Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Entry Hall
Emily Minton Redfield

Entry Hall

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.”


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Library
Emily Minton Redfield

Library

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.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Living Room
Emily Minton Redfield

Living Room

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.”


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Dining Room
Emily Minton Redfield

Dining Room

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.”


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Kitchen
Emily Minton Redfield

English Country

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.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Breakfast Room
Emily Minton Redfield

Breakfast Room

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.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Master Bedroom
Emily Minton Redfield

Master Bedroom

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.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Master Bath
Emily Minton Redfield

Master Bathroom

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.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Conservatory
Emily Minton Redfield

Conservatory

“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.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Office
Emily Minton Redfield

Office

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.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Wet Bar
Emily Minton Redfield

Wet Bar

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.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Powder Room
Emily Minton Redfield

Powder Room

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.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Loggia
Emily Minton Redfield

Loggia

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.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Pergola
Emily Minton Redfield

Pergola

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.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Boy's Bedroom
Emily Minton Redfield

Boy's Bedroom

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.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Boy's Bathroom
Emily Minton Redfield

Boy's Bathroom

Mounted animal horns and zebra-print towels bring a safari sensibility to the adjoining bathroom.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Gir'ls Bedroom
Emily Minton Redfield

Girl's Bedroom

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.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Girl's Bathroom
Emily Minton Redfield

Girl's Bathroom

Calming colors and dainty details makes this girl’s bathroom the perfect place to primp.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Game Room
Emily Minton Redfield

Game Room

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.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Guest Suite
Emily Minton Redfield

Guest Suite

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.


Southern Accents Riverhills Showhouse Guest Bathroom
Emily Minton Redfield

Guest Bathroom

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.


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