A home fit for a magazine: An exclusive tour of Houston’s first Southern Living home

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Tucked in among a row of nice, neat houses, on a street just south of central Bellaire, Houston’s first Southern Living Showcase Home stands.

The $1.4 million, 4,777-square-foot home — built by Sarah Lavine-Kass and her brother, Benjamin Lavine, owners of Stone Acorn Builders — was designed by JKM Designs and decorated by Edwina Vidosh of Edwina Alexis, Inc.

The result: A perfect balance of modern comfort and old-world class.

“[Stone Acorn Builders’] work transcends the pages of the magazine,” Kristen Bryan, assistant marketing director for Southern Living, tells CultureMap.

Bryan says that, from the time the brother-sister pair joined Southern Living’s Custom Builder Program in 2009, she knew that they would be up for the challenge of hosting a showcase home. And together with the designers, they have represented exactly what the magazine stands for.

Lavine-Kass says that that the home is meant to be livable, with dedicated spaces for family time and formal entertainment, high windows to provide ample natural lighting while retaining privacy, a backyard with herb and vegetable gardens, plenty of room to grow and expand.

Her own family’s passion for literacy had an influence on everything from the location (it’s situated just down the street from the Bellaire City Library) to the design, which provides reading nooks throughout and built-in shelving in nearly every room, plus an informal library that opens to the kitchen.

Those features were made welcoming by Vidosh, who sourced items from Carl Moore Antiques, Design House, Carol Piper Rugs, Jack Meier Gallery and the Brass Maiden, as well as her own home — like the dining room chairs, her grandmother’s plates and her son’s bed in a room upstairs.

The showcase home will be open to the public at 5307 Aspen Street, beginning at noon on Friday and during weekends through May 20. A $10 admission fee will benefit the Houston Center for Literacy and Friends of the Bellaire Library.

In addition to viewing the stunning home, local chefs, gardeners and florists will offer workshops. See dates, times and a full schedule of events here.


Whitney Radley,  May 3, 2012, Culturemap Houston