This Spanish Mission style home mixed in with contemporary influences leaves no corner bare without vibrant decor and hints of gold accents.
This kitchen is truly a luxurious place to gather with family and friends to enjoy good food and company. PHOTO STYLED BY JESSICA HOLTAM
After searching for a home that had a large kitchen for entertaining, these Seabrook homeowners could not find anything they liked well enough to give up the spectacular view of Lake Taylor and the fantastic sunset their current home gave them. They concluded that they would remodel their home, and put Missy Stewart, owner and principal designer at Missy Stewart Designs (missystewartdesigns.com) to the task.
“We wanted to keep the original feel of the Spanish Mission Style design in mind when designing the interior but give it a fresh modern feel,” says Stewart. “The interior design was inspired by the exterior and the spectacular views of Lake Taylor the home offers, giving the clients an equally spectacular interior to sit and watch the beautiful sunsets over the water.”
The great room greets with breathtaking views of Taylor Lake. PHOTO STYLED BY JESSICA HOLTAM
The first look in from the entry is a Steinway Grand, Model M-Spirio, in ebony polyester. “Above the piano hang three impressive chandeliers in varying heights for extra drama,” says Stewart. “There is nothing like a great first impression when the Steinway is playing.” The Palisades Collection chandeliers from Avenue Lighting (avenuelighting.com) lead toward the stunning antique chandelier that famously hung in Ulysses S Grant’s home, which now is newly wired and stands above the dining room table. “The juxtaposition of modern art and furniture with this antique piece creates a beautiful space that is sure to impress,” notes Stewart.
The living room was transported to a world of art and luxury. PHOTO STYLED BY JESSICA HOLTAM
Right across lies the enormous kitchen as it reveals a 19-foot-long island, with jawdropping countertops and backsplashes— made from 2 cm Calacatta Caldia extrapremium marble from Aria Stone Gallery (ariastonegallery.com) and fabricated by Stone Store (stonestore.net)—and enough space to hold every home chef’s must-have. “The priority of this project was to open and expand the kitchen and create more of an open concept with a luxury feel,” says Stewart, who selected Melissa Sharp at Kitchen and Bath Concepts (kitchenandbathconcepts.com), architect Kristin Schuster, Inflection Architecture (inflectionarch.com), and builders Terry Grier, HNI Services ( hniservices.com) and Tony Reed, Reed Construction (reedcorp.com) to implement the design. “The kitchen design is a favorite part of our clients,” she says. “There is a place for everything, and everything is in its place.”
Three chandeliers hang at varying lengths to elevate the space further. PHOTO STYLED BY JESSICA HOLTAM
The kitchen flows seamlessly into the great room with two-story windows that showcase one of Texas’ best sunsets. With a marble surround fireplace adding warmth and comfort, a Vanguard (vanguardfurniture.com) upholstered couch and swivel chairs in Kate Spade (katespade.com) fabric, it’s the perfect spot to cozy up and enjoy the scenery.
Exploring further into the other rooms in the home, pops of color with art, furniture and accessories bring more personality to the design. “The focal point of the living room is a stunning photograph by Christy Lee Rogers (christyleerogers.com), surrounded by two sconces by Kelly Wearstler (kellywearstler.com) that add a touch of glamour. Sink into the plush navy Vanguard sofas, accented with pops of gold and fuchsia, and take in the textured, hand-painted wall finish that adds depth and character to the space. Whether you’re enjoying a cocktail with friends or simply relaxing with a book, this room is the perfect place to unwind in style.”