Interior designer Sherry Hayslip brings a feminine touch to a Texas limestone stunner now on the market in Highland Park.
In the dining room, custom steel windows offer scenic views of the creatively landscaped ground.
"Your jaw will drop when you see the closet,” says real estate agent Doris Jacobs as we tour 3701 Lexington Ave. The three-level Highland Park manse, which Jacobs has listed for $9,950,000, is a woman’s dream home—complete with a sprawling boutique-style closet. But five years ago, it didn’t have the same feminine flair. When the current owner bought the 8,156-square-foot estate, the interiors were a handsome mix of dark finishes and masculine materials. Built in 2006 by custom builder Steven Hild, with architecture by David Stocker of SHM Architects, the house featured quality construction and impressive details inside and out, but it wasn’t personal to the new owner, a single woman with a keen sense of fashion and a designer handbag collection to match. Enter Sherry Hayslip, principal designer of Sherry Hayslip Interiors (sherryhayslip.com). The Dallas-based interior designer has a long history of creating luxury spaces, and she knew exactly what to do to make her client’s new home feel just right.
The floating staircase features custom steel balusters and solid blocks of Lueders limestone.
“We tried to soften the edges a little bit and still keep the spirit of the house,” says Hayslip. Updates included lightening the white oak plank hardwoods, switching out every light fixture, painting the walls a warmer shade of white, installing an elevator, designing custom furnishings and adding new countertops throughout. Hayslip also completely transformed the home’s lower level. The area’s existing temperature-controlled wine room is now joined by a revamped utility room complete with a dog-washing station, stunning powder room, exercise room (with organized storage behind the mirrored walls), kitchenette and spacious media room—the latter of which features an oversize flat-screen television and high-tech sound system.
Interior designer Sherry Hayslip totally transformed the master bedroom.
Upstairs, the showstopper is undoubtedly the custom closet Hayslip designed for the master suite. The designer took over the neighboring bedroom to create the sizable space, which includes a dressing area with a three-way mirror and a marble-covered platform; custom mirrored and glass display cabinets and built-ins perfect for shoe and purse collections; a large island and vanity area outfitted with marble counters; and a spacious cedar closet. “You could put it back as another bedroom if you want to,” Hayslip says, “but I don’t think any girl would.”
A chandelier from the Magni Home Collection illuminates the gourmet kitchen, which is wrapped in book-matched Calacatta gold marble
The spa-style his-and-hers master bathroom—surrounded by book-matched Calacatta gold marble—is equally lavish, featuring a Victoria + Albert soaking tub and a separate steam shower. Other highlights in the space include heated floors, vintage Murano glass sconces, Lalique fittings and a dedicated shampoo station. “The idea was a little bit of sparkle but not too much glitz,” says Hayslip, who kept the room’s existing dark brown cabinets as a sleek counterpoint to all the femininity. “I like [the original cabinets] because they’re unisex—it doesn’t make it too soft,” she adds.
The Saarinen table in the breakfast room provides a cozy spot for a morning meal.
Now that the house is on the market, a new owner will get to enjoy the fruits of the designer’s labor, as well as the exquisite architectural details that have been there from the beginning, including the swooping grand spiral stairway in the front foyer, the soaring vaulted ceilings, the floor-to-ceiling steel windows and the beautifully landscaped grounds. “It’s fun what a few little touches can do,” says Hayslip. “It shows how you can adapt a house to the next occupant and make it more their house.” Doris Jacobs Real Estate, 214.537.3399, dorisjacobs.com
The artwork in the oversize great room conceals a flat-screen television.
Photography by: Michael Hunter/Courtesy of Sherry Hayslip Interiors