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Frequent collaborators architect Paul Lamb and interior designer Fern Santini teamed up to design a house in Houston for Santini’s sister, her husband, and their four children. The two-story brick house is based on English country houses by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Charles Voysey.

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A peaked roof and arches are a counterpoint to the parged brick facade (parging is the application of a thin coat of lime mortar to produce a uniform surface). Photo by Richard Powers.

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Bee sconces by sculptor Marie Christophe made from crystal, amber, and onyx beads add a glow in the entry.

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A mirror by Holly Hunt enlivens the living room anchored by Caperton Collection arm chairs covered in Jean de Merry fabric. The Holly Hunt sofa is upholstered in linen. The room is anchored by a Patterson Flynn Martin rug.

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The Caperton Collection banquette in the library is covered in suede; chairs are from Wicker Works. Photo by Richard Powers.

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An out-size island in the kitchen seats up to 8 in a room that’s the center of activity in this house.

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Ostrich leather covers the Caperton Collection banquette in the kitchen’s breakfast area. The trestle table is French; ebony rattan chairs are by Janus et Cie. Sconces are from Holly Hunt. The painting is by Bruce Brainard.

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Jackalope trophy heads line the elevator walls. Photo by Richard Powers.

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The oak-and-steel staircase alludes to English industrial buildings.

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Crystal and wire chandelier in the master bedroom by Marie Christophe. Bed by Dessin Fournier; shade is Cowtan & Tout linen; custom silk rug from Carol Piper.

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Paul Lamb designed a pool pavilion with a whimsical roof, as if it’s a tent. Photo by Richard Powers.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER VITALE except as noted

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