Southern Home Welcomes the Holidays with Sarah West!

Nov 07, 2022

Hi Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful first week of November! One thing I look forward to each year during the holiday season are magazine Holiday editions! I was so excited when I got an early delivery of Southern Home, one of my favs, which featured a major renovation project that we collaborated on with architectural consultant/designer extraordinaire, Sarah West.

Southern Home holiday magazine
Cover Photography: Kip Dawkins
Southern Home Sarah West Holiday Edition
Photography: Michael Hunter

Not only did Sarah use our plaster throughout, but our coordinating paint from the Segreto Palette in “Moonbeam” and our SegretoStone products. I love how the house looked at the final reveal, I can’t wait to see how Sarah decorated it for the holidays!! Enjoy with me this beautifully written article by Tiffany Adams. Tiffany’s words are in italic, mine in regular text. I was excited to see my friend, Michael Hunter, was the photographer for our Southern Home project.

Photography: Michael Hunter

As a designer, bringing meaning and interest to homes is at the heart of Sarah West’s mission. “Relationships are important to me, and I want to create a place where you can visualize your family making memories for years to come,” she says. When her dear friends Dana and Walter Burke called on her expertise, West put connection at the forefront of the plans, desiring to give the couple a space that was a true reflection of them.

“They were planning to build new, but this house is on the bayou in Houston and has an amazing view,” West says. Seeing the potential to maximize this and other features throughout the home, she suggested a full-scale renovation, knocking out wall and installing new floor-to-ceiling steel windows to bring life and light into the home that was built in 2002. “This house had a very traditional look, and we took it down to the studs,” the designer says.

Photography: Michael Hunter

In terms of flow and architectural features, one of the biggest changes came in opening up the floor plan to seamlessly connect the family room and kitchen. “They travel a lot and like to be ready to entertain at any moment when they are home. They wanted an area where they could host everyone,” West says in regard to the newly created hub. At the entry, the original grand staircase was replaced with a stylized interpretation with an undulating curve. “The exterior is very straightforward, so I thought it might be nice to mix in the curves,” West says. Throughout, a neutral backdrop turns the focus to the view, artwork, and accessories. “I always try to incorporate a few of my clients’ meaningful pieces. For this home, I selected lightly hued plaster walls which provided the ideal canvas for me to curate the other elements,” the designer adds.

For the Burkes, these meaningful items include everything from contemporary works by artists such as Donald Martiny to antiques – both inherited and purchased on their own travels.”

Photography: Michael Hunter

“I like mixing genres and shaking it up a bit,” West says. “Design can be timeless and still be fun.” This mix of new and old is apparent throughout the home, including the primary bedroom where a vintage, pink marble-top table is juxtaposed with a more contemporary custom bubble gum-hued sofa. “She’s a pink girl,” West says of the cheerful selections for her client.

Southern Home Sarah West Holiday Kitchen
Photography: Michael Hunter

Other significant pieces are found in the kitchen, where depression glass plates inherited from Dana’s mother and framed photos of the couple’s grandchildren line a wall near the range.

Holiday Décor in Living Room
Photography: Michael Hunter

In addition to the overarching design, it was important to the Burkes and West to layer in holiday décor with a similar feel. “Dana is such a giving person that I knew she would want a Christmas moment in more than one space,” West says. Artfully decorated trees shine in the family room and living room, while pinecones and vintage snowflakes are sprinkled throughout the entertaining areas. Acorns also find a home on a gilt light fixture in the living room, where each one represents a child or grandchild in the family. “Acorns hold special meaning to them; Walter gave Dana one on a walk when they first met,” West explains. “It’s creating visual moments like these for my clients that gives me the most joy.”

This renovation project was one of our favorites! We loved incorporating not only our plaster and paint, but we included our SegretoStone products as well. A SegretoStone plaster application in one of our signature colors, Scultura, was applied over the existing living room fireplace to give it a seamless updated look! Our product provides a quiet aesthetic that pairs beautifully with many materials and different styles. With Sarah mixing new and old world materials in this renovation, SegretoStone was the perfect addition.

The SegretoStone counter tops flanking the family room fireplace were in another signature color, Pure White. With 29 colors to choose from, SegretoStone can be paired with matching SegretoPaint and plaster for the seamless blend. Spending so many hours on the color palette, as that perfect tone is so important, is It is so fun to see it come to fruition in some beautiful homes!

Sarah and daughter Kirby had so much fun collaborating together, and we are so incredibly proud to be featured with Sarah in Southern Home again. Check our 2018 Southern Home Fall feature here to walkthrough another beautiful home. Thank you all for your support and going on this lovely home tour with me today!! If you don’t follow Sarah on Instagram, check it out!! So much inspiration! I wish you all a beautiful start to this holiday season! Until next time, xo Leslie

1 Comment
  • Colleen Martin
    Posted at 09:54h, 07 November Reply

    So nice to see the kitchen decorated for Christmas with the Swedish paper stars hanging from the ceiling. I have many of these I decorate with also from Sweden. Nice to see someone else knows this Swedish tradition.

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