Photos courtesy of Emily Summers

If you love great design (and adult beverages) we have the event for you! Join the Dallas Architecture Forum on October 30 for an evening exploring one of the most compelling residences in Dallas. The evening centers on the stunning Park & Pearl Residence in the Dallas Arts District. Home to an impressive collection of bold contemporary art, this full-floor industrial masterpiece features interior architecture by Tom Kundig and interior design by Emily Summers.

Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, and the chance to see the residence and hear from some members of the design team while enjoying the company of fellow design enthusiasts. Advanced ticked purchase is required and pace is limited so reserve your tickets today!


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…)

Very few homes stand the test of time. Our Inwood National Bank House of the Week is an incredibly chic modern colonial that looks as if it was renovated last year, not in 1996. It takes skill, knowledge, dedication, and talent to ensure a home does not become dated, and we’ve never seen a better example than 3802 Shenandoah Street in the heart of Highland Park.


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.


Perot Penthouse Arch DigestAs I mentioned today in my CultureMap column, we have a new hot celebrity condo in Victory: the one that belongs to the actual millionaire Victory developer himself, Ross Perot, Jr.

Back in February, Ross Perot Jr. quietly popped this 11,807 square foot W penthouse, the entire 30th floor, on the market for a cool $10, 950,000. Built in 2004, it has five bedrooms, seven full baths and three half baths.Perot Penthouse Arch Digest 2 Perot Penthouse Arch Digest 4 Perot Penthouse Arch Digest bath Perot Penthouse Arch Digest balcony

There are two giant living areas, two dining areas and balconies on all sides. HOA dues are $8,259 a month — yes, they are mandatory and well worth it. The Perots enlisted Dallas-based designer Emily Summers to design a sleek, modern décor inspired by the sky and to showcase the couple’s breathtaking collection of British contemporary art.

Summers noted in this not-to-be-missed Architectural Digest 2008 spread on the Perot pad that the art collection is loaded with blues, a love of Perot, say friends, because of his passion for aviation.

The condo takes up the entire 30th floor, and with incredible light flowing into every molecule, the penthouse is one of the brightest stars of Dallas sky-high living.

Of course, it is also one of the most expensive condos in town: $927 per square foot. Tim Headington sold 2525 North Pearl, for just under $8.6 million, or about $1038 per square foot. Kinda makes the Perot penthouse seem like a deal, eh?

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The home was designed by architect Michael Malone, and was once 5,963 square feet of cast-in-place concrete, with interiors by Emily Summers, and a polychrome mural on the dining room walls by Sol Lewitt. Here’s how you “sell” wall art: the buyers pay for the painting, or you just paint over it with Sherwin William’s best. The home on one of Highland Park’s most coveted streets was published in the January 2006 issue of the now also defunct House&Garden Magazine. SighAsking price was: $5,995.000. Then down she went.

Note: We will post Legacies for homes we love that have been lost to us, much like loved ones. Just send us your photos and the address, and, if you like, a tribute to the home. We will post in Memory Lane.

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.