The entry is home to a Stark Carpet rug that was designed to go with the Lee Jofa fabric on the LXVI-style chair. The French Empire center table and mirror are from Philip Maia Antiques. The Barovier & Toso light is from John Gregory Studios, the buffet is from Mecox, and the lamps are from Jan Showers. Photography by Pär Bengtsson

True Colors in Highland Park

Designer Eric Prokesh throws shade in every single room of a Park Cities Tudor.

Designer Eric Prokesh designed the custom Biedermeier-style dining table, which perfectly complements the 1940s armoire from Ceylon et Cie and buffet from John Gregory Studios. The custom rug is by Stark Carpet and the curtains are striped silk fabric from India. The sculpture is from John Robert Clark Antiques. Photography by Pär Bengtsson
Photography by Pär Bengtsson
Nicole and Wade Cooper attended elementary school together in Garland, and they’ve been sweethearts most of their lives. In 2000, they married. Where Wade is gregarious and outgoing, Nicole is serious and reserved. He is in the wine business; she is a mortgage banker. Though somewhat opposite in nature, they complete each other in a very Jerry Maguire kind of way. They wanted a home that would suit their very specific needs, and in 2006, they found it: A lovely, 3,000-square-foot Tudor that sits on a Highland Park block that, so far, has remained free of new McMansions.

When it came to hiring a designer, they wanted to be sure they chose the right person for the job. Together, they met with six local candidates. Nicole knew what she wanted. As reserved as she is, she absolutely loves color. She also wanted to work with someone who would allow her to be a part of the process. And she needed a designer who possessed a talent for integrating old and new pieces. After some back and forth, a frontrunner emerged. “Eric Prokesh has an appreciation for antiques, and he’s able to mix them in with a modern flair,” Nicole says.  

“Nicole loves orange, purple, and pink with warm and cool tones mixed together.” 

Eric Prokesh
But before nabbing the job, Eric had to pass a test. “The upstairs sunroom was the audition room,” he says. “We concentrated on this small room to see if our tastes would jibe. It is also Wade’s favorite spot in the house. It’s flooded with light and has a beach-like feel.” Wade had but one request: He wanted a super-comfy chair where he could sit back, relax, and enjoy Wine Spectator with a glass of vino. 

Eric aced the test, and from there, the Coopers tasked him with the remainder of the house. They chose to work from room to room, with the entry being the next place of focus. “We picked every thread in the rug to go with the Lee Jofa fabric on the chairs,” Eric says. “I remember being with Nicole at Stark to go over colors.” The vibrant colors of the rug enhance the warm tones of a French Empire center table. Eric selected the muted blue-gray cabinet from Mecox because it complements the wall covering. 

Design Notes: Add texture to a monochromatic room with a fun wallcovering on one wall in the same shade as the remaining surfaces.

A pale turquoise wallcovering from Designers Guild provided the jumping-off point for the master bedroom. The bed is from Neiman Marcus and the 1970s mirrored nightstands are from James McInroe. The artwork is by Shane Pennington, and the rug is from Calypso Home. Photography by Pär Bengtsson
Photography by Pär Bengtsson

In the dining room, Eric designed a dining table to allow as much seating as possible in the square dining room. The Coopers entertain a lot for business, so they needed a warm and comfortable space for guests to enjoy. Eric accessorized with antiques. 

“Eric has the gift of choosing the perfect color.” 

Nicole Cooper
“Nicole is drawn to the clean lines and minimal decoration of the Biedermeier style,” Eric says. “We found a perfect armoire from Ceylon et Cie and a buffet from John Gregory.” And because of Nicole’s love of color, he incorporated vibrant silk drapery in hot pink and orange, added a pink rug, and painted the walls in a cool turquoise. 

In the living room, Eric designed the LXVI provincial-style sofas and the acrylic coffee table to fit the space. “I got the immense satisfaction of designing perfect pieces in each room,” he says. “I find that Dallas has some of the most outstanding craftsmen one can find anywhere. Martin Sabella fabricated the fireplace surround, and he is excellent.” An extra burst of color comes from the stained-glass windows, which are original to the house.

The upstairs sitting room is Wade Cooper’s favorite room to kick back and relax in thanks to great light, the R.Jones & Associates sofa, and an armchair from Baker covered in fabric by Brunschwig & Fils. The sea-coral linen is from David Sutherland. Photography by Pär Bengtsson
Photography by Pär Bengtsson
The design for the master bedroom began with a pale wash of turquoise wallpaper. From there, Eric added the stainless-steel, four-poster bed; the acrylic night stands; and a metallic rug from Calypso. After Nicole purchased a wooden, French-style chest from a catalogue, she realized it didn’t really fit in with the dreamy colors of the bedroom. So Eric came to the rescue, stripping the hardware and rococo details and having them gilded in silver leaf. He had the drawers painted the exact color of the walls and painted the legs and frame in black lacquer. 

Driving by the traditional exterior of the home, no one would ever know the exuberance of color that is abundant inside. But what could be a confusing assortment is far from it. The colors of each room flow together effortlessly, even as each room has its own distinctive look. “Nicole loves orange, purple, and pink with warm and cool tones mixed together,” Eric says. “Wade just wants her to be happy, but he has also started getting into it.” 

Nicole credits her designer with helping get every hue just right. “Eric has the gift of choosing the perfect color,” she says.

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