Recently we reviewed a number of past designs to gather ideas for a current project. I studied a Residential Design Studio home that was built in the Dallas - Fort Worth area, and featured in the October 2012 issue of "INDULGE" Magazine. It's worth the time to share a few thoughts from the author, Babs Rodriguez.
"...barrel-vaulted ceilings painted to resemble centuries-old frescoes; elaborately patterned, hand-scraped wood floors; hand-troweled Venetian plaster walls; and carved Carrara marble mantels have become signature design details for RDS homes because owner (Richard) Berry, a California-trained architect, believes a finely finished interior is a natural extension of the good bones of a home."
""I sit down with clients to find out what they like in colors, textures, materials and whether they collect anything or plan on incorporating anything from previous homes," Berry says. As they talk, he often sketches. As the project moves forward a relationship forms that allows Berry to build upon the client's personal druthers, often in innovative ways."
"To illustrate his point, Berry invited us to visit a newly completed Pecan Plantation home. Designed, "from a blank sheet of paper up," in collaboration with owners who first down-sized into a lake condominium before deciding to build a 3,500-square-foot home that allowed them more space for their antiques, as well as a garden. Berry was asked to incorporate pieces from a vintage glass window collection into the construction. A fanlight from an old hotel became a design element in a study wall..."
Appreciation for the finer points of design to blend with our clients' interests, and helping them discover and execute their "druthers" is one of our goals at Residential Design Studio. We appreciate our clients, and we appreciate Babs' kind words! If you are considering building your "druthers," let's visit!