COTE DE TEXAS: Could This Be The Prettiest House in Dallas?

Could This Be The Prettiest House in Dallas?

  I first became aware of Dallas interior designer Cathy Kincaid back in 2003 when she designed the Southern Accents Showhouse.  Each year, Southern Accents would hire one design firm to completely decorate a house from top to bottom.   This issue would prove to be the most popular of the year – the houses were gorgeous.  I still remember so many of them, like this one that Suzanne Kasler did at Watersound in Florida:

Kasler’s design started a glass subway tile trend.  Everyone wanted that tile!

To be sure, over the years, there were a few showhouse stinkers, but the one Cathy Kincaid did stands the test of time as one of the best.

Her showhouse was very large, French styled and in Dallas.  

I wrote about the house HERE.

At 12,000 +  square feet, there were rooms and rooms and rooms and Cathy and her assistants decorated every inch of it.  It was a monumental job. 

The dining room was the one room that everyone loved.  Those chairs!  The chandelier!  The blue & white porcelain on the walls. 

Here’s another photo from Kincaid’s web site.  This room inspired me then and it still does today.

The master bedroom was another showstopper.  Her lit a polonaise started a craze, that was later adapted by everyone, including Pottery Barn and MOI!!!

I’ve always felt that Cathy Kincaid didn’t get a much press as she deserved, or the accolades.  That’s probably the difference of a NYC PR firm versus one from Texas.   To me – she is on a level with the other great southern women designers that seem to garner all the attention.  None of the mega stars are more talented than she.

I’ve no doubt her career didn’t suffer and that she had more work than she could handle, but without THAT book and THAT press and THAT shop, it’s hard to compete with the big boys – although she certainly could, and did.   After a few quiet years, her visibility has lately greatly increased, thanks to some high-profile projects that landed on the pages of several pricey magazines. 

My favorite of her newer projects was another one in Dallas, this time in tony Highland Park, right next to THE country club.

The estate was shown in Veranda in 2017 and it was a stunner.  There are many designers jumping on the blue and white bandwagon,  but many just “miss.”   This house was so perfect, it was hard to put the issue down. 

Recently, an eagle eyed reader let me know that the Veranda house is now for sale.  Thank you for that!  Doing just a little research led me to find a few other houses that Cathy Kincaid has designed for this same couple who owned the Highland Park house, located on one of the best streets in Dallas – Beverly Drive.  In fact, Kincaid designed TWO houses for the couple, both on Beverly Drive - right across the street from each other.

And then there was a New York City pied a terre that Kincaid designed for this same couple and which also was shown in Veranda. 

I loved sorting all three residences out - it's a learning experience to see how one designer creates three houses for one couple.  While each one is different from the next, there are common design themes running through all three.

All are classically designed with lots of blue and white porcelain and antique accessories, but each does show a progression of time and growth and change.  It’s fascinating to witness how Kincaid reuses items from an older house and recreates it for the newer.  And, really, who better to learn from than Kincaid?

She has timeless good taste and looking at these houses, I realize that I have learned a lot myself from Kincaid.  I love her use of plates in design and I use them myself.  I’m a fan of her constant blue & white porcelains and have recreated that look in my own house.  I adore Bennison, Claremont, Patina and Chelsea Editions, as she does.   I was actually very surprised at how much I have retained and emulated from her houses – without even realizing it.

What a copycat!!!

I hope you enjoy this look at these three houses as much as I did while writing this.

Veranda - February 2016:

The couple had spent their early married years in California.  Work brought them to Dallas, but the wife always wanted a place in NYC, having grown up in the east.  Her husband surprised her on their anniversary with a small apartment in an iconic building.  Cathy Kincaid was sent up from Dallas to decorate it.

The apartment came with the hand painted wallpaper by Zuber – which set the tone for the living room/dining room.

I had the most fun looking at the furniture and accessories from all three homes to see how they were used and reused.  Besides the constant blue and white porcelains, there are the landscapes in gold frames and the black painted furniture.

It’s my plan to point out the furnishings that were first seen in House #1 (shown later, below.)

The dining room chairs came from their first home on Beverly Drive (House #1) in Dallas.  Additionally, the gold mirror also came from House #1's dining room.

The living room side of the room.  These black chairs are also from House #1 in Dallas.   The fabulous chinoiserie desk is new to the couple (I think!)

The other side of the living/dining room showing more of the wallpaper and the beautiful mantel.  Through the door on the left is the foyer.

Another constant are the lacquered ceilings, which are seen in all three residences.

Nighttime view.

Close up view of the dining area.  Those two pillows?  You will find them in the master suite of House #1.

Mirrored foyer.

The apartment is small, barely 1,100 sq. ft, compared to the House #2 in Dallas which is almost 12,000 sq. ft.

A set of botanicals line a wall to the office.  Notice the ceiling light.  Original?  I LOVE it!!!!

The bedroom is covered in a large paisley by Lucy Rose Design.

The canopy bed came from the Dallas #1 house, as did the lamp and night table.  Notice the shelf and plate high up in the corner.  It is these details that I love so much about Kincaid's designs.  Notice the crown molding, with the design facing down. I've never seen that type of molding before.

The other side of the bedroom with a door that opens to the terrace.  I love the tiny gold framed landscape between the blue & white.

The bathroom is classically designed in white marble and wood.  Those shutters!

The office is half work and half guest room.

The trundle bed turns this into a guest room.


The couple were living on Beverly Drive, one of the most architecturally historic streets in Dallas, when they noticed the house across the street was for sale.  They were actually thinking of downsizing at the time, but the Spanish Colonial house was too much of a draw.

Built in the 1930’s, it was a classic Spanish Colonial and the wife saw a project she couldn’t refuse.  It was probably a tear-down, but with such a pedigree it was sacrilege not to restore it.  The original owners, whose company merged with Walgreens, had built the house after they returned from a Grand Tour of Europe.  They took a four month cruise that sailed from one end of the earth to the other.   Inspired by the villas they had seen in Spain and Portugal they hired Architects Lang & Witchell to build it.  The original couple stayed in the house for decades.  Eventually Clint Murchison III bought the house and it was his family that apparently, sold it to the current owners.

Once the couple from across the street signed onto their new house, they called on Cathy Kincaid to head up the project.  After all, Kincaid had decorated the house they were living in on Beverly Drive (House #1) and she designed their NYC pied a terre, too.


There are several photos of House #1 on Kincaid's web site, along with old real estate photos.


House #1 and House #2 on Beverly Drive couldn't be more different architecturally.  Built in the early 1990s, House #1 is Italianate Renaissance while House #2 is a 1934 Spanish Colonial.

House #1 - the entry foyer shows a center table that will be moved to House #2.  Note, these are the chairs seen before in the NYC apartment.   The lantern is in the breakfast room at House #2.

The stair hall with the library at the right shows black accent chairs which today are in House #2.  The beautiful lamp on the table is also in House #2's living room.  The view of the family room is straight back.


House #1 - the living room is quietly serene.  The piano is now at House #2 as is the black coffee table.  Additionally - the sofa and chairs were recovered for House #2.   The blue rug is reused in the master bedroom of House #2.

Another view of the living room.

House #1's dining room has chairs with Bennison fabric.  The table and chandelier were all reused in House #2.  The mirror with candlesticks is now in NYC.   Notice the creamware collection on the walls and buffet.

Another view.  I think Cathy Kincaid's dining rooms are some of her best work. 

Creamware was made popular by the late, great Dan Carithers.  Until he showed off his collection in several magazine, no one was collecting it.  But singlehandedly, he started a craze - which no doubt inspired this beautiful display.

The Library.  Up at the left, through the door, it looks like the same botanicals found today in NYC.   The bench?  It goes to House #2’s Guest House.

The Family Room.  The slipper chairs on the left end up in the guest room at House #2’s Guest House.


The breakfast room shows the design direction of things to come in the new house with these print curtains.  I love this room - the mix of the color schemes.  This table and chairs end up in House #2, breakfast room.

The large master bedroom and sitting area.  The bed and night stands and lamps are being used in the NYC apartment.   Beautiful handpainted wallpaper.

The sitting area in the bedroom.  More of the black chairs and tables that accent each room.  Beautiful mirror which is now at House #2’s Guest House.

This sofa turns up in the master bedroom of House #2, across the street.  Also, these rugs are reused in bedrooms over there.

More of the master bedroom - sitting room.  The mirror shows up in the foyer of the new house #2.

I love the symmetry that Kincaid always uses and she is obviously a huge fan of balance.  She seems to favor pairs over mismatched, but not to the point of boredom.  You will see her use of asymmetry in the new living room across the street.

Guest  Room.     This bench is used again in the dining room bay window of House #2

    This guest room furniture was used again in House #2, without the canopy.  New fabrics were used and the benches are also at the new house.

    And finally, the last photo from the attic at House #1.  The entire room is being reused in the guest house at #2.

    While House #1 is beautiful by anyone’s standards, it seems a bit safe today.  In the new house, the word safe is flown out the window.   The house is classic, but there are edgy choices, such as the color of the floor tiles and those in the back yard.  The fabric choices are much more exciting and the colors pack a punch.


    HOUSE #2:

    The new Spanish Colonial house was bought by the couple and then taken apart – to the studs.  Every element was changed – all the windows, the doors, and surfaces are new to the house.  The inspiration for Cathy Kincaid and the architects was to take the house back to what it once was – after it was first built in the 1930s.

    But honestly – there is no hope in pretending the house ever once looked like it does now – because it is spectacular.   Beyond even that!  And there is NO way it ever looked this beautiful!!

    It was bought in 2014 and it took a few years to restore.  The house was featured in Veranda in the 2017, June Issue where everyone fell in love with it. 

    Now, the house is up for sale.   I always wonder why people buy a house and resell it so quickly.  Why?   I don't think in Dallas it is any great mystery.  Apparently a change in business location solves the "great mystery." 

    While Veranda showed quite a few pictures – the real estate listing shows even more.  Photos from Veranda are by James Merrell.  The real estate photos are also beautiful, but I love seeing how Merrell captured the same room or area in such an artistic way.   Additionally, the architect Wilson Fuqua, who renovated the estate, has a gorgeous web site where even more photographs of the house are found.  And finally, Instagram was good for sleuthing.

    Addition The Glam Pad wrote a story about the house and talked with the architect who provided before & after photos.  Glam was sweet enough to let me show some.  To read her story about this house, go HERE.

    I had to pull my jaw off up from the floor looking at all these new photographs of the house  – you can see the incredible detail that went into each room and how it all flows seamlessly.  That's quite a statement for such a large house.   No doubt, this was a massive job.  It reminds me of that Southern Accents Showhouse that Kincaid designed all those years ago.

    The final installation of House #2 took over a week.  I had to laugh when I read that – six house installs leave me exhausted!!!

    The house before it was restored.

    An aerial view – showing the house’s proximity to the Dallas Country Club and Turtle Creek - where you want to be if you live in Dallas, if only you could! 

    An aerial view.  The front has a large drive court that replaced a boring circular drive.  Between the house and the newly built guest house is the swimming pool.   The garages are in the guest house and are entered through back alley.

    Before there were walls around the front and the entrance court, the house looked like this.

    Today, the entry court is seen only through an small opening in the hedge fence.


    Care to buy it?   The details:  Built in 1934.   $16,900.   19 rooms.  Two elevators.  8 fireplaces.   5 bathrooms, 3 half baths.  5 bedrooms.  5 living areas.  Pool with spa.  4 car garage, 2 car carport.  Wilson Fuqua, architect.  House: 5238 sq ft.   Guest House:  added 4386 sq. ft.,  2 guest suites, office, exercise and media rooms, spa.

    Parking on the right, entry to the left.

    Entryway on the far left is through an alee of trees.

    Architect’s web site photograph.  His photos will be marked WF.  Others are marked from Veranda.  The rest are from Real Estate Photos and various IGs.

    The front door is hidden from view in this courtyard on the left, behind the white brick wall.

    Be sure to notice the tops of the chimneys and notice the Moroccan styled structure on the roof.   An octagon shaped skylight.

    Here is an aerial view of the front courtyard.  You can see the Moroccan skylight here,  an original architectural element probably inspired by the world cruise taken in the 1930s.    There is no official photo of the skylight, just an IG one, but it appears to be above the stairway, off the master suite.

    This view shows what is probably the original footprint of the estate.  The sunroom was added to the house probably around the 60 or 70s or 80s.  

    During the current renovation the large guest house/garage was added at the back of the estate.   The addition of the second building brought the sq footage from 5,000+ to 11,800+.

    Here’s a quick sketch I made of the original house. Front door is at the red arrow.  Sorry it’s so poorly drawn but it allows you to visualize the way the rooms all flow off the foyer!!!


    Brick walkway leads up to the hidden front door – found in a courtyard.  Fountain seen in the courtyard.

    The entrance courtyard, brick.  Accessorized with blue and white, topiaries, and French garden antiques.

    The landscape was designed by Diana Green of GreenPrint Designs.

    The fountain in the entry courtyard is a French antique.

    Notice the front door has glass in it – originally it didn’t.  After living a while in the house, the glass was installed to let more light into the foyer.

    Just by seeing this photograph - don't you know this house is going to be special??

    WF photo.  Another view of the courtyard with the angled front door.   The dining room is seen through the windows.   Love.

    The paneled front door before the glass was installed.

    Instagram:  Duck egg blue front door. 

    The foyer.  One of my favorite spaces in the house.  Tile floor.  The dining room is through antique doors.  LOVE!!

    Throughout, the tile floors are Moroccan, imported by Ann Saks.  Dining room tiled walls imported from Portugal.

    Instagram:  An early view – not seen before of the fireplace in the foyer.    Banquettes flank the fireplace.    Through the door is the kitchen area.    Later, antique mirrors are installed along the fireplace wall.  See:

    WF: You can see the newly installed mirrors flanking the fireplace.  Is there anything better than a fireplace in the entry?  Past the stairs is the library.  Right under the stairs is the wine cellar and across is the powder room.

    The architect told The Glam Pad that the house was remodeled in the 80s and the entry became a series of halls that made it half the size.  He installed a new staircase and opened the room up, making it the center of the main rooms. 


    IG.  The foyer.  Remember this mirror was in House #1 master sitting room?  The lamp was in the stairhall.

    The stairs in the foyer.  The foyer table was once in House #1's foyer.  I love that tiny sconce on the stairwall.

    The main staircase looking down at the foyer and living room.  Beamed ceiling.

    There are two elevators – one in the main house and another in the guest house, naturally!

    The wine room, with its own darling window and wallpaper which is under the staircase.

      IG  There are two powder rooms.    Here, the main one is across from the stairs and next to the library.

      Wallpaper by Gracie, custom Moorish scene.  Antique cabinet made into sink vanity. 

      IG    Closeup of wallpaper mural and sconce.

    Doors are from a confessional.  The transom is part of an Indian bed. 

    The dining room is simply gorgeous.   The curtains MAKE the room and are Lisa Fine Textiles.

    This room shows a departure in Cathy Kincaid design, a willingness to change – yet retain your basic aesthetic.  While the elements are always similar, the fabrics she uses now are more colorful and are often handblocked linens and cottons.  Her designs are not quite as serene as they used to be, but I think this might be my favorite dining room, ever!!!

    The wainscot is Portuguese tiles.  This shelf is actually molding with pedestals.

    WF:  A new photo shows a not seen before view of the cabinet.   Notice the white lettuce tureen.   Gorgeous. 


    What IS it that makes this room so pretty?  The curtain fabric for sure.  Second, is the tile wainscot.  In person, this is probably a to-die-for texture, but in a photo, it seems almost like a wallpaper – so its appeal is not just the tile.   The mirror, Moroccan exotic is fabulous.  All the plates hanging all around the room, in mass, add more texture.  And finally, the cabinet.  Together – it is perfection!!!

    From House #1 comes the table and chandelier.  The bench comes from a guest bedroom in #1, and the cream metal urns were also used in House #1.

    WF:  A before photo of the living room.  Notice the ceilings in each room.  They add so much character to the house.

    Vive le difference!!!  Across the foyer from the dining room is the main public space.  The living room is just gorgeous.  Beautiful screen over the sofa.  I love the rug.  The red print is the same that Lee Radziwill used in Paris.  This room is so large you can barely see the piano at the rear.  And the surprise is the modern art above the mantel!

    WF:  Closer view of the two seating areas. 

    Word about all the mantels:

    Living room, library, and 3 mantels upstairs are all original to the house.

    The entry hall and breakfast room mantels are 18th century antique limestone from France.

    WF  The view towards the foyer.

    I suppose while waiting on the white coffee table, this black one filled in and later was moved by the other sofa.

    IG:  during installation.   Close up of the screen.

    And another IG photo, installation complete.

    At the room’s entry – twin banquettes sit in the corner on each side.  The blue stripe?  Bennison, of course!

    Close up of the other corner.

    The front courtyard is through the door. 

    And through the other door by the other banquette is the side courtyard, off the terrace.

    The real estate photo is almost the same as the Veranda view except for the new tole flowers on the side table and other plants.  But I can't resist looking at this room, yet again.  GORGEOUS!!!

    Look how beautiful the ceiling is.

    What makes this room so beautiful?  The blue and white colors.  The rug, by Doris Leslie Blau – it’s a stunner.  The screen.  The pop of red in the toile fabric.

    From House #1, the piano, many of the tables, and the upholstered furniture, now recovered.

    WF   Before – the library.  New windows were added by the fireplace to let in more light and views of the backyard.

    At the back of the foyer is the library, where the owners sit in the evening.  This is the one room where the colors are warmer than the rest of the house.  Just as in NYC, the ceilings are lacquered.

    Seagrass covers the floor. 

    Notice the tile around the mantel.   The two French doors flanking the small bar lead to the swimming pool area outside and the covered terrace. 

    IG:  a rare view from the library back into the foyer.

    A night view.  Notice the bar table has a Moroccan vibe.  And also, notice the patio furniture is covered for the winter.  Nice plain khaki covers are used that tend to become invisible.  Imagine the covers were made in navy or red or white or black - they would stick out like sore thumbs.  Instead, you don’t see these.

    TIP:   khaki is the color for outdoor furniture protectors.

    The two doors in the study lead here, the covered porch off  library, seen above. 

    Notice the original columns.

    IG   Such a terrace - those columns!

    WF Before:    The painted brick obviously had ivy growing on it and it left its mark around the back side.  Today, the pool is the same.  Where the terrace was, there is now a ceiling and above it is a guest bedroom/bathroom.  You can see the original columns and arches.   The double window on the right is the kitchen and beyond that is the added on sunroom.  This room has been completely enlarged and the space between the kitchen and sunroom is a small office and powder room.

    WF Before, a winter view.   The new terrace with the balcony above it and an additional bathroom built by the guest bedroom?   Guessing!    The kitchen window has its own tiled room now and next to it is the connector to the new sunroom that replaced the old one.

    Here's an aerial view of the front courtyard - between the living room and the library and the covered terrace.


    Off the foyer are three rooms - the kitchen and breakfast room and sunroom.   The lantern comes from House #1's foyer.

    Here I go again, I LOVE this room!  Notice how the curtains blend with the dining room.

    The breakfast room overlooks the side courtyard.  It has its own fireplace.  Notice that the creamware is now gone.  Instead, we have this luscious set of dishes spread throughout the room.  Hungry?  Go grab a paper plate, please.

    Throughout the house – all windows and door are new, custom made in mahogany.

    I think it’s safe to say no expense was spared, from the inner workings to the sound system to the wine room, etc. etc.  Everything is top of the line, custom, or antique!


    Is this just too pretty???? The breakfast room!  Love the cabinet in blue with its yellow plates.  Love the antique lantern that is from House #1's foyer.   Also, the table and chairs came from the breakfast room in House #1.

    And notice the centerpiece.  Penny Morrison fabric on chairs.  LOVE!

    WF The butler’s pantry is hidden in the cabinetry between the breakfast room and kitchen. 

Off the breakfast room is the kitchen, which I really like because it’s not TOO big.  You would think that with a house this huge – the kitchen would be too.  But, no, this is human scaled.

Again – this is the brilliance of the house.  Fuqua did not overscale the house, he kept the proportions more in scale with 1900s rather than the 2000s where everything – houses and furniture is so overscaled.   And further – in the Guest House, Fuqua continued his tight rein on scale.  Again, he had all the room to go big, but the house looks like it was built in 1930s.

Notice the tiles on the floor AND notice the WALLS are tiled, too.  LOVE! 

Through the glass doors is the sunroom.   This is that small add on in the Before photo of the backyard.        

Be sure to notice the farmhouse style ceilings throughout the house.  Through the open French doors is the Sunroom.

Wish there was a Before photo of the kitchen, breakfast and sunroom to see how it was reconfigured.

Fuqua did a masterful job,IMO.


I know people say that all the time  "you can't tell it's an addition."   But you always can.   But here, the changes are seamless.  The two houses look like they really were built at the same time - not 80 years apart.


An IG closeup look at the lampshades - lined with a different fabric.   Details!

The view outside the kitchen window overlooks the pool.

At the right in the kitchen is the china pantry.   To die for!

Here is a close up of the china pantry or the coffee bar or maybe just the “show off my cute stuff area.”  The skirt!  The trim.   The lantern.  Zoffany wallpaper.  And stop and look at the door hinges.  OMG.

The hardware throughout the house is custom, mostly, and purchased from P.E. Guerin.

OMG.  Those hinges! 

Oh, oh, oh – this is sooo cute!!!!

    The Sunroom – off the kitchen.  This was the later addition – the architect torn it down and rebuilt the sunroom, making it more substantial.   You can see the room is down a few steps from the kitchen.  AND in between the sunroom and kitchen is an arched, brick hallway, with a desk and the powder room.  Through those windows on the right is the beautiful breakfast room.

    The connection between the kitchen and the sunroom.

    WF  And on the other side of the connection hall is the powder room.  Notice how the mirror was made to fit the circular window!

    Another view from the arched hallway off the kitchen.   The sunroom is three walls of windows and French doors.   Love the columns that separate the windows with the pedestals above.   Be sure to notice that the architect used the same design of the original columns found on the terrace.   Out back you can see the new Guest House.

    Vintage Swedish rug. 

And another view of the sunroom overlooking the new guest house and pool on the right.  Darling pagoda lamps.

    In this aerial view – you can see how the sunroom (with the white flat roof  in the middle of the view) was added on to the original house.

    IG  A view of the new tiled barrel tiled roof that is meant to be reminiscent of the Santa Barbara style.

    IG   The octagon skylight brings to mind Morocco.   A glazed paint treatment highlights the octagonal shape.  The caption on the IG photo says this is in the master bedroom suite.  It’s not in the bedroom, perhaps a not shown foyer or sitting room in the suite?

    Upstairs, there are three bedrooms in the original house.  The master suite is above the breakfast room area and foyer.

    Beautiful ceiling.  Pretty windows overlook the kitchen courtyard.   Large antique bench.  Those cameos that flank the bed!!!!

    To die for!

    I know I keep saying everything is so pretty – but it is!!!!

    Cathy Kincaid really outdid herself.

    Leotine Linens.  Penny Morrison bed fabrics.

    And here is the other side of the room – with the original fireplace mantel.  Some of the creamware appears here in the pink-gray room.  Swedish demilunes. 

    I love this décor!!

    Real Estate photo.   The pretty blue and white rug comes from the living room at House #1; the sofa from that master sitting room, along with the chairs.

    The master bath.  Again, master baths today are almost as large and as luxe as kitchens.  But here, the architects kept the original footprint with its human scale.

    The bath is simply elegant – not over the top with all kinds of fancy tiles.

    Is this the first TV seen in the house?

    The view from the other side.   The window is over the front door.   I love that they chose this tub instead of the new trendy frameless baths.

    This bath will look as good in 50 years as it does now. 

    Another view.  So English – the bathtub.  

    BEFORE:  There was a frameless tub in here, before and red carpeting, yuck!   It’s interesting that Fuqua did not give into temptation and put another tub in that niche.  But – it just looks better where it is now.

    This bedroom is over the Library.

    The door opens to the terrace’s roof which overlooks the back yard and swimming pool.   Through the door at the far right is the bathroom, which was added onto the house by the architect so that each room would have its own bath.

    IG  The mantel with yet even more interesting tiles.

    The rug is from the master bedroom in House #1.

    Closeup view of the fabrics and wallpaper and bed linens.  And more creamware!  Instead of placing it all together in one grouping, this time Kincaid spread the pieces around the house.

    This bedroom must have the best view – it looks over the swimming pool towards the lawn and the guest house.

    I love the gold/yellow scheme and tiles in this bathroom which was newly built but looks original.  LOVE.

    Another view into the closet.

    And the view into the bathtub.

    Love all the monogrammed bath mats and Kleenex holders and linens.  Most are from Leotine Linens.

    And please notice the hardware on the shower door!


    The third bedroom in the original house is a classic  English design with seagrass wall to wall.

    The beds and benches came from the guest room in House #1.

    From IG:  This room's bathroom.  Love the mirror and the marble tiled floor.  Love the floor to ceiling subway tile.


    Here you can see the covered terrace at the left with the yellow bedroom’s new bath and closet above it.   The library is seen at the corner.  The kitchen is on the right and next is the sunroom.

    The original house with the newly rebuilt sunroom on the left – and a view to the new Guest House.  Again, notice the proportions of the Guest House.  The new house is in scale to the original 1930s house and is proportionate to the human form.

    These two factors are why the house feels so warm and inviting.  You don’t feel lost in the house, rambling around in too-large rooms with ceilings and walls that echo.  Instead the size of the rooms is comfortable.

    AND – the color choice of terracotta for the pool decking is a brave one – and one that is rarely seen here in the states.  The terracotta serves as a bookend to the painted white brick.   Additionally, there are the terracotta colored tiles inside the house – that brings the same color inside as outside.

    Looks like a boutique hotel, doesn't it?!?!

    This is the breakfast room/sunroom courtyard.  Notice on the newly rebuilt sunroom that Fuqua used the same cutout brick pattern at the roofline that he used on the terrace off the library.  Additionally, he recreated the same columns as found in the original terrace.   He also repeated the same brick pattern on the terrace of the Guest House, creating a continuity through the two houses. 

    More vintage looking outdoor furniture.

    Above the breakfast room on the right – is the master bedroom, with its beautiful ceiling.

    And if you go through that iron gate at the far right, you will end up at the dining room courtyard and the entrance courtyard.

    The guest house.  Looking from the breakfast room courtyard – the large window is where the office is in the guest house.

    The garages are all located in the back of the guest house which are reached from this door on the left.

    The covered walkway leads from the sunroom to the guest house. 

    An aerial view of the guest house.

    The center section of the guest house.  At the right is one of the guest bedroom suites.  Notice the curving stairway that leads to the second floor.  I suspect that is where the media room is.

    And notice the brick pattern over the terrace that mimics the sunroom and terrace at the original house.


    IG view of the winding staircase leading to the second floor.   Notice all the vintage Spanish details in the brickwork, the flower pots on the stairs, the arched wood doors and the circular windows.  Charming!

    WF   Close up of the Guest House stairs with yet even more tiles.


    Looking from the pool to the guest room in the Guest House.

      And on the right, another gated, private courtyard.  There are so many of these  courtyards around the house.  The front courtyard, the dining room, the living room, the breakfast room – but unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of photos of the different courtyards.   Rats!!!!

    Close up of the center porch of the guest house.

    Closeup of the brickwork.

    View from the center porch of the guest house, seen above.

    The covered walkway leads from the main house sunroom to here, the Guest House entrance where the garages are.  The lanterns light the way at night. 

    Although I suppose the owners park their cars up front, and then have their staff drive their cars around to the back garages.

    I could be wrong.  BUT, if I lived here, that’s what I would do!!!  LOL!!!!!!!!!

    Dream on Joni…you ain’t never going to live here, not even visit it, and the only person pulling your car around is Mr. Slippersocksman, if you bribe him.

    The door from the covered walkway leads to this Guest House's  hall and the garages.  Through the window is the office.

    Is there one inch in this 12,000+ sq ft. house that isn’t cute???  One???   Just one,  that’s all I ask.

    The office, for the lady, I assume.  The covered walkway is seen at the right.  Through the window behind the desk is the cute hallway shown above.  Notice the tiny blue and white plate over the window.    Details!

    The Lady, by the way, is beautiful herself.  Beautiful!  I've no doubt she looks even prettier when surrounded by all the colors inside the house.

    An IG shot of the office.

    Another view of the office.   Cute rattan dog bed.

    Kincaid took the paisley motif throughout the house.  It pops up everywhere, large and small.  It even pops up in their NYC apartment!!!

    TO DIE FOR!   The guest house bedroom suite on the opposite side of the house from the lady’s office.  Not sure what is upstairs.  But whoa.   I’m in love!!!!  Shhhh, don’t tell Ben.  (I’m getting slap happy now.)

    This might be one of my favorite spaces in the house.  It's just darling!!  Those walls!!!

    Looking out toward the pool.

    Many things from House #1 are used here - the slipper chairs came from the large family room.  The mirror at the upper right was from the master bedroom suite, as is the sofa.  The coffee table was once in the library at House #1. 

    I LOVE looking at how all the furniture from House #1 was reused in House #2 and the NYC apartment.   Most was recovered, but some wasn't.  Most of the chairs and tables and lamps and even rugs were used again, which says something for Kincaid's ability to choose pieces that are not trendy and that will look good for decades.  I imagine that the couple's children will one day enjoy much of this in their own family homes.

      Notice the stove/fireplace, AND the firescreen.  I’ve never seen one like that.

    Looking towards the center porch through the French doors.  The corner cabinet is from House #1's living room and notice the charming pedestal up in the corner of the right.

    I'm not sure what is upstairs, but I am intrigued!

    Here you can see the collection of plates that match the color scheme.  And, look – another sconce with a matching pagoda, way up high.

      One other hall in the Guest House.

    Lucky are the guests who get to stay here.

The media rooms.  Hmm – not sure about their choices in movies!  I hate A Fish Called Wanda!  LOL.

Notice I just had to find something snarky to say!  Because I have turned into Elphaba. 

Totally green.  And wicked too.

I’m about to sell my soul to buy this house.  Except my soul isn’t worth this much.


Anyone have any suggestions??

A Go Fund Me page?

"Help Cote de Texas buy this house in Dallas."

OR we could all pitch in and create a Time Share! 

Come on, it’s worth it for a week in paradise, once a year.   

    The view from the guest house towards the sunroom and the covered walkway.

    I mean…look at this, it’s like a small hotel in Santa Barbara.   Can you rent a room at this boutique hotel?

    Proceeds could be donated to the owners' favorite charities. 

    I've been writing this for too long.  I am beginning to feel like I actually DO live here.  

    Wait, there's more.

    Somewhere inside the guest house is the gym.

    And this, a spa.

    There is a hot pool and cold plunge pool, Finnish sauna AND steam room.       

    I have to say this is the cutest home spa I’ve ever seen!

    And there is this final bedroom in the Guest House.  Maybe the granddaughter's room?  I have no clue that there is a granddaughter.  But it would be darling.  This room was recreated from the attic bedroom found in House #1.

The house is now for sale, just a few years after it was finished.  I hope Cathy Kincaid gets a chance to design their new house - wherever it will be.  I have a feeling this time there might be some real downsizing.  After all, how can you top perfection?

    To see some before photos of the house and read more about it, see The Glam Pad HERE.

    And in another twist of fate, House #1 on Beverly Drive is also now for sale, but it’s been renovated in a contemporary style – and, it is barely recognizable from when our couple lived there with the Cathy Kincaid décor.

    For instance, here is what the living room looks like today – so completely different form the serene living room that Kincaid designed.

    Major difference?  Kincaid would never use all these shiny fabrics. 

    The master bedroom – contemporary, but look – the handpainted wallpaper remained!   The bedroom is too Art-Deco for my tastes, but it is very pretty.

    To see more of this house, go HERE.

And now for something completely different!  You all know I'm a huge fan of Ginger Barber, one of the best designers in Houston and elsewhere. 

Seven years ago Ginger discovered Habitat For Horses and became very drawn to the organization.  They rescue and rehab and adopt out horses that have been abused and abandoned.  It's heartbreaking work, but the rewards are worth it.  Ginger doesn't just raise money for HFH, she also works there, doing dirty work like cleaning out stables.  It has become her life's work.

    This year's fund raiser looks to be one of the best.  Jack Ingram and Band will be the star!!!!   HUGE!!!!  And it's in such a fun place - The 4 Star Concert Hall and Side Bar in Brenham, Texas.

    September 26 at 6pm to 10pm

    For those in Houston, it would be nice to spend a few nights in the area and help raise funds for the Habitat For Horses. 

    Habitat for Horses Fundraiser

    For more information - and to obtain tickets, go HERE.


        1. At that bargain price of $16,900. I will take two please!

          1. Has to be a mistake. Must be one million six hundred ninety thousand.

          2. I think there are some houses in Detroit for $16,900.

          3. Did I type that? oy. no 16,900,000.
            sixteen million

            one million? seriously? I'm curious where you live that a house like this would be 1 million? In Houston, 1 million will get you a nice normal house in a decent neighborhood. Anything over that is going to cost you.

          4. I thought maybe that was the original cost of the house in 1934...

          5. If I had 16 million for a house, hum, Laguna Beach, Malibu, South of France.... Who would pay that much for a house in Dallas or Houston??? Seems unfathomable...why???????

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        2. Wow the decor from the apartment to the final home is absolutely stunning. To die for. I could spend many hours fantasising about living in this house! Possibly my favourite post of yours ever Joni. Thanks so much for posting this!

        3. Another great blog post! This house is truly amazing. Every room is gracious and beautiful. It's not ostentatious and doesn't rub wealth in your face. Any single room could very possibly be in someone's home. An amazing display of interior decorating talent! Superb!

        4. Dear Joni, stunning post!! I have always loved Cathy's work! She still remains a classic in those times of modernism and minimalism! And that is not so evident!! She has an eye for all things elegant and stylish!!
          Thank you for this post, that I truly enjoyed! I keep myself asking 'how does Joni manage to keep treating us with the most gorgeous posts' !! Thank you Joni!!

        5. Joni I am totally onboard with the time share idea! Oh I pinned several images. It's truly an inspirational home. I am SO thankful that this architectural gem ended up in such good hands.

        6. Oh my goodness, I'm so happy you do such great research and homework to give us these images and the story. I love the design style and enjoy studying each and every room.
          The NY apartment size is more me, but the mansions are incredible and it was fun to see the various homes.
          P.S. what about a post on Lisa Luby Ryan. I don't see much of her in magazines or online. I love her style.

          1. Ive done several on her - especially one house. Google Cote de Texas and Lisa Luby Ryan. She is actually running for Congress. She won her primary. Not sure that she will still be decorating.

          2. Have you done a post on Slim Paley and her Cape Dutch style home?

          3. lol. I would love to. I actually started pinning photos from her blog. It's very interesting and beautiful. But - was it damaged during the mud slide? I don't know. I thought I had read that but I could be wrong. Regardless, Slim would do it herself if she hasn't already.

        7. Joni, thank you for doing this fabulous post. Your attention to detail is outstanding. I'm such a fan! You've been such a wonderful influence on me. I lived in Houston for 20 years but moved away in the mid 90's. I try and make it back for Azalea Trail every few years. Thank you so much!

        8. Yes, in my next life.....

          Great job on this home however, there is too much detail/china on the walls, going on. This style is reminiscent of the decorating style of older homes here in my neighborhood. Beautifully appointed but sitting for sale on the market...

          1. You either like the plates and stuff on the walls or you don't. For me - I could move right in and not change a thing, except that sunroom. It's just not my style.

          2. I think all the color and pattern would overwhelm you after you moved in, but just my worthless two cents!

        9. Your blog posts are the best - the perfect read for Saturday morning! Thank you for takig the time to share the details of these three houses...I loved every word!

        10. I am still such a traditionalist that I hope the classics circle back around in the near future. I have kept the pages for years of the first time I saw Cathy's blue and white decorating in a magazine.(It was neither of these homes.) I think the NYC apartment and her home #1 are gorgeous classics.Thankfully, the present owners did not take the magnificent architecture out when they chose a contemporary design in home #1. I have just returned from England to see Blenheim Palace and Chatsworth House with their treasures. It is the sign of a talented designer such as Cathy who can adapt her style to create what the owner wants.

        11. Hey Ms Joni! I have been a subscriber of yours for over a year now and I gotta tell you this is the best post I have seen! I am learning so much about interior design from you! After this post I need a nap because my eyes have taken in too much! ;)

          1. Thanks. Sorry it was too long, just couldn't decide how to not show all three houses.

        12. I'm going to have to pass on the time share idea. Don't get me wrong, I love every inch of the house. I just want something much smaller at this point in my life. Now if there was a 2200sf version, I'd be all over it. By the way, Saturday morning is the perfect time for a blog post. Have a great weekend!

          1. It's a huge house but it seems in scale for a family. But there are only three bedrooms in the main house.

        13. I love every single thing about house #2. For one, I want to applaud the owners and architect for going several extra miles to renovate and add onto this property in keeping with the original. I so agree with everything you said about scale and detail. Cathy Kincaid's designs are exquisite. I particularly love seeing traditional decor that doesn't look stuffy at all. Just goes to show that classic furnishings are just that. Thanks for beautifully monopolizing my Saturday afternoon!

        14. 20 years ago I would have been green with envy - now it looks over decorated. How times have changed.

          1. When I compare the sleek new House #1 to House #2, it's no contest. I just prefer #2 by a landslide.

        15. So much beautiful inspiration inside and out! I think one of my favorite houses ever! If I win the lottery I might buy that house right out from under you! I did notice the master bath had the hexagonal white tiles on the floor that Kathryn Ireland hated in her redo! LOL!
          To each his own..

        16. Mind-boggling really. This must have been an exhausting post to write. Mapping the pieces through the homes was super interesting. Joni, you always do a spectacular job with the details and educating your readers on which pieces you love and how to look at the rooms. Another great post.

          Can’t imagine the monumental effort to design and decorate to this level in one residence let alone three. I mean, fabric inside the chandelier shades? The time and money to get to this end. The distribution and placement of assets/inventory from one location to the next with finished polish is just a huge undertaking I’m not sure how one would even begin to approach it.

          I honestly don’t appreciate it as much as I could. While many of the rooms are gorgeous, and it’s not necessary in mansions to have continuous movement of material or color, but even within the rooms there was so much going on: the decor, furnishings, rugs, accessories, colors, fabrics, textures, patterns, materials, art, wallpapers, ...then vintage and modern ..., it just felt overwhelming. And then move to the next room and it could be an entirely different home. Is that the idea? Each piece is lovely. Everything in the homes are beautiful. Is it just there is so much? I prefer to see some strategic relief. I felt some relief in the rooms with cabinets ...and then wondered if they might decoupage them. (Kidding).

          Loved the window treatments - over and over they make the rooms. Love the lacquer ceilings. The best though....they nailed their bathroom designs!

          1. I think the house actually flows rather well from one room to next - it;s very cohesive to me, not overwhelming. but the amount of work it must have been IS overwhelming. I can't imagine how she did it all.

        17. Joni, this could be Best of the Year post, but then I say this again and again. Such detail! Thank you. I am besotted with the #2 house and am running to check the lottery ticket at once!

        18. I am totally on board for a time share!!! This is my idea of move in ready. I am just completely in love with all of the detail, and sick to death of houses where it looks like a plain white bomb went off. Delightful!!!

        19. Joni, Wow I could dream about this house all night, probably my favorite so far. I just love the charm and how the rooms are scaled to size for the time period of the house. If I had the money I would fly Cathy up here to Monterey in a second to start on my house. Thanks for the post and all your exquisite detail!

        20. In the apartment bedroom, the monogram on bedroom pillows is MCC. In a bedroom in the second house, the monogram is MFF. I'm ignorant about monograms - are they always the monograms of the owners? Or could they be for the occupant (a child or grandchild) of that bedroom? Could there be a different spouse? Not really important - just wonderin'. . .

          1. That's very weird. I hadn't really noticed it - I thought it was just a Long F. No, that's her initials. And not her maiden name. And not her children's names. The only thing I can think of is they ordered it from Leotine and someone made a mistake and the photographers were coming. So strange.

        21. There is a l-o-t! to take in. This is my first introduction to Cathy Kincaid's design. Maybe because I never had a home that would be suitable for French design, Kincaid's decor seemed a little on the busy side, but the soft blue living room, in my interior design formally uneducated opinion, is her master piece. I can only imagine what is like to enter that room. It must feel like heaven. It takes courage, and talent, to mix patterns the way Kincaid does, which makes me think the choice of the annoying geometric carpet for the sunroom was a fluke. I cannot explain her decision to use the two chairs upholstered with another geometric print along with the rug. Both prints together seem at odds. Yet, on a close-up photo, I can see that the overwhelming look of those two patterns together is tampered by the large geometrics of the lovely Swedish rug. On suggestion and a request: 1. Please replace the typo on your comments for the living room photo. It should be public not pubic. 1. The small desk in the library is almost identical to the desk in my master/mistress (I always wondered why we call it master bedroom when it is meant to belong to the couple) bedroom. I've had this desk since 1994. Is the style French or English?

          1. omg. I typed that?!?!?!? oy!!! Thanks. I'll fix it.
            My least favorite rug is the sunroom one for some reason. I have no clue why? But you are right about the patterns. etc. The desk looks English to me.

        22. Joni, I think the space above the guest-house bedroom in House #2 is an artist's loft. See the easel standing in the opening? I'll take the NYC apartment, a gorgeous design on a livable human scale. Best wishes!

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        25. Ok the title was a tall order.... but I agree -this probably is the prettiest house in TEXAS let alone Dallas. WOW

        26. Such a fabulous post Joni, and thank you for the shout out! Such beautiful homes, I Pinned and Pinned and Pinned. :)

          The Glam Pad

        27. Whoever set up that media room doesn't really plan to use it. The chairs are lined up directly behind each other with no elevations. The third row couple won't be able to see a thing. And why do these media rooms always have such small screens? It's supposed to be a place for a specific purpose, watching movies, and they've put so much money in already, and then they practically shoot themselves in the foot by putting in a small screen.

        28. Joni - another amazing post - one of my "top tens" for sure. House #2 is amazing; the architect certainly should be proud of his work as well. I'm a huge fan of Country French décor, but I do agree that some of the rooms were over the top; one too many plates on the walls LOL. Any chance you will do a tribute to Dan Carithers' body of work? So very sad that we've lost him as well as Charles Faudree. Thank you again for the many hours of research you put into each and everyone of these posts. I'm always excited to see "Cote de Texas" pop up in my email....please keep them coming! P.S. How is Ben doing these days?

        29. Beautifully, beautifully done ...if money is no object!
          Nonetheless, a great guide for those of us wanting classic, albeit on a smaller scale.
          You are right, the reason all this works is becasue of the human scale of the house.
          Thank you so much for your great posts!

        30. I absolutely adore these houses and what a treat to learn more about them and see how these classic furnishings move between their homes. I live close enough to walk my dogs on this street every day and walking past House 2 with its stunning gardens and exteriors is always a highlight! Thank you for another wonderful post. I really appreciate your insight.

        31. Dear Joni,

          I'm a newly avid reader and I just love you, your style and your posts. Others have said it, but I feel like I've been to a master class on design after a biggie like this one. I love seeing the continuity of the pieces throughout the evolution of these massive breathtaking homes. To me that personalizes all this elaborate design. Clearly the owner and the designer have some favorite quality pieces they don't want to let go of, just like us normal folk! I find that endearing. Thank you for your hard work bringing us such thorough information.

        32. I came across this post on Pinterest today. As I was reading, House #2 started to look familiar. I realized that I saw it yesterday on I live in Houston now, but I used to live in Dallas. To pass the time, I used to drive around the Park Cities while my kiddos were in preschool. So, I still enjoy the beautiful homes through real estate listings! Anyway, I thought to myself that “I need to tell Joni that this house is for sale.” But, apparently you already knew that!!

          I subscribe to your blog, but for some reason, I only receive every other post in my inbox. Otherwise, I would have known that you already knew about this amazing house #2! I truly enjoy reading your posts. Thank you for the inspiration:)

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        35. You never disappoint!!! Thank you so much! I'm with you...#2 by a landslide!

        36. Now this is the Cote de Texas I know and love. I am curious however as to why the homeowners would cover the outdoor furniture for the cooler months. That is the time of year you want to sit outside in Dallas.

        37. Wow!!!! Perhaps your best post ever except that it's impossible to choose. Nobody does it better. Thank you. Never stop blogging! Instagram cannot compete with this.

        38. I want to pull some of those plates off the wall and smash them on the floor. Woman has a fetish doesn't she. Ann

          1. No violence allowed in home décor.

        39. I love driving down this street when I visit my daughter in Dallas. I always wonder about what's inside. Swiss Avenue is another area I like to drive through.

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        44. Thank you Joni for your lovely post. I so look forward to each new post that you do. I'm wondering,
          do you know who the decorator is for the house as is now in the Sotheby's listing?

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