coffee tables, while a six-foot-tall poppy-colored
planter behind it echoes the hues and shapes of the
Gregg Coker painting on the opposite wall. Though
the overall effect is serene, the grouping of three
Climbing Men wire sculptures by Chris Mason lends the
room an air of whimsy. Two stools from Ligne Roset
and two custom-made barrel swivel chairs complete
Unlike their first unit, the Monsours now have
a dining area whose table and chairs are also from
B&B Italia. A Jean de Merry chandelier pops like a
starburst above the table. Ligne Roset barstools are
tucked under the granite countertop nearby, providing
a casual spot for a quick bite.
While Crew and Smith had the walls painted
museum white, they left some room to play. The
guest powder room features textured wallpaper with
big splashy tree motifs made by the French firm
Elitis. Notes Smith, “Wallpaper is coming back with
a rage. In this bathroom we added it just for drama.”
The wallpaper, as with many of the other aesthetic
flourishes including Thompson’s sculpture wall pieces
in the foyer, comes from the Donghia showroom in
the Design District.
Unique structural features abound in this home.
Although it is in the downtown area, it is serenely
quiet. There are four outdoor balconies, three of
which have fireplaces and all of which offer stunning
Much of the art comes from Craighead Green
Gallery. As Smith says, “It was a natural migration to
the gallery,” since Sarah’s mother is also a gallery client.
According to the designers, having the opportunity to
place all of the art was one of the most enjoyable
aspects of this project—and something they rarely
have a chance to do. Their relationship with the
gallery helped, too. As Gallery Director Scot Presley
According to the designers, having the opportunity to place all of
the art was one of the most enjoyable aspects of this project—
and something they rarely have a chance to do.