A Park Setting Inspires A Light-Filled Dallas Home

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Designer Leslie Jenkins and senior designer Haley Powell outfitted this Dallas home with a mix of modern and traditional elements. In the entry, Jenkins had the burl-wood console custom-made to resemble a vintage piece by Milo Baughman. Art by Maura Segal from Blue Print, the furnishings boutique Jenkins co-owns, hangs in the living room, visible in the foreground.

Designer Leslie Jenkins and senior designer Haley Powell outfitted this Dallas home with a mix of modern and traditional elements. In the entry, Jenkins had the burl-wood console custom-made to resemble a vintage piece by Milo Baughman. Art by Maura Segal from Blue Print, the furnishings boutique Jenkins co-owns, hangs in the living room, visible in the foreground.

Hanging lanterns by The Urban Electric Co. echo the grid detailing on the steel-framed windows and doors from Durango Doors in the entry, where vintage Oushak runners offer an introduction to the home's colorful palette. The geode-rock lamps on the console are from Blue Print.

Hanging lanterns by The Urban Electric Co. echo the grid detailing on the steel-framed windows and doors from Durango Doors in the entry, where vintage Oushak runners offer an introduction to the home's colorful palette. The geode-rock lamps on the console are from Blue Print.

Atop a rug from Interior Resources, a custom walnut-and-brass table anchors the dining room. Its dark grain is offset by the pale Clarke & Clarke velvet from Duralee covering the faux-shagreen Made Goods chairs from Blue Print. A Currey & Company chandelier hangs from a ceiling covered in a silk Phillip Jeffries wallcovering. Against the wall is a vintage Parisian bar cabinet.

Atop a rug from Interior Resources, a custom walnut-and-brass table anchors the dining room. Its dark grain is offset by the pale Clarke & Clarke velvet from Duralee covering the faux-shagreen Made Goods chairs from Blue Print. A Currey & Company chandelier hangs from a ceiling covered in a silk Phillip Jeffries wallcovering. Against the wall is a vintage Parisian bar cabinet.

The home's mixed-metal accents are evident in the kitchen thanks to a custom vent hood trimmed in chrome--above a Wolf range from Capital Distributing--and brass lighting by The Urban Electric Co. Rattan counter stools from Serena & Lily add warmth to the marble island countertop.

The home's mixed-metal accents are evident in the kitchen thanks to a custom vent hood trimmed in chrome--above a Wolf range from Capital Distributing--and brass lighting by The Urban Electric Co. Rattan counter stools from Serena & Lily add warmth to the marble island countertop.

A rattan pendant light from Currey & Company echoes the breakfast room chairs from Blue Print, which join a custom banquette in child-proof vinyl around the Saarinen oval dining table from Design Within Reach. The sconces are by Visual Comfort & Co.

A rattan pendant light from Currey & Company echoes the breakfast room chairs from Blue Print, which join a custom banquette in child-proof vinyl around the Saarinen oval dining table from Design Within Reach. The sconces are by Visual Comfort & Co.

Robert Allen's Moon Blossom fabric on the sofa's throw pillows inspired the palette for the family room, which Jenkins infused with natural elements such as the rug from Interior Resources, the woven-leather stools from Blue Print and the Made Goods block-wood accent table from Blue Print placed between custom chairs wearing Kravet fabric. The chandelier is Arteriors.

Robert Allen's Moon Blossom fabric on the sofa's throw pillows inspired the palette for the family room, which Jenkins infused with natural elements such as the rug from Interior Resources, the woven-leather stools from Blue Print and the Made Goods block-wood accent table from Blue Print placed between custom chairs wearing Kravet fabric. The chandelier is Arteriors.

Jenkins chose wood furnishings with expressive grains, like this oak console from Blue Print in the family room. It sits underneath a large-scale painting by Seth Marksberry.

Jenkins chose wood furnishings with expressive grains, like this oak console from Blue Print in the family room. It sits underneath a large-scale painting by Seth Marksberry.

Light colors prevail throughout the home with one exception: an intimate study bathed in Puritan Gray by Benjamin Moore. Holland & Sherry fabric covers a throw pillow atop an armchair from Blue Print, which is also the resource for the desk chair. An antique Oushak rug is underfoot.

Light colors prevail throughout the home with one exception: an intimate study bathed in Puritan Gray by Benjamin Moore. Holland & Sherry fabric covers a throw pillow atop an armchair from Blue Print, which is also the resource for the desk chair. An antique Oushak rug is underfoot.

A unique marble slab from Aria Stone Gallery seen on the backsplash inspired the bar area, punctuated by a Watermark faucet and a ceiling fixture by Visual Comfort & Co.

A unique marble slab from Aria Stone Gallery seen on the backsplash inspired the bar area, punctuated by a Watermark faucet and a ceiling fixture by Visual Comfort & Co.

The formal powder room also features marble from Aria Stone Gallery, mixed with Porta Romana wall sconces from Culp Associates and a Donghia grass-cloth wallcovering.

The formal powder room also features marble from Aria Stone Gallery, mixed with Porta Romana wall sconces from Culp Associates and a Donghia grass-cloth wallcovering.

A bolster pillow with champagne velvet by Brunschwig & Fils and Samuel & Sons trim sets the tone for the master bedroom. The headboard is custom; the linens are Matouk. The lamp and the Don Bodine artworks are from Blue Print.

A bolster pillow with champagne velvet by Brunschwig & Fils and Samuel & Sons trim sets the tone for the master bedroom. The headboard is custom; the linens are Matouk. The lamp and the Don Bodine artworks are from Blue Print.

The master bathroom blends modern elements--such as the Victoria + Albert tub fitted with a Newport Brass faucet--with traditional details like Walker Zanger marble flooring with an inset mosaic detail from Daltile; the flooring was purchased from and installed by CW Custom Flooring. Visual Comfort & Co. sconces are on both sides of the mirror, and linen café curtains with a Lee Jofa trim decorate the window.

The master bathroom blends modern elements--such as the Victoria + Albert tub fitted with a Newport Brass faucet--with traditional details like Walker Zanger marble flooring with an inset mosaic detail from Daltile; the flooring was purchased from and installed by CW Custom Flooring. Visual Comfort & Co. sconces are on both sides of the mirror, and linen café curtains with a Lee Jofa trim decorate the window.

In the bright and airy mudroom area, Jenkins designed the custom stair rail with ironwork that complements architect David Stocker's steel-trimmed doors in the entry. Wood flooring throughout is from CW Custom Flooring.

In the bright and airy mudroom area, Jenkins designed the custom stair rail with ironwork that complements architect David Stocker's steel-trimmed doors in the entry. Wood flooring throughout is from CW Custom Flooring.

Outdoor furnishings from RH form a seating area around a fire pit by the backyard pool. Landscape designer Tal Thevenot of AquaTerra Outdoors designed the exterior areas, which Outdoor Concepts installed, "to allow the exterior to be not only beautiful but also functional and inviting," he says. Lincoln windows line the home's back facade.

Outdoor furnishings from RH form a seating area around a fire pit by the backyard pool. Landscape designer Tal Thevenot of AquaTerra Outdoors designed the exterior areas, which Outdoor Concepts installed, "to allow the exterior to be not only beautiful but also functional and inviting," he says. Lincoln windows line the home's back facade.

Given a rare opportunity to build within view of prime parkland in Dallas’ University Park neighborhood, a couple with three young boys wanted their new house to be just as special as its verdant setting. Achieving that required the efforts of a tried-and-true team, with designer Leslie Jenkins’ classically minded interiors pairing with architect David Stocker’s signature steel-framed windows and doors. “The owners wanted a modern, fresh element running through the home,” Jenkins says, “but with a traditional feel, so it would be a little more timeless.”

Keeping that balance in mind, the designer incorporated ceiling trim and crown molding in areas such as the living room, dressing its floor-to-ceiling windows in thick linen drapery. Throw in curvaceous furnishings and a marble- patterned replace surround, paired with a Claire Crowe Collection replace screen, and the space achieves a salon-like effect. “In the back of my mind, I always aim for a fresh take on Parisian style,” Jenkins says. A few steps away, in the open kitchen and family room area–which overlooks the pool terrace and a park entrance–she continued the crown molding around the kitchen cabinets and added a beam-like detail on the ceiling over the family room. “It’s an expansive area with seemingly no beginning or end,” says the designer, who kept the materials white to produce a clean look while also breaking up the space.

Stocker sought a similar past-present mix, blending familiar gestures such as a gabled roof and a center-hall entry with huge glass doors that lead from the front yard to the pool terrace. “David uses modern materials but never abandons traditional elements,” says builder Robert Elliott, who applied smooth-troweled cement plaster on the home’s exterior and limestone trim on the windows. Elliott also engineered a slider gate that opens to the park so the owners’ children can easily come and go.

“With the fountains and the kids shing or playing soccer, the setting is beautiful,” the builder says. “That gave us a unique opportunity.”

The architect strived to capitalize on this idyllic locale by orienting every space outwards while maintaining privacy where necessary. “The homeowners have a nice view of the park, but outsiders could also have a nice view of the family if you’re not careful,” Stocker jokes. Thus, the second oor has glass-enclosed niches that bump out from the core to take in the scene, while the views below open to a patio, pool and covered terrace, all enclosed within a tree-lined fence. The structure’s L shape also ensures the residence is just one room deep at any point, meaning every space feels connected to the outdoors.

Further bridging inside and outside, the doors between the family room and the terrace are rarely closed. “This house makes us spend more time outdoors,” the wife observes. Yet the sophisticated interiors are also a pleasing incentive to remain inside, where the couple can keep an eye on the children while they play in the backyard. “Our home feels so fresh and comfortable,” the wife says, referencing the aqua-, cream- and melon-hued rooms. “Amid all the craziness with our young sons around me, the soft palette is soothing.” She need not worry about spills either, as Jenkins covered all the seating in durable Perennials indoor-outdoor fabric. Colorful antique Oushak rugs in the high-tra c entry, too, are easily cleaned.

Jenkins and senior designer Haley Powell looked to the wife’s personal aesthetic for direction as they selected the home’s furnishings, art and lighting. “She is very feminine and informal,” Jenkins says. This translated into geometric patterns over oral prints as well as abstract paintings in lieu of romantic landscapes. For the artwork, the duo turned to Blue Print, a home furnishing store Jenkins co-owns, measuring each space and trying out pieces that would fit until finding the right ones–eventually settling on works by artists like Arienne Lepretre and Joey Lancaster.

The lighting options, on the other hand, posed a particularly unique challenge. “It’s a puzzle, especially in an open house like this in which you can see all of the light fixtures so easily,” Jenkins says. She overcame the challenge by selecting pieces that tell a story and complement each other, particularly by mixing metals where possible, with brass and black uniting many of the elements. Above the kitchen island, for instance, the brass pendants feature a hint of blue, while the entry lighting has a black finish to echo the front-door frames and custom stair rails.

Jenkins and Powell kept the homeowners in mind every step of the way while out fitting the interiors, and the couple gave the designers a wide berth to do what they saw fit–an arrangement that worked beautifully. “I didn’t want to lead them in any direction,” the wife says. “I trusted them, and they totally wowed me.”