Elegant Homes Fall - Winter 2017

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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from the editors

Famed architect Frank Gehry once said, “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” That delicate balancing act—between old and new, nostalgic and forward-thinking—makes for a fascinating collection of homes in this issue. Although grandeur often leads the charge, it is followed closely by warmth, rusticity, and comfort. Take, for example, the newly constructed Houston home that architect Travis Mattingly and interior designer Laura Weaver thoughtfully detailed with old-world features (“Graceful Patina,” above right and page 14). There are limestone mantels, herringbone floors, and reclaimed ceiling beams, plus easy indoor-outdoor flow and cozy furnishings that make the owners’ 12 grandchildren feel right at home. In Scottsdale, Arizona, architect Mark Candelaria, builder Ron Barney, and interior designer Caroline Tyler DeCesare teamed up to create their own unique fusion of…

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constructing excellence

ELEGANT HOMES: Having built your company, Desert Star Construction, from the ground up—since you established it with your father at age 18—what have you always sought to achieve in your builds, no matter the budget? JERRY MEEK: My dad taught me discipline, and my mom taught me that you should never have to be asked to do something. Keeping those principles in mind, we’ve created a truly client-centric company. Every project starts with how we can best meet the needs of a homeowner. EH: What does building smart mean to you? JM: Construction is an information-based business, and because of that we need to give intelligent information to our clients to make hard decisions. When you’re going through plans and building smart, you can’t just look at the initial cost; you need to…

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kitchen & bath trends

1. Pattern Play Warm up a room with 3-D mosaic tile that’s cut and honed by master artisans to resemble a soft textile. Cable Knit Large mosaic, $102 per square foot, New Ravenna; newravenna.com 2. Triple Threat Do it all with the first 48-inch freestanding range to offer two chef-worthy gas burners, four induction cooking zones, an integrated electric griddle, and two gas ovens for baking and roasting flexibility. NEXT TriFuel Range, $9,999–$11,000, Superiore; tecnogassuperiore.us 3. Decked Out Streamline kitchen chores with an 18-gauge stainless-steel sink that features an inner deck for faucet installation so your countertop stays gunk-free. Elkay Crosstown Sink with Water Deck, starting at $975, Elkay; elkay.com 4. Simply Sleek Long, slender legs give this vanity the grace of a prima ballerina. Grooming gear tucks away discreetly in tip-out drawers. Balletto Vanity, starting at…

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graceful patina

According to psychologists, one of the most common symptoms of empty-nest syndrome is the desire to downsize. But upon retirement, one Houston couple defied that diagnosis and found the upside of upsizing later in life. “My clients have three children and 12 grandchildren, so there is always a full house,” interior designer Laura Weaver says. “They loved the location of their home, but they wanted a better flow for indoor entertaining, a larger yard for outdoor gatherings, and a stronger connection between the two. They also wanted a light-filled interior that would showcase their contemporary art collection while reflecting the classic architectural appointments of a centuries-old home.” As fate would have it, a newly constructed house within two blocks of the couple’s existing home went on the market just as they…

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casual sophisticate

If Southern homes could speak of etiquette, those within a mile radius of the governor’s mansion in Georgia would tell their new neighbors it’s best to tidy up and make a good first impression. Leslie and John Irvine gravitated to traditional architectural influences to do exactly this when they built their new home just down the road. The couple also requested that architect Tim Adams and interior designer Courtney Dickey streamline the classic motifs and finishes indoors. “They wanted something transitional, with clean lines, and a lot of light,” Adams says. “I kept the front elevation more conventionally closed for privacy and opened up the back for views. Then it was all about taking traditional architecture and using it in unexpected ways while simplifying the details.” Windows and doors are recessed, moldings…

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southern comfort

Spacious but not ostentatious; more American farmhouse than mansion. That is how architect Robbie Fusch’s clients described the home they wanted to build in the Lakewood area in Dallas. Magazine clippings revealed the couple liked features of Federal-style architecture, such as Palladian windows and entryway columns, yet they worried these elements might make the house seem too formal. “It had to come across as casual,” Fusch says. “They envisioned a home they could raise their three children in and never outgrow.” In the end, the couple settled on a look best described as Southern Colonial, a style characterized by attention to symmetry and proportion that was popular among 18th- and 19th-century colonists. The house—built by Rosewood Custom Builders—is just under 10,000 square feet, but thanks to scaled-down details inside and out,…