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All About Family – ASID designers

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By Cathy Gordon Photography by Miro Dvorscak

The couple’s wish was clear: design a home to accommodate four generations of family — themselves, their son and young grandson and an independent in-law dwelling for the man of the house’s elderly parents.

Not the most common request, but one that the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)Texas Gulf Coast chapter was clearly up for. Twenty-two designers pooled their talent, resulting in a dazzling 10,000-square-foot multi-generation home in Tomball’s Willowcreek Ranch.

The sprawling home on six acres built by Peterson Homebuilders had heads turning for a good cause during the multi-week tour last summer, with proceeds benefitting the Alzheimers’ Association as well as ASID’s foundation that supports education and research for the design community.

“It was so much fun putting this home together,” exudes ASID house chair Shundra Harris of Shundra Harris Interiors while giving a tour of the house. The dwelling boasts a total of 30 interior and exterior spaces.

“This is all about family and how they live. That was our theme. It accommodates them all with their own spaces but has wonderful, relaxed areas where family and guests come together, both inside and out.”

All 10,000 square feet are on one level, except for a second floor play loft for the grandson. And 2,000 of those square feet are tapped for the in-laws’ dwelling, a cleverly designed totally independent suite connected to the main house via an enclosed hallway. It can also be accessed from the outside.

Visitors during the tour were immediately greeted by a sitting parlor with four velvet chairs surrounding a freeform wood cocktail table. Beautiful sconces and antique shutters lining one wall bring an eclectic touch to this space made all the more inviting by its view of the grounds through a wall of windows.

The home has no formal living room, but rather a spacious family room, dining room and kitchen that more than accommodates family and guests. “This is a family that really likes to cook,” says Harris, pointing out a groin vault ceiling in the kitchen that allows for an elegant vent hood wall anchoring the space. A custom faux finish was designed for that wall with the vent hood looking like copper.

The kitchen and dining room take a nod from nature. In the dining room, a mineral blue in the fabric and draperies is borrowed from pool and sky within eye view. A mixed use of metal defines both kitchen and dining room with bronze, copper, gold and champagne contrasting gray tones in these spaces.

The family room is striking with custom cabinets with iron insets. Casual yet elegant furnishings from Lee Industries are a draw here. A retractable glass door connects the interior to the outside, allowing for even more entertainment flow and functional use of space.

And my, does this house have bathrooms! Show-stopping, textural powder and full baths for guests and family. Take, for example, a powder bath with a tree panel on a half-wall, a work of art with ice glass sink and herringbone tile floor. Crystal Reeves of CLR Design Services designed this space, as well as a sophisticated study for the man of the house, replete with a fireplace wall of ledge tile.

A vestibule off the home’s media room meets with this study, as well as one for the woman of the house with walls encased in stately panels with coffered ceiling. A bold palette of matte black for the walls contrasts with the white on the ceiling. Black and white zebra carpet brings major personality to the space. Veronica Solomon of Casa Vilora Interiors used edgy art and chandeliers to tie it all together with an Ibex desk adding vintage allure.

The master bedroom and bath are a homeowner retreat, says designer Donna Vining who worked with the woman of the house while making selections. “The whole master suite started with the nature-made quartzite slab in the master bath,” she explains. “She selected that and we went from there. And she didn’t mind some color being in the bedroom. Art and fabric give it color.”

On the opposite side of the house, a bedroom with a wall of shiplap and blue accents (CM Designs Group) is a welcome haven for guests. A pristine bathroom accompanies it, dressed in shiplap, ceilings accented in wood beams.

The homeowners’ son has a bedroom of handsome, bold textures with casual comfort as the theme. Each bedroom in the home is accompanied by a full bath.

Perhaps the most fun space, the homeowners’ young grandson would agree, is this little gent’s bedroom, a haven for play, reading or crafts. “In general a fun place where your mind can explore,” says project chair Harris, who admits to “too much fun” creating this space.

His bedroom is a kid’s sleepover dream with two Murphy beds that serve as desks, then transform for overnight guests. Adjacent to this space is Play Central with a timeless, industrial theme full of color, designed with large reading nooks and a bench for getting lost in a good book. Storage shelves allow for plenty of toys and art supplies. Pine hurricane stairs lead to a TV/gaming zone with a comfy sofa and floor pillows for a movie or video game competition.

“Hey, I want to hang out in here!” says Harris with a chuckle. “I think kids and adults would love this space for reading.”

Indeed, every need was addressed in this home. An exercise room, a second butler’s kitchen for entertaining and even a large craft room with massive storage space, just-right height table for doing crafts or wrapping presents, and its own tall niche to gracefully accommodate the Christmas tree. That’s right, passageways were left wide enough for the tree to sail right into place, upright, decorations and all left intact if desired.

The hallway connecting the main house to the in-law dwelling can be accessed from the home’s media room (a large fun space with pool table and cushy furnishings for family gatherings) or from outside. Make no mistake, this is a completely functional, stand-alone house for independent living with its own garage and front door access. Its open-concept living space, dining area and kitchen share stunning views of the grounds with access to outdoor seating areas and pool. Its bedrooms, bathrooms and, indeed, whole house concept was detailed for aging in place.

There’s even a barn on the property, a place where guests can reside if they come to stay awhile. Not just any barn, mind you, but a beauty that matches the vernacular of the home. The design by Peterson Homebuilders was created using custom sliding barn doors, exposed rafter tails, French doors, scissor trusses and a modern color palette.

“It’s pretty apparent the family has its pick of cool places to retreat to at this property,” says Harris. “It was a lot of work putting it together but our designers had a lot of fun. Turned out wonderful.”

TOP IMAGE: Donna Jarnigan –The grand kitchen with groin vault ceiling sparkles in beautiful finishes and textures. A striking vent hood wall grounds this space. The kitchen with an elegant, yet casual feel was built to handle the tasks of a family that loves to cook. Design by Lacy-Boone Interiors.

Elevation–The ASID house in Tomball’s Willowcreek Ranch built by Peterson Homebuilders was a sight to behold during its recent home tour, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association and the ASID’s foundation.

Paul Kevin Dix–The home boasts a wealth of outdoor living spaces. Paul Kevin Dix Designs created this tranquil exterior haven for the homeowners with a palette of ivory, gray and taupe.

Donna Jarnigan–The color of pool, sky and adjoining kitchen finishes laid the concept for the home’s dining room, designed by Donna Jarnigan of Lacy-Boone Interiors. The table in a medium finish grounds the space with host and hostess chairs and companion seating drawing in the blue of the drapery.

Teena Caldwell –Visitors are greeted by a luxurious sitting room with velvet chairs encircling a freeform cocktail table. Modern art and custom gilded mirrors surround a traditional stone fireplace with antique shutters highlighting the space, adding an eclectic touch. The view of the grounds gives this room an air of tranquility. Design by Teena Caldwell of Twenty-Two Fifty Interiors.

Tami Owen –Custom cabinets with an iron inset are visually stunning and functional in this family room that opens to the outside loggia for added entertainment space. The space provides for multi-generation living, exuding a casual, contemporary flair. Furniture by Lee Industries. Design by Tami Owen of The Owen Group Design Firm.

Crystal Reeves –A delightful tree panel atop a half wall adds interest in this family powder room. A carved ice glass sink sits atop a countertop of light Silestone. Tying it all together is the herringbone tile floor. Design by Crystal Reeves of CLR Design Services.

Crystal Reeves –The man of the house enjoys time in this sophisticated study. A textural chalk finish that’s applied to cabinet door and drawer fronts contrasts with painted walls. Gray wall ledge tile accents the fireplace. Sheer draperies, bold fabrics, fun accessories and art polish off this room. Design by Crystal Reeves of CLR Design Services. | A delightful tree panel atop a half wall adds interest in this family powder room. A carved ice glass sink sits atop a countertop of light Silestone. Tying it all together is the herringbone tile floor. Design by Crystal Reeves of CLR Design Services.

Beth Lindsey–This small guest powder room is packed with glamour and style with custom cabinetry, antique mirror and marble countertops and floors. A pearl fresco wall adds Old World elegance. Design by Beth Lindsey of Beth Lindsey Interior Design.

Christina Mullen–A palette of grays, creams and taupes provides a calm space for visitors in this guest bedroom with shiplap walls in the main home. Design by Christina Mullen of CM Designs Group.

Jennifer Harbison–The pool bath is a charming extension of the main house. A combination of barn wood and other textural elements give it character galore. Design by Jennifer Harbison of Cobalt Living Co.

Donna Vining –The master bathroom is a luxurious retreat with heated floors and steam shower. Design by Donna Vining of Vining Design Associates.

Shundra Harris–A fun wood wall of colors serves as backdrop behind the bed in the grandson’s bedroom. Industrial style lights hover over nightstands. Sleep­overs with friends are super fun here. Not pictured are two murphy beds against both walls that serve as desks by day, transforming into beds for visitors. Shundra Harris Interiors.

Cindy Aplanalp–The kitchen in the in-laws’ suite sparkles in white, blues and natural colors. A fun backsplash directs attention to functional shelves.

Cindy Aplanalp–Comfort and ease of use were paramount in the design of the in-laws’ living area. An abundance of natural light filters through this plush, yet casual environment. Calming blue hues unite this space.

Cindy Aplanalp–The dining area in the suite for the in-laws features a fun bicycle bar. The mix of textures and patterns emphasizes the casual, relaxed nature of the space.

Cindy Aplanalp–A chalk board adds a touch of whimsy. Design by Chairma Design Group

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