The Stunning Transformation of a Highland Park French Transitional

French Transitional

Photos by Costa Christ unless otherwise noted

Our Monday Morning Millionaire at 4430 Bordeaux Avenue is a three-story Highland Park French transitional that has been thoroughly transformed. This elegant renovation is primarily due to the vision and considerable talents of owner Cindy Musgrove.

When Musgrove and her husband Craig bought the 7,149-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bathroom, one-half-bath house, it didn’t look anything like the gorgeous home you see in these stunning photos. Check out Candy’s post on it back in 2012 to see what we mean.Do you remember how often we tell you to buy the house of a builder or an architect? What could top that? The home of a stager, of course. Why? Because a stager that has renovated their residence has not overlooked a single detail and has created a home that is designed to appeal to buyers because it’s second nature.

French Transitional

Musgrove is the principal of Blu Sky Living, a boutique staging company that specializes in high-end residential properties. Every single day Musgrove is ensuring homes look picture-perfect so they will sell quickly, and for the highest possible price point. Is it any wonder her French transitional home is flawless?

French Transitional

French TransitionalBefore the architectural phase was started, the landscape plan was created. Robert Bellamy, one of Dallas’ most sought-after landscape designers, is the genius behind the perfect view out of every window.

Musgrove worked with architect Clint Pearson, the founder of Symmetry Architects to take the 1985 home down to the studs.

French Transitional

Photo by Stephen Karlisch

“We wanted it to be light and airy,” Musgrove said. “Elevations were changed to allow more light into the house, and an open floor plan was created. The focus was to create a combination of calm and energy, so the palette for the walls and the floors are neutral. There is a lot of color and pattern in the pillows, art, and throws to create movement and energy.”

Huge steel and glass doors now open to the backyard creating a seamless blend between inside and out—perfect for entertaining, or chasing the couple’s two small kiddos around.

“This house is an entertainers dream, but it has also been great for our children,” Musgrove said.

“The thing that is most surprising about this home is the storage,” Compass Real Estate listing agent Michelle Wood said. “There is a recessed cabinet in the panels of the wall for china and another hidden panel reveals the wine storage. The customization in this house is incredible. Cindy designed all the crown moulding and had it custom milled. This house offers so much more than new construction because of the customization. You won’t see it in any other home.”

That customization is in-depth, well-thought-out, and finely detailed. Musgrove’s finish-out selections are exactly what you’d expect of a stager that spends her life creating beautiful spaces with broad buyer appeal. She knows what has staying power, like the gorgeous Walker Zanger Calcatta marble in the kitchen and the custom Lucite pulls for the refrigerator. You’ll also find Schumacher and Phillip Jeffries wallpapers, imported French fireplaces, and even a 1920s pendant rescued from a building demolition in New York.

Photo: Stephen Karlisch

Photo: Stephen Karlisch

Photo: Stephen Karlisch

Photo: Stephen Karlisch

Photo: Stephen Karlisch

Photo: Stephen Karlisch

Photo: Stephen Karlisch

Photo: Stephen Karlisch

Musgrove’s goal in creating a space for her family is no different than her goal in creating a staging for a client. “I focus on creating a livable space that feels comfortable and true to how families want to live today.”

If you’re looking for a move-in ready, $6.5 million French transitional beauty, give Woods a call — quickly. Our luxury market is booming, and something of this caliber won’t last long.

Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and a professional writer for 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying music at The University of Miami. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com