Emily Summers isn't new to the world of interiors, but after decades of adding inventive designs to her portfolio, the renowned designer has finally released her first-ever book with Rizzoli and, yes, it's available now. Distinctly Modern Interiors features over a dozen of Emily's projects, along with notes on her design ethos and inspirations.
"I’m delighted to have a record of my favorite projects over 30 years," Emily told Natipernavigare. "The projects just fell into place...I was anxious to include five projects that had never been published."
Of course, with nearly 40 years in the industry, you can imagine how many spectacular projects she had to pick through, including one unpublished project, which she d with HB exclusively: a 1950s ranch style house in Dallas that she redesigned for a family who didn't want to part with the home, but wanted it to feel new.
"I loved creating a quiet backdrop for the client’s wonderful art collection and seeing the art and design come together," Emily d. So with her vision, she was able to create a stunning, yet functional home for the Texas family.
Here's what else she had to say about the dynamic design:
What did this 1950s Dallas ranch house look like before you began?
"Walking in to this well-suited 1950’s ranch style home, it is not obvious what changes were made. Our wonderful clients loved the house as it was, but realized a careful update was needed without changing the relationship to the lovely surrounding creek bed and grounds. We enlarged the connections between rooms, added steel doors and full-height windows. Replaced the existing floors with pale washed oak floors, introduced beautiful new stone and tile finishes, and updated all the bathrooms and replaced the entire kitchen with a great new Bulthaup design, connecting to a wonderful outdoor dining area."
Where did you find your inspiration for the design?
"One of the important inspirations for the exterior outdoor screen was Carlo Scarpa. I have been a student of this creative architect for years and have visited many of his projects in Italy. The family gave clear direction and programming; they wanted a muted palette of creams and beiges that would be a quiet backdrop for their art. I borrowed the elegant tonality from the Richard Pousette-Dart painting."
I am so in love with the patio! Can you talk a little more about this backyard space inspired by Carlo Scarpa?
"I love the patio too, especially as it is a well-used and enjoyed space for the lifestyle of our client. Our client loves to cook, and the super long Bulthaup counter in the kitchen leads right into the comfortable outdoor spaces and barbecue area—a perfect place for gathering of friends and family. Both the overhead sun shade and the fireplace add to the mix of experience."
What interested you the most in taking on this particular home design?
"I am always pleased when a client comes to our firm to restore and update a well-designed architectural project rather than tear it down. I knew the clients loved their history in the house and wanted to preserve it. I also knew they would be wonderful to work with."
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