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Meet The Designer The spacious dining room features a long, rustic table that seats 14. The chairs are from World Market. Two large mirrors anchor each end of the room. Photo by William Eubanks of Matrix Tours Natural Beauty Clean and simple. It’s the mantra for designer Ginger Curtis. By Meda Kessler Photos by Ralph Lauer We had Ginger Curtis pegged for a California girl, thanks to her sunny disposition and natural beauty. We were partially correct. She was born there, but she Ginger stays on the lookout grew up in Texas. Her parents have returned to the West for interesting design even in Coast, but Ginger lives in North Richland Hills with the smallest things. She found husband Eric, whom she met on a hurricane relief trip on these salt and pepper shakers the Texas coast, and their five kids, ages 3 to 17. Her sister from the Dutch designers at PUIK Art. (Ginger is one of five siblings) lives a few blocks away with Photo by Ralph Lauer her large family. Ginger’s two-story home, purchased in 2014, easily blends into the tree-lined neighborhood. Step through the front door, though, and it’s hard not to marvel at the natural light, the dark hardwood floors, the modern-Scandinavian vibe of the high-ceilinged rooms. This welcoming space also is home to Urbanology Designs, Ginger’s growing 2-year-old interiors business that now has a staff of three. The spacious office, signaled by a custom laser-cut Urbanology metal sign, was carved out of a very large dining room when the Curtises renovated the home. Today, the space is filled with samples of hardware, tile and textiles, as Ginger and her team tackle several residential projects. Meanwhile, family life goes on. Holiday decor is being packed up in every room, and the kids and Dad are home from school and work. We get the feeling that Ginger thrives on this organized chaos, both professionally Black-stained planks add interest to the soaring foyer wall. She used embroidery hoops to add some dimensional contrast. Photo by William Eubanks of Matrix Tours 76 February 2017 360westmagazine.com

Meet The Designer

Meda Kessler



The spacious dining room features a long, rustic table that seats 14. The chairs are from World Market. Two large mirrors anchor each end of the room.

Photo by William Eubanks of Matrix Tours

Natural Beauty
Clean and simple. It’s the mantra for designer Ginger Curtis.

We had Ginger Curtis pegged for a California girl, thanks to her sunny disposition and natural beauty.



Ginger stays on the lookout for interesting design even in the smallest things. She found these salt and pepper shakers from the Dutch designers at PUIK Art.

Photo by Ralph Lauer

We were partially correct. She was born there, but she grew up in Texas. Her parents have returned to the West Coast, but Ginger lives in North Richland Hills with husband Eric, whom she met on a hurricane relief trip on the Texas coast, and their five kids, ages 3 to 17. Her sister (Ginger is one of five siblings) lives a few blocks away with her large family.

Ginger’s two-story home, purchased in 2014, easily blends into the tree-lined neighborhood. Step through the front door, though, and it’s hard not to marvel at the natural light, the dark hardwood floors, the modern-Scandinavian vibe of the highceilinged rooms. This welcoming space also is home to Urbanology Designs, Ginger’s growing 2-year-old interiors business that now has a staff of three.



Black-stained planks add interest to the soaring foyer wall. She used embroidery hoops to add some dimensional contrast.

Photo by William Eubanks of Matrix Tours

The spacious office, signaled by a custom laser-cut Urbanology metal sign, was carved out of a very large dining room when the Curtises renovated the home. Today, the space is filled with samples of hardware, tile and textiles, as Ginger and her team tackle several residential projects. Meanwhile, family life goes on. Holiday decor is being packed up in every room, and the kids and Dad are home from school and work.

We get the feeling that Ginger thrives on this organized chaos, both professionally and personally. But her road to this bright spot was filled with sawdust and an abrupt pit stop at the oncologist.

She started out as a furniture designer and builder, and part of the garage is still filled with power tools although she’s pretty much hung up her tool belt. She is now busy running the design firm full time.



Ginger took part of the dining room and walled off a little space for a home office. The custom metal sign makes it feel like a dedicated work space. The chairs are from Industry West; the tables and cabinets are from Ikea.

Photo by Ralph Lauer

“Working with wood came naturally, and I built a lot of pieces early on out of necessity,” says Ginger. “I was slow at first but got better with more practice and even sold a few things. People started asking me for specific designs, and I was enjoying the work.”



The kitchen makeover included painting all the cabinets Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White and adding new hardware. Soapstone counters balance the wash of white. The pendant lights are from Restoration Hardware. Details she loves: a cake dome with a leather handle; white pottery with simple lines. Industry West chairs are used with a durable, functional dining table Ginger made years ago.

Photos by Ralph Lauer Photo by William Eubanks of Matrix Tours

The discovery of a lump in her breast in late 2013 changed her world in many ways. The diagnosis came shortly after her 5-month-old daughter had finished treatment for leukemia. “The lump was big, and I thought immediately that it was bad

news. When I got tested, I made the doctor tell me the results right away.” During chemotherapy and her subsequent recovery, Ginger found herself flat on her back with a clipboard, sketching ideas and basically drawing out her future.



Details she loves: a cake dome with a leather handle



White pottery with simple lines. Industry West chairs are used with a durable, functional dining table Ginger made years ago.

Photos by Ralph Lauer

“I knew I wanted to push my creativity and make dreams come true. That’s how Urbanology was born.”









Ginger designed her children’s rooms to be fun and functional. The custom bunkbeds ofer lots of storage space. The reading “nook” features an ombre wall hanging from KM Hallberg Designs in Mississippi. She stacked lots of pillows and added sheer curtains trimmed with pennants. In the boys room, below, wheels make moving the platform bed easy. Ginger built the pegboard storage system out of scrap wood.

Photos by Sesha Smith/Convey Studios

Once she was well enough to work, she began to hone her vision. Her home, built around 2000, is testament to her personal style. Ginger and her husband loved the layout but not the original owners’ white carpet, laminate floors and green marble in the kitchen. “I love the modern, clean look of Scandinavian design; white and black are my favorite colors, and I find a lot of inspiration in nature.” The kitchen got a major overhaul, with glass-front cabinets, a butcher block island and black soapstone counters. The cabinets are stocked with neatly stacked white ceramic tableware (preferably matte), and Ginger recently added a matte black Brizo faucet.



The soft neutral palette complements the light walls and pale window coverings in this Fort Worth townhome makeover crafted by Ginger for a recent client.

Photos by Sesha Smith/Convey Studios

The adjacent family and breakfast rooms are fi lled with white slipcovered furniture and modern dining chairs with easy-to-wipe fi nishes. “I built the pine and cedar dining table, and it stands up to everything. With young children, everything needs to be kid-friendly. I do have my eye on some new furniture when they get a little older,” she says with a smile. In the main dining room, black polypropylene chairs slip under a 14-foot rough-top farmhouse table. It’s fl anked by two oversize mirrors. The size and scale of the space are impressive, but the room still has a cozy feel, thanks to the texture of the wood table and large windows.



Ginger’s design for the kids’ rooms created quite a buzz on social media and websites such as Houzz. Her boho- Scandinavian look for her daughters’ room includes built-in bunk beds with deep drawers for storage, which she built; an airy canopy over piles of pillows to create a comfortable reading area; and a Scandinavian-style pegboard system fashioned from wood scraps and positioned over the girls’ work desk.

While she still has plans for tweaking her own home, residential projects keep her busy. Her preferred style is rustic elegance, but she’s equally comfortable designing for Fort Worth clients who want a chic makeover of their traditional urban townhome. They need a fully furnished family room, living room and master bedroom and are leaving much of the execution to Ginger, which she admits is exciting. Renovations such as new wood floors and fresh paint already had begun when she joined the project. Phase two is underway now.



The master bedroom in the traditional townhome redesign now features sleek wood sidetables and a contemporary platform bed.

Photos by Sesha Smith/Convey Studios

A project in Flower Mound had her mixing contemporary pieces in a rustic-modern home filled with large wood beams and wide plank floors, as well as having custom pieces built for the oversize rooms.

“It’s been a fun project for the team. Our clients, again, left the decision-making to us and trusted we would hit a home run for the massive 12-room project.” This included designing everything from oversize tables to shelving units.

Like most designers, she’s obsessed with details: The perfect light fixture is just as important as a woven basket used to store extra blankets. While the small things make her happy, Ginger is looking ahead to a big year.

“I’m healthy, and the business is growing. I couldn’t do this without my team or the support of my family,” says Ginger. “I think the new year is going to be full of adventures.”

LOVES

Black-and-white color scheme Light pink mixed with a neutral Nordic design Touches of wood Matte white pottery People who work with their hands

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