A Texas family was in the process of building a custom home when they reached out to Shelby Van Daley, owner of Georgetown’s Daley Home + Design. The property is on quite a bit of land, and the family wanted this to be their ‘lifelong home’ and a place where friends and family could gather — an important concept that, as a designer, Shelby didn’t take lightly.

“Our first meeting was with the client and their builder,” Shelby recalls. “They needed help with the finishes of the home and from the beginning were so trusting with my ideas. The clients indicated they wanted comfort and style. They love stone, stained wood and anything simple. They did not want anything too fancy.” Shelby’s concept for the home was to create a simple design with clean colors and neutral materials, like stained wood, white oak, and limestone.

“As you enter the home you immediately notice the large wood header details,” Shelby says. This leads to the open concept great room with 19′ ceilings. “The wood details are carried into the tall ceilings, which are also flanked by tall transom windows to let in natural light.”

In the kitchen, the wall cabinets are painted in a light putty color while the island is stained dark, adding contrast while tying in the natural wood tones. To further layer in texture, there’s a custom metal vent hood. The living room is styled with two sofas and a set of chairs, anchoring the room around the fireplace. To make the fireplace a focal point, stone from the home’s exterior goes all the way up the ceiling. “We kept the finishes light and bright, and added leather chairs to tie in the brown tones,” Shelby explains. “I love how we were able to center the living space around the fireplace rather than the TV!”

Upstairs, the master bedroom features a metal bed — one of the few pieces the client provided. “We loved adding in dark metal to contrast against the light bedding, rug and walls,” Shelby shares. “Keeping with the ‘comfort and style’ theme, we added roman shades rather than drapes.” In the master bath, impressive limestone tile in a straight edge creates a warm and sophisticated look. “We really wanted to do something that set apart from the ‘stark white’ bathrooms that are so trendy right now,” the designer explains.

The project took roughly nine months to build and the clients were quite happy with the result. “They really allowed me to steer the design direction all the way through to the furnishings and accessories, which is always a designer’s dream,” Shelby smiles. “They recently referred us a friend of theirs building a new home, and that’s honestly the highest compliment we could receive.”