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Architectural Digest | October 2019

 

Jay Jeffers and SHM Architects Craft a Modern Home in Dallas for Arteriors Founder

By Rob Brinkley | Photos by Douglas Friedman

 

“Juliette and Mark Moussa couldn’t wait to be married in the house they were building in Dallas. So they didn’t. Right there in their future library, the giddy couple tied the knot—surrounded by stud-framed walls and power tools, with their wedding cake on a makeshift table of plywood and sawhorses. Guests were promptly handed Sharpies to scribble sentiments within those walls, since sealed up for posterity behind Sheetrock.

Love is all around chez Moussa, now a setting for three members of a lively blended family that totals seven in all: Juliette, one of her three children, and Mark, the founder of Arteriors, purveyor of sophisticated lighting, furniture, and accessories. Design isn’t just a business for the Moussas—Mark founded Arteriors in Dallas in 1987 and has built it into a global beacon of chic—it is a passion, relished every day in a home where everything is considered, even how a shapely oak tree appears through windows.

The family’s choice of architect had become obvious. As they drove about, looking for ideas, “every single house that we loved was his,” Juliette says of David Stocker, principal of the local firm SHM Architects. Stocker dug deep for his own inspiration for the Moussa house, arriving at a crisscross between classicism and modernism, wrapped in the metaphysical. “Architecture is supposed to bring mystery and delight,” he says, reflecting on the progression of rectilinear spaces. “We worked hard to let the house slowly reveal its secrets.” One of the confidences is the aforementioned live oak tree, already on site, which now spreads its branches in its own central courtyard, with vistas to it unfolding slowly. Mark likes to call it “the happy tree” for its exuberant, affirming presence."

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