Shelley and Rick Daly waited years to purchase an empty lot on Stanmore Drive in Houston, Texas, where properties are set around lively communal courtyards and families gather regularly. This was where they wanted to live in the home they had always dreamt of - now they had to build it.
Rick, a former UCLA and Denver Broncos tight-end, is co-owner of Houston-based law firm Daly & Black, P.C., and wife Shelley is a former media reporter who now applies her creativity to homemaking, child rearing and volunteering. The couple worked closely with the architect and Lucinda Loya Interiors (LLI) to build a functional, beautiful home that was meticulously tailored to their family, which includes 12-year-old daughter Payton, a yellow Labrador named Kona, and dozens of saltwater fish.
The structure of the home is unique and the focal point is the great room, where a 1,000-gallon saltwater fish tank sits in the striking V-framed steel staircase that connects the home’s east and west wings. This bold architectural backdrop was the perfect canvas for modern furnishings, further softened by plush textures. The challenge was to find furniture, materials and fabrics that not only looked good, but could also withstand wet bathing suits, dirty dogs and hoverboards, according to the owners. To this end, in the main living area Lucinda incorporated a glass-top dining table supported by four natural tree trunks sitting atop a durable Perennials brand rug, surrounded by faux leather-covered chrome chairs - all indestructible and on brief.
Early in the design process, the client expressed a desire to maintain a consistent palette throughout the home. As LLI presented concepts, the Dalys fell in love with a few key items that would set the tone for the home. This included a Kravet couture Mirella gold-and-silver geometric print velvet fabric that was used for the great room’s club chairs and a Paul Smith rug that they placed in the guest room. From there, LLI sourced an array of fabrics rich with texture and patterns that not only stuck to the palette but also complemented the many natural materials used throughout the home. The neutral tones create an elegant, comfortable space that is ideal for relaxing and presenting the family’s art collection.
Outdoor entertaining is also a large part of the family ethos. This was accommodated in the architectural design by featuring sliding glass doors along most of the south-facing side of the home, which open up to an outdoor lounge, kitchen and pool area. For this there was a demand for a seamless transition from the interiors to the exterior space, marrying the two living areas, but the Dalys also wanted to bring the outdoors inside. Lucinda achieved this by suggesting materials that could be used both outside and inside, including flooring and countertops, as well as incorporating the home’s exterior stone into the interior design such as feature walls and bathroom vanities.
The bedrooms and guest room keep to the warm earth tones and textures to create a harmony throughout the home. However, in a departure from the home’s neutral palette, the couple’s tween daughter enjoys an exciting explosion of colour in her bedroom suite. A bright and airy space with statement furniture pieces featuring Missoni fabrics, graphic flooring from The Rug Company and world-class art from Damien Hirst and Michael Craig-Martin, this playful corner presents a youthful retreat.
In the same way, an equally distinct space is created in the golf simulator room, with its particularly masculine atmosphere. The room features dark wood cabinetry housing an extensive entertainment system, a black alligator skin coffee table and a dark green, distressed-leather-tufted sofa. The feel of a mature sporting ambience is further indicated by the framed team jerseys from Rick’s professional sports career displayed on the wall. Every room in the Daly home has its purpose, with design executed perfectly to celebrate that space.
THE DESIGNER: US design outfit Lucinda Loya Interiors has a trademark eclectic, high-end style. Lucinda’s sense of humour adds playful personality to her designs, while she incorporates her clients’ passions to create unique spaces.
THE HOME: The 4,000-square-foot home on Houston’s Stanmore Drive features a great room comprised of living, dining and kitchen areas, three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, an office and a golf simulator room. Almost the entire south-facing side of the home has sliding glass doors that lead to an outdoor kitchen, lounge area and lap pool.
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