When two empty nesters called on Austin-based designer
Killy Scheer of Scheer & Co. to reimagine a home they’d lived in for two decades, she was up for the challenge. “Stylistically, the house is somewhat of a contemporary take on a country house. A strong indoor-outdoor connection was important,” says Killy. The three bedroom, 5,223-square-foot new-build home is defined by soaring vaulted ceilings, gorgeous stone walls and contrasting styles.
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Texas limestone clads the exterior of the ranch-style home.
The limestone continues into the foyer, with vintage furniture, a Turkish rug and a contemporary light fixture setting the tone for the overall aesthetic. “The house is a study in contrasts: dark and light, traditional and contemporary,” says Killy.
The open-concept living space features a clever floor plan that “allows for separation and togetherness,” according to the designer. She placed a bar and casual hang out spot next to the kitchen to allows guests to gather near the kitchen without being in it. Vaulted ceilings and black steel tension rods play up the home’s country feel.
The black and white kitchen features Cambrian Black granite countertops and sleek white cabinets. Leather stools and a statement chandelier bring symmetry and warmth to the space.
“The light fixture we selected had to be positioned just right to light that space but also be functional for working. It had to be big enough to work within the cavernous space, but not so big that it stole the show,” says Killy.
Black windows and doors throughout are softened by cream-colored stone, light walls and eclectic furnishings. “With the black, white and cream contrasts throughout the house, we wanted to bring in warmer elements — enter leather counter stools, vintage rugs, and soft boucle fabrics.” says Killy.
A two-way fireplace divides the room between informal and formal areas. The dining and formal living rooms are intended for larger gatherings, while the opposite side is for casual hangouts.
Gorgeous sightlines throughout emphasize the home’s mix of traditional and contemporary elements.
Although the dining room is part of the open-concept space, statement lighting and art make it feel like a separate zone.
The homeowners are avid readers, so Killy designed a sophisticated statement wall out of their family’s large collection of books, photos and objets. A Shaker plank-style door leads to a guest bedroom.
In the principal bedroom, a colorful Turkish rug and traditional furnishings create an Old World country atmosphere.
The principal bathroom has a more muted aesthetic, featuring brown and grey cabinets and counters.
Kelly Wearstler wallpaper in the powder room is an unexpected hit of pattern.
“Our overarching goal was to create a comfortable, livable home that encouraged relaxation for visitors and occupants alike,” says Killy of one of the guest bedrooms.