For Mary Anne Smiley, designing the interior of a contemporary 22,square-foot ranch about an hour north of Dallas in Gunter began before the walls were even up. Creating an interior furniture plan early on ensured that each room would work exactly as the owners desired.
Beginning with an enormous, high-ceilinged great room that encompasses an open living room, dining room and kitchen area—looking out to a pair of tranquil lakes through expansive windows—Smiley created a neutral palette with soft golden walls and high-end ceramic wood-plank flooring. In addition to the Western art, the owners have a collection of contemporary art, most of which was specifically curated by Smiley through galleries as close as Dallas and as distant as Berlin.
Also displayed are silver parade spurs on a David Sutherland console with a riveted metal top and wood base. The cowhide patchwork rug is designed by Smiley and custom made by Dallas Rugs.
The billiard room showcases a contemporary custom billiard table by Mitchell Exclusive Billiard Designs along with silver parade saddles and museum-quality Western art. The multicolored epoxy and resin sculpture is by Markus Linnenbrink.
Robert Scott that anchor living room seating, and a collection of 16 classic Brno dining room chairs from Knoll. The kitchen, integral to the vast space, provided a unique set of challenges in that it needed to be both practical and interesting. On the practical side, Smiley designed an ample cabinet system that features rift-sawn white oak, which she favors for its golden hue and feeling of simple elegance.
The shell touches the ground at only two points. A growing tendency in the 21st century is eco-architecture , also termed sustainable architecture ; buildings with features which conserve heat and energy, and sometimes produce their own energy through solar cells and windmills, and use solar heat to generate solar hot water. It replaced the London Millennium Tower a much taller project that Foster earlier had proposed for the same site, which would have been the tallest building in Europe, but was so tall that it interfered with the flight pattern for Heathrow Airport. To help the owners understand the divergent kitchen concept as a whole, Smiley commissioned a 3-D printout of the space. The kitchen, integral to the vast space, provided a unique set of challenges in that it needed to be both practical and interesting. The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis , was designed by the Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron , who designed the Tate Modern museum in London, and who won the Pritzker Architecture Prize , the most prestigious award in architecture, in
On the interesting side, a lower breakfast bar contrasts to a higher bar topped with two-inch textured art glass that changes color via integrated LED lighting and provides additional dinner seating as needed. Art in the mudroom to the left by Brad Ellis.
Peninsula bench from David Sutherland. The great room ceiling rises 20 feet not including the skylight.
The dining tables were created by combining a custom base from David Sutherland and, from Culp Associates, an Ironies custom top of translucent amber-colored resin. The glass art in the kitchen is by artist Carlyn Ray. To help the owners understand the divergent kitchen concept as a whole, Smiley commissioned a 3-D printout of the space.
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