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A Luxurious Lakeside Villa


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arried 24 years,the owners of this luxurious lakeside villa have shared a lot of memories and a few of them include some homes they’ve lived in over those years. “People tease us,” the wife smiles, ‘Are y’all moving again?’ they ask us.”

This couple met when both worked at Spring Branch Hospital where he was a doctor and she was an RN in the ICU. When they met, they both had homes (she in Briar Forest; he in Broad Oaks) and children (she, a son; he, three daughters and one son). Once married, they moved into his home, remodeled it, sold it a year later and moved to Piney Point.

The couple made several moves over the years, and once the doctor opened his own practice, now located in Katy, they settled in Royal Oaks Country Club. They started in a smaller home on the golf course, and ended up in a larger former model home which they had originally fallen in love with.

“We really thought this was our final destination, but not long after we moved in we were approached by a realtor who had a buyer for our home,” they explained. “We doubled our money on that home in one year.”

They moved into a rental property, found the perfect location for their new digs in Cross Creek, and began to work on new house plans. They visited home showcases and Pink Ribbon homes; looked at HAR floor plans and magazines; and the wife cut and pasted rooms and ideas into their floor plans and list of “must haves.” “Kickarillo was our builder, but we totally designed our home,” they said.

They knew they wanted large, open spaces, but fewer rooms. “We have five kids, nine grandkids and lots of in-laws.” Their kitchen area can easily fit 20, same for the game room; and their back patio/pool deck spans 73 feet. “Our parents can be watching golf while the grandkids are in the pool and we are grilling in the outdoor kitchen… and all of this activity can also be enjoyed from indoors.” When it came to bedrooms, however, the couple opted for only three bedrooms. “Everybody lives close by, so it’s only the grandkids that spend the night.”

They knew they didn’t want anyone in their backyard. “After living on a golf course, we sort of wanted something interesting in our backyard.” Beyond their pool/patio is a lake where they can fish and on the opposite shore a hillside where community events take place. “On any given evening we may see a wedding, an outdoor movie or fireworks on the hillside. The birds are a real treat, too,” says the wife.

They knew they preferred a certain exterior design. “We wanted a sort of Florida-influenced architecture to take advantage of the amazing views, and for those rooms without a lake view we wanted to include little courtyards, so no matter which room you are in you have a lovely outdoor scene to enjoy.”

And they knew they wanted a certain interior design. “Julie Dodson really heard us,” said the lady of the house. “I told her I wanted a creamy palette, a sort of shabby-chic, contemporary meets distressed. I told her I like furniture with skirts. Since our home is light-filled with lots of windows, I told her I wanted lots of live plants.” Dodson defines the décor as French Transitional and discloses that she and the homeowners started decorating before the home was finished.

“Their initial choices were so attractive and because they chose a neutral palette, accessorizing was easy,” said  Dodson. “The creamy off-white allows any color to really pop, so while your main pieces remain consistent, switching out the accessories to keep things fresh is a simple transition.” She and the wife visited Round Top and found many of the home’s distinctive pieces which serve as the backdrop of the interior design, allowing them to change their décor as easily as switching the pillows, rotating the lampshades or moving the plants around a bit.

“Our biggest design influences were from some of the showcase homes we visited in Austin,” the owners said. “That is where we first saw these gigantic common rooms, and a light bulb just went off. Since we have some sort of family get together once a month where everybody comes over, the idea of comfortably having everyone in the same room together — whether we are cooking, eating or playing games — just really appealed to our design instinct.”

The main living area includes an expanse of open space that encompasses the kitchen, living and dining rooms each adjacent to the other, roomy and well-defined, as well as completely open to the outside living and pool area. The kitchen is the wife’s favorite room in the house because she associates it with fun family times. Though they do cook together — his specialty is ceviche and hers is trying new recipes — she cooks for the family get-togethers. “I start meal preparation days ahead. Our kitchen is really my place in the house where I show my love for my family.”

This kitchen includes two dishwashers to accommodate those family times when they have lots of guests, a deep veggie sink and a kitchen sink, a Wolf stove and a full-size Sub-Zero refrigerator and matching freezer. The countertops, here and throughout the home, are honed Italian Carrara Marble. “We have a granite-free house,” explains the wife, who wanted a change of pace from all the granite in her other homes.

The game room is another of the large open spaces which provides room for a variety of activities. There is a pool table, a game table, a foosball game, a big screen television, a bar and a game cabinet, with lots of comfy furniture throughout the room. The game room, like the other living areas, is open to the outdoor living space in the back. “This set-up  allows everybody to either be playing or watching whatever they want to, while also allowing ease of access to the pool area outside,” the couple explains.

Backyard living is also spacious and provides for as many options as the large indoor spaces. Every square foot is utilized for family fun, from the outdoor kitchen/grill/bar to the dining spot to the pool and beyond to the lake. “The back patio is most reflective of my love of getting my hands in the dirt,” shared the wife. She tends to all the plants, both inside and out, and gardening for her is a form of therapy.

The doctor’s favorite room — and the one most reflective of his design influence and interest — is his study. His grand piano takes center stage and allows for easy transition between work and relaxation. “I move between research and work at my desk, to sitting down to the piano when I want to take a break,” he said. The room’s walls are lined with built-in bookcases for his book collections. “I hope he’s done collecting,” his wife smiles, “because we have no more shelf space.”

She goes on to tease her husband, “I actually think the control room is his favorite room.” This fully automated house allows the doctor (and his wife) access to their home and its elements, from lighting to sound to temperature and more, from anywhere in the world via their mobile devices “or our bed,” he added.

The couple’s experience of residing in many different homes provided them first-hand perspective of a variety of living styles. In turn, they’ve been able to uniquely design their home for exactly the way their family lives. “We honestly can’t imagine moving again; we’re settled in and spread out comfortably,” the couple confesses. “We know you’ve heard that before, though, so you’ll just have to stay tuned. If we move again, we’ll let you know.”

Story by  Cheryl Alexander
Photography by  Julie Soefer Photography
Construction by  Kickarillo Companies
Design by  Dodson Interiors

top image: The off white color palette in this space is soothing and simple. Custom furniture upholstered in white linen. Custom drapery in S Harris Fabricut fabric, Topaz. Soft blushy pink and grey blue pillows add soft color. Mirror above fireplace is a Round Top find. Built-in cabinets provide storage and add to the clean aesthetic.

The all-white kitchen exudes a fresh, clean aesthetic.  The homeowners selected honed Calacatta Marble;  backsplash from Walker Zanger;  island lighting from Tara Shaw.

The all-white kitchen exudes a fresh, clean aesthetic. The homeowners selected honed Calacatta Marble; backsplash from Walker Zanger; island lighting from Tara Shaw.

The dining and living rooms flow seamlessly together in this open floor plan, allowing diners to enjoy the fireplace during mealtimes.  Dining chairs came from the homeowners’ previous home and were refinished and reupholstered in a Brentano Vinyl. The mirror over the fireplace was a Round Top find.

The dining and living rooms flow seamlessly together in this open floor plan, allowing diners to enjoy the fireplace during mealtimes. Dining chairs came from the homeowners’ previous home and were refinished and reupholstered in a Brentano Vinyl. The mirror over the fireplace was a Round Top find.

In the open living room, a wall of windows spans the space allowing filtered light as well as a great view of the outdoors.  Custom furniture upholstered in white linen; sofa table from Neirmann Weeks; custom drapery in S Harris Fabricut fabric, Topaz.  Soft blushy pink and grey blue pillows add soft color.

In the open living room, a wall of windows spans the space allowing filtered light as well as a great view of the outdoors. Custom furniture upholstered in white linen; sofa table from Neirmann Weeks; custom drapery in S Harris Fabricut fabric, Topaz. Soft blushy pink and grey blue pillows add soft color.

Powder bath has honed Calacatta Marble, mirror from Round Top, wallpaper from Donghia (Decorative Center Houston).

Powder bath has honed Calacatta Marble, mirror from Round Top, wallpaper from Donghia (Decorative Center Houston).

A settee from Round Top is  beautifully framed by the window.   Tile floor from Walker Zanger.

A settee from Round Top is beautifully framed by the window.
Tile floor from Walker Zanger.

In the doctor’s study, the piano takes center stage.  Custom draperies are a Zimmer Rhode fabric, with linen Roman shades.  Lighting from Circa.

In the doctor’s study, the piano takes center stage. Custom draperies are a Zimmer Rhode fabric, with linen Roman shades. Lighting from Circa.

The master bedroom offers the homeowners a serene getaway. Custom chairs custom by the Joseph Company;  custom bed Peck and Company;  custom bedding by Julie Dodson;  pillows from Plush Home and Vieux.

The master bedroom offers the homeowners a serene getaway. Custom chairs custom by the Joseph Company; custom bed Peck and Company; custom bedding by Julie Dodson; pillows from Plush Home and Vieux.

The master bath follows the neutral color palette and extends the use of Calacatta Marble to the countertops. Travertine tile floors and tub backsplash from Walker Zanger finishes the look.  A chaise lounge provides just the right touch of leisure glam.

The master bath follows the neutral color palette and extends the use of Calacatta Marble to the countertops. Travertine tile floors and tub backsplash from Walker Zanger finishes the look. A chaise lounge provides just the right touch of leisure glam.

This guest room is outfitted for the grandchildren.  Custom twin beds and slip covers by the Joseph Company;  nightstand and mirror from Joyce Horn Antiques;  bedding from Plush Home.

This guest room is outfitted for the grandchildren. Custom twin beds and slip covers by the Joseph Company; nightstand and mirror from Joyce Horn Antiques; bedding from Plush Home.


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