Bluffview Estate
When I spotted this Bluffview estate at 5131 Shadywood Lane, I thought it was one of those iconic homes that had been built almost a century ago. However, according to the listing information, it was built in 2007. I didn’t believe it. I went to DCAD to see if maybe that was the year it was renovated and there was a mistake in the listing information.

There was no mistake. But it’s definitely not the same house that was built in 2007. Seriously, look at that façade. Then take a look at the second photo, and you’ll see what I mean. (more…)

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.

photo from John Sughrue’s Blackberry

Last week, I described my hard-hat tour through the glorious Museum Tower. I had so much to tell you and yes, was trying to get out of Dodge for a California Thanksgiving celebration, so I may have omitted some juicy news. Like the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, The Palomar, The House and One Arts Plaza, Museum Tower will not be without it’s very own designer-kissed models. To be honest, I have been holding my breath (almost) to tell you this. I mean, MT had to top the designers strutting their stuff at those other high rises, be LOCAL and yet be INTERNATIONAL. It was not easy!

Try Emily Summers, of Emily Summers Design Associates; Ann Schooler, Schooler, Kellogg & Company; and Marco French, of Marco French Studio.  The three featured homes, ranging in size from 2,100 square feet to 3,700 square feet, will reflect the vision of its respective designer and show buyers how they can incorporate contemporary, transitional and traditional treatments into the gleaming glass tower. The model homes at Museum Tower will be completed by early 2012, which means I have to hold my breath a bit longer.

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.