Wall Wednesday: Art-Driven Design at Dunstan

Interior Design

Today’s Wall Wednesday feels particularly special. Dunstan was our first finished and photographed project after lockdown restrictions lifted. We were so thrilled to be with our team again, face-to-face. Not only that, we were eager to see four walls that were not in our own homes! And what a treat these walls are. Our clients are keen collectors, from sculpture to paintings. It was important to them that our design augmented and enhanced each piece. It is always a pleasure to integrate an existing art collection with new furnishings.

The Dining Room


This piece from Houston-based artist Michael Kennaugh pairs with a rustic console table for contrast that just works. Kennaugh is known for his dynamic representations of color, often evoking spontaneity and structure at the same time. The console’s tiered right angles appear thoughtfully planned, while the antiqued finish relaxes the piece. The juxtaposition is ultimately timeless.

The Living Room


Another Houston-based artist, Terrel James, makes an abstract statement in the living room. Our eyes wander across the canvas, finding new experiences, new landscapes, and challenging us to accept no certain definition of what is there. In the living room, this piece hangs near a shelf and really draws the eye to this side of the space. The color palette is found in touches around the room – rusty sienna, marine blue, and sandy neutrals.

The Master Sitting Room


A painting from one of our favorite artists, Meredith Pardue, provides a spot for meditative thought in the master sitting room. This is not a piece from the client’s existing collection, but one that we felt would activate the space with the same careful ease explored throughout the home.

First Floor Study

A quiet moment in a busy day takes flight (with the help of a neat whiskey!) in the first floor study. Behind this oh-so-soft chair and ottoman is a woodcarving from Daryl Howard. Howard’s art is created in the Japanese tradition, a 1,200 year old practice she studied in Tokyo. The precision required, by hand, is incredible; one misstep and the color transfer is ruined! Really wonderful piece.


Laura Rathe

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