December 11, 2023
This proper posh penthouse has unexpected pops of color at every turn.
Kelly Wearstler wallcovering in the living room makes a statement. PHOTO STYLIST: ADAM FORTNER
This penthouse is the primary home for the client, who also owns a home in the Hill Country where they retreat on weekends. Originally a Kelly Wearstler design, McCray & Co., led by husband-and-wife team Chris McCray and Grace Hall, aimed to accentuate the elegance and create a stark contrast between the city home in the sky and the country home in the hills.
This stunning transformation took nearly two years to complete. McCray & Co. teamed up with David Wilkes Builders to start the redesign in late summer of 2021, and finished in late spring of 2023.
THEMES & INSPIRATION
One word to describe this rebuild is elevation. From wood textures and jewel tones to layers of sophistication, this space creates a light and cozy yet elevated atmosphere. Feeling inspired by Kelly Weastler, McCray and Hall built a space that they say hugs you in and opens up at the same time.
An Apparatus Studio chandelier adorns the dining table by Sam Accoceberry. PHOTOGRAPHED BY RYANN FORD
Typically, a project like this at an easily accessible home takes around one year, but since this project was located in a high-rise downtown, it was expected for the whole process to last almost two years. “Working on a high floor in a high-rise building takes much more coordination than a single-family home,” notes Grace Hall, “and we were grateful for the expertise working in high-rise buildings that the David Wilkes team brought to the table.”
MuleStudio bed and dresser add to the country home feel. PHOTOGRAPHED BY RYANN FORD
THE FUN DETAILS
Purr-fection according to the felines! “The client has cats, and they totally rule the roost,” says Hall. “Every material was cat-tested before it was approved, and we even built a little kitty sling into the media center for them to have a sleeping spot!”
McCray & Co., mccray-co.com
David Wilkes Builders, davidwilkesbuilders.com
Chandelier in dining room, apparatusstudio.com
ANGELA NAVARRO ART
Art in the primary bedroom, angelanavarroart.com
ART + LOOM
Rug in living room, artandloom.com
BLACK SHEEP UNIQUE
Rug in the primary bedroom, blacksheepunique.com
Table in the dining room by Sam Accoceberry, collection-particuliere.fr
CUSH CUSH DESIGN
Draperies throughout, cushcushdesign.com
DESIGN WITHIN REACH
Eames lounger in living room, dwr.com
Sectional sofa in living room, eggcollective.com
KAREN GAYLE TINNEY
Vessels in the living room, karentinney.com
Wallcovering in the living room, kellywearstler.com
Art in the living room, mattkaplinsky.com
Bed and dresser in the primary bedroom; media shelving, side table, record credenza and ottomans in the living room, mule-studio.com
Upholstery in the primary bedroom and living room, @raynewares