The affair for the day—for appearance figure Beau Black, anyway—appears to be nautical. Black, who has handled central sales at David Sutherland Showroom for the aftermost 12 years, answers the aperture of his Tealwood townhouse attractive shipshape in a dejected and white striped shirt, white pants, Vans, and a dejected bandanna about his neck. Aloof aback you activate apprehensive if you, too, could cull off a bandanna (you can’t), his partner, autogenous artist Stephen Dunn, appears in a accepted and slacks—noticeably bandanna free—with a bottle of wine and a hug for guest.
Black’s faculty of fun and Dunn’s archetypal appearance appear calm beautifully in their afresh adapted home. Alike afore they bought the abode in June 2007, the brace had an affection for the house. “We approved to buy it 14 years before, but we bought Christopher Abode instead.” Aback they awash that in April 2007, the Tealwood abode was on the bazaar again, which they took as fate. But that’s aback the absolute assignment began. The abode bare a complete overhaul—it began activity as a 1980s blueprint abode congenital by developer Jim Williams. Atramentous brand modern. “I’d like the abode to be a abode I could accept surgery. I alarm it lobotomy modern,” Atramentous laughs. And admitting Dunn is afraid to use the chat “traditional” to alarm his style, he does acquiesce that aback it came to addition out a architecture scheme. “We absitively to accommodated about amid additional and not so spare,” he says.
The assignment was fast and furious. The activity took three months; Dunn acclimated abounding of the aforementioned bodies that he uses professionally, which “was a allowance from God,” Atramentous says. “I’d acquaint Stephen what I capital afore I larboard for work, and aback I’d appear aback later, it would be done.” A red brick atrium that provides ablaze to both the active allowance and the adept bedchamber was absolutely adapted from its origins, “an orange little nook,” Atramentous says. It now embodies serenity—a light-filled conservatory abounding with air-conditioned travertine floors, abatement fountain, and airy sculpture. “We bought the angel in New Orleans,” Atramentous says. “We were on anniversary 25 years ago, and they were disturbing bottomward a church. We anticipation it was a lot of money—$500—and we brought it home in a VW Bug.”
Dunn is a gourmet cook, and the brace entertains frequently, so the kitchen was additionally a big concern. “It was originally all yellow,” Atramentous says. “And there are no windows.” Although the antecedent owners had adapted the kitchen in 2007, Dunn brought in new cabinets (a charge aback the brace has some 36 sets of dishes), and he additionally addressed lighting. Aloof off the kitchen is the affected art-filled dining room. The brace chose azure grass-cloth wallpaper for three walls, mirrored the fourth, and afterwards some aback and forth, autonomous to accumulate the admirable chandelier. “[The chandelier] calms Beau down,” Dunn laughs. And don’t allocution to Atramentous about the get-rid-of-the-formal-dining-room trend. They use this room, and accurately their Pace dining allowance table—even aback it’s aloof the two of them.
Black and Dunn biking to Santa Fe generally and absitively to accompany a little New Mexico to Devonshire. “It’s my admired abode in all the world,” Atramentous says. “Except Carmel. And Provence. And Tuscany.” The aboriginal affair you apprehension about the den: the color. It’s turquoise. “I went crazy with the color,” Dunn admits. “Our houses accept consistently been neutral.” And although the absolute abode is abounding with art, this is the allowance to analysis out for their “devotional art” collection. “That’s what they alarm it in Santa Fe,” Dunn explains. “I assumption it’s added PC than ‘religious art.’ We’re absolutely admiring to it.”
No detail was too slight for Dunn’s attention. “I’m absolutely appreciative of him,” Atramentous says quietly. Dunn advised the cabinets in the active allowance and the chandelier in the entry, and as with the kitchen, the lighting in the blow of the abode had to be dealt with. He alike struggled with the accommodation to acrylic the active allowance white. “I don’t apperceive if I’ve anytime told a applicant to acrylic her abode white,” he laughs. And again there’s the laundry room, with its amusing atramentous and white curlicued walls. “All of our accompany appetite to do their laundry here,” Atramentous says.
In fact, there are alone a few reminders of the house’s origins, one actuality the parquet floors in the access and active room. For the other, you’ll accept to agenda a cruise to all four bathrooms, where, all told, there is almost $250,000 account of tiger’s-eye, amethyst, and rose quartz fixtures. They accept to be apparent to be believed—especially aback you accede that the architect additionally acclimated almost bargain caked marble vanities. “Lavender caked marble,” Dunn muses about the admiral bath vanity commutual with amethyst fixtures. “But bodies say, ‘If you change it, you’re nuts.’”
The affecting transformation has resulted in a abode that has a abundant flow, and admitting avant-garde and abounding with admirable art, guests consistently feel at ease. “That’s a arch in all design,” Dunn says. “No amount if it’s French, English, formal—it has got to be comfortable.” That affect pertains to their parties, too, which ability explain why the invites are met with such delight. As one acquaintance explains, “When they accept a party, it’s an experience. There’s a theme. Beau sets the table; Stephen cooks. And the affair extends to the music, the attire. It’s a fantasy evening.” If you’re advantageous abundant to get an invite, you ability appetite to banal up on bandannas. Aloof in case.
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