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"I 've been the biggest M i l e s R e d d f a n f o r e v e r, " B a i l e y McCarthy says of the New York designer known for creating joyous interiors packed with color and pattern. "I already loved Miles' chic city spaces and proper East Coast estates he has so rightly been celebrated for," she says. "At his core, Miles is a Southern gentleman from Atlanta, and I knew he was the perfect person to interpret a Texas country house in a fabulous fresh way." For the architecture, the McCarthys enlisted William Curtis of Curtis & Windham Architects, who had previously designed their house in Houston. Coincidentally, Redd and Curtis are longtime friends. Although their design styles are polar opposites — Redd's interiors are exuberant; Curtis' architecture is restrained — it all came together like magic. The farmhouse's elegant Greek Revival-inspired architecture has such regionally familiar touches as a sloping metal roof, covered porches, and traditional center-hall planning that references historical Texas dogtrot houses. For Curtis, it was all about keeping things simple. "We focused on detailing the interior architecture so that it complemented the house and provided a simple backdrop for the strength we knew Miles would provide," he says. The McCarthys have two young kids, so they asked Redd to make sure the interiors were casual and durable. "We walk through the house with muddy feet and wet swimsuits, so we didn't want anything precious," Bailey says. On the other hand, she also wanted the interiors to have the quirkiness of a Wes Anderson film — and Redd DIVINE DESIGN DETAILS 65

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