FRIENDS IN THE RIGHT PLACES

BY ANDY STONEHOUSE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY HOLGER OBENAUS

A colorful, round rug from The Rug Company centers this music room. The client owned the chairs, which were upholstered in Kravet couture Tally silk and F. Schumacher Kuku Blossom. Art is an Sam Francis original.

Among interior designers, clients are king. And a client who provides steady opportunities for an artist to show off his decorating work—and is also comfortable enough to let a designer call the shots—is an even more valuable partner.

Such is the symbiotic relationship between Dallas-based interior designer David Call and one of his favorite customers, Dr. Kim, an acclaimed medical professional who heads a department at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.

Call, a visionary figure on the local design scene for more than two decades, has spent more than 10 years crafting and reupdating design details at Kim’s art-laden home in the Cottonwood Valley development in Los Colinas, located in Irving.

With Call’s regimen of timeless, comfortable modern design at the forefront, the project has involved a tasteful and ever-evolving series of art deco-themed upgrades to the property. That’s meant a heavy emphasis on leafed-metal finishes, archival fabrics and a mixture of delicate details, including some fixtures and furnishings Call designed himself.

“My clients are unique in that they are high-profile in their own right, but they also enjoy comfort and luxury,” Call says. “They spend countless hours at their professional jobs and know what they want once they come home to their personal space. With most clients, the consultations often start with me asking, ‘What is important to you about your design?’ and allowing their voice to be heard. Here, I was given free rein, and it’s ironic that I channeled the client so closely in this case—he subsequently hired me to oversee the project design and be the interior decorator.”

The first order of business for the 3,500-square-foot bungalow was to gut the house down to the bones, examine better opportunities for the layout and “make edits,” as Call describes his process, and then begin a full-scale design overhaul.

Call had a further bonus to work with, in the form of Kim’s extensive and wide-ranging art collection. Among the treasures, Call discovered a pair of Motherwells, a pair of Sam Francis’ works and an Annie Leibovitz. This set a design theme based entirely around those and other stellar works.

Call teamed with Alan Simmons of Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art to create an entirely new set of customized, almost historical looking, frames for the full collection, using exotic woods and steel for a unique finish. Those wood themes resonate with the carbonized bamboo flooring Call installed throughout the home, adding a special Asian inspiration to the entire property.

David Call Interiors designed the bespoke coffee table. A Frank Lloyd Wright chair sits behind a solid wood table and under a photographic print by Annie Leibovitz. Original artwork, in olive wood frames, is by Robert Motherwell.

Next came the transformation of the entryway into a grand music room, with a custom, round art deco-styled rug, and Kravet art deco fabric combined with Robert Allen and Costume Collection hardware. Those touches complement the gold handblown glass petal chandelier, Kim’s baby grand piano, and two very distinctive Swaim chairs, warmly upholstered in blazing F. Schumacher and Kravet Couture Tally fabrics.

A distinctive feature in the master bath is a custom wooden vanity—designed by Call and topped by custom mirrors and Stonegate Ebe sconces.

In the kitchen, Call added some drama with a rouge redtopped Calligaris extension table and chairs, and whimsical pendants from Stonegate’s Jellyfish Collection.

Call says clients enjoy his ongoing projects and he appreciates the opportunities to add extra touches or new ideas wherever they strike his imagination.

“It’s a constant routine; I still walk around Dr. Kim’s home and grounds once a month to keep a keen eye on the needs of this busy client and his home. The guest bedroom was one of my many recent updates, and there are some areas that I’m waiting to do new work in.”

In the office, the client provided chairs, which surround a side table from Global Views. The marble Rodarte rug is from The Rug Company.

Call designed the vanity for the master bath along with the chair in Lee Jofa fabric. The sconces are from Stonegate with mirrors by Christopher Guy.

Three glass pendant lights from Stonegate illuminate a table and chairs by Calligaris in the breakfast nook. Fabric awning by Brentano.

Bedding in the guest bedroom is by Barbara Barry with night tables from Bungalow 5 and Arteriors. The three art pieces above the bed are originals from Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art.

Call custom designed the bedding, using Robert Allen fabrics on a bed from Swaim. An original Eames Lounge Chair provides seating in the master bedroom, along with a Christopher Guy bench. The mirrored nightstands are from Aidan Gray. Original art from Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art.

The vanity in the guest bath is from Fairmont Designs with a mirror from David Call Studio. The lighting is from Fairmont Lighting. Silk Blanco tile from Porcelanosa lines the shower.

Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Call was born with a persuasive work ethic and a belief that he could master any field he tried. He lists Glen Boudreaux and John Holstead as “great mentors and compadres” in his ongoing design evolution.

“I do prize my client retention, and they certainly do rehire me for more projects. They know that I have patience and that I help them build a life in their home. I specialize in previously owned homes, and I can help clients find their own voice with a new design.”

Andy Stonehouse is a writer and editor based in Greeley, Colorado. He can be reached at rossandrew stonehouse@gmail.com.