A Houston Spec Home Turns Into A Custom Sanctuary


traditional family room yellow and...

In the family room of this Houston home, interior designer Sarah Eilers paired a Hickory Chair sofa from Bunch & Shoemaker wearing Lee Jofa fabric with a Formations coffee table from Culp Associates. Throw pillows, including one in Penny Morrison's Pasha fabric from Allan Knight and Associates, provide a pop of color. The antique chandelier is from Art & Antique Hunter.

traditional family room blue yellow...

The Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries Tabriz rug inspired the family room's color scheme. The Charles Miller lounge chair and ottoman from ID Collection, both sporting a Kerry Joyce pattern from George Cameron Nash, complement hues in the floor covering. The round oak antique table is from Back Row Home, and the Peter Fasano fabric-clad draperies are also from George Cameron Nash.

traditional dining room chandelier neutral

The dining room's chandelier, from Tucker Payne Antiques in Charleston, South Carolina, hangs from a custom plaster ceiling by Segreto Finishes. Custom chairs from Woodland Furniture in Idaho Falls, Idaho, covered in Colefax and Fowler fabric from Culp Associates, pull up to a Keith Fritz dining table from EC Dicken. Underneath is a Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries rug.

traditional foyer antique stanchion lamp

A French chestnut credenza from Joyce Horn Antiques graces the foyer. The antique French stanchion mounted as a custom lamp is from Carl Moore Antiques; the artwork by Elizabeth Chandler is from Gremillion & Co. Fine Art. Another rug from Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries completes the opening tableau.

traditional dining area blue accents

A Gregorius Pineo chandelier from Culp Associates illuminates the breakfast room's antique table from Back Row Home. Barley-twist chairs by Panache Designs from ID Collection tout Lee Jofa fabric backs and seat cushions wearing Holly Hunt's Great Plains fabric. Displayed on the wall is an art piece Vestige created using antique rolling pins from the homeowners' collection. The rug is from Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries.

traditional kitchen lantern pendants blue...

The kitchen's custom cabinets feature a finish by Segreto Finishes. Twin lanterns from Brown light an island topped with quartzite from the Designer Stone Center; Hickory Chair counter stools wear Perennials fabric from David Sutherland. The Duquesa field tile that rims the room and the Duquesa Alba Mezzanotte tile on the stove backsplash are both from Walker Zanger.

traditional outdoor dining area neutral

Builder Karl Hansen worked with project manager Danny St. Andrie to build this residence, equipped with an outdoor dining area. A Janus et Cie table pairs with upholstered chairs from Patio 1, while teak benches from Westminster Teak in Live Oak, Florida, supply additional seating. The copper lantern is from Janet Wiebe Antiques.

traditional outdoor patio croquet chairs...

The covered outdoor patio is a four-seasons gathering spot. Croquet aluminum chairs and a sofa, all from Summer Classics in Pelham, Alabama, flank an antique coffee table from the homeowners' collection. Splish Splash Pools designed and installed the swimming pool, visible in the background.

traditional bedroom antique walnut commode...

An antique walnut commode from Giana Allen Design in Atlanta occupies a vestibule in the master bedroom. The trumeau mirror is from Maison Pernoud; the Jan Showers Collection Venetian Series lamp is from David Sutherland.

traditional bedroom bunkbeds colorful

An antique trestle table from Janet Wiebe Antiques and a Noir Swedish bench accommodate games and craft projects in the bunkbed room. The homeowners purchased the chairs from Meredith O'Donnell Fine Furniture. Material by Jim Thompson Fabrics from Culp Associates conceals the beds beyond.

traditional neutral study sitting area...

The study features custom plaster walls and cabinet finishes by Segreto Finishes. Beneath an antique chandelier from Brown sit a Paul Ferrante coffee table from George Cameron Nash, a Theodore Alexander armchair from Bunch & Shoemaker and an A. Rudin sofa wearing Kerry Joyce fabric also from George Cameron Nash.

traditional neutral bedroom iron side...

The master bedroom's custom plaster walls by Segreto Finishes highlight an Alfonso Marina bed wearing Pindler fabric on the headboard; bedding is Leontine Linens. Another Jan Showers Venetian Series glass lamp tops a Bernhardt chest. The iron side table is by Noir, the rug is from Stark, and the draperies feature Clarence House fabric from Culp Associates.

traditional white bathroom freestanding tub

The master bathroom tub enjoys natural light through the window, which wears a Hartmann & Forbes grass-weave shade from Culp Associates. A garden stool from Mecox serves as a table, while the sconces are from Joyce Horn Antiques. Custom plaster is by Segreto Finishes, and the honed white Venatino marble floors are from Walker Zanger.

traditional neutral sitting area swivel...

A pair of A. Rudin swivel lounge chairs from EC Dicken clad in Zoffany fabric flank a walnut table by Giana Allen Design. The tufted round ottoman fabricated by Lozano Upholstery also wears Zoffany; the Formations bench underneath the window is dressed in Pindler fabric. The French chandelier is from Joyce Horn Antiques.

When it came to their new home, Key and Jamie Sanford wanted a built-from-scratch feel with personalized surroundings.

To move the Houston spec house in that direction, they turned to designer Sarah Eilers who introduced custom millwork to bring them closer to their goal.

Kitchen cabinets tinted an unexpected shade of blue set the wheels in motion for the color scheme, which carries throughout the estate with items like the dining room drapes and bedroom nightstands in similar hues. In the living room, Eilers a wood-framed chair sporting a bold indigo-and-white pattern continues the aesthetic.

Among the statement pieces in the home is a delicate crystal chandelier suspended from the Venetian-plaster groin-vault ceiling in the dining room. A masculine French wood-carved version hangs from the coffered ceiling in the library, while a trio of iron-and-glass lanterns complements the geometry of the iron-and-wood switchback staircase to perfection.

“The goal was to have a cohesive mix of antique and contemporary lighting,” Eilers says.

To make the space really feel like theirs, the designer incorporated personal touches throughout the home. An art piece displaying an antique rolling pin collection belonging to Jamie’s grandmother hangs in the breakfast room, while fishing rods and baskets artfully dot Key’s study.

“I try to include elements that are meaningful to the homeowners whenever possible,” says Eilers.

Take a look at the home, above.