Designer Traci Connell first met Shane Deville, owner of TriArc Construction, when both were working on The Stoneleigh, a luxury, residential high rise project in the heart of downtown Dallas. Shane admired Traci’s design aesthetic, construction knowledge, and the detailed systems she delivered for their clientele and told her if he ever built his own house, he’d want to hire her.
Keeping his word, the pair soon got to work on his new home–Traci Connell Interiors on interior design, Shane as General Contractor, and the architects at M Gray Architecture offering full support. The home is situated on a narrow lot and designed to encompass the stunning lake views, which are visible from every room. The interiors are warm and modern, one of Traci’s specialties. “Shane liked our modern sensibility and wanted us to make sure that the space still showcased that while having personal touches,” Traci says.
Entering through a large custom pivot entry door, the exterior stone continues inside and expands on the dining room wall. A large, modern glass chandelier makes a statement while still allowing the views to shine. In the entry, they used a Philipp Jeffries wall-covering, which softens the modern edges and seamlessly blends with the stone. There’s a floating glass staircase with plenty of wine storage underneath–it’s the main focal point of the space and a true architectural feat for the team. “They all have the high-end feel of a commercial space, which was very important to Shane as he enjoys going out to high end restaurants and venues in and around Dallas.”
Elements like the wine storage were carefully considered for Shane’s lifestyle. Being a bachelor, he wanted there to be features that catered to his interests–there’s a coffee bar designed around his coveted ECM Synchronika Espresso Machine, a Samsung Frame TV incorporated into the kitchen cabinetry, and an entire room designed to store his wetsuits and diving equipment. The pool is 14′ deep, allowing Shane to teach SCUBA on the weekends, one of his great passions in life. “Making sure that this area met every need he had was one of our top priorities with this project,” Traci explains.
Upstairs, the primary suite serves as a peaceful retreat, with beautiful lake views and a wood feature wall that pulls in the white oak from the rest of the house. It’s a place he’s happy to call home, which was Traci’s goal all along. “We worked with our client on curating pieces that expressed his personal interests and brought joy to him into the design.”