When Charlton Holmes makes the 180-mile drive from his primary home in Shreveport, Louisiana, to his getaway condo in Dallas, he does it in a CLS63 Mercedes, touted for its powerful engine and great performance. The strength-meets-comfort concept that the owner of Holmes European Motors likes in his vehicles pretty much matched what he asked designer Abbe Fenimore to provide in his Texas residence. “He wanted it to feel like a masculine boutique hotel and was very specific about having details in the space reflect his love of luxury cars,” says Fenimore, noting the custom double baseball topstitch on the leather sectional in the living room that replicates the seats of a high-end sports car. “He appreciates both the fine detail and the quality of the leather, which keeps its structure.”
According to the homeowner, he settled on a unit at The Ritz-Carlton because of the quality and location, but the existing space was too formal for his taste. “When I entertain, I prefer everything to be open from the moment you walk in the door, but the original floor plan didn’t work that way,” says Holmes, who turned to builder Austin Arnold to reconfigure the existing layout to make better use of the square footage. “I started by straightening out the narrow entry, which veered to the right so it opened into the kitchen and main living area,” says Arnold. The builder also responded to the owner’s request to carve out a small study. “By borrowing space from a long, narrow half bath and a very large walk-in closet in the master bedroom, I was able to create the extra room,” he says.
Interior Design - Abbe Fenimore, Studio Ten 25
Home Builder Austin Arnold, KPA Group Inc.