Architect and designer Eddie Maestri lives in a neighborhood of spacious modernist homes, many of them perched on a bucolic lake where geese, ducks, and turtles roam free. It doesn’t really feel like Dallas, and that’s partly why he fell in love with it. “I went on Trulia and typed ‘mid-century’ and ‘waterfront,’ not expecting to find anything, and then our house popped up,” he says. “I had never heard of this little pocket of Dallas and I was immediately obsessed. We had been looking for the right home for years.”
The “pocket” Maestri discovered is in Preston Hollow in North Dallas, one of the only areas of the city where one can find homes from the 1960s and 1970s built by renowned architects like Frank L. Meier and Philip Johnson. (Meier built Mary Kay Ash’s famous round mansion; Johnson built a colonnaded concrete estate for Henry C. Beck Jr.)
Maestri and his husband, Adam Moore, had been living in Lakewood, in a property they designed before welcoming their twin boys, who are now eight. Soon enough, the couple realized they needed more square footage and a bigger yard. They considered purchasing one of the grand 1920s residences that line Swiss Avenue in East Dallas, but as lovers of midcentury-modern architecture and furniture, they decided to wait for something better suited to their sensibilities.
When the Preston Hollow house—an L-shaped 1971 construction with ultra-high ceilings, white terrazzo floors, generous outdoor verandas, and water views—appeared, they just had to have it. “It felt like it was meant to be our home,” says Maestri, who founded his eponymous studio in Dallas over a decade ago. “It was out of our range, so we ended up selling our weekend home to buy it.”
Finding the perfect nest may have taken considerable time and effort, yet decorating it was a joyful task. “I wanted the house to have a cheerful and happy vibe,” says Maestri. “It’s eclectic and filled with unexpected details that catch your eye.”
Drawing inspiration from two of his favorite places, Palm Springs and New Orleans (where he grew up), Maestri created an atmosphere that is both clean-lined and exuberant. In the kitchen, for example, he fashioned an island out of a bright yellow console with arched legs, topping it with a marble slab shaped like a surfboard. The floors were covered in geometrically patterned porcelain tiles, and the walls feature a bold wallpaper printed with lemon and seafoam circles. Elsewhere in the 5,000-square-foot home, Maestri paired vintage midcentury pieces the couple has been collecting over the years with contemporary furnishings from brands like Jonathan Adler and Anthropologie. “This home is able to incorporate all the pieces we love in a way that feels like they finally all belong together in one place,” says the architect and designer. “It’s like they were always meant to fit here.”