Several of my friends started their lives and careers in Fort Worth on these tree-lined streets. Neighborhood camaraderie is quite strong. Its location is beyond desirable, connecting to some of the best Westside neighborhoods and the location is moments from the Cultural District.
Another theme is the pride owners take in their residences. Look at the discreet but meticulous landscaping of this week’s Fort Worth Friday at 1200 Clover Lane, at the corner of Clover and Clarke. Mortar and woodwork have been painted an off-white for a unified, fresh appearance. Also, like other Clover Lane houses I have covered, the interiors have been deftly updated without sacrificing intrinsic cottage charm.
The formal living room of the 1928 bungalow shares many the traditional features of other cottages in the area, such as the central fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases with windows above, and period hardwood floors and millwork.
However, the floor plan of the 2,700-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath house has been opened up along the kitchen/dining/den axis for a more modern feel. A structural beam spanning the width of the house has been capped with paneling and rest on piers which provide enough division to rationalize the window placements.
Plantation shutters throughout the residence keep the look clean and uncluttered.
Another beam above the kitchen bar performs the same function. The kitchen has a full suite of stainless steel appliances, including double ovens, gas cooktop, warming drawer, and wine refrigerator. The kitchen space itself has been reworked to add additional storage and pantry.
The ceiling of the master bedroom has been raised with a beam at its peak to add strength and drama. For romance, there is a fireplace. The sisal flooring gives the room a tidy, tailored look. The en suite bath has the glamour and sweep to rival modern upscale new construction. The closet is fully kitted out with generous built-in shelving and drawers.
A columned covered porch faces Clarke Avenue. The attached two-car garage is at back.
Eric Prokesh is an interior designer whose work has appeared on HGTV, and in books and publications including D Home, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, and House and Garden. In January 2005, HG named Eric one of the 50 tastemakers in America and D Home has included him as one of Dallas’ Best Designers for 10 years. Having lived most of his life in Dallas, he now calls Fort Worth home and is one of our experts on beautiful Fort Worth Dirt.