This Interior Designer Calls Her Home the Classic American House

This Highland Park home in Dallas is a picture of traditional southern design.

Photography by Dan Piassick

The completely renovated kitchen occupies the same spot as the original kitchen, but has new hardwood floors, glass-front cabinets, and a sleek double oven with a gas range. Bevel-edge tiles manufactured in England for subway stations give the walls depth and dimension. The island work table was left by the previous owner, and Pam updated it with paint and a new marble top.

garden gate
Photography by Dan Piassick

Pam’s eye for design doesn’t stop at the threshold. As she cleaned up and renovated the grounds, she created visual connections between the home’s interior and the view outside. The spare, symmetrical plantings in the front yard play up the clean, neoclassical architecture. In the back, the tidy geometry of patios, planting beds, and carpet of turf recalls the fenced gardens of the Colonial Revival style that was popular when the house was built. Pam took the visual link between house and garden one step further with a grid of Confederate jasmine trained to the white-stained cedar fence. “The espaliers form squares the same size as the window panes on the French doors—and I’m not a bit OCD!” she laughs. “It’s like a mirror image of the French doors.”

Photography by Dan Piassick

Pam discovered her interest in interior decorating when she was a teenager, and she has gone on to build a full-service practice that encompasses everything from design concept and execution to art installation, household management, and event planning. Working with a small staff, she assembles teams of architects, contractors, and craftspeople as needed for each job. “It’s a passion, pure and simple,” she says. “I live, eat, and breathe design, every aspect of it, from the design of gardens through the house to everything that happens in the house.”

Her career has taken her from coast to coast, working on both residential and commercial projects. “You have to really listen and know your client for it to be successful,” she says, and since projects usually take more than a year to complete, clients often end up becoming close friends. “I really enjoy the people,” Pam says. “The benefits the career has allowed—I consider it a privilege, not a job.”

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