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September 2016 - Houston

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Above: Antique mirrored Mexican chest and marble-and-brass lamp. Untitled abstract portraits by Sergio Zenteno, circa 1980, from Dermot Begley, L.A. five that he wanted to be an architect. His parents, both photographers, en- couraged his interest. "I never went to Disneyland. Instead, we would go on group tours to Frank Lloyd Wright and John Lautner houses, things like that." He began collect- ing furniture while still in grammar school. A worn leather trunk, which Hunter bought at a River Oaks estate sale at age 11, was his first vintage purchase. It serves as a chest in the master bedroom now. "It has been with me everywhere I've ever lived," he says. Growing up, movies sparked a passion for interior design. "Any- thing from the blue sofas in Mommie Dearest to the bizarre postmodern remodel in Beetlejuice, I was fasci- nated with incredible sets." Later, he co-curated the "Texas Design Now" show at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, which honed his talent for creating exciting interiors. The cinematic storyteller in Hunter is always waiting in the wings, and he begins by asking clients what they want to feel when they come home. "I build upon a story based on that individual. I'm more interested in assembling a choreographed expe- rience and a fantasy, rather than decorating." Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Works by Kelli Vance, Jordan Sullivan, Alejandro Diaz, and Geoff McFetridge hang in the media room. Moroccan yellow-and-white blanket and pillows covered in Larson Fabrics. Concrete sculpture in the manner of an Easter Island head belonged to Garrett Hunter's parents. On the Chinese chair, a work by Paul Middendorf. Jean Prouvé wall lamp. A hot-rolled steel table from Tienda X holds an apple from Busy-Being, Austin. In the master bedroom, brass Pace Collection tables from Reeves Antiques and an Indonesian tapestry. Bella Notte bedding from Kuhl-Linscomb. Moroccan coverlet bought on a trip to the Atlas Mountains. Above the antique trunk, a photograph by Rhonda Hunter. The resin chair is part of a studio line at Tienda X . 116 Maison Jansen leather sofa faces a cocktail table by McGuire. Slingshot glasswork by ESQUE Studio from Peel Gallery.

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