English Cotswold Manor

Photography 2019: Sean Gallagher. The renovation included painting the exterior of the home which produced a profound change.

This English Cotswold manor house is a perfect example of the simple, transformative, power of paint. When I first spotted it, I thought it had to be new construction. Guess what? It was built in 1997! This is a beauty that defies age, however, and it’s pretty much all down to paint and cosmetic updates.

Of course, the extremely talented interior designer Amy Berry was instrumental in the transformation process. Amy is one of those designers that understand how to move a home into a new era. Although she makes it look effortless, we all know a lot of work goes into any renovation.

English Cotswold Manor

While it was grand before, updates to this English Cotswold Manor made it a stunner.

It helps to begin with good bones, and this English Cotswold manor house has them in spades. Built by luxury custom home builders Hawkins-Welwood and designed by award-winning architect Robbie Fusch, it has an excellent pedigree.

“The original homeowner loved antiques and had a traditional style,” Berry said. “My client is definitely not traditional. She has a very strong point of view and knows what she likes.”


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Amy Berry and Christy Berry are teaming up to sell Amy’s University Park home at 4432 McFarlin Blvd. All photos courtesy of Amy Berry

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re interviewing a mother-in-law/daughter-in-law duo who are taking the real estate and interior design world of Dallas by storm.

Amy Berry is an up-and-coming interior designer, owner of Amy Berry Design, who was recently named in HouseBeautiful’s Next Wave of designers. Her mother-in-law, Christy Berry, is a Dallas-based luxury real estate authority with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty who sold over $67 million last year alone.

Amy’s career started to flourish after Christy introduced her to her first client. Now, they are teaming up again as Christy lists Amy’s $2.2 million home at 4432 McFarlin Blvd. in University Park. We sat down with Amy and Christy to talk about their relationship, the future of luxury real estate and design, and how they’re selling this home together.

CandysDirt: How do you see your industries intertwining?

Amy Berry: There’s no way they can’t intertwine. Everything about a house, with or without a client, tells a story and a successful interior finishes that story. You can’t put a family in a home without understanding how they live and how they envision themselves living. Same goes for interiors, so the two really go hand-in-hand.