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From Dated to Dramatic: Project Featured in Dallas Style and Design, Spring 2022 Issue

Updated: May 4, 2022

Reimagining Rooms that Blend Contemporary Style and Gorgeous Antiques

I'm elated to announce that a recent project of mine is featured in the spring 2022 issue of Dallas Style and Design magazine! This picture-perfect project is the culmination of multiple projects over time, working with amazing clients who have become one of my favorites, as well as dear friends.

The article by Dana W. Todd was so well-written and captured the essence of the project remodel and my client's thoughts and feelings on the work and having me as their designer. I am honored that my client would say, "Terri is remarkable and can think of all the design possibilities...[she] had a vision, asked great questions, and really listened to what I wanted." The photography by Holger Obenaus is wonderful, as well!

This Arlington mansion was custom-built in 2000 and way lovely in its own right. When I met the homeowners, they were looking to convert a room that was never utilized into a high-end media room. This was the first part of our work together. We transformed this once bland space into a retreat and haven that they now utilize regularly. You won't believe the before-and-after pictures below.

We had to get really imaginative in figuring out how best to utilize the space since it was long and narrow, with an attached kitchenette and balcony. To maximize seating we built a riser and added a custom bar in the back of the room which we topped with etched stainless steel, creating really a cool and unique vibe.


The floors and walls were bland and sound reverberated throughout the house because of the wood floors. In the remodel, we installed a bold pattern by Kane carpet that is not only gorgeous and lush but also functional for sound absorption. The homeowner wanted to go with blues in the space so I picked some moody blues to compliment the walls and ceiling. They pair so well with the carpet.

I partnered with my AV expert to install top-of-the-line media equipment. I also had custom leather seating made with reclining theater chairs and a sofa for cuddling. In the attached kitchenette, we installed stacked stone to give dimension and texture to the wall.

As the homeowner is quite the crafty lady, she sewed the pillows and reupholstered the bar seats to accent the space with pops of color.

My clients loved the remodel so much that she wanted to engage with me again. For our second project, they wanted to tackle was downstairs in the kitchen and living room.

The next space to be remodeled was the kitchen and cabinetry downstairs.


To update the space and to create a better visual flow, we dropped the countertop height to a consistent level around the room. We replaced the dated granite with marble-look quartz countertops and painted the cabinetry black. A new textured tile was installed in the kitchen and gorgeous glass mosaic tile in the additional cabinetry areas and butler's pantry.

The showstopper of the kitchen is the quartzite that we used for the island countertop. It is truly a piece of art! I love the bold dimension and veining throughout. We chose a waterfall edge on the island to give that gorgeous quartzite more room to shine.

For the front of the bar, we chose a pop of bold blue. This ties it so well with the koi artwork in the room. We sourced the antique from the Ren Collection in the Dallas Design District to complete the space so beautifully. The homeowner is absolutely in love with it.

The homeowners are world travelers and we used their collected treasures throughout the large space for decoration as well as new pieces to complement the look and feel. Every place you look there is a piece with history and a fond memory for them.

We faced fireplaces in the living room and formal dining room with stacked stone for a new feel and texture in the space. The dining room has an antique piece that is truly stunning. We finished this room with another rug from Ren Collection that is bold and elegant. For the alcoves, we chose a warm copper for a pop of color.

This project was so inspiring for me as a designer. We created a home that is beautifully curated and richly reflects my clients' tastes. The blend of contemporary style with gorgeous antique accents and rich, bold color dances from room to room and delights the eye. It was a pleasure to spend time making their vision come to life!

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