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HOME OF DALE & ATHNA BANKHEAD
624 Orleans Drive in Carrillon, Southlake
When Brad and Athena Bankhead designed their home, they wanted to do something different. Athena had a vision: modern, functional, tasteful and luxurious. With the help of Maria Mock of Spice Designs and an extraordinary designer from Botanical Mix in Dallas, the Bankheads have achieved an elegant contemporary home that is both warm and welcoming with unusual architectural and design elements. The entire home is done in tones of warm gray, soft white, silver and crystal. Instead of a traditional balustrade on the stairway, the Bankheads have chosen a tight row of architectural pillars.
The dining room off the foyer features a series of lighted wall niches set with botanical art. The two-story living room combines with a large gourmet kitchen at one end and an adjoining semi-outdoor lounge at the other. Athena has offset straight lines with curved archways, doorways and soft accents--fluffy white fur pillows and a shaggy area rug in the living room, for example. An arrangement of polished wood, freeze dried white roses and green organic material sits on a large block coffee table. Twin crystal teardrop chandeliers hang above the kitchen island. Beyond the kitchen a state-of-the-art laundry room includes a raised bath area for the family dogs.
A comfortable outdoor living room joins the inside of the home via large sliding glass doors. The small courtyard features a multi-level water feature set with tall triangular pillars from which the water pours into square bases, filling the home with sounds of splashing water.
For the holidays, Athena is working with her decorators to combine some of the décor she has used in the past with embellishments that suit this special home. Maria Mock describes the holiday decorations as “soft gray, gentle green, and icy pines mix with naturel pine cones and birch.” Glass ornaments in silver, gold and antique blue grace a 10 foot New England pine adorned with 8,000 LED rice lights. From Mock: “Each element has been selected and placed to infuse this home with a sense of Christmas splendor while blending with its existing finished and upholstery.” Athena adds silvered pinecones, sparkly reindeer, and a wide assortment of holiday décor in the colors of her graceful home.
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