Mediterranean Influences Define A Dallas House

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Mountain Ironworks handcrafted wrought-iron gates leading from the courtyard to the pool. A spillway wall with mosaic tile separates the pool and spa, both designed by Trown and installed by Robertson Pools. Lanterns are RH. Stucco on the pool house facade is by Flores Raf Exterior.

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In the sitting area of the master bedroom, a fireplace designed by Trown boasts a Nero marble surround, a Black Ultimate marble hearth and a firebox of reclaimed French firebrick in a herringbone pattern. A sofa and chair--both covered by Hernandez Custom Upholstery in Kravet fabric--join an antique coffee table from Legacy and a lychee tree-trunk side table from Brendan Bass. The carpet is Nourison.

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A kitchen archway opens to the adjoining breakfast room, where a Paul Ferrante chandelier illuminates a walnut table from Legacy. Neal & Company Upholstery covered the seats of the chairs in Mark Tursi Product leather. The wood carving is from Le Louvre French Antiques. CHT Systems handled lighting control systems and audio automation throughout the home.

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The living room features reclaimed beams through Heritage Restorations and an antique mantel from Pittet Architecturals. A custom tufted chaise wears leather by Cortina Leathers, while matching custom A. Rudin sofas don Kravet fabric. The French side table is from Le Louvre French Antiques; the expansive window is Crittall, purchased through Grand Openings Windows & Doors.

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In the dining room--with expansive views of the courtyard and surrounding gardens--the Evora wrought-iron crystal chandelier by Ebanista sparkles above a custom dining table by Ironies. Walnut chairs from CBS in Los Angeles wear Mark Tursi Product leather. Conrad sunshades decorate the windows.

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Jeld-Wen doors from Energy Shop beckon from the living room to the courtyard, the heart of the Dallas home Mickey Munir and Michael Munir built for residential designer Robert Trown and his wife, Yvonne. An antique floor candelabra from England tops reclaimed oak flooring from Old Grain in Marble, Colorado. Trown customized the rug from Polar Carpets & Rugs in Paradise, Nevada.

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In a guest room, bolsters made with Casamance fabric adorn a custom bed from Bradshaw Design in Salt Lake City alongside a Spanish antique nightstand from Melissa Levinson Antiques in Los Angeles. The lamp is from Allan Knight and Associates. Richard Bettinger photo art from David Sutherland hangs in an alcove.

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The opaque Crittall oculus from Grand Openings Windows & Doors and the potted plants give the outdoor shower area "a Japanese teahouse feel," Trown describes. A Victoria + Albert tub from The Bath & Kitchen Showplace is encased in Kosmus granite and underlit to make the mica flecks glow; tub fixtures are Newport Brass. The 17th-century Spanish oil painting is from Pittet Architecturals.

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At a guest room entry, a reproduction Portuguese-style ebonized table holds a trove of antique treasures, including a lamp from Brown & Co. and a Chinese vase. The wool carpet is from Interior Resources.

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Belgian blue limestone lining the master bathroom's shower wall travels through metal-frame windows to an outdoor shower area, forming a privacy wall that makes window coverings unnecessary; the glass enclosure by Acro Glass has a sand-blasted privacy panel. Mosaic tile on the floor is from Lebanon, and the indoor shower head is Grohe, with outdoor shower fixtures by Kohler.

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Hackett stone slab walls complement the Idaho quartzite pool deck, which "doesn't stain or get hot and isn't slippery," Trown says. The site plan saved the lot's existing elm trees, creating the ideal locale for Frontgate hammocks.

When residential designer Robert Trown decided to craft his own home in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas, he had a clear idea of what he wanted: a Mediterranean-inspired house with a nod to his and his wife’s California roots.

Working with builders Mickey Munir and Michael Munir, Trown put on many hats to complete projects, including designing, landscaping and furnishing the home.

“It is rare for one architecture firm to handle all design facets of a project, including interiors and landscaping–which helped here, because there was one vision,” Michael Munir says.

On the top of the list was creating a sense of seclusion, which Trown achieved by siting the house on a north-south axis with main windows peering onto lush landscaping.

Inside, he incorporated such materials as reclaimed oak floors and rafter beams–harvested from barns in upstate New York–as well as custom furnishings, like a living room table made from a fallen walnut tree.

The resulting structure mixes varying influences from France, Spain and Portugal with a West Coast twist. “Yvonne and I love living in the home,” he says. “Once we enter the property, we are in our own world.”

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