A Sophisticated Party House

See how a dated 1980s split-level became a modern entertaining haven and learn the designers secrets for creating a space suited for any soirée

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Photographer: Julie Soefer, juliesoefer.com
See how a dated 1980s split-level became a modern entertaining haven and learn the designer's secrets for creating a space suited for any soirée
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Photographer: Julie Soefer, juliesoefer.com
Organic Style
The home’s organic style begins in the foyer where a driftwood lamp and faux zebra rug mix effortlessly with a modernist custom-made iron bench and the homeowner’s first acquired piece of artwork, the Dallas skyline which he purchased at a Sotheby’s auction.
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Oil on Canvas
An oil on canvas in the foyer adds shimmer and draws the eye down to the classic console with a fanciful iron scrollwork base.
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Fire Place
Surrounded on both sides by floor-to-ceiling glass panels, the fireplace is the dominant focal point of the living room. Multiple seating groups accommodate large gatherings and make the vast space more intimate.
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Art Deco to 18th-Century
An eclectic mix of furniture, from Art Deco accents to an 18th-century marquetry cabinet now repurposed as a minibar, livens up the neutral palette.
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Button-Tufted Banquettes
By placing button-tufted banquettes in front of the glass staircase wall, designer Chandos Dodson not only hid a potentially distracting element, but she doubled the room’s seating. Horn accent tables give guests a place to set hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
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Functional Art
Functional art is scattered throughout the house. On the console behind the sofa, a simple lamp holds and hovers over a selenite stone, illuminating its texture and the space.
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Marble-Topped Table
A marble-topped table is a smart pick for heavily trafficked rooms. Its non-porous quality prevents staining, and it is quick to clean in case of the inevitable party spill.
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Game Table
Dodson tucked a game table into the corner to give guests something to do besides chitchat. This one is appropriately sized for puzzles, cards, and board games.
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Man Den
With a definite masculine feeling, the dining room is apt for the homeowner’s cigar-smoking poker nights with the guys. The intricate hand-assembled horn and metal chandelier and h upholstered chairs trimmed with nailheads dress up the room for more formal dining occasions.
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Media Room
On the lower level of the house lies the “man cave,” where the homeowner proudly displays his autographed sports jerseys. Velvet-covered sectionals hold plenty of friends who routinely gather to watch the big game on one of the room’s three flat-screen TVs.
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Relaxing Master Bedroom
The neutral palette continues into the peaceful and relaxing master bedroom—a haven where the homeowner can relax between entertaining guests.
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Custom Grills
Two custom adobe grills in the outdoor entertaining area make cooking for a crowd a snap. Steps and a walkway along the backyard creek give guests a place to stroll while meals are prepared.
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Glass House at Night
Lit-up, the glass house adds a bit of razzle-dazzle to its abundant green surroundings, captivating any guests who linger outdoors.
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