Douglas Bradford, owner of J. Douglas Design in Turtle Creek, sums up the concept behind the 5,900-square-foot four-bedroom home he designed in Frisco’s exclusive Hills of Kingswood neighborhood. “The design was soft country French outside, but the owner wanted the interior to be more contemporary,” he explains. “There’s nothing traditional inside at all.”
Glass doors at the entry set the tone. “When you walk up to the house, you’re able to see straight back to the swimming pool, which was inspired by a home the owner had seen while traveling,” says Bradford. “It’s very dramatic.”
Tiny ice-like crystals dangling from a chandelier enhance the effect, as does a “soft deco” Marge Carson console, and a trio of benches with industrial gold and silver chains. Like all of the furniture in the house, the pieces were selected from Bradford’s own furniture and design showroom. The colorful Daniel Padilla painting above the console was commissioned by the owner.
In on the project from the ground up (he was enlisted to partake by local architect and builder Mike Jones, with whom he collaborated, along with the owner), Bradford made all of the selections for wall coverings, porcelain tile flooring, fixtures, plumbing and so forth. Working within the open floor plan, which encompasses the home’s main living area and adjoining kitchen, he introduced a neutral color palette of taupe and brown, accented with touches of black and bronze, and offset it with interesting textures. Artwork, sourced largely from the Phoenix Art Group in Arizona, flows through the house.
Situated to view the pool, backyard and outdoor entertaining areas, but also so that the owner, her guests and her grandkids, who often visit, could relax by the fireplace or watch television, the living room is grand yet casual. The centerpiece of the room, a custom, quilted leather-look sofa by Marge Carson, is purposefully durable.
A graceful island with a granite waterfall edge subliminally separates the space from the ample kitchen and serves as a spot for causal dining. The granite detailing carries through to the interior cabinet system, which also features a row of upper cabinets Bradford designed. “I worked with a painter for the custom, lightly rubbed, taupe metallic finish and added stainless hardware,” he says.
For the somewhat more formal dining area, Bradford carefully selected pieces in the same palette and textures as the kitchen. A burled-wood table, with a light finish that complements the kitchen cabinetry, pairs with a Marge Carson buffet and matching mirror as well as a pair of quartzite lamps. Above the table hangs a graceful gold and silver metal chandelier with colored crystals that hang like jewelry pieces.
The chandelier also happens to match a pair of sconces set on either side of doors to what Bradford calls his favorite room in the house—the wine room. “It has the most dramatic design details,” he says. “You can view it from a lot of different angles, through glass doors or two floor-to-ceiling glass panels in the dining room, and also from the entry. When you walk in, the main focal point is a series of backlit quartz wine cubbies, arranged in a sort of jigsaw puzzle pattern. It’s a masterpiece we all collaborated on.”
Another high point of the home was the result of an onsite evolution. “When we started out with the house, it was going to be a sort of media-golf room,” shares Bradford. “The owner wanted a golf simulator put in. But when we got to the planning stage and found out it would involve draping the walls and ceiling, we thought, ‘This is going to throw everything off.’ Instead, we turned it into a pool table area, with a much simpler, nicer aesthetic. It’s used as a media and game room now.”
Familiarly known as “the hangout room,” the space features a sofa done in soft black quilted leather, which Bradford says resembles a Chanel handbag, a colorful Feizy rug, and chair from Century Furniture that swivels to face a television or the backyard pool area through a nine-foot-wide sliding glass door. “It’s almost like having an indoor cabana,” he notes.
For private time, Bradford carried the owner’s contemporary tastes through to the master bedroom as well, pairing Marge Carson swivel chairs in a gray, crocodile-like metallic fabric with a custom entertainment piece with an inlaid mirror and selenite lamps. Of the room, and the project overall, Bradford showers praise upon the owner. “She was a dream client who essentially gave us complete creative liberty,” he says. “She was really thrilled by the way it turned out.”
Linda Hayes, a freelance writer from Aspen, Colorado, specializes in architecture, design and the luxury lifestyle. Her articles have appeared in publications including Luxe, Hawaiian Style and Elle Décor.