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Dream Street 2020: Inside 1105 High Court, the Manhattan Mansion

WillowTree Custom Homes and designer Susan Semmelmann found inspiration in New York for the interior of their 2020 Dream Street home at 1105 High Court in Southlake’s Oxford Place.

Semmelmann calls the style “rustic contemporary,” exemplified by New York’s 1 Hotel Central Park, which finished its rooms in natural elements like woods and metals and gave them names like “Alcove” and “Greenhouse.” “I wanted to give a sense of class to the organic design elements but still make it home and warm,” Semmelmann, of Susan Semmelmann Interiors, says.

The Dream Street home, built by WillowTree and its interior designed by Semmelmann, is two stories and 7,551 square feet, with five bedrooms and six baths. The home, as in transitional, contemporary, and modern design, shows off a free-flowing and open floor plan. It’s meant to entertain, from the moment guests approach the front entry and its private garden fountain, step inside the two-story atrium foyer, and join the party that’s sure to billow onto the covered patio by evening’s end.

Semmelmann brings natural elements — colors, textures, shapes, materials, images — into every room and pushes past the typical. “It’s a dream home,” says Semmelmann, in her fourth Dream Home partnership with the magazine. “Our inspiration is for you to walk in and see something you’ve never seen before.”

She makes ample use of Dekton concrete flooring and its elegant hues and woodlike finishes. Dekton ties the first floor and covered porch together, but Semmelmann also uses it on the great room’s massive fireplace mantel — the home’s “masterpiece” — and on walls, built-in furniture, and shelving. DuChateau hardwood flooring makes its way onto the home’s ceilings, not just the rustic flooring that unifies the second story.

Semmelmann uses light fixtures to augment every room, showed off most prominently with 16 Kichler pendants she clusters into two grand metal and glass fixtures in the great room. Metals, glass, and wood find their way into each fixture throughout the home; Passion Lighting, a longtime Dream Home partner to the magazine, provided the fixtures for all three 2020 Dream Street homes.

“That’s what takes it to a Dream Home level,” she says. “We wanted fixtures in every room. Most builders want to put ceiling fans in, for cost. [WillowTree] let us go totally out of the box. I think lighting makes the house.”

Floor Plans

WillowTree-floor 1.jpgThe Home: Being built by WillowTree and decked out inside by Susan Semmelmann Interiors, the design is a cross between transitional and contemporary. The inspiration is a hotel in New York City. The home, at 7,551 square feet, is two stories with five bedrooms, six baths, two garages, multiple living spaces, and a pool. The open floor plan takes in the living spaces, kitchen, and wine room and connects easily to the outdoor spaces. The home listed for sale at $3.795 million.

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The Architect:

Watson Design Group is no stranger to Fort Worth Magazine’s Dream Homes. The firm drew the plans for the magazine’s 2013 Dream Home, in West Fort Worth’s Monticello neighborhood. Watson has been architect on several of the magazine’s Dream Homes. The Fort Worth firm focuses on residential design, historical preservation, and light commercial; and it’s one of the architects for Clearfork’s luxury Riverhills development in southwest Fort Worth.


The Dream Home’s foyer is where the entertaining begins. An understated 180-bottle wine room sits behind glass at the base of the stairway to the second floor. It waits patiently for your guests: Turn the lights on, and it becomes part of the party.

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