points out, “Understanding the aesthetic of a designer
and their clients can be tricky, but not with Urban
Interiors. Having worked with Susan and Vicki for
many years, I’ve come to learn their sense of style. We
built the Monsours’ collection slowly and deliberately.
Each piece they chose was first and foremost a piece
they loved. The designers did a great job of pointing
them in the right direction and allowing them to
make good choices. The collection overall has great
continuity with a fine balance of mediums including
photography, paintings, sculpture, glass, and fine art
Indeed the art does run the gamut, and its placement
reflects a sense of fun. On the wall facing the Petta
Thompson sculptures hangs a red kimono, but not a
silken one that wafts in the moving air. This one is by
Georgia artist Gordon Chandler, fashioned from oil
barrels. It hangs rigidly while still providing a sense of
elegance to the space. A painting by Dallas artist Brad
Ellis provides a visual bridge between the two works.
The living areas are also filled with art, all great
conversation pieces. One of Dallas photographer
Carolyn Brown’s floral works is in Sarah’s bathroom,
while an underwater photograph by local photographer
Kenda North hangs in Doug’s bathroom. The television
room features a suite of 10 works on paper from Native
American artist Poteet Victory’s Abbreviated Portrait
Series. A white piece of paper with a red box in the
middle and a small black dot in the lower right corner
represents Marilyn Monroe. This work was acquired
through McLarry Modern in Santa Fe.
Finally, the bedrooms are a study in comfort.
Each is swathed in linens and pillows from Casa di
Lino, a local purveyor of luxury linens. Every tufted
headboard was custom-made for the space. The
drapery in the master bedroom is from the British firm
Osborne & Little. Smith says that these drapery panels
have a 48-inch repeat—the largest the designers have
ever seen. Moreover, she says, “They are floral and
fun, but at the same time art.” They’re balanced with
the work of Swedish artist Yrjo Edelmann, whose
images of wrapped packages are on the facing wall.
“The couple was seeking a stark contrast to their
traditional home in Longview with this soft contemporary home,” says Smith. And that is what Smith
and Crew have delivered. Contemporary, comfortable, and convivial, they created a perfect urban refuge in the sky while still managing to keep it down
to earth. P
The master bedroom furnishings include a white console from Cantoni, faci loveseats custom with Donghia mohair, and nightstands from David Gilber
In a second bedroom: custom headboard fabric, Christopher Hyland; sconces, Foscarini; and custom bench with Donghia fabric.