With its huge portico, soaring stone columns, wrought iron balconies and grand staircase, this mansion in Dallas could easily be mistaken for a palace. Planters overflowing with palm fronds are staggered across the stone steps to draw the eye up to the glittering entrance.
Comfortable, oversized plush armchair and sofa beckon for relaxation, reading and friendly conversation near the grand stone fireplace. Large, wood ceiling beams draw the eye to the warming fireplace centerpiece while a stunning rug adds to the space's elegant sophistication. Arched entryways keep the room feeling large and open the space between the dining room and kitchen.
The entrance of this home is reminiscent of a the gates surrounding an ancient dynasty. Strong and elegant, the gates of this home certainly set a tone of grandeur. Included in this beautiful view is a piece of custom designed cast glass. It is visible from the Zen Garden on the other side and glows in the sunlight, furthering the grand feeling of this home.
The open floor plan of this contemporary living space is ideal for entertaining. A putting green on the balcony is easily accessed through chic sliding doors that provide an exquisite view of the urban surroundings while bathing the space in natural light. Two sofas and matching ottomans, along with clusters of octagon tables, allow for flexible arrangements, accommodating gatherings from intimate to grand. A graphic area rug in blacks and browns anchors the room, while a modern gray built-in bookcase with custom shelving anchors the wall near the entrance.
As seen on Love It Or List It, Too the room was previously open on the garden facing wall, but had a shoebox for a kitchen and an underused bathroom. Jillian's solution was to blow out the bathroom entirely and insert a 30ft steel beam to support the already vaulted ceiling. With an extra 10 inches of space found in the renovation Jillian's team added a coffered ceiling to delineate the space adding intimacy and definition. The grid prints are of traditional Italian hunting scenes often found in family homes of Italian expats and are a nod to the grid design of the ceiling. A custom sectional was designed so that the homeowners could entertain many guests and take in a football game or two. The wrought iron wall hanging is actually from Egypt, but Jillian felt it gave a country feeling to the home. The components console is custom made. New french doors have been added to the patin entrance and a new gas insert sits on the far wall made of Venetian plaster and box posts, designed to draw the eye upwards into the grand vaulted space.