By Lisa Martin
Photos by Brian McWeeney
A Scotch Room ups the man cave with a wee dram of drama.
A pair of empty nesters devoted three years to building a house in Westover Hills on the site where their previous residence had stood for a quarter-century. Living areas abound in the newly crafted home, but the most uniquely dedicated space resulted from co-opting square footage from an elongated living area in a guest wing to create what the homeowners call the Scotch Room.
“It’s not a man cave; that’s downstairs and on the opposite side of the house,” says Fort Worth interior designer Adrian Wright, who joined the project during the drywall phase. “There are so many cool living areas in this home, but for this space we wanted the feel of a nice, upscale bar without the old-world heaviness.”
Wright, owner of home furnishings and design showroom Wright At Home, steered the couple to a soothing combination of greige and other neutrals punctuated by metallic accents. The hand-painted paper by Vahallan that covers the walls has a slight metallic sheen and texture to spare. What looks like concrete from one angle could at another glance pass for aged wood.
The designer covered the ceiling of the narrow, oblong room in a textured leather. Four recessed downlights, arranged in a line, provide ample illumination for reading and ambiance. Other lighting goals influenced his vision for the iron-and-brass shelves bookending the room; he wanted shelving lit from both the top and the bottom.
Wright reached out to Ryan Young at Avery Ironworks in Fort Worth to fabricate the shelving. Both agreed that subtle brass accents would lend extra interest to the linear black metal.
While those shelves and the bottled treasures they contain — it is the Scotch Room, after all — vie for the eye, the showstopper in the room is the console. Wright topped his design with a slab of onyx handpicked from the Stone Boutique in Dallas. “I wanted something we could backlight,” Wright explains.
To soften the expanse of stone and metal, he added a mesh screen and a glass shelf at the center of the piece. Open sides create a parking space for a pair of ottomans, effectively allowing the designer to maximize floor space whenever they are not in use. Upholstered in a durable waxed cotton blend fabric shot through with metallic threads for subtle glam, they do double duty as extra seating. In December, several guests made use of them after decamping upstairs to watch the Cowboys play following a seated Christmas dinner party.
The low-pile, hand-knotted Turkish rug from Feizy blends with the wood flooring and warms the space. Contributing to the comfort factor are the velvet-covered chairs that Wright sourced from custom furniture maker William & Wesley. The designer successfully advocated for a dark brown stain on the arms rather than black, the sort of nuance Wright gravitates toward in his magically subtle palette. Enhancing the comfort of the spring wrapped, down-filled chairs is the fact that they swivel — as does every chair in the 10,000-square-foot house.
Wright, who also owns decor and furnishings store Wrare (moving in March to The Shops at Clearfork), says he has seen a significant uptick in interest in swivel seating during the last year or two, noting that his clients and customers have embraced how a swivel chair can become an ally in entertaining and conversation.
As for his collaborators on this project, both homeowners are delighted with every aspect of the retreat that reflects Wright’s penchant for luxurious but comfortable design. Too, they like the glass doors the husband insisted upon for the space. They love the fact their young grandson can peer into the Scotch Room on his way to his playroom next door.
“It works well for us,” said one of the homeowners. “At one point we weren’t even going to finish out this part of the house, but we are very glad we did.”