A Dallas New-Build Designed to Look like It Has Been There for Years

A new-construction home overflowing with timeless architectural details and classic furnishings perfectly melds the present with the past for a Dallas family.

Creating a new-construction home that appears to have been around for a century is no task for a novice. A friend of the homeowners who had recently worked with Leslie Jenkins of Jenkins Interiors connected them to the designer, and plans began to fall in place. “The owners wanted it to look like the house had always been there,” says Leslie. “Details were also super important to them,” adds Haley Powell, senior design associate at the firm, who worked alongside Jenkins on the project.

all-white kitchen
Photography by Nathan Schroder

Much as they loved their street, the owners also loved the floor plan of their previous home and used it to begin designing the new residence with architect Paul Turney. “The house has so many millwork details, which the architect was very involved in creating,” Powell says. “From the fretwork over the doors to the series of arches in the entry that lead into the home, everything was custom. It makes it feel very intimate and much like an older home.” Jenkins adds, “The owners wanted it to be understated but also wanted to make the details shine; it is pretty and timeless but in an unassuming way.”

home office
Photography by Nathan Schroder

Jenkins, who is also co-owner of a popular Dallas home store, Blue Print, notes that her personal design style varies from traditional to contemporary with a number of transitional projects that blur the lines between both. However, there always seems to be a common thread and attention to detail that flows throughout them collectively—as with the rooms of this home. For this particular family, one common thread was acquired pieces, which can be found in every room. “The homeowners had collected a lot of pieces through the years, so we were constantly thinking about placement of these things in the design process,” the designer says.

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