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January 2012 - Dallas

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"I NEVER FOUND THE COMPANION THAT WAS SO COMPANIONABLE AS SOLITUDE." —HENRY DAVID THOREAU PAGE 16, TOP: "The minute" owner Tammie Kleinmann saw this end of the capacious living room, she knew it would be the dining space. "Eating here and watching nature," she says, "is like watching TV." The B&B Italia chairs are covered in faux red fox from Dorian Bahr. The ottomans, at left, were designed by Alice Cottrell, built and upholstered (in faux grizzly-bear fur from Bergamo Fabrics, through I.D. Collection) at Kisabeth Furniture. Above them, a work by Berlin artist Cornelia Schleime. The window sheers are from Jack Lenor Larsen, silky and diaphanous. "We didn't want drapes, in philosophy," Kleinmann says, but Cottrell suggested them for some key windows. "It was the best thing we did." Now, by drawing them, the vistas can be made even more dreamlike. The console table, far right, is from Napa Home & Garden; atop it, a fossilized crab ("about a trillion years old, says Cottrell"), made into a lamp by Jim Penix of Mineral Hunters in Dallas. Above it, a work by German artist Peter Schunter. PAGE 17, TOP: Off the kitchen, a den-like space that links O'Neil Ford's original 1958 house with its 1961 expansion by Ford protégé Scott Lyons. Much attention and budget has been devoted to making the glassy house eco-friendly, by passionate contractor Marc Kleinmann (in fact, Tammie Kleinmann's ex-husband) of EGC Custom Homes in Dallas. "I have a fetish for the mechanics of a house," Tammie says. "I should've been in heating and air conditioning." The greening of this house has included an efficient chimney insert and painstaking securing of all the walls and glass with modern sealants, making the house as airtight as possible — and dropping the energy bill by 50 percent. All doors and window mullions were carefully refinished, too. "Everything's been scraped and sealed and painted," Tammie says. "I want this house to be here a long time." In the den, a custom sofa by Alice Cottrell, in Rodolph plush, through Culp Associates. The rabbit-fur Smiley Cushion is from Calypso St. Barth; the rabbit-fur throw is by Adrienne Landau, through the David Sutherland Showroom. The ottoman is Minotti, in Edelman leather. Overhead, a zoomy light fixture by David Weeks Studio, through Ralph Pucci. Underfoot, tactile carpet by Missoni Home. PAGE 17, BELOW The living room, just the place for winter tête-à-têtes. The B&B Italia club chairs are "the therapy chairs," says Kleinmann, where she and husband Brian Nadurak sit with glasses of wine. The floor lamp between them is Holly Hunt. Cottrell designed the sofa, built by Kisabeth Furniture; the arm pillows are custom, too, in David Hicks fabric from Lee Jofa. The cocktail table was sliced from a teak tree that had encapsulated two other trees; Cottrell estimates that it weighs 1,000 pounds. (It took six men to move it into the house; Kleinmann couldn't bear to watch.) THIS PAGE, TOP LEFT: The rear of the O'Neil Ford house, looking toward the living-room wing. (Scott Lyons' 1961 expansion is at far right.) The original grounds were designed by husband-wife team Arthur and Marie Berger, who landscaped the DeGolyer Gardens in 1940, now part of the Dallas Arboretum. Kleinmann and family are mindful to "preserve the yard as carefully as we preserve the house." An unwanted swimming pool was demolished and removed — bit by bit — in wheelbarrows, so as not to disturb the trees on the park-like acre. "Trees first, house second," says Kleinmann, of her priorities, always. THIS PAGE, TOP RIGHT: Alice Cottrell, of Alice Cottrell Interior Design, with her dog Charlie. THIS PAGE, BOTTOM: A dinette of delicious leanings. The kitchen's banquette is covered in real cork fabric, by Kravet. (A scientist friend of Cottrell's tested it in a lab; it defied every chemical drizzled on it.) So confident has Kleinmann become in all of Cottrell's fabric selections that "Alice only brings me one fabric now — and I always go for it." The restaurant-grade table is called Knobhill, from West Coast Industries. Above the banquette, two mixed-media works by Argentine artist Pancho Luna, through Craighead-Green Gallery. JANUARY | PAGE 18 | 2012

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