A Tuscan-Style Farmhouse Radiates Southern Elegance


farmhouse white hallway console wood...

In a Bartonville residence, designer Traci Connell custom- designed a demilune console in the gallery between the living and dining rooms. Visual Comfort & Co. pendant lights from Porter Lighting illuminate the hallway, which leads to custom artwork sourced through La Montage Fine Art. Throughout the home, wood flooring is from Signature Floors & Interiors, while molding and trim is from Bee Builders Supply.

farmhouse living room console

A console holds a planter, both Noir, in the living room.

farmhouse living room accent chairs

The space's barrel-back accent chairs are custom by Hickory Chair.

modern farmhouse living room coffee...

A Formations stool from Culp Associates graces the keeping room.

modern farmhouse living room coffee...

The Formations coffee table in the living room is also from Culp Associates.

farmhouse white kitchen brown beam...

In the light and airy kitchen designed for entertaining, custom cabinetry fabricated by Sunrise Wood Designs wears Top Knobs pulls from Pierce Hardware. Visual Comfort & Co. hanging shades from Porter Lighting illuminate Gabby counter stools. Adding to the creamy color palette are a backsplash of Ann Sacks tiles and countertops fabricated by All Stone using honed Taj Mahal quartzite from Aria Stone Gallery. The Rohl apron-front sink and faucet are from Ferguson.

farmhouse dining room slurried brick...

The keeping room boasts expansive outdoor views framed by custom Kravet fabric draperies made by SRT Designs, skirted dining chairs by Vanguard Furniture and a custom- painted table by Hickory Chair. Etsy prints framed by La Montage Fine Art line a wall opposite the windows. A mantel by Dallas Limestone is backed by a slurried brick wall by Rock Construction Services.

armhouse dining room chandelier

Duralee fabric draperies with an accent band of Lee Jofa material flank a Rehme dining room door and windows from DeFord's. Atop a custom Davis & Davis rug, the table and chairs--with fabric by Fabricut on the host chairs and Kravet on the side chairs--are custom by Hickory Chair. The Visual Comfort & Co. linear lantern is from Porter Lighting; Made Goods buffet lamps edge custom art from La Montage Fine Art.

modern farmhouse exterior pool

The owners enjoy entertaining outside, making a generous outdoor living area crucial. Southern Land Design oversaw the landscaping, while Pool Environments, Inc.-- including Randy Angell, who has since founded his own eponymous firm, and Chris Polito--designed and installed a pool complementing the home's architecture. Builder John Hawkins handled the construction of the home, which features stone cladding from Rock Construction Services.

Call it an empty-nester opportunity.

With their twin boys grown and gone and their daughter just off to college, a couple went searching for an expanse of land in Texas where they could build the home they’d always wanted–and house their horses as well.

While the couple enlisted architect Clay Nelson to devise plans for a Tuscan-style farmhouse with an open plan and spacious outdoor living areas, they approached designer Traci Connell with a somewhat different request: The Louisiana natives wanted the interiors to celebrate their Southern roots. “That struck a chord with me,” Connell says. “My daughter was born in southern Louisiana. I had this connection to the feeling they wanted–that Creole originality and uniqueness.”

Connell selected finishes that refer back to her clients’ childhood homes — whitewashed brick in the breakfast area, wrought-iron balusters on the stairs — while she incorporated their objects and heirlooms into the design. “The house is grounded,” the wife says. “In every room, there’s a touch of something from a family member or from Louisiana.”

Connell had a slightly different focus in the nearby barn, which also includes the husband’s office. “This was his escape,” she explains. The barn was such a hit that it’s become a favorite gathering place for friends and family as well.