November 28, 2011

One Home’s Gentle Juxtaposition

Nestled in the Crestline area of Fort Worth sits a hidden gem of a home. Its demure exterior, featuring a Mansard roof, is in sharp contrast to the interior, which can only be described as Palm Springs meets Manhattan penthouse.  A step inside and one is instantly transfixed by the details. The colors and textures and the smartly collected art entertain the eyes at every glance. But mostly, it’s the ambiance, and for that, my words are unjust.

Friends with the home owner and interior designer, Kelley Roberts, I knew to expect colorful, artfully curated and stylishly assembled; however, I was not prepared for the wow-factor this mid-century modern beauty exudes.

Kelley graduated from TCU and worked for a number of Dallas design firms before partnering with Rebecca Atkinson to open Beckley Design Studio in 2011.  A fan of the elites, Stark, Adler, Schumacher and Kravet, Kelley and husband Gordon, also root for locals such as JC Pace and Jack Boynton.  Kelley is a power-player when it comes to that gentle balance of opposites and perfectly positions Gordon’s rock collection, a homage to his geology background, among white, museum-finished walls; intricate, period-appropriate millwork and original parquet floors.

Enough already, I’ll cut to the chase, hitting the high-points, of which there are many.

  • Beloved artist, collector and designer, Jonathan Adler would approve
  • Famed photographer, Slim Aarons would bring his camera
  • Revered decorator and owner of Pieces, Lee Kleinhelter should take note
  • Mrs. Barr, my grade-school librarian, would feel at home
  • Kelley’s late grandfather, an artist and collector, would be proud

Only pictures, captured by my dear friend and photographer, Taylor Shead, can truly showcase this domestic masterpiece. Enjoy these images now, meanwhile I’ll prepare upcoming posts to include details of the renovation, more vignette images as well as some of Kelley’s inspiration points and favorite blogs.

May the swooning begin!

ann jane

Kelley Roberts, Beckley Design Studio

Guest bedroom features original upholstered walls and drapes


Guest bedroom; Slim Aarons' photography

Front entry

Long, wide entry hall; black lacquered doors throughout (swoon)

Peacock blue bar off main entry hall

Living room

Living room

Jonathan Adler coffee tables

Beloved books

Dining room vignette