When Dana and David Porter commissioned designer Joseph Minton to decorate their traditional 1920s-era Fort Worth, Texas home, they wanted to capture the spirit of their summer home on Fisher Island. Minton orchestrated the seaside theme by mixing together various shades of blue and sandy beige, Dana’s extensive collection of blue and white porcelain, carefully arranged seashells collected over the years, and seaside landscapes acquired over the family’s summer vacations.
Minton also used Sisal rugs to strike a casual balance with the Porters’ pedigreed furnishings. Eighteenth-century antiques in the living room and hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper and Fortuny fabric-covered chairs in the dining room are rendered less precious and more livable. Dana’s seashells strike a similar balance sprinkled among her collection of both old and new Chinese porcelains, taking them down a notch. “We wanted a design that’s appropriate for a very active family of three boys and dogs,” said Minton. “Parents and children alike all have busy social lives.”
Photography by Emily Minton Redfield for the February+March 2012 issue of Traditional Home with writing by Candace Ord Manroe.