Definitely Texas!

I feel like saying “Welcome to the Alamo!”  Inspired by the architecture of Mexico and Spain, architect Michael Landrum designed  and Dirk Hoyt of University Towne Building Corp. built this unique home. Warm and inviting, it perfectly captures the feel of walking into an established home of the past.

In keeping with the stone floors, hand carved doors and reclaimed beams, the heavier textured plaster in rich tones was perfect for the space. Troweling it a bit differently we gave this plaster more variation and irregularity to authenticate the era and local this home was modeled from.

Since these homeowners love art, color and a bit of whimsy, this house is furnished with fantastic pieces, handmade furniture and antiquities from Mexico that impart a Texas-style, “hacienda” feeling.

It was just amazing to watch this room being built – Dirk showed his true ability and range on this one!  When I first went to the job, there was a crane in the living room.  The old stone walls and circular staircase were a feat to construct.  Look at all the beautifully intricate, hand carved corbels and balustrades adorning the upstairs landing and round windows that pour in plenty of natural light while adding to the architectural interest of the home.

This age-old fireplace is a lovely balance to the stone.  Look at that mirror – incredible – you should see how it was hung!  Highlighting the homeowners’ love for all types of stone and rocks, the house is accessorized with beautiful pieces like this fossil resting on the mantel.

While the kitchen is truly state of the art, it still retains the character of the past with its plastered shelves, handcrafted cabinetry and red-stained concrete counters and surrounds. I love how the custom-made lanterns pull the wonderful teal and red tones from the pottery, the gorgeous hand carved buffet piece, and the colorful counters. A two-story skylight above the kitchen sink provides incredible natural light throughout the day.

Welcome to the media room!  All the doors in this amazing home were made especially for each space with hardware specific to the era! Dirk Hoyt and his team of artisans custom built each door frame to fit these antique doors from Mexico. Each one is truly unique to the space it occupies! A spectacular place to watch a movie or entertain, this room has incredible acoustics thanks in part to the walls and ceilings which have been covered in acoustic lining and fabric.

Going into the den, we painted this tile design and wainscoting over the plaster base to integrate a touch of a Spanish flair while drawing out the colors from the rug and accessories.

The powder bath with this wonderful basin has agave plants painted organically around the room.

To enhance the dramatic feel of the dining room, we had to get the plaster color just right, and this strong hue definitely did the trick! The beautiful, hand-carved round Mexican table, the elegant custom leather  chairs and the fantastic art make this room not only perfect for formal entertaining, but casual as well.

The upstairs hallway is filled with art and interest. It really shows off these amazing reclaimed floors from Custom Floors Unlimited! Rather than multiple pieces being spliced together, each one is just one long wood board – over 40 feet long!!! It’s truly one-of-a-kind!

What a retreat!  This bed, custom designed and made for this room, serves as a beautiful focal point.  Notice the hand carved shutters adorning each window and the amazing amethyst piece inside the fireplace!

The bedroom features a wonderful balcony overlooking the backyard. The walls flow right into the ceiling seamlessly, and the warm plaster really complements this type of architecture, creating a carved out feel!

In this spacious master bath, you’ll notice the same red-stained concrete as that in the kitchen.  The combination of vibrant art and antique elements like the mirrors and sconces are fabulous!  No detail is left out here –  the incredible door in the background that leads into the closet is art itself. Notice the fantastic hand-carved details on the cabinet doors designed by Michael Landrum and built by local carpenters brought in by Dirk Hoyt – fantastic!

The guest bedrooms are just as charming!  You can really see the shutters here… the metal inserts are a brilliant way to allow some privacy while letting the light in and creating interest. The custom bath door, shutters, beamed ceiling and unique hand-crafted light fixture all specifically designed for this space make this guest suite a spectacular destination that still maintains the same character as the rest of the house.

Just wonderful!!  The towel bars are great too.

The outdoor patio is just as pretty, warm and colorful as the inside.  So much character and sense of history! Who wouldn’t want to spend some time out here?!  All the furniture was handmade in Mexico for the space. The rustic reclaimed wood ceiling holds its own against the rugged stone veneer. The fans fade away into the background but really help make the Texas heat more bearable.

It was pouring in Houston when we did this shoot, so I couldn’t take the yard, but it is as amazing as the inside!! Thank you so much to Wade Blissard for his beautiful photography!!

Hope you enjoyed seeing this home as much as I loved working on it!! Builder Dirk Hoyt  and architect Michael Landrum did one amazing job executing this homeowner’s vision! I hope you have a great week and are enjoying a bit of cool relief!! Thank you to everyone for your wonderful comments-I have been so overworked with the move that I haven’t been able to write back or comment on other blogs– which I love to do!!  I’ll catch up!!  Till next Monday!!  xo Leslie





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  1. wow!!!! what a palace it is–so unique and detailed. and what an amazing job your team has done to make this place a reality.

    smiles to you, creative genius!


  2. The enchanted Home says:

    Wow Leslie..this must have kept you quite busy! This home is full of personality and a true testament to just how detailed you can go! Wonderful job!

  3. These finishes are amazing! They really add so much depth to the space!

  4. laslaboresdelmiercoles says:

    No tengo palabras para definir lo que siento al ver tanta maravilla.PAZ Y AMOR