Modern Style Meets Functional Elegance Redux

AFTER A TORNADO SWEPT THROUGH THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD, REPEAT CANTONI CLIENTS CALL UPON THEIR TRUSTY DESIGNER, NICOLE GEORGE, TO GIVE THEIR COLORFUL HOME A FUNCTIONAL AND UPDATED LOOK.

Designed By: Nicole George Photos By: Michael Hunter


It’s safe to say that Blair Conley and Zach Mueller have a unique sense of style and their Dallas home clearly reflects that. So when a tornado tore through their neighborhood and upended their recently built and designed home mere months later, they were devastated. However, this unfortunate event opened the opportunity to make some slight changes to their modern marvel. They reconnected with their designer, Nicole George, and got to work detailing the updates that they had in mind.

Before you even step inside the home, it’s readily apparent that whoever lives there is not afraid to make a statement, a fact that is further emphasized by their front door, which is a vibrant shade of teal blue. The interior of the home is a perfect reflection of its exterior, with modern clean lines and unrestricted pops of chromatic color. Wanting to stay true to their colorful personalities but update their space to reflect certain changes, Blair and Zach took the opportunity that the tornado presented to create a truly functional home.

“Blair and Zach’s remodel began during the pandemic, so we used this opportunity to redesign and rethink all areas that were to be lived in on a daily basis, with work function, hobby, and retreat sanctuary in mind,” said Nicole. Many of the furnishings in the home were reordered exactly as they were in the original design, while some areas were completely redesigned to fit the duo’s lifestyle better and provide the opportunity to create multi-purpose spaces.

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A prime example of where the trio thought that a multi-functional space would prove beneficial was in the ground-level guest bedroom, which was repurposed as a ‘casita’, where it could also serve as a morning room, professional massage room, and a pool house area for guests.

Blair and Zach loved their main living space so it remained more or less the same, with one differentiating factor: the statement sectional. Still a beloved Gamma design and in the same striking leather, this time the pair opted for the Soho sectional with a detachable ottoman so that in a pinch, it can easily be moved to the corner of the fireplace for additional seating alongside the Lina chairs. Blair’s study also received a colorful facelift, with an all-new desk and teal blue armchairs from Cattelan Italia, and custom artwork Music Books prints from Cobra that pull the entire office together.

Already much loved by the household, the designs that Nicole originally helped select in the dining room and outdoor area stayed the same. The dining area offers an eye-catching contrast from the rest of the home with its dark art-deco wallpaper and high-style Cattelan Italia designs. The custom Spyder dining table effortlessly complements the geometric light fixture overhead, while the Rita side chairs, upholstered in cool grey velvet, bring in a sense of warmth and comfort. And when Blair and Zach want a change of pace, they can step outside and revel in their own outdoor oasis, with an expansive pool, modular seating in their favorite teal blue, and a conveniently placed bistro table and bar stools for dining al fresco.

Once completed, the couple was left with a home that was even better than the original. “I was honored that Blair and Zach came back to me,” said Nicole. “They were able to get a second chance to re-edit areas that we loved originally, but now we were able to rethink the spaces for occupancy as well as design.”

To see Nicole’s original work on this stunning 6,000-square-foot Dallas home, check out the story on our website.

Nicole was really exceptional, and our dream home would not have come together the same without her.

— Blair Conley

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