Carla Fonts Hrncir, founder of Dunbar Road Design, comes from a distinguished background as her parents are both part of prominent Havana families. Her grandmother and mother were the type of women who traveled to Paris to purchase table linens for entertaining. “My mom appreciated the finer things, had impeccable taste and paid attention to the smallest details,” explains Fonts Hrncir, who inherited that mindset.
Carla's great-grandmother (seated), grandmother (standing), mother and aunts in Cuba.
Carla's parents dancing in Nicaragua.
Carla's grandparents in an afternoon soiree at the Havana Yacht Club
Carla's parents on their wedding day in Miami.
In 1958 after being exiled from Cuba, her family eventually made their way to Palm Beach, where her grandmother rented a glamorous 1920s-era home...located on Dunbar Road; hence the inspiration behind Dunbar Road Design’s name and aesthetic. The grandeur of these homes that Fonts Hrncir would frequent later after her relatives time there made a lasting impression on her.
“The interiors were so colorful yet timeless,” she recalls. “I loved how they pulled together different styles, mixing traditional pieces with bohemian and modern. I wanted to bring more of that feel to Dallas while also making the home reflect my client. My passion, my culture, my history and my experience all come together when I am designing a home.”
Carla with her sisters and father after making his first Thanksgiving turkey (upside-down).