Designer Sara Story grew up an oilman’s daughter on the family’s 500-acre ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The landscape and the lifestyle served as a formative influence – the beautiful, sprawling wild of oaks and junipers, stone and mesa, deer and snakes. Now an established Manhattan designer, Story decided, a few years ago, to establish her own Hill Country home to offer the same cherished, grounding experiences to her children.
She chose San Antonio architecture firm Lake|Flato who had previously built her father’s residence nearby. It was their sensitivity to scale, siting, and materials that won her over, as they seek to root a building in the landscape. Story’s preference for “lean, cerebral luxury” mixed perfectly. The resulting estate which follows the mesa’s edge, is comprised of a compound of finely tailored edifices clad in creamy Texas limestone.
The limestone exterior is echoed in the suede walls of the master bedroom. Story’s crisp and refined style is evident here with bedding to match. The Palladio Sheets have a simple construction of Italian percale bordered with a narrow cord, speaking to a simple, modern elegance. They are found, also, in the children’s quarters, which are designed with white-lacquer bunk beds that “resemble modernist Pullman berths.” See more of this exquisite home in Architectural Digest.
Photography by Pieter Estersohn for Architectural Digest