Ashley Avrea Cathey and Mary Beth Wagner, the lead designers behind Avrea Wagner, are known for creating classically elegant interiors filled with rich fabrics, soft colors, and timeless silhouettes. Yet when a Dallas client asked for a completely different look—a home that stayed true to its modernist architecture and that complemented a bold collection of contemporary art—they jumped at the opportunity. “We tend to be more traditional, but were really excited to do something outside of our wheelhouse,” says Avrea Cathey. “It was a departure in the best possible way.”Read the Feature
There’s no such thing as a textbook home: Design is deeply personal and, in turn, wildly wide-ranging (as the 16 rooms in these pages will attest). But the best design is always intentional. We asked some of our Best Designers of 2019 to break down the whys and hows behind some of their favorite spaces to learn what’s really at the heart of great design.Read the Feature
The annual historic home tour sponsored by Park Cities Historic Preservation Society will be held on April 13 from 10 to 3 pm. It features some of the Park Cities oldest residences, including a home designed in 1924 by architects Marion Fooshee and James Cheek, and a 1918 Tudor by architect Hal Thompson.
You can also view the work of Dallas interior design firm Avrea Wagner for a 1924-built Tudor house near Armstrong Elementary School;Read the Feature
It’s not uncommon for interior designers and their clients to become friends during the course of a project. However, for Ashley Avrea Cathey and Mary Beth Wagner of design firm Avrea Wagner and homeowners Mary Catherine and Travis Pritchett, the friendship came first.Read the Feature
They had lived in the same house for about 30 years,” designer Ashley Avrea Cathey says of her longtime clients and the empty-nest residents of this new Dallas home, which she and designer Mary Beth Wagner decorated. The residents are also longtime friends of Cathey’s family, so they happily handed over the creative reins to the duo. “We’ve done several homes for them,” Wagner says. “This time, however, they really wanted to start over with something fresh and new.”Read the Feature
Who knew that a childhood fascination with floor plans in the back pages of Ashley Avrea Cathey’s parents’ coffee-table book about log cabins would turn into an obsession? their logic was a revelation for the Dallas interior designer: “It was easy for me to dream about what the rooms would be,” she says. When Cathey got to the University of Texas, the obvious path for the floor plan affcionada was to pursue a degree in architecture. As good as it was, though, the idea fell short: “I realized I need the freedom to furnish,” Cathey says about a profession that sometimes ignores furniture. Instead, she got a degree from the New York School of Interior Design. In 2009, she teamed with another Dallas interior designer, Mary Beth Wagner, to form Avrea Wagner.Read the Feature
Ask interior designers Ashley Avrea Cathey and Mary Beth Wagner to describe their design style, and they can’t put a finger on it.
“It’s more of a feeling,” Wagner says. In the case of Amanda and Nick Sunderman’s Highland Park Mediterranean, that feeling translated to light, fresh, comfortable, and downright cool. “They are young, hip, and happy,” Cathey says. “I think we nailed it on their personalities.”Read the Feature