Meda Kessler 2017-12-07 06:08:21
A designer with a distinctively neutral aesthetic pursues her muse in a home thrown open to her imagination. Blank Slate “Do whatever you want.” These words can be magic to a designer’s ears. For Ginger Curtis of Urbanology Designs, being given free rein on a twostory, 6,500-square-foot “Hill Country contemporary” Flower Mound new-build was equally exhilarating and nerve wracking. “The house is very earthy — lots of stone and wood — with tall ceilings and big windows. Mom, dad and two kids had moved in and lived in the house with basically nothing,” says Curtis. “They wanted a comfortable house for family and friends but something out of the ordinary, too. They also wanted a more modern feel while keeping the rustic design of the home.” Set on acreage near Lake Grapevine, the project offered Curtis the opportunity to create a family-friendly home inside and out. The challenge was to design 12 spaces in six months. Even when given carte blanche, Curtis always casts out ideas and concepts to the clients. And she thinks big, especially if the home warrants it. “It’s easier to pull back when you’re coming up with the initial design. Thankfully, they were imaginative and open to a lot of creativity.” Because she needed unique and large-scale furniture, Curtis had most of it custom made by artisans she works with around North Texas. “The house really demanded a bold look.” As founder of the almost 3-year-old design firm, Curtis specializes in interiors that are livable but still have a wow factor, and she has earned a reputation for her clean visuals and neutral palette. The mantra of “mix, layer and texture” applies to every project. It’s a style that meshed perfectly with the Flower Mound house. But aside from the custom furniture and cool accessories, there was the matter of the lighting. Every single fixture installed by the builder needed to be changed. “It’s what I first noticed on the initial walk-through. Lighting tells you a lot, and nothing worked with the scale of the rooms. The fixtures needed to be as bold as the rest of the design.” In the great room, which features visible wood trusses and beams, a trio of curvy woven-metal pendants in black now adds weight and scale without overpowering the space. Eye-catching pendant lights were sourced for almost every room and the patio. Hanging over the dining room, large brushed brass cones infuse the room with a bit of shimmer and warmth; metal sconces hang on either side of a buffet. The kitchen, which already had the island and cabinets in place when Curtis stepped in, also features coneshaped pendants. Once again, black metal designs add punch to the light and bright space. A new rug, barstools around the island and chairs around the breakfast table create a modern update. While Curtis notes she had to go big with the lighting, the same can be said of the furniture. The living room is filled with custom-built pieces suited for lounging, including an armless sectional, comfortable side chairs and lots of cube-style leather ottomans that can be moved around as needed. The rooms are painted in a creamy white, and Curtis chose an equally soothing palette of gray, terra cotta and white for upholstery and accessories such as throws and pillows. A custom media wall fills a built-in niche in a unique way. Faced in wood, the wall and a floating wood console complements the room’s beams and wide-plank floors. Of course there are touches of black, a Curtis go-to, beyond the light fixtures. In the study, one of her favorite rooms, a black accent wall (the paint color is Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black) is punctuated by a limestone fireplace flanked by tall windows. Custom iron and wood shelving fills one wall, but its clean design ensures it doesn’t overwhelm the room. The master bedroom features one of the home’s most dramatic changes, as a bland fireplace got a total redo with a custom cement treatment. A massive platform bed, simple modern lighting and Roman shades on the glass-front doors give the room its own look and feel. “Platform beds aren’t for everyone,” says Curtis. “But again, this is where the owners were willing to take a chance on something different and something unique.” Every room in the house — from the kids’ spaces to the arcade room and guest bedroom — features special touches: a wall in a young girl’s room gets a wash of what looks like watercolor, a modern pool table anchors a second living room, the oversize modern sectional invites guests to sit and enjoy the view from the expansive covered patio. Because so much was entrusted to Curtis, she determined there would be one last big wow in the form of an unveiling at the end of the process. “The reveal was a lot of fun. We sent the family to a hotel so we could finish up. When they saw it, there was a lot of jumping up and down,” says Curtis. “Every room is comfortable and livable. And ultimately, that’s what a home should be.” THE DETAILS Urbanology Designs Look for a new studio, Urban Fire House, in North Richland Hills soon to take shape in a former fire station. Follow Ginger Curtis and her crew on Instagram @urbanologydesigns for updates. 972-333-5260, urbanologydesigns.com.
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