Over the last four decades, Texas interior designer Cathy Kincaid has built a successful career by creating classically fresh interiors, carefully edited yet relaxed, and always pretty. The Dallas-based designer can do no wrong in my book and I have long admired her eye with color and skill at mixing different periods and styles. The latest? issue of House Beautiful magazine published a story on Kincaid’s new home, an American Shingle Style cottage and I must confess that out of her many projects, it is a favorite. The home feels elegant without being pretentious and it’s a place where family and pets are always welcome. It is more country than most of Kincaid’s projects and it’s a style that plays well with her love of blue and white, Andlo-Indian antiques and lush fabrics. It’s as charming as can be! The following images and captions are from House Beautiful. Photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna. Enjoy!
Painted in the 1930s, this seascape mural with a memorable history is the bold backdrop for the dining room of this Highland Park cottage. The 1820s French table, which extends to 12 feet long for?Thanksgiving dinner, is set with Mexican?glassware and vintage D. Porthault linens.?
Kincaid’s layered artwork, including a gilt-framed still life of figs from New Orleans’s food-centric antiques shop Lucullus,?one the dining room’s mural.?
Walls in Farrow & Ball French Gray echo the stripes in the?Elizabeth Eakins rug.?
Painted in Farrow & Ball?Borrowed Light, the glossy living room ceiling “reflects light and appears higher”, Kincaid says.?
A Madeline Weinrib rug defines the?dining area within the family room, where an Eero?Saarinen table is paired with Thonet chairs from Design Within Reach. Cuban artist Julio Larraz’s playful oil painting of a watermelon matches the whimsy- the culinary theme-of the table’s?lettuce ware plates.?
Steel-framed windows transformed the former front porch into a sunlit foyer and a winter orangery. “In the colder month, I fill it with my citrus treats”, Kincaid says. The 19th-century fruitwood bench is French and the octagonal table is Moroccan. Floor tiles, Ann Sacks.
Cut in half and flanking both sides of the John Rosselli & Associates bed, a Moroccan screen that Kincaid nabbed at the Round Top Antiques Fair for $200 has double the impact in the master bedroom?The custom shade topping the vintage lamp is edged with pleating reminiscent of a tennis skirt.?
Kincaid brought an exotic feel to the guest bedroom by creating a canopy for the Albert Hadley bed with two Lisa Fine Textiles linens, one hand-printed with palm trees.?
The floral frame on the vintage John Rosselli & Associates mirror?echoes the sprigs on the historic Adelphi Paper hangings?wallpaper,?reproduction from a pattern from 1760. Tucked amid custom?monogrammed Leontine linens is a Mi Golondrina pillow embroidered with the Spanish word?besos?(“kisses”). Rattan tables Serena & Lilly, lamps, Pottery Barn.?