Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Dallas Estate

This 1920 Dallas Estate was renovated by interior designer Peter Marino. It is a magnificent 15,000-square-foot, 21-room house.
Photography by Matthew Millman

A limestone front door surround was built.

In the living room, Joan Mitchell’s Swamp, 1956, dominates a wall.

A 19th-century low table is flanked by Marino-designed gilt-leg sofas and a pair of 19th-century bow-back Russian armchairs. An untitled 1997 piece by Julian Lethbridge is over the fireplace. The lacquered box and urns are from Christie’s.

Off the west end of the house is the copper-roofed breakfast room, or conservatory, with an adjacent terrace for entertaining.

An extensive overhaul was necessary for the interiors. “Pretty much everything is new, even the mantels,” Marino says. A suite of circa 1900 Russian chairs and a circa 1830 Russian chandelier are in the dining room. Matisse’s Femme au Costume Décoré, Theme 1, Variation 3, 1942, hangs near the French doors.

For the subdued master bedroom, Marino chose to custom-make an intricately carved Swedish-style bed and an upholstered headboard. Atop a painted late-18th-century Swedish side table is an 18th-century glazed porcelain vase that was refitted as a table lamp.

A series of 19th-century botanical studies by M. Guyot are displayed in the guest room. Above the desk is a late-18th-century watercolor, Sous-Bois, by Franz Kaisermann. The toile chair, wallcovering and drapery fabric was designed by Marino’s company.

Marino imbued the master bedroom with soft, calming hues. Femmes Blouse Fleuri, 1950, by Matisse is in the room; in the hall beyond hangs Personnages dans un Escalier, 1913, by Fernand Léger.

Chippendale- style chairs, a Diego Giacometti low table and a lamp converted from a Han Dynasty wine vessel fill the loggia.

All images and information from Architectural Digest.

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  1. Hi Kifus !
    Sorry to say so, but it's you ! no, I mean it's your computer, cause I have no other complaint from anyone and I go on getting comments from other visitors... even one from Argentina :

    Beautiful house up here. French style architecture, great French artwork but a lot of Russian furniture.
    Wonder why.

  2. La casa ( ? ) è veramente superba !!!
    Le foto n. 4 e n. 9 mi piacciono tantissimo !
    A chi appartiene questa meraviglia ?

  3. Hi Miryam! This house belongs to Nancy Cain Marcus, chatelaine of the house and a Ph.D. who teaches literature at the University of Dallas. Those two photographs you chose are my favourite too! Hope you're doing fine and thanks for your comment!

  4. Oh JFF it's me then? I'll have to ask someone about it and see if it can be fixed. Hope so! You are right about the Russian furniture (the chairs and chandelier are Russian).

    Have a great day JFF!

  5. In one word: FABULOUS! I love everything on this house!

  6. Beautiful - I particularly love the last two rooms. And the exterior, but that's a given! The landscaping is incredible.

  7. Could we make a breakfast room like that in Muñiz? :P

  8. This House is absolutely divine!


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