Light-Filled Home With Stone Walls and Unique Style

Contemporary and rustic combine to create this light-filled home's unique style. A neutral palette, natural materials both inside and out, and an open floor plan contribute to the airy, spacious feel.

Contemporary Exterior With Stacked Limestone Siding

Contemporary Exterior With Stacked Limestone Siding

Mismatched windows with black frames give this home a unique, contemporary look. Low-growing shrubs and minimal landscaping keep with the clean look of the exterior. A frosted glass garage door matches the windows to blend in with the rest of the exterior.

Photo by: Bryant Hill Photography

Bryant Hill Photography

What did your client want for their home?

We wanted to create a home with a unique blend of rustic and contemporary style, each enhancing the other. We wanted to bring light to the interior and maximize the view while maintaining a warm, cozy and intimate feel.

Was natural light a priority for the homeowners?

Light was high priority and several strategies were used to fulfill this requirement. High ceilings in combination with corner windows were key, along with the use of thin-profile steel doors and windows to allow more glass to be used.

What makes this home unique to your client?

The client is an interior designer who was able to showcase her unique, eclectic style. Her love of reclaimed timbers, unique lighting features, and customized displays for her collections and antiques are incorporated in a bright, open and comfortable setting.

What was your biggest obstacle?

Neutral Contemporary Great Room With Stone Fireplace Surround

Neutral Contemporary Great Room With Stone Fireplace Surround

Rough-hewn ceiling beams and a stacked stone fireplace surround add texture and interest to flat white walls. White Barcelona accent chairs introduce a sleek, midcentury modern touch.

Photo by: Bryant Hill Photography

Bryant Hill Photography

The client wanted to utilize the existing single-story ranch house, but structural considerations required a more extensive tear-down. The client, however, wanted the entire remodel design kept intact, essentially re-creating much of the existing house. Unique challenges included integrating antique pieces into the overall design. There were many debates on various modern and rustic elements being juxtaposed to create balance and rhythm. As visual anchors, the fireplace and kitchen in particular were the two most challenging spaces.

What inspired this home’s design?

The client’s primary inspiration came from her youth growing up on the Texas coast and the palette she chose is derived from the natural elements found there. The design blends this palette of colors, tones and materials with Hill Country elements such as stone, wood and steel both inside and out.

Why did you use the French country chandelier in the dining room and the rustic exposed beams in the great room?

The client’s love of repurposed materials with unique character, used in unexpected ways, inspired the architectural design to accommodate them. Balancing these pieces with clean, modern architectural elements was key to a unified design.

How did you create seamless transitions between rooms?

Common elements in the main areas such as light wood flooring and the color palette tie the spaces together, while varying ceiling treatments and the use of reclaimed timbers, both horizontally and vertically, help to visually define each space.

What’s your favorite feature of the space?

The blend of the materials and the palette both inside and out is the best feature. The stone wall and wood soffit continue visually through the glazing, creating a special sense of openness.

Why did you choose a frosted-glass garage door?

Contemporary Exterior With Frosted Glass Garage Door

Contemporary Exterior With Frosted Glass Garage Door

Exterior lighting mounted underneath the roof overhang gives the house a warm, welcoming glow. A frosted glass garage door lets in filtered natural light during the day and blends in with the home's black grid windows when illuminated at night.

Photo by: Bryant Hill Photography

Bryant Hill Photography

The desire for natural light extended to the garage space as well as the desire for the garage door to coordinate with the other fenestration, although opaque glass was used for privacy.

How did you choose the island light fixture?

The antique wine bottles were custom-wired into light fixtures and these were chosen as the primary rustic accent in the kitchen to create a one-of-a-kind focal point over the island.

Why did you accent the stairs with lights along one side?

Contemporary Staircase With Cable And Metal Railing

Contemporary Staircase With Cable And Metal Railing

Hidden lighting illuminates this contemporary staircase, making it appear to glow from within. Cable and metal railing give the staircase a fresh, industrial look.

Photo by: Bryant Hill Photography

Bryant Hill Photography

We focused on accent lighting throughout the home, and the stair lighting was uniquely important as both an exterior feature and interior feature. The winding layout of the stairs allowed the cove lighting on one side to create a floating effect for the staircase.

What “hidden gems” are in your design?

Some notable details include the slight angle of the fireplace relative to the living room, the simple recessed bookshelves with highlighting, custom drapery coves, antique doors and wine crates for storage, and the collection of one-of-a-kind antique lighting.

Contemporary Exterior With Stacked Limestone Siding

Mismatched windows with black frames give this home a unique, contemporary look. Low-growing shrubs and minimal landscaping keep with the clean look of the exterior. A frosted glass garage door matches the windows to blend in with the rest of the exterior.

Contemporary Exterior With Frosted Glass Garage Door

Exterior lighting mounted underneath the roof overhang gives the house a warm, welcoming glow. A frosted glass garage door lets in filtered natural light during the day and blends in with the home's black grid windows when illuminated at night.

Contemporary Exterior With Black Frame Windows

Steel, limestone, wood and concrete mingle on this exterior for a textural, contemporary look. A black framed French door with sidelights and a transom window makes up the front entrance. Modern lantern sconces flank the front door.

Contemporary Cottage Foyer With Lantern Pendant

A repurposed barn lantern and wood plank ceiling gives this foyer a cottage feel, while a black framed French door and limestone accent wall add contemporary, industrial elements.

Contemporary Neutral Great Room With Limestone Fireplace Surround

Two neutral sofas and a matching ottoman serve as a makeshift sectional. The ottoman can also stand alone for extra seating. French doors with black frames, sidelights and a transom window add a modern, industrial look to the space.

Neutral Contemporary Great Room With Stacked Stone Fireplace Surround

Contemporary sofas and accent chairs give this great room sleek, upscale style while rustic ceiling beams and a blue Oriental area rug bring a homey warmth. The stacked limestone fireplace surround serves as a textured accent wall.

White Contemporary Hall With Built In Shelving

Built-in bookshelves make the most of a narrow hall and maximize storage space. Recessed shelf lighting showcase decorative and meaningful items

Photo By: Bryant Hill Photography

Transitional Neutral Dining Room With French Country Chandelier

Blue crushed velvet dining chairs add sumptuous elegance and a classic look to this dining room. A braided jute area rug introduces a natural element to balance traditional formal features, like the dark-stained dining table and hand-carved accent chairs. The French country chandelier brings a contrasting charm and grace to the contemporary architecture of the room.

Neutral Contemporary Great Room With Stone Fireplace Surround

Rough-hewn ceiling beams and a stacked stone fireplace surround add texture and interest to flat white walls. White Barcelona accent chairs introduce a sleek, midcentury modern touch.

Neutral Contemporary Great Room With Rustic Ceiling Beams

Black framed French doors and windows open up to the porch and pool area while also providing great views of the horizon. Rough-hewn ceiling beams and doorframes bring texture and rustic detail to this contemporary space.

Transitional White Eat In Kitchen With Green Glass Pendant Lights

Flat panel cabinets give this kitchen a clean, contemporary look. Sea green glass pendant lights bring some natural color to the space. Wooden countertop stools add warmth, keeping the white and gray kitchen from feeling too sterile and cold.

Transitional Rustic Mudroom With Window Seat

Located conveniently just outside the kitchen, this transitional mudroom combines rustic accents with classic contemporary elements. Sturdy, reclaimed wood bins slide out like drawers to provide unique and functional storage. The window seat carves out a nook to let in natural light through a black framed window and offers a spot to sit down and remove shoes or jackets.

Gray Family Room With Rustic Wooden Door

Rustic, industrial and transitional elements meet in this family room for an eclectic, collected look. A color palette of gray, white and yellow gives the space cohesion despite its conglomeration of materials and styles. The robust wooden door gives off an imposing, but charming air.

Eclectic Gray And Yellow Sitting Room With Gray Shiplap Walls

Industrial style black window frames and galvanized metal vintage letters give this causal sitting room and urban edge. Yellow and gray accessories and gray shiplap walls soften industrial elements, giving the space a homey vibe.

Contemporary Staircase With Cable And Metal Railing

Hidden lighting illuminates this contemporary staircase, making it appear to glow from within. Cable and metal railing give the staircase a fresh, industrial look.

Contemporary Staircase With Black Window Frames

Mimicking the staircase configuration, black framed windows climb up the wall, gradually growing smaller. Cable and metal railing echo the industrial look of the windows.

Eclectic Home Office With Industrial Pendant Lights

Hefty, black industrial pendant lights even out the substantial black table base. Chrome chairs and white walls and ceilings keep the space feeling airy and light, despite the hulking statement pieces.

Contemporary Pool And Porch With Pine Ceiling

Slipcovered outdoor chairs make relaxing outside on the porch feel like a direct extension of the indoor living room. A pine wood ceiling brings warmth to the space, amping up the coziness. The contemporary square pool boasts a connected hot tub with water spouts and submerged bench seating.

Contemporary Swimming Pool And Hot Tub

Recessed lighting on the roof overhang provide plenty of exterior illumination for this backyard swimming pool area. A contemporary fire pit at the foot of the pool services an inviting outdoor living space.

Contemporary Swimming Pool And Porch With Fire Pit

Wood planks break up the limestone siding to add warmth and interest to the exterior. A contemporary fire pit sits underneath the porch for all-weather use.

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