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The family room boasts a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams and large windows which flood the space with natural light. Custom crafted furniture personalizes the décor to the homeowner’s taste. Club chairs with pillows appliqued by Mary McDonald, Schumacher; cocktail table with silver leaf finish; day bed and bolsters, fabric by Lee Jofa; stools, fabric by High Fashion Home; sofa by Kravet; sofa pillows by Schumacher; Louis Philippe mirror from Round Top; and rug from Creative Flooring.

Making A New Home In A New Style In A New Neighborhood

Married for 19 years, the Coneleys know what they want and what works for their family. Though Clay, who works for an energy investment bank, and Stacy, a busy stay-at-home mom, loved their previous 3,800 square foot, custom-built French Country style home in Briar Bend, the couple began to feel the pressure to move as their two boys (Chase, 12, and Jackson, 10) were getting to the age where schools and neighborhoods were becoming more important.

They wanted to build another custom home, but undeveloped residential lots are extremely hard to find in Memorial. However, Clay got wind one day that a parcel of land that was formerly corporate-owned real estate had sold and was being developed as residential lots, so he moved quickly to find and purchase just the right spot — a 22,000-square-foot lot on a brand new street in the perfect neighborhood.

Because the couple had formerly enjoyed a wonderful experience with their builder, Keith Malloy, they knew they wanted him on their team this time around as well. They liked the fact that Keith is a hands-on builder who oversees his projects onsite. Plus, they knew his response time was prompt and reliable and that he was also open to their ideas about the floor plan and how they wanted their home to flow.

The couple had also successfully worked with Talbot Cooley Interiors on their previous home, so the design element of their team was firmly in place. The couple’s last home was much smaller in comparison to their new home, and since they had already developed the confidence in Talbot, they were more willing to let her take the reins on their new home.

The designer’s input early on was crucial in regard to selecting paint colors, cabinet styles, countertop surfaces, and other elements. “Talbot and I tend to gravitate towards the same look,” said Stacy. “If there was a time that I was hesitant about a suggestion, she would say ‘trust me,’ and I always ended up loving the result. Talbot is extremely practical — she was open to using items I already had, leaving them in their current state, or having them recovered or repainted, so they could be incorporated into the new house. Her excitement was infectious throughout the project as it progressed and each room unfolded. I had definite ideas in some areas, which Talbot was always willing to hear so that she could help bring everything together.”

“The result of the Coneleys’ home was extremely rewarding,” Talbot said. “Our goal was to create a sophisticated, timeless look that was comfortable and functional for their family’s everyday life, and we accomplished that.”

Because the couple was moving towards a more contemporary vision, an oversized paneled steel front door and large steel windows provided the clean line element that the exterior of the house needed. The entire back of the house filters in light through these windows and doors, which allows for lots of natural light.

Once inside, the home’s entry is open, bright and welcoming. The combination of the iron door, the light stone floors, the wooden aged lanterns and the iron and mirror table provides the space with unique elements that create the perfect balance. The unobstructed view through the back of the house beckons friends and family to make themselves at home.

Although hard to choose, Clay and Stacy both agree the keeping room area adjoining the kitchen is their favorite part of the house. Stacy said, “It truly is the hub of our household. The island is always in use, whether preparing a meal, doing homework, or hanging out with friends watching the football game.” Stacy wanted lots of natural light in this space so she could enjoy looking out into the backyard and pool area.

To achieve a light and fresh look in the kitchen, a crisp white paint was used on the cabinets to coordinate with the honed Calacatta marble countertops. To offset the white, a rich charcoal gray paint was chosen for the island to balance the room. “In addition, I added four deep eggplant-hued velvet swivel chairs to bring in another element of warmth and tie everything together,” said Talbot.

Adjacent in the breakfast area are antique mutton chairs from the previous home recovered in Sunbrella fabric so they would be functional, yet practical for everyday use by the couple’s young boys. A new modern drum light fixture by Jonathan Adler was installed overhead to pull together the contemporary look overflowing from the kitchen. The result: an inviting, comfortable place to gather.

Stacy also enjoys the serenity of her master bath. She said, “I love my master bath because it’s very simple, yet elegant, and represents my little escape from the stresses of everyday life. I always look forward to a good soak in my tub after the kids go to bed.” The design concept of the master bath, according to Talbot, was to create a sophisticated, elegant place to retreat. The Cararra marble floors and countertops underscore the luxury of the room, and the built-ins allow for beautiful, functional storage, which keeps the countertops minimalistic and clean in the aesthetic.

As the team began to develop a plan for the family room, they wanted to do something unique on the built-in cabinet door fronts so a lacquered, high-gloss paint was used to create a more modern flair. To finish, and personalize the space, Talbot Cooley Interiors custom-made every piece of furniture and the pillows (two club chairs, daybed, sofa, cocktail table, stools) using fabrics from Schumacher, Lee Jofa, George Cameron Nash, and High Fashion Home. Accessories were purchased from a variety of stores including Area, Bliss Home and Design, and Round Top. Stacy had always wanted a cathedral ceiling, so that element was integrated here along with exposed wooden beams.

The dining room is sophisticated luxury with pale lavender Venetian Plaster walls. A custom-made tiered chandelier decorated with smoky rock crystals from Boxwood Interiors hangs above the table. This fixture is not only the homeowners’ favorite part of the room, it is also a conversational piece when entertaining. Additionally, the space includes several custom pieces (console, mirror, and sconces) designed with an old world finish.

Both Clay and Stacy have their own personal work spaces that reflect their own personal style. In Clay’s study, the vaulted ceiling and custom-made zinc desk speak to the masculine energy. As well, the sliding French doors, hung on a metal rail, remain open until there is a conference call or need for privacy.

Since there were no girls in the family, (besides the homeowners’ golden retriever, Lilly), Stacy wanted her office to be very bright and “girly.” Pink and green paint achieved a feminine energy and a green geometric pattern was stenciled on the wall. A hot pink chair adds a fun pop of color and coordinates with the custom white and pink linen Roman shade.

The game room is the boys’ favorite because they can play Xbox, air hockey and lounge around on the L-shaped couch or watch the big screen TV. Their personal spaces are extra special, too. There’s a loft in Jackson’s bedroom where he can go up to read or play with Legos. Since Chases’s room did not have a loft, Talbot suggested a hanging rattan chair to add interest and to provide a great place to read or listen to music.

Though building a new home and moving a family is always a challenge, this family accomplished creating a brand new style of living in a brand new neighborhood and managed to do it in a chic, contemporary way that suits them perfectly.

TOP IMAGE:The family room boasts a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams and large windows which flood the space with natural light. Custom crafted furniture personalizes the décor to the homeowner’s taste. Club chairs with pillows appliqued by Mary McDonald, Schumacher; cocktail table with silver leaf finish; day bed and bolsters, fabric by Lee Jofa; stools, fabric by High Fashion Home; sofa by Kravet; sofa pillows by Schumacher; Louis Philippe mirror from Round Top; and rug from Creative Flooring.

Text by Cheryl Alexander | Photography by Blake Mistich | Construction by Keith Malloy Construction | Architecture by Travis Mattingly | Interior Design by Talbot Cooley Interiors

Dinner guests are comfortable and close by the chef in this keeping room adjoined to the kitchen. Custom club chairs are covered with Eggplant velvet fabric from High Fashion Home and a custom cocktail table is crafted out of reclaimed wood.

Dinner guests are comfortable and close by the chef in this keeping room adjoined to the kitchen. Custom club chairs are covered with Eggplant velvet fabric from High Fashion Home and a custom cocktail table is crafted out of reclaimed wood.

The entry sets the stage for simple elegance. The wooden aged lanterns are from Aiden Gray and the mirror and iron table is a custom piece. An uncluttered foyer allows for an unobstructed view through the home.

The entry sets the stage for simple elegance. The wooden aged lanterns are from Aiden Gray and the mirror and iron table is a custom piece. An uncluttered foyer allows for an unobstructed view through the home.

An antique mirror backsplash frames the bar area while the brick barrel vault ceiling is the crowning feature. The area is accessorized beautifully with a contemporary drum light fixture.

An antique mirror backsplash frames the bar area while the brick barrel vault ceiling is the crowning feature. The area is accessorized beautifully with a contemporary drum light fixture.

The breakfast area utilizes antique mutton chairs from the couple's previous home. Drum light fixture by Jonathan Adler.

The breakfast area utilizes antique mutton chairs from the couple’s previous home. Drum light fixture by Jonathan Adler.

Dinner guests are comfortable and close by the chef in this keeping room adjoined to the kitchen. Custom club chairs are covered with Eggplant velvet fabric from High Fashion Home and a custom cocktail table is crafted out of reclaimed wood.

Dinner guests are comfortable and close by the chef in this keeping room adjoined to the kitchen. Custom club chairs are covered with Eggplant velvet fabric from High Fashion Home and a custom cocktail table is crafted out of reclaimed wood.

The light and bright kitchen, awash in whites and muted grays, is inviting to the entire downstairs with open archways leading to adjacent spaces.

The light and bright kitchen, awash in whites and muted grays, is inviting to the entire downstairs with open archways leading to adjacent spaces.

The custom pantry door and Calacatta marble island are statement pieces. Hardware by Lighting Inc. Hardware & Plumbing and light fixtures by Restoration Hardware.

The custom pantry door and Calacatta marble island are statement pieces. Hardware by Lighting Inc. Hardware & Plumbing and light fixtures by Restoration Hardware.

The elegance of this dining room is firmly established in the grand dining table from Restoration Hardware and chandelier from Boxwood Interiors. Custom furnishings and accessories finish the space.

The elegance of this dining room is firmly established in the grand dining table from Restoration Hardware and chandelier from Boxwood Interiors. Custom furnishings and accessories finish the space.

French sliding doors, found in Round Top, open to Clay’s study just off the entry. The doors are hung on a metal rail and provide an excellent contrast to the smooth plaster walls, and also hint to the masculinity of the workspace inside the room.

French sliding doors, found in Round Top, open to Clay’s study just off the entry. The doors are hung on a metal rail and provide an excellent contrast to the smooth plaster walls, and also hint to the masculinity of the workspace inside the room.

The star of the master bath is the white Carrara marble on both the floor and countertops. Hardware by Lighting Inc. Hardware & Plumbing; plumbing fixtures from Morrison Showroom; light fixture and sconces by Lighting, Inc.

The star of the master bath is the white Carrara marble on both the floor and countertops. Hardware by Lighting Inc. Hardware & Plumbing; plumbing fixtures from Morrison Showroom; light fixture and sconces by Lighting, Inc.

The powder bath is all glam with wallpaper by Schumacher, a marble sink from Round Top, plumbing fixtures from Morrison Showroom and a reupholstered stool with fabric from Lee Jofa.

The powder bath is all glam with wallpaper by Schumacher, a marble sink from Round Top, plumbing fixtures from Morrison Showroom and a reupholstered stool with fabric from Lee Jofa.

This grand home’s light-colored stucco is warmed with light slate-colored shutters and accented with steel doors and windows.

This grand home’s light-colored stucco is warmed with light slate-colored shutters and accented with steel doors and windows.

Contemporary Village Chic


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