A Classic Dallas Dwelling

I am heading back to Dallas today. As much as I love Florida, Dallas has me hooked on it’s sophisticated charm, fantastic food and fabulous shopping. You frankly can’t go wrong in a city that is the birthplace of Neiman Marcus! Today, I want to tell you about a different Marcus and my obsession with a home that is elusive and breathtakingly beautiful.

A couple years ago, I was helping a friend deliver swag bags for generous donors of a local Dallas charity. One of the addresses on the list was the home of Nancy Cain Marcus. We entered the high-hedged driveway and sat silently for several minutes just admiring the meticulous landscaping and architecturally significant home. I never saw the inside, but was struck by the home’s stately presence.

Fortunately, I can rely on magazines to have a little more gumption to ask to go indoors. As I head back to the Big D, I just had to share with you this enchanting Dallas residence. As always, I look forward to sharing many more!

Photos by Matthew Millman in Architectural Digest

Architecture and Interiors by Peter Marino

Home of Nancy Cain Marcus, Interiors by Peter Marino

The beautiful Marcus home was originally built in 1929, but Marino updated the limestone entry and interiors. I really wish there were more pictures of the grounds. The landscaping is incredible.

Peter Marino Marcus Entry

The entry of the home is on a smaller scale than one would expect, but it keeps the home warm and fresh with limestone walls and a skylight.

Peter Marino

The gilt-leg sofas and Russian armchairs designed by Marino fill this formal living area full of perfect symmetry.

Peter Marino Marcus living room

A priceless painting by Joan Mitchell is the focal point of this very soft and refined sitting area.

Peter Marino DMarcus Dining Room

A classic palate in this dining room with Russian style chairs and chandelier. I love the arched french doors.

Peter Marino Dallas Home of Nancy Cain Marcus

A wonderful wall of windows in this loggia off the garden and pool area. I love the light throughout the house.

Peter Marino Dallas Master

Peter Marino Dallas Bedroom

Soft and calming hues of blue and white in this Swedish style master retreat.

Peter Marino Marcus Home Wallpaper

Fabulous garden prints adorn this guest-room wall of fabric designed by Marino himself.

Peter Marino Marcus Outside Area

The outdoor area off of the breakfast room is full of light and manicured greens. A wonderful transitional area in this classic estate.