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Modern Marvel

| July 1, 2017

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A Sleek Eye For Design Serves Up Perfection

Text by Cathy Gordon Photography by  / Connie Anderson  / Designer: Jorge Cantu, Oz Interiors  / Architect: Todd Rice  / Builder: Post Custom Homes

Andria Cain is a visionary. “I can go into a ballroom and make it into Never-Never Land,” says the former international event planner. So it logically follows that her lust for inventive design translates to home turf as well.

Add to that husband Chuck’s fervor for carefully composed illumination — “the right lighting in a house is very important,” he says — and the thought process for this house already had steam. But who to help carry out their interior vision?

Enter Jorge Cantu of Oz Interiors.

“They wanted it to be overall clean, streamlined, with a more contemporary flair to the space,” explains Cantu. “For the most part, things we did were born through the process. So we collaborated a lot. And I came up with some things that I think really worked for their wants and needs. I think it turned out pretty phenomenal.”

Indeed.

One might pull up to this French provincial exterior and assume a formula aesthetic awaits inside. But don’t judge the proverbial book by its cover.

This 7,200-square-foot home delights in the unexpected. An engaging, wonderfully stripped-down modern scene awaits inside with all sorts of think-outside-of-the-box surprises.

Even the entrance is charmingly deceptive. Knock on this door and you gain entry to a beautiful outdoor courtyard replete with sleek outdoor kitchen, fireplace and immediate connection to the pool and grounds.

Enter the true front door to the left and you step into a full cachet of all that is good about clean, modern design.

“We couldn’t be happier about how this house turned out,” says Andria of their builder, architect and design team. Architect Todd Rice, Jason Post of Post Custom Homes and Cantu make up that team.

“Jason Post went above and beyond to build this place the way we wanted it,” she says. “And Jorge and I went all over the place finding just the right things to make it what we wanted. I can’t say enough good things about him.”

Chuck and Andria were keen on this location in The Woodlands’ East Shore community due to its easy access to the interstate. As owners of several Panera Bread restaurants on Houston’s north side, convenience was key.

“You can just hop on the interstate from here,” says Chuck. “Made it easy to get to where I needed to be.”

This house is easy on many levels, thanks to its high-tech setup that runs off an app. You name it – everything from lights to stereo, from the hot tub to a wall of solar mesh curtains can be operated remotely. “It makes it super comfortable to live in,” he says.

Ambient light from underlit cabinetry and hidden glow pockets from drop-down ceiling panels make this house shimmer in soft light.

“That was Chuck’s doing,” says Andria. “He was pretty passionate about how the lighting should be, and it really makes the artwork and everything glow in this wonderful light. At night, it’s all you need. You don’t need to go around turning lights on.”

A striking sandstone ledge wall in the main living space is an eye-catcher, encompassing a ribbon fireplace. The home’s monochromatic bent is punctuated with rich upholstery and vibrant artwork, all carefully selected for comfort and an understated elegance. There is no cold to this modern framework. It speaks clearly of warmth and family.

The kitchen by BMC is a vision in zebrawood mixed with laminate cabinetry, accented by honed Black Galaxy countertops.

A dramatic purple painting was inspiration for the adjacent dining room with sleek Cantoni table and streamlined, fun purple chairs. Three whimsical pendants from Global Views hang in a cluster overhead. Immediately behind this space sits a unique bar setup with shelves holding all sorts of glass treasures and two beverage refrigerators — one for wine — on either side.

To one end of the downstairs is Chuck’s study with desk that was custom designed by Cantu, its surface resting on one end of a console that connects the space to a cozy feeling, yet spacious den. Two large chaise lounges in charcoal gray velvet and mocha brown cabinetry contrast with light floors here. A wall of faux leather gives the room warmth and an interesting texture.

“It’s all about texture in this house,” says Andria. “It’s texture mixed with texture. It makes it more interesting.”

To that end, the wall leading to the master bedroom suite is covered in cork resembling the bark of a birch tree. Fitting, seeing as the couple owns a home in Colorado surrounded by a visual feast of such trees.

Walls are anything but boring in the bedroom as well.

“We felt like there was no distinction on that wall where the bed would be so we wanted to create one,” explains Cantu of a framed effect that showcases the bed. The wall behind the bed is upholstered in large blocks of velvet. Framed within this area is a section of faux leather that provides an eye-catching headboard for the bed.

The master bathroom is equally stunning in sleek surfaces, a no-slippage floor and mirrors that appear to float in a soft light. At night this room basks in a beautiful subdued glow. Most striking is the large slab of Carrera marble that was carefully cut to encompass the windows and wall behind a beautifully simple stand-alone bathtub.

“We looked all over for that piece, Jorge and I,” says Andria. “They wouldn’t even let me come in here when they were installing it because I was such a nervous wreck that it would break!”

Off the master is a spectacular master closet, replete with large makeup vanity.

Cantu says the home’s powder bath “is my all-time favorite ever.” The sink cabinet, made of travertine, is chiseled in the front to look like rock. The sink atop is a cool blue glass, “reminding me of a slab of ice,” he says.

The unique details to this house are obvious upstairs and down. An elevator is at the ready, but more often than not this family prefers the stairs. Even the staircase wall holds interest. It’s made of an embossed wall covering, Lincrusta, that dazzles in a light glimmering texture.

Upstairs carries on with all the creature comforts, nuanced in the same tasteful modern aesthetic. There’s a den, another study, gameroom and three bedrooms for grown children, the youngest about to go off to college.

And all around the house, breezy access to the outdoors through balconies and French doors.

“It’s been a beautiful home to live in,” Andria says, pointing to the lush garden and pool. “It all came together great.”

TOP IMAGE CAPTION:  Purple brings a sense of drama to the dining room. Chairs and table by Cantoni. Global Views provided the fun cluster of pendants overhead.

 

This French provincial beauty is no cookie-cutter house. Surprises galore await inside.

This French provincial beauty is no cookie-cutter house. Surprises galore await inside.

 

A streamlined pool by Marquise Pools is an attention-getter in this home’s lushly landscaped yard. It connects to a large undercover outdoor entertainment area that is accessed through the home’s false front door

A streamlined pool by Marquise Pools is an attention-getter in this home’s lushly landscaped yard. It connects to a large undercover outdoor entertainment area that is accessed through the home’s false front door

 

A bonsai tree was sandblasted and bleached to act as an interesting accessory beside the staircase. Embossed Lincrusta walls give this space texture and shimmer.

A bonsai tree was sandblasted and bleached to act as an interesting accessory beside the staircase. Embossed Lincrusta walls give this space texture and shimmer.

 

BMC kitchen cabinets are clean and functional with a mix of zebrawood and laminate complementing counters in Black Galaxy honed granite. Bold artwork adds a dramatic punch overhead.

BMC kitchen cabinets are clean and functional with a mix of zebrawood and laminate complementing counters in Black Galaxy honed granite. Bold artwork adds a dramatic punch overhead.

 

The main living space is a vision with clean, stacked sandstone fireplace, more bold artwork, upholstered custom furniture by Brownstone and coffee table by Cantoni. A wall of expan­sive windows provides a view of the pool.

The main living space is a vision with clean, stacked sandstone fireplace, more bold artwork, upholstered custom furniture by Brownstone and coffee table by Cantoni. A wall of expan­sive windows provides a view of the pool.

 

This sleek bar is beautiful in its modernity with glass cases behind for displaying artful pieces. On either side of the case are refrigerated cabinets, one for wine, the other for water and other beverages.

This sleek bar is beautiful in its modernity with glass cases behind for displaying artful pieces. On either side of the case are refrigerated cabinets, one for wine, the other for water and other beverages.

 

A stunning powder bath features a travertine cabinet chiseled to look like rock. A blue glass sink resembles ice. “My all-time favorite” powder bath, says the designer, Jorge Cantu of Oz Interiors.

A stunning powder bath features a travertine cabinet chiseled to look like rock. A blue glass sink resembles ice. “My all-time favorite” powder bath, says the designer, Jorge Cantu of Oz Interiors.

 

Two velvet chaise lounges in charcoal gray are favorites for just hanging out and watching television in this den connected to Chuck’s study. Jorge Cantu of Oz Interiors designed Chuck’s desk. Mocha brown cabinets and framing between the two rooms contrast nicely with a sleek, light floor.

Two velvet chaise lounges in charcoal gray are favorites for just hanging out and watching television in this den connected to Chuck’s study. Jorge Cantu of Oz Interiors designed Chuck’s desk. Mocha brown cabinets and framing between the two rooms contrast nicely with a sleek, light floor.

 

A large slab of Carrera marble serves as the wall behind this stand-alone tub, making for an eye-catching feature.

A large slab of Carrera marble serves as the wall behind this stand-alone tub, making for an eye-catching feature.

The master bedroom is a showstopper with a textured wall behind the bed. Large tufts of velvet border this space with a smaller framed area of faux leather serving as a unique headboard.

The master bedroom is a showstopper with a textured wall behind the bed. Large tufts of velvet border this space with a smaller framed area of faux leather serving as a unique headboard.


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