“A few years ago I met clients that would end up being maybe the shortest move project we’ve done,” designer Chad Dorsey tells us. “But with one of the greater changes in aesthetics.” The clients, a young family, bought the lot right next door to their current residence in Dallas. “They loved the neighborhood, the lot size and the location… they just wanted to move on from the traditional home they had been in. The short move brought a completely new perspective.”

To start, their goal was to create a home they could be in for the long haul and raise their two children (ages 7 and 9). “Secondly, my clients have a modern sensibility and appreciate the concept of a relaxed luxury lifestyle, so we set out to create spaces that were modern, yet livable/kid friendly and textural,” Dorsey says.

They brought the architecture of the home inside with reclaimed brick from Chicago, which adds warmth and makes the space feel far less like a new construction. For flooring, Dorsey made a unique choice with his client’s health top of mind. “My client has had back trouble for many years and wanted to a forgiving flooring to ease the pressure on her back,” he shares. “We used cork throughout the main level to achieve this. It turned out beautifully.”

When it came to the decor, it was all about color. There’s a custom Porter Teleo paper in the dining room, which actually continues down the gallery towards the bedroom. “This can be seen from different points of view in the home, but also outside on the covered terrace and from the pool,” the designer says. By pairing bold elements with restrained design, and some of the clients’ existing pieces, resulted in a very personal home that embodied the family’s style perfectly. See more in the slideshow.