Everything Feels Warm And Sumptuous In This Houston Family Home


entryway featuring colorful art designed...

The entry to this home features a Bernhardt console from Gallery Furniture and lamps from Bradburn Home. A colorful painting from Unique Arts of Houston overlooks the rug from Redco Distribution.

white kitchen with warm wood...

Book-matched slabs from Dekton’s Aura collection form the kitchen backsplash. Calacatta Gold counters from Silestone pair with custom cabinetry lined with Bernhardt stools from Gallery Furniture. Hudson Valley Lighting pendants hang above Brizo’s Rook faucet from Expressions Home Gallery.

adjoined family room and kitchen...

A sofa, armchairs, coffee tables and stools, all Bernhardt from Gallery Furniture, create an inviting family room seating area. The fireplace surround features Dekton. A plush rug from Redco Distribution grounds the space.

dramatic dining room with textural...

Fabricut wallpaper covers walls in the dining room. Here, a Bernhardt table and chairs from Gallery Furniture gather below Visual Comfort & Co. hanging lamps from M&M Lighting.

bar with wallpaper and open...

Osborne & Little’s Paraggi print envelops the bar area, which is located in a wine room adjacent to the dining room. The counter is Dekton.

powder bathroom with dark copper...

Zoffany wallpaper from Culp Associates complements a Dekton counter in the powder room. Rounding out the space are a sink and faucet from Elegant Additions, Arteriors mirror and Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort & Co. sconce.

courtyard with seating areas, pool...

SRG Stairs fabricated the courtyard’s custom trelliswork, which overlooks a pool by Platinum Pools. Dekton flooring carves out several outdoor gathering areas, where furnishings by Bernhardt Exteriors from Gallery Furniture include Wailea swivel chairs, Captiva lounge chairs and Antilles Rope armchairs.

Study with black wallpapered ceiling,...

Scalamandre wallpaper adds dimension on the study’s ceiling, from which hangs a Synapse chandelier by Elk Home from M&M Lighting. The Bernhardt desk and tufted armchair rest on a rug from Redco Distribution.

white bathroom with natural light...

Dekton’s Unsui flooring and Glacier shower walls bring a serene feel to the main bathroom. Natural light filters in through a Prexury Smokey Quartz slab by Cosentino. The shower and Wyndham Collection bathtub both feature Kohler fixtures. Sconce lighting is Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort & Co.

upstairs patio with dining table...

Alfresco meals are a breeze on the upstairs patio thanks to Dekton’s Orix counters and Kohler’s Crue faucet from Expressions Home Gallery, which are illuminated by Visual Comfort & Co. sconces from M&M Lighting. The dining table and chairs are all Bernhardt from Gallery Furniture.

Designer Bill Stubbs knew exactly what direction to take for the interiors of a new Houston residence, brought to life by Creekstone Architecture and L&B Limited Company. The clients requested “a contemporary Beverly Hills kind of look,” recalls Stubbs, who had previously executed homes for both the wife and her parents. His strategy? Filter this couple’s vision of modern white spaces through layers of plush furnishings and warm, sumptuous materials. “For me, everything within contemporary rooms should feel soft and yummy,” he explains. Here, Stubbs shares more about the process of designing for a growing family.

Break down the design direction of the home:

The wife’s inspiration photos were almost all white kitchens with wood accents. To achieve this, I thought about what would ground the spaces and give them depth. We used warm details like the natural wood flooring and kitchen cabinetry. The dining room is contemporary but has a textural bark wallpaper and comfortable high-back leather dining chairs.

How did the prominent views of the pool and courtyard affect your choices?

I wanted it to feel like the interiors spill out into that area, so we added white flooring in a Mondrian-inspired pattern in the outdoor seating areas to make the interiors and exteriors flow together.

Describe how materiality plays a role in your process.

I’ll select furnishings and lighting and just can’t stop there. I have to add all these textures and layers. To me, a room is not complete until it has depth and character. For instance, I could have used the same wallpaper in the wine room as in the adjoining dining room. Instead, I found an Osborne & Little wallcovering, which features an organic pattern that speaks to the nearby dining room walls but that’s lighter in color to counterbalance the wine room’s lack of windows.

Tell us about your use of Dekton by Cosentino throughout.

While I still use natural stone, it doesn’t have the qualities or durability these new materials offer to a young family. In the kitchen, for example, I used Dekton’s Aura to create a very subtle book-match look behind the stove. I love that we could install it behind the stove without worrying about spaghetti sauce stains.

The powder room amps up the drama, but the main bath is more serene. Expand.

The primary bathroom is perfection. Early in construction, there were windows above the shower, which I thought was so normal-looking. We needed something spectacular. We created a window opening and had it custom fit with a large quartz slab installed flush with the shower walls. Sunlight filters through that slab all day, casting different hues throughout the entire bathroom from morning to evening.

What do you love most about this project?

I’ve been a designer for so long and the fact that I have these clients with young children and can be a part of creating something they’re excited about and that serves them is wonderful.