Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Southern Accents Christmas

Built in the early 1920s by Hal Thomson, one of Dallas' most noted architects, this gorgeous Colonial Revival home has been making its rounds on Instagram recently, so I thought it would be fun to take a look inside. Located in Highland Park, Texas, it has been meticulously restored by Wilson Fuqua, with interiors by Cathy Kincaid, and featured in the November/December 2008 issue of Southern Accents. It was recently updated again by Fuqua and Kincaid and featured here. But today we will revisit Christmas 2008 as enjoyed in this elegant, traditional Dallas home. Photography by Tria Giovan, editorial by Mario Lopez-Cordero, produced by John Brossard for Southern Accents...

The homeowner wanted the decorations to reflect the home's traditional feel. Outside they used fruit, which is consistent with the Colonial Williamsburg look.  

The living room fireplace is decorated for the holidays with evergreen branches, dried hydrangeas, and gold and crimson ribbon. "We used earth tones, harvest tones, to continue the traditional, Colonial theme," said the homeowner. 

The dining room features a Raj-inspired mural, hand-painted by New York artisan Pierre Finkelstein. "It was inspired by one I saw in a magazine, made by a friend of Sister Parish's," said Kincaid. "I thought it was fun - a parade of camels and elephants." The custom balloon-back dining chairs are covered in linen that has been guaffraged with a botanical pattern resembling damask. An antique toile and crystal chandelier illuminates the room.

The tree is trimmed in family heirloom ornaments and yards of gold mesh ribbon, and the decor typically doesn't vary from year to year. "When it comes to Christmas, there's something to be said for keeping things the same," said the homeowner. 

With two sofas, one upholstered in an olive linen and the other in a Bennison floral, the living room is the perfect place to gather on Christmas morning.

The kitchen featured a custom bead-board island, Danby marble countertops, and an antique delft tile backsplash. 

A panel above the pinecone and evergreen accented fireplace in the master bedroom showcases an antique canvas remnant with a Chinoiserie motif that Kincaid found at an antiques store.

The designer topped the four-poster bed with a crown canopy made from checked and floral fabrics by Chelsea Textiles.  The walls are finished to look like scrubbed and bleached white pine, creating a sophisticated Swedish country look. 

As much as I love this home, the recent updates (also by Cathy Kincaid and Wilson Fuqua) are equally exquisite. Click here to see. And to see images taken from the 2012 real estate listing, click here. Absolutely gorgeous! Who else misses desperately misses Southern Accents? I guard my old copies like gold!


  1. That living room garland is definitely the foofiest one I have ever seen. Love it all. Such a pretty home and looks so festive with the holiday decor.

  2. Beautiful home. I like all the windows and natural light in this home. Thanks for sharing both articles.

  3. I miss Southern Accents! I wish someone would resurrect it!


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