Helen Thompson
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MODERN FAMILY

“The homeowners wanted modern stylish chic,” says architect Jason Smith about a two-story residence he and his wife architect Signe Smith of SmithArc Architects designed in Dallas. But their clients also wanted a heavy dose of realism included in the design: the wife’s second pregnancy had added triplet daughters to their family formerly comprised of a young son. The pair—he is in commercial real estate development and she is a retired newscaster—needed a residence that could withstand the walloping it was going to get from the comings and goings of four children and their friends.

The plate-steel paneled stairwell anchors the house—its rift-sawn oak treads lead upstairs to the bedrooms and a master suite that interior designer Jean Liu furnished with subtlety.

The see-through stairwell also defines the home’s public living space, a sculptural statement as well as a practical feature. A Saarinen dining table and four Cherner dining chairs take center stage in the dining area.

A lounge area adjacent to the kitchen is outfitted with a custom faux leather sectional sofa and chairs. “This is where they spend most of their time,” Liu says about a family that opted for more living space instead of a bigger kitchen.

An outsize island in the sleek kitchen offers more seating as well as a serving area. The lounge area is adjacent.

Liu has outfitted the living room with a B & B leather sectional, a leather director’s chair, and white leather lounge chairs.

A Lueders limestone fireplace is a textural backdrop to the living room’s quiet palette.

The office is next to the front door.

A billiards room is across from the office and opens into the living room.

The architects designed a traditional floor plan–with a central hall and rooms on either side. Toward the back of the house, where the living room and lounge are, though, the house opens up into a modern open floor plan.

A Moooi pendant illuminates the powder room.

A Womb chair in the master bedroom offers a quiet place to sit.

The master bath is at the front of the house overlooking the street, but gains privacy courtesy of two cleverly placed slatted screens, one inside and the other outside.

The lacey delicacy of the Moooi pendant contrasts to the plate steel panels on the stairwell.

The leather upholstered bed is custom through Jean Liu.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHEN KARLISCH

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