Love has a way of calling the shots.
That’s how a girl from a military family who spent her childhood in Florida ended up living and loving Texas throughout her adult life. “When you marry a Texan, you marry the state,” Kandice Ridley says. In 1995, Kandice and her husband, David, bought a four- bedroom home in Park Cities, a Dallas neighborhood in which the homes have massive front porches, and where there are so many mature trees it doesn’t feel as if you’re in the city at all. The couple sent their three children to the area’s excellent public schools before eventually moving their family to a 6-acre ranch. Here, the children learned to ride the family horses and fish in the back creek. Fast-forward 10 years. “Our two older children now had children of their own, and both had moved back to Park Cities for the schools,” Kandice says. “We sorely missed them and decided to look for a house in our old neighborhood.” One of the first houses their real estate agent showed them was a home they had often walked past when they last lived in the area. “We loved the home’s spacious porches and curb
OPPOSITE: The kitchen cabinetry is a masterpiece of painted wizardry. But, don’t overlook the room’s eclectic lighting. From the wire basket chandelier and the barn ceiling fixtures to the rush-shade pedestal lamps and an above-sink lantern, each piece brings its own legacy to the home’s legend. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE: Cutlery with antler handles came from the historic King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas. A painting of the French countryside hangs above a marble-topped buffet that Kandice found at a resale shop and painted and distressed in a luscious shade of blue. The basket fixture boasts vintage sockets and Edison bulbs. Farmyard figurines sit atop the buffet.