Elegant Homes Fall/Winter 2018

Focusing on luxury homes, architecture, and interior design, Elegant Homes showcases upscale, polished decor and home trends for readers with sophisticated tastes. Through stunning photographs, it depicts elegant designs and the latest colors and fabrics, in a variety of styles. It’s a dream book to save and browse for inspiration.

United States
Meredith Corporation


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elegant homes online

BEFORE & AFTER MAKEOVER See how one couple rescued—and reimagined—a rare masterpiece of Midwest design. TraditionalHome.com/MidwestMasterpiece HELLO, OCEAN VIEWS Head to the coast—where a fashion executive brings comfortable, classic style to a New York home. TraditionalHome.com/LongIsland HAPPY COMPROMISE He loves simple transitional style; she’s a dyed-in-the-wool traditionalist. Their home is a combination of the best of both. TraditionalHome.com/Silk REDEFINING TREASURE After convincing the owners of a St. Louis historic treasure to preserve their original black-and-white marble floor tiles, interior designer Marshall Watson goes on to prove how fresh traditional style can feel. TraditionalHome.com/GeorgianTreasure MASCULINE ROMANCE A storybook cottage finds its verve in an industrial-meets-rustic look that’s laced with drama. TraditionalHome.com/TudorMakeover…

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from the editor

The best homes don’t follow every design rule. They bend and sway to their own unique rhythms, retooling classic vernaculars and redefining what an elegant home should be. Take Ace Brandt’s gorgeous lake house, which renowned kitchen designer Mick De Giulio reimagined from top to bottom (“Into the Woods,” page 88). Convention begins and ends with the lake views, which De Giulio prioritized from the get-go. After that, the home takes an unexpected detour from the woodsy cabinlike aesthetic one might expect from a Northern Minnesota retreat, veering instead toward decidedly modern territory with a high-contrast palette, earthy organic materials, and clean-lined furnishings. It’s a refreshing take on a classic lake home—and it works beautifully. In Houston, interior designer Courtnay Elias gave her modern stucco home a punchy mix of colors and…

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crafting   character

WATCH YOUR STEP Guide guests around your property with sturdy stepping-stones. Stonehaven Sand Stepping Stone Pack ($299). Home Depot; homedepot.com FRESH GREENS Blend inside and outside with low-maintenance plants that are ideal for harsher climates. 3-count 11-ounce Monster Assorted Cactus ($27). Lowe’s; lowes.com STRONG SUIT Weathered-steel siding is durable and modern. Precision Series Wall Panels in Highline M1 (prices vary). Petersen Aluminum Corp.; pac-clad.com HELLO, LIGHT Welcome light inside with a steel-framed glass-panel front door. Profiles Steel Door #118 in Onyx ($793). Therma-Tru Doors; thermatru.com MODERN IDENTITY Maintain a simple profile with streamlined house numbers. 6-inch Modern House Numbers in Flat Black ($59). Rejuvenation; rejuvenation.com SALVAGED GLORY Go natural with wood siding. AquaFir Redwood siding (starting at $3.50 per board foot). Montana Timber Products; montanatimberproducts.com Contemporary Cool Builder Dennis Allen, who worked on this California home, left, shares tips for designing sustainable energy-efficient…

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kitchen & bath   trends

1 WOOD LOOK-ALIKE Durable hand-painted concrete planks that mimic the patina of timeworn barnwood provide rustic walls sans the splinters. Vintage Ranch veneer ($7–$9 per square foot). Eldorado Stone; eldoradostone.com 2 CUSTOM PULL Why should cabinetry get all the hardware glory? Now you can customize a select True refrigerator, freezer, or wine column with an array of finishes for the front, handles, and hinges. Custom Finishes and Hardware ($300–$2,000; appliances extra). True Residential; true-residential.com/custom 3 COLOR MATCH Brighten your kitchen—and your mood—with a stainless-steel arched faucet that wears interchangeable silicone sleeves in Pure White, Jet Black, and Ruby Red. Additional sleeve colors include Ocean Blue, Navy Blue, Greenery, and Coral Pink. Ibiza faucet ($365; extra sleeves $24 each). Ruvati; ruvati.com 4 ORGANIC FINISH This Artist Editions sink simulates the subtle coloring and pebbled texture of exotic stingray…

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redefining   history

Jonathan Torode doesn’t always play by the rules, particularly when he’s designing a new home in a historic style. “What I love about any architectural style with the term ‘Colonial’ attached is that it allows for rules to be bent and stretched—if not even completely broken and reinterpreted,” Nashville-based architect Torode says. “The rules are there for guidance, but they shouldn’t restrict the design.” For this family home in Dallas built by Coats Homes, Torode sought inspiration from both the Dutch Colonial and Cape Dutch architectural vernaculars. The exterior is hallmarked by a number of authentic appointments including a terra-cotta tile roof and a curvy parapet. The brick structure also boasts a custom weathered finish that was painstakingly developed on site by masons to mimic the look of reclaimed materials. The…

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modern   classic

The term “spec home” often brings to mind adjectives such as “builder grade,” “run-of-the-mill,” and “vanilla.” But interior designer Caroline Tyler DeCesare aims to have potential buyers think “spectacular” when she starts drawing up interiors for a yet-to-be-found owner. Certainly there was no holding back on finishes—or standing out from the crowd—when DeCesare, fellow interior designer Michelle Grams, and architect Matt Thomas embarked on a project together in Phoenix. “The neighborhood is full of squat, asymmetrical ranches,” Thomas says. “We wanted to do something that would make a grander statement.” That sentiment produced a two-story home showcasing elements of the Georgian Colonial aesthetic, including abundant millwork and the continuous alignment of doors and windows. Yet while the architecture is rooted in the past, the home is far from staid. Throughout, there are…