash.

Custom Bronze Grillwork Gilded Bar

The den features a custom bronze grillwork design by Bueno that was fabricated by JG Designs. It extends to the bar, which features Absolute Black granite on the rear counter and Sahara Noir marble on the front surface, both from Allied Stone. Wired Custom Lighting sconces are from Edward Ferrell and Lewis Mittman.

Breakfast Room with Chandelier, Fireplace, and Artwork

The breakfast room features Hudson Furniture’s Mother chandelier from David Sutherland; it illuminates an Allan Knight and Associates table base topped with glass and surrounded by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams chairs in Holly Hunt Great Plains fabric. The custom sisal rug is from RH, and the artwork, from left to right, is by Lucrecia Waggoner and Francisco Larios.

Wicker Outdoor Seating Area with Fireplace and Dog

A stone fireplace serves as the focal point in a cozy outdoor space complete with RH all-weather wicker outdoor seating and an RH coffee table. The mirror above the fireplace was custom-made in Mexico.

All-White Master Bathroom with Large Freestanding Tub and Arc Windows

Bianco Dolomiti marble tile from Stone Source covers the floors in the master bathroom, where a Victoria + Albert tub from Westside Kitchen and Bath has Samuel Heath fixtures from Elegant Additions. The chair is from RH, and the Boyd Lighting sconces are from Donghia.

Hand-Painted Wallpaper Backdrop Master Bedroom with Chandelier

Hand-painted Gracie wallpaper envelops the master bedroom, which has a Lombard bed from Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman in Pollack fabric, custom nightstands fabricated by Paloma Creations and Jan Showers benches from David Sutherland in Hurel fabric from ID Collection; a Jan Showers chandelier complements Laura Lee Clark lamps. Beyond the Tufenkian Artisan Carpets rug, an Ebanista sofa joins Bergamo Fabrics draperies from Donghia in a sitting area.

“I used her fashion sense as inspiration for how to design the home,” says designer Gonzalo Bueno, referring to the wife in a couple who asked him to help reimagine the interiors of their new home in Dallas’ Highland Park neighborhood. “She’s totally glamorous and exotic.” Indeed, inspired by fashion designers such as Valentino, the wife invariably cuts an elegantly tailored silhouette. So for their residence, Bueno surmised correctly that a certain level of glamour was in order. 
Bueno and the wife were childhood friends who had grown up together in Monterrey, Mexico, so the designer has watched her sense of style evolve over time. When the couple bought their first home in the same Dallas neighborhood years before, Bueno was a natural choice to design that residence. Now with four children aged 13 to 18, the family desired a new home with more space, including a playroom, backyard and pool, and once again they turned to Bueno for his expertise. 

Highland Park, developed in the early 1900s, is no stranger to high style. In fact, it is the work of renowned city planners Wilbur David Cook—the famous landscape designer of Beverly Hills—and George E. Kessler. For their second residence in the neighborhood, the couple were drawn to a grand home with an elegant Mediterranean façade, “which we kept mostly the same,” the wife says. The interior revealed a glamorous aesthetic, with moldings and paneled walls, yet it still needed to re ect the couple’s personalities and display their art. “When we travel, we enjoy acquiring artworks from different cultures,” the husband explains. 
With this in mind, it was imperative Bueno conjure a home that was not only glamorous but also tasteful.

The first order of business, he decided, was to blanket the spaces in a warm, lustrous shade of white. “The clients wanted pieces with a lot of personality,” he explains. “I felt I needed a clean canvas to accommodate the eclectic furniture and art.” Alterations to the interior were made with the help of the husband, who was involved in the day-to-day construction process in collaboration with builder Raul Mendoza of Mendoza Brothers 13. Major changes included updating all the replaces from cast stone to marble, remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms and relocating a stairway that originally began its climb right next to the kitchen range. 

The wife was also closely involved with the home’s interior design, and she had predilections for sumptuous finishes and materials such as lacquer, gold and crystal, Bueno says. He worked with the wife’s tastes by avoiding Persian carpets, too many gilded furniture pieces and plush damasks, instead outfitting the home in silks and velvets devoid of pattern. In the den, practical choices such as a sectional covered in a cotton blend offer resilience. However, even in this space, the design standard remains high with gold sconces, custom bronze grillwork designed by Bueno and antique cloisonné urns. Also atypical of the mostly pattern-free home is the master bedroom, which came enveloped in hand-painted Gracie wallpaper. “We debated whether to take it down,” Bueno says. “But it was so pretty and perfectly placed around the room that we selected all the pieces in the space based on it.” 

The home’s furnishings, says the wife, “are eclectic because they are from various periods and styles yet are classic and timeless.” While the dining room features a contemporary custom table designed by Bueno, Dakota Jackson chairs and a modern chain-mail chandelier, it also includes an antique French mirror, an Italian Renaissance reproduction mantel and a 1940s French sideboard. Similarly, the formal living room showcases an Italianate table by Ebanista and a tailored contemporary sofa flanked by stag-leg guéridon tables topped with Brutalist lamps. 

Throughout the residence, Bueno balanced the gold, crystal and glossy surfaces with black. “Black accents tie it all together,” he says, noting the shade appears on the mantel and pedestals in the dining room, various lighting pieces throughout the house and the piano, the guéridons’ stone tops and a chest in the formal living room. Brighter splashes of color are largely reserved for artworks, many by Latin artists. 

The completed design is a home that exudes glamour while remaining stylishly tailored and elegantly refined— thanks not only to Bueno’s shared understanding of the homeowners’ ideas and vision but also to the inherent beauty of the house itself. “When this project came along, we knew that we would have a great result due to all the knowledge I had gained from the homeowners’ first Dallas residence,” Bueno says. “But the house itself also had such broad potential, which contributed to the successful outcome.” 

Jorge S. Arango