Working with new construction is always exciting, especially when we get to be a part of the imagination and design phases. That was the case with our recent job in a Preston Hollow transitional-style house where we were involved from the blueprint phase to the final polish.
Milan Design + Build did the construction and overall management and my team and I worked with them to make recommendations on the blueprints — I love it because we can be more creative than if a house is already built and we have to work within those constraints.
With over 7,000 square feet on two stories, this house was a large undertaking! But what results. From metallic paint on the entryways barrel ceiling to a backlit wine room with redwood built-ins, we thought of every detail.
The transitional look is all about balance. It marries traditional style with contemporary elements to create a serene, sophisticated look that offers the best of both worlds. You can see that in the aesthetic of this house — it’s certainly got a contemporary, clean-lined feel, but it is not as stark as a modern style. There’s a warmth to transitional design that makes it so appealing — most of my design work falls into that category because people love it.
One of the details I’m proud of is the drop-down/floating ceiling in the living room. In the commercial world, they are called clouds. One of the reasons this design element was necessary was because the room was so long and open. There needed to be more defined spaces where function was obvious. So we dropped the ceiling and made it lie on two different planes to delineate. I think the results speak for themselves. (You can see the “clouds” in the photo of the kitchen)
I always think natural light is a great accessory and this room has a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows to let it pour in. Recessed LED lights, pendant lights, and accent lighting help keep it bright in the evenings, too.
The kitchen is a showstopper in the overall design. Those countertops are a quartzite called Sea Pearl and the backsplash came from Ann Sacks tile. Two oversized islands promise lots of prep and storage space and one has waterfall edges, a true mark of luxury design. Three geometric chandeliers hand above the other island, drawing the eye up. A butler’s pantry off the kitchen offers even more functionality, with a gorgeous contemporary glass backsplash and the same Shaker-style cabinets with sleek matte pulls and handles.
I’m particularly proud of the powder room with its dimensional accent wall, clad in wood paneling with curving lines and a sculptural glass sink on the vanity.
As is true to transitional design, the color palette is serene and neutral with taupes, tans, and grays. The look is uncluttered. One of the biggest assets of a transitional home is that it doesn’t go out of style. It is easily freshened with updated accessories, furniture, or paint.
White oak hardwoods stained a medium hue or carry to throughout the house, except for bathrooms, and the master bedroom delights with oversized windows, high ceilings, the lightest blue on the walls, and an ensuite bathroom that really wows. It is huge! We used a porcelain tile for the floors that looks like marble and chose marble countertops — such an elegant, classic stone. There is also a jetted tub with tile accent wall, as well as a frameless glass shower with dual showerheads.
The clean lines of a transitional home give it a sculptural, artistic quality, like in these rooms. There is nothing frilly, frou-frou, or overstuffed. Furniture profiles are straightforward and crisp, and comfort rules: a transitional home should be cozy and welcoming. Every room in this house invites relaxation and enjoyment.
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