Best Whole Home Design
Home Design Awards 2018
A Classic, Bespoke Retreat
Morrissey Home Solutions
Some remodels embody new paint, new furniture and perhaps some new flooring. But for this remodel of a 4,500-square-foot Ridglea Hills home, rooms were gutted, walls removed and only one piece of furniture was kept. For the first eight weeks, Shayne Morrissey — who oversees his Fort Worth-based interior design and remodeling firm, Morrissey Home Solutions — worked closely with architect Andrew Garvett on architectural and design plans before launching into a four-month remodeling process. Walls were removed between the kitchen and living room, structural engineered beams were installed, and all the old was cleared out to make way for the new — except for the client’s dining table, which was a family heirloom. Shayne sourced a set of leather-trimmed chairs that complemented it perfectly. The kitchen was completely gutted and revamped with clean, white cabinets, marble countertops and a set of bronze, statement pendant lights. The main living areas feature a polished, neutral vibe with white walls and distressed European oak hardwood flooring. Shayne retained the home’s original cast stone fireplace. A second fireplace resides in the master bedroom, this one double-sided and tiled in pretty porcelain next to a luxurious marble mosaic wall. The mix of clean lines, textures, metals and finishes result in a home with a truly unique, personalized aesthetic.
A Modern Day Farmhouse
“This is one of the first modern farmhouses we conceptualized and brought to life,” Clarity Homes director of design Samantha Karcher says. The Fort Worth-based boutique, new home builder is known for pushing the creative envelope when it comes to luxury design on an affordable scale. Gifted at honing in on a client’s wishlist, Samantha was able to define the lifestyle the clients wished for. “It reflected a family that loves the outdoors and nature,” she says of the spacious 5,370-square-foot home. “The home backs up to a green space that’s beautiful, so a lot of the design spaces include backdrop elements and a lot of color.” The neutral-toned exterior facade of the Tanglewood residence is punctuated by a set of dark teal doors that lead into a spacious entry. Inside, a gold mirror and pair of sconces hang on a brick wall, the back of the impressive floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace that faces into the adjoining two-story living room. Wood trusses on the vaulted living room ceiling evoke a Colorado cabin feel, and hand-scraped hardwood floors add to the home’s naturally refined charm. Thoughtful details include an adorable doghouse underneath the staircase and a custom deep-green bunk bed in one of the children’s rooms. There’s also board and batten walls in both the dining room and powder bath and pops of turquoise, greens and shades of burgundy throughout. “Sometimes the modern farmhouse can be blacks, white and deep metals,” Samantha says. “But the nice thing about this one is that it’s fresh and vibrant.”
A Boldly Curated Space
“When a prominent Fort Worth attorney decided to return to his roots after his children had flown the nest, a beautiful tale unfolded,” Janice Burkhart says of her clients’ move from Southlake to a spacious new build in Fort Worth. Having worked with the family on their previous home, the Burkhart Interiors owner and designer was well-acquainted with her clients’ style—especially their preference for color. In one of the home’s standout spaces, the living room, a concrete coffee table from Italy sits between a pair of muted pink sofas. Behind them, a set of custom built-ins with floating cabinets and vinyl metallic blue snakeskin wallpaper flank the Ann Sacks metallic-tiled fireplace. In the family room, there are blue lacquered cabinets and a handmade rose gold coffee table. Luxurious textures and tones coupled with uniquely sourced pieces abound throughout the 4,500-square-foot home. “It felt like a chic Parisian apartment. It’s got beautiful pieces of art with all the classic furniture mixed in, like the Bertoia chairs under the stairs,” Janice says of the vivid blue seating under the floating staircase, which wraps around an in-house elevator for the two-story home. Wallcoverings were carefully selected at every turn, like a bold floral wallpaper by UK-based Ellie Cashman Design in the powder bath and custom-painted Japanese rice paper wallpaper in the master bathroom. The master also features a custom-made walnut bed against a bamboo-clad wall, while a nearby sitting area consists of Verellen arm chairs and a Knoll table. “The time had come to change their world and style,” Janice says. “And a classic modern dream became reality.”
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.