With an arrangement of antique Chinese and Japanese porcelain and English-style furniture, the entry hall is an inviting ode to eclectic English design and designer Joe Minton’s classic aesthetic. “I love old blue-and-white porcelain,” says Minton of Joseph Minton Interior Design. “It goes with a completely neutral scene, as in the entry, but it also mixes so well with any colors you might use.”
For the first-floor rooms, Minton let his choice of Persian rugs drive the warm color palette of reds, golds, and greens. Here, the blend of patterns and wood-paneled walls create an environment that seems destined for relaxing with a scotch on the rocks and a classic book.
From the Siamese figures flanking the center archway to the tomato-colored French chairs, the living room reflects the layered look typical of English design. “The British brought back many different cultural influences from their colonies, so we didn’t just stick to one type of furniture or style,” says Minton. “We created a look that made it possible to easily move a piece of furniture from one room to another.”
A custom-colored, silk chinoiserie wallpaper provides a beautifully bold backdrop for English antiques. A matching green glaze blends the woodwork with the papered walls, and the silver leaf ceiling reflects the colors in both. Striped silk slipcovers balance the room’s formality. “I like the casualness of slipcovers,” says Minton. “You could have silk coverings for the summer and a red wool underneath for the winter.”
Exposed wooden ceiling beams, slatelike granite countertops, and industrial-style stools with butcher-block seats create charm in the English country–style kitchen. The expansive island provides plenty of space to cook and gather.
Chairs and benches of differing styles gather around the English refectory table, giving a casual, collected feel that invites intimacy and relaxation. Minton united the camelback sofa, upholstered chairs, and draperies with a cheery crewel fabric. “The effect is much softer than if we had used a pattern for some and a solid color for others,” he says.
With a nod to 1930s Art Deco glamour, Minton used a cool palette of pastels in the master bedroom. The simplicity of the canopy-style bed frame and its dressing lends a modern feel, and the pearlized woodwork reflects additional light throughout the room. “It just glows,” says Minton.
White walls pair with sleek, intricately patterned marble and cabinetry to create the “epitome of elegant English bathroom design,” says builder Trey Laird of Period Homes, Inc. Mirrors mimicking windows on either side of the bathtub infuse the space with extra light.
“I wanted the conservatory to look old―to have an inviting feeling of age,” says Minton. To achieve the look, he used all antique pieces and upholstered the chairs with worn, vintage fabrics. Even the mirrored wall, which visually doubles the jewel box–size room, is made of antique blocks imported from Italy.
As a small space adorned with two walls of cabinets, the office provides the ideal setting to showcase a black-and-cream toile. A busy pattern works well in a small room, says Minton, and here, the wallpaper envelops the office without overpowering it.
Black Venetian plaster covers the walls and ceiling of the wet bar, adding texture and a slatelike appearance that contrasts with the oak cabinets. The backsplash of handcrafted white-gold-leaf glass tiles adds a bit of reflective shimmer, perfect for shaking up a cocktail or two.
Minton likes to choose special pieces to elevate powder rooms, such as the 19th-century French mirror, Gothic-patterned cabinet, and framed Chinese needlepoint used here. For a seamless look, he chose a gold Italian linen for the walls, curtains, and hand towels.
Wanting to create an outdoor space that reflected the livability and style of the interiors, Minton covered a collection of sofas, wing chairs, and benches with outdoor fabrics. The portières allow for summery poolside views when open and help keep out winter’s chill when drawn, extending the seasonal use of the space. “Texas weather allows for lots of outdoor living in the colder months,” says Minton, a Fort Worth native.
Laird designed the oak pergola to mimic the post-and-beam detailing of the home’s exterior architecture. “We already had the covered loggia, so instead of doing a surrey roof, I wanted to do something very different,” he says. Minton chose an organic, modern design reminiscent of pruned shrubs for the table and chairs inside.
To establish a tentlike effect for the boy’s room, Minton covered both walls and ceiling with a red-striped fabric. He added British campaign-style furniture and framed antique prints of European soldiers for a design that appeals to adventurous spirits.
Mounted animal horns and zebra-print towels bring a safari sensibility to the adjoining bathroom.
Inspired by the adjectives fun, glamorous, and edgy, Minton chose a vivacious floral print for the girl’s room. Soft lavender and silvery gray balance the vivacity of the bold fabric, and a parquet-patterned wool carpet adds tailored softness for a look of refined femininity.
Calming colors and dainty details makes this girl’s bathroom the perfect place to primp.
Whether for parties, playing games, or simply hanging out, Minton sought to create a space that would be well-used. Accordingly, he selected a durable outdoor fabric for the banquette. Its yellow-and-blue, slightly nautical stripe adds playfulness to a room rich in antiques.
Inspired by tiger-stripe and paisley linens, Minton limited himself to a completely neutral scheme of gray, beige, taupe, and white for the guest suite. “We wanted the drama of no color,” he says. The stenciled pattern on the walls, played down by the choice of muted tones, gives an exotic but not overpowering feel.
The animal motif carries into the bathroom, with leopard-spot sconce shades adding a playful contrast to the tiger-stripe walls. A graceful Louis Philippe–style antique mirror balances the modernity of the suite’s design.