BY NANCY COHEN ISRAEL
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN SMITH
himmering surfaces in Petta Thompson’s Moon
Gold sculptures greet visitors to Sarah and Doug
Monsour’s 20th-floor home. In the darkened
foyer, they create a lunar glow, which is contrasted
by the natural light flooding the living areas just beyond.
The Monsours, whose primary residence is in Longview,
initially bought a sixth-floor unit in an Uptown high-rise as an executive retreat. It provided their family with
a place to lay over on trips in and out of DFW airport,
as well as a place to entertain Doug’s Dallas clients. The
couple hired Vicki Crew and Susan Smith of Urban
Interiors to help transform it into an urban oasis. The
Monsours were so pleased with the site and the project
that when they moved into this larger upstairs unit a
year later, they called the team in again. To Crew and
Smith’s pleasure, the work that they had done on the
original unit could easily be moved upstairs. Now
spectacular views of Uptown, downtown, and Victory
Park surround the family on the outside while a focus
on soft contemporary design envelops them inside.
This was a plum job for the designers, who have
worked together for close to eight years. The way
they finish each other’s sentences and continue one
another’s thoughts reflects their symbiotic relationship.
And their taste is impeccable. Here they have created
a space that is casual yet stylish. Says Crew, “It is
so cool and comfortable. They (the owners) can be
comfortable with children and sophisticated with
clients.” The couple has three teenage children.
Faced with designing an entire interior, Crew
and Smith work methodically from the ground up.
“We usually start with rugs and then with neutral
upholstery and then we add punches of color,” Crew
explains. Their first challenge came in the living room.
“This room has an unusual angle to it, so we started
with the rug and moved on to the sectional. If you
don’t follow the angle, you create a new angle,” she
continues. As a result, they had the sectional totally
custom-made. It took several templates to get it right,
but what now exists is a perfectly balanced area with
a boomerang-shaped sectional sitting atop a similarly
shaped rug. David Truett of Truett Fine Carpets
and Rugs in the Design District designed this and
many of the other rugs in the home. They are used
to advantage throughout, creating a visual transition
from space to space.
The charcoal grey flannel sectional in the living
room contrasts elegantly with the white B&B Italia