Modern Southern home tour via Thou Swell(via House Beautiful, photography by Laura Resen)

I love finding exceptional cases of new Southern style – like this modern Houston home that was beautifully pulled out of the 60’s with a contemporary update from architect Ray Booth of McAlpine. The facade was given dramatic vertical shutters and steel doors, bringing together a symbol of traditional Southern architecture and modern details in a restrained white and grey palette. These doses of traditional design permeate the home, from the boxwood (a must-have for any Southern garden) by the front door to the Chippendale chair that sits beneath the steel-and-stone staircase. While the palette is kept to muted neutrals in each room, McAlpine’s own furniture collections are featured throughout, with distinguished proportions and high-quality construction that gives the home a luxurious, finished feel. Continue reading to step inside this well-balanced home.



Modern staircase and entry design, Southern home tour via Thou Swell
Neo-traditional living room design, Southern home tour via Thou Swell

Light, neutral upholstery and a pale cowhide rug provide a touch of warmth in the living room, while floor-to-ceiling windows open the space up to green views of the garden. The custom wooden coffee table serves as an anchor for the room with the contrast of dark wood to the light sofa and club chairs.

Modern kitchen design, Southern home tour via Thou Swell
Modern Southern home tour, clean neutral bedroom design via Thou Swell

The bedroom gives an inside view of the shuttered panel running up the facade of the house. Although it prevents much light from entering the room, it does give a private feeling to the space and adds an interesting texture to that side of the room.

Modern bathroom design, Southern home tour via Thou Swell
Modern gravel patio design, Southern home tour via Thou Swell

The clean gravel patio design puts an emphasis on the lush vine-covered walls surrounding the yard, and I love the large lanterns sitting below the row of maple trees along this side of the house. The home takes a unique approach with its striking facade and highly-curated interiors, and I find the result provides a beautiful perspective on traditional design. What’s your favorite feature of this home tour?

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