Those purveyors of the best contemporary furnishings in town, Scott & Cooner, have a great present for all of us: a holiday SALE just in time to outfit the house for the holidays. It’s at the warehouse location, 2150 Irving Blvd. 10 am to 4 pm until Friday. We told you all about it last week but here is  reminder.

For a handy-dandy map, click here.

What you (and I) will find:

Rugs by Yerra: fabulous hides and stitched hides, by Moooi: bright pallettes and unusual creations, like this Delft round rug whose original art design was hand-painted on a ceramic plate, and by Nanimariquina, a Barcelona rug designer and manufacturer. I’m actually buying a rug now so you might catch me down there. Rugs are impossible, I think, to buy on the internet. 

Furnishings: a selection of Giorgetti sofas, Cassina chairs, tables and more, and a variety of Paola Lenti indoor/outdoor and outdoor furniture. I mean, with temperatures this temperate, go ahead and have Christmas dinner outside! (more…)

Photo: Dwell Magazine

The Monogram Modern Home pre-fabricated modern home has made four stops in American cities so far. It will be in the Dallas Design District Aug. 21-22. Photo: Dwell Magazine

If modern design makes you merry, then the Monogram Modern Home Dallas event is a must-attend Aug. 21-22.

Popping up for one weekend in the Decorative Center Dallas at 1617 Hi Line Dr., the Monogram Modern Home is a pop-up, pre-fab modern home, host to a series of events, including culinary tastings, product demonstrations, and Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for accredited industry professionals.

The event is part of a partnership between Dwell Magazine and Monogram Appliances that takes them on the road to six U.S. cities in six months: Portland, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Austin, Dallas, and Boston.

“The goal of the Monogram Modern Home is to get the Monogram brand in front of as many design-oriented consumers and professionals as we can—that’s why we decided to take it on the road,” said Michael Mahan, General Manager for Monogram. “We’ve partnered up with Dwell to offer CEU credits at each of our locations so designers can come in, get their certifications they need for the year, and enjoy a great day with the Monogram brand.”


Curb Appeal

Richardson is one of the inner suburbs of Dallas and offers a lot of opportunities in its 28 square miles. Many of DFW’s telecommunications/networking companies have settled there along the Telecom Corridor, including AT&T, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Texas Instruments, Samsung, and Verizon.

With a population just over 101,000, the city was named the “fifth happiest mid-sized city in America” in 2014 by Movoto, a national real estate blog, based on things like low unemployment, low crime, and high income. That same year, 24/7 Wall St. named Richardson America’s 17th Best City to Live in based on crime, economy, education, housing, environment, leisure, and infrastructure.

I grew up near Richardson and spent lots of time in friends’ ranch houses there, so the listing I chose for today’s Tuesday Two Hundred feels familiar: built in 1964, lots of space inside, and a good-sized yard. The house at 1419 Dumont Dr. is in Northwood Estates and has four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 2,488 square feet on two stories. It is newly listed by Adam Caskey at the Michael Group Real Estate for $298,900.

The house is located near the intersection of S. Coit and W. Belt Line roads, within walking distance to the 25-acre Cottonwood Park. This family-friendly place has picnic and playground equipment, two pavilions, two small lakes with ducks and geese, a swimming pool, baby pool, two lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball court, 1.1 miles of trails, and a multi-use concrete court.

Cottonwood Park-Ducks, Pool, Playground

The park is also home to the locally famous Cottonwood Arts Festival, a free, semi-annual event that features works from the nation’s top visual artists, as well as music, food, and spirits.

In keeping with the “family-friendly” theme, this property is located in Richardson ISD, a district where STAAR passage rates exceeded the Texas average in every subject in 2014. It is zoned for Dover Elementary, Richardson West Arts & Technology Magnet Junior High, and Richardson High School.

Nearby private schools include the lower campus of Parish Episcopal School, Saint Paul The Apostle School, Holy Trinity Academy, Covenant School, and Shelton School. Jump to read more and see photos!


Anderson Series by Minotti

Anderson Series by Minotti

As Autumn Smink heads off to Italy for the Milan Salone, we wanted to get a sneak peek at the trends that will hit this standard-bearer of Italian furnishings. The annual event is the launching point where manufacturers come out with their new and exotic designs, said Jennifer Smink.
So, what does the duo behind SMINK Inc. expect to see at this industry event?

43 Vanguard Front

I love Urban Reserve for many reasons, most of which coincide with my general adoration for modern architecture. Another reason to love Urban Reserve, a Matthews | Nichols development East of 75 and North of Royal Lane, is the focus on sustainability.

Of course, some people have bought lots in this fantastic subdivision to build groundbreaking dream homes with forward-thinking designs that you’d most often see in the pages of Architectural Digest, or any of the seemingly endless supply of Pinterest pages and Houzz idea books that celebrate modern architecture. But if you’re not the type of person who would wait four or five years between design and move-in, then perhaps 43 Vanguard Way is a better idea. You can quell your love for modern design and sustainability with this incredible LEED platinum home.

43 Vanguard Living

With 1,200 square feet and two bedrooms and two baths, this home is great for someone who wants to downsize but not sacrifice on design. In fact, that’s exactly the purpose behind the design by DSGN Associates, which was featured on the 2012 AIA Dallas Tour of Homes.

DSGN Associates was tasked with designing a budget-savvy but personalized “home base” for a pair of empty nesters. Vanguard Way is the result, a compact, two-bedroom home achieving high livability and high sustainability at an affordable cost. A collaborative effort between DSGN Associates, the client and the developer, this home takes advantage of a unique site to create an open, efficient plan with controlled views to a sunny garden. A generous roof deck provides a second outdoor living space and dynamic views to the adjacent DART line.

Generous windows on the south facade, balanced by small skylights, allow ample natural light during the winter months to all major rooms while a generous roof overhang shields the interior from harsh summer sun. Other sustainability features include advanced wood framing, Echoshel cedar shingle panels installed as a rain screen, photovoltaic solar array, geothermal heat pump HVAC, and energy recovery ventilation.

We love the interior features of this home, which includes polished concrete floors, sliding wall-hung doors, and beautiful windows from which you can admire your treehouse-type view.

43 Vanguard Dining

This gorgeous home is marketed by Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s agent Christy Berry for $415,000. For an award-winning structure such as this, it sounds like a fabulous bargain. What do you think?

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8205 Forest Hills Front

Josy Cooner-Collins, co-owner of modern furnishings retailer Scott+Cooner, has her fingerprints on many amazing interiors in Dallas, but her most famous would be the W Hotel in Victory Park. With sleek design and fun details, everything Josy touches turns out amazing. Tons of curves and pops of color make her projects stand out.

8205 Forest Hills WalkwayThis design philosophy carries over to Cooner-Collins’ own home, a beautiful, vast Hill-Country-style abode in Forest Hills. A short walk from White Rock Lake and on a huge lot, this six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath beauty doesn’t disappoint. It has an organic modern vibe, with natural materials and clean lines. For Cooner-Collins, it has been a place her family has loved. However, it’s time to move on, she says.

8205 Forest Hills Living

“Our family is not as big as it once was. We have a total of five children, and only two are still at home,” Cooner-Collins said. “We adore the house but are excited to have a new chance to build another great house by White Rock Lake.”

I, for one, am thrilled to hear that not only will Cooner-Collins stay in the area, but we get another fabulous home designed and decorated with her amazing style. Of course, 8205 Forest Hills Boulevard is a work of art in its own right, with dry-stacked stone on the outside, polished blue limestone inside, and niches and nooks for art and collections of all kinds throughout. This 5,375-square-foot home is listed for $1.7 million by Scott Carlson.

8205 Forest Hills to Kitchen

“I love the layout, as everyone has their own space when in the house,” Cooner-Collins said. “We can have a dinner for 20 and the kids, who range in age from 8 to 33, can have their own space in it.”

It also feels private thanks to the immense front yard, which clocks in at close to an acre, she said. Other features that Cooner-Collins adores include the chef-worthy kitchen, the view of the pool from the master suite, and the way guests can gaze at the Japanese garden from the guest suite.

8205 Forest Hills Kitchen

The location is a gem, too, she said.

“I am an avid runner and love having the lake two blocks away,” Cooner-Collins said. “That has been a wonderful element.”

With a mixture of linear elements and gorgeous natural materials, this family home is, as Cooner-Collins calls it, “warm and modern.” We totally agree.

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Headington Condo Outside

Harold LeidnerIt’s hard to find a better landscape architect than Harold Leidner. I’d hazard to say that few, if any, can match his eye for how landscapes interact with their surroundings, and how to make modern design look and feel organic.

He’s best known for his amazing work on the 21st floor penthouse at the Ritz Carlton Residences that was recently purchased by Charles and Moll Anderson. Featuring bold shapes and textures, this project is a feast for the eyes.

Browse Leidner’s projects and designs on his Houzz page or find out more about his work on his website. Where are you from?

Harold Leidner: Born and raised in Dallas. Great place to live and work.

CD: How did you get into landscape architecture?

Leidner: Started in high school when I was mowing lawns and taking care of landscapes. It piqued my interest in the design of landscapes and the value of beautiful properties and gardens.

CD: Innovative outdoor design is a hallmark of your brand. What inspires you most?

Leidner: Sophisticated and modern design that is well detailed. I also enjoy seeing and incorporating unique items in the garden that are not typically found there. The recent Chihuly exhibit at the Arboretum was a great example. Having the artistry, color, and delicacy of the glass blended into the gardens was beautiful.

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

Leidner: I live in the Prestonwood neighborhood off Preston and Arapaho. We are fortunate to have a great lots that back up to a natural creek.

CD: And you drive ….let me guess, Mercedes Benz?

Leidner: BMW X5 M. Fun to drive and I love the gadgets.

CD: What is your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

Leidner: Tough to call. Many great areas in Dallas like Preston Hollow, Kessler Park and Lakewood. I would probably say Uptown, mostly because I’m a Mavs fan.

CD: What project are you most proud of?

Leidner: Now that is even more difficult. I have had the pleasure of working for many wonderful clients and on many gorgeous projects. One of my recent favorites was a residence we completed in Highland Park for Betty Lou Phillips. Combination of a beautiful site, superb architecture along with a client with an exquisite design sense.

CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable project?

Leidner: My most memorable project was probably the penthouse terraces we completed a couple years ago at the Ritz Carlton Residences in Dallas. A once in a lifetime project overlooking the skyline of downtown Dallas. Spectacular views, especially at night. The construction was an immense challenge however, in getting all the workers, tools and materials from the ground to the 21st floor. Not as easy as you might think.

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CD: Has your work taught you any life lessons?

Leidner: Everything changes except the completion date.

CD: What does the future of design look like?

Leidner: Our designs and clients are all pushing towards a clean and modern design style that fits their lifestyle. Fortunately we are seeing more residential architecture lean a bit more towards modern, which allows us to respond with luxurious landscapes and gardens that simplify the outdoor living experience and enjoyment of nature.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

Leidner: Become a doctor like my daughter.

CD: Do you have a second home?

Leidner: Besides my office and car, no.


Josh LeComte is a Texas boy through and through. Born and raised in Plano, LeComte attended the University of Texas in Austin hoping to become an engineer. It was a twist of fate (and a distaste for life behind cubicle walls) that led him to discover his passion for building homes, which he follows today with his personal brand of modern and efficient construction. An up-and-coming design/build firm, LeComte Homes is making its name all across high-end Dallas neighborhoods. How did you get into real estate?

Josh LeComte: I started on the construction side of the business. When I was an undergrad at UT, I converted a garage into my bedroom — put up a wall in front of the garage door, laid the carpet, etc. I did all of the work myself, without my landlord’s permission. When he found out, he was about to kick me out, then realized that I just created an additional $700 per month in future rental revenue. He then hired me to do more conversions. I was studying engineering and I just couldn’t make sense of going to work in a cubicle all day after graduation, so I stuck with building.

CD: You’re an up-and-coming builder in Dallas known for sleek and modern design. What inspires you?

LeComte: For modern design, Dallas’ new buildings in the Arts District, especially the Wyly Theater. I also love the eclectic mix of homes along Lakewood Boulevard.

CD: What do you think will be the hottest trends in building for 2013?

LeComte: Efficiency. Smaller open concept homes with spaces laid out in a manner that minimizes waste, High R value building envelopes and windows. Outdoor living space continues to be a hot commodity.

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

LeComte: Just east of lower Greenville Avenue.

CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Mercedes Benz?

LeComte: Not a Benzer — I drive VW Touareg SUV

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

LeComte: I like my neighborhood because there is plenty of green space and a ton of dining and shopping options within a short walk and if I need to drive, I can usually be anywhere in the loop within 15 minutes door to door. I like to get over to Uptown on occasion as well.

CD: What was your best or most successful build/project?

LeComte: 1811 Euclid Townhomes, a contemporary eight-unit condo project. It is located just off of Henderson Avenue, where a lot of exciting things are happening. We put the right product in the right spot.

CD: From concept to finish-out, how quickly have you ever completed a project?

LeComte: I built a home for a friend in about seven months from the time I sketched the initial concept to completion. I wish all of our projects moved that fast.

CD: What have you learned about building that makes you so successful?

LeComte: Value engineering is huge. Pay attention to the numbers and spending time getting it right the first time.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

LeComte: I’m not sure I would want to do anything else as a career.

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

LeComte: No second home right now, but hopefully someday a second home next to a ski mountain or a home on Lake Austin.