Project Features

December 4, 2017

Featured: AD100 Interior Design firm Atelier AM

The Architectural Digest’s AD100 for 2018 list is out and interior design firm Atelier AM makes another appearance among the collection of tastemakers.

Led by husband and wife duo, Michael and Alexandra Misczynski, the Los Angeles-based firm specializes in “edited, elegant, cultivated interiors blending pedigreed furnishings with modern and contemporary art.”

Sebastian Construction Group teamed with Atelier AM and Hablinski-Manion architects on our Desert II project below, where we experienced the firm’s uncommon vision firsthand.

Atelier AM projects range from New York penthouses and Aspen vacation homes to luxe Las Vegas compounds. Profiled in the Wall Street Journal for their work with business titans and A-list Hollywood moguls, this exclusive firm “specializes in conjuring the effects of age in otherwise contemporary settings.”

Project Features

November 27, 2017

Featured: Eleanor Cummings Interior Design

Houston based interior designer Eleanor Cummings is the owner of the eponymous firm Eleanor Cummings Interior Design. Her work has been featured in Veranda, House Beautiful, Traditional Homes, Paper City, and Country Homes.

Cumming’s design style, described as “elegant yet welcoming” in a Traditional Home feature, uses a mix of materials, particularly reclaimed materials and “unexpected touches” to create visual interest while maintaining an emphasis on comfort.

A Georgia native, Cummings became a Houstonian in the 1980s, when she took at job with Houston Home and Garden Magazine. She formed her own firm in 1986, typically working extensively in the Houston area, but occasionally as far flung as California and Maine.

The designer’s own country house, a French farmhouse just outside Round Top, Texas, has racked up glowing features on blogs and magazines alike, winning accolades for its cozy charm and “elegantly practical” use of materials ranging from painted concrete floors to a “19th-century French limestone fireplace sourced from Chateau Domingue.”

Image courtesy of PaperCity Magazine | Photograph by Tim Street-Porter

Eleanor Cummings Interior Designs’ current projects include a collaboration with Sebastian and Fusch Architects on what we call the Memorial Residence. Check back for more on this amazing project as it’s completed.

Project Features

November 6, 2017

The classical fireplace

Fireplaces create a feeling of warmth and coziness in the largest of homes. And while Texas weather makes a fireplace more of a amenity than a necessity, an open fire gives any gathering a relaxed feel and creates an elegant focal point for the room.

The fireplace at St. John’s residence, by Larry E. Boerder Architect, is classical design at its best. Like a little black dress, it’s always in style.


The fireplace at the Highland Park residence, again by Larry E Boerder, with Quinlan Terry of England, features classic Corinthian columns. Interiors by Mlinaric Henry & Zervudachi Ltd bring the firm’s London sensibility to Dallas.

No collection of classical fireplaces in Sebastian-built homes would be complete without Preston Road by architect Richard Giegengack of Washington DC, and Dallas’ DC Broadstone. This massively scaled fireplace with its walnut and mahogany milwork commands your attention the moment you enter the room.

Project Features

October 31, 2017

A Look at Architect Max Levy

The 2017 jury for the Texas Society of Architects O’Neil Ford Medal for Design Achievement named Max Levy, FAIA, as this year’s honoree. It’s the latest in a string of awards Levy has received for his body of work.

“Levy is revered for his carefully crafted Modernist designs and his sympathy for the environment,” Helen Thompson, Editor at Large for Luxury Interiors Texas, writes on her design blog, describing a recent Levy project, an East Texas inspiring house for the founder of the Container Store.

Real estate blog, Candy’s Dirt, featured a Max Levy Architect project on the market in Addison, Texas in 2015. A “timelessly modern” residence (despite being built more than twenty years ago!), this home exemplifies Levy’s use of glass to bring nature into everyday living.

[Photo: Candy's Dirt]

Lauded for using “basic materials and simple construction”, Texas Architect magazine, the O’Neil Ford Medal jurors commend “the celebration of humanity that is palpable in all his projects.”

“Working in a small studio, Levy and his collaborators make optimistic and cheerful buildings that are sensitive and exquisitely scaled to their settings.”

Sebastian worked with Max Levy on the Twin Coves residence project, one that is indeed “sensitive and exquisitely scaled” to its setting.

Early in his career, Levy trained with noted Dallas modernist, Bud Oglesby.

Glass, clean lines and simple materials convey a sense of peace and harmony.