Exuberant Glamour meets Masculine Chic

{The bedside table is home to several treasures including a quartz lamp, Hermès travel clock, along with a contemporary work by Houston artist Shane Tolbert.}

You may recognize the work of Houston-based interior designer, Cathy Echols from the two projects of hers that we featured in High Gloss a little over a year ago. While perusing Paper City this weekend, I was thrilled to see that they had published a new project of Cathy’s. It turns out that this is the new home of the male client whose last home we profiled on pg.59-63 in issue 3 of High Gloss! I noticed that they kept a few of the same furnishings and a lot of her client’s fabulous artwork, but I was so impressed by how new and fresh this high-rise condo looks from the old house considering the fact that the style and color palette are very similar to one another.

{The palette and overall style of the living room are very much in keeping with the client’s former home—the epitome of modern, masculine chic.}

{Cathy Echols, sheathed in Hermès from head to toe, dressed the entire apartment in Farrow and Ball’s “Tanner’s Brown” noting that painting an entire home the same color unifies the space and makes it feel larger.}

{The dining room hosts leather dining chairs that belonged to the previous owners of the condominium. Allison Schulnik’s monkey painting from Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica was in the foyer of Cathy’s client’s former home, but now looks over the dining room. The lighting fixtures are by Andy Coolquitt.}

{Both Cathy and her client enjoy taking risks in design and they each possess an enviable knack for getting scale just right. Cathy had an étagère custom built for her client “whose collection ranges from a pair of mammoth Napoleonic sphinx sculptures that graced a theater in London before it burned to the ground to 4,000-year-old urns from China” in order to properly display his treasures.}

{The sitting room off the master bedroom features a pastoral painting by 1920s muralist David Karfunkle along with a sofa from Shabby Slips, a Waylande Gregory bowl, and stacks of stylish reads.}

{The Chic Sitting Room}

{I would honestly be hard-pressed to find people as effortlessly chic as Cathy and her client. They exude style in everything they do. How stunning is this vignette? Coincidentally, Jack Thompson, who shot the client’s former home for High Gloss, also photographed this shoot. He is incredibly talented and was such a pleasure to work with.}

{The bedroom is perfectly tailored and masculine. Wouldn’t this make for a fabulous hotel room as well?}

{The master bedroom also features mohair-covered loveseats from Shabby Slips along with Photographs by Deanna Templeton entitled Nudes which hang on either side of an antique Chinese armoire.}

Cathy is a master at delivering maximalist style with restraint which is not easy to do. She creates spaces that are chic and streamlined, using classic, tailored shapes but elevating them through the use of ultra-luxe materials and irreverent, unexpected touches. I just can’t get enough of her style. Do you like the new condo or did you prefer the former home of Cathy’s client?



{Image Credit: Jack Thompson for Paper City}

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