Dallas interior designer Alice Cottrell of Alice Cottrell Interior Design lives in a 21-story high rise in a condo that is 712 square feet. Cottrell’s building, affectionately known as “21” for the number of floors, is a 1960s-era structure that towers over Turtle Creek, the lush waterway that meanders through the heart of Highland Park, where many of Dallas’ rich and famous dwell. Counter-intuitively, her tiny dwelling is on the first floor and faces away from the creek. The view: “I have windows across an entire wall that overlooks a park that no one ever uses.”
She and her design partner Rick Rozas of Rick Rozas Design have redone another residence in the building on the floor below Cottrell’s, a terrace level where the homeowners combined two condos to create a sleek contemporary residence.
Cottrell and Rozas used floor-to-ceiling exterior windows to frame the two-acre wooded garden.
The designers eliminated thresholds so that everything is at the same level and has an easy flow. The original concrete floor has been topcoated with another layer of cement and a polished-wax finish.
Cottrell and Rozas removed all view-blocking partitions and most of the interior doors so there is nothing to distract from the general serenity.
One of the pieces in the homeowners’ rock star art collection is a backdrop for the Saarinen table and chairs.
The kitchen is small and efficient and opens onto the living and dining areas.
Cottrell and Rozas carved out space for a bar on one side of the kitchen.
The homeowners’ art has good display space in the condo.
Metallic wallpaper and a luxe upholstered headboard make this bedroom a welcome destination for guests.
Space is maximized in the tiny powder room.
Before starting her own business, Cottrell was a hotel designer for two decades. One thing she learned was that rooms have to be practical and hold up to abuse, which is why she uses a lot of commercial fabrics, such as the supersoft upholstery on the master bedroom bed.
Detail in the master bedroom.
More master bath.
The view is reflected in the floor-to-ceiling mirror in the master bath.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHEN KARLISCH
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