A Sophisticated Hideaway
A busy executive and his partner enlist Cantoni design consultants Janet Baker and Craig Rubright to transform their multi-story town house into a chic city escape in Dallas’ Highland Park neighborhood.READ MORE READ LESS
For anyone working long hours, creating the perfect space to come home to is key in disconnecting from the office and reconnecting with family and friends. That’s exactly what the owners of this three-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Highland Park were seeking when they first found this property while it was under construction.
Having worked with Cantoni to furnish their office, they immediately thought of design consultants Janet Baker and Craig Rubright when it came time to design the new home from the ground up. The client-designer bond quickly turned into a mutual love of the house from day one. The three-story home was lovingly called “The Tree House” because of its incredible treetop views and sense of escape. “We worked together to make the most of each floor, in terms of both function and design,” adds Janet. “It was about designing a minimalistic space that would allow them to relax, unwind and decompress. Ultimately, we were empowered to take the reins and bring their vision to life.”
With this trust came the opportunity for Craig and Janet to spearhead all aspects of the design during the 10-month project. The designers were tasked with selecting interior finishes, furniture, lighting, fine art and accessories. “Every room of the house was unique in the design approach,” notes Craig. “No concept or ‘look’ is repeated and each room has its own personality, yet it all comes together in a cohesive way. As Janet and I were given so much artistic freedom on this project, the most exciting and rewarding part was watching their response to our ideas.”
While Janet and Craig made what went into the house a major priority, what not to put in the space was equally significant. “You’ll notice that in the main living room and above the fireplace in the master the connections for the TV were stoned over,” reveals Craig. “When they come home at night, they are not going to sit in front of a TV. The only TV in the whole house is in the media room.”
In the end, the sleek space evoked both comfort and style and became a place for the clients to enjoy with friends and family. “It was an inspiration to work on this project,” concludes Janet and Craig.