Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Southern-Style Showhouse

A Conversation With Interior Designer
who also shares a few tips you can take 
into your own home.
Tami recently gave a stunning adaptive southern-style house by Thompson Custom Homes in Houston her calming decorating touch. And, then, she opened up the house doors to a women-who-lunch crowd, escorting them to the estate via golf carts.
The images below, offer a glimpse inside.

In addition to Thompson Custom Homes, she also worked with Architectural Designer Robert Dame.

What was the beginning point for this house?
Brian (Thompson Custom Homes), Robert (Robert Dames Architectural Design), and I worked together from the very beginning of this project to ensure a cohesive look for this house. We started with a vision of an exterior that we loved, based on a home in Louisiana.  We all have a love for reclaimed materials and keeping a neutral, calming pallet throughout the home. Our goal was to create a warm home that would be timeless and in keeping with architectural design. The style of this house is Southern Acadian.

Describe the decorating style of this house . . . .
The decorating style for this house included old world elements from the beams to the floors to the design of the cabinets.  The cabinet designs for the butler’s pantry and a reproduction of a French Bookcase in the study were inspired from a manor house in Southern France.  The beautiful wide plank reclaimed flooring is over 150 years old.  (From: Custom Flooring in Houston; their Web site is under construction). I always design using neutral colors throughout for the building elements to create a calming, warm effect. 

What is your favorite room in this house?
My favorite room in this house is the dining room.  It is simple and feels very peaceful to me.  Custom Flooring custom made the table for the showcase house.  It is out of 150-year-old wood and is designed in a basket-weave pattern to complement the floor in the entrance.  I love the floors, the Venetian plaster, the fabulous chandelier from Brown and the view of the butler pantry cabinets with their antique hardware.  Hardware – Settlers Hardware. The antique painted hutch with the mirror is from Joyce Horn Antiques.  Antique candlesticks by Boxwood Interiors, the rug is from Creative Flooring.  Drapes and fabric: Kravet Belgian Linen and Kravet tassel trim.

What materials did you use in the kitchen?
 In the kitchen, we used Calcutta Oro slabs for the counter tops and the back splash.  We had a custom-made island top made out of the flooring material. Plus, we added a custom-made vent hood.  Hardware in kitchen is by LTG. Inc. Hardware and plumbing is from RK.
The lighting over the island and the breakfast table are from AREA.

 What stores and vendors helped you pull together the look of this entire house?
 In the down-stairs powder bath, the reclaimed sink came from Chateau Domingue, and we designed the custom base for it.  Also, the custom-made iron mirror was created by Ornamental Iron.   The light fixtures were selected from Brown. The custom-made velvet shade is a Rose Cummings fabric.
In the second powder room, we designed a floating concrete counter top by Dale Gunnels.  The antique marble sink was again from Chateau Domingue.   The Louis Philippe mirror is from Joyce Horn Antiques , and the lighting is from Brow.  Custom-made shades were made by Custom Creations, using a Fortuny-hand painted silk fabric.

All of the stone slabs and bathroom tiles were selected at  Walker Zanger.   We used Creama Marfil and Silver Vein Travertine; the ceramic tiles are from Walker Zanger.
Sweet utility room . . . what did you use here? 
French Limestone floors. Concrete counter tops. Hand-painted tiles for the back splash . . . .  The floors and tiles came from Alkasauri Stone. The hardware and plumbing came from Lighting. Inc., a hardware and plumbing store. We used a Belgian linen for the shades and panels.  The iron rods are by Peck and Company.
The Master Bedroom:

 Her Resource List; all in Houston, Texas:
On-site construction -- Custom Flooring,  Tile and Roof of Texas-slate roof, Larry Mimms landscape, Robert Garten pool company, Lighting Inc. (lighting and hardware), Creative Flooring, Brown (lighting), Walker Zanger tile, Chateau Domingue, Gunnels Concrete Company, Alkasuari Stone--fireplaces.  

Most of the furnishings in the house were custom made by Custom Creations.  
The Vieux had a number of items in the house (breakfast room table, living room coffee table, small bench at landing up stairs, the two long benches, and the round table near the pool table).

The rugs were all hand selected from Creative flooring.  
The drapes were all designed by The Owen Group and custom made by Custom Creations.  
The wonderful art throughout the house was custom made for this house by Michelle Y. Williams Gallery.
Other furnishings: Boxwood Interiors, Joyce Horn Antiques.
The outdoor furniture came from Lee Industries.  
The outdoor table, coffee table, and benches were designed/made by The Owen Group and Custom Flooring. 
Most of the wonderful lighting was from Brown.  
Custom drapery rods and fire screen were designed and made by Peck and Company. 
Bedding from  Kuhl Linscomb.
A guest room:

Another guest room:

The study off the foyer:

Club chair seating:

In the backyard:

Tami's Advice:
To create a more calm looking and feeling decor, I would recommend to a new homeowner to start with a neutral color palette.  Work from the exterior color palette and bring it into your interior space so that everything coordinates.  
      Bring in color by adding rugs, artwork, and pillows.  Buy furnishing for your home that are timeless as opposed to trendy.  
Paint makes a house and the finish play a big part in the wow factor.  In this case, the wood on the exterior was stained and brushed to make it look like an old home.  The color we used for this house on the exterior brick, plaster throughout the house, baseboards and ceilings was SW Ermine.  For the door trim and windows:  Anonymous By SW. Those hues set the color tone for the interior of the house. Other neutral cream colors that I love are BM-Creamy White, Ballet White and Feather Down.  
BM= Benjamin Moore
SW= Sherwin Williams


16 Responses to “A Southern-Style Showhouse”

Wow what a beautiful peaceful and elegant home. Love every single room! the painted French doors and the tub with the arch!

Gorgeous! Really enjoyed this!

Anonymous said...

thank you for allowing us to see so many beautiful things. It is such an inspiration and I must admit
makes me just a "tad" jealous

Tiffany said...

Wow!! Let me pick up my jaw off my desk! Loved everything about it! Can you tell me the asking price for this home? I know it has sold, but I just got to know. Thanks!

Hi Tiffany,
Sorry to say I don't know the price. My guess is $2-$3 mil. But to be sure, I invite you to contact Thompson Homes via the link posted. It still might be available!! cheers!

What beautiful home. Thanks for sharing the sources Tami!

Anonymous said...

The house was 4.3 million

Chelle Warren said...

LOVE THE HOUSE!! I have scoured the site looking for the manaufacturer of the kitchen counter stools? Where did you find them? What are they called?? Thanks!

Mindy said...

Such a beautiful home!

I read where you gave the names of the plaster and trim colors on the exterior, but can you tell me what colors were used on the wood and for the stain (to make it look aged)? It's hard to tell from a distance in the photos, but it kind of looks like a pale gray with a brownish stain brushed on top. Thoughts? My husband and I are building a house in Conroe and I'd love to try the same effect.


Jason said...

What a wonderful home interior designs. A home that is neat and tidy is one of my greatest weakness. Ohhh.. I love this house!

BillandCristin said...

Hi Susan - thank you for sharing this stunning home! I'm curious - do you think a floorplan is available for this beautiful house? Thank you! cristin(dot)shelby@gmail(dot)com

new homes said...

Every space is breathtaking. What a perfect house. I admire the architecture and interior design. I absolutely love it! ;)

Anonymous said...

Asking price was 4.5 million. Purchased fully furnished.

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Wow!! Those are the stunning pictures... i love it.

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