SOUTHERN LIVING SHOWCASE HOME AT BLUEJACK NATIONAL
Southern Living, Morning Star Builders and a Host of Contributors Bring Texas-style Luxury to the 2017 Showcase Home at Bluejack National
Article by Mary Chavoustie
Photos courtesy of Mike Kaskel Photography
Bluejack National, a 755-acre, master-planned community and the first Tiger Woods-designed golf course in the United States, is the perfect setting for this year’s Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Home. The home site is Morning Star Builders’ Ted and Yvonne Cummins’ fourth showcase home and the largest one to date in their nine years with the esteemed Southern Living Custom Builder Program.
The unique wooded community is limited to 400 private residences, enabling buyers to select the type of residence that best suits their needs, including Custom Estate Homes, Sunday Homes, Cottages and Member Suites. This fall, Bluejack National will open The Fort that promises to be the coolest place to hang out. Where else can you find zip lines, sport courts, fishing and canoeing lake, an outdoor movie theater and even a bowling alley? Bluejack has already received “Best New Course in the U.S.” accolades from Golf Digest and Dallas Morning News, as well as “Best New Private Course” by Sports Illustrated/GOLF Magazine.
Visitors to Bluejack National will find their own award winners in the amenity-filled Southern Living Showcase Home available for touring through Oct. 29.
“We designed the home as a spec home, but came up with a buyer before we actually began construction,” says Ted Cummins, Morning Star’s chief creative officer. “We had already anticipated making a few changes to the Elberton Way plan, which I felt was perfect for this area, particularly for the view, but once we knew a large family would call the property ‘home,’ we ‘Texas-fied’ it, adding square footage throughout several rooms, plus adding a casita and multiple garages.”
The showcase home’s 6,500-square-foot living area includes six bedrooms, six and one-half baths, a conversation room, wine room, catering kitchen, study, expansive his and her master closets, laundry room, media/game room, an open kitchen/family living/dining area and casita. Adding the pool, courtyard, three-car and golf cart garages, plus the back screened patio and must-have front porch, the home’s square footage equates close to 8,000 square feet.
COLORFUL & CASUAL, LIGHT & BRIGHT
“It was great getting to work with the whole family on this project,” says Chairma Design Group’s principal Cindy Aplanalp-Yates. “I presented three different color palettes to appeal to everyone, with the homeowners choosing the most vibrant and what was actually my favorite palette!”
Aplanalp-Yates admits she loves the use of color and particularly enjoys working with clients who are not afraid to go bold. The home’s foyer, with its white shiplapped walls set against vivid accents, sets the stage that color rules in the home.
Sherwin-Williams was the paint of choice, giving both homeowners and designers the latitude to choose the type of finish that was best suitable for each room. For example, a durable, washable finish, Sherwin-Williams’ “Ovation” interior latex, was chosen for the kids’ second-floor bedrooms.
Chairma’s design team worked with Gremillion & Co. Fine Art Gallery in Rice Village to complement the homeowners’ personal taste. Celebrating its 37th anniversary in 2017, Gremillion takes pride in its many long-standing relationships with painters, sculptors and printmakers throughout the United States and Europe.
“We also incorporated lots of textiles throughout the home, choosing Sunbrella fabrics both inside and out for their durability, color and softness,” explains Aplanalp-Yates. “Everything in the home is geared to help you relax.
“Lighting can really elevate the interior of a home,” she continues, “and our showcase home is a perfect example. Over 83 different lighting fixtures were chosen along with 200-plus recessed lights.” Fine craftsmanship from Varaluz and Hubbardton Forge are two of numerous distinctive brands that illuminate the home.
INCORPORATING CREATIVITY TO AN ALREADY GREAT PLAN
Morning Star converted what was originally the dining room in the Elberton Way plan to what the company calls a “conversation room.” Adjoining the area is a spacious humidity- and temperature-controlled wine room. The bark wall covering — a product of Bark House®, 100-percent sourced and made in the U.S.A. with renewable energy — creates a conversation all its own.
Mont Blanc leather quartzite tops the kitchen island; the intricate veins of dark to medium gray playing well with the Barroca soapstone countertop, both by Pomogranit Stones Inc. Hubbardton Forge’s “Otto Sphere” five-light pendant, a blend of polished brass and black finishes, is agreeably as much art as function.
Just in time for the holidays, visitors can duplicate the “Harvest Line” dinnerware pattern they see atop the home’s stylishly narrow farmhouse table. The Southern Living Home Collection is exclusive to Dillard’s with The Woodlands location’s home department newly remodeled and ready to help prepare for holiday guests.
Visitors are equally wowed by the home’s master bathroom, which features a luxurious wet room shower — a combination of a soaking tub and shower, all behind a glass door, completely separate from the sink and toilet areas. Ted had eyed the option for several years and was pleased the homeowners were onboard for the lavish design.
The family room’s white box beams add timeless character to the 10-foot ceiling, a height carried throughout the home. Three sets of French doors from Marvin Windows & Doors open from the comfort of the family room to the back porch.
DISTINCTIVE & ACCOMMODATING
JamesHardie’s Artisan® lap siding and accent trim highlight the exterior. The fiber cement-based, low-maintenance products’ distinctive thickness provide a popular profile.
For Ted, the casita design was a critical element to the overall flow of the home. By choosing an L-shaped back porch, the visiting guests or family members can step seamlessly from their two-story, two-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot casita onto the TimberTech-decked porch — complete with fixed and motorized screens — and be worry-free from rain or mosquitos. The back porch’s cooking area, much like the indoor service kitchen, centers on convenience.
“The Southern Living Showcase Home has the distinction of being our first estate lot to be completed,” explains Gary Short, director of sales at Bluejack National. “The home’s Lowcountry, Southern-style with its big porches and expansive views are timeless. Needless to say, we’re excited about the final results.”
A portion of ticket sales for tours of the Southern Living Showcase Home benefits two outstanding nonprofits. Operation FINALLY HOME helps to build custom, mortgage-free homes for America’s veterans and widows of fallen servicemen. HomeAid Houston, a charity sponsored by the Greater Houston Builders Association with a mission to “build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach,” is working with homeless agencies in Houston to repair, restore or replace roofs damaged by Hurricane Harvey through their “Roofs Over Houston’s Homeless” initiative.
The Southern Living Showcase Home is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 29. Tickets are available at www.homesbymorningstar.com.
4430 South FM 1486
Chairma Design Group
Morning Star Builders
Southern Living Custom Builder Program
Southern Living Designer Network
Air conditioning & heating
AZEK Building Products
Wellborn Cabinet Inc.
Plumbing & fixtures
Integrity by Marvin Windows and Doors
Appliances & plumbing fixtures
Exterior iron fencing
South Texas Brick and Stone
Floors & carpet
GlassCraft Door Co.
Mirror Gallery Inc.