Set one foot into any well-regarded estate, and it becomes clear: every striking light fixture, sprawling rug, and fascinating texture embodies the very definition of “excellence.” From the grand statement of architecture to the smallest whisper of detail, a true luxury home must implement both aesthetic awe and personal comfort.
Both high-quality and consistent, high-end design must appear effortless...as though a home were born with such an opulent, unique personality.
A far cry from simple, designing such a work of art requires almost unparalleled skill and attention to detail. The task at hand? Setting your home apart. Though each home requires a high standard of design, no two are alike.
A fabulous example, the diversity of luxury design available in the South Texas area is striking. From rustic to modern, these homes display a standard of excellence that most can only hope to achieve.
25 Bella Collina Rd: $1,299,000
Designating a design style that is constantly evolving, contemporary design is at the forefront of interior innovation. Intricate details are often discarded in favor of clean, unadorned spaces and a minimalist aesthetic. According to Interior Blogger Natalie Marchbanks, “Contemporary decorating, at its best, is all about clean-lined comfort.” A prime example, this “hilltop jewel” designed by Roy Braswell exemplifies contemporary design with the utmost elegance. This custom villa features the unique wood, glass, water and iron elements envied in contemporary design.
Highlighting classic luxury details, high-end furnishings, and ornate accessories, Traditional design epitomizes wealthy European taste. Often featuring rich color palettes, dark wood, and sumptuous textures, this style is coveted for its diversity and allusion to historic charm. 117 23 Mill Rock Rd’s obvious elegance is the perfect example, boasting exquisite marble flooring, gorgeous chandeliers, seven fireplaces, a wine cellar and tasting room, and ensuite bedrooms, among plenty of other envied details.
Artfully executed by renowned architect and builder Steve Heflin, this gorgeous home reflects the utmost elegance of Spanish Colonial design. A rare u-shaped one-story estate, this resort-style casita boasts rich, exposed dark-wood beams, exposed interior stone finishes, custom millwork, and rich textural details. The rustic charm of this home’s architectural prowess are highlighted by high-end features like Lutron lighting, sophisticated audio/visual systems, electric security gate, outdoor kitchen and fireplace, and a sports court.
A broad design term, “modern” is used to designate styles that emphasize simplicity. Considered one of the finest Hollaway Custom Homes, 531 Ber wick Town is a premium example of such tasteful design clarity. Nestled inside the gates of the prestigious Bentley Manor community, this thoughtful home uses clean, crisp lines and a simple color scheme to contrast exotic Mediterranean elements (and ultra high-end finishes, of course). From the ancient handcrafted front doors to grandiose entry doors to the sparkling blue pool, this home is a must-see.
French Hill Country
A gorgeous intersection of French Country elegance and Hill Country charm, 11015 Reyes Canyons exudes warmth. Rich, earthy colors and handsome wood-beam accents contribute to an overarching countryside inspiration complemented by luxurious finishes and fabrics. Boasting dreamy entertainment facilities, a poolside pavilion, world-class indoor and outdoor kitchens, multiple covered patios, and a marble fireplace, this gorgeous estate is the epitome of comfort.
Hill Country Hamptons
A far geographical cry from New England, 9707 Autumn Canyon has achieved the elusive coastal aesthetic in a Hill Country setting. Adopting a contemporary approach to the classic seaside design style, this breezy resort-style home displays the cool-neutral hues, airy open design, and wood finishes. Though not set on a beach-front, this home boasts spectacular Hill Country views that harken to a luxury vacation. In addition, the Vegas-style entertainment in backyard features a sparkling pool with travertine stone deck, spa that seats ten, and a covered swim-up bar.
Perhaps the height of creativity within the interior design realm, eclectic stylings blend elements from various distinct spheres, “breaking the rules” in innovative ways. Located in the historic Monte Vista neighborhood, this home displays this style perfectly, fusing historic details with modern functionality and mid-century accessories. Built in the 1920's, this bungalow has been reimagined to include clean lines, high-end finishes, hardwood and marble floors, custom cabinets, designer hardware, and far more. As interior blogger Kimberly Duran asserts: “Eclectic style doesn’t necessarily mean throwing everything you like into one room and calling it a day...they need to work together, to have some commonalities, to ‘speak’ to each other in some way.” We think 431 Queens Crescent St is the perfect example.
Marked by a break in tradition, mid-century innovations propelled interior design into a new era of style. Characterised by simplicity broken up by pops of vivid detail, mid-century modern style appreciates character, contour, and color. Today’s retro nostalgia means we’ve seen this style come into vogue with a force. 9738 Autumn Canyon’s proves this phenomenon to be true, featuring gorgeous finishes, signature period light fixtures, and whimsy furnishings iconic to the mid-century design era.
A distinctly New York style urban loft, 115 Michigan Ave: $524,900 is “industrial” in every sense of the word. Architecturally unique and stylish, this custom apartment emphasizes raw, exposed materials, statement light fixtures, sensible (and beautiful) details, high ceilings, and a masterful use of rustic materials and natural light. Perfect for anyone interested in offbeat luxury living, this loft would make the perfect combination live-in studio gallery.
Hill Country Contemporary
Another take on Contemporary design, 331 F M 474 displays the absolute epitome of luxury offset by simplicity. A former architectural winner designed by Ignacio Salas, this rare Hill Country estate has been described as a “Contemporary masterpiece,” blending light, space, and color on over 30 acres of rolling Hill Country land (with Helipad/Helicopter Hangar, horse barn, and pasture). The home’s Silver Idaho rock, travertine, wood flooring accent the transitional design of the interiors with a stone fireplace, chef's kitchen, detached studio/guest space, pool, and spa that backs to a seasonal creek.