In person, Cary Deuber reminds us of the woman we see on reality TV.
The Real Housewives of Dallas veteran is funny. She lives in a luxurious mansion but brings it back down to Earth when she lets a few cuss words slip. And, she's disarmingly confident. During a photo shoot, she tossed on an outrageous multicolored Roberto Cavalli fur coat, climbed into her new bathtub still wearing her Valentino stilettos, and batted her lashes for the camera.
Know what else photographs well? Her Preston Hollow home on Strait Lane, fresh off of a $1 million renovation.
For that price, "we [could have] bought a new house, essentially," Deuber muses. She's a registered nurse, and her husband, Dr. Mark Deuber, is a plastic surgeon. They own three businesses, and they seem to live a work-hard, play-hard life.
Their trips to places like New York City and Napa Valley have inspired parts of their Hollywood glam home renovation.
Closer to home, the Fendi store in Highland Park Village inspired Cary's new, high-dollar closet. Her closet looks like a store, complete with a glass-topped island showing off her sunglasses, earrings, bracelets and scarves. Her Hermès Birkin bags — each the price of a small car and sold with its own protective raincoat — are on full display, too. The Berkins lounge in a backlit case, but as Cary points out, she doesn't have to spend a dime to go shopping in her own closet.
To get the closet of Cary's dreams, the Deubers expanded the exterior of their home toward the street a dozen or so feet. The pricey construction project made room for her essentials, she jokes: racks for designer dresses, cases for chic handbags and shelves for shoes, shoes and more shoes.
A room away, in the master bathroom, the Deubers added a steam shower, a freestanding bathtub and a Toto toilet that greets guests. Yes, it's a robot potty. Cary knows: "It's ridiculous."
If it's possible, Cary's closet is less outrageous than Mark's Molteni. In their $300,000 remodeled kitchen, chef Mark's prized piece is a European stove priced at $75,000. He believes he's the only person in Texas to have one, and most of the others in the United States are located in professional chefs' homes or in restaurant kitchens.
The Deubers' kitchen operates like a restaurant, with a Sub-Zero fridge, a Gaggenau espresso machine, a Gaggenau steam oven, two dishwashers and a sink with two spigots. Cary, the family's pastry chef, has a baking station where she says she can whip up a mean chocolate chip cookie.
Their dinner guests sit in the kitchen, not near it, at a chef's table. And when it's time to serve dinner, Mark pulls out a drawer as a light clicks on, illuminating a perfect stack of white plates. Cool party trick.
Now, here's the harder part: When's the dinner party, Cary and Mark?