Most 20-somethings would cringe at the thought of living with their sibling, but after snatching up a fabulous Dallas penthouse suite at the W Dallas Victory, brother and sister Kari and Kirby Schlegel are learning to make it work. Of course, it didn’t hurt that their parents, Bob and Myrna, were willing to put together a top-notch design team to properly divide the 12,000-square-foot space. Compromise, it turns out, isn’t such a hard thing after all…
Since the pair was long past their adolescent days when sharing was imperative, Kari and Kirby were all for splitting the large penthouse right down the middle. Architect Lionel Morrison helped with structural logistics, while interior designer Jan Showers brought out two very different personalities through her design.
Kari was more than willing to give input on the overall theme of her space, opting for feminine and sophisticated with bright splashes of color in each room.
Large windows and breathtaking only-in-a-penthouse views help brighten up her cleanly decorated living room space. The “villa” sofa is from the Jan Showers Collection, and the antique Murano glass drum lamps are from the Jan Showers Showroom.
The unique dining room floor plan includes an adjacent bar and seating area.
Kirby, on the other hand, wasn’t nearly as interested in the design process, so Showers took the reins. Striving for a more masculine vibe, she used his love of sports and desire for a place to entertain guests as her guide. Luckily, it was just the thing he was looking for.
Bold reds and greens were used to highlight the minimally decorated living room/dining room, with a fantastic antler chandelier taking center stage.
A stainless steel kitchen with wrap-around bar and swiveling barstools create the perfect backdrop for a great party. The open layout allows for guests to meander into the living room as well.
Dark wood accents in the office mesh well with the masculine feel of the rest of the space, and fulfilled Kirby’s need for a clean, functional work area.
Obviously, Kirby and Kari aren’t like the vast majority of siblings out there; they enjoy breakfast together every morning. Maybe this living arrangement wouldn’t work for everyone, but for them, it works just fine.