For Sale: Designer Shannon Bowers’ House in Dallas

by hookedonhouses on February 5, 2011

Shannon Bower's house for sale-Dallas

A lot of us were wowed when Veranda magazine featured the home of Dallas designer Shannon Bowers a couple of years ago, so I was excited when I heard that it’s on the market. According to the listing, it’s a two-story Georgian home that was built in 1930 and transformed by Bowers into a “haven of European elegance.”

Once dark and formal, this house is now open, light, and bright, with lots of white and pale pastels. “I’m a purist,” she says. “For me, colors found in nature—like robin’s egg blue, light sand and the lavender of hydrangeas—are soothing.”

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The house looks so big that I was surprised to see that it only has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The asking price is $1.199 million.

The living room features an antique Louis XV limestone gas fireplace:

living room

When I see rooms like these, I think, “What a commitment.” You would have to be totally dedicated to this style and pale color palette to make it work, wouldn’t you? There is ruthless editing involved to keep it looking this beautiful.

Just imagine how one red book could throw everything off–let alone the piles of textbooks my son brings home each day, and all of the toys my daughter plays with, and those stacks of magazines that I keep meaning to read… I might have a little too much “real life” in my house to pull off clean and sophisticated rooms like these, but I love looking at them.

Shannon Bowers house-bedroom 2“Antiques give a new house a sense of age,” Bowers told House Beautiful. “It’s like a garden. You’ve got to have a few mature plants.”

Speaking of antiques, check out the late-18th Century Italian doors with original paint in the dining room–gorgeous!

dining room

Did you know she’s the daughter of Houston interior designer Pamela Pierce? Bowers says, “A lot of my mom’s great style and talent were passed on to me, and I didn’t even realize it. As I grew older, my taste and lifestyle evolved. I developed my own sense of design, but I do see her influence in my work.”

She told Veranda she was inspired by the soft hues and understated elegance of painted Swedish furniture. Complementing the Swedish pieces are French antiques: “Most of the French furniture is from the Directoire period, so the lines are very clean, and those pieces work well with our Swedish furnishings.”

master bedroom

When she moved in, the house had lots of “mauve with dark wood floors, and it had mini-blinds blocking out the sun. I wanted more natural light, airiness and a fresh new look.” It would be fun to see the “before” pics!

day bed

Believe it or not, Bowers, a mother of two, considers this a family-friendly approach to decorating. All those white slipcovers can be washed, and there are few rugs on the floor to worry about keeping clean. The rest are easy-care, reversible custom cotton dhurries.

Here’s a photo of the nursery via Veranda:

Shannon Bowers house-nursery

“If I have antiques in the living room, I think they should appear in the children’s spaces, too,” Bowers says. “I would like for my children to develop an appreciation for them just as I have as the daughter of an interior designer. Sometimes the value of a home in our lives is underestimated. Home is where your children’s memories are made. I want it to look beautiful, but more important, I believe it should be a warm and comfortable place.”

The floors are whitewashed oak. I love the (working) interior shutters in this room:

sitting area

Did I mention that the house comes with a charming guest cottage? I’d say the guests are pretty lucky…

Shannon Bowers-guest cottage

No photos of the kitchen in the listing for some reason, but here’s how it looked in Veranda:

Shannon Bowers kitchen-Veranda

For the rest of the photos and information, check the listing by Ellen Terry Realtors. Long-time readers may remember when I featured this house here–if you do, you get a Gold Star for the day! :-)

P.S. My computer was shut down by a nasty virus today and we’re still working to recover it (ugh!). I know one of my readers sent me the link to this listing, but I can’t get into my computer to look it up. If it was you, let me know. UPDATE: Thanks to Victoria of MacGregor’s Designs for finding this one!

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Luciane at Homebunch.com February 5, 2011 at 8:18 pm

OMG! You’ve found my dream house!!! Now, I just need to win the lottery! ;-)

Have a great weekend, Julia!

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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Anne February 5, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I LOVE the look of that home! But what I really loved were your comments. I’m decorating a new apartment and I’ve been looking at tons of catalogs and websites. Just this morning I was freaking out because my overstuffed bookcase is throwing off my whole color scheme and I was trying to figure out where to stash or how to hide my books so they didn’t mess up the Ballard showroom feel I was going for. I even contemplated some kind of wooden surrounds to put in front of the books, lol. As much as I love love love the way all of those rooms look, there is just NO WAY I can achieve that in my house. I live here, and my apartment looks like it! Thanks for reminding me that that’s okay. :)

Linda in AZ * February 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm

* Hi, kiddo! Is it “OK?” to say, probably for the first time ever, that I really liked the EXterior, but was uber-disappointed in the INterior? It just feels so cold, too “show-casey”, unwelcoming (except I DO like the small=but-lovely kitchen!) and NOT “child=friendly”… Having said that, I DO ADORE her MOTHER’S work immensely! Thanks!

Warmest regards,
Linda in AZ*
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Mom in High Heels February 6, 2011 at 10:15 am

I totally agree! I love the outside and think it looks warm and welcoming, but the inside is….eh.

bfish February 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I also agree that the exterior is interesting but the interior disappoints. Recognizing that everyone’s taste is different, I find the decor incredibly cold and offputting. It’s washed out and austere but not in a good way. Living there or even spending more than a few minutes there would drive me absolutely nuts. Yeah, I know she’ll be able to do just fine without my commission. ;-)

Tamara February 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I agree, the inside isn’t Georgian at all which feels a little discombublating to me. It should be warmer.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints February 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I just will never get the lack of color thing. I don’t know how people live without it. I did love the blue doors though…shocker;)

Jessica Rinquest February 5, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I actually really like the white, although in the front living areas it may come off a little stark. The color that does exist in the house really pops. The things that jump out to me are the Mora clock, (love,) and the sweet crib in the nursery. I agree with the designer about the children in a home making memories, and surrounding them with nice objects. But I also feel that I am already pretty hard on my little ones about their clutter, and that is not the only memory I want them to have of growing up in my home. I think this pallet would only amplify that part of my character. I LOVE your site! Thanks!

joni webb February 5, 2011 at 10:28 pm

i just love her house! wish i could afford it!!! and afford all the furniture too while we are dreaming.
hey – thanks for the shoutout — what a great surprise!!! thanks!!

Vanessa@Decor Happy February 5, 2011 at 10:50 pm

It’s very pretty and I would love the guest cottage as my own little hideaway. I do need a bit more colour though and area rugs would serve to soften and warm up the spaces.

Loribeth February 5, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I know this house is staged, but it looks cold. It’s pretty, but there’s no life in it. I guess I expected more from a designers house.

Karena February 5, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Julia, it is a gorgeous home, just does not have that comfortable lived in look.

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Faye Argall February 5, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Just beautiful!!

Amanda @ House Revivals February 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm

I love most of this house. Is it right for me? Not at all. But it was right for its owner. It is a gorgeous home.

Ricki Jill Treleaven February 5, 2011 at 11:48 pm

What a gorgeous home! l love it. I lived in a light house like that in Scottsdale, and when we moved back to Alabama, we had very bright colors in every room. Now, we have mostly white/light walls and furniture with pops of color (art/accessories). I guess I need compromise between the extremes!

Joleen February 6, 2011 at 12:02 am

I absolutely love the majority of the rooms in this house, but a couple of them were too bland. But I definetly couldn’t live here with my two sons:) lol

Sheila Krehbiel February 6, 2011 at 12:11 am

I absolutely agree with you. I’m all about white on white and white+neutrals, but this is too stark for my liking. The bones of the house are great, true — lovely woodwork and windows. But the floor does it in for me. Darker wood underfoot would warm the place up and hide a variety of ills (i.e., foot traffic). Not that I wouldn’t be thrilled if I won it in a contest or something, but you get my drift!

debbie February 6, 2011 at 12:24 am

Love the exterior, but the inside needs a bit more color to make cozy and homey!

Cori @WhereYouHangYourHeart.com February 6, 2011 at 12:31 am

Hmmm. Interesting. I agree with a lot of you that it’s not a very homey, lived-in environment. But, I also agree that white slipcovers are very kid-friendly- you can take them off and bleach them! Just a little color in these rooms and I would like them.

Vicki @ In The Sandbox Comic Strip February 6, 2011 at 12:54 am

Beautiful home but personally I prefer more color.

Cyndia February 6, 2011 at 1:21 am

Not being one who worships at the altar of the almighty white room, I can still appreciate it when done well. Yes, the antiques are amazing, and I love slipcovers. But this house felt stone cold dead to me. Supposedly when you sell a house it should be neutral enough that the people buying it should imagine themselves living there. Sadly, it reflects a mausoleum rather than a home. I did like the guest house. It looked more comfortable, and with a few great (colorful) touches, would be cozy.

Mary February 6, 2011 at 1:25 am

I agree with those who don’t find enough color here. But for me it’s more than that.. too sterile, too static, just not for me.

Kim February 6, 2011 at 3:23 am

This house has a lot of character, but it needs more color. The other problem I have with this house, is it looks too spotless and not lived in at all. I love the cottage though; it has that nice hotel look and feel.

Colette February 6, 2011 at 3:25 am

I HATE it soooo much. The whole feeling just depresses the heck out of me! I could never live without color. Lots of it. There is nothing warm and comfy about the house. You can’t even imagine children laughing and playing in that house. Adults either for that matter.

The Little Red Shop February 6, 2011 at 3:27 am

I absolutely appreciate what she said about wanting her children to surrounded by antiques! There are aspects of the home that I like and certain pieces that I definitely love, but overall…I need more warmth. It would just take a few pieces here & there to achieve that…he setting is fantastic!

: )

Julie M.

Kate (Little Beach Bum) February 6, 2011 at 3:52 am

Wow, that bedroom is STRAIGHT out of Shabby Chic! (I have one of Rachel Ashwell’s books, and seriously…I had to look to up to see if this was the actual house featured in it). I agree with the comments about this being way too cold to raise a family in – or for grown-ups, for that matter! But, Jennifer Lopez’s house (featured the other day) seemed to have a similar color palate and was also French-y inspired (although way more modern), and I LOVED her house. And I like antiques, too. I just can’t put my finger on why, specifically, this house doesn’t appeal to me. Maybe if there were more rugs and fresh flowers? Who knows. Ha! Thanks for sharing, Julia!

margret February 6, 2011 at 7:26 am

That design is an insult to the architect that built that fabulous home.
I believe there is a certain homeage due when you buy a home that is not cookie cutter. The architect obviously poured his love and talent into that home.
The object of all is to see what the inside looks like when you see a home like this from the outside.

This is like biting into the perfect petit four only to find its plastic.

Jane February 6, 2011 at 7:29 am

Although it’s very pretty, all I can say is BRRRRRR! I never understood the Scandinavian ideas of decorating for a cold climate. I know that their interiors are light because of lack of sunlight, but living in a cold climate myself, I can attest to the fact that all that white just makes things colder.When you look out to all white landscapes, the last thing you want to see is more of it inside. Bet it would be great in a hot climate though. I do like those linen-y wing chairs and the tall case clock.

Holley February 6, 2011 at 11:15 am

I’m with you. I’m in the Cleveland Metro area and it is white outside right now. Just looking at the pictures made me shiver.

I want something warm and cheery to keep me going from November to May.

Ann February 6, 2011 at 8:10 am

Pretty to look at but I wouldn’t want to live there.

Mary February 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

The house itself is beautiful, but the furniture?? I guess I missed the “white on rice” boat. To me, the whole linen-burlap look so many love appears to be unfinished. I do love the antiques and believe they add a lot to a home. Great post Julia!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish February 6, 2011 at 9:16 am

It is beautiful – but I am with you – I don’t think it is practical for everyday life. Then again – I bet it doesn’t look that that much in “everyday” life! ;)

Lisa February 6, 2011 at 9:40 am

I love the architecture of the house. But the inside actually makes me feel……… sad! Weird word I know, but it has no warmth and seems uninviting. I cant imagine that this house will sell quickly. Even though it has white walls most people are going to feel as if they stepped into an institution! Good luck to the owners, selling a house is never easy!

Pat February 6, 2011 at 10:00 am

I would have loved to see pictures of the kitchen and can’t understand why they weren’t included. Bathrooms too, where are they?
The exterior of the house and guest house are perfection! Although I am a fan of this color palate, it’s lacking softness and warmth. I agree…a red book would throw then entire look askew!
Otherwise…I want it. LOL!

Mom in High Heels February 6, 2011 at 10:13 am

Well, it’s pretty, but I can’t imagine the upkeep. I’m afraid I would be washing slip covers every other day and that can’t be fun. It just doesn’t feel like a home. The nursery looks like something you’d see behind a velvet rope. when touring a historic house. Where are the toys? Where are the personal things of the people who live there? I realized it’s staged for sale, but it’s too impersonal for me. I love the outside though!

Cori February 6, 2011 at 10:21 am

I think with my 4 kids and messy HUGE labradoodle and our love for all things chocolate this house would be a pass. It is certainly lovely to look at though!

Lesley @ TheDesignFile February 6, 2011 at 10:22 am

I agree with you Julia. The house is beautiful and I love looking at all these rooms.

But I could never live in it. I mean, what if there’s a pair of shoes sitting somewhere or a laptop or a magazine, the whole look would be gone.

The only other thing I don’t like is some of the window treatments. Some of them look a little messy or something.

Still, it’s all very inspirational.

Becky February 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

I love the shabby chic look, I agree that it is a little cold, but hey did I miss the kitchen somewhere?

stuccohouse February 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I’m in the “too cold” camp. Not enough personality.

jennie w. February 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm

My fave part of the article? “but more important, I believe it should be a warm and comfortable place.”

I can’t believe anyone thinks this house is warm and comfortable!

It is pretty, but looks more like the house of an ice queen.

Lisa February 7, 2011 at 9:55 am

Took the words out of my mouth!

fr238 February 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm

“A lot of my mom’s great style and talent were passed on to me, and I didn’t even realize it…”
Too bad she didn’t get any of her mom’s modesty.
Maybe that was meant only as a compliment to her mother, but came off as self-serving and egotistical to me.

Pat February 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

I couldn’t agree more!

Lisa February 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm

This is beautiful but definitely not my taste. Even if I didn’t have kids it wouldn’t be my taste. But the outside of the home is beautiful.

Victoria February 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm

This is just a great house so glad you did the post( I sent you an email in December and you are very welcome) you really do have a way with words.
Really enjoy your blog.

hookedonhouses February 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Yay! I’m so glad you stopped by today and reminded me that you were the one who sent me the link. I’ll update the post to give you credit for finding it. Thanks again, Victoria! :)

Mary MG February 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

This house is too stark for my taste. I live in a house full of “mauve and dark wood” and I feel it is warm and cozy. Then again, my house is a Craftsman. All that white and the pastel color palette would look really out of place in my house. Good for her, she designed a house where she felt comfortable. Isn’t that what’s important?

ShabbyChick February 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm

As a Designer, Shabby Chic is my signature style, but here it’s taken to the extreme! I’m not a fan of Rachel Ashwell because of her love for “all things white”, clearly this designer is in that camp. This house reads as a museum…”look at all my pretty things, but don’t touch!” Do people live here? I Love the pops of color in the nursery, the kitchen looks better than the rest of the house. My tips: the white look is best (and very french) when paired with warm pine furniture. Pile a large pine coffee table with decorating and travel books, don’t forget fresh flowers, then add some colorful pillows, candles and rugs! All of these say “HOME”.

cincinnatikate February 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Feels like a farmhouse mental ward to me… scary. Looks like a house from a dream sequence in a slasher film. Hate Hate Hate it. Insane Asylum…shudder to think about being there. That said…,Outside is FABULOUS.

Nichole February 7, 2011 at 12:00 am

This is in my most favorite area of Dallas. I can’t afford to live there, but it’s fun to look. :)

Trish @TheOldPostRoad February 7, 2011 at 8:44 am

The exterior is PERFECT! I need much more color, inside, though!

quintessence February 7, 2011 at 11:54 am

What a fabulous house! Don’t know that I love the decor but the house itself is beautiful – all the large windows and millwork. I do love the interior shutters and the charming guest house!

Mel February 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm

My kids would give this house a heart attack !! I can visualize it crumbling to the ground as they enter the front door.

Dawn February 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm

It’s pretty but to “showy” as someone else mentioned previously and doesn’t look warm and inviting to me.

I’d be too afraid to spill something in that house and couldn’t get too comfortable. It wouldn’t feel like “home” to me.

I like the cottage and wouldn’t mind visiting for a spell but wouldn’t live there (even if I could afford it).

Susan Orlie February 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm

A family around the corner just had their house redone top to bottom…not a stone unturned…by her. Pretty amazing!!!

Maaike Quinn @ Life with FlyLady February 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I love that kitchen! It’s so fresh and those plants are great. I want to change my own house right now lol :S

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