360 West November 2011 : Page 54
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The Comforts of Home<br /> <br /> Jane Korman insisted upon incorporating old into new, creating a welcoming space indoors and out.<br /> <br /> A trio of oaks with magnificent wingspans sits at the top of the sloped driveway. <br /> <br /> It’s the first thing you notice about the metal-roofed home sitting high on a corner lot in Fort Worth’s tree-studded Crestwood neighborhood.<br /> <br /> And while they don’t obscure the house from passersby, they do provide enough of a natural screen to make you look carefully to see what’s beyond.<br /> <br /> Jane Korman lived near by but found herself rattling around in a too-big house where she had raised two children. So she bought new property and began planning.<br /> <br /> Jane had worked with Fort Worth builder David Lewis on her other homes, including one in Aledo, and together they started the new project, located directly across from Lewis’ own home. The 1½-story stone design with three bedrooms, including an upstairs guest suite, totals about 3,300 square feet. (Her son, married and with children, eventually moved into Jane’s old house.)<br /> <br /> Armed with magazine clippings for the builder, Jane wanted the house to reflect the aesthetics and Acadian design of Louisiana architect A. Hays Town: recycled materials, French doors and a blend of Southern and modern styles. Her plans expanded when opportunity knocked.<br /> <br /> “I bought the lot next door after the neighbors told me they were moving.” That house was moved but Jane kept the garage. “I wanted a bigger yard and a garden; it was in good shape, so we made it what I call my ‘summer house.’ We replaced the front door with top-to-bottom windows and a screen door. Inside, we salvaged the metal kitchen cabinets and a round window from the house we tore Down. The exposed wood roof and concrete floor are original.”<br /> <br /> Fairly barebones, except for the addition of more lighting and windows, it contains a mix of shabby-chic furniture leftover from the move, including a comfy sofa, making this a place where Jane can hang out with the grandkids and Tori and Norman, her two dogs.<br /> <br /> Reuse-recycle is a common theme inside and out. Large slabs of concrete were used like flagstones on a slope in the front as well as for a pathway from the front entry to a stained-glass gate leading to the backyard.<br /> <br /> An artful retaining wall that curves around the edge of the yard is edged in old concrete — you still can see some of the embedded rebar — and is filled with broken bits of pottery, chunks of slag glass and seashells from Florida beach vacations. “Those are from Captiva Island where we went every spring break.”<br /> <br /> Jane worked with Bill Bibb, a landscape architect with Dallas-based Archiverde, and Texas Land Care in creating a spacious open green space on one side of the house, complete with a large corner garden cordoned off by rustic grapevine fencing. It’s filled with painted galvanized-metal troughs used as raised planters. A gently bermed lawn is broken up by a bronze fountain and a walking path edged by curved beds. The black iron fence is punctuated with custom insets of Pieces of old metal trellises, and large colorful marbles serve as mini-finials.<br /> <br /> Large stainedglass doors were refurbished and set onto a rolling track to create a colorful and unusual garden gate.<br /> <br /> The opposite side of the house offers a more intimate setting, with a narrow pool and a bluestonepaved patio.<br /> <br /> The pool is backed by a short retaining wall from which water burbles, cascading from several copper spouts.<br /> <br /> The sound of the water is just one reason Jane loves to hang out on the screened-in porch flanking the pool area. Daughter Emily, owner of the Fort Worth boutique A.<br /> <br /> Hooper, also is drawn to the porch when she stops by on her days off. It’s a room meant for enjoying morning coffee, reading, napping.<br /> <br /> Early-afternoon sun warms the casually furnished room, which is filled with wicker furniture Jane bought from a traveling Chicago antiques dealer who’s a favorite of hers when she visits Santa Fe. He happened to be in Denton with a 17-piece set that another client backed out on, and he called Jane to see if she’d be interested. She bought the entire truckload on the spot. “We painted it and reupholstered the cushions in indoor-outdoor Fabric. It’s perfect for this room.”<br /> <br /> Because there are no storm windows, the porch is subject to the elements. “It’s nice to sit out here on a cool, sunny day wrapped up in a blanket. But last winter during the big snowstorm, the room became a winter wonderland.”<br /> <br /> The walls are faced in old Chicago brick, a favorite of Jane’s. “I love the texture and how you still can see all the old paint colors.”<br /> <br /> The same brick is featured in the foyer floor and on the great room’s fireplace wall. Its texture is matched by the pockmarked pecky cypress wood used in the vaulted ceiling. The floors throughout the house are reclaimed Heart pine from Virginia’s Dan River Textile Mill.<br /> <br /> Comfortable, dog-friendly furnishings include an oversize leather sofa. An upside-down wire crate becomes a unique coffee table, and a large antique wood toolbox holds throws. The large, colorfully striped rug helps pull everything together.<br /> <br /> Off the living room, the kitchen features a window that looks out onto the screened porch. Jane opted for stainless-steel counters and a butcher-block-topped island, both of which already are aging beautifully with use and time. Oversize stainless pendant lights illuminate the workspace, and white subway tile on the walls and painted cabinetry help brighten the room.<br /> <br /> The dining room, the first room you see when entering the house, is substantial, all the better for family gatherings. The clean, uncluttered space is a recent award winner for Gibson Gimpel Interior Design, which also is helping daughter Emily create a new look for her fashion boutique, soon to move to an old building on Fort Worth’s Westside.<br /> <br /> Featuring a beamed ceiling instead of the cypress, the spacious room is anchored by an oval wood table with antique chairs. The blue-and-white upholstery complements Jane’s collection of dishes and serving pieces stored in the oversize glass-front cabinet tucked into a recessed nook. Artwork here and throughout the rest of the home either comes from locals or was purchased during Jane’s travels.<br /> <br /> Throughout the rest of the house, there is no set theme, as Jane buys what she likes. The downstairs guest suite features old English pub doors and an antique wood table filled with Mexican artifacts that’s designed as a tasteful “shrine” to her late dog Parker.<br /> <br /> Jane’s bedroom is a calm oasis of antiques and richly textured fabrics, while the master bath is more contemporary in design, mixing marble, chrome and glass. Next door is the laundry room/office/ workout room, full of ongoing projects but easily hidden from view.<br /> <br /> Found throughout the house are books on gardening and shelter Magazines of all types. Both subjects are passions of Jane, who keeps a file of people, places and things she reads about.<br /> <br /> She and a girlfriend went on an impromptu trip one Halloween to meet a craftsman in Breaux Bridge, La., someone featured in a magazine article she had clipped and saved. She loves Santa Fe, a great shopping mecca, but she found an old metal gate now used as a fireplace screen online. Again, it comes back to reuse and recycle.<br /> <br /> “If I could be anything, I’d love to be a ‘picker,’ ” she says, referring to the people who scour the country looking for treasures amongst the trash and who currently enjoy their 15 minutes of fame on TV shows such as Lifetime’s Picker Sisters. “Someone needs to hire me. I’m good at that.”
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