Traditional Meets Modern In An Art-Filled Dallas Home


traditional white exterior landscape

The simple limestone facade of this house, originally built by TAA Custom Homes, is underscored by linear window frames from Solara Iron Doors & Lighting. Designer Denise McGaha brought in concrete planters from Elegant Earth in Birmingham, Alabama, which are filled with plumbago. Armstrong Berger Landscape Architects developed the house's remaining front and rear landscaping.

traditional exterior pool patio sitting...

Mosaic tiles in shades of blue rim the backyard swimming pool designed and installed by Distinctive Pools, tying in with Emissary stools in the outdoor seating area. Janus et Cie outdoor furnishings complement the family room decor just inside. A concrete console from Currey & Company, at left, holds a pair of Italian urns from the homeowners' collection.

traditional dining area antique mirror...

A 19th-century French mirror layered over an antiqued mirror pane fabricated by Fashion Glass & Mirror is a dazzling focal point in the breakfast area. The Bistro banquette by Mariette Himes Gomez for Hickory Chair is clad in Perennials Swanky Platinum fabric from David Sutherland. Ilsa side chairs by Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair--covered in Miles Redd for Schumacher material--pull up to a Saarinen table from Knoll with a gray marble top.

traditional white kitchen white cabinetry

The goal for the kitchen was twofold: to allow flexibility when entertaining and to create a comfortable and livable space where family and guests can gather. The runner is from Renaissance Collection.

traditional white master bathroom gray...

For subtle visual interest, McGaha dressed the master bathroom walls in Lee Jofa's Artisan Stripe in Dove Grey. Aerin for Visual Comfort & Co. Union Double Arm sconces flank the vanity.

traditional white bathroom gold accents

Artist Reza Samimi's Woman with Candle, acquired in Europe by the wife's grandfather, hangs on a glass wall separating the master bathroom tub from the shower. The existing chandelier, originally placed in the dining room, mimics the pattern in the rug from Renaissance Collection.

traditional master bedroom lamp bedside...

Also in the master bedroom, an Arteriors lamp brings an elegant teardrop silhouette to a bedside desk by Maitland-Smith.<

traditional bedroom gray platinum leaf...

A mix of finishes and textures appears in the master bedroom, where coverings from David Sutherland include Phillip Jeffries' Monte Carlo Nights on the walls and Platinum Leaf Blocks in Singapore on the vaulted ceiling, creating a dramatic evening glow. A painting from Alan Barnes Fine Art hangs above an existing bed; linens are Sferra. An existing coffee table tops a rug from Truett Fine Carpets & Rugs.

traditional family room neutral blue...

A circa-1800s carousel horse in the family room of a Dallas residence overlooks a Hickory Chair 1911 Collection sofa wearing Perennials fabric from David Sutherland. Nearby, Lee Jofa material covers Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair benches. Modern History's Midtown cocktail table sits atop a Turkish rug from Renaissance Collection.

traditional bedroom material draperies

A Holland & Sherry trim from David Sutherland bands the master bedroom's Kravet material draperies, which were fabricated by SRT Designs.

traditional dining room chandelier paintings

An Innovations wallcovering lends texture in the dining room, where McGaha grouped works from Alan Barnes Fine Art and pieces from the homeowners' collection in a salon style. An Ochre chandelier from David Sutherland hangs above a table formed with an Arcade Center base by Thomas Pheasant from Baker and a glass top by Fashion Glass & Mirror. Artistic Frame's Ziegfield chairs wear Duralee fabric; the rug is from Truett Fine Carpets & Rugs.

This Park Cities home in Dallas had all the bells and whistles–and then some. As it turns out, some of the richesse needed to be dialed down. Choosing the furnishings was not as much of a challenge as where and how to place the art collection and antiques. What designer Denise McGaha relished perhaps most of all was balancing both modern and traditional styles–the former gravitated to by the wife, the latter more solidly in the husband’s lane.

In the living room, McGaha tamed a bold intricate plaster ceiling by blending it with the walls. It’s an elegant backdrop for a transitional mix of seating grounded by a tufted chaise that visually connects with the black Nero marble mantel, which she chose to “create balance with the multiple windows in the space and to weight the plasterwork ceiling,” the designer explains.

Additionally, McGaha paired an ornate 18th-century gilt mirror with a sleek white Saarinen pedestal table and hung a 19th century portrait in gilt frame on the modern glass shower enclosure above a floating tub. Such unexpected juxtapositions are attention grabbers, but look closely for play of texture and touches of whimsy.

Read more about the design in the full home tour above.