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61 A s Sylvia Hargrave a n d M a g n u s We t t e r s t r a n d k n o w, g o o d things can blos- som out of the most challenging situations. In 2011, when their longtime designer abruptly left town, they were left with unfinished interiors two months before Christmas. "I was desperate to find another designer," remembers Hargrave, a prominent eye surgeon and chief of ophthalmology at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. In a rare free moment, she headed to the Dallas Design District, where she popped into the contemporary design showroom Smink. Spotting two of her friends shopping, Hargrave asked, "Is anybody here an interior designer?" They pointed across the room to Joshua Rice, who had opened his own design business four years earlier after working with architecture and design firm Bodron + Fruit. Hargrave didn't mince words. "I walked up to him and said, 'Listen, I'm in a very bad situation.' I explained everything." Rice agreed to stop by their apartment at the W Residences MATCH WHEN SYLVIA HARGRAVE'S DECORATOR UNEXPECTEDLY MOVED AWAY MIDWAY THROUGH DESIGNING HER HIGH-RISE APARTMENT IN THE W RESIDENCES, THE BUSY DOCTOR MARCHED OVER TO THE DALLAS DESIGN DISTRICT AND ENLISTED THE HELP OF THE FIRST DESIGNER SHE BUMPED INTO. IT JUST HAPPENED TO BE JOSHUA RICE, A STAR ON THE DALLAS DESIGN SCENE. HOW DID THAT TURN OUT? BEAUTIFULLY. and take a look; their chance meeting was fortuitous. Hargrave and her husband, a senior pilot with American Airlines, had been living in the Victory Park- area tower since 2007, a year after it opened. "We like really modern, clean spaces, and were drawn to the W because of the liveliness of the area — my husband is a big hockey fan, so he was excited about being able to walk across the street to the American Airlines Center and watch games," she says. "And we have a Left: The entry vestibule's walls are covered in hide panels. Painting by Antonio Murado from Holly Johnson Gallery. Mid-20th-century bronze sculptures from Sputnik Modern. This page: In the dining room, credenza is from BDDW, NYC. Vases by artists Lilith Rockett and Sakul Intakul. Artwork Joe Guy from William Campbell Contemporary Art. WHEN YOU MEET YOUR

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