Kitchens, Baths, Limited Edition Gio Ponti, a Dixie Chick's Amazing Abode and More!

Spring 2013 edition of Modern Luxury Interiors Texas
Cover Photo by Stephen Karlish

Splish Splash . . .  The spring issue of Modern Luxury Interiors Texas celebrates our one-year anniversary with a wonderful feature on kitchens and baths, written by Executive Editor Connie Dufner. The cover story, photographed by Stephen Karlisch and written by Carla Jordan, just happens to have a gorgeous kitchen, but you'll love the rest of the house, too. It's the work of Dallas architect Jason Smith of SmithArc and Dallas interior designer Ashley Tripplehorn-Hunt

To read the terrific story and see more of Stephen's stellar photography, go here and flip through the digital edition. The kitchens and bath story begins on page 102. Here's a peek inside:

Bathroom by Waterworks, turn to page 105
Crystal bath and kitchen containers by Saint Louis, at Hermes; turn to page 103
Don't you just love the idea of storing leftovers in the fridge in these glamorous new containers? The tops come in a graphite gray color, too. What a great housewarming gift! 

Living with Geometry. . . 
Romeo Sozzi's Aziza armchair at Promemoria, turn to page 66
Read about how Promemoria designer Romeo Sozzi took some of the company's best-selling furniture and re-imagined them in a whole new way with optical illusions and geometry and angles. Here's a few pieces from the new collection that are my favorites. Turn to page 66 in the magazine for the story.

Two-toned velvet Bilou-Bilou chair, turn to page 66
Leather Scarlett table on hidden casters, turn to page 66

Signed and limited . . . 

Limited edition Gio Ponti collaboration with Molteni & C, at Smink
Gio Ponti is one of the most celebrated designers of modern time, so I loved working on this story about Molteni & C's collaboration with the Ponti family to produce a collection of signed and limited edition pieces—including those once in Ponti's own home. Smink in Dallas is one of only a handful of showrooms in the world to carry it, and one of three in the U.S. where you can buy it. Click here and turn to page 40 to read the story.

Gio Ponti limited edition table
Gio Ponti limited edition rug

Pitch Perfect . . . 

Dixie Chicks' Martie Mcguire at home
Photo by Colleen Duffley
This story is hands-down my very favorite this month. Photographer Colleen Duffley and I have worked together off and on for 15 years and when she brought me the idea of photographing her longtime friend and Dixie Chicks member, Martie Mcguire, at her cool Austin abode, I was thrilled. The photos are jaw-droppingly beautiful, as are the rooms. Senior contributing editor Helen Thompson, who wrote about Martie's sister Emily Robison years ago for Metropolitan Home, wrote a fabulous story to go with the stunning images. Mcguire loves interior design and she not only talks about how her house came together, but where she loves to shop. You'll hang on every word, I promise. Click here and turn to page 50 to read the story.

The breakfast room inside Martie Mcguire's Austin home is a contrast of shadow and light, with great views.
Photo by Coleen Duffley.
A peek inside Martie Mcguire's recording studio at home, which she designed herself
Photo by Colleen Duffley

Three Fun Things

Room by DJ Lucy Wubel with Peacock Alley
POW! DJ Lucy Wrubel's graffitti-inspired, color-soaked bedroom for Dwell with Dignity's spring Thrift Studio design popup is exactly like her personality—wild and fun! (Wrubel did the room in conjunction with Peacock Alley.Thrift Studio opens to the public on Friday April 19, but you won't want to risk losing out on something fabulous (like you did last year), because things sell out fast. Buy a preview party ticket here for Thursday, April 18, and you'll have first dibs before the crowds show up. Look for stylish vignettes created by some of Dallas' most-loved designers and stores, including IBB Design, Square Foot Studio, Wiliam Christopher Design, Horchow and Studio Ten25. For a complete list, go here. Everything is for sale, with the proceeds going Dwell with Dignity's wonderful programs.

Room by William Christopher Design for Thrift Studio
Room by One Kings Lane for Thrift Studio
One Kings Lane is the corporate sponsor of Thrift Studio's pop up this year, and not only have they come to Dallas to create a vignette, but all day April 19 they'll be hosting a Tastemaker Tag Sale with Thrift Studio, so log on and buy all kinds of great vintage and designer furniture and accessories for a great cause!

Azure balcony designed by Urban Interiors for the Turtle Creek Home Tour
WOW! The best thing about high-rise living is the view, don't you agree? The upcoming Turtle Creek Home Tour, held on April 21, is always one of my favorites, since it's a chance to see the Dallas skyline from five different locations, including the Warrington, the Azure, the Vendome and the Ritz. It's also a rare opportunity to walk through some of the most beautiful apartments in the area. Proceeds from the tour go to keeping Turtle Creek looking beautiful—it's one of my favorite places to walk and bird-watch, and this time of year the azaleas and dogwoods are spectacular. It's always in spring and fall that I'm most grateful that Dallas has such a gorgeous area like Turtle Creek. Go here to buy your tickets.

Highland Park home designed by Buchanan Architecture
365 . . . if you're obsessed with architecture like I am, you think about it 365 days out of the year. Fittingly, 365 is also the name of the Dallas Architecture Forum's upcoming home tours. The forum's 365 Modern Living Cocktail Receptions are actually a series of small parties inside some of the city's most interestingly-designed homes, where you'll hear talks given by the architects and designers. It's also a chance to meet some of the top people behind the projects you've read about on the blog and in regional magazines for years, including Mil Bodron, Svend Fruit, Russell Buchanan and Dee Dee Hoak. Go here to buy your tickets.

Architecture and interiors by Buchanan Architecture
This experimental house designed by Buchanan Architects caused a stir when it was finished. You'll find out why when you take the tour (I don't want to give everything away), but I can tell you that some of the highlights include an entry vestibule clad entirely in onyx slab, while the exterior is clad in an insulated metal panel system that's ultra-energy efficient.