BEST SPECIALTY ROOM
Home Design Awards 2018
J & V Painting
Everyone should be so fortunate to have a dedicated game room in their home, and for this particular client, they earned major points (pun intended) for a standout space that went above and beyond. And it wasn’t just due to the accessories. “This game room was especially challenging because of the metallic finishes,” Jon Nappier of J & V Painting says. He and his brother Vance Nappier run their family-owned, full-service professional painting company in Fort Worth. “The ceilings, walls and cabinets required a wet-on-wet technique. These three surfaces are three different colors, making it even more of a challenge to apply successfully.” It was all undoubtedly worth the extra effort as the resulting subtle sheen gave the room a luxe factor. A cluster of sleek, bronze pendants suspended from the recessed ceiling adds a dose of drama. Below them sits a round wood table with metal trim and a set of six contemporary leather chairs, which seemingly beckon for game night. And all the entertainment-worthy bells and whistles are present. There’s a foosball table near the retractable blackout curtains, conveniently allowing for ample daylight to illuminate the space or block out light for ambiance. An air hockey table occupies the wall beneath a very large flat-screen television; meanwhile, a nice shuffleboard setup resides nearby. The wet bar is ready and waiting, with a gold cocktail shaker set displayed on the black countertop. “As you can see, the finished product was exceptional,” Jon says.
A Newly Laundered Look
Paxton Place Designs
Whether it’s a condo, a home or a mansion, everyone’s got dirty laundry — in the very literal sense, of course. So why not transform an otherwise mundane space into a pretty-to-look-at, astutely furnished room? That’s exactly what Paxton Place Designs’ Stacie Paxton accomplished for her client’s clothes-washing destination. “The homeowner knew they wanted a light, bright modern feel to their traditional home, so that was the goal for this room,” Stacie, a firm believer in implementing pops of color and graphic elements to this typically small space, says. “Laundry is not their favorite task to complete, so they wanted a fun and lively mudroom to work in.” The flooring came first, a pretty gray and white porcelain tile from Bottega that added texture and also gave the look of a hand-painted pattern. Stacie and her client shopped for a wall covering that would be an immediate standout and discovered a boldly striped version touting gray, white and chartreuse hues — the perfect accent for both dimension and a whimsical touch. Other finishes were kept simple, however. Crisp white cabinetry, backsplash, blinds and trim as well as white quartz countertops added “weight and cohesion to a very patterned and lively space,” Stacie says. “My clients love it, and they don’t even mind handling dirty socks anymore!”
When Brooke Sweeney set out to transform her home’s sunroom into an art studio, she instantly saw it as a blank canvas. “The room was inspired by my art and how I create. I tend toward a simple blend of old and new styles with a depth of interest in design,” she says, adding much of her interior influence stems from art deco, midcentury modern and Scandinavian styles. Built in 1922, the West Meadowbrook home retains much of its charm, like the room’s original glass-paneled door and narrow slat pine wood floors. Simple but meaningful furnishings include a rug from Bear Goods — a curated durable goods shop owned by their close friends — pillows from Anthropologie and a sofa and end table from local furniture label, Jovili. “I wanted to push the aesthetic with pops of color and graphic art to inspire creativity,” says Brooke. She usually works in acrylic, graphite or watercolor at her antique easel, a birthday gift from her husband, James. Lately, Brooke’s creative attention has been focused on a large mixed-medium piece destined for The Grand Berry Theater — a local venue the Sweeneys are opening soon that’ll specialize in screening independent, local and art house film. A hanging collection of vivid prints by Anderson Design Group represents many of the destinations the couple has visited, such as Ireland, Boston, Costa Rica, Memphis and, of course, Fort Worth. Below them sits a 1904 Victor Victrola Talking Machine inherited from Brooke’s grandmother. “It’s a special piece, and juxtaposed against some modern graphic art,” she says, “it epitomizes my style to blend vintage and modern.”
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.
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.