By Linda Jackson & Carol Wagner, Woman’s Club Of Bryan
The Woman’s Club of Bryan’s 2016 Annual House and Garden Tour, Gracious Hospitality, is set for April 13. Three stunning homes in Miramont vary in style and furnishings, but each showcases the owners’ vision of what makes a home warm and inviting. Common features of all the homes are soaring windows, bringing the outside in, and celebrating the glorious landscaping.
Gracious Hospitality is reflected in the diverse designs and furnishing of each of these homes. Filled with family treasures and collections they give us a first hand view of hospitality and how each couple achieves it in their own distinctive design. All in all, these are truly homes meant to be lived in and enjoyed. See them for yourself on April 13 during the Woman’s Club annual House and Garden Tour.
Tickets to see all three homes will be available for $15 at each of the homes the day of the Tour or can be purchased in advance at the Woman’s Club, 1200 Carter Creek Parkway in Bryan.
Completed less than six months ago, the home of Cathleen and Kenny Eaves, 5104 Inverness, is the perfect setting for a relaxing life style, entertaining, and large family gatherings. Named “Maison Bella la vie” by the owners, it is landscaped with roses, mountain laurel, wisteria, heather, and crepe Myrtles.
A large, black baby grand piano is found upon entering the round entry foyer. Cathleen chose the round design to allow music to fill the home. The floor of the foyer is honed travertine and a winding staircase leads to the second floor.
The dining room table is large enough to seat the entire family on special occasions, which was important to Kenny. A wine grotto is adjacent to the dining room and features a copper ceiling, as do all the bar areas throughout the home.
The living room includes two motifs found throughout the home: coats of arms and fleurs-de-lis. Built-in cabinets were constructed with feet, so as to resemble furniture, giving the room an even more welcoming feel.
A central fireplace separates the family room and living room. The family room and kitchen are two rooms in one. The owners’ planned a kitchen large enough for the family to cook and visit together. A butler’s pantry is next to this area. Cathleen’s collection of tea sets is displayed here.
Kenny’s office/study features very tall ceilings and large floor to ceiling windows that overlook the pool area. Mementoes and treasures important to Kenny are incorporated in the décor – his father’s U.S. flag from World War II, a jade eagle purchased in Shanghai, and a sculpture of a father and daughter hugging, reminiscent of their daughter, Brittany.
There are four additional bedrooms on the second floor. A unique feature found in some of the baths are pull out steps at the base of vanities designed to make it easier for the grandchildren. This floor also includes a gift-wrapping closet, a billiard room, and a coffee bar for guests. There is also an upper terrace central to the home’s design. This terrace provides a majestic view of the ninth hole and the Miramont Club House. It is cooled by gentle breezes even during the hottest months in Texas. The pool features a monogrammed script E done in mosaic tiles. Planters that will burst with color in the coming months and tall Grecian columns frame a large entertainment area and the pool.
4713 Heron Lakes Circle
Patty and Ray Hannigan, 4713 Heron Lakes Circle, chose to replicate much of their home in San Antonio in their new home in Miramont when they retired in this community. This home reflects a French Provincial influence and is constructed of brick and cast stone. The design also incorporates treasured furnishings from previous homes.
Entertaining is second nature for this couple and their home facilitates it very well. A flowing floor plan allows for large groups, but smaller more intimate gatherings are also easily accommodated.
The two-story entry foyer in this home features a domed ceiling, off-white and black marble tile, and a three-tiered chandelier. The dome is bright yellow with a metallic foil finish and embedded matte design accented by a hand-painted scroll. Three women from Anything But Plain in Houston put up scaffolding and did the hand painting on their backs. Intricate molding and woodwork, designed and made by project manager, Eric Wendt, is found throughout the home starting in the foyer.
One quickly realizes the importance of color to the owners when touring this home. Exquisite colorful fabrics and wallpaper fill the home with soft color. Pink is Patty’s favorite color and is featured in both her bath and study. Since blue is her mother’s favorite color, a bedroom on the second floor is designated the Blue Room and was used by Patty’s mother when visiting the home.
Ray’s study mirrors his study in San Antonio. His treasures include a shadowbox he received upon his retirement containing pins from important times in his career. A much-cherished photo of Patty and Ray meeting with Pope John Paul in the Vatican is also seen. A garden is found outside the study.
Baseball has a special significance for this couple. Patty’s father was a professional ball player for the Louisville Sluggers for a time. Ray played baseball while at Texas A&M University. A painting in the family room, titled “Retired” celebrates the sport. This room features high coffered ceilings and is decorated with paintings of traditional Southern homes and a watercolor of Charleston basket weavers. Pictures of Ray’s homes and church in Galveston, as well as of the church where he and Patty were married in Macon, Georgia, are included as well.
A winding staircase leads to the second floor where you will find four guest rooms each one in a different color palette. The “Flex Room,” so named by the owners, can be used as both a TV room and a bedroom. Also on this floor is a fitness room which Ray uses every day. Memorabilia from his A&M days and early career decorate the room. The back stairs lead to the alcove between the kitchen and Patty’s study.
The Hannigan’s kitchen is spacious, warm, and inviting. Patty chose white cabinets for this room for a clean open feel. The counters are Quartzite and the hand-made, hand-painted tile behind the range is scattered with flowers. There is also a large oak center island. The fabric on the barstools coordinates with fabric in the family room, and the hardwood floors in the family room extend into the kitchen.
A large screened porch opens off Patty’s study. A comfortable and welcoming area, it holds a barbeque grill and fireplace. The porch overlooks the lap pool and the gazebo. A covered arbor is found at one end of the pool providing a perfect setting for outdoor entertaining.
4705 Miramont Circle
Cyd and Tom Kelly’s Tuscan inspired home, 4705 Miramont Circle, was designed to fit their lifestyle. The couple wanted a home with a few but spacious rooms that retained an intimate and comfortable atmosphere. This home is built of Austin Stone, a tile roof including “Hill Country” metal roof accents and three-coat stucco veneer. Meant to be a Texas home, the Austin Stone was quarried in Jerrold and the wooden floors in the kitchen, dining room, and hallway are wide planked mesquite made locally. Other floors are tumbled travertine stone and mesquite. They wanted to create a space that would incorporate the many furnishings and artwork they had inherited and collected in their travels.
An entrance patio leads to the front entrance with a foyer displaying a nautical touch. A replica of the sailing yacht that won the 1901 America’s Cup reflects Tom’s love of sailing. The model sits on a carved Oriental table. A David Adickes painting is found in the arcade. The Kellys appreciate the whimsical nature of Alaskan artist Rie Muñoz’s paintings that are hung throughout the house.
Tom continued a nautical theme in his design for his study. This includes the rope design molding, the birch cherry paneling – chosen because he liked the birch cherry used in his sail boat and former home in Seattle – and gimbal wall sconces. There is also a hidden cork map wall that is disguised by an obscure clipper ship graphic. The office has a bead board ceiling, which had been common to yachts of yesteryear. Outside the study is a collection of Alaskan artifacts, acquired during Tom’s years working as a consultant in Alaska.
The master bedroom overlooks an interior courtyard filling the room with sunlight and greenery. A Tuscan fountain is the centerpiece of the courtyard. A sitting room is separated from the bedroom by a see-through fireplace. Designed for comfort, the room includes overstuffed chairs, a French writing desk and an upholstered window seat. Leading from the sitting area is a gallery featuring more David Adickes paintings, as well as those by R.M. Santos. Cyd’s office, one she calls a working office, is off the gallery.
The dining room is Tom’s favorite room in the home. The room overlooks Miramount’s golf holes and a lake. The table is designed to seat all of the adult members of the family. The walls of the dining room are stenciled and faux painted in rustic red tones.
This home’s kitchen is open to the living room. The Kellys wanted a large kitchen recognizing how frequently family and guests congregate in it. Special features in the kitchen include an oxidized copper counter top, a polished granite island with a copper farmhouse sink, a wood vent hood with hammered copper and nail head trim, and mesquite cabinets and flooring reflecting a Texas home. At one end of the kitchen there is a large walk-in bar and a huge pantry with a built-in china cabinet. At the other end there is the “tunnel,” a hallway connecting the kitchen with the dining room.
The comfortable and warm family room is found at the top of the stairs. A favorite part of the second floor for the owners is the Margarita Terrace, which overlooks the grounds, terraces, and gardens.
Beginning with the entrance gateway and continuing to the back of the property, the warmth of the interior of this home continues outdoors. There are three courtyards with fountains and gardens. A rose garden was paramount for Tom, because he was a former test rose grower for Jackson Perkins. Most of the bushes were handpicked at the Antique Rose Emporium. There is also a Cactus Garden where favorite cacti are grown in pure sand. The owners decided to maintain the natural areas that surround the home to avoid any visual obstructions of the golf course and these areas. A soft moonlight glow of artificial lighting surrounds the pond and adjoining areas at nightfall. A guest casita is separated from the main house by a breezeway and a small courtyard and fountain. Some of the furnishings belonged to Tom’s mother and include two, petite-point needleworks done by Cyd’s aunt.