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By Debbie AndersonApril 28, 2020No Comments


By Meda Kessler

The comforts of home have taken on new meaning with the shelter-in-place edict. Dining rooms have become classrooms. Home offices have been turned into work offices. Kitchens are seeing nonstop action. But in every home, there typically is an oasis, a calm port in the storm. Maybe it’s a favorite reading chair. Or the soaking tub in the master bath. Then there’s the breakfast room when the morning light hits it just right. We asked three designers where they are finding joy these days.

Photo by Jen Burner

Brett and Kara Phillips, High Street Homes

This designing couple beautifully melds two styles — his California cool and her Texas traditional — in projects big and small. Check out their work at highstreethomes.com. The perfect chair We love a cozy spot with lots of natural light, and we are obsessed with the chaise and the way it invites you to get fully comfortable and relaxed. We used it to stage our first Market Home in Aledo, and then brought it home and fight over it at night. Can you believe we found it on Amazon?

Ginger Curtis, Urbanology Designs

Curtis is known for her mastery of neutrals and natural materials, used in abundance at her home and at the Urban Fire House, her company office and rentable event space. Check out her work at urbanologydesigns.com. Master bedroom I wanted to evoke a sense of peace and calm, and save the bold pops of color for other spaces in the house. I love to curl up on my sofa (this is actually our Del Mar Sofa, part of the artisan Urbanology Designs furniture line) with a book or a pile of my favorite design mags. The whole space is sooo relaxing and comfortable. Office kitchen Another favorite spot is my kitchen nook at the Urban Fire House. It makes me happy to be in this space; it’s fresh, bright, minimal and modern.

Photo by Norman Young Photography

Ragan Aguilera, Sally Lynn Home

Ragan and Oscar Aguilera run a successful retail and design business (named after Ragan’s mother) out of two showrooms in Southlake. They love a mix of old and new. See more at sallylynnhome.com. Lake house living room We’re quarantining with our kids at our Possum Kingdom Lake house. I love our living room because there are places for relaxing, for play, a patio outside the French doors and also because we’ve filled it with things we love: fun collections, loved books and photos, sentimental pieces from passed family members. It’s one of our favorite places in the world.