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HOMES ARCHITECT


Above: A solid walnut table by Gervasoni sits center in the home’s living room. Two adjacent, plush Tentazione chairs by Mario Bellini for Cassina flank the table. Lorraine Tady’s Elevation-vator helps conceal the room’s television. Right: The Cestone couch by Antonio Citterio for Flexform anchors the family’s den. Rice chose the piece for its attractive leather backing, which faces the outdoors. To its left stands a 1950s Monza Triennale floor lamp by Gino Sarfatti.


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With compromise comes beauty. As proof, just look at the mod- ern masterpiece in Preston Hollow conceived by architects Paul Field and Braxton Werner of Dallas’ Wernerfield. When a young married couple with distinctly different design tastes wanted a home that combined their modern and traditional sensibilities, the architecture team dreamed up a cozy curb- side stunner that shows how magnificent meeting in the middle can be. The project started as a


typical remodel of a 1960s Texas ranchburger-style home. Was the home too close to the street? Yes. Did it take the best advantage of the property’s sparkling pond? No way. Wernerfield’s solution was


to start from scratch. Down came the ranch home, with the exception of the main fireplace,


and in its place rose an ode to modern design that’s slick, but not intimidating, current, but not cliché. The remnant of the old house became the fireplace seen at the front entry court. “It became clear that a


ground-up situated on a dif- ferent part of the one-acre lot would be a better solution,” Field says. “This allowed us to push the home farther away from the street and locate it in a part of the property that would have better views of the pond.” When it came to converging the couple’s two aesthetics, the architects knew that the home’s exterior would be their first major hurdle. At a glance, the home is a modernist’s daydream. Clean lines coupled with large windows and white stucco lend themselves to the husband’s taste. However, when those elements are balanced


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