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2011 - Volume 1 Issue 1
Casas Bonitas
Feature Home
Article: Joe Burgess
Photos: Bill Faulkner
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Remodeling a home to fit the occupant’s personality while enhancing the existing qualities of a building can be a challenge. Remodeling and the related interior decorating aspects of a project must first answer the question of what are the positive features of the existing structure. Then comes the question of what must go – what features are cumbersome or simply a turnoff for the occupant. Finally, through a sharing of ideas, the creative elements of the brain are able to paint an image of the desired outcome.


Project Consultant/Management:
Edwina Hyslop Burns

Flooring, Bath, Sinks
& Plumbing:
High Point Enterprises

Wall Marble & Bath
Trinity Marble

Kitchen Cabinetry
& Countertops:
Mebel Rust
European Kitchens


Miele Appliances:
Mebel Rust
European Kitchens


Leaded Glass,
Doors & Ceiling:
El Paso Wood Products

Designers Mart

Lomeli & Sons

Copenhagen Imports

Plantation Shutters:
Shutters by Miguel Angel

Countertop Glass
& Showers:
Home Products


Faux Finish:
JRS Faux Finish

Exist 1981
Interior Design Consultant, Edwina Hyslop Burns, was hired by the owner of this featured home to manage the entire remodel project, freshening up and modernizing an already unique home. Initially, Edwina was contacted to replace the great room flooring and remodel the kitchen. Other opportunities soon became apparent, however, that could create an interior truly complementary to the boldly modernistic structure.

The most striking features are found in the living room with its high ceiling and elevated fortress-like window ports. Edwina replaced the existing hardwood flooring with a “Black Heart” Brazilian hardwood that immediately grabs your attention. The stark contrast with the massive beige walls creates a strong statement in itself. The rock veneer covering a solid wall on one side of the living space was replaced with travertine tile, creating a rich, but subtle connection to the beige.

Large vein plantation shutters were utilized in the living room to enhance a clean contemporary look. Maple plantation shutters were selected for the entry to match the maple in the front door, as well as the fossilized limestone floor tile.

A defining feature of the remodel was the use of modernistic leaded glass designs in the doors and in the kitchen ceiling. Sketched out by Edwina, the designs were computerized and fabricated by El Paso Wood Products. Following through in the kitchen and with input from Mebel Rust European Kitchens, a curved glass bar top was installed, along with quartz countertops and cabinets in both black and a dark wood finishes to compliment the original stainless steel wall coverings.

Ultra-modern sinks and fixtures and lava stone tile were installed in the bathrooms. The two walls extending up from the great room fireplace received a subtle finish from JRS Faux Finish, as did the walls and ceiling in the powder room.

The final touch comes from artwork by Exist 1981. Contrasted against the light walls, brilliant colors making strong social and artistic statements provide the modern flare that contributes to the home’s showplace status. More humanistic works in black and white provide a more calming effect in bedrooms.

The late 80s home covers about 3600 square feet with four bedrooms and 3 ? baths. The great room ceiling is 25 feet high. The owner requested that the upgrades utilize green-building practices wherever possible. Edwina selected eco-friendly paint and light fixtures that lent themselves to energy-saving bulbs. The stunning Brazilian hardwood flooring also falls into the eco-friendly category since it is harvested from sustainably-managed forests in which trees are regenerated, biodiversity is conserved, and air and water quality are preserved.

Edwina grew up in the interior decorating and remodel business, working with her mother, Elizabeth Hyslop. Elizabeth initiated an interior consulting service in 1978 following several years with Charlotte’s Fine Furnishings. Edwina and Elizabeth continue to work together on larger projects in Texas and New Mexico. “We get along great,” states Edwina. “We make a good team when the situation calls for a collective effort. We both understand the need for attention to detail and are careful, whether working together or separately, to accept only that amount of work that will allow us to maintain our focus on each job. Quality workmanship, service and follow up are absolutely our goals.” ///
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