It was Spring Break Monday in 2020 when the Hills family moved into their newly built home in Lakewood, and the family was about to take a crash course in experiencing their new space.
Kelsey Hills, along with her husband Jay Hills and their two children, have had more than enough time to settle into their new home. Shortly after moving in, the country shut down in response to the pandemic, and the children did not return to school for several months.
The timing was fortuitous.
“We had time to relax and take our time,” owner Kelsey Hills said. “I really learned to appreciate the time I had to really settle in.”
It was the family’s second custom-built home. They previously lived in Lake Highlands where they built a house from scratch (except for the foundation and three walls, Hills said).
Their new home in Lakewood – designed by Maestri Studio and built by Greenwell Homes – was inspired by Hills’ longstanding love of mid-century design. The house is a modern design and features elements that were influenced by mid-century modern and 1970s design, said Eddie Maestri, principal architect and creative director of Maestri Studio. Features like terrazzo floors, peach-colored brick on the exterior, and use of brass, wood, and glass give the home a modern, mid-century appeal, he said.
Maestri said that while the overall goal was to create a modern home, “pulling mid-century elements makes it a bit more timeless.”
“We wanted something that would have design longevity and also be something that would really contribute to the neighborhood, even if it was a modern home in a mostly traditional neighborhood,” Maestri said.
Maestri said Hills, who was previously an executive at Neiman Marcus, was “forward-thinking” and collaborated on the design process.
Hills said she prefers black and white in her own style, and the pops of pink throughout the house are a departure from her usual style. She said the house was originally designed to be white brick, but they decided they wanted more color and opted for a peach-colored brick on the exterior. The master suite, in particular, reflects Hills’ color preference. The bedroom walls are painted black and the master suite tile has a linear, black and white tile design.
“I love hiding and I love a really cozy feeling in the bedroom,” Hills said. “I really like black.”
1/tenThe black and white color scheme of this Lakewood home is accented with rich colors found in the art and furniture. This dining table was custom made by Scout Design Studio, owner Kelsey Hills said.(Jenifer McNeil Baker)
The main living space is open concept and the living room, dining room and kitchen come together. The burl dining table, a grasscloth console table and the living room coffee table were custom designed by Scout Design Studio, Hills. The kitchen island has seating on both sides, a feature Hills said the family wanted because they knew they would dine more frequently in the kitchen space. Walnut cabinets in the kitchen add warmth to the black and white palette.
Hills worked with the team at Maestri Studio to outfit the home with artwork, brass fixtures, custom furniture, custom carpets and finishes throughout. Furnishings and decor include vintage pieces that Hills has sourced over time from local vendors such as Scout Design Studio and Again & Again.
Local art is scattered throughout the house. Artwork in the master bedroom is by Kristen Dowd, Hills said. A piece of Mione Plant can be found near the front staircase. Hills said she also has several Jenny Grumbles pieces throughout the house.
The family’s home was part of the Lakewood Home Tour in 2021. The home features five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a powder room.
It’s part of our Chic properties series, offering a peek inside beautiful North Texas homes for those who enjoy looking at homes. It is not paid for or presented by real estate agents or companies in the area.