Woodland Avenue is one of those lovely, wide, throwback streets in Preston Hollow where the houses are still of a consistent size with generous, and vigorously protected setbacks. Turner Duncan and Kimberley Miller of Design Duncan Miller Ullmann live in a traditional white-shingled Georgian that originated as a tract house in 1937. Not that the house doesn’t have a stellar pedigree, it was purchased from the original owner and renovated by renowned designer Cathy Kincaid and architect A.B. Swank in the early 1970s. Tom Landry Jr. lived in it for about 12 years before Duncan and Miller bought it three and a half years ago. They have remodeled it with their own signature style. You know the look: they designed and created the sexy Hotel ZaZa in Uptown Dallas. There are common elements—a zebra pattern rug on the staircase—and exotic objects used in ways different from what they were originally intended. For example, a long antique hall bench serves as seating at the dining table. “Like the themed suites at the ZaZa, we like pieces that tell a story.
The narrow Georgian portico was opened up to create a wide Cape Cod-style front porch with shuttered French doors that open to the living room and study. Inside, Duncan and Miller used columns to incorporate a narrow hallway into the living room.
“Duncan is a great cook. I help him plan the menu and make the salad and dessert,” Miller says. “Then we set the table together, mixing and matching from our 12 sets of china that we have collected together.” (When these two say “everything together,” they mean it. On the day of the interview, Miller was wearing the orange sweater that Duncan had worn on the day of the photo shoot.)
Miller is a collector. She collects seashells with which she has beautifully covered a console in the bedroom. She also collects Barbie dolls and Muffy bears that she keeps in a closet in the study, and she has kept a key from every hotel that she has ever stayed in. “I even collected TV Guides as a child. My mom threw them away when I went to college,” Miller laughs. Duncan, not quite as avid in his accumulations, has always been intrigued with interesting accessories.