A Builder's Dream Home


Designed By: Dallas Design Team  Photos By: Michael Hunter

When you visit the home of a prominent builder—one who is the owner of a leading home design-build firm—you expect it to be an exceptional space. But in the case of Rob Champion, owner of Dallas-based ICF Custom Homes, and his wife Renee, their personal abode exceeds anticipation. An expert in designing transitional, modern and industrial homes, Rob and Renee leaned toward the latter styles for their own space, blending a sprawling, equilateral footprint with expansive windows, metal accents, tall ceilings, neutral walls, a burnt oak texture on the dining room ceiling and multiple interior brick walls. They executed exactly what they envisioned in the home’s bones—and wanted the interiors to complement their work. “The home has clean lines with rusty metal accents, so we really needed to warm it up inside,” Renee says.

The Champions were pleasantly surprised to discover Cantoni offered personalized interior design services, and upon meeting the Dallas design team, knew they’d met their match. Upon getting to know the Champions, our design team discovered Rob’s passion for American architect Tom Kundig, whose work became a great source of inspiration for the home’s aesthetic. “The interiors were influenced more by architecture than anything else—the design is really about function, line and form,” the design team says. “We wanted it to feel industrial, but warm and inviting.”

No stranger to Pinterest, Renee prepped boards for our designers to source from, too. One common thread was the Champions’ unabashed love of all things walnut. “We incorporated a balance of textures and abundance of walnut,” the design team says. “They also weren’t afraid to go with color—such as in the game room—or darker hues, which provided beautiful contrast.”

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Raw metals and organic woods were used throughout, a trend that began in the entryway with the stunning, natural teak console table nestled below a starburst mirror. In the dining room, the Skorpio Wood Dining Table, made in Italy to seat up to 12 guests, was customized in Canaletto walnut. They hung the Galvanized Circle Wall Decor, made of sophisticated aged steel, to play off the straight-edge metal vibe. “We entertain frequently, and our favorite aspect of the home is that everything is durable and livable,” Renee says.

In the living room, the grey wood floors, brick wall and metal fireplace were offset with the Ease II Lounge Chair and Ottoman, the Arch Floor Lamp in stainless steel, and the room’s central piece, the McQueen Sectional in contrasting black and charcoal leathers, designed by Giuseppe Viganò and handmade in Italy.

The design team toyed with brighter tones in the game room by combining a graphic rug with the red sphere chair and the matte white Seneca Entertainment Console with a walnut top. Guests are treated to a white-bathed, walnut-filled bedroom, too, and can tuck belongings in the matching nightstands. “I loved the designers' unique approach to getting inside my head,” Renee says. “I really enjoy the fun, midcentury pieces, and we are very happy with the end result.”

We loved the Dallas designers’ unique approach, and we are very pleased with the end result.

β€” Renee Champion, Dallas

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