They got a few real estate numbers wrong, but what does it matter? It’s the New York Times, right, and they got the design story spot on. Check out this splendidly glowing write up on Emily and Steve Summer’s house (with a well-deserved plug for her forthcoming book, “Distinctly Modern Interiors,” ) in the “affluent Dallas suburb of Highland Park” which their daughter, real estate dynamo Caroline Summers, found for them about 20 years ago:

Twenty years ago, when her daughter, Caroline, a real estate agent, saw a listing for a low-slung 1962 house designed by the architect Robert Johnson Perry in the affluent Dallas suburb of Highland Park, Ms. Summers and her husband, Steve Summers, who worked in finance before retiring, decided they should have a look.

“Originally they said the house cost $1.3 to buy and $1.5 was the total remodeling project,” says Caroline, who works with Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s. “They must have been talking to my dad!”

The actual sales price was $1.5 and the remodeling tab shot northward of $2.5. No biggie. (more…)


Here’s the sad thing: I am old enough to remember Studio 54 in New York City. Like, I was there and partied when I was young(er) and way cuter. So when I heard that designing doyenne Emily Summers, mother of Dallas real estate powerhouse Caroline Summers, was opening a design shop at Highland Park Village and naming it Studio 54, I started pulling my wardrobe for the opening: CLEAVAGE!

Actually, Emily is calling it Studio 54 because of the shop’s location in SUITE 54. Clever, no? (more…)

IHOTW Belfort
First of all, LOCATION! 4557 Belfort Avenue in Highland Park EAST of the Dallas North Tollway. Can you find a sweeter spot? Then you have this stunning, creamy, ivy-covered charmer with a garden courtyard that has been remodelled and redecorated by award-winning interior designer extraordinaire Emily Summers. Summers, along with Dallas design legend Laura Hunt, is one of the very few designers in town to have been named to the top 100 best designers in the world by Architectural Digest numerous times. Both are well loved by AD’s haute editor, Paige Rense. Summers is also the only Dallas designer to have served on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation from 2002 to 2006, by Presidential appointment, from President George W. Bush. She served as Chair for the Communication, Education, and Outreach Committee. Her signature work has been said to possess “clarity of vision” and the resulting spaces “luxurious yet restrained”.

Take a look inside this house, you’ll get it in about 5 seconds. (more…)

Emily Summers Arch Digest

Need more proof that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree? Then you’ll appreciate this lovely write-up of legendary Dallas interior designer Emily Summers in Architectural Digest.


Emily Summers used pieces from her own furniture collection, as well as from the delectable SMINK here in the Dallas Design District to keep it soft and subtle and let the art sing. Her giant 4096 square foot model home seemed to take up an entire floor, and really, walking in there was almost like being on a cloud. Unlike Schooler’s complete change of wall finishes, Summers kept the original finishes, and the furnishings she brought in enhanced them. But she did lighten the floors, which you can see in the photo below. Amazing what a feel changing floor coloring can bring. Ashley Tatum’s art choices almost seemed as if they were created for their spaces. The design of a home, says Summers,  is a window into one’s soul.

This week Museum Tower offered sneak peaks at the three new model units that are, of course, setting high new standards in Dallas architectutal aesthetics. Emily Summers, of Emily Summers Design Associates, Ann Schooler, Schooler, Kellogg & Company, and Marco French, of Marco French Studio all created three beautiful homes, ranging in size from 2,100 square feet to 3,700 square feet. Each reflected the vision of its respective designer and clearly shows buyers how you can incorporate contemporary, transitional and traditional treatments into the gleaming glass tower. In other words, don’t think just because you are moving into Museum Tower like I am, that you only have to have the spartan look of sterile haute moderne in your home. Oh no, way no.

By the way, there is an orgasmic painting in the second unit — Ashley Tatum formerly the art director of Gerald Peters Gallery, is Museum Tower’s Director of Owner Relations, or a “cultural concierge”. She personally selected all the art for these three units from both private collections and Valley House Gallery. Magnificent job on all, but that aqua painting has my name on it. So please, kindly, step away! I snapped away with my Leica but really, the photos do not do these residences justice. PLEASE do go see them for yourself. I know the major Realtor groups are all marching through as well, and the Masters of Real Estate all had their photo shot at Museum Tower for their upcoming ad. Here’s a little recap on the designers (to save you a click), and then I’ll post the photos for your Thursday p.m. House Porn!

A nationally recognized designer with numerous awards under her belt, Emily Summers of Emily Summers Design Associates is known for her refined interiors and creative eye. Throughout her 30 years in business, her work has been defined by her integration of architecture, art and interior design. In 2007, Summers was named to the AD100, Architectural Digest’s directory of the world’s top 100 designers and architects. Emily Summers Design Associates has consulted and contributed to the interiors at the Wyly Theater and The Winspear Opera House, while Summers herself is currently a member of the Building Committee at the Dallas Museum of Art. Her MT Mission: modern.

Ann Schooler, founder of Schooler, Kellogg & Company, began her career leading groups to England and Virginia to study the great houses of Britain and their influence on American decorative arts.  Her career of over 22 years includes projects in the United States and abroad.  Schooler’s works have been featured in leading shelter publications and she was named one of the Four Under Forty, the four best designers in America under the age of 40, by Southern Accents magazine. Her MT mission: traditional.

Marco French, founder of Marco French Studio, has been on the forefront of interior architectural design for 25 years, with 20 years of international experience working exclusively with five star properties.  His ability to create beautiful and dramatic spaces that don’t sacrifice comfort has been the key to his success. Marco’s attention to detail allows him to develop an individual unique style for each client. His MT Mission: timeless.“My vision for the model home at Museum Tower is to create a mood of easy elegance with a timeless quality, and an environment that the most discerning buyer can envision as home – very personal, unique and inviting,” French says. “Harmony between a building and its’ interiors has always been of utmost importance to me, and with the architectural feat that is Museum Tower, this will be of special emphasis.”

For French, it is about the experience and the individual client. By utilizing durable yet opulent materials with color and texture, he aims to design a space of timelessness. He is well known for interior projects including luxury residences in Dallas, Palm Springs, New York City, and throughout the East Coast. Most recently, a Moscow design project by French was chosen as the top design for 2004 in the 10 year anniversary issue of Russian Elle Décor Magazine.


On Monday, we gave you a hip-pocket sneak peek at the Turtle Creek corridor home of Dallas billionaire businessman and developer Craig Hall, and his extraordinary wife, Kathryn.

Now we are going to tell you where they are moving: Hall Arts Residences, of course!

Hall Arts Residences is the newest, sleekest, most art-loving and luxury-exuding condo project ever built in Dallas to date. I might even invoke the word exclusive because there will be only 48 units. And while each new successive luxury high rise sends shivering shockwaves of taking one giant leap further in terms of amenities, luxury, and design, Hall Arts Residences absolutely rises to the top. (more…)

Photo by Bethany Erickson

Last Wednesday, Candy spoke to a full house to kick off the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s very busy season of events. She was the keynote luncheon speaker, weaving the theme of homes being the footprints of our history throughout a discussion that provided a few chuckles at time, but also a glimpse at ways the perservation community could address new challenges.

We are providing her speech in full here, as well as the slide show that accompanied it.  (more…)