June 22, 2012

Open for Visitors

Say "CASITA", and most people think of a small bungalow or a vacation cottage-an architectural afterthought cowering behind the main attraction. At over 10,000 sq ft, however, this casita estate in Houston, designed by Jane Page Design Group, can hold its own against any residence.  In every aspect of design and materials, this freestanding, two-story addition feels like much more than an extension, particularly in its comfortable, welcoming interior spaces.                                                                
Above photo by Joe Aker
An oversized, custom wrought-iron chandelier hovers over a western seating area in this spacious great room. A rustic floor-to-ceiling fireplace features the same limestone as the casita’s exterior. Photographer: Rob Muir

For a sense of warmth and comfort the custom finishes are distressed and stained in dark honey.  The designers worked with a local artist to create a custom tile backsplash. 
Photographer: Rob Muir

The dining room is adjacent to the dining room and wine room for easy entertaining.  Photographer: Rob Muir

The equestrian influence appears in the hand-carved and painted wooden bridles and bits, back dropped with the natural stained tongue and groove wall panels.  Directly above the customized carvings and the paneling, the pop-up ceiling is rimmed with majestic horse busts. The designer also incorporated equestrian motifs in the custom carpet.  Photographer: Rob Muir

 Guest Bedroom Photograher: Rob Muir
Master bathroom Photograher: Rob Muir
With a view of the horse barn, this outdoor living area was designed to complement the surrounding landscape of pastures and horses.  Photographer: Rob Muir
Photographer: Rob Muir
Interior Design: Jane Page Design Group: www.janepagedesigngroup.com
Architecture: Don Purser Architectural Inc.: http://www.donpurser.com/Home
Builder: Tom Byer, Byer Custom Builders: (713) 895-8605

June 13, 2012

Lakeside Luxury

Sprawling views of Lake Conroe inspired the colors and decorative touches of a stylish second home. 
Immediately beyond the soaring glass and wrought iron front door, the two-story barrel ceiling reflects the colors of the water, faux painted in shades of green bronze and gold. Faux finish by Imago Dei Gallery (http://imagodeigallery.com/).
In the living room, bare windows reach the ceiling, emphasizing the room's height and offering panoramic view of the lake.

A local artist Imago Dei Gallery (http://imagodeigallery.com/) hand painted sand dunes and a palm tree on one of the living room walls.
The kitchen and breakfast nook provide a "tropical Texas" kid-friendly space for the family and their friends.The cabinets were faux finished to look like leather by Kevin Davis Wall Artisans (http://www.kdwa.net/).

Reflective finishes and meticulously placed mirrors transform this powder room into a larger than life reflection of light.

Located on the second floor, the master suite is fit for Hollywood royalty with its glamorous black and red details, lavish decor, and expansive view of the lake.

From the subtle pattern of the antique Oushak rug to the billowing window treatments, soft colors and textures reminiscent of the lake just outside the patio door infuse this guest retreat with a pleasing calm.
Bunk beds, model sailboats, walls painted to look like planks of wood, and navy blue contribute to the kid-approved nautical bedroom. 
Family Room

The sun drenched horizon stretches into the billiard room making it the perfect spot for a game of pool, a game of cards watching an afternoon ball game or a casual drink.
With custom artwork touching every surface of this Italian Grotto inspired room, one would never know that the space doubles as a Wine Room and Laundry Room. Can you see it?

The sunlight pours into the study from the two story butt glass windows.

Ultimately, the attention to detail is what allowed the home to be so many things at once: casual yet elegant, practical yet visually appealing, and personal yet tasteful.  All the tiny touches, allows the house to come together extravagantly yet functional.

June 7, 2012

Home Sweet Lighthouse

When the remodeling process began for this New England home inspired by the famous Thomas Point Lighthouse, the client asked that the original architectural integrity of the exterior remain evident.  The designer' challenge was to create a warm and more functional home that maximized space for the family's three growing children, and satisfied strict codes that limited the size/footprint of the house.

Grand Entry

Dining Room
Looking up from the dining room .  Designers were responsible for stairs,railing, and paneling designs, as well as the selection of finishes, colors and decorative lighting.
 The clients wanted a larger, more functional kitchen for this lighthouse-style home.  The designers recommended enclosing the second floor porch which added a desired breakfast area, breakfast bar and space for her home office. The designers were responsible for all cabinetry design, tile selection, design, space planning, fabrics and furnishings!

Formal living room

 Master Bedroom where the bed is centered in the front dormer of the house.  The bed was designed to keep the New England, East Coast character of the architecture. There is a reading area, table and armoire in this master bedroom.

The custom designed floor was achieved with a water jet technique.  The lighting was critical in this space.  Low voltage, decorative and general incandescent lighting was incorporated in this space.

Designers:Jane Page Design Group: http://www.janepagedesigngroup.com
Architect: Hammond Wilson Architects: http://www.hammondwilson.com/
Builder:Pyramid Builders: http://www.pyramid-builders.com/home.php