Step Inside This Bright and Bold Highland Park Home

By Briar Davis | March 20, 2020 | Home & Real Estate

A couple migrates from a bleak NYC apartment to a colorful Highland Park stunner.

E7A2902-0001.jpgPaint color for the walls was custom matched to the Schumacher velvet on the sofa. All fabric in the room is Schumacher.

For eight years, Kinsey and Billy Fennebresque occupied an apartment in Manhattan. Though small and dark, it served as the perfect foundation for the two, who dated and eventually married while living there. Fast forward to August 2018, and the duo made a power move to Texas. They wanted a newer piece of property—one that felt light, airy and could serve as a blank canvas for their growing art collection and family.

E7A3048.jpgThe powder room features stunning wallpaper by Lindsay Cowles sourced from Laura Lee Clark.

After an extensive search, a gorgeous 5,222-square-foot, five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home in Highland Park stole their hearts. Helene Spurgin of Harmen Designs was tasked with designing the home, with direction from Kinsey. “We set out to create an interior with Kinsey’s propensity for texture, color and cool that would be well-balanced with her family-friendly lifestyle,” notes the designer. Operating on a tight schedule due to the couple’s back-and-forth travel, Spurgin immediately got to work, sending boxes of fabric and wallpaper samples to Kinsey in New York. She explains: “We set a design intent early on, and then we have adjusted and added to the scope of the design with each new phase of life.”

The dining room is accented with artwork by Kate Long Stevenson, a friend of the Fennebresques.

No hue was off limits during the process. “Kinsey loves a bold color, but too much of that can start feeling like a crayon box in a large house, so we decided to let the bold art tell the color story in the rest of the open floor plan downstairs,” says Spurgin. The entire design process took one year, but the result—described by Spurgin as a “livable, family-friendly space that doesn’t sacrifice style for function”—was visibly worth it.


Photography by: photos by Emery Davis Bastable/Emery Davis Photography