Lake House Retreat
Designed by Marty Buchanan & Janet Baker, Cantoni Dallas
Two Cantoni Dallas design consultants tackle a massive 7,000-square ft. Texas lake house only to exceed the clients expectations.
We're still awed by the incredible variety of interior design projects we tackle––and the variety of architectural styles that Cantoni’s collections work in.
This project is an entire home––a brand-new. spectacularly beautiful, 7,000-square ft. Texas lake house whose owner entrusted the interiors (and some outdoor furnishings) to Cantoni Dallas designers Janet Baker and Marty Buchanan.
When this client was referred to Cantoni, the house was under construction, ready to be finished out, so it evolved into a full-service interior design project. Our designers ended up consulting on everything from the architectural finishes and fixtures to the plumbing fixtures, flooring, color scheme and painting, lighting and tiles, as well as the furniture, accessories, art and rugs.
Working with floor plans and with site visits for measurements, Janet and Marty developed a comprehensive design plan for finishing and furnishing the interiors. The client’s directions for a palette were that the colors be peaceful and soothing, “Zen-like.”
The house was inspired by the Prairie School style of architecture created over 100 years ago by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries. As we stated, Cantoni works with any number of architectural styles.
In the case of the lake house, the extensive use of native stone and warm, rich woods, sweeping interiors, natural light and earth-toned palette guided the designers to select analogous pieces in similar colors of woods, leathers and fabrics throughout. The palette is carried out right to the rugs, accessories, art, and bed linens.
Janet and Marty even had the luxury of installing everything and having the client stay away until every last detail was in place. The reaction?
“I had only hoped from the beginning that you two would make the lake house something special. I didn’t expect to fall in love, madly in love, with this house and your interiors. I hoped you could make this part of my life beautiful, and it has become a dream come true for me. As well, getting to know the two of you as friends was an unexpected pleasure. If I had it to do over, I wouldn’t change a thing.”
I can’t improve on that, nor thank this client too much for giving Cantoni this opportunity to stretch out and show what we can do, and the resources we have to do it with. Nor can I praise Janet and Marty too highly for their terrific accomplishment in making the client’s dream reality. Could there be a more dramatic example of our “Great Design Is a Way of Life” theme?