Entry & Details

First Impressions
Walk up to the Dream Home, and you’re greeted first by its spacious courtyard, with living spaces built around an exterior fireplace and an outside entry to a guest casita. Such extroversion is not unusual among homes in the neighborhood, Villanueva says.

Enter Dream Home through its big metal-framed glass doors, built by the Dream Home vendor Durango Doors, and you step onto the light and airy engineered white oak wooden floors AVID chose.

The atrium entryway is accented by a polished nickel globe fixture with light produced by LED tape on the interior.

Villanueva framed the entries to the dining and great rooms with ebony-stained, 1-by-12 pine moldings, matching the color in the kitchen cabinets and fireplace accents in the great room and adding elegance to the modern spaces. “It defines the spaces,” she says.

For the lighted, glass-enclosed refrigerated wine room, beneath the staircase that leads to the second floor, Villanueva chose interlocking natural limestone for 3-D texture on the back wall, the same treatment she uses for a niche separating the dining and great rooms.

Floating ceiling-to-floor wine racks provide a vintage view of several hundred  bottles. “It’s almost an art installation in itself,” Villanueva says.

AVID: Southlake-born
AVID Associates, founded in 2010 in Dallas by the Southlake resident Alana Villanueva, specializes in interior architectural detail. It’s involved at construction in 90 percent of its projects, working with the architects and builders to influence traffic flow and design of spaces. Seventy-five percent of its projects are residential, including “a lot of specs,” Villanueva says.

The three-employee firm recently completed work on a home in Dallas’ Highland Park, which sold for $6 million, Villanueva says. The firm also does corporate work, including a 10,000-square-foot conference center and kitchen in a corporate office in Coppell, and a conference room, office, bar, and retail space for a luxury jewelry boutique in Dallas’ Galleria Towers. AVID also is looking to add more wellness and LEED-certified energy-efficient projects to its portfolio, Villanueva says.

Villanueva, who has an associate degree in interior design from Wade College in Dallas, started her career in 2003, working on the upscale private neighborhood Vaquero in Westlake.

She moved to the Dallas Design Group, where she spent five years before deciding to go out on her own, giving her more freedom to be mom to her four children. “Friday is work-from-home day,” she says.

For the Dream Home, AVID is doing the interior architectural detailing, choosing the floor, molding, lighting, plumbing fixtures, cabinetry, paint, countertops, tile, stonework, and exterior paint and stains. She’s also doing the interior and exterior staging and, off of the Dream Home project, launched a staging company.

For Dream Home, Villanueva and her team chose a color palette full of greens, blues, aquas, teals and yellows.

“Soothing tones,” she says. The fixtures throughout the home are largely of modern-slanting metals and LED lights, art pieces in themselves. For staging, Villanueva brought in artworks to augment the transitional and modern spaces and commissioned a number of custom-made furniture pieces.