In Living Color

When a well-traveled urban couple decided that their second home would be in the Texas Hill Country, they chose a country-style abode where they could celebrate their unabashed passion for color inspired by contemporary art.

“Bright and cheerful is what this home is all about,” says registered interior designer Amy Slaughter, owner and president of Slaughter Design Studio in Fredericksburg. The four-bedroom, five-bath, 3,500-square-foot home flooded with natural light is in a private, gated golf course community north of Fredericksburg.

The living/dining/kitchen open floor plan is a riot of color, albeit an organized riot. The framed Alexander Calder prints next to the native Hill Country limestone and fieldstone fireplace were “the inspiration and driving force for the color scheme,” says Slaughter, with blue being a homeowner favorite. The hue appears in the Christian Lacroix cotton chintz drapes, the Tufenkian area rug, the accent pillows on the light beige Wesley Hall sofas, and the velvet bench from Studio A Home, all in the living area and set against Benjamin Moore® wall paint in Snowfall White. Slaughter judiciously repeated the [Calder] colors throughout the home “so you don’t feel like any one room is a different world.”

Blue is also a star in the adjacent all-white kitchen, where a huge marble-topped island is drenched in Benjamin Moore Affinity Bermuda Blue high-gloss paint. A microwave drawer and ice maker are conveniently housed in the island where striking lanterns hover overhead.

Near the cooktop are substantial three-inch thick floating shelves that complement the engineered walnut flooring and lend a touch of country warmth. “Those types of shelves have become so popular we wanted to integrate them into this kitchen,” says Slaughter. “It’s a working kitchen where you can easily grab plates, glasses, cups, bowls and other things you need when serving.” Countertops are by Daltile in Shadow Storm.

The appliance wall boasts a Sub-Zero® wine fridge, under counter refrigerator, retractable serving area, Miele® built-in coffeemaker, Sub-Zero side by side refrigerator and double wall ovens. Nearby, a pair of navy velvet chairs from Lee Industries creates an auxiliary seating area that “ties in with the color in the kitchen,” says Slaughter.

Across from the kitchen is a casual banquette-style area that stands in for a formal dining room. A cherished Early American dining table handed down from a relative was paired with midcentury Danish-style chairs from Bungalow 5 (“for a more modern look,” says Slaughter) and upholstered in easy-to-clean Sunbrella® High Noon fabric in red from Maxwell Fabrics. With family, friends and grandchildren often gathered around, “they wanted the area to be as practical as possible.”

The focal point of the charming study/office is the combination of a luscious pink convertible queen sleeper sofa from Lee Industries in Crete Poppy fabric and the eye-catching burst of color in an abstract painting by American artist Beth Gandy. Sconces on either side frame the vignette. The space has “turned out to be this cozy little sitting room,” says Slaughter, filled with books, family travel pictures, and toys for the grandchildren tucked away in the closet. 

The en suite bath off this versatile room features cabinetry painted in Benjamin Moore Affinity Moroccan Spice, a deep, rich hue in high-gloss enamel that “blends beautifully with the pink sofa in the adjacent study,” says Slaughter, and also picks up a similar color in the Mitchell Black Wallpaper called Wallflower. The countertop is Daltile ONE Quartz in Calacatta. 

Slaughter describes the flooring as a “large format all porcelain body that looks like limestone.” It’s from the Daltile Haut Monde collection in Aristocratic Cream.

A secondary bedroom is where “we designed the whole room around the antique wedding quilt,” says Slaughter of the family heirloom that took more than a year to restore. The homeowners’ Early American nightstands were paired with short, oversized “Urchin” ceramic lamps in Coastal Matte White by Jamie Young. The framed print over the bed is a reproduction from Natural Curiosities art house in California.

The master suite has a lot less color “by design,” says Slaughter. “We wanted a gender-neutral space that was completely peaceful and more organic for the couple to retire to.” Another nod to midcentury design is the classic Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman next to a Cleo floor lamp from Visual Comfort. Still, color pops up here too, with bright orange accent pillows on the chocolate velvet bed and a subdued variation of that shade in the Navajo rug over the headboard that formerly resided in the husband’s office.

Slaughter recalls the experience as an enjoyable endeavor, with comfort and color always uppermost. “The homeowners wanted comfortable pieces, sizable yet tailored, for family gatherings.” The best part? “We couldn’t give them enough color,” says Slaughter. “They were fun from the start. This is a happy place.” 


DESIGNER   Slaughter Design Studio, LLC

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