Helen Thompson
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FROM THE TERRACE

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.

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Cottrell and Rozas used floor-to-ceiling exterior windows to frame the two-acre wooded garden.

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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.

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Cottrell and Rozas removed all view-blocking partitions and most of the interior doors so there is nothing to distract from the general serenity.

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One of the pieces in the homeowners’ rock star art collection is a backdrop for the Saarinen table and chairs.

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The kitchen is small and efficient and opens onto the living and dining areas.

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Cottrell and Rozas carved out space for a bar on one side of the kitchen.

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The homeowners’ art has good display space in the condo.

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Metallic wallpaper and a luxe upholstered headboard make this bedroom a welcome destination for guests.

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Space is maximized in the tiny powder room.

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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.

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Detail in the master bedroom.

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Master bath.

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More master bath.

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The view is reflected in the floor-to-ceiling mirror in the master bath.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHEN KARLISCH

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