After 10 years in a 1,000-square-foot bungalow from 1919, architect Jody Beck, who runs Tampa-based Traction Architecture with her husband, Ross-Alan Tisdale, found that she and her family had outgrown the space. “For years we dreamed of designing a new home for our family that would showcase the modernist sensibility more typical of our projects, but I stumbled upon the Dundee House and fell in love with it,” says Jody, who also notes that the couple were outgrowing the office space they rented for their four-person architecture firm.
Lauren and Don Fornes were living with their four children in Austin, Texas, when they were faced with a serious life event. Their infant son suffered a brain injury, resulting in a form of blindness called cortical visual impairment. Needing extra help, they moved back to the San Francisco Bay area, where the couple had first met and still had a strong group of old friends.
The Forneses have always loved design, and in Austin they had hired ELLE Decor A-List designer Darryl Carter, who is known for his spare interiors, to decorate their home. But their son’s loss of vision was pushing them in a different direction. “Although we had lived in this beautiful monochromatic home that I loved,” Lauren says, “I suddenly was very interested in color and introducing it into our new house in a way that felt authentic.”
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