Today’s home tour has me positively giddy… It happens to have been built by my very favorite architect, Wilson Fuqua, whose work I have featured numerous times on the blog. The interior designer is Carla Fonts Hrncir, founder of Dunbar Road Design in Dallas. A fellow SMU alumna, Carla’s firm is named after a street in Palm Beach where her parents lived after being exiled from Cuba in 1958.
Most of Fuqua’s architectural aspects were complete when Carla and her team began their work. The home is a Parisian style, but the homeowner loved the idea of incorporating Palm Beach aspects with colorful patterns, wallpapers, etc. to create a tropical Parisian paradise. “We love expressing design through a mixture of cultures, colors, and architectural features,” Carla told The Glam Pad. “I wanted each room to be impactful while still having a smooth transition from room to room so that they all coordinated to some extent.”
Carla’s mother came from a prominent Cuban family who appreciated the finer things in life. She had impeccable taste and paid attention to the smallest details… The apple clearly did not fall far from the tree! A Dallas native, Carla and her family summered in Miami and Palm Beach where the glamorous Gatsby-era homes made a lasting impression. “I loved how they pulled together different styles, mixing traditional pieces with bohemian and modern. I wanted to bring more of that feel to Dallas while also making the home reflect my client,” Carla told Luxe Dallas.
The homeowner loves color and patterns, and she wanted her home to be eclectic, fun, and cheerful. For two years, Carla and her team worked tirelessly to perfect every single detail. “Our goal was to make the home feel curated and lived in,” Carla told The Glam Pad. “I loved collecting items from Italy, Palm Beach, and local Dallas stores to bring different elements of design to each space. I didn’t want the home to feel like we went to one store and bought everything!”
The exquisite architecture is “a composite of a walk through Paris combining the best parts of Mansard roofs, town houses, and details of doors and windows. The house has a composed history, a quality of being developed ad hoc over time to meet the changing needs of the family. Special attention was given to light, views of landscape, and a classical floor plan with an enfilade creating vistas throughout the house,” Wilson Fuqua told The Glam Pad.
This home is featured on the current cover of Luxe Dallas, and additional images have been provided to The Glam Pad courtesy of Dunbar Road Design. Photography is by Costa Christ.