From a $125,000 closet to a wall of wine and hidden cabinets, here’s a look at our top home design stories of 2018.

1. A wall of wine.

Steve Green loved living on Rosa Road so much that not only did he and his former partner, Kenneth Craighead, build a house there in 2000, they also constructed a similar one next door in 2016. Architect Paul Pedigo designed the house, which was featured on the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes. Green credits Craighead of Craighead Green Gallery for the interior design. The house is built around Green’s two great passions: art and wine.

2. Downsize upgrade:

When this Bluffview couple decided to downsize and build a new home on a half-acre lot, they turned to architect Patricia “Tricy” Magadini, someone they had worked with on remodeling projects since their now 18-year-old twins were in high chairs. Inspired by their home and lifestyle in Costa Rica, the family worked with the design team to create a home on Surrey Circle that celebrates outdoor living. The contemporary two-story house includes large moveable glass walls that open the main family areas to an 800-square-foot screened living area.

3.Hidden cabinets and teak art:

Brian Thacker delights in having a home designed for hiding things in plain sight. The front yard and turquoise door just off Inwood Road belie the inside 3,700-square-foot home filled with art and built around a back yard of trees and a pool. Architect Laura Baggett developed a sliding panel to expose a piece of art or the television in the living room. Push aside one screen and there’s instant privacy in the dining room. The wet bar’s pantry pullouts disguise glasses and accessories. A line of minimalistic kitchen cabinets conceals a dishwasher, ice maker and appliances. Even the bathrooms have moveable cabinets.

4.Insanely big closets.

In “Sex and the City: The Movie,” fashion icon Carrie Bradshaw asks Big to build her “a really big closet.” Well, these neighbors’ closets are bigger than Big’s. (And shhh! They want to keep them a secret, but we got a peek.) Designer Kathleen Jacobson spent years as a television journalist and a producer for programs such as Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight and 20/20. Now she creates closets that we can all covet. Founder of The Couture Closet, Jacobson is in demand in Preston Hollow.

5.Home tour = new friends.

Mary Ann Johnson decided to feature her 2,800-square-foot Baxtershire Drive home on the Northaven Home Tour because she wanted to meet her neighbors. Recently retired from Texas Instruments’ human resources department, Mary Ann and her husband, Ray, a pediatrician, downsized from a 3,800-square-foot home. The home showcases the couple’s eclectic interests. The décor has an Asian influence, reflecting Mary Ann’s frequent travels in China, but it doesn’t dominate. Figures of the Terracotta Army, funerary art purchased in Xi’an, China, in 2003, are the focal of the entryway and attracted a lot of attention and curiosity on the tour.

6. Five kids, no clutter.

Joanne Yurich calls her describes her 4,200-square-foot house as having a clean look with “pops of color.” It helps that her mother is renowned interior designer Robyn Menter. The most stunning aspect of the home is that it is devoid of clutter in spite of the fact that the Yurichs have five children. Check out her tips for conquering clutter.


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