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PaperCity Dallas November 2023

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" When I think of David Arrington, I think of s o m e b o d y w h o 's a lot of fun," designer J o s e p h M i n t o n s a y s of his longtime client, Midland oilman David H. Arrington, whose storied oil and gas exploits in the Permian Basin and the Barnett Shale have been widely chronicled. Arrington knows his way around the oil and gas fields — his middle initial is "H for hydraulics," he jokes — but for matters of style, he relies entirely on Minton's expertise. "I wanted to buy a new car, so I picked up Joe on the way to the Range Rover dealership," Arrington told me. "He picked one out for me lock, stock, and barrel: a cool racing green with tan interior, walnut trim, and a black top. I get a lot of compliments on it. Joe has perfect taste — that says it all." A few years ago, when Arrington and his wife, Shelley, purchased a 1915 house on a half-acre in Old Highland Park, one of the first calls they made was to Minton. The Arringtons' go-to arbiter of taste, Minton first landed on the couple's radar in the early 2000s after they admired (and later purchased) a house in Midland he'd done for legendary wildcatter Perkins D. Sams. In 2006, the Arringtons built a n e w C o u n t r y F re n c h - style house — a grand showstopper with a four- story slide that bottoms out in a coat closet behind the stairs — and hired Minton 104

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