The orange from the beam is incorporated throughout the house in the furniture and accessories by interior design firm Allen Kirsch and Associates, Inc. Lighting consultant Shane Douglas and two gallerists from the Dallas Museum of Art help highlight artwork.
Foremost for the owners was having space to display their growing art collection — a David Bates magnolia, at least a dozen Dallas Nine pieces and Diego Rivera mixed into their own son’s artwork and family photos.
Welch created a blank wall where a row of Dallas Nine pieces, a group of postmodern artists who painted the city’s landscape, hang. On another wall, there is a painting of Florence McClung’s Little Mexico before it became the Harwood District, and her Oak Cliff skyline, and Otis Dozier’s Mckinney Avenue. The limestone on the fireplace is slabbed in straight lines as not to distract from the hanging Everett Spruce painting.
Welch created a screen mahogany wall that mimics the design of the stairwell to provide privacy and display family photos. From the curb, you see the screen wall and a 50-million-year-old fossil from the Green River Formation in Montana. The owners found it on an online auction, and Welch designed a stand for the massive fossil. Collecting fossils is a hobby they picked up a decade ago.
The backyard, which features an infinity pool, has direct access to the lake trail. The couple often walks the trail. Sometimes they’ll see Welch, who lives on the other side of the lake, cycling.
“I spend a lot of time at White Rock Lake, so that’s one of my favorite things about getting to do things at White Rock Lake is I get to ride by the projects,” Welch says.