Connie Dufner 2017-12-07 05:40:50
DREAM HOUSE Lynn and Matt Bostick restore a midcentury marvel not so much for its great bones as for its soul. The house had stood abandoned for nine years, a midcentury gem hidden on 2 acres overlooking a golf course on Fort Worth’s east side. Lynn Bostick, a retired interior designer, did not care that it was a mess. She saw through the distractions into some extremely fine bones: cantilevered ceiling, original casement windows, superb siting on a deep lot. Even unloved and broken-spirited, the home spoke to her. “It’s got great juju,” she says proudly. It took Lynn’s eye for design and all the muscle she and her husband, Matt, a second-career teacher, could muster to transform the 2,500-square-foot house into the nest they enjoy today. Lynn recalls that four years ago, when she drove up on the house serendipitously — after having a dream about finding just such a special house — the worst sort of mass spray painting of the interiors had just begun. She and the house-flipper owner quickly came to an arrangement. Her commitment was immediate: “I told him to stop working on it. They were painting white over the mahogany. It took us forever to strip it,’’ she says. There were more than cosmetic problems, too. The rooms of the house were oddly configured, making the flow choppy. Too, there was significant damage from standing water, thanks to the fact that construction workers had used the front lawn as a dump site — over the sprinkler system. Today, you ascend to the 1955 house from a gently sloping driveway and walk to the front door past a wall of windows. The master bedroom occupies the southeast corner of the house, and pooch Isabel, a greyhound rescue, eyes you from atop a Moroccan wedding blanket on the bed. The living room at the heart of the home focuses on an original stacked stone wall with fireplace. Beneath walls of windows running the length of each side of the room, a pair of languorous American Leather white sofas face each other, with views to the golf course in front and patio and large green space to the back. The patio, installed by the Bosticks, is an extension of both the living and dining areas. It can be an intimate space for unwinding at the end of the day but flows into the adjoining green space so as to easily accommodate the 70 guests Matt and Lynn hosted for a party last spring. Inside, wherever possible, the salvageable mahogany has been restored on doors and trim. In the kitchen and dining room, the cabinets were so damaged by water that Lynn lacquered them. The modern chinoiserie look is ideal for a pedigreed collection of Asian art that fills the top of the built-in buffet. The clean-lined kitchen was thrown open in the remodel and now commands a view of the dining room and patio as well as a family room that was reconfigured from three smaller rooms into a comfortable place for Lynn to paint. Of all she has wrought, Lynn says, “It’s style appropriate, updated but honoring the era. I think I pulled it off.” Lynn discovered the house, in the Central Meadowbrook neighborhood, at the right time. The Bosticks were living in the Westover area and planning to downsize. No stranger to moving (this is her ninth house in 25 years), she appreciated the midcentury’s close-in location and the relaxed neighborhood. And after the hard restoration work, fulfilling the promise of its interior design was a joy. Many furnishings came from colleagues she has worked with for years, including designer Allan Knight in Dallas and antiques dealer Carter Bowden in Fort Worth. Like her paintings, her style ranges from classic to modern, sometimes cheeky with spots of Hollywood glam. There’s a bright red Cantoni console in the family room and a show-stopping Arteriors light fixture over an Allan Knight Ribbon Cross table in the dining room. When deciding upon era-appropriate living room furniture, Lynn was delighted to discover that modern furnishings she favored had been sourced from Knight as set decorations for Pamela Barnes Ewing’s apartment in the iconic television series Dallas. When Pam returned to Southfork, the furniture went back to Knight. When he offered Lynn the black oval coffee table and living room cabinet with the eccentric history, she leapt. The palette of the home is principally whites and neutrals, the better to showcase beloved collections of Indian, Chinese and African art, including dozens of busts of Quan Yin, the female Buddha symbolizing happiness and compassion. Lynn’s love of the artist’s hand in art and collectibles extends to the home’s floors: hickory, hand rubbed with a linseed oil finish. Her admiration for texture and pattern-on-pattern is captured in wall coverings by Farrow & Ball: linen-on-Mylar in the master bedroom and grasscloth-on-Mylar throughout the rest of the home. And, of course, Lynn’s paintings bring her own spirit into all corners. She discovered an affinity for the canvas when she accompanied a friend to art class around eight years ago. Her art ranges from colorful abstracts to saturated and whimsical takes on cartoon characters and toys to the classical realism of portraits she has painted of her elderly mother and Matt, among others. “Life is definitely different,” Lynn says of the journey that has led to this home and lifestyle. After retiring from interior design due to the worsening of multiple sclerosis, first diagnosed 20 years ago, she is delighted with her new career as an artist. “I’ve learned that you don’t need tons of money if you’re creative. But then, I could live in a hut with Matt and be the happiest woman in the world.” She salutes the good fortune that has allowed her to commune with her creative spirit in a wonderful house that feels like it found her. Just in time. DETAILS house equals home Sheep Count Warm and fuzzy thoughts fill our heads about the time of year when daylight wanes. We’d really like to hibernate, but the next best thing might be rolling around on a sheepskin rug. And if one sheepskin is delightful enough to ward off the winter blues, eight pelts sewn into a room-sized rug offers a raft of comfort. The 6- by 7-foot silky-soft Australian sheepskin from Overland Sheepskin Co., $795, could also be a luxurious bed cover. Which brings us back to that hibernation thing. For more on all things bringing comfort and joy to us this season, see Page 92. Photo courtesy of Overland Sheepskin Co.
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