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DESIGNER WONDERLAND

ASID Members Display Their Creative Talents at 2017 Show House
By Marsha Canright • Photography by Miro Dvorscak

Imagine a 10,000-square-foot home on six acres with a fantasy swimming pool, an artful outdoor kitchen and an event barn decked out for a wedding. Twenty-one notable members of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of American Society of Interior Designers pooled their efforts to invent imaginative interiors for this 20-plus-room estate with 1,400 square feet of covered porches.

Their mission: Create elegant style that flows, functions and facilitates productive living for four generations of one family for the 2017 ASID Designer Show House.

“Having a show house helps to promote excellence, demonstrates the value of the profession and helps to strengthen partnerships with industry and related professionals,” says interior designer Shundra Harris, chair of the show house.

Designed by Wyrick Residential Design and built by Peterson Homebuilders Inc. at Willowcreek Ranch, the show house is a single-story, traditional stone structure with a rustic French Country look. It has four bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath; colorful playrooms for the youngest family members; his-and-her home offices; lofty ceilings; and smart home technology throughout. It also has separate living quarters for the homeowners’ parents.

ENTRY & LIVING ROOM
Every grand home needs a dramatic entry and this one — designed by Twenty-Two Fifty Interiors — opens into the house with brick floors in a herringbone pattern and cedar planks painted to look like distressed ceiling beams.

“Using our store as the primary source for furniture, art and accessories, we were able to customize the space,” says Teena Caldwell, designer at Twenty-Two Fifty Interiors. “We used antiques and reproductions mixed with modern elements to create a formal entry into a relaxed retreat.”

Caldwell also designed the living room, which features a milpa wood cocktail table made from a wood slab that has been sanded and finished to show off the irregular nature of the wood. The tabletop was bleached to give it a naturally light color throughout the slab. 

DESIGN TIP: “Knowing what you want from the start will help your designer give you the look you want and help to keep it within your set budget.” — Brian Uhlig, Twenty-Two Fifty Interiors  

KITCHEN
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and this one is designed for a family who plans to cook and entertain together. It connects to the parlor and family room and to the back porch and pool area.

“The large island and butler’s pantry sideboard were designed to look like furniture and finished in a weathered gray tone to complement the wall and trim colors,” says Donna M. Jarnigan, owner and principal designer at Lacy-Boone Interiors.

As a kitchen designer, her first choice was the Cielo leather quartzite used on the large island, the sideboard and the hutch countertops. It set the color scheme for the entire area.

The handmade tiles for the backsplash are from the “Grammercy Park” series; slabs and tiles all came from Walker Zanger. The “Brookhaven” kitchen cabinets were made by Wood-Mode and provided through Cabinet Innovations. Wall colors are by Sherwin-Williams, including “Silverpointe” and “Ellie Gray.”

The groin vault ceiling is a complex creation beginning with a three-layer plaster technique by Imago Dei, then painted and followed with a faux finish by Matt Coulson and crew.   

DESIGN TIP: “Use LED lighting. It may be slightly more expensive, but it will outlast most of us.” — Donna M. Jarnigan, Lacy-Boone Interiors

GUEST BEDROOM SUITE
Christina Mullen designed the guest bedroom suite with serenity in mind. The bedroom features a canopy bed to dramatize the tall 14-foot ceilings. She used shiplap walls and wood flooring to keep the room clean and functional with light, neutral shades and pops of color.

The bath has beveled subway tile and an elegant freestanding tub. She revamped the homeowner’s chest with a new finish and gave a chair new upholstery.

DESIGN TIP: “[Flooring] is not something you want to redo. Your best options are engineered wood or porcelain tile. Natural stone is also a good option and good-looking, but it does require some maintenance.” — Christina Mullen, CM Designs Group

CHILDREN’S SUITE
Everything a child could wish for — except the pony — is present in Shundra Harris’ inventive kids’ suite. “It’s gender neutral, but has a feel of innovation,” she says.

There’s a first-floor playroom, a second-floor play loft, a bedroom, bath and closet, all done in classic industrial style using woods, metals and neutral tones.

Each of the large fixtures — the stairs, lights, Murphy bed and reading nooks — is custom made. She used wood planks, plumbing pipe and fixtures that look like turning wheels with a neutral background and pops of layered color.

DESIGN TIP: “Think outside the box and use your imagination.” — Shundra Harris, Shundra Harris Interiors, ASID Designer Show House chair

FAMILY ROOM
An airy family room with broad views of the landscaped acreage achieves a seamless continuity between indoors and outdoors by using a sliding door system. Designed by The Owen Group, this room has iron-and-glass-front cabinets for decorative items and an elegant enclosure for the television. Segreto Finishes provided the faux finish on the cabinets and the hardware is European.

“This is a multigenerational family, so we selected fabrics that would hold up to kids and pets,” says Tami Owens, principal designer. “Our go-to fabric is ‘Perennials’ from David Sutherland.”

DESIGN TIP: “When selecting materials, choose a combination of textures and finishes.” —Tami Owen, The Owen Group

MEDIA/GAME ROOM
This was designed to be more of a family hangout for all four generations, instead of a man cave-style media room. It sits directly across from the his-and-her home offices.

“The sofa/sectional and seating are made with performance fabric chenille with leather touches of commercially rated faux leather — definitely not your father’s Naugahyde,” designer Diana Walker says.
Walker used a Hunter Douglas shading system with controls to achieve both filtered light or black out, if needed. Equipment is hidden in the ceiling. 

DESIGN TIP: “Size is important to the success of a room. Undersized furniture leaves gaps and creates holes. Buy bigger first. Try it out.” — Diana S. Walker, Diana S. Walker Interior Design

COVERED PORCHES
Outdoor living is central to this family home, and a series of porches make outdoor dining and entertaining a pleasure. Designed by Paul Kevin Dix Designs, the exterior areas are tied together with “Ancient Castle” travertine flooring by QDI Services and tongue-and-groove pine on the ceilings stained in charcoal grey. 

“We selected a unique outdoor fan by Minka Air from M&M Lighting to allow for circulation of air on the six porches, and then, working with Peter Green, the owner of Alyson Jon Interiors, we designed new exterior furniture in taupe, grays and ivories with accents of blue. The same color palette continues at the pool with touches of coral,” Dix says.

The outdoor kitchen is by Dix and Dwayne Picou, the owner of FLO Grills.  

DESIGN TIP: “Once construction is underway, don't make costly changes. These costs can spiral out of control very quickly.” — Paul Kevin Dix, Paul Kevin Dix Designs 

SWIMMING POOL
The family swimming pool is a classic Grecian design, 50 feet long and 25 feet wide. It has a graceful spillway across the northern side, bubblers on the east and two dramatic fire bowls seated on columns. Pool designer Nathan Martens says the interior treatment is a high-end pebble finish with tiny, colored-glass pebbles that give it extra sparkle and sheen. It also has a tanning ledge.

Travertine pavers, coping travertine split-face and glass waterline are by QDI Surfaces. The spa temperature, water features, fire bowls with electronic igniters and sanitation can all be controlled by remote.

DESIGN TIP: “More important than the latest design, swimming pools should fit with the architecture and landscape of the home.” — Nathan Martens, Pacific Pools of Houston

POOL BATH
Using natural materials like barn wood, cement tiles and metal accessories, Jennifer Harbison of Cobalt Living Co. created a handsome, functional bath with shelving, a bench seat, trough sink and a spacious shower.

“The handmade cement tiles are my favorite element because they add a bold pattern and an exciting focal point,” she says.

Mesh cabinets create airflow and texture and the barn wood shower door from Old World Lumber adds an interesting aspect to the space.

DESIGN TIP: “Think about reusing items you already own. A fixture, furniture piece or architectural element can be repainted, recovered or refinished. Repurpose!” — Jennifer Harbison, Cobalt Living Co.

SEPARATE LIVING QUARTERS
The homeowners’ parents who will live here wanted their space to feel sunny and airy and to have plenty of storage. They wanted a table that was comfortable for two, but could easily handle six for dining or dominoes.

Window treatments are bright coral contrasting with a calm wall. Open shelves in the kitchen provide easy access and deep drawers conceal the microwave, toaster and coffee maker.

The fireplace has a cozy chair for reading. A sofa and loveseat were repurposed with fresh, new high-performance fabrics. Designers included personal items to create an immediate sense of home.
“This is important when making a dwelling change,” designer Cindy Aplanalp-Yates says.

DESIGN TIP: “Own your stuff; don’t let your stuff own you. Less is really more. Leave room to grow: A good interior needs room to breath.” — Cindy Aplanalp-Yates, Chairma Design Group

The Wedding Barn
Shipping pallets, handcrafted metallic flowers, wooden benches and lanterns transformed a cavernous, unfinished barn into a festive wedding venue using the talents of designer Beverly Welch of The Arbor Gate.

Wooden pallets cover the exposed electrical and mechanical workings and help to soften the space and create a background for decorative elements, including rustic portraits of a horse and bull. 

The 40-by-60-foot structure was divided into open “vignettes” for greeting guests, conducting the ceremony and housing the reception to follow with musicians in the loft and dancers below.

DESIGN TIP: “Whether indoors or out, whether creating intimate areas or entire rooms, be sure your spaces are filled with things that bring you joy, that provide the warmth and comfort you value and wish to share and that speak of your own unique personal tastes and experiences.” — Beverly Welch, The Arbor Gate.

RESOURCES

ARCHITECT
Wyrick Residential Design
Cypress
800-692-0719

BUILDER
Peterson Homebuilders Inc.
281-932-9077
www.petersonhomebuilders.com

INTERIORS
Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of American Society of Interior Designers
www.txgc.asid.org

FLORIST
Breen’s Florist
281-407-7127
www.breensflorist.com

CHILDREN’S SUITE
Interior design
Shundra Harris Interiors
817-228-7297
www.shundraharrisinteriors.com

COVERED PORCHES
Designer
Paul Kevin Dix Designs
713-562-6302

Fan
M&M Lighting
713-667-5611
www.mmlightingshowroom.com

 

Furniture
Alyson Jon Interiors
713-524-3171
www.alysonjon.com

Outdoor Kitchen
FLO Grills
281-451-4624
www.flogrillshouston.com

Rug
The Great Rug Company
713-789-3666

Travertine
(also for pool area)
QDI Surfaces
Houston: 713-957-2600
The Woodlands:
281-651-4285
www.qdisurfaces.com

ENTRY & LIVING ROOM
Interior Design
Twenty-Two Fifty Interiors
281-265-2250
www.twentytwofiftyinteriors.com

Custom iron rod
Peck & Co.
713-526-2590
www.peckandcompany.com

Custom rug
Creative Flooring
713-522-1181

Pleated drapes
Horton Draperies of Texas Inc.
713-774-7477

FAMILY ROOM
Interior design
The Owen Group
713-515-0380
www.tamiowen.com

Cabinet faux finishes
Segreto Finishes
713-461-5210
www.segretofinishes.com

GUEST BEDROOM SUITE
Interior design
CM Designs Group
281-723-9593
www.cmdesignsgroup.com

KITCHEN
Interior design
Lacy-Boone Interiors
713-647-0647
www.lacyboone.com

Backsplash and counters
Walker Zanger
713-880-9292
www.walkerzanger.com

Cabinets
Cabinet Innovations and Wood-Mode
www.cabinetinnovationstx.com
www.wood-mode.com

Ceiling Design
Imago Dei
713-520-5557
www.imagodeigallery.com

Paint
Sherwin-Williams
Multiple dealers
www.sherwin-williams.com

LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Smelek Design
832-717-2722
www.smelekdesign.com

LANDSCAPING
Graham Land Designs
281-356-1561
www.grahamlanddesigns.com

MEDIA/ROOM
Interior design
Diana S. Walker Interior Design
713-520-1775
www.houstoninteriordesigner.net

Blinds and floor covering
Hunter Douglas
Multiple locations
www.hunterdouglas.com

POOL BATH
Interior design
Cobalt Living Co.
832-272-5401

Barn wood shower doorand shelving
Old World Lumber Co.
713-534-2621
www.oldworldlumber.com

SEPARATE LIVING QUARTERS
Interior design
Chairma Design Group LLC
832-649-8656
www.chairma.com

SWIMMING POOL
Pacific Pools of Houston
281-530-5100
www.pacificpoolsofhouston.com

THE WEDDING BARN
The Arbor Gate
281-351-8851
www.arborgate.com

MORE CONTRIBUTING INTERIOR DESIGNERS:
Sarah Beaubien
Susan Bryant
Desiree Engram
Latrice Gentry-Brooks
Jamie Haskins
Andrew Lagow 
Beth Lindsey
Crystal Reeves
Cristina Robinson
Veronica Solomon
Sharon Staley
Donna Vining
Amilee Wendt

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