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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Contemporary Home, 5343 Wenonah Dr., Dallas, Texas

Photos: Sean Gallagher

Greenway Parks is a distinctive Dallas neighborhood, to say the least. It’s included in The National Register of Historic Places, has received The Neighborhood Achievement Award from Preservation Dallas and was chosen as one of Texas’ 25 Best Places by the Texas Society of Architects. That’s some pedigree. It’s also nestled between Bluffview and the Park Cities, minutes from Love Field and the Southwestern Medical District: location, location, location.

It was designed in 1927 by David R. Williams, in the English tradition of having a “common-green,” a green space for use by the neighborhood community. This was a novel concept for Americans in the 1920’s, so you can say Greenway Parks was setting the pace back then and has continued to do so throughout history. Architects of note, like O’Neill Ford and Howard Meyer, have designed significant homes in the neighborhood, it’s zoned as a Conservation District and the HOA ensures not only is your home protected but you will also have a lot of fun if you can find a home for sale. And we did, on one of the largest lots in Greenway Parks.

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