Slipper chairs from E.C. Dicken at the fireplace wear a Christopher Hyland geometric print. The pillows on the slipper chairs and the ottoman are lively in Clarence House’s “Dragon Empress” fabric. A painting of Monhegan Island above the mantel is a reminder of David Porter’s Maine roots.

A Rose Tarlow linen velvet on the sofa is the color of sand. Blue Fortuny joins a mix of sofa pillows and covers an armchair near the sunroom.

A portrait hangs above some of Dana’s Chinese porcelain. Their home’s blue and gold motif is even detailed in the living room’s curtains, and molding on the walls and ceiling ensure that no surface is left uncelebrated.

Another view of the living room shows the easy access to the library. Wide thresholds and entryways add to the home’s comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.

A Chinese silk embroidery hangs above a settee in the entry, where a new marble-and-granite floor wraps into the conservatory and sunroom.

This sunny space off the living room practically cues up a pitcher of fresh lemonade on a hot Texas day. Lit from grand windows on two sides, it is the perfect spot to admire the gardens outside.

The dining room’s George III mahogany china cupboard displays Dana’s Chinese porcelain collection. Curtains are blue silk from Bauer Design & Drapery. The deGournay wallpaper’s palette is derived from the Fortuny fabric on the custom chairs.

In a corner of the dining room, an ebony desk holds Dana’s treasures from the ocean. “We love our time on the beach and wanted to capture that experience in our home,” she says. “The artwork consists mostly of seascapes.”

Built-in shelves and a window seat set a cozy stage in the library, accented by a colorful “Tree of Life” fabric from Lee Jofa at the windows. Clarence House’s “Velour Irelande” is on the window-seat cushion.

In the sunroom, a Jansen Regency-style table, circa 1940, is teamed with vintage faux bamboo chairs with cushions in a Nancy Corzine fabric.

“The boys eat a lot of their meals at the bar,” says Dana, but a table with modern metal Windsor-style chairs near the island is also available for everyday family dining. The sunroom is visible through the doorway.

Damask from Coraggio Textiles covers the headboard and windows in the master bedroom. A vintage Georgian-style secretary and a Niermann Weeks dresser topped with a Mecox Gardens mirror flank the custom bed. A Kisabeth tufted-back settee is covered in fawn velvet. One of a pair, the Regency period cane-back chair features chinoiserie on the frame.

The blue-and-sand palette continues with a striped fauteil and a floor designed with Waterworks tile. More of Dana’s seashell collection is displayed on shelves. Wool crepe sheer café curtains are from Coraggio. The nickel lantern is from McLean.

For William and Andrew, the two older Porter boys, Donghia’s “Krazy Quilt” pattern is used for coverlets. The windows and duvet covers sport a map-motif fabric from Travers.

Appropriate for David, the Porters’ youngest son, a Cowtan & Tout animal fabric featuring giraffes canopies the bed and shades the window. A mustard leather saddle bench by Edward Ferrell is parked at the foot of the bed. “Wool Trensa” carpet in dark brown is from Patterson Flynn and Martin.

The Porters’ 1920s-era hilltop home is in a neighborhood of architectural gems.

The exterior of the house allows for ample outdoor gathering spaces. Lush greenery isn’t so dense that it blocks out the natural light that streams in through the home’s many windows.

The Porter family in the library: Andrew; William; Dana and David; and young David.

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Pretty Color for an Architectural Classic

Texas classic: a symphony in blue 

Written by Candace Ord Manroe
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The blue-and-sand palette continues with a striped fauteil and a floor designed with Waterworks tile. More of Dana’s seashell collection is displayed on shelves. Wool crepe sheer café curtains are from Coraggio. The nickel lantern is from McLean.

Sheers (“Wool Muslin Crepe”/Palladian” #C21501): Coraggio Textiles, 800/624-2420, coraggio.com
Fabrication and hardware: Bauer Design & Drapery, 817/922-0055.
Hanging lantern (“Liechester”): McLean Lighting Works, 336/294-6994, for retail, 336/273-8758, mcleanlighting.com
Tub; tub fixtures; floor tile: Waterworks, 800/899-6757, waterworks.com
Upholstered chair: The Mews, 214/748-9070.

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