“You can search the Internet for ideas, but you just can’t ‘find’ great design. There is so much more that goes into it.” Manish Sethi
If engineers are said to be curious, creative and methodical, then it’s no surprise that Manish and Renu took their time in designing and building their dream home. Having been fans of Cantoni since 2002, and clients of Dallas designer Nicole George, for 6+ years, the couple savored the opportunity to create their ideal living space. “The project took time,” says Nicole, “but this client was willing to invest in the process to insure they’d be happy with the results for many years to come.”
The 8,000 sq. ft. Austin-modern home, located in Coppell, Texas, embodies the Sethi’s love of functional luxury, yet is perfectly suited for life with two kids. “The goal with the furnishings was to create clean lines and livable spaces,” explains Nicole. “And as for the art and accessories, we visualized pieces made from textured materials, in saturated jewel tones.” So how did it all begin?
Initially, Manish called Nicole to cancel an order for office furniture, but what sounded negative, quickly morphed into an exciting opportunity. Instead of redoing his office, he wanted to accelerate a plan to build his and Renu’s dream home.
The Sethi’s chose to involve Nicole and Cantoni from the beginning. “I worked on the floor plans with Manish and Terry Holmes (the builder) from start to completion,” says Nicole. “And I’m happy to say that more than 90 percent of the home’s interior was finished and furnished by Cantoni.” Manish and Renu couldn’t be happier with the results, and praised Nicole by saying, “She really listened to us throughout the whole process, to learn about our needs, and understand how we wanted our home to feel.”
The couple wanted new, but also requested Nicole utilize some of the existing pieces they’d purchased from Cantoni. One such item was the dining room table, previously designed by Nicole. “Crafted in a zebrawood finish, with a glass inset, the table is stunning, so I created a companion console for the new house and we placed commissioned art, by Jennifer Hollack, up above,” she explains. Add a hand-blown light fixture from Italy, and the effect is certainly stunning.
Other selections used throughout the home include a custom Marino sectional in elephant grey, used to compliment the natural teak and orb glass coffee table; an eclectic mix of bright Rosen sectional pieces used to evoke a sense of fun in the media room, and a glass beaded wall and 72” grosgrain sunburst lamps that help create a sense of tranquil minimalism in the master bedroom.
Aside from the gorgeous detail and impressive results represented in this sizable design job, everyone at Cantoni is pleased to have the opportunity to serve yet another long-time client. "Given the fast-paced, fickle world we live in, it’s ultimately very rewarding to retain clients with whom our designers have established relationships since the start of our business," adds Michael Wilkov, Cantoni's CEO (chief energizing officer). In fact, this month we are celebrating 28 years of success. For us, and our clientele, it appears that our philosophy “Great Design is a Way of Life” endures. And for that, we thank you. Photos by David DeLeon