Best Living Space

Home Design Awards 2018


Perfect Harmony
Kay Genua Designs

A single sofa sparked the inspiration for this gorgeous living room, a picture-perfect creation by Kay Genua of Kay Genua Designs. The fifth-generation Fort Worth native, with a professional background also steeped in fashion, has a keen eye for mixing colors and patterns in her work. Kay’s design influence stems from her frequent travels, especially those to England, Italy and France, to the smallest of details — like a single sofa. “We went to every showroom in the Design District looking for sofas,” she recalls of the search alongside her client. “When we saw that one, we knew it was love at first sight.” And while the room is brimming with beautiful finishes and tones, it wasn’t a simple process with Kay presenting more than 500 fabrics to her client in an effort to find the best choices for a comfortable, clean look. A set of four uniquely upholstered swivel armchairs provide ample seating in addition to the sofa, which was of great importance. “They have a Dallas Cowboys football-watching party every Sunday,” Kay says. Neutral details kept the space warm yet elegant, like the exposed whitewashed beams, pale gray walls and large rug from Kalaty. Lucite and mirrored pieces, a favorite of the client, kept things clean and crisp. Artwork from Blue Print and accessories from Cassmeyer and Pettigrew complemented the final look.



Traditions and Worldly Treasures
KL Milam Interior Design

“This most traditional of living rooms showcases treasures from around the world,” KL Milam Interior Design owner Kim Milam says of this unique living room. A showcase for her client’s impressive assemblage of vintage finds and decor from all around the globe, Kim effectively created a traditional but vastly elegant space. Rather than a stuffy, crowded interior, each piece is thoughtfully curated and displayed in an approachable way. An almost 200-year-old French gilt mirror stretches from floor to ceiling and enlarges the entire room while instantly adding unmistakable glamour. On either side of it hang prints of artwork by Armenian-born, American painter Hovsep Pushman, which were both discovered in a consignment shop. Their golden frames mimic the gilt tones of the stately mirror, which reflects an Iranian, framed textile on the opposite wall. “The Chinese cloisonne horse and incense pot are right at home with a 400-year-old Italian santo and much younger raku pot,” adds Kim of the delicate items on the table beneath the textile. Meanwhile, an intricately embroidered, vintage Turkish suzani covers a humble cocktail table across from the sleek grand piano. With so much richness and texture in the room, there was no desire to implement a rug, keeping the flooring clean and simple. But in the end, there’s nothing simple about this special space — filled with one’s treasures to enjoy.



Custom Coral Creation

“This was one of the first projects I ever did,” designer Kellye Hunt Raughton says of her client’s chic living room, which features punchy pops of coral. The hue is a favorite of the homeowner, so Kellye — who owns her local interior design firm and storefront, Maven — creatively conceptualized a way to tastefully incorporate it throughout the space. “It’s a challenge, and it can run people off because it’s not what they are used to. You see blues and greens and neutrals all the time,” she explains. “You just have to be careful with coral when you use it.” The vibrant hue touches on all the right details, especially the pair of armchairs. They ended up even more vivid than first decided upon, because the mill that produced Kellye’s initial fabric choice had shut down, and she spent six months searching for an adequate replacement! That turned out to be a beautiful fabric selection from Kravet, which made the chairs a dynamic focal point. Adding brown tones helped ground the coral shades, like a beautiful antelope patterned rug from Stark Carpet. The chromatic donkey painting was commissioned out of Santa Fe. Kellye sent the artist samples of the fabric being used in the living room to inspire the piece. A set of gold bookcases by Worlds Away sits on either side of the artwork, and the warm, rich grasscloth wallpaper is by Phillip Jeffries. From the colorful tomes and metallic gold bookends on the shelves to the coral-trimmed drapes and mohair pillows, it’s all a beautifully curated study in design — and one charming ode to coral.


Rebecca Boles, AIA, RID

Currently the assistant dean for the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) at The University of Texas at Arlington, Rebecca Boles’ involvement in the program extends two decades, where she also serves as a studio instructor. Her previous teaching posts include stints at TCU, Carnegie Mellon University and New Jersey Institute of Technology. She also completed 14 years of architectural experience at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Kohn Pederson Fox Interiors, Cossuta and Associates and Morrison Seifert. Rebecca maintains an active role in the Texas Society of Architects and received an American Institute of Architects Fort Worth Chapter Merit Award in 2003.

Grace Mitchell

Creator and writer of design and DIY blog, A Storied Style, which often chronicles the renovation of her and her family’s 1919 foursquare home, Grace Mitchell’s love for design has grown from a passion to a career. She has since taken on numerous interior design projects for clients and was featured in Better Homes & Gardens and has created designs for several major brands, including Home Depot, Pottery Barn Kids and House Beautiful magazine.  

Lisa Teakell, ASID, RID

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design from the University of North Texas, Lisa Teakell spent over 12 years as an interior designer at local mainstay Joseph Minton. She has since become an entrepreneur, going solo and opening her own interior design business, Lisa Teakell Design, LLC. Steering away from a one-size-fits-all approach, Lisa works in numerous styles and excels at effective communication with homeowners to achieve desired results. Lisa is the incoming chair of the American Society of Interior Designers Fort Worth Design Community.