While an old house can often look like a molehill on paper, the version of reality unfortunately often feels more like a mountain. Time is the enemy of structural longevity: it is difficult, if not impossible, to escape the need for maintenance and renovation. With every renovation comes a new design philosophy from a new owner. When Eddie maestri moved into his Dallas home, it had been remodeled in the 90s, but Maestri himself was much more interested in the aesthetic predecessor of the house.
Fortunately, the architect and designer was able to uncover plans and sketches for the ’70s version of the space, after contacting the seller – a 90-year-old widow – and her daughter. Structural issues forced him to strip the space down to its posts, but armed with the original notes, Maestri was able to adhere to architectural integrity as much as possible – with a few modern updates, of course.
When the designer, her husband and two children first discovered the space, that feeling of residence was instant. “I was so dizzy when we first hiked it,” Maestri says, “I was like, ‘Oh my God, look, that’s all we wanted to do. “” The duo wanted the perfect balance between a clean mid-century design. and the elements that accompany it such as high ceilings and open spaces, with the tradition of the neighborhood. From there, he could infuse the space with his family’s personality and a muscular homage to the ’70s.
In the house, he juxtaposed seemingly different elements in a surprisingly harmonious way. As you walk through the robin egg-colored door, you’ll find overt references to California mixed with nods to Italy, and even subtle allusions to Japan. It’s Fornasetti who meets the Beverly Hilton, Mad Men meets Slim Aarons. Maestri is not afraid of color and is not fazed by the print. The architect and interior designer then blend all of those noisy aspects with the clean lines of mid-century modern silhouettes.
As special attention has been paid to detail, you’ll find black and white details of the cabin mimicked on the ceilings of the interiors. The doors look straight out of a 1920s nightclub while the palm leaf wallpaper hints at the Beverly Hills Hotel and, as her kids have pointed out, the stone fireplace looks surprisingly like the one of The Incredibles. The decor is elevated but not precious, retro but not fancy. Although newly decorated, it is a house more than a house. Keep scrolling to learn more about Maestri’s design process and how he renovated the entire space without sacrificing its aesthetic integrity.